Cool Whip Cookies

I have my first Holiday Party, and of course… its a cookie exchange! My lovely neighbor/building mate Lauren is hosting it and has instructed all of us to bring 3 dozen cookies! In true fashion, I wanted to find something on the lighter side. When we had a healthy desserts day at work, my friend Joanna brought these in and I figured they would be perfect for the exchange! (And they were super easy, but Messy!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package cake mix- any flavor (I used spice)
  • 1 8 ounce container lite cool whip thawed
  • 1 egg
  • Confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients. Form balls and dip in confectioners sugar. My dough was extra gooey so be ready to get messy. Bake for ~12 minutes. Let cool in pan and then serve!

Helpful hint: my first batch was gooey and i figured I could sprinkle the powdered sugar on top. Wrong. Dip the mixture in the powdered sugar so that it is evenly spread on the dough!

gooey delicious dough

gooey delicious dough

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pre-baking

pre-baking

YUM

YUM

Everything Fall.

A few weekends ago I had the absolute most fall-tastic Sunday and wanted to share it all with you! My friend Coco and I ventured out to her mama’s house in Huntersville. On our way there, we decided it was the perfect apple picking & pumpkin patch kind of day! We were able to take Coco’s nephew and her best friend Krissy and her son so that we were not two old ladies at the farm! We had a perfectly perfect fall afternoon at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, NC!

The group on the hay ride to get some apples!

The group on the hay ride to get some apples!

We spent awhile scouring many many trees to find the perfect apples. Some of us were more picky than others (cough, cough Coco!)

We spent awhile scouring many many trees to find the perfect apples. Some of us were more picky than others (cough, cough Coco!)

After apple picking, we went on over to the pumpkin patch. There were a lot of green pumpkins too! The view of the entire farm with the apple orchard in the background was breathtaking.

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While visiting Coco’s mom, she loaded me up with fresh herbs from her garden! Here is a vase of the most aromatic little bushel of flowers! I also used pineapple mint and other herbs to jazz my water up that week.

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I ended the night making homemade applesauce in the crockpot. My apartment smelled wonderful. I peeled and thinly sliced a handful of apples. To the crockpot I added the apples, a cinnamon stick, shakes of cinnamon and shakes of nutmeg and let it sit for ~6 hours. No sugar even needed. It did not last long in my fridge! (I dare you to make this and leave out the sugar and realize how much you don’t miss it!)

Most delicious applesauce I've ever tasted, if i do say so myself.

Most delicious applesauce I’ve ever tasted, if i do say so myself.

Happy Fall Y’all!

Kiss the Miss goodbye…

This weekend I hosted my dear friends Kristen & Holly (friends from Duke DPT) and Holly’s sister Victoria to celebrate Holly’s Bachelorette! I had so much fun and wish it could have lasted longer! In preparation for the girls arrival I made some goodies: survival kits, drinking glasses, cupcakes (my skinny ones made with greek yogurt, egg whites and water…no oil!), and more! Here are some pictures:

Cute banner that I made from Target

Cute banner that I made from Target

Drinking jars. I added the black chalkboard stickers and wrote the names in silver sharpie!

Drinking jars. I added the black chalkboard stickers and wrote the names in silver sharpie!

Survival bags

Survival bags

Descriptions of all the items in the bags!

Descriptions of all the items in the bags!

Kiss the miss goodbye for Holly to keep!

Kiss the miss goodbye for Holly to keep!

The breakfast spread: cinnamon rolls, pancakes w blueberries and some with chocolate, eggs, strawberries and mimosas!

The breakfast spread: cinnamon rolls, pancakes w blueberries and some with chocolate, eggs, strawberries and mimosas!

During the day, I was able to book a group private lesson with Aerial Charlotte to dabble our toes in some aerial fitness! It was definitely a fun experience and harder on the hands than you think!

Learning the basics, you really have to have good hand grip!

Learning the basics, you really have to have good hand grip!

Kristen caught on quick!

Kristen caught on quick!

My friend Jenny joined us from Winston Salem! This girl is a gymnast and was good with the silks!

