The Best of Both Worlds

Any of you who have read my blog for more than the past couple posts have probably come to the conclusion that I like to workout, and I like breakfast, specifically smoothies, and coffee. When I stumbled upon this lovely recipe, from Fit For A Bride, I KNEW I had to try it.

I’m awesome at stealing other peoples ideas and incorporating them into my own life. But I always want to give credit where credit is due, so please check out this blog, where I got the idea/recipe, and give her some love! She definitely did all the leg work, and her recipe is so perfect I didn’t change a thing!

“The Perfect Coffee Protein Shake”

  • CoffeScreen Shot 2014-10-02 at 12.24.59 PMe – 1 cup.Sara recommends making a cup the night before and sticking it in the fridge. I like this idea.
  • Protein Powder – 1 scoop
    • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (don’t get unsweetend plain, the vanilla is crucial)
    • Unsweetened Cocoa – use this if you use vanilla protein powder, which is what I usually have around. Otherwise, if you use chocolate protein powder, you can skip this step.
    • A Frozen Banana – I peel it, chop it up, stick it in a ziploc bag and freeze it overnight.

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Mike’s First Departure

For Mike’s first “care package” here’s what I did:

– I made him a set of cards to “open when…” Some with personal messages, jokes, pictures, etc.
– He loves chocolate, so I made him a bunch of chocolate covered Oreos and cookie dough.

I made a simple egg-less cookie dough and rolled it into balls. I then stuck them in the fridge for a few minutes to harden up a bit.


Since this wasn’t super fancy, I used ghiraedelli 60% dark chocolate chips! and melted them down in the microwave with some Crisco. I used approximately 1tbs of Crisco per 2 cups of chocolate chips.


then simply dipped the cookie dough balls and Oreos into the chocolate. I then set them on Saran Wrap and stuck them in the fridge for a bit to firm up the chocolate. 


And I only ate about half the dough!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies… Ever.

I know that the “best” is a personal opinion. But I love these chocolate chip cookies. They’re easy to make, they’re gooey and delicious, and M loves them too! I got the recipe off, my favorite spot to find new recipes, and read other people’s reviews and recommendations.


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In my gas oven I bake these for 17 minutes. I also use a small ice cream scoop as a dough measurer, and typically end up with 30-ish cookies. So mine are smaller than the recipe calls for, but that means M is more likely to share some with me! I think the trick is to let the cookies cool on the warm baking sheet for approximately 5 minutes before removing them and placing them on the wire cooling rack. This extra step means the bottoms get cooked a little bit extra, giving them a slight crunch, and help them hold together!

Bluth Bites – Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

Tonight I was craving something sweet and chocolately, and after a quick pinterest search I found these: bluth bites.jpg

“Bluth Bites.”

I’m a huge fan of the original seasons of Arrested Development, so naturally I found this amusing as well as delicious. (If you haven’t seen it, and love dysfunctional family sitcoms, check out Arrested Development). The lovely has an awesome post with background from the show about the bites as well! As she suggested, MAKE SURE you freeze your banana slices for 2 hours before dipping in the chocolate. If you don’t – a mess ensues and it’s much more work than needed. These came out delicious and were exactly what I needed!