It’s official: my Chocolate PB Cup Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting were a success!
Mom & Dad liked them…
Kate & Justin liked them…
Zenia & Meg were lovin’ ‘em…
And Derrick & Jim…well…I guess you could say they were really enjoying them.
It’s a good thing I saved a few of these puppies at home because they disappeared pretty quick!
Sooo, HAPPY FRIDAY everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’m psyched, which must be what powered me through a workout this morning. I was actually debating on skipping out on one because I had a super crappy night’s sleep (thank you, allergies) BUT I knew I’d feel better after I did it. I’m still trying to let the hips calm down, so I stayed away from the treadmill and decided to do some Pilates & yoga.
I turned on my Exercise on Demand channel, did a little browsing, and came up with two really great workouts. Yes, another success!
The first workout was Less is More Pilates, which is a 22 minute, cardio intensive Pilates routine featuring Lizbeth Garcia (who is actually the same girl who is on my Pilates on the Ball DVD). I’ve actually done this one before when I needed a quick pick-me-up, and I really enjoyed it.
The second workout was a new one for me: Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown. The workout that is available On Demand is a 36 minute condensed version of her full DVD. The full DVD features two complete 30 minute workouts, which I’d really like to try. I found Jillian’s take on yoga to be pretty interesting, as she not only worked you through the poses, but then also increased the cardio by continuously moving the body, and ending each pose in a 15 second hold. I actually worked up quite a sweat, which was totally unexpected, and I felt so relaxed. Seriously, why do I not do this stuff more often??
Breakfast was yet another success and was ready in a jiffy, thanks to my late night preparation of some overnight oats.
Yesterday, I cooked up a large batch of wheat berries, which I had bought a few weeks back at the Farmers Market for wicked cheap. To cook them, I simply placed 2 cups wheat berries in a large saucepan with 7 cups water and a big sprinkling of cinnamon. Bring the water to a boil, then cover and simmer on low, stirring occasionally, for about 60-70 minutes. Now I have them stored in a large bowl in the fridge, just waiting for the taking. Let me tell you – I LOVE wheat berries!!!
-1/2 cup cooked wheat berries
-1/4 cup oats
-3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
-1/2 small banana, sliced thin
-1 tbsp each dried cranberries & golden raisins
-Cinnamon & Nutmeg
We all know by now that overnight oats don’t really look very pretty (unless, of course, you’re Angela, who always seems to make hers look delectable) but I promise you that this was one fabulous bowl of “OO”. The wheat berries added some serious chew to the bowl that I’ve definitely been missing out on.
I already have a mid-morning snack of Manna Bread planned, along with some of THIS that made its way to me yesterday:
A HUGE THANK YOU to Shanna for sending this along for me to try! I’ve seen it around blog land for a while now and have always been quite curious & intrigued by it. If you take a look at the stats, it’s significantly lower in fat and calories when compared to regular peanut butter.
I have a feeling my mid-morning snack may just be coming sooner rather than later! Thanks again, Shanna!!!
Question for the Morning:
What was your latest success??