Friday Confessions: Fast and Furious Edition

Alright. More homework. So little time to blog.

Ready, set, go!

Confession #1: A few weeks ago we had a warm Sunday. We’re talking REALLY warm, like 6o degrees. Anyways, when I got back to school that night I realized that I had forgot to take my winter coat with me. Usually I’m wearing my coat, so leaving it behind has never been an issue before. If the weather had stayed in the 60’s all week I would have been fine, but NOOOO…. It decided to snow and drop down into the 30’s as soon as Tuesday hit. And I didn’t have a winter coat. Combine that with 10-15 minute walks to class with some of the breeziest winds in the state = One cold Madison 😦 Thankfully my parents felt my pain and on Wednesday night we each drove 1 hour to meet up in the middle so that they could deliver thatΒ salvationΒ of warmth! (Along with some much needed food…)

Here is my makeshift cold weather outfit (Note: NOT as warm as it looks!)

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Confession #2: I don’t really know how you all do it. That posting everyday stinkin’ day thing. It makes me feel like a major slacker. Especially when you are able to respond so quickly to everyone’s comments as well. I still haven’t gotten to WIAW yet… I used to pride myself on Β being so quick to respond, but man have I gotten lazy! Anyways, major props to you all. Maybe someday I’ll be that put-together.

Confession #3: Another jealous moment that I had this week was reading about all of these races that everyone has been completing. Splits of 7 minutes flashed across the screen and it just made me feel even guiltier that my fastest mile time ever was like 8:30. And I about died after that. Today I think I would be able to (maybe) run a mile in 9:30. I always got super bad chest pains and had a hard time breathing whenever I ran in gym class during school. I would love to be a runner because I definitely need to do SOMETHING for exercise… but I don’t know. I just don’t know.

Confession #4: When I should have been working on homework (actually I should be working on some right now too…) I instead was watching the season finale of Pretty Little Liars. I swear, that last part gave me the heebie jeebies and I jumped just like every other teenage girl in America. I can’t wait for the next season! Plus, a lot of couple drama in this episode, which made me feel much better about my lack of couple “status.” πŸ˜‰

Final Confession #5: I love PicMonkey. It’s just so amazing. Whenever I think I took a photo that looks good, I pull it up on WordPress and realize that a) It’s way too dark. b) It has that fuzzy quality to it. c) The picture looks like I was on a moving freight train when I took it. Or d) All of the above and much much worse. PicMonkey is my saving grace. My magic genie. My… Okay, I can’t think of any other catchy nicknames, but you get my drift. Even still with the amazingness of PicMonkey my food photos look nowhere near professional.Β After all, I take every single one of them with my phone. But, PicMonkey takes them as close to perfection as they are ever going to get until I am able to afford one of those expensive cameras that all of the fancy bloggers have… (Hint. Hint. Birthday coming up! πŸ˜‰ )

BEFORE and AFTER’s to prove PicMonkey’s brilliance:

pic-monkey-before-after-soup-muffin-collage

I also promised a certain recipe this past Wednesday, and I almost always deliver, so here you go!

Coconut and Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins

Makes 6-8 muffins depending on size (I made 6 muffins and 1 ramekin)

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy and Nut-Free Options, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

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  • 1 cup almond flour (replace with sunflour for nut-free option)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or coconut oil)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen works)

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muffins-blueberry-batter

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Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease your muffin tins with ghee (or other baking oil).
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine the first three dry ingredients.
  3. In a food processor whip the four egg whites until stiff. Add the honey, banana, ghee, and vanilla and combine until smooth.
  4. Divide the batter among the muffin tins (approximately 1/3 cup of batter each).Β 
  5. Then drop a few blueberries to each tin and press down so that they sink into the batter.
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes (oven temps vary greatly as does the recipe if you use fresh vs. frozen berries so be forewarned!).Β 
  7. Let cool before removing. Enjoy!

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What do you have to confess this Friday?

Don’t you just love PicMonkey? What’s your favorite feature?

Did you watch the season finale of Pretty Little Liars? What did you think of it?

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31 thoughts on “Friday Confessions: Fast and Furious Edition

  1. Awe, how sweet of your family to meet you 1/2 way with not only your jacket but some goodies πŸ™‚ I’m not sure I would have been able to make it longer than a day w/o my winter jacket. I did lots of complaining while I was in the states, Ha Ha! Going from 92 degrees to 40 & below just SUCKED!

