happy birthday baxter!

I usually do not blog on Saturdays… BUT I had to give a shout out to one of my very very very very best friends…

Bax…

We have come a LONG way since freshman year… we are even still here today which is a huge accomplishment ;).

Even though we fight like sisters… you are the only one who can tell it to me like it is and vice versa.

Thank you for always being the best friend in the world!

I am blessed with our friendship and excited to enter this next phase of life with you.

I love you more than you know!!

happy thanksgiving: {pumpkin muffin recipe}

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Today I am thankful for so many things.

My family, friends, pets, health, etc. etc. etc. … the list could go on forever! I am literally SO blessed.

Post Turkey Trot!!!

I am SUPER thankful for…. ALL of you guys!!! To show you how thankful I am… I have a delicious, healthy, protein packed recipe for you!!!!!

Pumpkin Oat Flax Muffins

1 can pumpkin
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
2 tbsp chia seeds
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
2 eggs
2 tbsp almond milk
6 oz 0% plain greek yogurt

*To make this into more of a dessert, add dark chocolate chips.

**Serve warm with a spread of almond butter, yum!!

Preheat over to 375 degrees. Then, mix all wet ingredients and add in dry ones. Next, bake for 15 to 20 minutes. This recipe makes 12 muffins. Serve warm.

wiaw: {chicken florentine bowtie pasta}

Hey ya’ll!

Wow…. this week at home is already completely flying by!! Before I jump into yesterday’s eats for WIAW… I have to tell ya… I ate a LOT more than what is pictured in this post. I kinda forgot throughout the day to take pictures but I ate plenty of handfuls of wheat thins, chocolate chips, etc. It was just one of those days, ya know?! My stomach was way off and I barely ate anything on Monday so yesterday I was like a ravenous little pig HAHA.

I DID manage to take picture of my 3 main meals, so here ya go! As always, thanks Jenn for hosting!

wiaw

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Breakfast:

Almond butter french toast + side of fruit!

Lunch:

My grandmother took my sisters and I to a new restraunt! I ordered a grilled shrimp po-boy with a side of cole slaw. I ended up taking the bread off because it ruined the sandwich.

Dinner:

Before my mom left for work yesterday, she asked me to make chicken florentine bowtie pasta for dinner. It was delicious. Head on over to Picky Palate for the full recipe!

The only changes I made were less mozarella cheese and only 1 cup of the cooking creme. An easy peasy weeknight dinner!

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Have a great, yummy, healthy, happy Wednesday!!!!!

tuesday thoughts: {my relationship with running}

Hi friends!

Happy Tuesday!! I really want this week to FLY by so it can be time for Thanksgiving. Anyone else?!

Today I wanted to talk about my relationship with running.

I am super jealous of all of you crazy people who can run a gazillion miles 6 days a week… but I just can’t. My body does not do well when I overdo it with running. I often find myself going through huge phases with it as well.

Sometimes I can run everyday for weeks straight. Sometimes I crave running…. and other times I absolutely despise it and would rather do anything but run. I go through phases where my main form of exercise is yoga, walking, HIIT intervals, strength training or running.

I have no idea why this is either? During those times when I am not into running, I obviously do other kinds of workouts because I don’t want to push myself and be miserable.

Right now, I think I am getting back into my running groove. I have found myself craving long, slower jogs. I am not complaining one bit because let’s be real.. there is no other feeling like the “I just ran 7 miles” endorphin high.

Thanks for listening to me ramble… Just thought I would share ๐Ÿ™‚

Question: Do any of you go through ups and downs with running or other kinds of workouts?!

mimm: {pictures from our weekend}

Hi friends!

How are you?! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine was so much fun. I will give you a little recap:

{As always, thanks Katie!!}

Dinner at Saint Ann’s with best friends… breakfast at Whole Foods… run on the Katy trail… lunch at Company Cafe and East Hampton… Kite and Key formal… driving back home… cuddling with my bestest furry friend.

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I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Check back with you guys soon.

wiaw: {two new favorite desserts}

Hi friends!

Happy What I ate Wednesday!! Do you ever have those just greaaattt eating days where you love everything you eat? That was me yesterday.

Let’s jump right into all of my yumminess. Thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW!

wiaw

Breakfast (7:00 am)-

Egg whites + two slices of turkey bacon

Morning snack (9:30 am)-

Banana

Lunch (Noon):

Tortilla soup (X2)

Smores cookie bars (X2)… I love smores… and I love cookies. What more could you ask for?

I PROMISE I am getting a manicure. Tomorrow. I know… gross!

Snack (3:30 pm)-

Bowl of Strawberries

Workout (4:30 pm)-

Bikram Yoga. Do I even need to go into how much I love it?

Dinner (6:15 pm)-ย 

Balsamic chicken + the last bite of green beans left + spinach.

3 layer cookie brownie. This was warm. Oooey and goooeeey. Need I say more? I think it was this recipe.

