Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PEANUT BUTTER AND OAT PROTEIN BALLS

I know. I haven't had a recipe up on the blog in a long time.

There's a reason for that. Camp!

But now that I'm back, I'm back to cooking!! YAY! I'm so happy. I still eat semi-healthy at camp, but not anything compared to how I eat when I can cook for myself. I was so ready for my own food. :)

I've made these protein balls quite a few times. They are so tasty. And lately, I've been eating them after a big workout. The protein in them helps me to heal. But they are a good snack at anytime, even if you haven't worked out!

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Peanut Butter & Oat Protein Balls
(gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free)
1.5 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup chia seeds
3 tbsp vanilla flavored protein powder
3 tbsp coconut flour
1/2 cup peanut butter (i use justin's all-natural peanut butter....so good)
1/2 cup honey (maple syrup or agave nectar for vegan)
1/4 tsp vanilla

1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Mix in peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
3. Roll into balls. If too sticky, add more coconut flour. If too dry, add more honey or peanut butter.
4. Stick in fridge and let set for at least 20 minutes.

Enjoy!
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Friday, July 27, 2012

my instaweek #19

This week has been pretty fun. I stayed pretty active.

First, we went on a kayaking trip in the wetlands of the Texas coast. SO FUN! And the weather was perfect. While we planned for 100 degree heat, a bright sun, and humidity, it was actually cloudy, a nice 80 degrees, and windy. The splashes of water from our kayak paddles helped as well. :)

We also saw The Lion King on broadway in Houston. OH MY GOSH. Now, I'm not a very big crier. I barely shed tears. But I cried the whole time! You see, The Lion King was and still is my favorite Disney movie. I mean, I grew up with it. For my 9th birthday party, we went to see The Lion King at the movies. I had a Lion King cake. I STILL have my Lion King toys, a Lion King hat, and even a poster. This movie IS my childhood.

I saw The Lion King on broadway the last time it came to Houston, which was when I was about 12 probably. I remember crying then, too. It's the music, the feel of it all, the dynamics of the story....everything. It just gets me.

ANYWAY. It was awesome. If you only ever see ONE broadway musical, The Lion King has to be it. Mark (the hubs) and my dad even loved it. I mean, it's about lions! And they fight and stuff. And there's awesome drums. All dudes everywhere will appreciate the drumming in this play.

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1. (Flashback!) When it was raining like crazy at camp, we carted all the campers around in a horse trailer. Even the kids in wheelchairs! Hehe. They loved it.
2. I got my upgrade, y'all. Yeehaw!
3. It was a nice morning for a kayak trip on Christmas Bay.
4. Pretty wetlands.

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5. A once-every-six-months indulgence. Mmmm.
6. A Colombian festival, The Lion King on Broadway, skyscrapers, and random rain...typical day in Houston. :)
7. Amazing seats at The Lion King! And I'm not ashamed to say that I only cried about 90% of the time!
8. My mom's garden is better than your mom's. :)

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MARTHA'S VINEYARD | MASSACHUSETTS

Now, you can't go to Cape Cod and skip out on visiting Martha's Vineyard.

My family decided to take a ferry over to Martha's (or "Maatha's," as they say in Massachusetts) from Wood's Hole, Mass. The ferry ride was fun in and of itself! You get to enjoy a nice breeze, meet other people, eat and drink, all while looking out over the sea.

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And here we have part of my lovely family. That's my dad and my sister, Carley. My mom popped in on the photo below. Love them so! (And you can see me in my dad's sunglasses! Score!)

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Getting closer to Martha's while on the ferry, we could see all of the amazing (read: expensive) houses on the shore. WOW! I felt like I was in a movie about living in America in the 1950s. A cute little house, kids playing baseball outside, cookouts, going to the beach in the summer...it sounds so surreal.

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When we arrived on the island, we searched the town of Oak Bluffs for a mo-ped rental place. Didn't take that long. You can see about 5 once you step off the ferry.

The process of renting the mo-peds was kind of a long one. Insurance, waivers, payment, making copies of your license, getting a helmet, and making sure you know how to drive a mo-ped without wrecking it is all part of the process before you get to go.

Then we headed out. Driving a mo-ped is so much fun, but it's downright scary when there are tons of cars. And we were there in the middle of tourist season. LOTSA cars. Honking at you. Driving on your butt. On little bitty islandy roads.

