A beautiful day in the neighborhood…

Happy Friday everyone! I had the day off :) My employer said “It’s going to be 70 degrees on Friday – you can take the day off to enjoy and we’ll still pay you”. Score! My plan was to go hiking today in VA (which is an hour away) but I couldn’t find anyone else who had off to go with me and apparently it’s dangerous to go alone. Instead I went for a run in the 75 degree weather! For my first run outside this year I did REALLY well. I ran 5 miles in 40 minutes. Last year I ran 5 miles in 50 minutes… I guess those intervals I’ve been doing  on the treadmill really are helping! I was also going to hit up Bikram Yoga tonight but I ate my lunch too late and didn’t want to go on a full belly!

While watching my favorite morning talk show (Regis and Kelly) I had a craving for Pumpkin Fro Yo… Completely random. There was a leftover container of pumpkin puree in the fridge (um this stuff doesn’t go bad does it? I can’t remember how long it had been in there) so I made the next best thing, pancakes! One word: Amazeballs.

Pumpkin Raisin Pancakes for ONE

Ingredients – makes 5 pancakes, YES, FIVE

  • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (you could use 1/4 cup if you want your pancakes bigger)
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat  flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • sprinkle of stevia
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • heaping 2 tbsp of organic raisins
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  • Stir the flour, baking soda, salt, stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice together in a small bowl.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg white, pumpkin, and unsweetened almond milk.

  • Stir into the dry ingredients and stir just enough to moisten everything
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat and spray with nonstick spray.
  • Pour the batter into the preheated pan and drop raisins on top immediately. Cook until bubbles appear on the top, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook an additional minute or two. Repeat with remaining batter.

  • No sharing.. These babies are all for you!

  • Drizzle with syrup if desired (duh)

  • Good thing I didn’t make extra for tomorrow morning.. I have a feeling they wouldn’t have made it past 10am.

Since I’m awesome (ahem, bored) I calculated the nutrition info for you… You’re welcome.

Serving: 5 pancakes – 237 calories: 2.1 fat: 41.2 carbs: 12.2 sugars (all natural – from the raisins): 7 fiber: 9.6 protein

I would consider this a low-calorie breakfast because I like to have the majority of my calories in the morning so I have time to burn them off throughout the day. These are almost completely fat-free, packed with protein & fiber and even though it seems high in sugar its natural and 10 of the grams are from the raisins which you could omit if you wanted. Also remember that these stats are for 5 pancakes! Pretttty sweet.

Everyone appreciates a good TJ find so I have to share the dinner I had last night with you all! I bought these about 2 weeks ago and forgot about them because my freezer is throwing up with food. When they fell on me Wednesday night I figured it was a sign to make them!

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers……  They sound amazing, right? Well, they taste even better. The nutritional info on these are unreal and it was extremely filling. Definitely adding them to my staple list! We topped the chicken burgers with avocado slices and sprouts and placed them on a sandwich thin. Our side dish was sweet potato fries with my favorite spice OLD BAY! I know you non-marylanders have no idea what that is so I’m thinking this will have to be part of my next giveaway!

Random thought.. Does your music taste change with seasons? When it starts getting warmer I like to jam out to country music with my windows down. Country = summertime memories. This song is my new obsession…I will play it out in no time. There’s something about it that makes me smile :)

Oh and one more song for you… Did you guys see Britney’s new video? Yes, I still love Britney Spears and I’m proud of it!

Get it Brit Brit!

Today is Favorite Friday! I am going to make a (small)list of things that I’ve seen on the internet this week that I have added to my favorites or “must make” list. Definitely check this stuff out if you get a chance.

Barnyard Donut Bites – Like the cake pops I made but munchkin doughnuts!? Yes, please.

Smores Pie - We all know my obsession with chocolate, graham crackers & marshmallows. Speaking of smores I should make some more of my Dairy Free Smores Ice Cream soon!

Pizza Alternatives – Come on, EVERYONE loves Pizza! Pizza pockets, rolls and wheels? Sounds dangerous.

How to dress for travel (climate changing) – I love everything on this website but this post is especially informative for me since I live North and I’m usually travelling someplace where the residents don’t own winter coats, gloves & hats.

Tightwad Tuesdays – What girl doesn’t love Louboutin’s? How about a louboutin look-alike for hundreds and hundreds of dollars less?