    • It was very sweet of them and completely their idea. When my mom offfered I just kept going, “Are you sure?” It’s okay if you don’t want to..” πŸ˜€

      And for some reason I never even thought of asking what the weather was like in Kuwait. 92 degrees? I’m so jealous. It’s been in the 20s all week here. Haha. I bet a 50 degree difference did SUCK. Lol.

  2. Great looking muffins! I am literally watched PLL right now. I am just….ahhh…what is happenning? I can’t even….And that gif of Ezra (forget his real name) is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

    • What I’ve come to realize though (actually this morning) is that my laptop makes pictures look way different than the computers at school… Hmm… So I’m thinking that all of my pictures probably look kind of funky to others now! haha.

      And I hope you get a chance to try out the muffins this weekend. Did you ever use up that almond flour in your cupboard?

  3. Haha that cartoon about the bear really made me laugh. It’s true I guess! To aliens we must seem mad just running for no tangible reason. Don’t beat yourself up about pace! There’s no point comparing to other runners – it’s soul destroying. I read about runners running 6min/mile and think “man I’m rubbish” but in reality I know I’m not. I can run, who cares if I run faster or slower than anyone else. Just pit yourself against yourself!

    • Nah. I don’t think runners seem mad. It’s more like I’m just jealous that you enjoy it! πŸ˜€

      I think as soon as it gets warm and my limbs don’t freeze up whenever I walk outside, I’m going to try to get in the habit of running again.

  4. Confession: I haven’t run a single mile in over two months, and I feel pretty bad about it. I miss running. 😦
    Blueberries are now officially on my shopping list. Yum!

  5. Confession: I love my boys…but I’d like it to be 5:30 so i can head out and play with my friend for a bit tonight before heading home to bake in my jammies…wild night ahead for me πŸ˜‰ I love that your fam met up with you to give you your jacket, and don’t you dare feel bad about not blogging every day or not running…that means you have a life in my opinion πŸ˜‰

  6. No winter coat. Holy crap; that would have been really cold. I love PicMonkey, and I love that you showed before and afters pictures too. You are very clever, and PicMonkey is so easy to use.
    Don’t worry about blogging and posting everyday. I do four times a week, and I feel like that’s plenty. Otherwise, I might lose my sanity (what little I have left). You do just fine. Or, and I suck at this, you could writer shorter posts too. My Food Blogging for Dummies book says posts should be 250 words, and I blow that out of the water almost every time, but sometimes less can allow more time for life’s other endeavors. I like your posts just as is though. Hope you have a great weekend.

    • It was cold. Really cold.

      I love PicMonkey too. I took a break from using it for awhile but now I’m back. It’ so darn easy.

      I think after this week is up and all of my class stuff settles down I’m going to try to post three times a week.

      250 words sounds incredibly difficult. I have no idea how many words are in my posts, but I’m pretty sure I miss that target a lot. Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I hope you had a great weekend too! πŸ™‚

  7. aww, no bueno being cold! i’ve never heard of picmonkey, i’ll have to check that out. I hear ya on the daily blogging. things that help me are designating two “day offs” and making a post or two in advanced (mostly a WIAW, recipe or food review).

  8. Confession: I use my spare bedroom as a place to dump all my dirty laundry on the floor. Then I’m always playing catchup to get it done and I can’t use the space for anything else. I don’t feel good about this. I used to keep my house spotless.

    About blogging: your blog is so great, Madison. Whenever you post it’s great. Your responses to comments are so thoughtful.

    About exercise: I think you will find the kind of exercise that is right for you. My main thing is that I like exercise to be fun and not a chore. If running isn’t right or you, that’s ok; we’re all unique!

    About being cold: Brrr, girl, I’m sorry! You look super cute though (like always) in your cold weather outfit.

    • Great confession. I think not having a spotless house isn’t a poor relection on you. It just means that you are using your time for more fun things! πŸ™‚

      And thanks for the lovely comment about my blogging. I try really hard to respond to all of the comments I get!

      I’m so with you on exercising being fun and not a chore.

      And thanks again for another compliment. You are being so nice! πŸ™‚

      • Thanks for saying my messy house means I am using my time for more fun things. πŸ™‚ This brightened my day. You are so sweet! I have fun playing with my daughter and her toys, going outside, doing yoga, doing math, talking to and cuddling Heath, cuddling Vera and blogging. πŸ™‚

        You’re welcome for saying your blog is great! πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t. It’s fun to chat with you through comments.

        Thanks for saying I’m nice. I think you’re nice too! ❀

        And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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