Paleo Chocolate Cake

I just had to stop in real quick today since Travis and I are, again, going to town on our yard. Um, are we finished yet? Sigh.

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Anyhow you all know about my purchases a few weeks ago and how I’ve been trying to eat cleaner? Well, I have done some experimenting and this last one was pure amazingness. Food of the Gods. Okay maybe not, but it was delish!

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Let me introduce you to my mouths new favorite thing.

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Yes, it may not be my prettiest creation, but it’s the healthiest cake I’ve made by far!

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I was so nervous to try it because I wanted it to be good soooo bad. I was not disappointed! I tasted it and sighed in relief. It was a winner!

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Try this recipe out ASAP. Click here!

You guys know I’m picky about chocolate dessert goodness, so when I say it’s good, believe me. Here are a couple other winners I’ve made recently.

Dark Chocolate Ganache Tartlets (vegan, paleo)

Brownie Cheesecake – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Note on the brownie cheesecake: It’s amazing as a cheesecake but I’ve also made the crust several times solo and not added the cheesecake top. Those are amazing as well!

I am going to leave you with all that chocolate goodness and tell you to go do some baking!

Have a spectacular Tuesday. Stay cool!

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4th of July & Half Marathon Weekend Recap 7/7/14

Hello! How goes it for you all!? This weekend was crazy and fun and I am B.E.A.T! Like, I’m pretty sure I could have slept today away if it was an option. Oh well, I’ll catch up eventually.

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Did you all have a happy 4th? How great that it was on a Friday and everyone could relax and chill for three solid days!

The 4th started out really relaxed for us. Travis worked so Tyrion and I hung out at home, played in the yard, gardened a bit, and just relaxed in the gorgeous weather. We got invited to a few parties but I declined. I didn’t really want to head out without Travis, and it just felt good to stay home and relax.

I had planned on grabbing Tyrion a 4th of July outfit but was just to lazy busy to get around to it. So, I took what I had at home and whipped one up real quick. It wasn’t anything special but it worked.

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Well, I thought it did, Tryion thought otherwise.

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Sadly, about four hours after this picture was taken he had absolutely trashed it with food, spit, and dirt, so I had to change him again anyhow. #epicfail Oh well, I tried.

Travis came home from work a little early so we ate real quick, and then headed out to my parents house for s’mores and fireworks! We had quite a few family members there and lots of fire-power, so it was a great time for everyone.

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Sorry for the grainy, iPhone photos.

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Sisters and their babies!

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Making things go boom.

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I know this is a super dark picture. But it was just so precious. Tyrion was watching the fireworks and he was loving them, but it was super late for him and he just couldn’t keep his little eye’s open any longer, so he passed out on grandma while all the noise was going on. That’s a picture of him sleeping on grandma while her and grandpa watched the rest of the kids on the bottom lawn. Once he fell asleep he was out for the night! He didn’t wake up when I put him in the car seat later on, or when I transferred him to his crib either. Long day for that little boy!

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We got home super late, and Travis and I woke up tired and seriously dragged butt all Saturday! I met up with my friend Megan for our packet pick-up for the Negative Split half marathon the following day. It was a smaller race, about 500 people total for both the half and 5k, so the pickup was easy and fast. We ran to REI afterwards to get some more sports beans and gels, and then said our goodbyes unit the following morning.

We woke up bright and early and got down to River Front Park just before 6am. It was a very well set up race, and ran super smooth. This was their second time in Spokane and I hope they will be back again.

The race started on time and we were off and running at 6:30am!

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Since there wasn’t tons of people running it honestly wasn’t hard to get into a grove and start at a good pace. Everyone thinned out fast.

Megan and I wanted to stay under 11 minute miles, and our first mile was 10:34 so we were right on track. However, I have a sad ending to part of my story. Megan has been fighting some running issues for several months and had to quit at mile two. My heart broke for her because she is such a fighter and wanted to finish so bad. She is in no way a quitter, so when she stopped and told me she couldn’t continue on, I knew it was bad. She had been avoiding the doctor, thinking part of it was mental, but finally caved after the half and went in. She saw the doctor this morning and was diagnosed with Hip Bursitis, which apparently is not uncommon in the running community. I can’t tell you how glad I am that she has a diagnoses and can start the road to recovery. And, with our next race a little over two months away, she can completely focus on her recovery.

