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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Odds & Ends

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odds & ends

1. Lent is nearing its conclusion and Easter is only a week away, but my pastor's blog post Be Broken is still a poignant reminder about this season of the church year. 

Open Faced Chicken Sandwiches with Green Pea Spread and Parmesan

2. A few weeks ago, Buzzfeed Food published a list of 29 Gorgeously Green Recipes to Get You Excited About Spring. It's an awesome roundup, and I was honored to have my Open Faced Chicken Sandwiches with Green Pea Spread and Parmesan included! Check out the list and get inspired for next week's meal plan!

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3. You've heard of Nutella, but what about Nocciolata? This was a new name to me, until a brand rep contacted me and offered to send me some of their product. Like Nutella, it's a cocoa hazelnut spread, and like Nutella, it's good used in alllll sorts of ways (my favorites include dipping pretzels in it or using it in a no bake pie with peanut butter crust!). I actually thought Nocciolata tasted more chocolaty than Nutella, something I didn't know was possible! It's also organic, which isn't a necessity for me, but for those who might want an organic option to Nutella, here you go! 

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4. I'm the queen of workout videos, and have amassed quite the collection over the years, especially ever since I quit my gym membership and work out solely at home. Recently I've further broadened my exercise horizons via youtube! There are tons of workouts on youtube and I like that you can find very short or very specific ones--useful when I don't know have a ton of time to workout during Brecken's naps! Some of my favorites include this Tracy Anderson 30 minute cardio workout and this 10 minute abs workout! I also really love all of the Fitness Blender workouts--try the 20 minute HIIT ladder workout or this strength training video. Send me links to your favorites, if you're a fan of YouTube workouts too! 

One Year Ago: Chocolate Guinness Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries
Two Years Ago: Tiramisu Cupcakes
Three Years Ago: Lemon Cranberry Coconut Bread
Four Years Ago: Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing