Thursday, October 6, 2016

Friday Morning Iced Coffee Date 3

Good morning and very HAPPY Friday to you! What a week. I’m exhausted and so ready for my pajamas, couch, and a big ol’ glass of wine. I’m also very much looking forward to our coffee date this morning! 🙂


Ok, first things first… If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you (and THANK you, especially if you purchased a tank top) that we raised $665 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)!! Yayyyy! I’m still working toward my goal, so if you’d like to make a donation, here is my personal page.

Speaking of Crohn’s and Colitis, I recently stumbled upon this list of IBD blogs and just wanted to share it with those of you who might be interested.

Also related: I share my running journey with Ulcerative Colitis over on the Brooks Running blog.


Mal told me that I need to be more like The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson. I know, right? Haha! Well, the other day, I was complaining about how I have no time to work out anymore since I’m so busy with CNC and DTFN nowadays. Mal isn’t someone to listen to excuses (just one of the many reasons I love him), so his reply was: “Tina, you need to be more like The Rock.” I literally laughed out loud and then waited for him to explain. Apparently, Mal follows The Rock on Instagram, and he’ll wake up at 4/4:30 AM to fit in his workout if he knows he’s going to have a busy day. Well, ok then. Roger that, Mal. I always say (and believe!) if there’s a will, there’s a way, so I set my alarm for 4:00/4:30 AM a few days this week, so I could fit in a workout. It’s actually made quite a difference, and I don’t feel like I’m chained to my laptop all day. Of course, I’m tired, but I’ve started to go to bed a little earlier, and I assume I’ll get used to it soon enough. So, yea, I was kind of like The Rock this week. Or something? Roar.

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If we were having coffee together, I would also tell you to check out this recipe for Gluten-Free Pizza Dough that I made for Chex. It’s perfect for a fall grilling! My friends at General Mills wanted me to let you know that all Chex cereals now are free of artificial preservatives. This is part of their journey to make their cereals better, and I love them for that. They really are such a great company and really listen to their customers.


When we were in Newport over the weekend, we rented The Lion King to watch with Qman. It was his first time seeing it, and, boy, did he love it. Mal and I also really enjoyed the movie and sang along to It’s funny how lyrics come back to you like that. I made a comment that my sister (as a kid) was absolutely obsessed with The Lion King. She basically watched it on repeat for, like, a year straight, and I pretty much know all of the songs by heart because of it. Mal had a similar experience and said it was probably the movie he watched most as a kid. Mine was definitely The Goonies, and I’m still in love with it after all these years. Fun fact: The movie debuted 31 (!!!) years ago!

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I would also tell you how I eat my coconut butter. I get this question all the time from readers, so here are my favorite ways:

  • On top of sliced banana and nuked in the microwave for 20 seconds
  • Spread on toast or rice cakes with or without peanut butter/almond butter
  • On apple slices
  • On pancakes
  • Stirred into oatmeal
  • In baked goods and no-baked desserts
  • Straight from the jar

Related: I am SO PUMPED for Nikki’s Pumpkin Spiced Donut Coconut Butter. I seriously can’t wait to dig in!!

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I would also tell you that I bought a buttload of Halloween candy from Boxed at a really good price. We get a decent amount of Trick-or-Treaters at our house, so I want to make sure we are prepared. Side note: I actually can’t believe I’m so on top of our Halloween candy situation this year. Usually, I wait until the very last minute and pay a TON of money for it. FYI: Boxed also now gives you free samples with every order, so that was a fun surprise when I opened the box! Smile

And, finally, I would tell you that this photo made me laugh out loud!

Question of the Day

What movie did you watch most as a kid?

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a copy of Fed & Fit!!!

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The Unethical Tactics Of The Chemical Industry To Silence The Truth

I debated whether or not I should bother to share the information in this post with you. On one hand, I choose to put my focus and energy on the willing – the people who want to hear about what’s really … Continued

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Meatballs and Summer Squash…and an Update!

6 Ways to Use Canned Pumpkin in Healthy Fall Meals

If you’re daunted by the idea of cooking with fresh pumpkin or squash, we can’t blame you. Splitting, gutting and skinning a whole gourd with nothing more than a carving knife and a large spoon to scoop out the seeds is a time-consuming process — and completely unnecessary when you have pure pumpkin puree on hand. Luckily, one-half cup of unsweetened canned pumpkin contains roughly 50 calories per serving, which means it’s a great way to add creaminess to your favorite foods for very little additional fat or sugar. Better yet, it’s a quick and convenient method for imbuing each bite of pie, quick bread or pasta sauce with comforting fall flavor. Here are five easy ways to work rich pumpkin puree into your favorite dishes, from classic pumpkin pie to cheesy pumpkin biscuits.

Pumpkin Cheesecake
This creamy cheesecake is packed with pumpkin pie flavor but with a fraction of the fat as the original; it’s made with reduced-fat cream cheese and Greek yogurt.

