Archive for March, 2011

March 25, 2011

Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Hello Friday. I love you.

Am I too young to have a bucket list? It seems morbid, but I have a lot of dreams and I’m a visual person so to me its necessary. I’m 26 years old but I feel as a good portion of my life has passed. 1/3? 1/4? Who knows. I think no matter what age I am I will always still feel as if I’m “too young” to have written a list.

When I was 18 I honestly thought I’d be married by 22 years old with 2 children. (ridiculous) Good thing I wasn’t because a. I’d most likely be a poor single divorced mom and b. I would have never met a genuinely nice guy who knows how to communicate and have a two-way street relationship. Basically my point is, life passes you by and things you thought you would accomplish or dream of doing just don’t get done. So girls (and boys) – I’m making a bucket list. I’ll be adding it as a tab up top so I can cross things off once they are done.

The Bucket List

  1. Visit Italy and speak Italian – I think its romantic!
  2. Volunteer Somewhere for a Full Day Done
  3. Get Married BEFORE I’m 30.
  4. Skydive
  5. Drive up the California Coast and stop at Pebble Beach, LA, San Diego etc
  6. Enter a cooking/baking contest, and win of course
  7. Have 3 children
  8. Run a half marathon (Princess in Disney!)
  9. Run a full marathon, somewhere other than where I live
  10. Be my own boss
  11. Camp in the Grand Canyons
  12. Visit Australia
  13. Stay in Fiji
  14. Vacation in Bora Bora
  15. Take my mom to Hawaii for her 50th birthday
  16. Be a mentor to someone
  17. See a sunrise and sunset in the same day Done
  18. Teach kindergarten
  19. Plan weddings
  20. Take up Salsa, Ballroom or some other type of dancing
  21. Swim with dolphins Done
  22. Experience Brazil’s Carnival
  23. Try the CSD (Crazy Sexy Diet) for 21 days
  24. See a psychic
  25. Paint a picture for my bedroom
  26. Live on a sailboat for a week
  27. Play Football
  28. See the Redskins in a Superbowl
  29. Watch my kids graduate college
  30. Have my 15 minutes of fame.
  31. Touch an iceberg
  32. Bungee Jump Done
  33. Grow and Eat my own vegetables
  34. Spend thousands of dollars shopping in one day and not have anxiety about it. ( I wouldn’t mind if it was grocery shopping!)

I’m going to stop there. I want to be able to add things as I cross things off. That way it keeps it fun. If you don’t have a bucket list I personally recommend you create one. The whole point of a bucket list is to maximize every moment of our existence and live our life to the fullest. It should be a reminder of all the things we want to achieve in our time here, so that instead of frittering away our time in pointless activities, we are directing it more toward what really matters to us.

OK, enough seriousness. Yesterday the 5-year-old and I went on an adventure! Her cousin had sent her a paper robot named Olivia who was interested in checking out Annapolis (they are from Illinois) so we visited a bunch of places Downtown.

State House

Rode Bikes

Enjoyed Fro-Yo (the no sweets thing? not going so well)

Watched the boats

Ooooed and Awwwed at a sweets display

Relaxed our tired feet

While downtown I noticed they opened a Jimmy Johns! I’ve always heard great reviews so I’m excited to try it out soon.

I also noticed that CVS dedicated an entire shelf to me – How sweet.

I’ve been slacking on the Favorite Friday portion of this blog. During the week I ramble on about food (let’s be honest, that interests you WAY more than fitness and fashion) so on Friday’s I like to dedicate a teeny tiny section to them. Today? Fitness.

MY favorite Fitness Apps for the fancy iPhone (backdoor brag)

1. Google Goggles
Snap a picture of a food label on your phone and this app tells you everything you want (or maybe don’t want) to know about that product: Nutrition information, the company’s website, where it’s sold, and more.

2. Map My Fitness
A GPS for your runs, hikes, bike rides and other activities. No running buddy in your city? This application lets you share and compare stats (duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, and calories burned) with friends around the world.

