Coconut Almond French Toast

Hi there!

How are you? I hope your week is off to a great start!

Mike and I tackled some of the recipes I wanted to try over the weekend and here are our thoughts on whether it was a Flip or Flop:

Popcorn Shrimp [Gimme Some Oven]- Flop

This was a flop for us. For me the flavor of the shrimp was hidden behind the breadcrumbs. I love eating shrimp cocktail without cocktail sauce. We ended up using a whole egg and not just an egg white (making it less skinny) and also using flour because I was worried the breadcrumbs wouldn’t stick. As Mike pointed out if you’re going to have popcorn shrimp you’re well aware it’s bad for you and you’re ok with that decision. I certainly like making some things healthier or lightening them up such as a mix of broth and cream in a soup for example but for us this one didn’t turn out as well as we hoped.

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Glazed Pecans [Pillsbury]- Flip

We flippin’ loved these pecans! They were so simple to make. I added a pinch of salt to the glaze to make sure it wasn’t too sweet. You can still taste the nuttiness of the pecans but for those who don’t love raw pecans (me) the glaze gives it some extra flavor and in a good way. I would definitely make these again, they are a great snack and you’re satisfied after eating a couple, if you have self-control to stop. ;)

Coconut Almond French Toast [Food Network]- Flip

I would say this French toast was a flip. We made some adjustments to the recipe. I used half of the half and half 2% milk. We don’t have a food processor so we chopped the coconut and almonds and then made them into the paste. We forgot to add more coconut on top before placing it in the oven. Also, we ended up cooking ours for about 60 minutes, it still jiggled a little when we took it out but it set up after we let it cool. This dish is not too sweet but the coconut almond crust does have some sweetness to it. I would definitely recommend this for a brunch or when you’re having a bunch of people over during the holidays.
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The only thing I didn’t make was the granola but it’s still on my list! It’s possible I’ll make it this weekend when we have family visiting. :)

Foodie Friday

Happy Friday and Happy Spring!

The weather in Wisconsin has decided to cooperate with the first day of Spring and the high is supposed to be 60 degrees! Break out the flip flops and shorts. :)

I’m in the mood to try some new recipes this weekend, maybe it’s the weather, or maybe it’s just a random boost of inspiration. The seasons are changing and the fresh produce is changing…or I’m just rambling at this point. So here’s what looks tasty to me:

Coconut Almond French Toast Casserole [Food Network]

Skinny Baked Popcorn Shrimp [Gimme Some Oven]

Glazed Pecans [Pillsbury]

Energized Granola with Chia Seeds [Food Network, as seen on The Kitchen]

On a non food related note, we’re going to create our own picture frame wall (a pinterest inspiration)! I love this wall, it looks great [Love Grows Wild]:

Gallery Wall

What scrumptious food will you be cooking this weekend? A tried and true favorite or a new adventure? Let me know!



Run with Rachel- Find What Motivates You

If you’ve decided you want to start running more often or even do a run/walk combo, I’d recommend that you first find out what motivates you. If you don’t know what’s motivating you to run then you’ll be more likely to quit and you’ll find yourself making excuses for why you’re not doing it anymore.

For me, signing up for a race is one of my biggest motivators. Once I’ve registered I know I’m going to do it. One reason being I paid for it. So I want to show up and get my awesome race shirt and if there’s a medal I most certainly want my medal. The SWAG (Stuff We All Get) definitely motivates me.

For others, weight loss could be a motivator whether it’s a small amount like 5 or 10 pounds or if it’s a large amount.

Or it could be that you want to run a 5K because you’ve never ran one before. Take some time and think about it. When you find out what does motivate you, write it down and put it somewhere that you can see it every day- like your bathroom mirror or in your car or on your nightstand. Because some days you’ll need it.

In addition to the lovely SWAG, this year I’m motivated to get back into shape. I’ve started walking outside for about 25-30 minutes during my lunch hour and it’s amazing how quickly your body adjusts to lack of activity. 25 to 30 minutes doesn’t seem like a long time for walking but when I sit at a desk all day it makes a difference to get up and walk more often. I’m taking it easy this year and plan to add in the running soon.

Oh and I run for baked goods. Ask my friends, if there are bagels at the end of the race, I’ll leave you in the dust. ;)
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Run with Rachel

Are you new to running? Or have you taken a recent break from running due to an injury, winter, or being sick? Well you’re not alone!

I have not run outside since October when I first became sick with that nasty stomach flu/virus. Then came winter with the blisteringly cold temperatures and short days and who wants to run in that?

In December I decided to sign up for the Rock n Sole quarter marathon (6.55 miles) before the price went up and because I was determined to get back into running shape after being sick. When I registered I knew training might be tough but signing up for the race was key to keeping me motivated.

So I’d like you to join me! Do you have a race that you’ve signed up for and need some extra motivation every once in a while? Or are you new to running and would like some unsolicited advice from someone who enjoys running and has found certain things work for him/her? Then you can look no further!

I will continue to share my thoughts about returning to running and any tips that I think might be useful. I hope you’ll join me!


Disclaimer: I am sharing my own thoughts and opinions and what has worked for me and my body. Before running be sure to consult with your doctor and only do what works for your body. I am not a licensed professional for sports medicine or anything of that nature nor am I claiming to be.