Things I’m Loving!

I’ve started to come to the realization that the summer is half over and I don’t really feel like I’ve taken FULL advantage of the amazing weather we are having. Besides dying to BBQ just about every meal and do everything I possibly can outside, I’ve realized that I want to make sure I look back on the summer knowing it was a great summer. Just break monotony a bit, and have a TON of fun. It’s way too easy to forget that.

In the spirit of keeping it fun, this is just a quick list of Friday Favorites and what I’m loving right now :-)

1. Training: Recently I’ve been starting to train for my 3rd and 4th half marathons. i did this same Zoom Half Marathon last year and missed the two hour mark by a whopping 2 minutes. It was a real bummer and I am determined to complete that goal this year. I actually stepped out yesterday for a run and didn’t stand to check the mirror. When I got outside, I realized I looked like a highlighter gone wrong. So, naturally I tried to snap a selfie…and got caught, which just made me feel even more ridiculous.

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2. Travelling: The beginning of the summer started with our amazing wedding and 2 weeks of travel to the Bahamas and Las Vegas. After coming back from those trips, I’ve gotten to Seattle, Cape Cod and Northern New Jersey. But things have started to settle down…at least in my mind and I’ve been dying to start planning some more trips. Not to worry, Michigan is only around the corner, and then the traditional Mt Washington Summit! I’m really looking forward to it!

3. I’m always on the look out for cute workout gear, because sometimes all you need to get your butt out the door and to the gym is a nice new outfit. Seriously. It’s also great to hang around the house in and run some quick errands.  Anyways, I’m absolutely LOVING the Heidi Klum New Balance Collection. I think she just nails it.

4. I don’t know if you caught on from last week’s post, Ulta Crazy, but I’m really loving  some of those beauty vlogs on YouTube. I’ve been following Fleur on instagram for a little while and just started watching her videos. It may just be her english accent that has me completely captivated.

5. Barbecuing. I just can’t get enough of being outside in this weather.

6. New Eats: Today, I went with my brother to a new Venezuelan restaurant for lunch and it was just incredible. It’s so fun to try new cuisine and we weren’t let down. It was a real hole in the wall place but it blew us away.

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7. Puppies: I get it….everyone is obsessed with their dogs but can you blame me?? They are just adorable :)

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Happy Friday!!

 

What is making your Friday the best??

Drumsticks on the Barbie

I went out last week and bought some drumsticks. Well, slightly over kill for two people, I bought about 6 pounds. Whoops. After attempting a rosemary lemon chicken drumstick last week and botching that one, I made a barbecue drumstick that was a winner.

I made these in the oven, but you could easily heat up the grill and make these for a BBQ.

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

 

Ingredients:

6 Chicken Drumsticks/ 2 Pounds 1 Cup BBQ Sauce
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar 1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Salt 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Pepper
1/2 Tablespoon Buffalo Wing Hot Sauce

Directions:

1. Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together. Poke small holes in the chicken wings and roll them in the sauce. Make sure they are generously covered.

2. Place the wings in a baking dish, spaced apart, and bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 400 degrees. Place additional sauce on the tops of the wings and bake for another 20 minutes.

I used buffalo wing sauce for the hot sauce and Yuengling BBQ sauce in the recipe. I would absolutely make these again and use this sauce on future BBQ chickens. I actually only planned on having one to taste because I wasn’t hungry going into dinner, but unfortunately for Brent, I inhaled 3 of them. Sorry I’m not sorry.

Drumstick Steps

 

Fortunately for you guys, I’m not going to share the rosemary lemon chicken drumstick recipe. It was a serious bust.

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But no worries! I’ve got another 2 pounds of drumsticks!! I’m thinking Buffalo Chicken :-) Who’s surprised??

Have you ever gone a little nuts and bought way too much of the SAME type of food??

 

Banana Pancakes Minus the Flour

“Can’t you see that it’s just raining?
Ain’t no need to go outside…
But, baby, you hardly even notice
When I try to show you this
Song is meant to keep you
From doing what you’re supposed to.
Waking up too early
Maybe we can sleep in
Make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now”

-Jack Johnson

Every time I hear this it just makes me crave those slow weekend mornings that you just relax, sip your coffee, and eat those banana pancakes. It sounds like such a perfect little morning.

Well, last week there was a LARGE thunderstorm that came through the Boston area in the morning and it seemed to be begging just that banana pancake morning. You don’t have to ask me twice!

I decided to try out a little variation some banana protein pancakes that I found earlier in the week. The BEST thing about these pancakes is they have NO FLOUR and you really don’t miss it.