Pumpkin Muffins
Instead of relying on fat for flavor, Ellie Krieger’s better-for-you muffins get their distinctively warm spiciness from molasses, dark brown sugar and a medley of ground spices. Low-fat buttermilk, canned pumpkin and just a touch of canola oil instill a moist tenderness in each of these wholesome pumpkin-seed-flecked muffins.

Pumpkin-Ginger Smoothie
Pumpkin and gingery are a match made in heaven, and this fiber-packed smoothie is no exception. After your first sip, you’ll notice a refreshing tang, thanks to a healthy dose of low-fat yogurt and a splash of apple cider vinegar. It’s a welcome change from the rich pumpkin desserts that tempt us during the fall months.

Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls
The creamy consistency of Food Network Magazine’s butternut squash soup resembles a bisque, but no cream is necessary. While the soup simmers, roast a few small baking pumpkins to use in place of bowls, and prepare an array of toppings, like fried onions, sage and pepitas, so each guest can customize his or her own serving.

Pumpkin-Parmesan Biscuits
It’s common to find pumpkin in sweet baked goods at this time of year, but less often in savory items — and yet the rich, complex and slightly spicy flavor plays so well with savory ingredients. Mix Parmesan cheese, pumpkin puree and heavy cream into your batter to get the full fall flavor of these moist biscuits. Surprisingly, one biscuit contains just 136 calories.

Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Kids love chocolate chip cookies, so this pumpkin-laced batch is a no-brainer for fall. A little bit of pumpkin puree goes a long way here (just one cup is needed for 60 cookies). Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves lend a rich spiciness that you’d associate more with pumpkin pie, but it does wonders for chocolate chip cookies, too.

Penne Wise Pumpkin Pasta
Rachael Ray coats whole-wheat penne with a nutty pumpkin-cream sauce that’s enhanced with ample amounts of garlic and sage. Even a savory weeknight meal like this can benefit from a light sprinkling of cinnamon or nutmeg, so break out your fall spices when simmering the sauce.

Can’t get enough squash? Check out more recipes, tips and ideas on cooking and baking with pumpkin and other varieties of squash this fall:

A Mind “Full” Mom: Hidden Veggie Quesadilla
The Fed Up Foodie: Bread Dressing Stuffed Acorn Squash
Foodtastic Mom: Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie
Dishin & Dishes: Thai Massaman Curry With Chicken and Butternut Squash
Devour: Combine Squash and Pasta for the Ultimate Fall Comfort Food
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Delicate Squash, Shiitake, Kale & Quinoa Salad
Swing Eats: Zucchini Soufflé (gluten-free)
FN Dish: The Very Best Ways to Put In-Season Butternut Squash to Use

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Things I Didn’t Buy At Target (And My New Makeup Organizer)

Like most Americans, it’s hard to go into Target without buying at least three items you hadn’t planned to buy. I swear, the store’s designers come out with the cutest stuff!

(Mazen agrees – he really wanted this Spiderman costume! Note his face..)

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The good news is that our Target is quite a far drive up 29 North, so I don’t go all that often.

The bad news is that I know exactly where the hot spots are with new arrivals, so when I do go, I have a set path that I take through the store that inevitably leads me to the best finds.

While browsing I thought it would be fun to share the things I loved but didn’t buy for a bunch of reasons. (I’ll share links when I can in case they call to you!)

Starting with these coasters. Wood + marble catches the most Basic eye – mine!

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In the same department, I loved these marble trays. Almost got them for blog photo shoots, but already have 3 marble trays – eek! (Actually the one I have is from Target!) Mazen asked “What are theeeeese?!”

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Isn’t this gold fan so cute?! Actually I loved everything by Noble Supply Co.

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This candle smelled like a firepit and was in a stemless wine glass just like the rose gold ones I got from World Market!

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And this cake stand combines the best of trendy materials : )

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In the process of sharing some links with you I discovered that online almost everything in this list is 10% off. Verrrrrry formidable!


Two things I did buy:

This light saber toothbrush for Mazen. It talks and lights up while you brush! He is OB-sessed!

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And this vanity organizer.

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I used to have my cosmetics in a little chest with drawers. It was nice because they were out of sight, but annoying because I was always digging through drawers. So I did a big overhaul of all of my beauty products (which included 100 samples!) and organized things into three categories: use everyday, use sometimes, and travel and spares. I trashed or donated the rest to friends.

The “use everydays” are above in my new organizer and my vanity drawer, which has face products and lotions.

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The “use sometimes” are in the chest divided by category in drawers. Face, eyes, lips, hair. This was my grandmother’s chest that was her family’s before that.

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And the travel toiletries are in a bigger chest full of all kinds of extras. Hashtag drawers!

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One final thing I came home with from Target – a picture with blog reader Jill who spotted me trying to convince Mazen that he had enough Batman toys at home! : )

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What have you found at Target this week? (Because I know you went!)

This post wasn’t sponsored by Target at all, but it does include affiliate links. Mwah! 

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