Marvelous Monday Photo Dump

It’s a chilly, tired, relatively wordless Marvelous Monday.

Friday Night

It was our anniversary dinner and we ate. We ate A LOT! More details to come soon 🙂

Oooooh happy anniversary to us!

Saturday

Saturday morning coffee, twitter, and blogs. It was lovely.

Coffee Twitter

My company did some painting at an elementary school on Friday. I now need to get my nails done.

My cousin had been wanting to cook me a birthday dinner and it finally happened.. 2 months later 😉 Well worth the wait!

Roast Chicken Asparagus Couscous Royal Farm Western Fries Artichoke

My fabulous belated birthday dinner from my cousin.. roast chicken, asparagus, couscous, western fries (Nathan insisted we bring them!), and an artichoke.. or 2.

I brought dessert!

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti Coconut Butter

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti = huge success!

Sunday

Farmers’ market Sunday. My favorite wrap and coffee in our little parking spot “nook.”

Sweet Fire Mushroom Wrap Eggs Rice Black Beans

Favorite breakfast from the farmers’ market.. Sweet fire chili portabello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, rice & peas, egg, feta, & salsa.

Burning off the last few days..

Unbelievable how off the machines are on calorie count!

..and then eating it up again 😉

Birroteca Duck Pizza Kale Salad Brussels Sprouts Eggplant Fries

Friday night leftovers = Sunday lunch. Duck pizza, fried brussels, eggplant fries, and kale salad.

I think it’s time to box up the dress, but I couldn’t pass up on putting it on at least once more.

Wedding Dress

I wish I could wear it all the time! Is that weird..?

Food for Thought

What fun stuff did you do over the weekend?

Guest Post: Carrots ‘N’ Cake 10 Tasty Cookie Recipes

If you don’t know Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake, you should really get on that! Her blog is one of my faves to read daily. She posts so many awesome recipes, workouts, and pictures of her adorable pug, Murphy! You may recognize the name from my many shout outs to her Sweet Breakfast Scramble that I couldn’t enough of! I’m so glad to be featuring Tina in today’s guest post and I hope you love all of these mouth-watering cookie recipes as much as I do!


Hi! My name is Tina, and I blog at Carrots ‘N’ Cake.

Tina Haupert Carrots N Cake

CNC is where I share my love for healthy living by documenting my meals and workout (and photos of my pug). While I try to pack the most nutrients possible into each meal, I have a number of favorites that are not necessarily “healthy,” but are still delicious and fun to eat. If eaten in moderation, I believe that the “bad” foods can be part of a well-balanced diet. With that said, here are ten of my favorite cookie recipes. Hopefully, you will love them as much as I do!

Carrots N Cake Cookie Recipes

3-Minute Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Banana Oatmeal Chip Cookies

Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Cherry-Walnut Almond Flour Cookies

Chewy Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Cookies

Gluten-Free Trail Mix Cookies

Loaded Pumpkin Cookies

Reeses Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


Thanks again to Tina for sharing these delicious recipes!

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite go-to cookie recipe?

Foodie Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Round Up

What would a fun holiday be without a fun holiday recipe round up? I’m pretty sure you said “not fun” and I agree! And while I’ve never been big in partaking in the celebrations, I can certainly hop on board with the food- and drink-based excitement of it all.

Skinnytaste Eating Bird Food Brown Eyed Baker Gimme Some Oven Two Peas & Their Pod Coconut & Lime Closet Cooking St Patricks Day Recipe Round Up Barr & Table

[Breakfast]
Breakfast Reuben SandwichCloset Cooking
Corned Beef Hash with Carrots & ThymeCoconut & Lime
Green Monster Spinach SmoothieIowa Girl Eats

Alright, so the smoothie might not be a traditional St. Patty’s Day treat, but with all of the treats around, you might want to have this recipe on hand for the next day 😉

[Snacks & Meals]
Honey Beer BreadGimme Some Oven
Reuben Rolls with Thousand Island Dip
Avocado Feta DipTwo Peas & Their Pod
Corned Beef & Cabbage SoupSkinnytaste

I love the twists on traditional fare, especially turning a heavier dish, like Corned Beef & Cabbage, into something lighter.

[Sweet Treats]
Minty Irish PowerballsBarr & Table
Creamy Lime & Avocado Tart (Vegan + Gluten Free)Eating Bird Food
Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice CreamBrown Eyed Baker
Irish Car Bomb CupcakesBrown Eyed Baker
Skinny(er) Shamrock ShakeSkinnytaste

A few indulgent options and a few healthier options as well. Take your pick! 🙂

Food for Thought

How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year?

