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The answer to our recipe call!

18 Oct

 Hey buddies!

We’ve missed you all ūüôā The past 2 weeks have been filled with:

  • Midterms(yuck!)
  • Writing lots of essay’s(double yuck)
  • School/work
  • Cleaning, cleaning…. and more CLEANING
  • Making 70+¬†cookie and pretzel candy melts(they are a lot harder than they look to make lol.)
  • And of course good food ūüėČ

So you are probably wondering why on earth are we making so many candy melts and cleaning like it is nobodies business? Well it is because the BABY SHOWER is this Saturday! I cannot believe it has finally arrived to this week. I remember starting to plan this whole party clear back in April. I had been dreading and anticipating this week. The dreadful part is having to get your house ready for 70 people, but the anticipated part of the whole thing is seeing all of my family from Utah! We almost never see each other unless it is Summer so it is going to be fun.   

This morning Whit and I cooked up an old friend… Quaker Instant Hot Cereal!

  • 1 pkt. Instant Apple Cranberry Almond Hot Cereal
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 3-4 drops vanilla stevia
  • 1/2 nuked gala apple
  • cinnamon¬†


  • Fiber One¬†Oats &¬†Apple Struesel Bar crumbled
  • Dollop Sprout’s Old Fashioned AB

And to drink was a C+W Special Pumpkin Spice Latte

In the mix:

  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup boiling hot water
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 scoop vanilla cappuccino mix
  • 5 drops maple extract
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar-free Vanilla Torani
  • 1/2 tsp sugar-free Pumpkin Torani
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice + Cinnamon

~Whip to top!

Lunch was a sammie with turkey, hummus, onions, american cheese, and spike. This was served alongside the new obsession: Harvest Fruit Salad.

Mixed greens, strawberries, butternut squash, dried cranberries, walnuts, cottage cheese, stawberry-balsalmic dressing.

In case you were wondering what Spike is. It is a seasoning that Whit and I add to salads, sandwiches, eggs, wraps, pasta, veggies, etc.  

Ingredients: Defattted nutrisoy granules, granular toasted onion, nutritional yeast, granular garlic, celery root granules, ground dill, horseradish granules, mustard powder, lemon peels, orange powder, parsley flakes, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, white cate pepper, rose hips powder, summer savory, mushroom powder, safflower, parsley powder, white onion powder, spinach powder, tomato powder, sweet hungarian paprika, ground celery seed, cayenne pepper, ground tumeric, ground cumin, ground ginger, ground corriander, ground fenugreek, ground cloves, cinnamon powder, plus a delightful herbal bouquet of the best greek oregano, french tarragon, french sweet basil, french marjoram, french rosemary and spanish thyme.


Todays workout consisted of 20 min. treadmill and 20 min. No More Trouble Zone video.

0-5 min.    6.0 mph   2 incline
5-7 min.    7.0 mph    0 incline
7-8 min.    8.0 mph    0 incline
8-10 min.  5.0 mph    4 incline
10-20 min. REPEAT


Dinner was a Whole Wheat or Bust Fall creation: Harvest Pumpkin Sauce served over spaghetti squash.

(This was the recipe we chose to make for our Fall Recipe Call)

Here is the recipe from the lovely lady herself:

Flawless Fall Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Recipe: Makes 2 servings

~10 pecans, chopped

1/3 cup chopped sweet onion

1/2 tbsp real butter

3/4 cup pumpkin

pinch pumpkin pie spice

pinch chili pepper

1/4 cup half and half

1/4 cup milk

1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt (I like 1/2 tsp, but I love salt)

The steps ‚Äď

1. Chop the pecans and separate it into two piles. Crush one pile so that they are tiny pieces.

2. Put a pan on medium heat and melt the butter.  Saute the chopped onions and pecans until the onions are deliciously caramelized.

3. If there is no butter left, add a little more. Add in the spices and pumpkin and stir. Cook the pumpkin for a couple minutes until it is more thick and fragrant.

4. Reduce the heat to low. Add in the half and half and milk and stir. Add in 1/4 tsp salt, stir, taste, and then another 1/4 tsp if you wish.

5. Once it has heated through and is nice and thick, it’s done! Rejoice!


Lauren is a college student from Texas who has got some pretty mouth-watering recipes! Here are just a few that caught our eyes:

Homemade Salmon Burgers
Sweet Potato-Quinoa-Pecan Tamales
Scallops & Artichoke Pasta
Pumpkin Scones with Cream Cheese Glaze

Thank you all who shared your recipes. They were all such great ideas…that we might just have to make all of them. lol. Well mountain of a Monday is over. Yay!

Have a great week ūüôā