Happy Memorial Day!

Today was SUCH A FUN DAY! 8-)

Before heading over to Sarah & Jeff’s for a bbq, I did a killer workout!  I ended up doing a high intensity interval training workout that I saw a couple days ago over on Jessica’s blog…WOW!

Warm Up – 5 minutes

Sprint @ 9.0mph – 20 seconds

Jog @ 5.5-5.0mph – 40 seconds

Repeat for 15 minutes

Run for 5 minutes @ 6.5mph

Cool Down – 5 minutes

At first I thought, ahhh 20 seconds, no biggie!  But WOAH – this was intense…in a good way ;)

Then it was ALMOST bbq time, but I had to finish up the rest of my goodies! :-D  Thanks again, to Jessica’s blog, I whipped up a batch of some Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles.

I started by mixing up 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter & 1/4 cup finely chopped salted pretzels.

Then form the dough into balls, about a teaspoon in size.  I got 20 out of my batch.

Pop them in the freezer for about an hour.  Then, you roll them in some melted milk chocolate (I had some Hershey bars on hand from a previous s’mores night, so I used 2-1/2 of them which was the PERFECT amount).

I put them in the cooler on the way over to the bbq to keep them from melting…along with a batch of my Chocolate Butterscotch Cheesecake Cookies!!  Both of them were a big hit! ;)

I of course had to sample one before I brought them out…they passed the test. ;)

Today was the perfect day for a bbq!  We all had a great time hanging out by the pool, chatting, eating yummy foods, & enjoying some tasty drinks.  Here’s a look at the day. :)

Homemade Guacamole (the secret ingredient to making this stuff so addicting…grapes!)

Drunken Melons (Pineapple + Malibu rum…oh yes, ’nuff said) ;)

Jeff firin’ up the grill…we had LOTS of goodies today!

Macaroni Salad & my coooookies

I chose a veggie burger with cheese from the grill, topped with a little ketchup & mustard.  I also had some of Christina’s delicious mac salad & some melons (those were not the “drunken melon” but I definitely had my fair share of those throughout the day!)

Then Andrea broke out her super-cute Memorial Day cake!  And what kind of cake was it you ask?  SODA CAKE!  She used a chocolate cake mix with just regular diet pepsi…it was as moist and delicious as ever. :-P

My piece – I also had one of my cookies which went undocumented. ;)

Some margaritas were making their way around the pool today!  This one was made with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.  It tasted fab. :-D

Lots of fun & shenanigans went down today!!

That’s my man…I’m so proud ;)

Pool Pong!

Shenanigans!!! :-D

It was definitely the perfect way to end an awesome weekend!  I hope everyone enjoyed theirs as much as I did!! :-D

What was the highlight of your Memorial Day weekend???

I had too many to choose…my entire weekend was fabulous! :mrgreen:

Perfect Pancakes

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  I hope you’re all enjoying your day, and hopefully spending it with some good friends or family. :)

So yesterday I decided to take the day off from blogging.  We had a couple different parties to go to, and I just didn’t feel like having to explain to a bunch of people I didn’t really know why I was snapping photos of my food. ;)  I’m sure you all understand!  But I can tell you that we had a great day filled with lots of fun friends, family, & food.  There’s nothing like a barbecue on a nice warm day, am I right?  Part of our day was spent up on Saratoga Lake, just hanging out on the party boat, catchin’ some rays, and chit-chatting away.  It was awesome! :)

Fast-forward to today, and I have been “a girl on the go”!  Yesterday, I didn’t set an alarm and let myself sleep in until 10:30 (haven’t done that in FOREVER!)  TODAY by 10:30, I have already gone grocery shopping, cooked up a batch of roasted veggies to have for the week, baked a batch of cookies, washed a crap-load of dishes, and also made some DELICIOUS PANCAKES! :-P

I saw this recipe last week on Tina’s blog, and knew I had to give them a try.  I kept the entire recipe the same, except I ended up throwing in a tablespoon of brown sugar into the mix too.  I was surprised when her recipe said it made 8 pancakes, because I got 13 out of my batch!  It must be a sign…13 is my “lucky” number. ;)

I threw some mini chocolate chips into 2 pancakes for the hubby, and made about 4 pancakes with some fresh blueberries I picked up at the store this morning.

His & Hers (as always) ;)

Delicious Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups light vanilla soy milk
  • 3 oz. plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp canola oil

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Heat griddle over medium heat & coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Drop 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto griddle
  • Cook each pancake for 2-3 minutes then flip.  Cook on the other side for about 1 minute.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings…ENJOY! :-D

I topped my pancakes with a drizzle of light syrup & more fresh blueberries.  You can add 1 more pancake to this plate, because I totally went back for one more.  They were SO GOOD!  Light & fluffy, not too sweet, with nice crispy edges…just how I like ‘em :)

We also enjoyed some fresh “margarita iced coffee” with breakfast, courtesy of the hubby, who brewed some up while I was grocery shopping.

In a little while, I’m planning on a nice hot & sweaty run, since I’ve taken the last 2 days off & have been enjoying more treats than normal. ;)  I have one more batch of “goodies” to make, and then Jay & I are headed over to Sarah & Jeff’s house for a barbecue.  Seriously, I cannot get enough of these things once the weather gets nice!

Hope your all enjoying this beautiful day! 8-)