Foodie Friday: Hail Merry Peanut Butter Coconut Banana Bites & a Giveaway!

Yesterday, I was so excited to share with you the wonderful world of Hail Merry snacks. Today, I’m even more excited to not only share with you a delicious treat that I created using their raw, gluten-free macaroons, but also host a giveaway!

Hail Merry Peanut Butter Coconut Banana Bites

Makes 12 Bites

Barr & Table Hail Merry Peanut Butter Coconut Banana Bites

Ingredients
6 Choco or Blonde Hail Merry Macaroons
3 tbsp peanut butter [I use Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator]
1 small banana
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips [I use Ghirardelli]

Directions
Slice each macaroon into so you have 2 coin-shaped pieces per macaroon. Slice your banana into 12 1/4″ pieces. Top each macaroon coin with 1 tsp peanut butter and then with a banana slice.

Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes until bites are set. Once set, melt chocolate chips and dip half of the bites in the chocolate. Melt peanut butter and drizzle on top of each bite.

Place in the freezer for another 15-20 minutes to set again. Let sit out for a minute or two to warm up before enjoying!

Talk about melt-in-your-mouth, these bites are decadent but light enough that you can indulge without the guilt.

Nutritional Stats
Per bite

61 Calories  /  4g Fat  /  7g Carbs  /  1g Fiber  /  3g Sugar  /  2g Protein

Hail Merry Macaroon Giveaway

The wonderful people of Hail Merry have offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win some delicious macaroons! The winnings include:

They’re both amazingly delicious, but if I had to choose a favorite, I would go with the Choco!

How to Enter

You have up to 5 chances to enter! Be sure to leave separate comments for each entry. Entries will be accepted through Thursday, December 6th, 11:59 pm EST. A winner will be chosen on Friday, December 7th.

1. Leave a comment telling me which flavor you’re most excited to try. (Mandatory)

2. Follow @HailMerryLLC and @BarrAndTable on Twitter and leave a comment telling me. (Optional)

3. Like Hail Merry and Barr & Table on Facebook and leave a comment telling me. (Optional)

4. Follow Hail Merry and Barr & Table on Pinterest and leave a separate comment telling me. (Optional)

5. Tweet “I entered to win #glutenfree, #raw @HailMerryLLC macaroons from @BarrAndTable and you can too! http://wp.me/p2mo7x-cy” and leave a separate comment with a link to your tweet. (Optional)

*Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. Winner has 48 hours to contact me and claim prize, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Hail Merry Love

If you’ve never heard of Hail Merry, you’ve been missing out.

Hail Merry is a snack food company born out of the yoga culture that celebrates raw plant-based oils.  Our truly great tasting recipes are consciously prepared to protect the integrity of the pure ingredients we source, offering an unparalleled taste experience.*

They make incredibly flavorful raw, gluten-free snacks and desserts that you need to get your hands on! And today is the perfect day to do that. As you may or may not know, Good Morning America features daily deals and today they’re offering 50% off of Hail Merry’s New Love Macaroon Tin. But the deal is only good today so get on it!

Hail Merry New Love Macaroon Tin Strawberry Chocolate

Hail Merry New Love Macaroon Tin

I can vouch for these macaroons; they’re worth it! With all natural ingredients, you can indulge without the guilt. And you can be sure they’re #plantPOWER approved!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a fun treat featuring these macaroons as well as an even more fun surprise for my readers! 😉

*Courtesy of HailMerry.com

Fake chicken as good as the real deal?


Beyond Meat, a new company based in Maryland, has come up with an alternative to chicken meat that it claims is a dead ringer for the real thing. And unlike other meat alternatives on the market, this one aims to be cheap as well as tasty.

The idea behind this new lean, mean protein is to break away from the boring vegan options and hopefully introduce meat-eaters to a meat-free alternative. The mixture of soy and pea powder, carrot fiber, and gluten-free flour will not only be a great substitute for chicken, but will provide the same great flavor and texture at lower cost and without all of the additives found in chicken.

The lucky locals of Northern California will be some of the first to have the opportunity to try Beyond Meat chicken when Whole Foods begins carrying the product next month!

Speak Up!

I know I’m intrigued, are you? Would you substitute chicken on a regular basis for this new vegan chicken?

Read more about this new product and listen to the podcast on NPR.