Pin Ups

It’s time again for another Pin It Party hosted by the wonderful Lean Green Bean, herself! I love these posts because not only do I get to share some of my more recent favorite recipes, but I get to see so many other awesome pinnable posts from other bloggers in the link up. Don’t forget to make your way over there to check it out!

You can also see my first 2 Pin It Party posts here:
Pin It Party #1
Pin It Party #2

The Lean Green Bean Pin It Party

Breakfast

Cinnamon Raisin Eggy Oats

One of my favorite breakfasts. How can you say no to oats,
nut butter, and a perfectly runny yolk?

Entree

Eggy Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Another yolk! In case you’re feeling a little breakfasty for dinner.

Sweets & Treats

Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Mini snickerdoodle biscotti are great for any occasion! Maybe this should be under breakfast too 😉

Peanut Butter Cup Party Popcorn Barr and Table

This would be a great snack for the Superbowl. It’s nice a light and not too sweet.

Fudge Ems!

Some dark chocolate fudge with a glass of red wine? Match made in heaven!

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I did! Now go ahead and start pinning 🙂

Food for Thought

Are you a big pinner?

What I Ate Wednesday #62: Baby Shower Photo Dump

Work has been absolutely nuts lately. And let’s be honest, life has been too.. this week’s post is going to be a quick one! I’m so excited about how all of my food turned out for my sister-in-law’s baby shower on Sunday that I have to share it.

The theme was a Mad Hatter Tea Party so there were fun little hats for everyone to wear, tea cups for everyone to take home, and lots of little bites of food!

Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower

We even got my brother in a hat 😉 [Thanks for the picture, Brenna!]

On the Menu

  • Garlic hummus
  • Harissa hummus
  • Spinach dip phyllo bites
  • Mini caprese bites
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Mini chocolate cupcakes
  • Mini maple cinnamon cupcakes
  • Mexican chocolate biscotti
  • Snickerdoodle biscotti
  • Veggie and fruit platters
  • Cheese and crackers
Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti Setup

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti & Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Mexican Chocolate Biscotti & Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Mini Caprese Bites

Mini caprese bites

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies Biscotti

Biscotti plate and chocolate chip cookies

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies M&Ms

We made LOTS of cookies 🙂

While all of these recipes were, of course, found on Pinterest, I ended up making some substitutions to make my own creations! I’ll definitely be sharing some of my new recipes with you soon.

Until then, back to work!

Food for Thought

Have you ever hosted a shower [baby or bridal]?

A Whirlwind Weekend

Today is the last day to enter my thinkThin giveaway!

I’ve been trying to write this post for a little while now, but to be completely honest, I’m exhausted! This past weekend was planned to be a little crazy and as each minute passed and plans began to crumble, it took a turn for the crazier. Though that’s not to say it didn’t end up being great.

Friday was a bit rough; work was absolutely nuts and I was less than thrilled when Nathan called to tell me I had a screw in one of the tires on my car. Of course, we just sold his car on Tuesday. New tire it is! I could not have been looking forward to getting home Friday night for my big date with my kitchen. Sunday was my sister-in-law’s baby shower and I was in charge of food. With a day chock-full of plans on Saturday, Friday was my night to get it done! Until I was at work until almost 11. Strike 1.

Saturday was one for celebrations. Lunch and wine plans with the bride-to-be, the moms, and 2 other bridesmaids, followed by Jessie and Adam’s engagement party that night meant I was up bright and at 7am to bake! I made it through almost all of the baking, had just enough time to sit down for breakfast, and was finished getting ready when Nathan told me that I had a flat tire. The new tire. On our only car. Not to mention, when we were changing the flat tire to the spare, the jack bent. AAA to the rescue! And strikes 2 and 3.

Eggs Yolk Brussels Sprouts Mushrooms Sriracha

I think it’s time I share some good food.. Breakfast #1: mushrooms, leftover brussels sprouts, eggs, and sriracha.

But we weren’t giving up! Luckily for me, I have the most marvelous husband. He dropped me off to have lunch and wine with the girls while he took care of the car. We met at Golden West Cafe and they were only serving their brunch menu.. looks like it’s time for more eggs!

