Friday Finds

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Whoop-whoop! It’s FRIDAY! Congrats on making it to the weekend. 🙂 Hopefully y’all have something either exciting or relaxing planned for the next couple days. We are taking the relaxing route this weekend and sticking around the house for some football and game day food.

If you, too, are planning on a laid back weekend, here are few links I found this week. The fall and winter are full of so many birthdays in our families, and then Christmas is so quick to follow that Friday Finds seems to lean towards a gift guide. Although it’s not on purpose, hopefully it’s helpful. Enjoy!

I think these little lip scrubs would be a great stocking stuffer.

This store is definitely on the pricier side of things, but this belt is so pretty. . .and it’s on sale! 🙂

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Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown. This is definitely my favorite workout of the week. It was harder than I anticipated, and moved at a fast pace. Great workout if your feeling fatigued and sore or just need something new.

I love this travel kit. Personally, I think it could be for guys or gals, either way it’s beautiful and unique.

Ok, this pie pan would be super dangerous around here. I never make pie, because that’s a lot of sweet for two people. But this little guy serves two. This gives me reason for at least one pie a week. 🙂

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I reeeeealy want one of these apple peelers. Considering the apple orchards are so close to us, I think this would come in handy. Especially if I had a pie plate for two like the one above. 😉

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I think my dad and D would both like this Vintage Tabletop Scrabble game. It’s be cool to have for obvious purposes, but it’s so beautiful, too.

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If you’re a hopeless romantic and have half an hour to burn, this video is pretty cool. It’s a little unrealistic for most budgets, but sweet nonetheless.

I think this Pom-Pom Scarf Tutorial will be one of my next projects. It’s so cute and has step by step instructions along the way.

I watch The Chew on ABC whenever I can, and this week I saw Michael Symon’s Eggs in Avocado. It looked so fresh and delicious. Might have to create a version this weekend.

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Oh man. These need to be on my feet right now. These house shoes look so cozy! They’re made of wool and salmon skin. A little strange, but I’m on board with that.

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These leather watches are pretty, timeless, and simple. They’re handmade and somewhat affordable.

These Vintage Pearl and Brass Earrings are so pretty. They would be a great gift for a lady in your family. . .or for yourself.

Vintage Pearl and Brass Earrings on BourbonandBoots.com

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

Bananas Foster Impostor

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This week has been flying by, not that I’m complaining or anything! We’re just that much closer to the weekend. The weather is beautiful in the evenings, making it easier to convince D to go on pre-dinner walks. I am so thankful for the nice weather and love seeing all of the fall decor go up. I think I may need to do a little front door craft this weekend. I would love ideas if you have them??

Although it’s just now Thursday, D and I have managed to get today’s recipe in 3 times so far. Sooooo, that’s every night! That goes to show how delicious it is, and proves that you should make it tonight. Like, right now. So, here we go!

May I introduce you to Bananas Foster Impostor. Let me tell ya, this is one sneaky little dish. While the original is full of butter, cream, and brown sugar (and is quite delicious), this version has none of the above. It has 6 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes.

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Start by slicing 3 bananas lengthwise. I used 6 baby bananas because they needed to be eaten, but either will work. Lay the bananas in a non-stick sprayed skillet over med-high heat. You’re going to brown the bananas and let them start to caramelize a bit. I like mine to get quite a bit of color.

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While they are working, mix together 1/2 cup hot water, 1/3 cup honey, and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla in a separate bowl.

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Once the bananas have caramelized on both sides, add the honey/water mixture to the skillet and let boil for a few minutes.

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Once the mixture thickens, turn off heat and add about 1 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Ta-da. That’s it. You’re done.

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Of course this would be lovely with a big ol’ bowl of vanilla ice cream, or maybe even some homemade whipped cream, but that wouldn’t really make sense after cutting all of the butter, cream, and sugar out of the bananas, would it? So, the next best thing is to pile them high on top of some vanilla yogurt. I used greek yogurt and it was delish. But you can eat them on whatever you want, or heck, even by themselves!

