Hair

I hate hate hate when I don’t workout before a hair appointment. Now I’m gonna have to ruin this prettiness with gym sweat in a bit.

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But first, I gotta clean this damn house.
And mail more sh*t.
And buy food. Human food and dog food. (note to self: don’t forget to get pumpkin purée for Layla- fiber helps the ‘ol anal glands)
And walk the pup.

Besides my super awesome hair job this morning,

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My favorite part of the day has been eating chocolate chip cookies while watching Jessica Simpson -equipped with roughly a half dozen pairs of Spanx under her dress- talk about weight loss. Bwahaha

If you are supremely disappointed with this short post, I suggest you hop on over to Athena’s blog and check out a sweet dinner recipe I wrote about (meat and cheese are ingredients, so click on over!)

Last but not least, Layla says hi.

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Nonchalantly, of course.

Guest Post: Apple, yogurt and coconut muffins

Hey Nutcaseinpoint readers. 🙂

My name is Jodie and I’m an Aussie expat, nutritional medicine student, avid tea drinker, and the blogger behind Jo’s Jam Jar.

I found Jen’s fun blog a while back and empathized with her move to a new country, as I moved to the U.S. last year with my husband.

I also love reading about Jen’s workouts (especially the strength ones) – and attempting to copy them. I love hiking, biking, swimming, yoga, and basically all things water-based and/or outdoors, but when it comes to gym workouts, I’m kind of clueless, so I love Jen’s point of view on exercise. Now if she could just come to my gym and show me how to use some of the more intimidating equipment, that would be great.

Jen asked me if I was interested in writing a guest post and I thought I would share an easy muffin recipe with you guys. Plus I have an essay I need to finish, so I felt like baking.

This is a simple recipe, using the classic wet and dry system of baking. I like to add a little nutrition to my treats, so these guys are sweetened without processed sugar and have a good dose of essential omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, fiber, manganese, and zinc. One muffin has around 140 calories, if you’re into that sort of thing.

I bet they would be great with some fresh apple chunks and nuts folded in to the batter if you want to fancy them up a bit. Enjoy as a quick breakfast muffin, as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea, or on your next road trip.

Safe travels back to Calgary Jen, and I hope you all have an awesome weekend!

Apple, yogurt and coconut muffins

Ingredients:

Dry:

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

¼ cup milled flaxseed

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Pinch of fine sea salt

Wet:

½ cup applesauce

¼ cup coconut oil

6oz tub plain coconut milk yogurt (or your favorite yogurt)

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup water

Method:

1.    Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients with a wooden spoon.

2.    In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and whisk together to combine well. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and combine until smooth.

3.    Spoon batter into lined or greased muffin cups, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until skewer inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean and tops of muffins spring back when pressed. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in muffin tray, then transfer to wire cooling for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Share and enjoy!

 

Thanks so much, Jodie! Be sure to check out her blog…as for me, I should be back to regular programming once I’m north of the border. Sad face because I won’t be near my friends and fam; happy face because I’ll be back with Tyler and my puppydawg Layla!

Guest Post: July Foodie PenPals (pt. 2)

Hi everyone, I am feeling super under the weather today, but I wanted to make sure I published this post! For July, I was pleased to participate in the foodie penpal program (see my original post here). My penpal- Francoise- asked if she could do a guest post regarding her goodies..check out all the cool stuff!

The Lean Green Bean

Let me tell you about an amazing experience…

FOODIE PENPALS !!

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Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
(Thanks to The Lean Green Bean to letting us copy this text instead of all writing it over!)

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Want to give it a try? It’s easy!! Just click HERE

First of all, I would like to thank Jen for letting me do this guest post on her blog.  I received my box of goodies and was thrilled to open it. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw all the great stuff she had sent.  Here’s a list of what I received as well as a few comments on each.

1. Organic sprouted sunflower seeds.  This really made me smile…I have loved sunflower seeds since I was a child.  I had never tasted them like this before (with garlic & sea salt) and wow….they were awesome !

2. Dark hot chocolate.  Well Jen did it again…another favorite of mine…hot chocolate.  Nothing beats a great cup of hot chocolate and this one was great !

3. Almond butter. I had never tasted this before.  I really enjoyed its smooth texture and great taste on toast.

4. Organic fruit snack (berry blend).  I’ve had fruit snacks before, but this one really packs a lot of taste.  It’s made with real fruit and you can taste it in every bite.  I’ll be carrying these around for sure!

5. Roasted Seaweed Snack. I haven’t tried this yet.  It’s a health-conscious snack made with the finest ingredients.

6. Sugar shortbread cookies.  I shared this one with my spouse.  They are almost as good as homemade.  We both enjoyed them a lot.

7. A package of sour candy.  These practically disappeared as soon as they were out of the box.  William (my spouse) says they’re delicious and thanks you very much Jen!

8. Electrolyte Hydrator (lemon lime). This replenishes electrolytes, minerals and antioxidants. It is something that I really need on days that I have chemotherapy.  Jen couldn’t have chosen a better product!

I’d also like to share with you all a quote Jen included in the hand written note she sent.  ‘The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook’ -Julia Child.  You’ve just got to love this!

A great big thank you to you Jen for making me discover some tasty new products. You’ve made my third participation one to remember !