I was so sad that she couldn’t continue on with me, but she made me promise a few weeks ago that if for some reason she couldn’t run the race in its entirety, that I would keep going. I left her with her family who had stopped at mile two to watch us run by, and told them I would get my sister to pick me up at the end. Megan wouldn’t hear it and said they wanted to be there through the whole thing and watch me finish. Have I told you all what an amazing, motivating, and encouraging lady Megan is? Because she is and hands down I wouldn’t be where I am in my running without her constant motivation. They continued to stop every few miles and cheer me on! Great motivation to keep running!

Once I was on my own I tried to catch up to the little group of people we had started out running beside. I caught up with them and ended up passing them. I was feeling great and kept passing people. I was like, hey, I’m doing pretty good! Then my headphones informed me that I ran a 9.22 mile, and I knew I had expended way too much energy so soon in the race and needed to slow down big time. It is honestly hard running solo. Like I have mentioned on here before, I struggle with keep my splits consistent but felt that lately I had been doing pretty good with it. So, when I found I was struggling big time to keep them consistent, I was a tad disappointed in myself. I finally found a gentleman who was running really steady, and fell in line behind him. It was nice to hold a steady pace for a bit. He was running about a 10.05 minute mile and that seemed perfect. However, at the half way point when we turned around, he started walking. Crap! I was alone again! I saw a girl running steady up ahead of me a bit, so I slowly caught up to her and kept pace, until she started walking!

We were now entering the part of the race I named “the dessert.” Most of the race is ran along the river on the Centennial Trail, but about 6 miles give or take, (3 to the halfway point, 3 back) is along a long stretch of road that has no shade or even a breeze, but does have a lot of hot sun. This was the hardest part of the course. Windermere Half also ran this rout, but their course wasn’t one you had to turn around on, so it was only once and didn’t feel quite as long. This time it killed me. Plus, on the way back that fast pace at the beginning was catching up with me. At mile 8 I honestly thought I might have to go to the side of the road and pitch up my breakfast. Not that there was much of that left in me at that point. I didn’t want to take a GU, but ended up choking it down because I knew I needed it. So glad I did, because about ten minutes after that I felt much better.

About three miles from the finish I saw another runner up ahead who was keeping a steady pace so I slowly caught up with her and stayed to her left. After a mile I felt like a total creeper so I called out to her that I wasn’t stalking her, but I needed a pacer and she was running so consistent I hoped she didn’t mind me tagging along. She said she didn’t mind at all, and we ended up chatting a bit which was the perfect distractor for how much I wanted to finish this dang half! She lives in Maryland and started running in 2009. She is a teacher so each summer she takes off across country with the goal of running in all 50 states! How amazing is that!? She ran Oregon last week and is running Montana next weekend. She has done 40 states so far so I’d say she is well on her way! We crossed together and gave each other a high five. I’ll probably never see her again, but for those last few miles she was my best friend!

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The medal and tech shirt they gave the finishers was pretty awesome. I loved the medal, so cool to have iconic Spokane on it.

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Overall it was a great time, even though a lot harder this round. The heat makes such a difference in how I run.  Even though my splits were awful and I walked through most of the water stations, I still PRed so that was cool!

My first half – (Windermere)

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Yesterdays half – (Negative Split)

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I cut 14 minutes off my first half! How cool is that!? And overall I stayed mostly under the 11 minute mile goal I set, so I’m proud of that.

I decided to take this week off from running completely. I haven’t taken a full 7 days off since I started and it will be a nice, needed break. Plus, I ordered PiYo and it should get here today or tomorrow. I’m super excited to incorporate this new workout into my running training. It will be nice to work on upper body and start toning, which will be a great addition to the amazing things running has already done for my body.