We passed by so many pretty places on those scooters. But since there weren't places to pull off the road without getting run over by a car, we barely stopped to enjoy or take pictures.

If I did it again, I would rent a bike. If you ever go to Martha's, I would suggest for you to rent a scooter only during the off-season.

One of our stops was on the west side of the island, called Gay Head. Yep. It's named something a third grader would call you if he was trying to be mean. ("Hey, Gayhead! Yeah, I'm talkin to you! Haha, Gayhead, Gayhead!") Third graders can be so mean.

Anyway, Gay Head is beautiful. A bunch of bluffs on the side of the ocean, with amazing grass and lighthouses. Just see for yourself!

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Gorgeous, huh?

Mark really had to go to the bathroom at this point, and was excited that there were bathrooms at this place, along with tons of little stalls of junk food. But upon arriving to the restrooms, he found out that you had to pay to pee!! So beware, guys. If you go to Gay Head, you have to pay to use the restrooms. (And I thought this was 'Merica!)

After that, we jumped back on our mo-peds to explore some more.

We drove a lot.

We were driving through farm and pasture areas when Carley (the sis) decided that the next beach we drive up to is a beach we were going to swim in. Even if it was private.

Luckily, the next beach we found was public. And beautiful. And peaceful. It was awesome.

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I loved this little sandy path in the island greenery to get to the beach. So perfect.

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This little sign made me miss my pup! I wish he could've been there with us. :)

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We spent a while on this beach. It was perfect. And the water was so gorgeous.

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We played around on the beach a bit while Carley just hopped right in the water.

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Before leaving, Carley was nice enough to snap some photos of Mark and me. I'm so glad we did. We really have barely any photos of us together. We're always the ones with the camera.

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When we got back into town, we found an ice cream shop and just rested there. Being honked at all day is exhausting!

[All photos were taken in August 2011.]

Friday, July 20, 2012

my instaweek #18

Well, I'm done with camp. Bittersweet. I'm happy to get back to blogging, though.

This week has been kinda crazy getting accustomed to being back at home, scheduling/seeing my clients for recreational therapy, filling client orders for design stuff, scheduling photography shoots, and blogging. Getting back into the swing of things is always cray-cray for me. I love chaos, though.

I'm back to instagraming, though. (Is that how you spell instagraming? Or should it be two Ms?)
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1. Sewell Park in San Marcos, TX. I miss this place.
2. Nighttime beauty in Gruene, TX. (Once again, I miss this place.)
3. This was our second wedding of that day!
4. Hey Austin, I kinda like ya.

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5. After the rain. SO MUCH RAIN!
6. My view. Waiting for campers to climb up this incredibly steep staircase to go off the zip line.
7. Thank you Lord, for artichokes. Btw, how many artichoke posts are too many? :)
8. I heart clouds.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

LINCOLN'S HOME | SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS

Back in April, the hubs and I went to a conference in Springfield, Illinois. We didn't really get to do much in Springfield but from attending the conference, but we DID get to go downtown.

Springfield isn't necessarily a place I would travel to as a destination, but I am glad we got to go there for a conference. And if you're ever driving through, I would recommend stopping downtown. Especially to visit Abraham Lincoln's home!

Lincoln's Home is protected by the National Park Service, and consists of a few blocks of Lincoln's neighborhood. The houses and streets are (mostly) kept the same since the 1880s.
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Walking through the streets felt like I went back in time. It was awesome.
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The neighborhood is seriously in the middle of downtown. Right across the street from some of these houses are big buildings. Also, a 10 minute walk gets you to the capitol building, since Springfield is the capital of Illinois.
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See? I love how it's old-timey on the left, and modern on the right. And do you see the capitol building down the road? Love it. We walked there, but I'll save that for another post. :)

We weren't able to take a tour of Lincoln's Home since we visited after hours. But if I ever went back, I totally would. Because I love history!

[All photos were taken in April 2012.]

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

HELP! we're planning a europe trip


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Okay, so maybe not yet. But we ARE headed to Europe in the spring. EEK!

But I need some help.

