I Went Big

Shortly after dinner last night, my sweet tooth struck…hard. I was craving some chocolate in a bad way, and I knew that whatever tiny piece of chocolate I could scrounge up just wouldn’t do the trick. It was go big or go home…so I went big.


And went ahead and made a batch of Tina’sBrownies with a Secret.”


Sorry…yes, I whited out the secret. I guess if you want to know what it is, you’ll just have to go and check out her book! But really, if you haven’t checked it yet, you really should anyway.


I started reading (and finished) the book back in April and I loved it. I’ve been reading Tina’s blog since 2008, and have long been a fan of hers. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her twice, and I found it so refreshing to see that she is just as friendly, genuine, and fun in person as she is both on her blog and her book.

Tina’s approach to her book is truly personal; almost as if you’re really having a conversation with her. It’s a light, easy read, with some killer recipes to boot (obviously!). I also loved the fact that, despite reading her blog for some time now, there were still things in the book that I had no idea about, and she makes some great points about a lot of things regarding healthy living.


So now…back to those brownies. Yeah, I was a little impatient. We needed to kick that cooling down process into high gear.


Oh, and in case you’re wondering, those are caramel-filled Dove chocolates that I placed on top. Yep…I couldn’t help myself.


After about 10 minutes, my patience was out the window, so I cut into them and made Jay and I couple of mini brownie sundaes made with Edy’s Slow Churned French Vanilla and some caramel drizzled on top.


Put that together with the fact that Texas Chainsaw Massacre was on IFC last night, and I was one happy camper. (Yes, I LOVE scary, gory movies!)


After last night’s go-big brownies, I made sure to “go big” this morning at the gym, too.

  • 10 easy minutes on the elliptical while chatting with Jen (love having a gym buddy!)
  • BodyPump (so sore still from Tuesday…)
  • 20 minutes HIIT (20 sec @ 9.0mph / 40 sec @ 4.5mph)

Once I was finished, I carted my sweaty self back home to put together a killer breakfast. I’m not kidding…this was a seriously good batch!


Iced coffee in my engagement glass


And a Sunflower Seed Butter Buckwheat bowl.


In the mix:

  • 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Buckwheat Hot Cereal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • ~1/2 tbsp sunflower seed butter, mixed in at the end of cooking


Of course, it was topped off with more Sunflower Seed Butter Granola.


Aren’t you impressed that there’s still some hangin’ around? Yeah, I am too. Winking smile


Random Question for the Morning:

Where do you see yourself a year from now? How about five years from now?