Banana Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

I’ve really been working hard to clean up my eating again (summer through me off completely) and these Banana Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce have helped curb my carb addiction and sweet-tooth!  Breakfast is probably the hardest meal for me to eat “clean” and always has been!  I love carbs: I love cereal, muffins, hash browns…anything in the carb family, sign me up for them!  So, when I’m attempting to eat clean and whole, it’s incredibly difficult to find suitable foods!

I’ve done lots of eggs, baked oatmeal, but I’m not a smoothie person and usually eat breakfast on the go or at the office so I need something that can either be cooked in the microwave or warmed-up!  I’ve tried several homemade pancake recipes: whole wheat, protein, cottage cheese..you name it, I’ve tried it!  One of the major problems with a lot of healthy pancake recipes is that they dry out if they aren’t eaten right after they are cooked.  So, reheating them tends to take the luster out of them.

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Wordless Wednesday: Mighty One

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Zephaniah 3:17  – “The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Gusto Pizza, A Must Try!

Have you been to Gusto Pizza in Des Moines? If you haven’t, you need to! Recently T and I took M to an iCubs game in Des Moines with my mom and step-dad! The games are such good family fun, if you’ve never been. We’ve been to several now and each time we’ve gone, we’ve done a tailgate meal because well…it’s a baseball game! This time, however, we decided to grab supper at a restaurant near the field instead.

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This is my Reality…

Here’s something you need to know about me (if you don’t already). I don’t pull any punches, I don’t sugar coat things, and I live in reality!  So, what’s my reality you ask?

Reality is: I work a full-time job, sell for 2 DS companies, & have my own social media management business.  I’m a busy lady and  it leaves very little time for “me” time or girls nights out or even time to maintain girlfriend relationships.

Reality is:  My step-sons keep me even busier!  Between cross-country and football this fall, our calendar is full.  I’m exhausted just writing all the meets and games into my planner and on the calendar.  I think scheduling everything should be a sport by itself!

Reality is:  We eat processed crap foods.  We almost always have a pan of brownies at our house.  I don’t have the time or desire to home-bake my own bread!

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Our 5 Year Anniversary!

I can’t believe it’s our 5 year anniversary! I’m not entirely sure where the 5 years have gone! It’s gone so fast and yet it seems like we’ve been married for three times that! For our anniversary this year, I decided to share some candid photos from our wedding day that I think describe our marriage the best and also the day we said “I do!”

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High Trestle Trail & Trail Etiquette

This past Sunday, my mom asked me if I wanted to join her for an afternoon bike ride on the High Trestle Trail. I had never been, it was a gorgeous afternoon, and the bridge has been on my Iowa Bucket List for quite sometime now! So, I took her up on the offer!

The trail is gorgeous!  It’s a beautifully paved (cement) trail!  We parked at Slater and biked to the bridge and back, which was about 20 miles total!  The trail itself, is a good balance of sun and shade, and slightly rolling, which makes me a happy lady!  The few tunnels and small bridges along the route make it visually appealing!  There are also quaint bars and smoothie shops located along the trail in both Madrid and Slater!  While we didn’t patronize those places, they look wonderfully quaint!  I love that the communities along the trail have embraced it and are catering to the public!

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