3. Tap & Track
This comprehensive app calculates exactly how many calories you should be eating each day, factoring in things like your job to determine how active you are. You enter what you’re eating and how much you’re exercising, and Tap & Track creates graphs that make it easy to see your progress, even if the scale doesn’t dip that day.

The first two are free. People love free things… So even if you hate it, feel free (no pun intended) to at least try it out! The second one is 2.99 or 3.99 – but worth every penny!

I think I enjoyed peanut butter in just about every single meal yesterday.

Breakfast:

1/2 0% chobani Blueberry Flavored & Bowl of Peanut Butter Puffins w/ Strawberries

By the way… The strawberries are monster sized. That is just one strawberry in that bowl of cereal!

Snack:

A Protein Disc… Seriously obsessed with these.

Note: There are only crumbs left

Lunch: Flax sandwich thin w/ Dark Chocolate PB and banana slices and Honey Nut Cream cheese squished into a delicious sweet sandwich

Dinner was peanut butter-less… I figured my jar(s) could use a break. However dinner was the best turkey burger I’ve ever made in my life. I love to make turkey burgers rather than regular hamburgers but sometimes they can get dry. These however are juicy, flavorful and make you feel like you’re having a cheat meal 🙂

I’m going to share the recipe with you since it only has 3 ingredients. Yes…just 3!

Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of ground turkey (Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/3 cup Franks Buffalo Sauce
  • 5 pieces of Muenster Cheese

Directions

  • Place ground turkey in bowl
  • Add 1/3 cup of Franks Buffalo Sauce to mixture
  • Mix well
  • Shape into pattys
  • Break 1 piece of Muenster Cheese into 4 mini squares and place on top of each patty

  • Mold the ground turkey around the cheese so it’s a stuffed burger
  • Grill (look at the cheese oozing out!)

  • Add a slice of Muenster Cheese to the top of each

I’ll probably never make a different type of burger again. I’ve made these 3 times in 3 weeks… They are that good! I gave the leftovers to my brother before I left for vacation and he ate all 3 in one sitting and texted me “Thanks for lunch – Please send Mom and/or Grandma your recipe immediately”. He doesn’t even like Muenster Cheese or ground turkey – I love tricking people!! muhahaha

We rounded these out with some butternut squash fries! I prefer these over sweet potato ones..

Yesterdays meals made me happy and satisfied 🙂

I also wanted to dedicate a piece of my Favorite Friday to you all! I am going to start a blogroll of my favorite blogs… If you would like to be added just leave me a comment with your blog name and headline. Ex: Fashion Fitness Foodie: Staying fit while eating good food in stilettos

Have a good weekend!

QUESTIONS: Do you have a bucket list? What is your favorite iPhone app? Do you want to be added to my blogroll? Leave your link!

March 23, 2011

I’m loving it…

No, I’m not talking about McDonald’s. Although, I’m not going to deny that I don’t love that on occasion (hello, shamrock shake). I am talking about things that are making me smile so big you can see all of my teef.

Things I’m loving these days seem to be trumping the list I’m not loving…and I’m also loving that.

  • The 2-year-old I nanny for is becoming a peanut butter fanatic like me. She likes it in her oatmeal, on english muffins and my personal favorite, straight from the jar. The other day she asked for a spoonful – so I handed her the spoon and went to help the 5-year-old get a game out of the cabinet. When I returned to the kitchen she had stood on something to grab the peanut butter jar and apparently dipped her arms, fingers and as much of her face as possible inside. I had to take a picture. It was a proud moment 🙂

  • The fact that I didn’t have to drag around a winter coat with me for girls night last Friday! Hellllllo Spring 🙂

  • Seeing the trees blossom and hearing the birds chirping. It reminds me why I’ve stayed up North… watching the seasons change is kind of exciting!

  • The fact that I can make my own White Chocolate Wonderful (recipe below) when I can’t find it on the shelf. I’m addicted, hooked and becoming dependent on this. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it or you can’t find it. Make this. It will change your life. I’m not exaggerating.

