Friday, October 24, 2014

Howl-O-Ween: Pup'kin Spice Biscotti

I posted these Pup'kin Spice Biscotti dog treats last year and they were so popular I thought I would share them again!

Pup’kin Spice Biscotti
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup old fashioned oats
2.5 cups flour (see note)*
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
3. Shape the dough into two logs, about two inches wide each.
4. Place on a cookie sheet that has parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat on it.
5. Bake the dough for 20 minutes.
6. Move to a cutting board and slice the dough into biscotti-style biscuits, about ¼ inch thick.
7. Place back in the oven and bake for another 20-30 minutes. If you want these to be crunchier, turn off the heat and leave them in the oven.
8. Cool, before serving.
9. Store in an airtight container for up to three days. In the refrigerator for seven days or in the freezer (this is what I do) for up to six months.
Note: I used all-purpose flour, you could use wheat flour I do not because it gives Jack really bad gas.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Banana Cake

This weekend I had a few bananas on my counter that were in dreadful condition, the temperature outside had dropped and it created the perfect opportunity to do some baking. I combined a few different banana recipes that I found online to create these delicious banana cake bars – trust me you won’t be able to just eat one!
Banana Cake
½ cup (one stick) butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup overly ripe bananas smashed

1 package cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
4. Stir in bananas.
5. Spread into a greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool.
8. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla.
9. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until you achieve the consistency you like.
10. Frost cooled bars and store in the refrigerator.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Relationship List

Photo Credit: Getty Images
It’s funny, we know our self worth and how we should be treated when we’re single. Then suddenly, we meet the guy that shows us some flattering attention, and we’re knocked off our game. Those ideals and standards you carried for your future boyfriend sail right out the window. Our friends hear our justifications as to why he doesn’t need to be this or that. Then one day we wake up, and wonder how in the world we ever got to this place with this person who isn’t at all what we imagined. Now we question if our hopes and desires are unrealistic and maybe the way he mistreats us is our fault and that we somehow deserve to settle.
I was given advice from an unlikely source about how to get exactly what I want out of my next relationship. It goes back to something completely simple…. create a list that will serve as the basic framework for qualities to keep an eye on when your dating and meeting new guys.
I immediately created my list, and while I won’t be sharing it with you I can tell you that it currently contains 19 things additions and subtractions will happen as needed.
Three things most of us will have on our list: protective, patience and kind
Will you be making a list?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Autumn Workout Playlist

Putting a new playlist of upbeat music together always motivates me to get myself ready to break a sweat, whether it’s a run on a trail or at home circuit training. What’s currently on your playlist? Here is my lastest playlist:

0 to 100 - Drake
All About You - Hilary Duff
American Dream - MKTOAnaconda - Nicki MinajAnimals - Maroon 5Bottoms Up - Brantley Gilbert Delirious - Steve Aoki
No Mediocre - T.I.

Stolen Dance - Milky ChanceSuperheroes - The Script
This Is How We Roll - Florida Georgia Line
Top of the World - Mike PosnerWait on Me - Rixton
Werk Me - Hyper Crush

Monday, October 13, 2014

Insta Fashion

 Boots: BEARPAW | Bag: Zara | Blanket Scarf: Target
As you can probably tell my blog posts have become fewer and further in between. Don't worry i'm working on getting back on track. In the meantime do we follow each other on Instagram? I post plenty of pictures including what i'm wearing that day - something I know many of you have asked for me to post for awhile now. So let's be insta friends! Follow me here.
  Boots: Target | Nacklace: Marley Lilly | Vest: J.Crew | Plaid Top: Target (last fall)
Boots: Material Girl (last fall) | Sweater: TJ Maxx | Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
 Top: Old Navy | Jeans: Old Navy Sweetheart Flare | Shoes: Target | Necklace: Bauble Bar
 Top: TJ Maxx | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Boots: Target (last fall)

Top: Old Navy | Shoes: Tieks | Jeans: Michael Kors