Monday, March 3, 2014

Week 1 - March Fitness Schedule

Happy Monday!

Wait... didn't I already say that today? :D

Guess I must be getting organized - two posts in one day?!? It feels sooo good. I mentioned yesterday that I was doing a bunch of organizing and planning. I still have some more to do, but I have made significant progress. As promised, today I am sharing this week's workout plan with you. I wrote out a more general workout plan for the entire month, but each week (probably every Saturday) I will plan in detail what each day's workout will be for the week.

Is this making sense?

Here's a snapshot of how my month is supposed to be:

I realize this isn't the best quality, but I'm still trying to figure out how to make an actual workout calendar. Hopefully the calendar for April is much better than this. I just searched for a March calendar on Google and printed it. I filled in what I wanted to do and that was all. This works really well if you are trying to make a personal fitness schedule, but if you are trying to create a fitness plan to share with others, I'm sure there is a better way.

This week is highlighted because that is the week I am doing right now. It is also highlighted because this first week served as a sample for how the rest of my weeks should be. I planned out what I consider to be one week of really good exercise, and scheduled the month accordingly.

Here are the details for this week:

I typed this up on TextEdit and printed it out to keep in my room. That is just a  screen shot I took to help illustrate what I'll be doing. So, for example, today's workout is shown above under Monday. It was super challenging and I was sweating soooo much throughout it. By the end my legs were tired and shaking. I love that feeling.

So anyway, I hope that this gives you an idea of how to make a fitness plan for yourself. If you want to follow along and do this with me - THAT WOULD BE AWESOME! :) You don't have to follow the detailed schedule, but if you like my general workout calendar for March, please use it.

If you have any questions about this fitness schedule, please let me know. I am more than happy to help you in any way I can. Now here are some random pictures from my morning. :)

First up, my Nutty Green Shake.

After my tough workout, I went outside for some fresh air. The sun was shining and the shadows looked so beautiful, that I just had to snap some photos. My sister and I decided to pose and take some pictures - with our chickens too of course. :)

Well, that's all! I hope you found this post helpful, and maybe you'll make your own workout calendar. If you've made a workout schedule recently or in the past, I'd love to see what you did. If you'd like to share your fitness plans, just email me:

As I typed up this post I enjoyed one of my favorite dishes - Chickpea Cassoulet.
The recipe will be coming soon, so stay tuned for some deliciousness! :) Thanks for reading and may God bless you!

Love & Grace,

Nutty Green Shake

Good morning and happy Monday! :)

It has been a lovely morning so far. Mondays are a tricky thing. If the day doesn't start off right, it can be a more overwhelming and stressful day. However, if the first day of the week begins well, the rest of the day is usually filled with wonderful productivity and joy. Today has been one of those lovely Monday mornings. I woke up an hour later than I had planned, but that didn't throw my day off - thankfully. I remember when I used to allow little things like that really effect me. Thank the Lord that He has helped me to overcome that. It's crazy to think that sometimes we can let the littlest things steal our joy.

After my lower body workout this morning, I made this Nutty Green Shake for breakfast. (I had this with a hard boiled egg, but I didn't take a picture of that.) I consider this shake to be a great success - especially compared to my last attempt. ;)

Last week, I tried to make a super healthy green smoothie - fail. Oh my. It was so... not good. It was brown instead of green, it was nothing close to delicious, and the texture was almost unbearable. I literally considered dumping it down the sink, but I really don't like to waste perfectly good food. (In this case, 'good' means edible - not delicious.)

So... needless to say I wasn't too happy with the way that smoothie turned out. This morning I tried to decide what kind of shake I would make. I wanted something healthy and delicious. Although this recipe may still need some more perfecting, it is a huge improvement from my last attempt. I actually enjoyed drinking this shake. That has to count for something, right?

I love the whole idea of drinking green smoothies/shakes, but for some reason I don't make them too often. I used to drink green smoothies all the time, but I've gotten out of the habit. I used to mix frozen fruit, banana, apple juice, and a heaping scoop of Heavenly Greens and voilĂ  - a smoothie.

But I ran out of Heavenly Greens, and I haven't been buying berries, and I've been eating more oatmeal and eggs for breakfast, and therefore - I haven't been having my green smoothies. Anyway, I am trying to get back into the habit of drinking them. 

So without further ado, here is the recipe for my Nutty Green Shake.

(And just in case the picture recipe wasn't clear enough)

  • 1c. skim milk
  • 1.5 c. of frozen green beans
  • 1/4 c. frozen broccoli
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. milled golden flaxseed (optional)
In a blender, pour in 1 cup of skim milk. Next add your frozen veggies and banana. Lastly add in your peanut butter and flaxseed. Blend until smooth.

* The flaxseed is not crucial, but I love milled flaxseed, and I wanted the extra protein. Now I will say that the peanut butter is essential. If you are allergic to peanuts or prefer a different type of nut butter, than use that instead. I blended the shake together before I added the peanut butter and the green bean flavor was much too strong for my liking. I added the peanut butter afterward to help mask the green beans. That made the shake sooooo much better.

Well, that is all for now. I hope that you'll give this shake a try and please let me know how you like it. If you think of any improvements that could be made, I would love to hear them. Have a fabulous Monday and may God bless you exceedingly and abundantly now and always! :)

Love & Grace,

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tropical Oatmeal

I was uploading some pictures from my camera, and saw this picture of oatmeal that I made for my brother a few weeks ago. I had intended to share the recipe on the blog, so I guess I shall do that today. This oatmeal was really good and different from any other oatmeal I have ever made. I've never had pineapple or cashews in my oatmeal, but they sure were delicious!

