Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat Smell My Halloween Treats

This is Jennifer, guest blogging for Food Fan with a Fitness Fan. I have a major sweet tooth but I don't like to buy candy for Halloween because it always sits around for me to eat it days later. Since I don't have any kids my self I make a special treat just for my nieces and nephew, and can give it all away. This year I made salted nut bars. Which includes my favorite Halloween candy CANDY CORN!!! Pretty easy to make too.
Salted Nut Bars

3/4 C flour
1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 C softened butter
I used caramel syrup
(because I am lazy and didn't want to unwrap and melt caramels)
1 C powdered sugar
1 1/2 C marshmallow cream
As much salted roasted peanuts and candy corn you want!
Turn oven to 350. Line a 8" square baking dish with foil and spray. Beat all crust ingredients until you have fine crumbs, press into bottom of pan and bake for 14 min. Cool completely.
Beat 1C powdered sugar and marshmallow cream until combined. Sprinkle parchment paper with a little powdered sugar and pat out marshmallow mixture into a square to fit pan. Pour caramel syrup over cooled crust and sprinkle with peanuts. Top with marshmallow mixture, pressing down firmly. Pour some more caramel then top with more peanuts and candy corn patting down firmly.
Refrigerate for 30 min to set. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

adapted from

original recipe called for crunchy peanut butter in crust and I totally forgot to put it in there!

I think the kiddos will enjoy. I had tohave a taste test too and they were very good and messy.

Happy Halloween!!

Apple Pie Cake Balls :)

Apple Pie Cake Balls


1 box white cake mix

¼ - ½ cup Apple pie filling (or any pie filling)

Bakers white chocolate

Cinnamon graham crackers


Bake your cake as directed on the box... or as instructed by old family recipe card...

Let it cool.

Pulverize it in a food processor or with your hands.

Mash up the apple pie filling (Food processor or in a baggy with your hands - the goal is to not have lumps)

Mix pie filling and cake together.

Do this slowly. You don’t want too much pie filling or they’ll be too gooey.

Let this mixture sit in the fridge for an hour or two.

Roll into golf ball sized balls.

Place onto wax paper.

Pulverize your graham crackers

Roll each ball first in white chocolate and then in graham cracker crumbs

Let your balls- cake balls - sit in the fridge until the chocolate graham cracker coating has had time to harden.

I have so many things to tell you

... If I ever have a free moment

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Working Out Away from Home

Getting a workout in while I’m away from home… normally I wouldn’t. J

But things are changing! I will be away from home for 3 days and I plan to work out on at least two of them. I am taking workout videos and my running shoes. I’m not coming back to town looking like a tubby wubby.


I haven’t worked out since Monday and I don’t want to undo my hard work.


I know for a fact that I am an emotional eater.

Today, at work, has been crazy!

Absolutely insane.

And my food choices are showing it.

Pretzels, a reeses cup, chex mix…. Yep not one healthful thing! At least I had an apple at breakfast. Maybe that’ll make up for it. J

I hate that!

I wish I was better at controlling it. But it takes practice. I have to unlearn these habits that I’m so used to.

That’s a hard one for me.

I need to practice saying to myself “I’d rather be healthy than eat this junk food.”

Because I do... honestly.

I would much rather be a healthier person than to eat the junk food but it is so hard to remember that when you’re feeling like crap or having a bad day.

Either way though.

It’s something I need to work on.

Learn to eat when I’m hungry not emotional.




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Best Cookies of My Life

I made the best cookies ever of my life this weekend! I ate like 100,000,000 of these cookies! Okay not really but I think I could’ve.


I don't know how to name them....

Pumpkin Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies


·        2 cups all-purpose flour

·        1 cup old fashioned oats

·        1 teaspoon baking powder

·        1/2 teaspoon baking soda

·        1/2 teaspoon salt

·        1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

·        1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice

·        1 package of sugar free cheesecake pudding mix (dry)

·        1 cup (8 ounces) butter,softened

·        1 cup light brown sugar,packed

·        3/4 cup granulated sugar

·        1 large egg

·        1 teaspoon vanilla extract

·        1 cup canned solid pack pumpkin

·        1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

·        2 cups white chocolate chips


Heat oven to 350°. Lightly grease baking sheets or line with silicone baking sheets.

