Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Another Pumpkin recipe!!!

Recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie's blog! Check her out!!

Pumpkin Bread in a Bowl
(can be gluten-free)
Inspired by this awesomeness.
  • 1/3 c canned pumpkin (or cooked pumpkin)
  • 3/4 c nondairy milk
  • 1 cup flake cereal (I like spelt flakes, but bran, corn, etc will work. Some people have even used oatmeal!)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • sweetener (such as stevia, sugar, or even maple syrup)
  • optional: chocolate chips, pecans
Blend all ingredients together. The cereal will have a thin consistency at first, but if you leave it in the fridge (after blending) for even just 10 minutes, it starts to get really thick! I usually make it before I run, and it’s the consistency of thick pudding by the time I return.
Click to see the Nutritional Information.
If you’re using the optional pecans or chocolate chips, you can either blend them right in or sprinkle them on top after serving.

I haven't tryed this but Oh it looks YUMMY!!


Be Blessed & Healthy!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

1TB oil

1TB butter (I just use the oil, it’s enough)

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 can (14.5oz) chicken or vege broth

1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes in juice

1 can (14.5oz) black beans drained & rinsed

1 can (14.5oz) pumpkin puree

½ cup heavy cream (I use soy or almond milk)

1-1/2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp ground cumin

3 pinches cayenne pepper (1/4tsp)

Coarse salt to taste

Heat deep pot over medium heat. Add oil, butter, when butter melts add onion & sauté 5 minutes until tender. Add broth, tomatoes, black beans & pumpkin. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low & stir in cream, curry & cumin, cayenne & salt. Simmer 5 minutes & enjoy!!

I make my own corn tortilla chips & they taste VERY yummy with this!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Joining the Blog Hop at Three P's in a Pod.  Hop on over & check it out.  BUT FIRST, leave me a comment & let me know you stopped by.  Tell me what you FAVORITE season is.  Mine is Fall in Florida.

Be Blessed & Healthy!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall is HERE!!!

Oh the weather in Florida is just GLORIOUS!!  We are in the 70s today & nice & windy.  I LOVE this time of year in Florida!! 

We took some time to go to PA & visit my parents a couple weeks ago but it wasn't much of a vacation.  My eldest son got really sick & was in the hospital for most of the trip.  While there was no confirmed diagnosis we are very happy he is better & living life like a 16 yr old should.  School & baseball are the main focus again instead of "what's for breakfast, lunch, dinner & when is the next blood draw".  Yuck.

Well, I have tackled a challenge I have had in the back of my mind for a long time.  A spin class!!  My sister is a member of a large gym in the area & invited me to come & check it out.  Let me tell you - KICKED MY BUTT!!!!!.  It was one of the good butt kickins' though :)  I'm looking for a place that I can go and just pay for the class though & not get a membership.  They just don't seem to offer that stuff here though.  we'll see.  I may just have to be a professional "guest".  There is NO way I can just do 1 spin class & say I'm done.  I must have more!!  Yet another mountain to conquer for me.

I'm still healing from my plantar fascitis & whatever happened with my elbow.  Tennis & golf elbow are actual REAL things & I have them both in the same elbow it seems.  Don't play either sport!  Funny.  So, I am looking forward to when I can run again.  I would be happy with a slow, leisurely jog at this point!  Looking forward also to my heavier weights. 

I have been able to get my workouts in though without taking much of a break.  Pilates, Yoga & some of things have been great for me during this time.  I have been able to get a little more active & incorporated some cardio in with my TurboFire DVDs.  Gotta love Chalene.  Jillian Michaels has been seen in my living room lately too :)  30 Day Shred is a GREAT dvd for shorter intense workouts if you don't have alot of time. 

How are you celebrating Fall?  Getting out there with your family?  Talking walks or just playing in the yard?  I hope so!!

Be Blessed & Healthy!!