If you are in the mood for something refreshing and fruity for breakfast, try this oatmeal. Also, I think that this would be soooo good cold, so make this the night before and enjoy some tropical overnight oatmeal.

Tropical Oatmeal
  • 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/2 c. pineapple
  • 1 tbsp. cashews
  • 1 tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 1/4 c. pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
Fill your pot with water, and let it come to a boil. 

I haven't tried this, but I think you could cook the oats in pineapple juice. I don't know how this would come out, but I think it should work. Just an idea...

While you are waiting for the water, you can get out your pineapple, coconut, and cashews. I used a can of pineapple chunks and the juice from there. The cashews were lightly salted, but any cashews you have should be perfect.

Once the water boils, stir in your oats and let them cook for about 5 minutes. (If you are using a different type of oatmeal, follow the directions on the package.)
When your oatmeal is done cooking, pour it into a bowl and get ready to decorate!
Pour the pineapple juice over your oatmeal, sprinkle the coconut, add the pineapple chunks, and lastly add your sugar. You can add some cinnamon for some extra flavor. :)

Now enjoy your tasty tropical oatmeal bowl!

Thanks for reading! Please let me know how you liked this oatmeal recipe and share your thoughts in the comment section below! If you liked this recipe, subscribe to the blog to get more recipes like this delivered right to your inbox! Thanks! May God bless you!

Love & Grace,

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Okay, due to special request, I am sharing this amazing Cinnamon Coffee Cake recipe.
I don't have any pictures yet, so when I make this again I'll be sure to take some. For now, here is the recipe with pictures coming soon. :)

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
  • 1/4c. butter (softened)
  • 3/4c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder (sift)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. butter (melted)
  • 1/2c. chopped nuts (optional)
We start with the wet ingredients. Get out your beaters and a spatula - you'll need both.
In a large mixing bowl, pour in your softened butter, sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla, and cream (beat) together. Next you will add in your flour and baking powder. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. When thoroughly mixed, pour into 9x9 in. baking pan. Now we will make the topping for this.

In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture over your cake. Lastly, drizzle the melted butter over your cake and top with nuts.

Bake for 25 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. The top should feel firm, and when tested with a knife or toothpick, it should come out clean.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please comment below and let me know if you try this, and feel free to send me your pictures! I would love to see your beautiful cakes! :)
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Thanks for reading! God bless you! :)


Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Oatmeal

Happy Friday!

Are you excited for this weekend? I know I am. I've always loved Fridays.
For me, Friday night means: Bible studies, family movies, popcorn, cake, cuddling, and talking with my sister late into the night. Yup. I love Friday. :)

And the only thing better than a Friday night is a Saturday morning. ;)
Saturday mornings mean sipping a steaming cup of coffee while reading my Bible and spending time with my Father. Saturday mornings mean talking with my mom, soaking in the tub, or enjoying a special breakfast treat.

Since Saturday morning is only a few hours away, I thought I would share a delicious breakfast that you can whip up in the morning - Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Oatmeal. 

The inspiration for this amazing breakfast comes from the lovely Taralynn over at the blog Undressed Skeleton. She made PB&J Oats, and they looked so inedible, that I just had to try them. However, I added a banana to my oatmeal because - well... do you really need a reason to add banana? :)

Here is Taralynn's PB&J Oats:

Beautiful isn't it? Check out her recipe here.

Okay, now I will share my recipe. And let me tell you, this oatmeal was soooo good. Seriously, this is one of the best bowls of oatmeal I have ever had. I have made peanut butter oatmeal many times before, but the jelly with that banana - heaven!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Oatmeal

  • 1/2 c. old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 1/4 c. water
  • medium banana
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. strawberry fruit spread (or jam)
  • cinnamon

Get out your pot, and fill it with 1 and 1/4c. of water. I add the 1/4 c. because I believe this makes my oatmeal creamier. This is personal preference, so you can just use 1 cup of water if you like. Extra water means waiting extra long. If you don't mind the wait, I recommend adding it.

Once the water begins boiling, lower the heat a bit and pour in 1/2 cup of oats. Stir as needed. (Our stove is kind of crazy and the oatmeal always spills over if we don't lower the heat enough and stir well.) Cook the oatmeal according to directions on package - usually about 5 minutes - or until it reaches desired consistency.

Now pour your oatmeal into your prettiest bowl (cause everything tastes better in a pretty dish.)
This is the fun part - decorate your oatmeal! Slice the banana and arrange the pieces on your oatmeal. Then measure a tablespoon of peanut butter and a tablespoon of jelly and add that to your bowl. Last of all, sprinkle with cinnamon! Bon appetit!

I didn't add any sugar to my oatmeal - I rarely do - because I really don't think this needs it. However, you can add a sprinkle of sugar if you so desire. 

My oatmeal was so delicious and creamy. I never wanted the bowl to end. Mmmmm. So good.

Well, that's it! I hope you like this recipe and make this yummy breakfast. Please comment below and let me know if you try this recipe. I would love to hear your thoughts! And - if you haven't already - please subscribe to the blog to get more recipes delivered right to your inbox! Thank you so much!
Have a wonderful day and may God bless you always!

  • What's your favorite type oatmeal?
  • What do you look forward to on the weekend?