A Reason to Cook {+ Fun Baking Giveaway!}

A Reason to Cook {+ Fun Baking Giveaway!}

As a kid, I remember that the smell of homemade cookies coming out of the oven always made me – well, it kinda made me want to run in and eat all the cookies – but it also made me proud.

My mom taught me how to cook and bake things from scratch at a young age.  I’d always pull out all the bowls and ingredients, and then we’d pick out a recipe (usually oatmeal raisin cookies if I had my way,) and go through the steps together.  Sometimes the cookies would even take the shape of teddy bears or hearts – if the teddy bears were aliens and the hearts were more anatomically correct, that is.

So even though I wasn’t necessarily an excellent artist with my baking, it always made me feel sooo accomplished.  Like doing-the-monkey-bars-one-handed accomplished.  It was an excellent thing to know that I’d instigated the magic that went on in that oven.

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Pumpkin Granola + 2 Shotgun Halloween-Party Recipes

Pumpkin Granola + 2 Shotgun Halloween-Party Recipes

Almost every year since we've been together, Steve and I have hosted a Halloween party at our house.

I love hostessing Halloween parties because it's so fun to decorate for, dress up for - and, of course - make TREATS for!  It's also one of those really social holidays that, like the fourth of July or Labor Day, you want to invite friends, neighbors, coworkers, and all.  A perfect occasion for a big shindig!

I'm especially excited because I am now done preparing for my bikini competition, and this means two awesome things:  1. I can eat/drink the party-fare.  2.  I'll look better in my costume than I would have if I hadn't done the competition.  Heck yeah!  Party weekend, I am ready for you!

 

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Good-For-You Gummies

 Good-For-You Gummies

I I I I work out!

But seriously, guys, this is just getting ridiculous.

The LMFAO duo might get their workouts in by roller blading and gyrating, but most of the time, my workouts have me wanting to scream instead of sing.  Okay, it's not really all that bad, but the pressure to do awesome things in the gym has gone up by a factor of, like, craziness.

I am now 7 weeks out from the time I'm supposed to be stage-ready.  Based on my current body fat measurements, this leaves me with 7 weeks to drop about 4% body fat.  Of course, I still have to try to hang on to the muscle I've worked so hard to get, too.  

Can I just ask - Is that even possible?  Maybe I don't even want to know.  In any case, gymming has increased in intensity, with a smidge more high intensity cardio than I was doing (most of which are classes that I'm actually teaching), and dieting has become a bit more rigid.

Luckily, I'm still feeling like I'm fairly on track, or at least making the changes that I need to at this point.  The jiggly areas do appear to be getting less jiggly...

 

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