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Bikram Running & RPFMP

When I left work today, I was once again greeted with triple digit temps:

nice and toasty!

I did not want a repeat of my Peachy Keen “dehydration monday“, so i decided my run today would be a Treadmill run…I just forgot one small detail.

Brother: (as he walks in from work) “ummmm, do you want me to turn on the air conditioner???”

Me: *gasp* “NO! Bikram *gasp* Running!!!!”

It’s my new thing. It’s going to be BIG….just roll with it!

So let’s talk about my run real quick, shall we? I am pretty sure no treadmill is accurate, but for the sake of making me feel good about myself for a second, let’s pretend they are *spot on* with accuracy! I ran the first 4 miles in a speedy 35:29!!! I then jogged an easy .5mi @ 10min/mi pace, and then walked the last .5 for a total of 5mi/47:48.

Now let’s get to the good stuff! If you’re a new reader, you can read about RPFMP here. First though, I would like to give you a little “imaginary picture” of sorts…

Picture this, if you will:

The brother calls yesterday on his way home from training to tell you that his friend will be coming by to drop some parts for the house boat off….and that he is running late so it would be great if you could help him unload these if he doesn’t make it home in time…”they’re not heavy, just awkward for one person to move”.

Ok, no big deal…easy enough.

Keep in mind, I am in my mid-twenties and my brother is in his mid-thirties (sorry bro, I just outed you!)…so most of his friends are a)sporting the “mid-aged” look, and not well or b) happily married.

Due to these two factors, I saw no need in changing or trying to put myself together…at all.

knockknockknock“. I open the door, fully clad in my yoga pants and Cow-Town marathon shirt (if you were to guess what is covering this shirt, I’m sure you’d be right…COWS) and I immediately want to punch my brother for not warning me. It’s all fun and games until your brother’s “friend” actually turns out to be a)not mid-aged, b) not ugly and c) not married (i did the ring check) and you’re wearing a shirt with cows on it.

I did my best to “play it cool”, but seriously…how cool can you look with a shirt that showcases three cows with race bibs and tennis shoes on it….?

Lovely. Thanks, Brother.

Now that I painted that imaginary picture for you, how about some real photos? Some RPFMP (Random Photos From My Phone), perhaps? Bueno!

Let’s see where we left off…oh yes, the mid-day polka band!

what more would you expect on a Saturday afternoon though, really?

Around 15 minutes after this photo was snapped, I start hearing the oh so familiar “dun nah nah nah nah nah nah” beat and immediately recognize the “Funky Chicken” song being played… I turn around, and see this:

ok, things just got strange....

But then, what more would you expect from a place that stamps your hand with this upon showing your ID at the door:

best.handstamp.ever.

After a brief discussion with my friend Aspen, she tried to convince me that pay phones were obsolete….I had to prove her wrong:

A very classy pay phone/urinal in downtown Sac. Although not functional...they DO still exist!

Some Monkeys, just *monkeying around*…. or something:

oh dear! cover your eyes!

If you know me in real life, you know I have an mild obsession/unhealthy habit….Go-Girls. You can imagine my amusement when I stumbled across this beauty while apartment searching last fall!

i contemplated hijacking this vehicle...it's pink, and probably filled with the magic elixir.

This next one is going to make me seem like a horrible person….but let’s pretend this is a “judgment free zone” for a second and just roll with it:

I know you're probably jealous you don't have a resident bum that hangs out outside of your office building....with his 40 and jar of pickles.

anddddd last but not least:

Off to go wash off my “Bikram Running” stank,

Janna

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Peachy Keen…

It’s funny how something like this:

hot as hades!

Can make your day go from this:

it's all fun and games.....

To this, in a short amount of time:

....until you start sweating your face off.

You know what’s not peachy keen?

  • Deciding Saturday night that you would rather a) sleep in b) shop c) go to the movies instead of getting up early Sunday morning to run (in the cool weather) with Aspen.
  • What else isn’t peachy keen is….deciding to forgo a Monday morning run, with the thought of “doing it after work” running through your head.

When i got off work today, it was a nice and toasty 100*, but I had already put off my run twice, so i knew it *had* to be done.

Also not peachy keen is…

having this beat down on you....

  • feeling like your face is literally sweating off your skull

having your vision impaired from sweat and sun in your eyeballs, and running into this prickly bush!!!!!!