Combine the flour, oats, baking powder, soda, salt, spices, and dry pudding mix; set aside.

In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and pumpkin. Slowly beat in the dry ingredients until blended. Stir in white chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges and set. Cool for a few minutes then remove to a rack to cool completely.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies. Or less if you’re like me and make them giant sized



Just get a medium sized artichoke and cut off the top and trim the leaves. Then fan it out.  Next you pick out whatever kind of apple you want and slice it. I used Granny Smith. Tuck the slices into the artichoke leaves and in the center. Then grab a measuring cup (or shot glass :D ) and pour out one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Drizzle it over the artichoke. Wrap in foil and bake for 1 hour and 15minutes at 375. Dont't forget to eat the heart and a lot of people dont realize that you can peel away the green part of the stem and eat the white fleshy center. The heart and stem are the best part!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Apple Artichoke Idea

Granny Smith Apple

Okay. I have an idea. I think I'm going to take some apple slice and put them in between the leaves of the artichoke and then bake.
I have been CRAVING artichoke!!! Like crazy!
So I think this will be perfect. I will let you know :)

Are crop top t-shirts coming back "in"?

Crop Textured T-Shirt

I've seen them all over the place lately!!

Even Victoria's Secret has this cute crop top sweater!

Cheers to a happy Friday!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Breathing Better

That test was a killer! And I still have piles of homework and another test in a different class due Monday. How is it that you'll go like an entire week with down time just doing small assignments and then all of a sudden every class has a major something or another due!? And I'm like what the hell guys! Oh well! Why complain.. it doesn't matter because it has to be done anyway.
And - besides - I'm thankful that I am even able to go to school. Some people don't get that chance. 
Some humor to lighten the mood :)
As much as I'd like to have a sure attitude on politics and know 100% what I believe in the truth is I don't. I'm very middle road. I'm liberal when it comes to marriage and abortion but a little more conservative when it comes to gun laws and how the people spend their own money. But if you'll notice all four are really about freedom. Freedom to choose who you marry, what you do with your body, freedom to protect your home and then freedom to spend the money you earn how you see fit. But I hate politics and the election and I think it's all a big horse and pony show. Who can say the most things to make people like them. Changing the country takes more than one term or two terms. Real change and progress happens over long periods of time and the only way to make it work it to work together... not fight and choose sides.
Enough with the boring stuff!

<<<< OKAY - I KNOW
It looks awful and disgusting and you're like what the heck is that girl eating!?
It really honestly tastes much better than it looks. Its romaine topped which my version of mexi "chicken" salad. I made using a morning star "chicken" grillers patty (shredded with a fork) and then mixed that with chopped pickles and salsa and avocado. Then mixed up really good and put it on top of a nice crisp bowl of romaine.
ALSO - Any tips on how to take better photos??? Especially of food. I need help in that area... like bad. Obviously :)
My husband has gone crazy decorating our entry way for Halloween. We're Huge fans of Halloween and he is really good at setting things up. I will have to get a picture of the front of the house. He has pumpkins set up really nicely along with some spider webs and a light that changes colors.
And here is my love. Eating an entire pan full of shells with cheese and crescent rolls.
I'm so jealous that he can eat that and still stay thin. ;p

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Study Freakout Mode

I’m amazed at how some people have it so together

Or they’re just really smart…

But usually they just have their $hi+ together

I’m seriously fighting back the study snacking.

I see why people tend to gain weight in college.

I saw the review to my accounting test for next Tuesday and I think I am about to have a mental breakdown!

I need to come up with a healthy or low calorie snack for this weekend so that way I don’t blow my entire diet.

I know I’m not the only one who snacks like crazy when they have to study.

LOTS of people do it.

But there are some who don’t.

I need their secret.

I don’t manage stress well.

Well that’s not true… if I’m stressed but still pretty well know it will be okay once it’s over then I can handle that.

The stress I can’t handle is the stress where you really just don’t know if it’s going to be okay.

