cheers to the new year

new year new goals oh, that rhymed! So, with the new year upon us I decided I wanted to write down a few goals. This year has been good to me and I know next year will be even better. These are my top five major goals for the upcoming year… but this is not even half of the things I want to do, I have so many more! I want to continue focusing on my health and fitness, explore my interests and hobbies (cooking, blogging, photography, volunteering, etc.), travel as much as I can, and continue to grow and nurture my personal relationships (family, friends, and boyfriend).

In the past few weeks I’ve also been working on another list, so here it is my 30 before 30… so many goals, so little time! Continue reading

piña colada flooded oatmeal bake

pina colada flooded oatmeal bakeno booze necessary
Usually what I eat for breakfast doesn’t vary much but I do try to think of different ways to make the same things. I especially love oatmeal because it’s a nice base to incorporate just about any kind of flavors you may be in the mood for. I wouldn’t usually buy pineapple but my roommate had some in the fridge so I took just one little ring (she definitely noticed). But that’s all you need to make this delicious cocktail-inspired oatmeal bake.
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zucchini pasta for my low carb friends

zucchini pastaIn my post about buying a griddle I mentioned how much I like kitchen appliances and gadgets; the spiralizer is one of those. This one is really cool, it’s technically called a spiral vegetable slicer but spiralizer sounds better. You can do so many things with it, in fact, there’s an entire blog/website dedicated to it (Inspiralized is the site, check it out it has some great recipe ideas). Zucchini is definitely the “go-to” veggie but you can use it with potatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and squash. It comes with 3 blades; one makes “ribbons” and the other two make noodles (for thin and thick noodles).

If you are looking for a low carb meal, this one is pretty yummy and low carb friendly. No real recipe here, I just used the spiralizer on a zucchini and heated up some store bought tomato and basil sauce and added ground turkey to make it meaty. This was super easy to make, it took about 5 minutes. The zucchini is not cooked but you can if you want, I prefer mines raw.

This is what the spiralizer looks like and you can get it from Amazon for about $20-30. What’s your favorite kitchen appliance and/or gadget?

peppermint s’more cups

peppermint smore cups s’mores are not just for camping
I’ve always associated s’mores with going camping but after going to a couple of events with s’mores inspired treats I may reconsider. I should really stay away from those three naughty ingredients but I decided to indulge instead because it is Christmas after all. I made these for the family get-together on Christmas eve and I got thumbs up all around. With just a few minor tweaks it can be an anytime treat, even if you’re not going camping {interestiiiing}. However, the peppermint marshmallow and crushed candy canes are a must for a truly festive treat.
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black bean brownie kiss bites

black bean brownie kiss bites treats make great gifts
For the past few years I’ve made Dave’s parents a dessert for Christmas. I was inspired by the Meltaway Brownie Bites Recipe from Hershey’s Kitchens but decided to make the brownie with black beans instead. I’ve seen many recipes for black bean brownie and wanted to try it myself. Treats really do make great gifts; it’s a labor of love, everyone loves sweets and it gives me an excuse to make naughty things (don’t forget it’s always good to taste your creations!).
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