After Dinner Snack (8:00 pm)-

Hot chocolate (almond milk + sugar free hot chocolate packet).

This is a perfect before bedtime treat!

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Happy Wednesday!!

Questions: What kind of yumminess are you eating today?

tuesday thoughts: {the future}

Hey friends!

So what has been on my mind lately? The future. UGH. Graduation. JOBS. Trying to decide what I want to do with my life.

This is a really anxious time for me because I am such a planner and neeeeed to have everything planned out perfectly, the uncertainty of what I will be doing and where I will be living in May is stressing me out to the max. Can’t I just live in the Kappa house with all of my besties for forEVER??

Stress for Anne = overeating, grumpy mood, not sleeping, no motivation to work out or do anything productive for school, etc. AKA not cute.

Last night two of my best friends and I had a forever long life chat. It made me feel so much better to talk about it and know I am not the only one freaking out. Here are a few thoughts I need to continue reminding myself:

I know God has a perfect plan… I just need to be patient (which is not exactly my strong suit ;).

Have a happy stress-free Tuesday!!

Question: Do you find yourself worrying about your future?

 

foodie friday: {thankgiving inspired breakfasts}

Hi friends!

So you guys probably remember that I made a lot of yummy food this summer when I had a kitchen. Unfortunately, I do not have a kitchen at school because I live in the Kappa house. NOT that I am complaining at all that I have all of my meals made for me… I still really miss being in the kitchen.

I will be home the whole week for Thanksgiving and you better believe that is where I will be living. Sorry mom and dad… I know you love when I cook all day ๐Ÿ™‚ And because I naturally have to pin every single recipe I see, I have quite an array of different options to make.

I have been on a giant recipe searching “bread-y” breakfast kick. I have been craving spice bread. Pumpkin muffins. Apple muffins… any and all things that smell and taste like fall.

Come on… you know there is absolutely NOTHING better than a warm piece of yummy bread and coffee to start your belly off happy for the day.

Some of these recipes are healthy. Some are absolutely not.

What do you think I should make?

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Marshmallow-Buttercream FrostingMini Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Pepita Streusel Topping

Easy Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Loaded Apple Cider Oatmeal Muffins

Mini Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Pull Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Mini Cinnies-Bite Sized Cinnamon Rolls

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Happy fall y’all!

Anyone have any fun plans this weekend?! TELL ME!!

wiaw: {election day fun}

Hi friends!!!

So… before I jump into yesterday’s eats let’s talk about the fact that I 100% think election day should be a holiday. I was entirely too focused consuming myself with the news and didn’t do a lick of one productive school thing. Or maybe that is because I am a complete journalism junkie? Yeah… that is probably it.

Anyways… On to what I ate during my own election day “holiday”.

Thanks Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

wiawI knew it was going to be a very long night (it was not nearly as long as I expected!) so I knew I needed to full properly in the morning and squeeze in a quick workout.

Breakfast 8 am:


After a morning run and walk, I fixed a quick bowl of oatmeal + a spoonful of almond butter + half a banana + handful of blueberries. Tastes just like a muffin!

Lunch 11:45 am:

Monday night I picked up a few things from Central Market to have on hand for the day.

Grilled chicken+ cranberries + quinoa + a little Kappa pasta salad bc I love it!

Anyone else love the sweet and salty combination of cranberries with meat or fish? I love it!

Snack (3:30 pm):

I had a ThinkThin bar for some major protein. I swear these things can keep me full for hours!

Dinner 5:30 pm:

Even though the pizza in the journalism school smelled fantastic, I knew that my stomach would probably not appreciate it too much and I did not want to be uncomfortable all night sitting at the anchor desk.

Salmon ceaser salad (also from Central Market… can you tell I love that place?).

Desert 8:30 pm:

I brought an apple + nutella just in case my stomach was grumbling… and it was.

No pictures of it though!

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Overall, such a fun day! No matter what the outcome was or what your opinion is, we are all still Americans and I fully intend to support President Obama for another 4 years!!

Have a great day friends. Eat something yummy and healthy for me!

take my words back tuesday

Oh well hello there friends!!

So remember when I left you on Friday and I told you I was going to eat super clean all weekend… HAHA. #planfailed

Oh well… it is a new week and all I can do is start fresh. But we did have a GREAT weekend!! It was honestly so much fun.

Here are a few pics for ya:

The Snow’s!

Alright… so what is round 2 of my plan?

Well this week is crazy I have to tell you… and I am leaving town again on Friday!!

We are covering the election tonight for SMU so I will be up ALL night long inย  the journalism school but I really could not be more excited about it!! #SMUvotes

As far as working out goes, I have no idea what my schedule will look like. So clean eats are a must!!

Here is what I am hoping to squeeze in:

And I ALSO wanted to show you what P made me! How cute is this?!

We will see how it goes!! I hope you guys all have a GREAT week. Leaving you with this face. How could this not make your day better?

Happy Tuesday!!

Question: Are you cleaning up your eats this week?