CARROT CAKE MUFFINS

CARROT CAKE MUFFINS

So I made a joke on Instagram that I wouldn't share this recipe until I found my future husband. But then I realized you'd probably be waiting a very long time. So I'll just give it to you anyway. However, if you take advantage of this delicious recipe, you can pay me back by setting me up with any hot single men you might know. You know where to find me, all forms of social media are right there to the right, just chose one and contact me. I'll be waiting patiently. What else can I tell you? The crossfit open competition just started. I've been spending my days training like a beast, and my nights chillin' like a grandma in the hopes that I will be at least adequate against the insane athletes taking over this sport. Seriously, where are these monsters coming from? My life is the gym (hence why I need you to find me a boyfriend) and I still feel inadequate. And I really don't know what to expect with this first workout. I mean its 17 minutes of burpees and snatches! Okay, burpees and snatches? Fine. 17 minutes? Shoot me! I'm a sub 5 minute kind of WODer. Hopefully my inner beast will kick in and some bundled up form of endurance which I've still yet to find will magically appear. That would be ideal at least. Good luck if your competing in the open, or good job if you've already pushed yourself through this first WOD. You're an animal!

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CRANBERRY WALNUT COOKIES

CRANBERRY WALNUT COOKIES

I have a serious addiction to chocolate. I'm just going to be honest and put that out there. I like my desserts smothered in it. And I just like to eat it by the handful. But it's an unhealthy habit. Sure a little dark chocolate is good for you, but I surpass the healthy amount when I get to eating it. So I wanted to come up with a dessert that was delicious and chocolate free! I love cookies, they're so simple and if you have self control (which is another thing I'm working on) you can just have a few and not feel guilty at all! So yea, that's the great news about these cookies, but I'm sure you want to know what's happening in my life as well. Don't you always? Well, I have a lot of free time to cook and blog right now, so that's a win win.

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APPLE PIE

APPLE PIE

Well it's stormy here, and we have a lot of home grown apples that are going to go bad. So I decided to make an apple pie for my family. And since my family isn't paleo like I am I had to make sure it was really good! And this passed the test! Hope it's sunny wherever you are, and if it is then you can be sure I'm jealous.

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STICKY APPLE BARS

STICKY APPLE BARS

Just found out that these bars are from PaleOMG. Now I'm dreaming about them. They were seriously so good! If you haven't read my post for the Raw Brownie Bars, than I'll just quickly reiterate that I didn't actually make these myself, a friend did and they were probably one of the best things I've tasted, so I had to share! Ps I hate this no sugar challenge! I haven't even finished one week yet. Last night I had dreams about sugar. I guess I really am an addict. Hoping this gets easier. In the meantime, everyone else enjoy these.

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RAW BROWNIE BARS

RAW BROWNIE BARS

Well I haven't posted a recipe in a few days, apparently me on a sugar detox and strict zone/paleo diet = loss of creativity. Not that that's any excuse, I need to experiment with some new dishes. But in the meantime I thought I'd share these with you. I did not make them, I merely consumed multiple in one sitting because they were that good. My friend from the gym who brought them to our games day competition shared with me where he found the recipe and I feel it's my duty as a fellow cavewoman (I just pictured a cavewoman eating chocolate...okay so its a far stretch) that I spread the word of their greatness. To all of you not on a sugar detox, I envy you, and you're welcome.

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DATE BARS

DATE BARS

Today I spent the day hanging out with crossfitters, eating heaps of paleo food and watching recaps of the olympic weightlifting.  I know I'm weird, but I'm lucky to have weird friends who enjoy doing just the same thing on a Sunday afternoon. And wholly crap! Those women and men are freaking strong! I literally can't even figure out how they can possibly snatch and clean and jerk those weights! I mean some of those girls are tinier than me and lifting more than I can deadlift! It definitely didn't make me feel good about myself. But I still loved every minute of it. One of the desserts I made to share today were these date bars, and everyone loved them (well I assume they did, maybe they lied to make me feel better about myself because the Olympians made me look like I train with feathers on my bar).

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FUDGY BROWNIES

FUDGY BROWNIES

Okay so I've been on a hunt for the perfect fudgy chocolate brownies, trying different recipes, making up my own, and I have to give it to Health Bent, these are to die for! Seriously they are so good. Warning though, you must make these with friends or family nearby because I can't be held responsible for what might happen should you be alone with a dish of this ooey goodness.

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CASHEW CHEESECAKE

CASHEW CHEESECAKE

Success!  I did a one armed handstand on the kettlebell today.  Just in case you were all hanging on the edge of your seats waiting to hear how I went this morning (which I'm sure you weren't).  But hey, it makes a nice Facebook profile picture haha.  I spent the rest of my day lounging around the house, cooking and watching movies.  Pretty lame for a Saturday, but it was freezing cold in Sydney today!  Not really worth going out.  Can summer get here already!  So todays recipe is something I made last week and adapted from My New Roots (since I'm following whole30 right now I unfortunately can't eat this) but in 25 more days you can bet this will be one of the first things I make again, it's so good!

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APRICOT BARS

APRICOT BARS

Today was awesome, literally, winter isn't too bad in Sydney.  It was 20 degrees (celsius, which is like 70 farenheit).  My flatmate and I went down to a cafe for brunch and then took a stroll to the beach.  I'm anxiously awaiting summer though, I can't wait to be sunbaking again!  Then we came home, put on the Olympics, and I tried out some new recipes.  These apricot bars were a recipe from Elana's Pantry that I pinned a while back and have been meaning to try.  They turned out delicious!  Although I don't expect much less from Elana, she's like my idol.  Here's the recipe, they're great to cut up into squares, wrap in plastic and toss in the fridge for snacks on the run.  Enjoy!

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CARROT CAKE PANCAKES

CARROT CAKE PANCAKES

PaleOMG is a genius!  She's like a paleo god.  Although I'm sure most of you already know that.  However, if by some strange chance you haven't been to her sight I'm not sure what you're waiting for, her recipes are to die for!  I'm posting this recipe for her carrot cake pancakes today because they are literally so freaking good!  I wish I had thought of this.  But I didn't.  She did.  I'm also posting this recipe as a sort of "going out with a bang" recipe because tomorrow I'm starting whole30 again.  Yes it's confession time, I've been cheating on whole30, and I really want to do it right, so I'm starting over tomorrow, August 1st.  If you'd like to join me that would be great!  I could use some additional motivation.  Plus, it's my birthday at the end of the month so of course I need to look good!  And to forget about how old I'm getting...

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