  • running out of water before mile 5
  • starting to see black spots around mile 5, not knowing whether it’s from the mascara you forgot to wash off quickly making it’s way into your eyeballs…..or the beginning signs of severe dehydration.

running in places that look like scary movies should be filmed there...

  • taking so many walk breaks, you lose count
  • having a rabbit pass you at mile 6... not peachy keen.

    You know what *IS* peachy keen?

    • Finishing a run you set out to do, even though basically all odds are against you and you do NOT feel like doing it, not even one bit! Peachy Keen!
    • Feeling FANTASTIC after accomplishing said run you set out to do

    and last but certainly not least….This.Smoothie. This Smoothie is certainly Peachy Keen!

    yumtastic.

    Peachy Keen Power Smoothie

    • 1c Ice
    • 1/2c plain NF yogurt
    • 1/2c unsweetned almond milk
    • 1/2 scoop protein powder
    • 1/2 tbsp xanthan gum (this makes it SO thick!)
    • 1/2 frozen banana
    • 1 small fresh peach

    So, I set out to do 10 miles, thinking “i’ll probably do like 6. it’s so effing hot.”. I ended up finishing with a major negative split. I did the first 7miles in a disappointing 77 minutes, which translates to an 11 minute mile (from all the walk breaks i took). The last 3 miles, however, were finished in…….26:38. That is an 8.79min/mile average for a total of 10.33min/mi average (i actually can’t guarantee this is correct…accountant or not, i suck at math after 10miles!). I am honestly not sure where/how i pulled out those last three miles. It must have been the visions of “Peachy Keen Power Smoothies” dancing through my head, because there really is no other explanation.

    worth every drop of sweat.

    So, what did we learn here today?

    Basically, when you are lazy/selfish and forgo your scheduled (cool) morning run, you will achieve the following:

    • you will sweat like a man
    • you will be passed by animals
    • you will suffer from possible severe dehydration/mascara eyeball poisoning (it really could go either way)
    • you will run into prickly bushes
    • you will probably still finish your run, because even though you flaked momentarily…you are not one to flake on something altogether
    • you will feel better after you get your run(or other exercise) in

    and…………

    • thick ice cold smoothies make everything better.

    I would walk 500 miles for this bad boy....

    I hope you all got something profound and life changing from this post.

    Laaaaata,

    Janna

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    Life is Peachy…Pie

    Anyone else remember that song, “Peaches” by The President’s of the United States of America? Every time I purchase peaches, this song runs through my head (“millions of peaches, peaches for me!”). Thanks a lot 90’s music.  I won’t lie though, my bestie and I  *might* have snuck into her older brother’s room to “borrow” this CD, along with “Bone Thugs N Harmony” in the 6th grade…don’t judge….and don’t act like you didn’t jam to “Crossroads” a time or two in your life.

    After X-Bike today, I decided to put on my big girl pants, ignore the fact that I was a sweaty disaster, and check out the Farmers Market just down the street from my gym that just recently started.  Boy am I glad i packed my big girl pants (and had cash in the pockets!) because this market, although small, was off the hook with good stuff!  Plus, the weather was *perfecto* for a nice cool-down shopping spree after my workout!      

    those kids playing were SO funny...

    just gorgeous out!

    I ended up with some pretty good loot!       

    holla!

    I picked up some sort of funny looking squash in the left corner (the man told me the name, but for the life of me I can’t remember), zucchini, pluots, asian pears (my FAVORITE! they are like a cross between an apple and pear…uber good!), nectarines and PEACHES!      

    come see how good we look!

    The sort of “blemished” asian pear was gifted to me by the nice lady at the booth.  She said that because it had the blemish, no one would buy it so I could have it…for free! Sweet!      

    After my excellente farmers market haul, I arrived home.starving. I quickly chopped up and devoured one of the blemished asian pears (un-pictured), but also threw together a quick and dirty veggie burger sandwich (with laughing cow, pineapple and BBQ sauce), and a white peach!  I’m telling you, adding pineapple  a “burger” to ANYTHING is BOMB!      

    LOVE white peaches!

    also LOVE BBQ sauce, obviously!

    It never fails that half my x-bike class I’m thinking about food (ok, who am i kidding…half my life i’m thinking about food).  Ever since Jenna @ Eat Live Run posted her “Peachy Keen” pie the other day, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.  I have no desire to EAT the pie, I just want to make it (is that weird, or what!?!???).  I’ve never made a pie from scratch (isn’t that sad???) and really want to attempt this.  After my major haul at farmers market (which featured many more un-pictured peaches), I knew that this weekend was officially going to be “Life is Peachy-Pie” weekend.      

    As you’ve gathered from the last few weekends, I enjoy baking. I like having a recipe to follow, step by step (which is also how i like life…lists galore!).  I enjoy baking for others,  most of all.  Luckily, my family likes to test my recipes (and take most of the goods off my hands!).  My dad now looks forward to not having to purchase his nightly desserts, and I enjoy people enjoying my efforts.      

    Although I followed Jenna’s recipe for the filling, I went with the tried and trusted crust recipe from my Mom’s cookbook.  She was gifted this cookbook from her Mom when she got married back in 1973.   When we perused the cookbook tonight, we noted that the copyright was 1947! I have no clue what cookbook this even was, since the Cover is clearly missing (and replaced with what I could put money on being *my* handwriting with the word “Cookbook” scribbled across the front!).       

    you can't go wrong with the big green (burnt corner) cookbook! all kinds of awesome can be found in here!

    Clearly excellent meals were produced from this cookbook, as the cover is burnt, the pages are stained with various liquids and some are even torn out…all signs of a well used and loved cookbook, in my opinion (or signs of a frustrated young mother, ripping out pages of failed recipes….it could really go either way).     

    moving on…      

    THE CRUST:      

    The crust recipe called for the following ingredients:      

    2c All Purpose Flour (plus a teeny extra for rolling the dough)      

    1tsp Salt      

    1/2 tbsp sugar      

    1/3c shortening      

    "The Big Green" and all the goods

      You will also need a good/funny movie to have playing in the background:     

      

    our movie of choice. hilarious!

      Step 1: Whisk the flour, salt, and sugar  together in a medium size bowl.     

      

    whisking away, like a pro.

    Step 2: With a pastry blender(a fork will do), cut in the cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.    **please use your imagination, as I did not picture this.** 

    Step 3: Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water over flour. Toss mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together.     

      

    ice cold water!

     **Please note the highlighter on the right…crucial to a nerdy accountant/step follower good baking.**     

      

    Step 4: Gently gather dough particles together into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling.      

    we are gathered here today, to make a pie.

     Step 5: Roll out dough, and put in a pie plate.     

      

    my mom's first (and only!) "rolling pin". pretty baller, if you ask me!

    the ONLY time i'll ever be "rolling in the dough"

    apparently I was doing it wrong, because before i knew it, the mom was grabbing the makeshift rolling pin from my hands to "show me how". "from the center OUT and NEVER back and forth"... my bad!

      Step 6: Gently scoop up the dough (using a spatula) and quickly place into the pie tin.     

      

    easy does it!

      Step 7: Once dough is placed into the tin, gently shape the dough as desired      

    i learned the "poke and pinch" technique. we're very technical.

     **apparently, according to google, this is actually called “fluting”. i prefer “poke and pinch”, thanks.**    

    Viola!

      Step 8:  Score the dough, in order to allow steam from the pie to escape (ok, so this is technically for the top, but i am not sure why you score the bottom…just do it)     

      

    SCORE!

      Step 9: Cut strips of dough to use after the pie is filled.  You will notice the lack of strips i produced here…and you will see how this was remedied at the end! ;0)      

    humor me and pretend these are even.

    THE FILLING:     

      

    For the filling, I followed Jenna’s recipe almost to a T. I accidentally skipped the fresh lemon juice (even though i made a special grocery store trip JUST for the darn lemons!)      

    The filling called for the following items:      

    3 peaches, sliced      

    1/4 cup sugar      

    1.5 tbsp cornstarch      

    juice of one lemon      

    dash of ground cinnamon      

    Step 1: Pre-heat oven @ 400 degrees, and bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Drop in the peaches and simmer for ten seconds. Remove peaches with a slotted spoon and peel back the skin. Rinse each peach under cold running water and then pat dry.      

    I put the peaches directly into cold water after the par boil...it didn't seem to mess things up though!

    the peeling went just peachy!

    Step 2: Slice each peach in half, remove the pit, and then slice.      

    the inside of peaches gross me out.

    Toby doodle offered his assistance. He even washed his paws.

     
     

    sliced to....perfection?