I already have quite a few places that I want to check out, but I still want your opinion. And before you tell me where to go/what I MUST do, let me give you a few specs about our trip.
  1. We are going in March - April, lasting a little shy of 3 weeks.
  2. We are planning to road-trip. From what I've researched so far (and let me know if I'm wrong), it's cheaper than the Eurorail, and we can hit up more specific destinations with a car.
  3. We AREN'T going to the United Kingdom. We're saving that for another trip.
  4. We're planning on road-tripping in the south-central region of Europe. Around the Alps. But we will go outside of that area a little bit if the price is right.
  5. We travel to see the work of God's hands (nature), first and foremost. We DON'T like to travel for the shopping, clubs, famous people, etc. But we do enjoy history as well. And if I need to see a particular pretty city, bring it on.
  6. We like food. But we are gluten-free. Help?
  7. We are cheap travelers. Let us know of any cheap hotels, inns, hostels, friend's house, etc. that you know about. :)
That's about it! So PLEASE, PLEASE give us some tips on where to go, but also tips simply on traveling to Europe in general. We need it!

Friday, July 6, 2012

my instaweek #17

I haven't done an instagram update in a long time, so it should be called "my instamonth!"

Camp really consumes my life over the summer. But I love it. I love meeting new people, seeing the chaos on the first day of camp, and loving on the precious campers. (If you didn't know already, during the summers, I work at a camp for kids with disabilities called Camp Blessing.)

But my blog and everything else kinda gets neglected. Including instagram. But I have taken a few photos on instagram over the past month! And now I get to share them with you! :)

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1. I work on the challenge course at camp. This is one of my favorite things to do ever. I love being up high, climbing, rappelling, zipping, and swinging. But most of all, I love to see campers challenge themselves and overcome fears.
2. A camper at Camp Blessing. She has autism and is non-verbal and does not sleep at night. She is so curious about everything and loves food, as you can see. :) I love her.
3. Part of my camp family. I babysat for them when I was in high school!
4. Camp competition! Which cabin's rocket will reach the moon first? :)

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5. Camp dances are the best. Especially when the hubs is DJing.
6. The climbing wall. I love being up here.
7. I missed this guy so much while I was at camp!
8. July 4th, in Waller, TX, waiting for fireworks. Love that big Texas sky. :)

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9. My cute mama and papa, waiting for fireworks on July 4th. Love them!
10. All of my vitamins and supplements for each morning. A daunting task. :)

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

FALMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS | CAPE COD

Last summer, some of my family took a trip to Cape Cod. (You can see my post about Provincetown, Mass here.) We ended up staying in a bed and breakfast in Falmouth, Mass. I'll show you the b&b later. It's a good one. :)

I fell in love with Falmouth instantly. It felt like one of those all-American towns where everything was picture-perfect. There was a white picket fence separating the beach and the road, and in the morning, there was a parade of people jogging, riding bikes, or pushing a stroller along it. It was straight out of "The Truman Show" or something. I wanted to live there and be a perfect exercising, home-owning, sea-going, market-shopping, gardening yankee. :)

But alas, I am a Texan. :)

Anyway, back to the trip.

When we first got there, we went straight to the beach, even though it was dusk. But it was still perfectly lovely.
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I love this staircase to the beach. This was right across the street from our bed and breakfast!

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that's mark, my dad, my sister, and my mom exploring the beach.

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i loved the colors of the rocks and seashells on the beach.

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so perfectly foggy. :)

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my sister, looking out at the sea.

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I think this is actually one of my favorite photos of the bunch. I love the dynamic of the beach: the sand, the seaweed, the rocks, patches of grass. Add that to the houses, the sea, and the dusky sky, and it's a great depiction of the Cape in the evening. :)

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Look at theses perfect seashells! I was obsessed them, their shape, and their color.

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And of course, I had to snap some photos of the indigenous plant-life. :)

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...and a random, cute fire hydrant. :)

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The town of Falmouth is super cute. There was an ample amount of gift shops, seafood restaurants, and pubs to visit. We loved it!

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This is the picket fence I was telling you about. So cute. And American.

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OF COURSE we had our fun at the beach during the day. Look at this place!! So great.

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Playin' in the ocean, throwin the frisbee. Yep, that's us. We're awesome.

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Look at my mom and those frisbee-throwing skillz. Oh yeah.

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My mama, looking out to sea.

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Isn't this just stinkin' ridiculous?! Crazy beautiful.

If you ever get to visit Cape Cod, don't skip out on Falmouth! It's so perfectly quaint, and a great place for tourists. 

Glad my dad's a yankee.

[All photos were taken in August 2011.]