Destination Beach – Designer brands on sale 50% off or more! Too bad I still can’t afford the majority of them… But they’re still pretty to look at :)

Do you guys have any favorites this week? Well you know, besides my site of course ;)

A couple more of my favorite blogger girls are having giveaways!

Clare is giving away her favorite things… she has a lot of fun stuff!

Katy is also having a giveaway too – So exciting!

Day 22: What’s in your purse?

Oh geeze, you guys are going to hate me after this challenge post! My purse is a mess… $800 purse with yellow food dye spilled on the bottom, receipts galore (why do i even keep these?), and empty gum wrappers.

Here is a photo of what is in my purse at this moment:

Yuck. One dolla HOLLA.

Here is the cleaned up version…Things I carry everyday.

My wallet that is overstuffed. Unfortunately it’s with receipts and not cash. 2 shades of MAC lip gloss, a notepad and pen, vaseline – i always lose chapstick so now I just carry around an entire tub, sunglasses and a tasti d-lite ice cream flavors. I’m crossing them off the list as I try them 4 down, 96 to go!

Actually, I’m kind of glad I had to do this challenge today because it made me get organized. I swear I’m not THAT messy so please don’t stop reading because you think I’m a slob ;)

I hope everyone has a great weekend and if the weather is beautiful near you that you get outside and do something to enjoy it!

QUESTIONS: DO YOU EVER HAVE RANDOM WEIRD CRAVINGS AT 8AM? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC? IS YOUR PURSE AS MESSY AS MINE? ;)

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54 Responses to “A beautiful day in the neighborhood…”

  1. Oh my gosh, there are so many things I love about this post! First, I totally would have gone hiking with you today! If you ever want to plan a trip to VA, let me know! I don’t have classes Thursdays or Fridays, which means I’m completely free until I find an internship. :-)

    Those pumpkin pancakes look bomb! I went through a pumpkin pancake kick last year, when I literally ate them every morning. Haven’t had them for awhile, so I’m thinking it’s time to bring ‘em back. And the TJ’s Chile Lime Chicken Burgers are a staple in my diet. I always have them in the freezer! Sooo delicious.

    My purse is always a mess…I need to start carrying a tiny bag so that I can’t carry my life around with me!

    • Ah i wish I would’ve posted this earlier this morning and then maybe we could have planned something! I definitely want to do it the next nice day – We will keep in touch!
      I cant believe how good the chicken burgers are…

  2. WAY to go on that run! Those pancakes also look deliciously fluffy! Today I was craving the left over pizza i made at 8am and I gave in LOL

  3. Haha I love pancakes for ONE! those look sooo good I love pancakes especially pumpkin ones :)

  4. What a tall stack of cakes that is!
    I want peanut butter in the mornings. On toast, crackers, spoon or my finger :)
    My purse isn’t that messy, but I carry a big bag full of stuff.
    Those chile lime burger look yummy!

  5. Omg those pancakes look amazing! And those calories aren’t bad at all! Breakfast is usually my biggest meal so it’s usually like 400 calories. And yes I saw Brit’s new video, I love her!!! So happy she’s finally making a comeback :)

  6. 5 sensational looking pumpkin flavored pancakes for breakfast? Count me in. :) And those chicken burgers sound great too! My purse is actually never messy, but that’s probably because I’m usually lugging around a backpack full of text books all around campus. Ah, college.

  7. ooo your pancakes look yummy,,,,i have some pumpkin in my fridge too…i wonder if it’s old. wow, what a nice boss..i would be stoked…and nice run, sounds like good timing. my purse is a mess too..yours is awesome, love it. mines,homemade from vintage fabric- from my grandma…it’s totally 60′s!! or70′s?? :)

  8. Awesome that your boss gave you the day off! Sadly, my purse looks just like your before picture! ahah I try to clean it out, but it gets messy so quickly!!

  9. These are right up my alley! I get weird cravings all the time, especially in the morning :)

  10. OMG WAY too much amazing going on in this post. That Kenny Chesney song is my new obsession. I hear it on the radio all the time, I’m singing it in my head and humming it all day long. I love that song.

    Those pancakes look incredible too! Yum! I love love love pumpkin pancakes. :)

    And what do you do for work and would they like to employ me? Your boss sounds awesome! Day off because it’s nice out… AND pay? Lucky girl!

    Happy Friday!!

  11. My purse is always super neat when I first start using it (I switch them out alot) and then slowly it gets RIDICULOUSLY messy. Gum wrappers are a big thing, and receipts. Haha.

  12. Wow–I wish I had a boss that told me to take the day off when it’s nice out–lucky girl!! :-)

  13. That is so cool that you got the day off!!! I keep on thinking we should have “sunny days” from school :)
    That pancakes look fabulous!! Five pancakes? Sounds perfect for me! :)

  14. I love Brit! But what was with all of those plugs in the video? lol

  15. I love being able to eat alot for few calories! those look like some awesomely delish pancakes

  16. Hey Alyssa, great post as usual. I love the Pumpkin raisin pancakes. I don’t normally like raisins but you are going to make me try it lol. And do not ever ask me what’s in my bag LOL.. It would take forever.

  17. I haven’t had pancakes in forever, I think you just got me craving them! :)

  18. My purse is jam-packed too! I carry my life in it haha! Awesome job on that run!! 75 degrees sounds like heaven right about now!

  19. I love your blog already cause I’m obsessed with Britney still, and obviously s’mores are the best thing ever. At the summer camp I work at, the chef made s’mores bars for dessert once a week – so good!

  20. Your pancakes sound so good! I love pumpkin pancakes! :) I’m all out of pumpkin though (the horror!) as soon as I pick some up, your recipe is first on the list…ok second..after brownies! Congrats on your run! 5 miles in 40 minutes is really great time! Oh and I’ve never had those chicken burgers, but TJs mahi mahi burgers are freakin’ AMAZING! You should totally check them out!

  21. Hey girlie! Your pancakes look great and way to go on improving your running time! I’m trying to crank up the speed too and I’m really enjoying the challenge. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  22. PANCAKES, PANCAKES, PANCAKES!!!!

    Yeah, I love pancakes.

  23. So nice that you got the day off yesterday :) Sounds like you enjoyed it to the fullest! Nice run– way to go on the time! I hear ya on the intervals- they rock!!
    Regis & Kelly is my favorite too. Whenever I have off on the weekdays (which is like never any more :( ) I always watch them. I just love Kelly :)
    & those pancakes- delish! Love the added in raisins…sounds like quite the combination.
    I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  24. Your employer sounds awesome!! Congrats on the great run! I need to get some of those chicken burgers from TJs. I usually only crave breakfast foods in the morning, although If im hungry Ill eat anything!

  25. Those pancakes look SO GOOD!! I love anything pumpkin!! And I’m pretty sure I’m ALWAYS craving frozen yogurt. Sad to say. I am loving the new Britney. How can you not, right?? I’m pretty sure I want to come live where you live and work where you work. 75 degrees and a day off, are you kidding me?? awesome. I hope you enjoyed it!
    The show Heavy is on A&E. It’s really good! I hope you’re having a great weekend!!

  26. If I lived near you I totaly would have gone hiking withy you!! I love to hike. Being in nature is seriously one of the most amazing things ever!!
    And that kenny chesney song is my obsession as well! I bought it off itunes and listened to it on replay for like 3 days straight. Such a great song!

  27. are you kidding me? my purse is always in a permanent state of disarray! : )

  28. Holy YUM! I never thought to add raisins into my pancakes. What a fantastic idea. I will be trying these very soon.

  29. I’m goin to head to TJ’s and look for those chicken burgers this week; sound deicious! Country music is the best in the summertime (which can’t come soon enough!). Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

  30. My purse is usually full of things for my kid – snacks, bandaids, ponytail holders – you name it. And then of course I have my own stuff – phone, dental floss (must!), wallet, Vaseline…my gosh my shoulder hurts!

    The pancakes look divine! I hope you enjoy your especially long weekend!!

  31. I love your pumpkin pancakes.I followed you from the foodieblogroll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this pumpkin pancakes widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for pumpkin pancakes,Thanks!

  32. After the weekend my purse usually looks like that as well… haha I like all kinds of music from country to hiphop

  33. Um thos elook delicious! I want pancakes so bad now… Hmm I will have to try some one of these days… perhaps not until I get back home, but, still. ;)

  34. Brittany Spears is so beautiful. And talented. :)

    I too love pizza in all shapes and sizes and forms! :)

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