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On another note, I did yoga for the first time yesterday. I usually stretch as I’m supposed to, but haven’t ever gotten on the yoga train. But ever since my 6 miler on Sunday, my body has been really fatigued and kind of sore. So yesterday I did a Jillian Michaels 35 minute video, and I loved it. It was waaay harder than I anticipated, and I felt like a million bucks afterward. What I loved most about this particular video was that it was fast paced. You never held a position for more than 15 seconds, which is good for my attention span. I’ll be doing  this weekly from here on out. 🙂

Have a great day!

Santa Barbara: Things To-Do

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This past weekend D and I drove up Hwy 101 to Santa Barbara for a brief stay. We’ve had this planned for about 6 months, and I was seriously looking forward to it. We planned on making the trip for my birthday, but the place we wanted to stay was booked solid until this past weekend. That being said, let’s get to a few things that I’d recommend getting in on a trip to Santa Barbara.

1. Santa Barbara Auto Camp

Instead of staying in your normal, run of the mill hotel, we stayed at SB Auto Camp. The SB Auto Camp is an RV Park of sorts, only instead of towing your own 5th wheel down the road, you stay in one of their five renovated, nostalgic, shiny Airstreams. While they had everything we needed and more for the weekend (including 2 beach cruiser bikes), if you prefer a place to spread out and stretch your legs, you may look elsewhere. That being said, D and I made due with our 6 foot frames. 🙂

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2. Downtown SB – State Street

Downtown SB, State Street particularly, is full of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and leads you right to the Pacific Ocean. Whatever you need to do in SB is more than likely happening around State Street. SB is also rich in the arts, full of venues, museums, and galleries. We didn’t take advantage of that on this trip, but it needed to be noted. 🙂

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3. The French Press

Anytime I’m heading out of town, I always try to find a local coffee shop. In Santa Barbara, I came across The French Press, and read reviews saying it was a great place. I went a couple times and loved it. Both times I ordered a vanilla latte, and the thing that really sold me on this place was the temperature. As silly as it sounds, the latte was the perfect drinking temperature. Not too hot, not too cold. Perfecto!  A couple of our friends, Rob and Julie, came to visit, and said that the coffee was sub par, so I’d stick to a specialty drink.

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4. Holdren’s Steak and Seafood

If you are on the hunt for a nice dinner, Holdren’s Steak and Seafood is a great place to try. It’s conveniently located on State Street, among all of the restaurants and nightlife of Downtown Santa Barbara. We didn’t get a chance to eat here on this trip, but the last time we were in SB we had dinner, and it was ALL good.

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5. Mac’s Fish & Chips

Also on State Street, there’s a little dive called Mac’s Fish & Chips. They had the best fish and chips we’ve had since we moved out here. The batter on these bad boys is so dang good and they were made to order. And the chips? Oh the chips! The fries were cut thick and crispy on the outside, they were the perfect side dish to the fish. We ordered a side of coleslaw, and it was super horseradish-y. Not my favorite slaw by a long shot, but you really don’t need at this joint. We didn’t do dessert all weekend, except for here. We ordered a fried Twix with Creamed Chantilly. Normally I wouldn’t have gotten on this train, but man am I glad I did! It was so good.

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6. Rent a Bike

Our airstream came with a couple beach cruisers, but if it hadn’t, we would have rented bikes. SB is so bike friendly, full of bike paths that will get you where you’re going quicker than a car. There are many places on State Street  you can grab a beach cruiser (if you’re willing to pay quite a bit) or you can head down closer to the beach and grab one there. I would definitively recommend budgeting for a bike. You a grab one at Wheel Fun Rentals for $10/hour or about $36/day.

