Archives for February 2014

26 and Counting.

 Yesterday was totally my 26th birthday.

For the first time in 26 years I just chilled out for my birthday.

No fancy parties, no pinata hitting, not even a birthday cake.

BUUUUUT…there was totally mexican food, family, and birthday fro-yo involved.

I did just what I wanted…took it easy.

My dad looked at me the other day and said, “You’ve matured beyond your years in only the past week, Chels.”

That felt great.

I love compliments.

Feel free to compliment me anytime, k?

I just love the extra love you get on your birthday.

My best friend almost made me cry in a birthday text yesterday.

I say almost because I refuse to cry on my bday.

But seriously…it’s those type of messages that know you have a GREAT friend.

Outstanding even.

I’m not sure how I’m supposed to feel about 26.

I can tell you something, though.

I feel older, wiser, and as though I am in my prime.

For sure.

I want to do everything and anything…go crazy, just get it all out 🙂

Sure.

Birthdays are a free pass to eat anything and everything you want.

I had a huge fajita/tres leche food baby on Saturday night.

So, my lunch was a little on the lighter side for my birthday.

26 is also my year to eat more muffins.

26 muffins, even.

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I found a quinoa flour blend at my local health foods store that is AMAZING!

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It’s all chocolate-fied w/ some walnuts up in it.

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Yea, that.

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These are like the muffins you find at those little neighborhood cafe that are what you have been wanting for years, but could never find.

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Now you are probably looking at me like…Chels, you are the only person who thinks that.

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I’m probably just a little crazy when it comes to food.

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Juuuuust

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a teensy, tiny, bit.

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😉

 

Cocoa Quinoa Muffins
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Recipe type: Muffins, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 7-8
 
Fluffy cocoa quinoa muffins studded w/ crunchy walnuts and made w/ banana for the perfect sweetness. Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ⅓ c. unsweetened, coconut milk
  • 3 T. melted coconut oil
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ c. coconut sugar
  • ¾ c. quinoa flour blend (you could also use gf all-purpose flour or almond flour)
  • ¼ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ c. chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin w/ baking cups.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the bananas, coconut milk, coconut oil, vanilla and sugar.
  3. Stir in the flour, cocoa powder,baking soda, and baking powder until combined.
  4. Fold in the walnuts.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into each muffin cup, about ¾ of the way full for each cup.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into each muffin comes out clean.

MANGIA!!!

UPDATE!

HELLO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!

I miss y’all!

Here is a lil’ update on my life.

I started my new job on Monday!

I’m a “Fit Break Instructor” for a corporate company here in Houston.

Basically, what I do is go to different offices within 3 buildings and conduct 10 minute fit/stretch breaks w/ employees.

It’s pretty awesome because it allows people who sit behind a computer screen all day, to really get a good stretch and move around.

Let’s do a lil’ re-cap on the past 3 days:

Day One: Ummmmm…is it going to be $25 everyday to park? Are you serious? Not happening. I need that money for pilates workouts and new shoes…duh. I love my co-workers, they are the shiz-nat. I love people w/ smiling faces and positive attitudes. I’m terrified of people staring at me while I teach them stretches. Please, please, talk!

Day Two: Are there really bosses that want to see you succeed? Um yes, there are! Their names are Joy and Sarah, and they are IT! You need these bosses. Get on my level! I’m feeling more comfortable w/ these routines. Anxiety is heightening but it will quell. Why is it rainy and cold outside? Seriously? Nightclub cardio kicked my bootay today! Who knew dancing could be such a workout? Who knew this girl could twerk? 😉 Is parking still $25?

Day Three: I’m hungry all the damn day! I eat everything! I did my first fit breaks today on my own…what was there to stress about? I GOT DIS! Hello $3 daily parking, I love you! Now I can get a puppy! Have I mentioned I love my coworkers are awesome? Yea, that. I found the cafeteria today…loaded salad for the win! Oh, and butternut squash and 3 coffees. CHEESUS. I hit a guy with my fist while stretching today. I don’t know if he actually felt it. The treck to my car was amazing. Sitting down was not amazing: see night club cardio reference on day 2.

That’s all! I should be back soon w/ some trash food for y’all!

MANGIA!!!

New Jobs and Pie.

 It’s Monday.

It’s also the first day of my new job…oh gaaaaash.

I’m going through a whirlwind of emotions, mostly anxiety, excitement, and nervousness.

Oh m gee.

This is my first really real job if ya know what I’m saying.

Like corporate status, yo.

I have so many what if’s going through my mind…what if they don’t like me, what if I am not good at my job, what if I tank this career?

No what if’s, Chels…pull it together.

It’s a job…you got this.

Plus, there’s always pie.

Pie has been there for me.

Pie will always be there for me.

It was there for me this past weekend when i had job anxiety and couldn’t sleep a wink.

But have you had brownie pie?

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Yea…brownies…in pie form.

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It’s all buttery, chewy, and gooey on the inside w/ a crisp outer edge.

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I might even go as far to say that this might* be amazing topped w/ a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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That’s a huge might, though.

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I mean, this pie is INTEEEEEENSE.

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I’m pretty sure this will be my cure-all for every problem that I have now.

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Plus, I kind of drizzled some extra chocolate on top and let it seep through the pie.

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So, then it’s pretty much fudge heaven from there.

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Yea…

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here’s to my first day at my new job.

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Pie for everyone!

 

Brownie Pie
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Recipe type: Dessert, Pie, Brownies
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
Melt in your mouth brownie pie made w/ dark chocolate and coconut butter. Crispy on the edges and a goeey center. Gluten-free, vegan, paleo, refined sugar-free, nut-free.
Ingredients
  • ¾ c. melted dark chocolate chips, about 70% cacao
  • ½ c. coconut butter
  • ¾ c. coconut sugar
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 flax eggs (2 T. golden flaxseed meal + 6 T. water, mix and let sit for 10 minutes)
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • extra melted dark chocolate, for drizzling, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees to F. Grease a 9-in. pie plate w/ cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pie pan and spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean.
  5. Let the pie cool completely, slice, then, using the tines of a fork, poke small holes into each pie slice.
  6. Drizzle the slices w/ melted dark chocolate and let the pie soak through.
  7. Enjoy w/ a glass of almond or coconut milk!

MANGIA!!!