Recipes

Oatmeal Energy Bites

Hi friends! How is your week so far? I hope it’s a good one plus a short week is always nice right?! Have a great day 🙂

oatmeal energy bites

The other day, I was browsing Pinterest to find an energy ball recipe. I found a lot but most of them called for ingredients that I don’t have on hand or a food processor which I don’t own #SmallKitchenProblems. Personally, my pantry does not contain flax seed, protein powders or dates. If yours does then more power to you! I find it’s easiest to stock what I know I’ll use than buy things just for one recipe that I’m not sure I’ll enjoy. Due to this, I didn’t want to buy something that I wouldn’t use regularly.

I still wanted to make some energy balls to have as a healthy pre and post workout snack. I looked at a lot of recipes to get the ratio of the main ingredients then decided just to make my own. They came together super quick and involved minimal work. Plus they taste like cookies thanks to the addition of some chocolate chips. You can even think of them as a semi healthy dessert since they have chia seeds and minimal ingredients.

Ingredients:

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1 cup old fashioned oats

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon chia seeds (for protein but can be made without them)

1/4-1/3 cup of chocolate chips (depending on how much chocolate you would like!)

Directions:

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Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.

Cover and store in the fridge for 30 minutes. This allows the oats to soak up a little moisture and make the dough easier to work with.

Use a spoon to get out a small amount of dough and roll into golf ball sized pieces. If the dough is too sticky, place back in fridge to let it harden a bit more.

Place in a closed container and store in the fridge.

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Question of the day: Have you ever had energy bites?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

Big Kahuna

Happy Tuesday! Did you have yesterday off? If so, did you do anything fun? If not then I’m jealous since you got your Monday out of the way. Have a wonderful day 🙂

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I planned on waking up early to run. When my alarm went off, I checked the weather and saw it felt like 4 degrees out. I wasn’t about to get out of a warm and comfortable bed to run in that so I put my phone down and went back to sleep. Waking up about an hour later felt so much better. For breakfast, we headed out to get breakfast sandwiches for a treat. A bacon, egg, and white American cheese with salt, pepper, and hot sauce on a toasted bagel is my go to sandwich. It was amazing and a great way to start the day off.

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When we got home, I had to finish “An Accidental Life” by Pamela Binnings Ewen. It was so good!! If I could, I would send my copy out to anyone who wants to read it. The story is based on true Congressional testimony in which nurses stated that live births occurred during late term abortions following the Roe v. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court. Doctors would allow the babies to die without getting proper medical attention. Horrible I know, but the story is amazing.

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After I finished the book, I decided to go through the clothes in my closet. One of my goals for the year is to really go through the apartment to throw out or donate items we don’t need and then organize what’s left. Since it’s hard to decide if I’ll wear certain tank tops or short sleeve shirts, I decided to try the hanger trick. The premise of this is you put all the hangers a certain way to start. As you wear an item, you flip it the other way. At the end of the year, you donate the clothes you haven’t worn.

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By the time that was all done, I was ready for lunch. I made another ham sandwich plus carrots and hummus. I also had a small handful of chips when I finished just to get a little crunch. It really hit the spot. If you like hummus, you need to check out the supremely spicy flavor from Sabra. It’s the best spicy hummus that I have found to date.

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While I let my lunch digest, I started my next book. As I was walking around the library on Sunday, I stumbled upon Andrew Winer’s novel called “The Marriage Artist”. Daniel, an art critic, life is changed when his wife is found dead next to an artist that he raved about. Daniel tries to figure out why his wife killed herself and uncovers a connection to a lost artist in pre-World War II Vienna. I’m interested to see how the stories connect as it develops.

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After a bit, I changed and headed out for my run. 3 x 1 mile repeats was on the agenda with splits of 8:15, 8:05 and 8:05. It felt good to get out in the fresh air. Plus I actually really enjoy tough workouts like that one. Anyone else feel that way? When I got home, I grabbed water, foam roller and frozen golf ball to work my muscles out.

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Alex and I decided to have a fire going the whole day since we didn’t plan on leaving. We lit it shortly after breakfast and it was so nice to enjoy it the whole day. Plus it made the apartment so warm and toasty which who doesn’t love that? We had a giant piece of wood that we decided to burn. I ended up referring to it as the Big Kahuna all day. Any guesses on how long it took it to burn? 2 hour and 47 minutes! That one piece kept the fire going forever.

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For dinner, I made one of my all time favorite meals. It’s called No Peak Chicken and the recipe if from my Grandma Feeney. Seriously it’s the meal I would always request when I would be home from college on break. The best part is since it makes so much we now have leftovers for later in the week.

After dinner, it was time to wind down from the long weekend and relax. We decide to flip on “Black Mirror”. Have you seen this show? Some episodes are really intense! It’s set in the not too distant future and is about how technology could influence our lives. It really makes you think. Neither Alex or myself love finishing the night with such a heavy show so we turned on an episode of “The Office” before heading to bed.

Question of the day: What was your workout yesterday? 

 

Daily Happenings, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 14

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I’m off work for Martin Luther King Day and I can’t wait to relax just a bit more. Have a great day 🙂

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Waffles and bacon for breakfast plus a mug of tea and glass of milk.

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I read on the couch to ease into the morning. I’m so invested in this book and have less than 100 pages left!

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I listened to a new podcast while I worked on baking bread.

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A ham sandwich with carrots and hummus for lunch.

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A trip to the library to restock on books.

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Recipe testing for a future post!

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Is there anything better than freshly baked bread? I used this recipe and it was so good!!

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Dinner was steak, broccoli, mashed potatoes and bread.

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Netflix, wine, cuddles on the couch and a fire are a fantastic way to end the day.

Question of the day: What was the highlight of your weekend?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running, Weekend

Well That Was Delicious

Happy Sunday! How was your Saturday? Are you off tomorrow? I feel like some people are and other’s aren’t so its almost a half long weekend. Have a great day 🙂

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Saturday started off with me waking up for a nice run! I had 7 miles on the agenda and it felt good to get out for a while. When I first woke up, I wasn’t super excited to get out of bed and go. This shirt that I got in the Christmas grab bag from my cousin was the perfect base layer under my wind breaker. There was randomly some strong wind on my run which was nice because I feel like I never run with wind so I enjoyed the added challenge.

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When I got home, I quickly showered and got ready for the day. Typically I don’t get hungry after long runs for a while but I was famished yesterday so I had a scrambled egg before we planned errands for the day. Alex had a little work to figure out so I started a book my grandma gave to me. “An Accidental Life” by Pamela Binnings Ewen is based on a true story of a nurse who testified before Congress of babies that were still alive after abortions and essentially placed in a room to lay until they passed. I had no idea this story existed until I started this book.

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One of our errands was a haircut for Alex and it was packed. No joke, I think we waited about 30 minutes for his turn. I was so happy I brought my book with me to read. Since it took so long, by the time we finished we were both starving. Luckily there was a Subway right by the barbershop so we made a pitstop for lunch. A turkey sandwich was perfect fuel for the rest of the afternoon. I packed it with a bunch of veggies to really fill me up.

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After getting home, I posted up on the couch to keep reading. Alex’s parents invited us over to watch the Eagle’s playoff game. I have no idea exactly what his mom made but it was a chicken recipe from an Ina Garten cookbook. Y’all it was so delicious. The gravy/sauce was so flavorful that I could have had a bowl of that with a loaf of bread and been satisfied for dinner.

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The Eagles ended up beating the Falcons 15-10 in the final few minutes of the game. Alex and i headed home. He made a fire while I typed up this post and tidied up around the house. We cuddled up on the couch and finished the comedy special on Netflix. Fore whatever reason, apple pie sounded good so I heated up some leftovers that were in the freezer. We ate those, hung out by the first for a while and then headed to bed.

Question of the day: Are you a football fan? If so, is your team in the playoffs?

Books, Daily Happenings

It’s January And Above 60 Degrees!

Happy Saturday! What is on you agenda for today? Anything fun?! I hope whatever you have planned is a delight. Have a great day 🙂

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I woke up at my normal time and got ready for work. When I checked the weather around 6 am, it was 56 degrees. How crazy is that?! It made putting on a short sleeve shirt a delight because I didn’t immediately have to throw a sweater on overtop. Somehow, I didn’t have enough time for breakfast so I ended up eating a mint chocolate chunk Quest bar at the office. Although I try not to eat them often, I always have some sort of protein bar in the cabinets for days where I’m running late.

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During lunch I finished “After I Do” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I loved this book so much! I honestly almost cried at my desk at the end because I enjoyed it that much. Yes I’m that person who cries over books. Let me live my life 🙂 The rest of the afternoon flew by since a part arrived from Germany that needed to have packaging figured out ASAP. I love when things like that happen since I don’t need to prioritize what should get done first. If a director needs something they prioritize for you.

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My normal Friday routine had a slight hiccup in it. Instead of going to the grocery store, I headed to the train station to grab Alex. We had a quick snack before food shopping. When we were driving I noticed the temperature in my car said 63 degrees. 63 degrees in January is crazy! Granted it rained so I couldn’t really spend time outside to enjoy it but I’ll take it. We even turned the heat off for a while and had the porch door open for fresh air. It was heavenly.

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For dinner, I heated up the leftover pork from Blue Apron. I ended up having the noodles cold and the pork warm which was really good. It was all delicious and I could have probably eaten the noodles by them self they are so good. After dinner, Alex and I hung out on the couch to watch a comedy special on Netflix from Tom Segura. I find him funny but he does curse a semi decent amount if that bothers you so just a warning! We were just hanging out and my eyes could barely stay open. I took that as a sign it was time to bed.

Question of the day: Was it also super warm by you yesterday?