Blueberry-Sour Cream Muffins

Blueberry muffins are a comfort food for me, so that’s always the first thing that jumps out at me when I go through a cookbook or cooking magazine. I have several really good recipes already, but this one got the whole family pretty excited. Most of it was probably the taste, but I also think […]

No excuses!

Sometimes we’re totally motivated to go to the gym or spontaneously meet up for a run, but we can’t because we don’t have the proper gear. For me, I often get so distracted at home that I forget to pack a vital piece in my gym bag. I’ve forgotten everything from shoes to something to […]

Taco Rice

My family loves tacos, but I try to limit their meat consumption so this recipe was an exciting find. It’s FAST, easy and was popular enough to implement a Taco Tuesday at our house.  For me, a taco is really about the ‘fixings’ and when you have the right ones you don’t even miss the […]

Pear-Almond Smoothie

It only took me 4 months, but I finally tried out this recipe from Prevention magazine and I must say it’s pretty tasty and definitely filling. Pear-Almond Smoothie

Peanut Butter Power Cookies

From “No Whine with Dinner,”  these cookies go fast. I cut down the sugar quite a bit and they still turned out great. The recipe calls for 1% milk, but I used non-fat and it didn’t seem to make a difference. They are quick and easy and worth considering a double batch. 

Coconut Oatmeal Bars

I recently discovered Coconut Bobo Bars on a trip to the beach. While they are a convenient snack, the cost quickly adds up when you consider there are three boys here to feed and all of them love coconut. My girlfriend sent me a copycat recipe, which I tweaked just a little to accommodate what […]

Portland Running Company 5k Winter Series

I think it’s so fun to get together outside of the gym and our classes and it’s a way to break up the routine.  I had a blast running the first of the Portland Running Company’s 5k Winter Series  with some ladies from class yesterday. The course for all three events is the same and the […]

Thanksgiving Deserves More

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”  ~Harold Kushner

November Inspirational Quotes

“Low aim, not failure, is the crime.”  ~Bruce Lee “A life full of enthusiasm, hope and contributions through one’s own talent is a life well lived.” ~Kimberley Day “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; It is something you design for the present.” ~ Jim Rohn “Difficulties should act as a tonic. They […]

October Inspirational Quotes

Whether I succeed or fail shall be no man’s doing but my own.  ~Elaine Maxwell I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it. ~Gale Sayers The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination ~ Tommy Lasorda You […]

Ellie Krieger’s Better Blueberry Muffins

Better Blueberry Muffins   I made these to celebrate Molly’s birthday and they were a hit with the bootcamp crew and my family. They went together super fast and include ingredients I already had on hand. I can’t wait to try another recipe from Ellie Krieger’s  Comfort Food Fix. I forgot the vanilla and they still […]

Picnic Coleslaw

I LOVE this recipe for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s EASY and, secondly, it’s a non-mayonnaise based coleslaw, which makes it perfect for a picnic. A healthy coleslaw alternative this has a sweet and sour taste and it’s super refreshing. 

August Inspirational Quotes

~ Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.  ~ William E. Channing. ~Failure will not overcome me so long as my will to succeed is stronger.  ~ Michael Kirby ~To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the […]