Golden West Cafe Mushroom Omelette Zekes Coffee

Wild mushroom omelette with corn tortillas. More eggs? Why not!

And then it was time for wine.. after driving in circles for 30 minutes trying to find a place that was 1. open and 2. not having a special event. Basignani it is!

basignani

Well I must have been happy! [I swear we didn’t drink that much..]

I made it back home not long before Nathan [with our perfectly fixed car] and with just enough time to finish my baking for the shower before we headed out to celebrate these cute kids.

Cheers!

Sunday was game-time. I was up early again to get in a quick workout, enjoy a marvelous breakfast thanks to a LOVE drop from Love Grown Foods, and head to my parents house to get ready for the baby shower!

Love Grown Foods Super Oats

Love Grown Foods Super Oats. My new fave!

There was a little bit more baking to do once I arrived and some other food to assemble but my mom and I knocked it out pretty quickly. Within a few hours, we had enough food to feed an army and the house was transformed into a Mad Hatter tea party! The shower went off without a hitch and we couldn’t have been more excited.

Caprese Bites Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodle Biscotti New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies M&Ms

Speaking of feeding an army, check out that cute little army of caprese bites!

It was my first time being in charge of so much food [I didn’t even get pictures of all of it!] and I was really pleased with the way everything turned out. Maybe it’s something I should make more of a habit? 😉

I can’t believe it’s already Monday. The weekend absolutely flew by with everything we had going on, but like I said, it ended up being a good one! This week is for resting up, resetting, and getting ready for a big weekend ahead.. full of packing!

Food for Thought

How was your weekend? Did you have any big plans?

Have you ever been in charge of food for a party?

My Own Metabolism Experiment

Happy Halloween!

On Friday, I mentioned Alysia’s post about her metabolism experiment. After having considered doing the same thing for a while, I decided to give it a shot. Like Alysia, on rest days I find myself wondering if I’m eating too much so I thought this would be a great way to figure it out. I like knowing numbers and of course, I knew that no matter what, I would compare my number to her’s, but hey, that’s just the name of the game sometimes! Knowing that going into it helped me stay out of the comparison trap.

So how did it go..?

Calorie Burn Metabolism Test Polar FT40 HRM

Hmm..

Well, to be completely honest, I was a little disappointed. My day started out strong. I noticed for the first few hours in the morning, I was averaging about 100 calories per hour. I didn’t think that would hold up throughout the day, even though I had some errands to run, but I was definitely surprised by how much it slowed down as the day progressed.

My day looked a little something like this:
7:45 am – Wake up and strap on the heart rate monitor
8:30 am – Time for breakfast!

Sweet Pumpkin Breakfast Scramble Carrots N Cake

Carrots ‘N’ Cake sweet breakfast scramble with pumpkin, topped with nut butters and granola

9:30 am – Haircut
11:00 am – Nail appointment [and a little Target shopping..]
1:00 pm – Lunch and baking time!

Kale Tomato Black Beans Beets Pepper Avocado Cashews Broccoli

Awesome huge salad!

Snickerdoodle White Chocolate Biscotti

Snickerdoodle biscotti with white chocolate drizzle [recipe soon!]

3:00 pm – House stuff.. laundry, dishes, etc.
6:30 pm – Heading out to a fabulous dinner and drinks!

Verde Pizza Margherita Canton Baltimore Maryland MD

Verde Pizza

10:30 pm – Hit the hay! Yes, we’re old farts.
7:45 am – Wake up and take off heart rate monitor.

That is usually about the amount of activity I have an on rest day. So while Alysia found that an average 2000 calorie/day diet is about right for her, I’m wondering what I could do to help speed up my metabolism on rest days. I feel like 1700 calories is a decent amount, but I’m always looking to improve!

I also wonder if it had anything to do with having a harder week with my workouts. I felt like the quality of my workouts last week were not up to par and it makes me think that if I had a stronger week of workouts, that maybe the results would be different. I may try the experiment again in a few months to see if anything has changed, but in the mean time, I’ll continue to work on listening to my body and feeding it right!

Food for Thought

Have you ever considered trying this kind of metabolism experiment?

If you’ve done this before, was the calorie burn higher or lower than you expected?

Any tips on speeding up my metabolism on rest days?

Are you dressing up for Halloween?