Okay I’m off to rest and recover, and maybe get in a nap if Tyrion makes that possible. Have a great week!

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Fourth Fun!

Considering this week is a short one it sure went fast! I know today is like a Friday for most working folks, and many of you have great plans for the weekend.

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We are keeping it pretty low key. Travis works early tomorrow so once he’s off we will head out to my parents for fireworks and s’mores! It will be interesting to see how Tyrion reacts to all the noise. I’m thinking he’s going to love it!

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My parents place is ideal because since it’s on a bluff we get to see the Deer Park firework show and once it’s over light all our personal stashes.

Anyhow, back to the present! Yesterday Travis and I made a spur of the moment decision. We decided to take the boat out! We were going to wait until his next day off but we were just so excited to give it a try that as soon as he got home he hitched the boat up and off we went!

Long Lake is super close to us so we took a short drive to the State Park there and put the boat in the water. It didn’t sink and started right up! Couldn’t ask for more!

We put Tyrion is his little life jacket, which ended up being way too big. Poor guy probably felt like he was choking, but he did good. I’ll make sure to grab him a smaller size before we head out again though. Tyrion wasn’t exactly sure what we were doing, but he was pretty excited about it!

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Towards the end though I think he started to get a bit seasick.

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We hadn’t planned to stay out long, so Travis was ready when I suggested we turn around and head back in. Tyrion had a very large dinner before we left and I really didn’t want to see it again!

Once we docked he settled down just fine. We even got to see some little baby ducks swim past!

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So cute!

I never had the itch to have a boat, but now that we own one I can see the appeal. You can just head out whenever, to wherever!

Since that took up most of our night I didn’t get a run in, and I was feeling super guilty. I decided to get up early today and do a short one, since I have a date with a friend tonight to do a four miler.

I was up at 5am and headed out the door. My gosh though, it was still so hot out! I had sweat dripping off my entire body. It was disgusting. How do people in hotter climates do it!? Hats off to you!

They finally finished the newest portion of the Centennial Trail and so I looped around that and it was a great little addition to the run.

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It definitely has some incline to it but wasn’t as bad as I had envisioned.

After a short three miles I got home and readied Travis’s lunch and sent him off to work, then came in and fed Tyrion while I ate scrambled eggs with, you guessed it, sriracha!

Since breakfast I’ve been hanging around the house cleaning, as well as organizing all the photos on my computer. I try to organize and place them in appropriate albums/folders so I know what’s where. I get it, I’m fully aware of my organizational issues. But, it is easier to find things when your crazy about it like me! Winking smile Plus, hello memory lane! It’s fun to go through them all sometimes.

And with that I’m off to finally pick raspberries! I’m doing it today or they will all go bad!

Have a fun and safe 4th of July! See you on the flip side!

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Random Thought Wednesday Edition 7/2/14

Is it really July already? Holy cow how did that happen!?

Yesterday was a fun/busy day, so I thought I’d throw out a random thought post to clear all the crazies out of my head. Ya, you’re welcome. Winking smile

1. I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately and so Travis told me to take yesterday and just do something fun and he would take care of Tyrion. Definitely appreciative that my husband can sense my need to catch my breath and step away for a bit. I started my day with an easy peasy four mile run which was so, so stinkin hot. I’m really going to have to get better at getting my tush out of bed early! I know, I know, I keep saying that.

2. What did I do for myself yesterday?

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Patriotic pedicure? Heck ya! My friend got me a gift certificate for my favorite salon last July, and it was going to expire soon, so I finally made it in to get my toes done. Take no notice of my flip flop tan lines. Sexy I know.

After my pedi I went grocery shopping. You know you’re a parent when going to the grocery store child free is exciting. It was nice to shop and not worry about someone’s attention span wearing thin. I sipped my coffee and shopped with pretty toes.