My friend Jenny joined us from Winston Salem! This girl is a gymnast and was good with the silks!

Coco came too!

Coco came too!

We ended with some inversions!

We ended with some inversions!

I highly suggest trying a class if you have never before! We ended the night with dinner and dancing! Happy last 97 days of being a single lady Holly! Love you!

The three of us walking around my Charlotte neighborhood!

The three of us walking around my Charlotte neighborhood!

Sproutastic

I found a new love for a veggie. Brussel Sprouts. So simple and easy to cook while being delicious and nutritious.

Ingredients: One bushel of sprouts, olive oil, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper.

Here’s how simple: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. I cut the sprouts in half (you can keep them whole). Mix in bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Lay on baking sheet. Cook for ~35 minutes, moving sprouts occasionally for even cook.

 

Pre cooking after being coated with olive oil, S&P

Pre cooking after being coated with olive oil, S&P

Fresh out of the oven.

Fresh out of the oven.

I paired mine with baked tilapia for a lean lunch.

I paired mine with baked tilapia for a lean lunch.

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes and Parfaits

…its officially fall y’all!

You know what that means. Pumpkins. I wanted to share with you my Pumpkin Protein pancakes I have been making in the morning that have been absolutely delicious and super easy! In my Rocket blender I blend

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree,
  • 1/4 cup oats,
  • 3/4 scoop vanilla Gold Standard Whey Protein,
  • cinnamon, pumpkin spice
  • splash of Vanilla almond milk for consistency.

The batter I have made has been thick in consistency which turns into a perfect pancake! Coat your pan with coconut oil. Heat your skillet on low heat to allow the pancake to cook all the way through! Patience is a virtue here.

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

My little Sunday morning set up complete with a cup of joe

My little Sunday morning set up complete with a cup of joe

For meal prep for breakfast for the next two days I made the Tone It Up Pumpkin Parfait. I made a few of my own changes, here is the recipe!

  • Pumpkin Layer: 1 cup pumpkin, 4 pitted dates, cinnamon, splash of almond milk
    • (Blend 4 dates until pureed, add pumpkin and almond milk)
  • Yogurt Layer: 1 cup coconut milk vanilla flavored, 1 tbsp unsweetend coconut shreds, 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • Banana sliced with cinnamon sprinkled on top!
  • Layer in your mason jars!
Pumpkin Layer pre blend

Pumpkin Layer pre blend

Cinnamon sprinkled naners

Cinnamon sprinkled naners

Banana layer, pumpkin layer, yogurt layer

Banana layer, pumpkin layer, yogurt layer

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I hope everyone is enjoying the start of fall as much as I am! (this is my absolutely favorite season, I may be biased as I am a Fall baby). Here are some pictures of my fall home decorations.

 

My table candler holder

My table candler holder

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London.

Last week I spent an entire week skipping around across the pond in London with my dear friend Katie. The trip could not have come at a more perfect time & could not have happened any better. We spent the entire week walking around London from 8am-11pmish exploring the entire city. Katie and I are good travel buddies in that we are both easy going and that led us to stumbling on different sites and events by chance! While there, our workouts consisted of trekking for hours across the city at at least a 3.0 mph pace. On our second full day, Monday, we did a nice little HIIT workout on the green grass at Green Park. We did 3 circuits of 3 different moves including abs, lower body movements and aerobics. On our final full day, we did a nice run up Primrose Hill to remind our legs that they were still working :) The following are a few of my favorite pictures from our fabulous time! (Big thank you to Quest bars for providing me a Nutritious and delicious start to each morning for me!)

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Relaxing after our first full day in our favorite Green Park. Those chairs are an expensive rest break.

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The iconic Telephone

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At Carnaby St. One of the many avenues of shops!

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After our HIIT workout in front of Buckingham palace! Sporting my Gym Groupie tank!

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Stonehenge

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Katie at Ice Bar london! Brrrr

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We decided our last morning we would splurge on some pancakes. We went to the Breakfast Club- highly recommend. These were pancakes with berries and vanilla creme. They were delicious but very different from American pancakes, denser.

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This describes our delightfully fun adventure! (At the top of Primose hill)