7. The Neighborhood

Like I said earlier, nightlife in SB is abundant, I think for a couple reasons. First of all, it sits so close to the ocean and the weather is always nice. Secondly, it’s a college town, housing Santa Barbara City College. You can stay on State Street and hit bar after bar, or you could meander a half mile off of State Street and into The Neighborhood. This bar made me feel like I was back in college big time. It had a dozen or so beer pong tables outside, and couple ping pong tables and a pool table inside. It had a more laid back atmosphere than most of the place on State Street. Check it out!

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8. Kayak the Harbor

One afternoon we had some free time, and had been biking the better part of the day so our legs were tiiiired. The weather was too nice to stay put at the airstream, so we biked it down to the beach and rented a kayak. Originally we wanted to take a guided kayak tour to the Channel Islands, but the one we wanted was booked, so we just paddled around the beach and harbor. It was really fun and a great way to see the pier, harbor, and all of the boats coming in and out. As long as you stay out of the boat channel, you shouldn’t get ran over. 🙂

There are so many things that didn’t make this list, because we didn’t have time to get them in ourselves. Such as:

Santa Barbara Farmers Market, Beer and Wine TourGuided Kayak Tour of Channel Islands, and Santa Barbara Mission.

Hop you have a great day!

Move It Monday + Weekend Photos

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Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I didn’t post nearly as much as I would have liked last week, hopefully this week will be better. 🙂 Our weekend was great. We went to Santa Barbara and spent the weekend in an Airstream Hotel of sorts, called SB Auto Camp. I’ll give more details and suggestions on the trip in another post, but check the place out. It’s worth the google search!

Now, let’s get to Move It Monday. I finished up my work out week with a 6 mile run last night, and it went surprisingly well. This week I am going to continue with the same type of workouts, but switch up the resistance training workouts.

(warm up before, & cool down/stretch after a workout.  Always consult your doctor before starting a workout plan)

Monday

Runner’s World Strength Workout

Core Circuit #4

Tuesday

3.5 mile run

Wednesday

Kickboxing – 25 minutes

Runner’s World Yoga Video – 25 minutes

Thursday

3.5 mile run

Friday

Medicine Ball Workout

Core Circuit #3

Saturday

OFF

Sunday

6 mile run

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Tomorrow or Wednesday I’ll put up a post about some Santa Barbara’s to-do’s. In the meantime, here are a few pics! 🙂

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Hope you have  a great Monday!

Fall Sausage Hash

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Hello, all! I hope your week is going smoothly. After all, it is half way over! 🙂 I was called to substitute yesterday, so I didn’t get a chance to put this recipe on the blog. It’s a great hearty meal that goes good with a chilly weather change. Fall Sausage Hash.

This skillet is full of  sausage, sweet potato, kale and onions. It’s great as is, but can easily be modified to your tastes. The sweet potato can be swapped for any of the squash that’s abundant in the fall. I’d like to try it with Chicken-Apple Sausage, too. The apple would go great with the fall-ness of the hash. 🙂

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Start out by browning about 1 pound of sausage in a skillet. Once browned, remove and drain off excess fat. To the same skillet, add 2 cups of finely chopped kale and 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced, over medium heat. Cook until translucent and soft.

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Meanwhile, dice 1 large sweet potato and add to boiling water for about 3 minutes, or until almost soft. When the sweet potato is ready, add it to the onions and kale, followed by the drained sausage. Then add about 1 garlic clove, finely chopped.

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Over medium heat, stir the hash together and let the flavors party for about 3 minutes, or until heated all the way through.

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The spices and cheese you may want to add will vary depending on your sausage. The sausage I used seemed really salty, so I just added a touch of pepper and a little mozzarella. If you want something a little saltier, you may try feta. I think cheddar, Parmesan, or ANY cheese is wonderful! Now, eat it up. 🙂

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Have a great day!

