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Fall, Food, Friday Faves, Recipes, Vegetarian

The Best Cornbread Muffins Recipe | Friday Favorites #6

Happy First Day of Fall! I thought fall had started a few weeks ago because the temperatures had dropped into the 60s. I was just about to pull out my fall sweaters and all of a sudden it was warm again. Some of the trees have started changing color but it’s still overwhelmingly green and pretty hot around here. Either way, to commemorate the start of a new season, I’ve got one of my favorite recipes – Cornbread Muffins! – to share with you as well as a few Friday Favorites!

Cornbread Muffins Recipe

My mom was an amazing cook and even more amazing because the majority of what I ate growing up was vegan AND sugar free because of my dad’s dietary restrictions. One of my favorite meals and often requested for birthday dinners, was my mom’s homemade chili and cornbread muffins. 

Most cornbread recipes out there call for way too much sugar and the muffins basically end up being a dessert with the amount of sugar in them. These have a minimal amount of sugar but it doesn’t take away from the fullness of flavor or fluffiness in the muffins. This recipe is especially healthier if you plan on adding something sweet on top. 

As with any baked goods, cornbread muffins are best when taken straight out of the oven, split open and buttered right away to let the butter melt in. These are perfect with some jam or honey on top or you could do as my husband does and just break a few up and let them soak into a warm bowl full of chili. If you happen to have leftovers the next day, pop ’em in the toaster oven for a minute and they’ll be just as good as straight out of the oven.

If you’re vegan and don’t eat honey, just switch it out for cane sugar, rice syrup, or a natural sweetener of your choosing.

However you decided to eat them, these cornbread muffins are definitely a treat you’ll enjoy! Continue Reading

Friday Faves, Recipes

Friday Faves #2

I’m going to start off my second edition of “Friday Faves” with a question. My husband has a short amount of time to eat lunch and likes to use that time to do paperwork so he doesn’t have as much to bring home; However, he has decided it’s too much work to heat food up or use a utensil to eat with so pretty much all he’ll eat for lunch is a PBJ or nuts, chips, snacks, etc. Not so healthy and PBJs can get dull after a while. What’s quick to make, or easy to meal prep, that fits his picky lunch needs? It’ll quickly become a fave if I can get some new options.

Without further ado, here are my Friday Faves:

The Fitness Marshall I have to start out with this video because if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to! I’ve watched this a number of times because it’s so hilarious and entertaining. I’d definitely try it out.

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Food, Goal Setting, Healthy eating, Life, Meal Planning, Recipes

Apple Picking, Meal Planning, and Calorie Counting

You know how last week I posted about the various bad things that happened all in a row? I was determined to change my fates but not before getting punched a few times first. Apparently I can’t survive without a phone because it tells me everything I need to know, like what the temperature is and how I should dress for the day… so after my phone died, I got a new S7 and while in the process of looking for the right screen protector and case to buy, I dropped it when I was getting out of the car for church and smashed the screen on both top corners of the phone. Sigh. Then on Sunday, I accidentally broke my glasses beyond repair. I mean it was time for new ones but still… now I have to wear contacts until I can get new ones. I don’t love wearing glasses but ever since an eye infection I had in 2011 my eyes have not loved wearing contacts so I rarely wear them anymore. Continue Reading

Exercise, Recipes, Running, Swimming, Training

Peach Crisp, Weekend Shenanigans, and Training Update

Hey there Monday! How was your weekend? This summer is flying by way too fast for me.

Weekend Recap

Today I’m feeling really sleepy after a long day of driving sitting in the car watching my husband drive for 10 hours straight and then going to bed really late. But we’re back in Michigan and it’s only a few more days until Brady is officially done with PT school!

On Friday I finally got around to doing something with the peaches I bought last weekend. It was either crisp or pie and as my pies still have a ways to go before being Grandma status, I decided on peach crisp. I’ve made peach/apple crisps a few times but I always mess up the crumble by mixing too much so I was determined to get it right this time. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has struggled with this!

bowl of peaches for peach crisp

Peach Crisp with Ice Cream

Peach Crisp was a win! It was so warm, crumbly, flavorful and melt in your mouth delicious. I’m going to keep making this over and over until there are no more fresh peaches to buy. The pecans also added a something special to the topping. This recipe has a lot of added sugar so at some point I’d like to work on making it a little more healthy without compromising the yummy flavors. This is the recipe I followed but I used a couple less tablespoons of butter and tiny bit less sugar on the peaches. Continue Reading

Food, Healthy eating, Recipes, Vegetarian

Fresh Tomato-Basil Pasta Recipe

Since summer is in full swing, farmer’s markets have popped up all over the place, and our gardens are starting to yield, I decided it was time to share one of my favorite summer recipes.

This recipe is:

  • Perfect for summer
  • Light and fresh
  • Low in calories
  • Full of heart-healthy fats and antioxidants

This summer, I’m only growing a little pot of herbs because I don’t have my own space to plant a garden; However, there is a permanent little farm market close by where I was able to pick up some local peaches, zucchini and fresh tomatoes.

I didn’t like fresh tomatoes all that much growing up because the seeds and goop were a little too yucky for my picky self. As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve fallen more in love with the versatile flavor that they add to many dishes.




My mom and grandma used to make a version of fresh tomato topping that I decided to make my own version of and share with you today! This is a perfect recipe for me because I’m often in search of recipes that are cheap and quick to make. This dish won’t take you longer than 15 minutes to make and only uses a handful of ingredients. Continue Reading

Injury, Recipes, Running, Swimming

Summer days and holding back when needed

Sometimes you have a plan but when your body says no, you have to listen. I had planned a run for this evening but my knee had been sort of bothering me through the whole day and I was nervous that if I went for a run, I would make it even worse and maybe even more serious. I interrupted the hubby while he was studying (he’s taking his NPTE board exam in less than 3 weeks!) and he did some tests to check it out and we’re figuring that my left IT band is really tight and it’s causing the pain in the knee. Or something like that. I don’t know all the fancy terms but generally that’s what’s up. It’s causing my knee to click every so many steps that I take and the more I’m standing on it, the more it hurts. This is a bit depressing but I’m hoping that with some heat/cold therapy, stretching, and rolling, it will be feeling better in the next couple of days.

I had lunch with my family at dad’s (and I suppose still technically mine) work in the cafeteria and then spent an hour at the mall with my sister. She’s obsessed with American Eagle and wanted to buy something with her birthday gift card. We also hit up Godiva for a post lunch treat. Shame on me 🙁 I’m not going to regret enjoying myself though, just the $6 dent in my shrinking wallet.

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