Natural Nut Butter

Natural Nut Butter

If you’re ever at a farmer’s market that sells natural nut butter, I suggest you give it a try. It’s great in peanut butter cookies and almond butter makes a great substitute for an even nuttier flavor.

Last weekend we stopped in at the South Bend, IN farmers market and picked up some peanut butter and almond butter for future cookies. The peanuts and almonds are ground right there as you fill up your tub.

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn

Sunday Groceries

Sunday Groceries

Recently the established pattern appears to be to going grocery shopping on Sundays. Grocery shopping tends to go one of three ways:

  1. We need groceries… I don’t have a list, but we are already out. I bet we can figure it out while in the store. *proceed to store* Meal prep for the week is a bit disorganized and I typically end up running out again to pick up something we missed or we change plans for a meal we can manage with items we already have on hand at home.
  2. We are at home… Asks Ben, “What would you like to have this week for dinner?” Proceed to ask questions until we finally end up with 3-4 dishes and then I fill in the list with weekly needs and restock items or household things we currently need. Proceed to store together. Meal prep for the week goes well. 🙂
  3. We are or just I am at home, and I proceed to make the grocery list alone. The list includes all the meals I will enjoy and at least one I believe Ben has been wanting. Proceed to store either with or without Ben. Meal prep for the week goes well.

Coffee and Grocery list

My preference is always number 2. Oh and I like to reuse the blank side of envelopes to write my lists. My mother does this and I just like to think it’s my way of reusing before recycling. 🙂 How do you make your grocery list and plan for meals in your home?

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn

Finishing Strong week 1 recap

Finishing Strong week 1 recap

If you missed my Instagram fitness accountability stories I’ve made a collection of them here. So far I am off to a good start. My typical workout is Just Dance on the Wii with some arm weight sets between songs. I just need to keep this up as cookie season comes into full swing! 😀

Finish 2017 Strong wk 1

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn

Inspiration: Naked Cakes

Inspiration: Naked Cakes

Naked cakes seem to be trending in the last year or so. Whether you like to follow the flow or love the idea of a cake with minimal frosting, then this just may be the cake for you. These cakes follow a less is more / clean design style that makes them simple to assemble and quick to deliver, if you were given short notice. This posts’ two creators have been my inspiration for a while now, I love watching their videos on youtube and gaining a better understanding of cake decorating. Check out the pins below for yourself!

*The creations noted in this post are not my own, please follow the links to see the original posts.

Mini Ombre Cake:

The ombre transition of color is just soothing to look at. The gradual transition from one color to another is beautiful, yet rather simple. As it follows the curve of the color wheel or spoke. This mini cake has a clean design as you only frost in between your layers of yummy cake. Cupcake Jemma creates fantastic tutorials on youtube, go check them out!

Textured Frosting Cake with Fruit:

Going for a cake a bit bigger then try out Rosie’s Dessert Spot’s two tier naked cake tutorial. I am sure this could pair down to a smaller version just fine if you are looking for a little bit of sweetness with no guest fan-fare. This cake may not have a lot of frosting but it sure looks loaded with fresh fruits and a generous sprinkle of powder sugar!

You can find more from Rosie’s Dessert Spot on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube!

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn

Eggnog is Popular

Eggnog is Popular

Apparently, eggnog is popular or at least the Instagram hashtag is. Yesterday I posted one of my cookie pictures with a glass of eggnog and of course included a hashtag to the favorite drink and post workout (yes I got one in yesterday) I checked back to the surprise of over 100 likes on the post! I’ve been posting several cookie pictures and videos throughout the day so if you’ve missed one go check them out. If you like that kind of content please let me know by giving them a like and leave a comment to let me know.

Eggnog and cookies oh my! 😜đŸȘ #cookies #eggnog #yum #snack #sugarcookies

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Sweetly,

Gwenlynn

Finishing the Year Strong

Finishing the Year Strong

I’ve been on a journey for a year now. Last November I joined a gym, I talk about it a bit in one of my earliest posts on the blog, here. Change was in the air I suppose as many events have unfolded since then. I felt that as it is near the mid-end of November again I would reflect back on that first step.

I’m not traditionally athletically inclined. What does that mean? Well, I didn’t ever really like to run even though I tried soccer for a few years. I like to swim but more like a leisure activity and with an active imagination… you know mermaids and all that. 😀 I fell in love with horseback riding and that was my exercise and my passion throughout high school and college. Yes, that is exercise! It’s not common or a traditionally thought of form of exercise but it was what I found was for me.

Exiting college and entering the workforce I lost connection to that world and thus stopped exercising much. I didn’t know my way around weight equipment and knew that I found treadmills to be punishing, but I wanted to be stronger and to be able to run around after nephews and nieces and my new puppy. To help my cause a gym was very close to my apartment at the time.

Thus I started personal training sessions. Shout out to Kelsey for being amazing! For showing me what I can do and how I can improve and see my improvements in my everyday life. Along with laughing with me and at me and putting up with my uncontrollable yawning. Honestly, I don’t understand why I yawn so much. The accountability of having those sessions really helped me keep at my goals.

On the note of accountability, I am making a new goal to finish out 2017 strong! I intend to do my best to get in a workout on most days. *cough cough* Yes I know I see the loophole already BUT since I have put this out here, you all can help keep me accountable in the comments section. *no pressure* I’ll post proof over on my Instagram stories of my at home workouts.

If you’re up to the challenge also let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to help encourage you on your journey.

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn