• 5 easy lunches perfect for fall

    I don’t know how the weather is where you all are, but here in Charlotte it’s been way too hot and humid for most of October.  We had ONE perfect week where it was crisp and cool in the morning and evenings and then it just all went downhill from there! The biggest thing bumming me out about it is… [Continue Reading]

    5 easy lunches perfect for fall
  • whole grain apple pie bars

    Oh hello perfect Fall treat! I’ve been on a bit of an apple spree ever since going apple picking and this dessert was too good not to share!  It’s got a perfect whole grain cookie base and is then topped with so much apple pie flavor you will honestly have a hard time believing you’re not digging into a pie.… [Continue Reading]

    whole grain apple pie bars
  • daily meal plan: number forty three

    If you’re new to the series, click here to see the very first post or here to view them all! I’ve created a guide for you to use which will (hopefully!) make it easier for you to mix and match meals on your own to fit your individual needs: GUIDE: ABOUT THE GUIDE: Since everyone is different with different needs, and because I’m speaking to… [Continue Reading]

    daily meal plan: number forty three
  • whole grain peanut butter pumpkin pancakes

    Okay, so I know some of you are thinking “peanut butter and pumpkin???” but TRUST me, it’s an absolutely delicious flavor combination! You have to promise me that you’ll at least give it a shot before you decide you hate it.  Because I swear, one bite and you’ll be in love! These pancakes will be a good place to start.… [Continue Reading]

    whole grain peanut butter pumpkin pancakes

One plane, One train, One automobile

Today was crazy. I know I’ve said that in the past – but today I really mean it! Clara and I flew from Charlotte to New York and are now happily settled in Connecticut.  That’s a lot of states for a poor little doggie…I think it definitely took it’s toll on her! But let’s back up first. After our Five…

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High Five

When Chad got home we headed out for a walk with Clara: We did a quick two miles in this gorgeous weather and when we got home Clara went right back to her same spot…only a little more tuckered out: And with a Chad lap to lay on 🙂 We contemplated dinner on our whole walk and for a while…

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It’s a beautiful day out there! Chad and I enjoyed a nice lunch outside at Noodles & Co. We placed our orders then chose a nice seat in the shade, sipped our drinks and waited for our meals to arrive. Chad got his usual – the pesto cavatappi with chicken (which I inevitably always end up having some of!) I…

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Apple Crisp Parfait

Good morning!  Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends.  We definitely enjoyed ours! If you’re just catching up: Cinnamon Multigrain Pancakes Trail Blazers Apples to Apples Cars, Clara and Chipotle As Sunday morning’s post may have indicated, I have a plethora of apples and not much other fruit in the house so I decided to try something new for…

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Cars, Clara and Chipotle

Can’t believe it’s already Sunday night! Where do the weekends go? Before we headed out to meet my sister I grabbed a veggie delight sub at subway that I paired with an apple: Inside mine I put: Lettuce Peppers (banana and green) Pickles Onions Cucumbers Spinach Olive oil + vinegar Avocado Then we hit the road! We successfully picked up…

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Apples to Apples

What do you do when you have leftover apple slices in the fridge? You make an apple cranberry buckwheat bake! Apple Cranberry Buckwheat Bake Ingredients: 1/4 cup buckwheat flour (ground from raw buckwheat groats) 1 tbsp buckwheat groats 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 diced apples 1/4 cup soymilk 1 tbsp. dried cranberries 1 tsp vanilla 1 whole…

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Trail Blazers

We spent the afternoon here: The Whitewater Center in Charlotte is just amazing. You can do everything from stand up paddle boarding to trail running and biking as well as kayaking and whitewater rafting! Notice the zip-liner above?  I am declaring that I will absolutely do that before the summer is over! While we have a list a mile long…

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Cinnamon Multigrain Pancakes

Cinnamon Multigrain Pancakes were on tap for brunch today. And thanks to Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking & Pancake Mix, they were an absolute breeze! I prepared the batter according to the box: 2 cups of Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking & Pancake Mix 1 cup of milk 2 tbsp. canola oil 2 large eggs Then I added a heaping tsp. of…

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Dancing Dirty

It’s Friday and you know what that means… Pizza and Movie night! I ran a quick 3 miles and then walked 1 this afternoon so that I could be all set and ready to go when Chad got home. When he did we made our picks (whole wheat margherita (roma tomatoes, fresh house-made mozzarella and basil) for me and barbeque…

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Pillowy Soft

Another delicious meal thanks to Stonefire! And in the words of Rachael Ray: She took the words right out of my mouth.  It’s absolutely true.   Also absolutely true? Egg + avocado is a match made in heaven. I hard boiled two eggs, mashed them with my fork then stuffed the whole wheat pita full with them, 1/4 avocado and…

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I woke up not really craving anything in particular for the first time in a long time (which might not seem weird to most normal people, but for people like me it’s not normal…did you follow that?). It wasn’t until I offered to make Chad a bowl of yogurt with strawberries and granola that I decided, suddenly, that that’s what…

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Candy Solution

We’ve had a huge jar of peanut m&ms sitting in the kitchen since the mountain house weekend. It certainly doesn’t help that they sit in a huge glass jar and stare me in the face all the live long day! Try studying with that staring you in the face and resist reaching in with every hard math problem. It’s not easy….

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