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Fall Sausage Hash

1 lb sausage

1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced

2 cups kale, finely chopped

1 medium sweet potato, diced

1 clove garlic, chopped

Salt and Pepper

Mozzarella or favorite cheese for topping

1. Brown sausage in skillet and then drain excess fat and set aside. In same skillet, saute the onion and kale until translucent and tender. While the onions and kale are cooking, dice your sweet potato and add it to boiling water for about 3 minutes, or until almost soft. Once the onions and kale are ready, add the sausage, sweet potato, and garlic to the pan and mix together. Let the mixture cook for a few minutes to allow the flavors to come together. Once it’s ready, add salt and pepper if needed, and your favorite cheese. enjoy!

Move It Monday, Core Circuit + Apple Orchard Photos

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Can I get a what-what! for these b-e-a-utiful fall temperatures that rolled in this weekend? Man, I am loving it. We woke up on Sunday to a very chilly morning, and decided to go ahead and run before Mother Nature realized she left the A/C on over night. 🙂 I had my long run, which went great, largely because of the cool temps.

We wanted to continue to take advantage of the cool temps, so we took a little road trip up into the mountains, where it was super chilly, to the apple orchards. It was a blast, and the apples were so sweet and delicious. Tehachapi, again, wins for the neatest town ever. Here are a few pictures from Pulford’s AppleTree Orchard.

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Mmmmk. Now for Move It Monday. WooHoo! 🙂

This week it’s time to bump my long-ish run up to 6 miles. Surprisingly, I’m actually looking forward to it. In the between time, there will be more short runs and strength training. Here’s how it looks:

Monday

1 mile run

Resistance Training

Core Circuit

Tuesday

4 mile run

Wednesday

Kickboxing – 50 minutes

Thursday

1 mile run

Resistance Training

*Core Circuit # 4 (below)*

Friday

3 mile run

Saturday

Rest

Sunday

6 mile run

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Core Circuit # 4

Plank Jacks

-do as many as possible in 45 seconds

Dumbbell Side Bends

-complete 10 reps on each side

Hanging Leg Raises ( if you don’t have a pull up bar, sub another lower ab exercise)

-complete 10 reps

Double Crunch

-complete 15 reps

*Do each exercise the designated number of times. Rest, and then repeat 2 times.

(always warm up before exercise and cool down and stretch after, and never start a workout program or routine without previously consulting your doctor)

Friday Finds – Gift Guide

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The weekend has arrived! Yippidy-do-da-day! D is going to catch a game at the Rose Bowl with a co-worker, and I’m going to fine tune my window shopping and couch sitting skills. I plan on making a lot of headway. Hope you all have something fun or relaxing waiting for you this weekend!

I feel like fall is the ultimate gift buying season, between Christmas and a ton of birthdays. So, this week Friday Finds is more like a gift guide, for someone else or for you! 🙂

 

I feel like everyone has a foodie in the family these days. This cookbook would be great for the travelling foodie.

I think this almond butter would be a great homemade present for family and friends. You could put it in a cute jar and tie a little raffia around the lid. Done!

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Although it isn’t technically a gift, I think this Apple Pie Sangria would be a great addition to any holiday gathering.

I would say this is great gift for a brother-in-law, but I like it for myself. I love the leather scales on this flask.

These Salted Caramels would be a great gift for someone far away. Just order them and have them sent to their door.

My sister, Annie, would love this Beef Jerky. They have a few flavors to choose from.

I love this camo vest. Usually camo isn’t my thing, but I really like this one. It would be great for an outdoorsy girl.

Excursion quilted vest in camo

I think this candle would be great for a girlfriend. You could give it as is, or make a little gift basket.

Paddywax Mason Jar Candle

If you have a dog lover on your Christmas list, check out this shop. These leashes are really pretty….and made in the South.

Dog Leashes from seescoutsleep.com; $26-$30 each

These mixing bowls are so pretty. Anyone that’s spent time in the kitchen knows you can’t have too many.

Pretty and practical! Mixing Bowls from Gleena (gleena.com)

Need an idea for a fitness fanatic? Or someone who is looking to get motivated? Check out this fitbook?

 

Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