I really may not do well on this test.

Something just isn’t clicking.

This isn’t like high school… I’m paying for this class and if I don’t pass then that’s a waste of a lot of money. This fact doubles my stress.

Sometimes I am able to use stress to my advantage.

Occasionally the stress gets so high that I shut out everything else and just go into super focus mode.

I’m really counting on that to happen this weekend when I study for this test.

I normally wouldn’t work out when I’m crunching but then I realized how good it makes me feel so maybe that would help.

But I don’t know if I will be able to take that time to break away from studying.

So basically

Right now

I’m just freaking out



Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Oatmeal is not low carb. Nope. But oatmeal make me feel good. It warms my bones and makes my tummy feel just right. Sometimes I add cinnamon. Sometimes I add flaxseed. Sometimes I add sugar. Sometimes I add peanuts or pecans.  I love oatmeal. Oatmeal loves me. I've never been able to answer  the question "What is your go to comfort food" But I think I have the answer now. Mine is for sure oatmeal. 
I bought this yesterday. BEST CREAMER OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!!! I didnt realize I had picked up the sugar free version. Maybe next time I'll pay attention and get the "good stuff"... ya know... with sugar.
I got some awesome costumes for when my sisters bring their kids over. Well two sisters dont live here so I guess only one sister's kids will ever have a chance to play. Except when the holidays get here and the others sisters bring their kids. :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Animal Cracker Pumpkin Pie Bars

Animal Cracker Pumpkin Pie Bars
Animal Cracker Crust:
4 - 2oz packages of Animal Crackers (or 8oz from a family sized bag)
1/4 cup Earth Balance (or any other butter substitute)
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Pumpkin Pie Filling:
2/3 cup soy milk
1 can of pumpkin puree (15oz)
1 package of cheesecake sugar free instant pudding mix (dry)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice mix
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1- 8oz container of frozen sugar free whipped topping (thawed)
Beat the animal crackers until they are in crumbs or take the lazy way out (like I did) and put them in your electric mixing bowl whole. Then mix in your earth balance and mix on low. Then slowly add in the oats, pecans, and spices. You turn your mixer up higher if the contents of the bowl won’t go flying out but I had to keep mine on a lower setting.
After all is mix and crumbly in texture, press into 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes. Let the crust cool completely.
Mix together soy milk, pumpkin puree, instant pudding mix, brown sugar, and spices. Slowly add in your thawed whipped topping. Mix well. Then spoon and spread filling over the crust. Refrigerate until ready to serve. I put mine in the fridge over night and the consistency was at its best the next day.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Some Spice to Fight Off the Chill


Oh man oh man oh man
We went from the 80’s yesterday to the 60’s today and by Saturday we’ll be in the 40’s!
I SO love this weather.
Fall is my absolute most favorite time. 
Halloween and family time.
And I can put pumpkin in anything I want and its totally cool.
The only problem is that I tend to get a little lazy.
I find that my gym days are a little more spread out than usual.
And I absolutely hate crawling out of warm bed to go to A.M. workouts.
I have to get the mindset of GET OVER IT and JUST DO IT
Yesterday at the gym was a bust.
I tried running for a while on the treadmill
But I just couldn’t get into it.
I also wasn't on my “regular” treadmill on my “regular” row
Maybe that had something to do with it?
I know I can’t be the only one who gets attached to a certain treadmill
I tried the Precor 100i machine
Once again
I just couldn’t get into it
I don’t know what the deal is
Maybe just an off day.
I got to cookin’
In order to prepare for the cold days coming up I made Vegan Crunk’s Chipotle Chickpea Chili
Except mine is a little different
I left out the things I didn’t have and subbed in for some of the things I already had.
Whatever is in My Freezer/Pantry Chili
Adapted from Vegan Crunk’s Chipotle Chickpea Chili
1 Tbs grapeseed oil
1 small onion
1 ½ tsp minced garlic (or 3 cloves)
1 can chipotle chilies in adobo
1 can of tomatoes 14.5oz
1 can of chili beans 15oz
1 can of chickpeas 15oz
½ cup okra
½ cup frozen corn
2 Tbs Tomato paste
2 Tbs chili powder
½ tsp ground cumin
Get out your big pot,
add in oil on medium heat,
add chopped onion and let them cook for a few minutes,
add your garlic and let cook for a minute or two,
add the chipotle chilies and 2 tsp of the adobo sauce  - unless you     want it super spicy then add in the entire can
add tomatoes with juice,
add chili bean (I didn’t drain them but you can if you want!)
add chickpeas (I drained this time)
add okra
add the corn
add tomato paste
add chili powder
add ground cumin
Stir on medium for 30 minutes or so.

