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Foodie Friday-My Favorite Eats This Week

Hello and happy Friday!! Did the time change throw anyone else off? The whole past week has been rough on me and my daughter’s sleep. My husband seemed unfazed though! I have been waking up incredibly early, and falling asleep early as well. I finally feel like my body has regulated. Last night I fell asleep at 8 and didn’t wake up until 6 this morning. I missed a class that I teach unfortunately, but my body needed it!

Moving on, let’s talk food. Starting off, I have to share my newest obsession. Weeks ago, I was at Sam’s Club and had a sample of these dried mushrooms. I didn’t know I would like them, but OH MY GOSH they are amazing!!!! I can’t stop eating them!

Seriously….go get these!!!

Moving on to some dinners…

Chipotle bowl, but I put all of my toppings on cauliflower rice that I made at home! YUM!!
Farmhouse Chili with homemade almond flour cornbread muffins. They were fantastic!
A huge salad from Core Life Eatery!
Chicken, veggies, and avacado over cauliflower rice.
Spaghetti Squash with sautéed spinach, pesto, cheese, and garlic. SO yummy!!

Now onto baking and breakfast…

Healthy cinnamon sugar mini donuts!! GUYS…this is my own recipe and it turned out amazing! I will share it soon!
Banana egg pancakes with almond flour, Criobru grounds, topped with melted coconut oil and almond butter.

Such a great week of eating!! I hope you enjoyed this lighthearted food post. Sending hugs to you all!!

With love,

Carly

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Outer Banks, NC Food Favorites

Hello, all!! We are having some unusually warm November weather here, which makes me so happy. Being able to get K outside to play makes a lot of difference! Thankfully it helps make me not miss the beach as much…well….sort of haha.

Anyway, this post is going to be about some of my favorite foods from vacation!

The first place we stopped was Hurricane Moe’s. We come here more than once every year. The food is delicious, and happy hour is unbeatable! The happy hour food menu is super tasty shrimp, tacos, and wings. I had a wonderful salad as well.

I devoured this meal!
Miss this already!

The best donuts ever come from a place called Duck Donuts. They have popped up in other states, but originally come from Duck, NC. They are so fresh and warm. It is something I just have to indulge in. K even enjoyed some this year! I don’t often let her eat this much sugar, but she loved it! Lol!!

Cheers! Donuts and coffee, Donuts and milk.

Rundown Cafe is another favorite for us! The portions are so big and everything is delicious.

Fresh fish sandwich without bread, broccoli, and my non-pictured coleslaw!

This year, my husband and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary at an adorable place called Collington Cafe. Everything was AMAZING. From appetizers to dessert, we were not disappointed!

A little wine before date night!
Isn’t it so cute!?
Bacon wrapped scallops with a terriaki glaze. Oh my goodness….mouthwatering.
Our mains were fantastic! Mine is on the left. A seasonal salad with butternut squash, a huge tuna steak, and fried brie. My husband got steak with crab meat on top, shrimp, potatoes, and vegetables.
Dessert was a blackberry cheesecake.

We also ate a lot at home! My favorite was a huge crabcake from Tommy’s Market!

That was all for this year’s favorites! I hope you enjoyed looking at all of these pictures. I wish I could have them all right now haha.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

With love,

Carly

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Banana Egg Pancakes With A Boost

Hello! We are back from a wonderful trip up North for my brother-in-law’s wedding. It was small, family only, and beyond perfect. We have been incredibly busy with a move, and two weekends of weddings, but now we are back and settling in which feels SO nice. Anyway, I will share more on that later. Let’s get to the point of this post….

PANCAKES!

I’m sure many of you have tried banana egg pancakes. I like them, but usually want something more substantial and satisfying. Well, after a lifting workout, I decided to make them with a few yummy additions. I devoured the whole thing.

My favorite added ingredient is leftover Criobru grounds. I have mentioned Criobru on the blog before. It brews like coffee,  has SO many health benefits, and is essentially caffeine free. I have been trying to cut back some, and it gives me a boost in the afternoon when I need it. Plus, the taste is incredible!

INGREDIENTS:

*2 eggs
*1 banana
*1/4 cup of almond flour
*1/2 tsp of cornstarch
*Leftover Criobru grounds

TOPPING:
*Almond butter
*Coconut Oil

DIRECTIONS:

*Mash banana and mix with the eggs.
*Add in all other ingredients and mix well.
*Heat a skillet with a little coconut oil and cook 1/4 of batter on both sides. Continue until all batter is used. I made 4 pancakes.
*Melt some almond butter and coconut oil together and pour over pancakes.
*Add any additional toppings you want and eat!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Unil next time…

With love,

Carly

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Whole30 Update And Life Lately

Hello, everyone! My goodness, I haven’t updated in a while. We have been incredibly busy, as we move next Wednesday into an apartment while our home is being built.

Anyway…I am close to the end of Whole30 and wanted to updated you all.

I feel SO good. I hit a slump about halfway through and almost quit, but that quickly changed.

WHY I HAVE LOVED IT:

*I have more energy throughout the day.

*I don’t miss sugar or bread at all.

*I am in love with bulletproof coffee, and will keep having it in the mornings.

*My skin feels awesome.

*I have fallen back in love with cooking.

*I am not bloated.

*Cauliflower rice is my new favorite addition to my meals.

Here are a few yummy meals I have made.

Overall, I have loved the experience and am so glad I started and pushed through!

OKAY, moving on…

LIFE LATELY:

As I said at the beginning, moving has kept us busy, but my excitement is building so much as we get to watch our home go up. I also am excited to live with my mom for a couple months while we are in limbo until the house is ready!

K and I have been having so much fun meeting friends at the park, going to gymnastics, taking walks, and reading all of the books. Her language is increasing, and I am trying to encourage more words throughout the day.

I am so excited for fall! Picking apples and pumpkins, cool weather, and and Halloween (which will be our 5 year wedding anniversary)!

We are traveling this year for weddings and vacation. I am pumped!!

Anyway, that is all for my update. I can’t wait to catch up with all of your posts tonight!

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

With love,

Carly

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Weekend Wrap-Up And My First Week Of Whole30

Hello! Happy Monday, all. I hope you had a great weekend. We sure did!

SATURDAY:

The day started with coffee, a strength and jog workout, then doing some shopping with my sister-in-law. K spent time with daddy while I was busy!

The afternoon was full of stroller walks and playtime with my girl.

Once she went to bed, we finished house work and cleaned before a quick (late) dinner and some Mindhunter.

SUNDAY:

My sister-in-law and I separated and planted herbs! K had fun playing in the leaves while we worked.

My mom came into town and we took K to the sunflower field! The season is about over so the blooms were dying, but we still had so much fun!

That evening, I went to dinner with a girlfriend of mine! We had fun catching up, and I had a yummy Whole30 approved dinner. Northstar Cafe is the best!

Speaking of Whole30, I have officially finished my first week! Here are my thoughts so far:

The first couple of days were the hardest, as I had some headaches and cravings, but I pushed through and things are getting SO much better.

I am WAY less bloated than typical, and have found myself enjoying prepping and cooking. I miss my easy snacks, but have been enjoying fresh fruit, nuts, and vegetables.

Dates and almond butter have been a lifesaver when I need some quick, healthy energy!

So far I am loving it, and am excited to see how I feel as I continue!

I will keep updating each week.

Well, that’s about all for today. Have a great week!

With love,

Carly