September Highlights

One could probably say that September was my first month of “legit” blogging, even though I started in July. It was a really exciting month and there was much to talk about! With that said, here were some of my favorite events of this past month, as well as some blogging highlights.

Biggest Accomplishment:

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Finishing my first sprint triathlon!

Biggest Blogging Accomplishment:

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

These Paleo Pumpkin Pie Muffins. You have no idea how many times they’ve been repinned on Pinterest…

Personal Fav Recipe:

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These Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites. I’m eating 5-6 right now…

Biggest Thing that went on that apparently I missed:

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Breaking Bad Finale.. I just watched the first episode yesterday….

Favorite Workout on le Blog

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Try it if you haven’t! Remember I did it with a run followed by spin class.

Fav workout not on my blog: this Yoga Flow that I did last Sunday.

Fav Gift: These Lululemon Speed Tights. They’re super warm and ideal for running.

Fav Thing I read: This Bean Bytes post on TheLeanGreenBean.com. Every Monday Lindsay rounds up a bunch of great blog posts from the previous week – appropriately titled “Bean Bytes.” For some reason I really enjoyed this particular weeks links. Thanks, Lindsay!

Fav New blog I found: Deliciously Ella. My Aunt introduced me to it a few weeks ago. I love the clean design of the blog and the recipes all look delicious! Plus she clearly knows what she’s talking about.

And thats a wrap! I’m curious to see what will show up on October’s top list!

Autumn Energy Bites – Pumpkin Pie

I’m going to cut straight to the point: These are the best energy bites I’ve ever made. Ever. Ever. Ever. They taste like Thanksgiving in a small adorable package — but with none of the Thanksgiving-insulin-spike side effects.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

I’m sure I’m right about their deliciousness because I have a mummy in my picture. Thus, I’m clearly firing on all cylinders today. His name is Scooby. Because I just thought of that. And I like it.

I debated last night on whether or not I was going to make something pumpkin flavored, since that’s kind of conforming to the blogger norm right now, but I went with it anyway since I had that 1/2 can of pumpkin waiting in the fridge (I know all of you know what I’m talking about. Why can’t we bloggers just create recipes that use the whole can???)

Anyway, my taste buds are thanking my decision making abilities right now.

On a random side note, does anyone else have a food processor toddler? I don’t mean a hungry toddler, I mean a food processor that you can’t leave alone for 5 minutes. I was running mine this morning while I made almond butter, and every time I turned around it had moved about 5 inches closer to the edge of the counter. I tried blocking it with a spatula but it just took the spatula with it. Crazy thing.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Raw, Paleo, Vegan, Soy Free, Refined Sugar Free

Makes about 12-13 Tablespoon Sized Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup of almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Puree (the plain canned kind, not pie filling – I feel pressure to clarify cuz that’s what everyone does in their fall recipes….)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  • Pulse all of the ingredients in the food processor until well combined – About 30 seconds.
  • Scoop out using a Tablespoon (or teaspoon if you’re a dainty individual. I am not)
  • Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to firm.
  • Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Bites

Fall Bucket List

Fall is pretty awesome. I don’t know if it’s my favorite time of year, but it’s pretty high in the rankings. Actually I don’t know if I have a favorite time of year. I better get on that in case I decide to join eHarmony and they ask tacky questions like that. Because a similar love of weather is the root of compatibility. Duh.

In completely other news, I’m kind of hating lists. Probably because mine usually consist of STAT homework, study guides, and such. But a bucket list for fall 2013? I could live with that. And like it. And not want to rip my hair out when I look at it.

Fall Bucket List 2013

Disclaimer: This isn’t a specifically healthy list. I mean it’s not unhealthy but it’s not healthy either…. I don’t know what that means. Balance, peeps. It’s all about balance. 

Be this for Halloween. Absolutely. I can not even begin to tell you how absolutely I am being this. Genius:funny-roller-coaster-costume

Next, have a child and make them be this for Halloween. I’m going to need to borrow someones child. It’s of utmost importance.

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Make this pumpkin:

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Bring this on Thanksgiving and watch the jaws drop:

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Pick apples and eat 1-2 each day minimum. This is my FAVORITE part of fall. Probably because I’m good at it. And the apples are good at it. Being delicious, that is:

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Make pumpkin pancakes like these:

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And later that same day, make a big pot of this Butternut Squash Chili:

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just let that sink in….