Flourless Banana Pancakes

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats 1/2 Banana
1/4 Cup Non-Fat Cottage Cheese 1 Egg
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Place all of the ingredients in a a bowl and blend with an immersion blender. You want the batter to be completely smooth.

2. Heat up a skillet to low-medium heat and place the batter on the skillet. This will make about 2 medium sized pancakes. Flip the pancake when it starts to bubble and the edges look cooked. These will cook faster than normal pancakes so keep the temperature low.

I topped mine with the other half of the banana and some agave. It was delicious and I don’t know that I would go back to putting flour in my pancakes. To be honest, these fill you up but don’t sit as heavy as normal pancakes. A winner!!

Banana Pancakes Steps

 

This leaves me with so many other ideas for a ‘healthy’ pancake that doesn’t include any flour.

 

Have you every completely re-done a favorite and found it to be just as good??

 

 

The Summer Reading List

The summer weather always makes me want to sit outside with an ice cold glass of wine and a good book. It really doesn’t matter to me if it is on a beach, on my porch or just in the back yard. I just want to be outside…even if one of my hands needs to be throwing a tennis ball to Bacon and Oreo. :-)

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With that, this is a list of the books that I’ve got by the ready to read this summer. I’ve already started a few of them…and just need to get to the juicy ends.

1. Numero Uno is definitely by my all tame favorite author, Janet Evanovich, Top Secret Twenty One. Her books are always so much fun to read and a perfect flight read for the summer.

2. One Day by David Nicholls: I’ve already started this one, and it’s a great story of two people over 20 years in which each chapter jumps to the next year.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I have heard great things about the book and really feel like this just needs to make the list. We’ve all seen the trailers for the movie, but I’m not sure I have the desire to see the movie.

4. Wedding Night by Sophi Kinsella: A story of a couple who’s trip down the aisle turns into a night never to forget. And a reason to gush over some more wedding stuff since ours is sadly over.

5. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams: It just screams dramatic summer read for the beach!

6. Gone Girl by Gilligan Flynn: NO! I haven’t read it yet! I bought it a while ago on my Nook and haven’t gotten around to reading it. But I LOVED Sharp Objects, which means this just has to hit the list this summer.

7. Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro: This made the list of Top 30 Need to Read Books by the Huffington Post and is set over a weekend at a beach house. Done and Done.

8. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: The movie looked amazing and I won’t let myself watch the movie until I read the book. I’m a strong believer that the book is alway better than the movies.

9. Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler: I mean…how funny is she?! I’ve read Hello Vodka, Are you There? It’s Me Chelsea and she had me laughing out loud. Sounds perfect for a light summer read.

10. Never Go Back by Lee Child: I really like the Jack Reacher books and have read two already and I have already started this one. However, I really just need to dive back into it before I forget the beginning!

 

What are your favorite summer reads?? Any Recommendations??!

 

Ulta Crazy

Recently I have been getting into watching YouTube videos and reading about new  beauty products with rave reviews. Specifically, I have found Fleur De Force‘s videos to provide really honest reviews of products and different things to try out. Most of the time you have companies that send out samples and products to bloggers or vloggers in this case, to try out and just about 99% of the time you get, “this is the greatest product ever” reviews. Fleur gives the good and the bad.

So just in fun, and to change things up a bit, I decided to share what Fleur refers to as a “HAUL” or what others refer to as, “In my bag” posts.

Ulta Haul 1 Ulta Haul 2 Ulta Haul 3

 

In these photos:

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain: I’ve heard great things about it, but don’t know if the bright color is really for me.

Revlon Color Burst Lip Gloss: It was on sale and I’ve been looking for a light colored lip gloss.

EcoTools Domed Bronzer Brush: I absolutely LOVE this brush. It is soft and works really well, especially for the price.

Bareminerals Blush: I love the Bareminerals line and this is just a great blush for the summer.

Venus Embrace and Skintimate Shaving Cream: The razor I just bought, I don’t like at all and really needed a change. After trying skintimate again, I definitely prefer EOS shaving cream.

Sample of Lash Domination from BareMinerals: I’ve bought this before, and like it for a day time look. If you like a dramatic eye, this isn’t the mascara for you.

Lights, Camera, Flashes by Tarte Mascara: A winner! It’s very dramatic.

Benetint: It’s marketed as a stain for your lips and your cheeks but I think I prefer Stainiac. I got a sample in BirchBox and love it.

Kenra Shampoo, Conditioner and Dry Shampoo: I am finishing up a bottle now and just wanted to try something a little different. I’ve tried nicer dry shampoos than the ones you get at CVS and there is definitely a huge difference in quality.

Where do you look when you want to try something new in your morning routine??