WIAW – Cleaning it up!

WIAW – Cleaning it up!

I’ve been trying to focus on eating a little bit cleaner for a few months now.  I do pretty good most days but my main downfall has been my snacking.  I do too much of it…

It’s just easier sometimes to snack my way through lunch.  However, because I’m never truly satisfied that snacking continues into the afternoon and then sometimes evening.  Not good :-(

This week I told myself I was going to really focus on eating as close to Whole30 style as possible.  Meat, veggies, healthy fats and some fruit.  I’m working on cutting down on nuts, and not as much fruit as I tend to depend on those things for snacks.  I’ve also been aiming for three full meals a day with a few post workout snacks on days that I do a good workout.

So, here’s what Mondays meals were,

Breakfast,

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I Scream you Scream we all Scream for… Pumpkin?

I Scream you Scream we all Scream for… Pumpkin?

Yep, it’s that time of year again.  When everyone starts going crazy about Pumpkin.

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MIMM – Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars

MIMM – Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars

“This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars.Good morning friends! ” 

Happy Monday and almost October!  Man this month flew by!  I need to put together my fall bucket list now that it’s finally beginning to feel like fall around these parts.  A much cooler day yesterday that was much enjoyed!  As was the rest of our weekend which I’m sharing with you all for today’s MIMM post!

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Five Favorites on Friday

Five Favorites on Friday

Happy Friday!

We were blessed with some much needed rain yesterday and it was marvelous!  We’ve had some pretty bad forest fires around here lately that the rain definitely helped out with.  not to mention the horrific drought we’ve had this year.  Anyway, after dropping The Love Nugget off at school I enjoyed a morning at home cleaning and catching up on a few to do’s.  Of course those three hours went by way too fast and before I knew it I had to rush back to get him.  We continued to enjoy the afternoon at home though and I was lucky enough that he decided to take a nap too!  So I enjoyed a little blog reading and tea with the window open smelling the freshly fallen rain scent.  Ahhh…. Fall :-)

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Thursday Thoughts and Plantain Protein Pancakes

Thursday Thoughts and Plantain Protein Pancakes

Hi friends!

I’m switching it up a bit today and sharing some random thoughts for this lovely Thursday along with many other bloggers linking up with Amanda :-)

I’m excited it’s Thursday for two reasons.  First it’s almost Friday.  Second it’s my rest day.  My body is exhausted this week so today was much needed.

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WIAW – Super Easy Apple Sauce!

WIAW – Super Easy Apple Sauce!

Hey there!

It’s Wednesday and I’m still joining Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday but today focusing on my LOVE for Apple Season.

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If we had an apple orchard I would probably live happily for the rest of my life.  Well that or a vineyard :-)

I pretty much eat an apple everyday and ones that are freshly picked from the tree are so much better than those purchased in the store.

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Luckily we live in an area where there are apple orchards within driving distance  AND we make sure to visit at least once a year!

We recently took our annual trip up to Apple Hill to stock up on some forbidden fruit.

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We came home with more than we could eat by ourselves meant I had to do something with all those delicious apples!

So I whipped up a super easy crockpot applesauce to have on hand.  When I say easy I mean, toss into the crockpot and walk away easy.  Not to mention, delicious!

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ingredients

  • 10 - 12 apples, cored and peeled (I used a semi tart variety but a golden delicious or fuji would work great too!)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Chop peeled apples into chunks then toss into a crockpot.
  2. Stir in Cinnamon then toss in cinnamon sticks.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. If you want it chunky, just stir well with a wooden spoon until desired texture is reached.
  5. If you want it smooth, use an immersion blender to finely chop up the chunks or blend it in a blender until smooth.
  6. Enjoy!
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See what I mean, simple!  This made about three jars of applesauce but… they were all gone within a few weeks!  I’m telling you, it’s amazing!

 QUESTIONS – 

  • What’s your favorite fruit?  
  • Have you ever made applesauce?
Celebrating Placer Grown at Wise Villa

Celebrating Placer Grown at Wise Villa

I posted earlier about the wonderful events that Placer Grown is hosting in a few weeks to showcase the bounty of fresh locally grown food we have in our area. As a kickoff to this weeklong event I was invited to a lovely lunch and wine tasting at the beautiful Wise Villa in Lincoln.

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Celebrate Placer Grown!

Celebrate Placer Grown!

We are lucky enough to live in an area that has such an abundance of resources and fun!  The Sacramento region is close enough has mountains, rivers, lakes, and even the ocean within a few hours drive.  All the perks of living in California.

But that’s not the main reason I love living in this area.  I feel particularly lucky to live in Placer County.  A region that has a plethora of farms, ranches, wineries, and local resources right at our fingertips.

Each year to celebrate the wonderful bounty of natural producers we have close by, Placer Grown puts on a week full of family friendly events.  From October 11th – 18th they’ll be showcasing many local farms, ranches, and wineries.

It all kicks off on October 11th with Auburn Food and Wine Festival Saturday October 11th from 1:00 – 5:00.

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MIMM – Marvelous Trip to Santa Cruz!

MIMM – Marvelous Trip to Santa Cruz!

Happy Marvelous Monday!

Monday’s are always better after a fun weekend of relaxing family/friend time.  Which is just what we had :-)

We rented a house in Santa Cruz right next to Pleasure Point.  If you’re a surfer I’m sure you’ve heard of pleasure point :-)

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Kids in the Kitchen #3 – Fruit “Swizzlebobs” AKA Shish kabobs

Kids in the Kitchen #3 – Fruit “Swizzlebobs” AKA Shish kabobs

Making food fun always makes it more desirable to kids.  And what’s not fun about shish kabobs?

Food on a stick!?!  Fun right?

So of course the idea of making fruit shish kabobs or Sizzlebobs as The Love Nugget likes to call them was a huge hit!

Which is our next kid friendly recipe for my Kid’s in the Kitchen segment!

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