Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter Blondies

Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter Blondies

It’s an exciting time in my life, so why not share an exciting recipe like these chocolate cherry almond butter blondies?

I don’t make many desserts anymore, instead focusing my attentions on quality cooking. Paleo baking is a lot more difficult than traditional baking, and I’m just not as good at baking as I am at cooking. Still, I’ve been obsessed with the chocolate/cherry combo lately (and it’s not even cherry season yet!), and I was daydreaming about the fudgy denseness of a good brownie or blondie…so these happened.

And I’m super glad they did.

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PR Attempt Motivation - CrossFit, Lifting

If You Failed A PR Attempt Today, You Need To Read This

I’m writing this after back squat 1RM day. I shared a bar with one of my beloved coaches. I crushed it. I happily got a 10# PR. My coach, on the other hand, tried and failed 3 attempts. She was crushed, almost to tears. I’m unskilled at these situations, so I didn’t say much other than “it’s all right, you’ll get it next time”. But I can’t shake the urge to say more. Here’s everything I wish I would have said – something motivational, inspirational, about CrossFit and lifting. Perhaps it will lift you up. I need to hear this on occasion, too.


And you are not defined by the weight on that bar.

It sucks that you didn’t get your PR. No one would be happy in that situation. Need to cry about it? Then cry. That’s fine – no shame. This sport is emotional.

But don’t, not even for a second, beat yourself up about it. Don’t put yourself down. Don’t degrade yourself. You are so much better than that. You’re awesome.

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Chili Blackened Salmon

Chili Blackened Salmon

Chili Blackened Salmon, done in 15 minutes with 5 ingredients.

I’ve got to be honest with you – whenever I come up with a fantastically delicious recipe that requires 5 ingredients or less, I get a little giddy.

I started a tag solely to keep my 5 ingredients or less recipes together and easily searchable. I know I’ve talked about it before, but I truly love and appreciate simple recipes because they showcase how delicious and easy healthy eating can be.

Beyond that, this recipe features salmon. I’ve become obsessed with salmon recently. I have about 5 recipes to test out for salmon alone…luckily, summer is the perfect time for seafood, so you can expect to see a lot of seaside meals filling up my recipe index.
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i Went On An Adventure - and I didn't like where I ended up but it was awesome

I Went On An Adventure – And I Didn’t Like Where I Ended Up

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I went on a “vacation” recently with my partner. I’m finally taking the time to chronicle that time away.

Spoiler alert: I didn’t like where we ended up. But, I still had a wonderful and memorable time, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

But that’s why I’ve taken to calling my vacations “adventures”.

Here’s the play-by-play…which you’ll notice is mainly illustrated with food. That’s my life!

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