October 21, 2013

Weekend Recap - Cookies, Football and Bulbs, oh my!

Hello lovelies,

I had a really good weekend. It was over too fast though! I also was not a good blogger and did not capture enough moments via pictures - but I have a few :)

So as I have mentioned a couple times in previous posts, I am doing a special 28 day challenge, which includes very strict meal plans and lots of work outs. I keep saying I'm going to do a post about it...I'll get there eventually.

However, with that special diet, I have been craving sweets! And trying to find a way to make something that met the diet requirements was tough. Here is what I came up with on Friday night during my sugar craving, based loosely on this recipe I found via Pinterest on Popsugar Fitness.

Healthy Protein Packed No-Bake Cookies! 

Sorry they're a little blurry. Here are most of the ingredients

Here's what you will need:

  • 3 cups oats
  •  1 ripe banana, mashed well
  • 1/4 cup chocolate whey protein powder (not shown)
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbs stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Here's my banana good and mashed. I used the potato masher I have (circle thing on the right).

 Mix all ingredients except the oats and vanilla in a sauce pan over medium heat. Heat until boiling, stirring often (otherwise the almond butter won't unclump). You will know when it starts boiling because it will thicken up.
 Then add mixture along with vanilla to the oats and mix well.
Drop cookie size amounts on wax paper and let set at least 1 hour. Store in an airtight container.

I have to say - they aren't the sweet chocolaty, gooey no-bakes I was craving, but they are good, and GOOD FOR YOU!!!

After cookies James and I went down town to meet up with a couple friends. We went to Cafe Ole, which is one of my favorite places to have a drink (hello 2 for 1 happy hour after 9!). However, as I am doing my 28 day challenge, I couldn't drink. I put on my smiley face and went though, and even though the boys dumped the most talkative/annoying girl I've ever met on me, I still had a good time. Sober and all. I called it a night pretty early though. Went home and snuck another cookie :)

Saturday morning I went to Sing 4 with my mom at the Morrison Center. It was a an A Capella competition! It wasn't what I was expecting - it was more "barber shop quartet" style (all men). However, it was still incredible. Such talented groups!

After the competition I headed to my friend Caitlin's house where everyone was having a pre-game party for the BSU game. Once again I was a little out of my element (sober while everyone else is drinking). But I got to play with her little kitten Aura, which made it worth it!
Isn't she adorable?! I want one!
Plus it was a good time with great people, not to mention a GORGEOUS day. All and all I am really glad I went. 
Roomie pic!

Me and my man <3
I even got convinced to go down to the bars by the stadium. That didn't last long though. And that portion of the day probably was NOT worth it, as I got a parking ticket. UGH!

So I went home and had a lazy Saturday night. This included watching my recording the finale of What Not To Wear. So sad to see Stacey and Clinton go! I will miss this show so much! Can't believe I have been watching it since I was 15!

Sunday I made myself be productive. So many weekends I have a long list and nothing gets accomplished because I would way rather go out and have fun or be plain lazy. I am proud to report I managed to do all of the following on Sunday:
  • Clean the master bathroom
  • Organize the walk in closet
  • 2 loads of laundry
  • Deep cleaned the kitchen
  • Took Gunner to the dog park
  • Weeded my front yard flower beds
  • Planted bulbs for spring-time (only about 1/4 of what I needed to but it was a start)
  • Went to the mall
  • Bought groceries
  • Painted my nails and toe nails
  • And watched some football with my fav furry friend
Gunner on the couch with me watching overtime of the Jets-Patriots game

Hopefully due to my hard work this weekend I will have some of these little beauties come spring!

TTFN Friends!


  1. Such a fun post! And so jealous of your bulb planting.... that is a goal of mine but I haven't gotten around to it!