3. I know I’ve mentioned it here before, but Travis is completely helpless in the kitchen. Last night however, I asked if he could help clean up dinner while I got Tryion ready for bed. Little man was being a stinker and I was completely exasperated. Later that evening, when I went into the kitchen, it looked amazing! When I went to open the fridge though you guys? I cracked up! My husband is so stinkin cute. Can you see the problem with the below picture?

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Um, those are two cobs that are empty of any corn. I cut them off to make a mini corn and avocado salad for my dinner, and apparently Travis thought I needed to keep the extra cobs? Haha I made such fun of him, poor guy! He was like, “Whatever! I didn’t know they were garbage!” OMG so, so stinkin cute. Love him!

4. I’m pretty much addicted to Sriracha.

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Trader Joe’s had its version super cheap the other day so I grabbed a bottle. I’ve been putting it on everything. It. Is. So. Good.

5. Travis is apparently great at multi-tasking. While he watched Tyrion all day yesterday, he also took his boaters course online and got his license! Woohoo! While I was out and about I renewed our boats tabs and purchased a Discovery Pass, which you need to frequent the state parks in Washington. We are ready to head out on the water!

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6. I need to pick raspberries.

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There are so many out there and I just haven’t had a chance to pick them yet. Tyrion is a raspberries fanatic and loves when I take him over to it and we pick and eat raspberries fresh off the plant.

7. I feel like I’m growing a Dill forest.

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It grows everywhere, even after pulling up so much of it! If it’s not in my way though or choking out another plant, I leave it alone. I kinda like the wild way some plants overtake everything. A picture perfect garden is no fun, I like a little personality. But no weeds! I hate weeds!

8. This guy is so cute. That is all.

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9. I think I’m out of random thoughts! Woohoo!

I’m off to water the garden before the heat gets unbearable. Have a great Wednesday!

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Weekend Recap 6/30/14

Happy Monday afternoon!

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Sorry for the no-show most of last week. Travis has been working crazy hours lately so when he was able to get three days off in a row, Tyrion and I took advantage and spent as much time with him as possible. Plus, we have been doing some hard core yard work which I hope to share with you all in a couple weeks. So excited to have our yard done soon!

We did take a break from the yard work and sent Tyrion to the grandparents for a afternoon while we went shooting! I am a second amendment girl and feel passionate about protecting my home and family. It had been a while since I have been out shooting so it was nice to practice and re-familiarize myself with it again. Plus, it was just a ton of fun!

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Safety first! Ear and eye protection.

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Watching a guy shoot is extremely sexy. Just sayin. Winking smile

After an afternoon of fun we headed back to my parents to grab little “Boogs” and headed home.

Oh and before I forget, look what my friend Megan got me while she was in Seattle for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon! So proud of my little 13.1 sticker! And so proud of Megan for rocking the half. Pun intended. Winking smile

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I wanted to run in Seattle so bad you don’t even know. But, with Travis’s crazy work schedule and everyone too busy to help with Tyrion that weekend, it just didn’t happen. Oh well, there is always next time!

While out shopping with my sister on Saturday I found the cutest little hat at Old Navy for Tyrion. Isn’t he just a doll in it? Gah! Makes my heart melt!

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It’s hard to take a picture lately with this little guy holding still. He is in constant motion!

I got a few really nice runs in last week. Trying hard to work on my splits. Getting better at starting out with my slowest mile and getting progressively faster as I go. It’s hard to do but feels great when I accomplish it!

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I would love to see under nine minute miles, but that’s off in the future a bit I think. I’m okay with that though. Slow and steady wins the race and considering I’ve only been running for just over 15 weeks and I started with 11+ minute miles, I’m good with my progress so far. I can do eight+ minutes miles for only a couple miles before it’s just too much. Someday!!!!

Speaking of running, I signed up for a couple more races! I now have three more that I’m running this year!

Windermere Half Marathon – Done!

Negative Split Half Marathon and 5K -  July 6th

Happy Girl Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K – September 27th

Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon & Half Marathon – October 4th

For my first year of running that’s a lot of races! I’m excited and can’t believe my next race is less than a week away!

Aaaaand I’m off to spend more time with the husband and little boy. Love those two!

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