 <<< Serve with love ;p
I added the ingredients to My Fitness Pal's recipe builder and if this makes 6 servings then the nutrition for 1 serving is Cal: 215, Carbs: 32, Protein: 9, Fat: 5, Fiber: 10
Maybe I should add in pumpkin next time.........

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What Makes You Happy

There are a lot of us out there who are trying to get to a goal weight or a goal size. This in itself is not unhealthy. I do however think there is a very thin line between a healthy goal and an unhealthy obsession. I tend to cross back and forth over this line and I know I’m not alone. Many of us get too caught up on the numbers when really the numbers aren’t the issue. So what is it that drives us to obsess over such things? And how do you know the difference between having “normal” weight loss worries and a real problem that requires therapy or treatment? These things take some “soul searching”. Often times I create unrealistic goals and usually just disappointment myself when I haven’t reached them. Lately I’ve been trying to find other things that make me happy. Things that have nothing at all to do with weight or eating. I would encourage anyone who struggles to do the same. I am beginning to realize that it is so important to appreciate what’s around you. In my case I have to learn to celebrate other victories that aren’t tied to the scale or my calorie count and be thankful for the things that make my day a little better.
1. I appreciate that I have a few close friends whom I can count on and I can trust.
2. I love that my dog gets so excited to see me walk in the door when I get home in the evenings.
3. I’m doing well in a class that I find difficult.
4. My kitty cat always wants to cuddle and that makes me really happy
5. I’m super excited about the pistachios I brought for a snack.
6. My husband is thoughtful. He knew I wanted a Halloween decoration for my desk and brought home a glittery pumpkin. I looooooove it J
For now I am still working on learning to eat in a healthful and thoughtful way as well as working on losing weight. I haven’t come far enough to say “I don’t care about the number” but I can say that I know there are other things in the world that are beautiful and wonderful and they have nothing to do with weight and weight loss or dieting.
Oh! 7. Another thing that makes me happy is the FALL season! I love love love this time of year. ESPECIALLY HALLOWEEN!!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Carbs Galore

The wedding was beautiful!!! It was wonderful to see my friend happy and looking like a princess. I mean really. This girl looked beautiful! 

My diet took a nose dive.
Friday-Sunday it was CARBS galore.
But I don’t really feel bad about it.
I’ve been thinking it over and have decided that cutting out an entire food group may not work for everyone while it may work out perfectly for someone else.
But for me I’ve made a decision.
At this stage in my life doing low carb is what I need.
The weekend proved that I still can’t control my portions when faced with carbs. As some of you may or may not know certain carbs are trigger foods for me and while they aren’t inherently “bad” they certainly present a problem for me.
So for now, while I work on other issues and my relationship with food, I will stay away from carbs as framework but will allow them for certain occasions.
Occasions in which the food is no longer available after initial consumption… meaning I will not buy or keep leftovers of certain foods at home.
Everyone is different so I think you… and me… have to find what works and not one formula is going to work for everyone.
It has taken me a long – VERY long - time to figure out what kinds of foods throw me into a downward spiral. This isn’t like alcoholism but I think the analogy would help you understand what I’m getting at. The recovering alcoholic can’t have a drink of alcohol. Not one sip… as this would jeopardize his/her recovering. They may not stop at that one sip, they may have another and another and before they know they are back in deep.  That is how I am with trigger foods. BUT I’m working it out and I know that there are tons of other people and young women just like myself who  are having the same issues and know where I’m coming from.

Cheers to Monday (even though you are the hardest day to wake up for)