    Step 3: Toss in a bowl with the sugar, cornstarch, lemon and cinnamon. Stir to combine and set aside.      

    sugar

    cinnamon

    goodness

     Step 4: Prick the bottom of the dough with a fork (I did this during the “crust” portion) and then pour the peach filling in the dough. Set aside.      

    things finally starting to come together!

    all up in that biz-ness!

    Step 5: Grab your other hunk of dough from the freezer and roll out. Cut into long ribbons with a pastry cutter (or just a knife) and weave on top of the pie. Cut extra dough off the sides and mush together with your fingers. Weave previously cut strips on top of filling….      

    good thing i'm not a professional pie crust weaver!

    As you may have noted when I cut the strips, I was lacking….Well, friends, what else can you do in a situation like this besides pull out the dino cookie cutter!? and that’s exactly what we did…      

    this pie is now DIN-O-MIIIITE!

    Step 6: Make an egg wash with one yolk and a little warm water and gently brush all over the top of the pie.      

    it's an art, really.

    all egg glazed and shiny!

    into the oven goes the dino-pie!

    Step 7: Bake at 400 degrees for about 34 minutes or until golden.      

    I kept checking because i was just certain I would overcook and ruin it!

    nope, it turned out absolutely perfect (and adorable, i might add!)

    so stinkin cute!

    i would be lying if I said devouring the pie didn't cross my mind!

    But alas, it remained intact when I left my mom’s, another dessert gift for mi padre when I see him mañana…

    I MADE MY FIRST HOMEMADE PIE, and it wasn’t a disaster!!!! I don’t know what has come over me lately, and why I have felt the need (and enjoyed) this whole “being domestic” nonsense…perhaps it’s all part of my quarter life crisis? he he he      

    What have you been baking lately!? Any *must try* recipes to share? 

    I hope you enjoyed this most recent “Recipe by Photos” post! I am off to go dream of pies…and dinosaurs.    

    Later!      

    Janna

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    it’s the little things…

    TGIF!

    Warning: this post contains a lot of awesome (4 days worth) so it could get lengthy.

    Today started with a nice little visit to the allergist.  I don’t recall if i’ve noted it here, but in real life, you can often hear me make this bold statement: “i hate my guts!”.  It is referring to this terrible, unexplainable stomach discomfort i often have for which i can’t pinpoint the cause.  I’ve had it come and go for well over 5 years, and can’t find any definite rhyme or reason.  I’ve seen numerous doctors, and turned into quite the hypochondriac.  I think i now have “webMDitis”.  I decided earlier this week that I was going to get tested for food allergies.  I’ve often eliminated certain foods from my diet, in an effort to find the root, but to no avail. Surely an allergy test would tell me something.

    My doctor talked me into doing a full panel test, in which they test for all common allergies, including food (this was after he did a screening, and it was apparent i may have other allergies lurking….or perhaps it was just my webMDitis shining through).  SIXTY FOUR tests later and i still “hate my guts“.  ZERO of the food allergies came back positive. 

    I did find out, however, that I am allergic to basically every grass, tree, and weed in this area…and also had my future dreams of becoming a slumlord thrown out the window with the news that i am allergic to COCKROACHES. seriously!? they seriously tested me for THAT!? you can bet your butt i will be steering clear enough away from those bad boys to avoid any sort of allergic reaction on.my.own. GROSS.

    Before he ran the skin test, he conducted the routine checks. Temperature, tongue thingie, ear searching (what are they looking for in there, really?), and my vitals. 

    After he did my vitals, he asks me the following: “What’s your activity?” I reply, confused, with “excuse me?”. “What do you do for physical activity?”….. “um, i run and sometimes do a cycle class at the gym”. The doctor then replies “oh, i figured you must… you have a resting heart rate of an athlete“. 

    Although I may not always be happy with my body, or what I see in the mirror, little comments like this remind me that my hard work may not always visually show, but darn it…i’m doing good stuff for the ‘ol ticker!  It’s the little things…. =0)

    Let’s rewind so I can give a recap of my week, shall we?  I know you’ve all be sitting on pins and needles waiting for this… Speaking of needles, how about a picture of my back after they did my skin test… (i told my co-worker i wouldn’t post this, but i can’t help it… i’m gross like that).

    i do NOT have a hairy back, iPhone and bad lighting...these are the reactions to the "Grasses". i am obviously ALLERGIC.

    Tuesday, my mom decided to take the grandkids (my Nieces and Nephew) to Six Flags for one last hoorah before they head back to school.  An opportunity to have fun AND miss work!?! I’m in!

    My Mom and the kiddos...

    ....although this is more like them!

    it runs in the family!

    love these kiddos!

    We went on rides….

    "i'm not so sure about this...."

    this one made me want to ralph just watching it...

    he is such a ham!

     We could have died….

    this was the highlight of the day....really six flags? really?

    We watched the Shouka Whale Show!

    the mom and the niece!

    the whale!

    the kiddos getting SOAKED!

    We perfectly executed the “get the 7 year old a few extra inches so he can ride more rides” feat:

    Step 1: Insert folded papers/paper towels into shoe

    Step 2: replace said shoe

    Step 3: Proudly sport your vans and spiderman socks, and walk tall!

    We ate terrible (tasting and for you) and overpriced theme park food:

    mine was the unpictured cold cheese pizza. yum.

    she gets her awesomeness from her aunt.

    And we successfully tuckerd out three kids for a quiet ride home:

    my poor little monkey boy.

    sleepy bears!

    I think they’re officially ready to head back to school!  We had such a great time spending one of the kids last days before school goes back in session with them!  It’s the little things….

    In fitness news, I’ve had two speed workouts (one 3miler and one 4miler) and finally received THIS in the mail the other day:

    Yoga for Runners!

    I ordered this DVD (Christine Felstead’s Yoga for Runners: The Essentials) from Amazon last week, and it arrived Wednesday evening. I’ve done it once, so far, and absolutely LOVE it.  Although I have never really been a huge fan of Yoga (not going to lie, i found it boring) i know that nice deep stretching is UBER important to good running.  I found that this DVD really focuses on DEEP stretches that really get into those muscles you use SO much during running.  My favorite pose in the series is the “Pigeon Forward” pose (which you can find here).  If you are a runner, and would like some very good poses without purchasing the DVD, I found this link from Runners World to be SUPER helpful: Yoga for Rookie Runners

    Along with the Yoga DVD delivery, I also received these:

    Food Should Taste Good Chips!

    As you may recall, I recently won a giveaway from Janel at Eat Well With Janel for SIX “Food Should Taste Good” bags of chips. Baller!  So far I’ve sampled the “Multi-Grain” and “Blue Corn”, both of which are AMAZING!  I gifted the “Jalapeno” to the brother (not a huge fan of spicy) and he gave a thumbs up approval! THANKS JANEL!

     
    Receiving mail besides bills always makes me so stoked! It’s the little things
     
    Tomorrow I’ll be attending my FANTASTIC x-bike classes (I CAN’T wait!) and then hopefully spending some time at the nephews football games in the afternoon!  Sunday I’m *hoping* Aspen and I will get in a nice 9 miler together.  It’s been way too long since we’ve had a long run together, and I could use a good belly laugh… which is always a guarantee with that lady! It’s the little things
     
    Do you have any fun plans for the weekend!?
     
    Have a great weekend, and enjoy the little things! =o)
     
    Janna

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    RPFMP – Random Photos From My Phone

    My phone is on me at.all.times. seriously. it’s like another appendage.

    Case in point:

    third hand

    iPhone anonymous?

    my name is janna, and i'm an iPhone-aholic

    People are often joking about the amount of pictures i take on my phone/send at random times.  I probably take at least a photo a day, but usually more.  They’re sometimes of food, sometimes of funny things, sometimes random things, sometimes to show an emotion, sometimes to show an ugly outfit (don’t worry, i’m very stealthy)….I have way too many photos on my phone to even admit on here, but i love it!  I love looking back through old photos, and being reminded of funny/crazy things i’ve seen.

    I was on a walk the other night, and *almost* took a stealth photo of individuals riding by on their bikes, but thought better of it (that time)… it got me to thinking, though, and I decided that I would like to do a weekly “Random Photos From My Phone” post, where I will show a few of the strange/funny/entertaining photos I’ve taken over time.

    Here are the first I’ll share, enjoy!

    this shirt is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

    oh, just your typical dog, in a bar....no biggie.

    As I mentioned here, i get pooed on by birds more than your average person….

    it's like i have a target...

    attached to me...

    and my car.

    My old roomie was dog sitting this funny dog, Crow.  He was a character:

    he would SIT on the stairs. It was SO cute!

    My friends and I went to this festival of sorts, and they had a dog rescue/adoption booth set up…i came across these fellas:

    what, your dog doesn't own a hula skirt?

     I was in target one evening, and came across this scene:

    some crazy 'ish likely went down...mayhem.

    an adorable boy at farmer’s market…

    "oh, i'm just getting my weekly groceries. don't mind me"

    some of Janna’s cooking gone wrong (btw, never eat my cooking…just sayin’)….

    man down! a good pan was lost that day...

     When i was supposed to move into this particular apartment, the landlord had told me that “it wasn’t quite done…but they just had some cosmetic stuff to finish”… he did not tell me that i would have a port-a-pottie in my yard until the work was finished…(no, not for me to use.  Although, that was a fun joke to play on friends!)

    i spent the first week and a half living there with this as my view from the porch.

    and last but not least, please keep your feet off the walls!!!!

    word.

     Until next time,

    Janna

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    Coco’N’Oat Apricot Cookies

    This Monday > Last Monday, in a big way. 

    The brother and I sleep walked bounded out the door this morning to get our run on….an 8mi run, to be exact.  I was all set for a nice negative split, but then at around mi 5.5, I had to take a walk break…3 times. Sometimes, I hate my guts.  literally. I ended up finishing in 68minutes, the brother would lap me during walk breaks, so he ended up with ~9mi.  All in all it was an enjoyable run, and a great way to start the week! 

    I then stuck my finger in the ceiling fan during one of my 15 wardrobe changes.  It bled. 

    Do you do that…Change your outfit multiple times before settling? Oy. everyday when i get home, i have more clothes to hang up from my morning escapades. 

    I had one of my “Power Pina Colada’s” post run, and it was fantastic! 

    On friday, I had bookmarked a cookie recipe from PreventionRD that I knew would be perfect for my weekend Dad baking (I tend to see my dad on Sunday’s, after he attends church for a movie…I like him to leave with some treats for the week!  He’s always had a nightly “dessert”.  He’s a smart man).  I made a few adaptations to the recipe, in order to use items I had (and avoid purchasing chocolate…which is basically a disaster for me to have on in the house. lol).  

    The original recipe prepared by PreventionRD, for Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies was originally obtained from Cooking Light.  See my adaptations (and therefore change in nutritional information) below:  

    Coco’N’Oat Apricot Cookies  

    1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
    4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (~1 cup) 1/2 cup all-purpose flour + 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 cup  50/50 Smart Balance Butter Blend, softened (I actually didn’t have this, so mine utilized unsalted butter, but the nutrition stats below are with 50/50 Smart Balance Butter Blend)
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 large egg (i didn’t have eggs on hand, therefore I used 1/4c Egg Beaters)
    2 ounces  dark chocolate (70% cacao), chopped (again, chocolate is a DISASTER so i used 1/4c Smuckers Simply Fruit Apricot Preserves)
    Cooking spray  

    Directions:  

    Preheat oven to 350°.  

    Step 1: Arrange coconut in a single layer in a small baking pan. Bake at 350° for 7  8 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring once. Set aside to cool.  

    coconut pre-toasted...i forgot to photograph the toasted...imagine this, but slightly brown.

    Step 2:Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk until blended.  

    dry goods

    Step 3: Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat in vanilla and egg. (***If you’re making my version, also add your Apricot Preserves at this point***)  

     

      

    wet goods

    Step 4: Add flour mixture, beating at low speed just until combined. Stir in toasted coconut and chocolate. (once again, i didn’t follow the directions and hand mixed, backward….wet into dry. it worked fine)  

    wet, meet dry

    Step 5: Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray.  

    i really need new baking sheets that don't require foil....;0)

    Step 6:  Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies just begin to brown. Remove from pan, and cool completely on wire racks. Yield: 24 cookies.  

    sweetbabyjesus

    yes, yes they do taste as good as they look!!!

    once again, just making certain i win "favorite kid"

    The nutritional breakdown, which can be found here is as follows:  

    Per Cookie: 99.4 calories, 2.8g Fat, 32g sodium, 20.2g Carbohydrate, .9g Fiber, 11.7g Sugar, 1.4g Protein 

    I quickly packaged the cookies up, so as to not eat them all…yes, THAT good.  15 for the dad, 3 for the mom (she wanted to try them, but didn’t want a lot!),  and 6 for my home….incase you suck at math and ran out of fingers/toes…this recipe yields 24 servings.    

    i never said i was good at wrapping.

    i should win some sort of award for this skill...;0)

    My dad called me yesterday afternoon and said “I had planned to have lunch and then a cookie…but i ended up having a cookie first.  They looked TOO good not to! They’re delicious!” 

    Another Dad approved recipe! =0) 

    Happy Monday!  

    Janna 

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    Power Piña Colada and some faves!

    Can i just say that i think it’s really funny that someone made it to my blog by searching these terms:    

    snooki wallpaper!?! this has to be for a prank...

    I am sure it directed them to this post, and i am sure they were thoroughly disappointed. he he he    

    In grand Saturday tradition, I woke up bright and early and commuted the 40 minutes to my FAVORITE gym classes, x-bike!    

    As always, it was an “I didn’t even know you could sweat from your elbows!!!” kind of class…  I spent a good portion of class numero dos daydreaming about the smoothie i would make when i returned home.  About halfway through “Dynamite” it came to me.  “Power Pina Colada Smoothie”, of course. It took everything i had to not yell out “uh, J-dawg, can we speed this class up…?  i’ve got a smoothie to make!” ;0)    

    Upon return, i tossed the following into my blender and before i knew it…a masterpiece had been created.    

    Power Piña Colada for my face:    

    • 1 1/2 c ice (i actually have no clue how much… a handful and a half?)    
    • 1/2 c plain NF yogurt    
    • 1/2 unsweetened almond milk    
    • 1/2 scoop protein power (for the muscles yo!)    
    • 1/2 frozen banana    
    • 1 slice fresh pineapple    
    • 1 tbsp Coconut    
    • 1tsp xanthan gum (again, i actually have no clue how much…)    

    once blended and cupped, i added an abundant amount more coconut.    

    I present the Power Piña Colada!        

     
     
     

    yummmmmtastic! showing off the abundant amount of coconut! i have an addiction...

    Yes, i obnoxiously placed this in front of the pool.  It was the most *tropical-ish* area i could find.    

    I am clearly obsessed with coconut these days.     

    Let me tell you about a few more of my favorite things/things i’m obsessed with as of late.  Shocker, the majority are food related…  

    This Song:

    These things:

    Fruti Bars!

     but more specifically….the Pina Colada Flavor (also the inspiration to my morning smoothie!)…   

    yes, i ate it in my car...whilst driving to work....for breakfast. stop judging me!

    Fruti Bars, which according to their website “We never use artificial dyes, artificial flavoring or any of that other stuff! Only 100% Natural Fruits picked at the peak of ripeness for the best colors and flavors. Our FRUIT FIRST ingredient list makes our products stand far above the rest!”.  Because of this, i therefore deem them quality breakfast food.    

    These Lundberg Rice chips   

    more specifically, the Seasame & Seaweed (don't knock it til you try it!!!)

    The fact that this month marked the 71st anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”, therefore Google pimped out their site last Thursday! (fun fact, this movie is both the mom, and my bestie’s favorite movie!)    

    *there's no place like google, there's no place like google....*

    Getting weird things in the mail from my grandma (she is NOTORIOUS for this)…today it was colored pantyhose. I guess my grandma thinks i’m 79, and a “lady of the night”. *sigh*    

    gotta love her for trying... =0)

    Clouds. I have a weird obsession.    

    storm clouds

    morning clouds

    sunrise clouds

    sunset clouds

    post-storm clouds

     My Bike:

     

    The Janna Banana Bike

    Froyo:    

    enough

    said

    ?

    This Guy:

     

    my brother and i before a half in March!

    Giving Gifts:    

    Happy Birthday to The Mom!

    So, remember last post when I said I was stoked to give my mom her present?  Also, remember how i mentioned that my brother is doing his first Iron Man triathlon in November?  Well, my mom and I are officially flying to Phoenix to cheer my brother and his best friend on (plane tickets were in the card)!  We are all (brother included) SO excited for this!  I can’t wait to make signs and cheer my butt off for those guys!  I have a few funny signs in mind, but if you have *any* suggestions, let me know….we will need a lot, seeing as an Iron Man is a 2.4mi swim, 112 mi bike ride and full 26.2 marathon.  That’s A LOT of endurance (and therefore cheering) to be had.    

    Also, if you have any suggestions of places to stay in the phoenix area, PLEASE let me know.  The event is actually in Tempe, Arizona, but that is so very close to Phoenix, I think we will probably end up staying there.    

    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  I’m off to go do another few of my favorites, walk on the bike trail and make baked goods (recipes to come!) for the Dad!    

    Lata!    

    Janna 

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