  • I made the best protein bars yesterday. They taste like reeses with a crunch. I’m in love and regret telling my Aunt that she could share these with me. A new batch is in the works.

  • Just the idea of catching up on sleep this weekend makes me extremely excited. I am clearly 90 years old when I am looking forward to sleeping over the weekend. I always seem to need a vacation after a vacation!

  • Thoughts of my arm’s mirroring Kelly Ripa’s when I’m done with my 100 day challenge.  A girl can dream..

  • The arrival of 4 of my favorite magazines in one day: Cooking Light, Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma & Women’s Health

  • The best invention. A banana saver!! No more black ends. Best thing about it? It costs a whopping dollar 🙂

  • Getting prettied up today. A manicure always makes me feel put together.

  • Forever thankful to myself for making this recipe and Angela for creating it. I’ve eaten it 3 days in a row…

  • Finally coming across a travel cup that has a straw!! This was only $2.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond when you use one of the thousand coupons they send out. Mine is pink 🙂

  • When people tell me I’m SO tan in March. Being tan makes me happier than peanut butter & chocolate. Well, maybe they’re equal. Is it weird I’ve mentioned Peanut Butter in this post 4 times?

Things I’m not loving:

  • My reebok easy tones – they tried to kill me at the gym last night. While doing some crazy plyometric move the uneven part of the shoe on the bottom made me wobbly and fall off the raised bench onto the floor hitting my neck/head on someone’s weights. I swear these things only happen to me. I’m also blaming it solely on the shoes and not the fact that I haven’t been inside a gym for the past week.

  • Number 2, but really number 1… That I wont see my boyfriend for at least 30 days and it’s already been 8. So, a total of 38 days. Fantastic (sarcasm)

Nobody ever said it would be easy; They just promised it would be worth it!

Now onto the food recipes (that both include some type of chocolate AND peanut butter).

White Chocolate Peanut Butter – Jessica

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dry, roasted peanuts (I used lightly salted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted

Directions

Add peanuts to a food processor and blend until a thick nut butter forms.

Stream in oil and vanilla with the processor on, continuing to run it until the mixture is smooth – this took me about 2 minutes. You can add more oil if needed, just do it in small increments.

Turn off processor, add melted chocolate, and turn processor back on. Blend until smooth.

Jessica recommended keeping this in the fridge if you were going to have it for longer than a week. I put mine in the fridge thinking that would be the case…It was gone in 2 days. No lie. It’s THAT good.


Creamy Decadent Smooth White Chocolate Peanut Butter is what I’m renaming this. Jessica is a GENIUS. How many times have I made this? Let’s just say the entire bag of white chocolate chips is gone……

Now onto the second one… These no lie taste like a crunchy reese’s cup! I’m obsessed and was bummed I only made 10. I’ve already started on my second batch. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do the same thing or try a variation…But they say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. (whoever “they” is)

Peanut Butter Protein Discs

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 cup Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (Or the homemade White chocolate PB!)
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Carob Chips
  • 1 cup Oats
  • 1 cup Kashi go lean cereal
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed or ground flax
  • 2 tbsp Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions

In a saucepan, combine agave, brown sugar and coconut oil over low heat until sugars are dissolved

Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool for a couple of minutes.

Stir in the flaxseed, protein powder, oats & kashi cereal.

Stir in your vegan chips immediately so they melt.

Press them into a muffin tin (I could make 10).

Freeze them for at least 30 minutes… If not longer.

Pop them out of the tin and ENJOY.


By far the best protein bar I’ve ever had. I don’t like to buy the Luna, Clif or other protein bars because there are a million bajillion ingredients. I like knowing exactly whats in them! Healthy fats, tons of protein & fiber and all natural ingredients 🙂 I can’t say enough good things about this bar…and it’s not just because I made them 😉

All I can say is GOOD THING I DIDNT GIVE UP PEANUT BUTTER FOR LENT. Not sure why I’m screaming, but it felt necessary.

QUESTIONS: What are YOU loving?? I hope it has something to do with peanut butter 😉