Faith Fitness and Laughter

A Recipe and Goals

Thank goodness it’s Friday!  I don’t know about you but I always like it when a Friday comes rolling around.  Then there’s Saturday! 

I wanted to share a recipe with you today!  What kind you ask?

 

Dessert of course!!

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Pumpkin Spice chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake bars 

 

I found the recipe on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to make it.  I am not a huge fan of baking with cream cheese but I really did like these.  The cream cheese didn’t mix all of the way but they still tasted really good. 

 

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups of gingersnaps
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter (melted)

Cheesecake:

  • 2 packages of cream cheese (softened)
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Cookie dough:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of granulate sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 tbsp of almond milk
  • 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips

Directions:

I baked in a 9×13 glass pan that was lined with parchment paper at 350 for 31 minutes.  Bake until the edges are brown and the center is still a bit wiggly.  Once it is completely cooled, store in the refrigerator for at least 3 to 4 hours or overnight. 

 

I really loved this recipe and I really loved incorporating pumpkin in it.  The cream cheese didn’t blend like I wanted it to but I think it was my mixer.  I am definitely going to make this again!

 

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I had an appointment in Little Rock yesterday morning but had just enough time to swing by and get some coffee.  Win!

 

So yesterday I was asked the question, “what are your current goals?” 

For a second I was like…… “um, I don’t know”

I mean when I graduated high school I thought that I would wait a year before I went to college and then I didn’t end up going at all.  I got a job at a local fast food place where I live and I have had a job ever since.

As I started thinking about some of the goals that I have made or wanted to make, it dawned on me that I am a “goal breaker”.  I have decided to do lots of things but most of the time I don’t follow through.  

I would love to own a bakery.

Lose 25 pounds.

Become a health coach.

Complete one.single.nutrition.program.

Get out of debt.

Start sewing again.

My question to myself is this, “what am I doing to actually reach those goals?” 

 

Do you ever feel like you drop a goal and never push through to meet it?

 

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Have a wonderful day!!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

Good morning my sweet friends! 

 

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It’s a cool brisk morning!  Deer!!!

 

Just popping in to share a recipe with you that I found on Inside BruCrew Life

 

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The recipe calls for a Caramel Icing but I used a Pumpkin Spice icing that worked really well with the chocolate flavor! Powdered Sugar, pumpkin pie spice and almond milk.  Delicious!

 

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This was a great recipe!  🙂

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Victim?

Hi!!  I hope you have had a great week so far and you are getting ready for the weekend.  I have been on vacation this week but I have mostly just chilled out and relaxed.

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I also spent some time with these munchkins..  🙂

 

It rained all day on Wednesday so I binged on Criminal Minds Season One 🙂  Um, can I just say that if you watch that show, I want to be Penelope!!

 

I have also done some baking and trying new recipes!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Spice Icing

 

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodles

 

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Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Bread with Orange Glaze

 

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I had my brackets removed and replaced this week and was so excited to see a preview of my teeth!  Hopefully it won’t be too much longer with them on.

 

Reading:

One of the books that I am currently reading right now is, So Long Insecurity, You’ve been a very bad friend to us.  Beth Moore is one of my favorite Christian authors and this one does not disappoint.  This is the second time I have read this book and it comes at a great time in this season of my life. 

I read something the other day (I think it was on Instagram) about how we should always be prepared to go through different seasons in our life.  How do you prepare for something like that?  My faith tells me that I should be in Gods word to prepare for something like that. 

I have such a huge fear of rejection and sometimes it can even paralyze me.  Other times it can cause me to use poor judgment and make bad decisions.  Especially with men. 

I don’t date much.  Not for any other reason than that I don’t really put myself out there to meet anyone.  When I do however and it doesn’t work out, my judgment is impaired. It’s hard for me to cope with it not working out.  It’s as if I take it personally and I am this leaper that can’t get someone to love me.  Now I know in my heart that this isn’t true but how in the world can I get past it?!  I become very withdrawn and even to the point of being depressed about it.  I don’t eat or I binge.  I become disinterested in really just about everything.  I haven’t worked out in probably a month and when I do it completely wipes me out!  I have had neck and shoulder pain for a couple of weeks now that have also caused me not to be able to work out. 

I’m tired.

I never really feel well.

Focus is out the window!

I either don’t eat

or eat too much.

My Vitamin D is low and my thyroid is acting up.

 

Here’s the thing.  I don’t want to be a victim. And when I say victim please understand that I am only speaking of myself.   I want to deal with these things with a little bit of grace and dignity.  Lately, that isn’t the case.  I am also trying to cut myself some slack too and not be afraid to ask for some help. 

 

I just wanted to share this with you guys.  🙂

 

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I hope you enjoy your weekend! 

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Monday Update!

Afternoon!!  Just checking in to see how you are doing and for a quick update.  Things are still pretty busy at work but I took today off to have a long weekend.  I was going to go see my parents but it didn’t quite work out that way.  I am going to go see them soon! 

I feel so out of the loop when it comes to blog reading and posting.  I wish I had more time to read and surf like I did. 

Just a quick update in pictures…

 

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My first attempt a Paleo chocolate chip cookies!

 

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One of the things I am going to focus on in the coming weeks is balancing out my meals better.  I do great for breakfast and lunch but when I get home and my brain is fried, I just want to chill out and not even think about eating.  Even when I meal plan and prep!

Focus time!!

 

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True story.  Last week.  At work.

 

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This and a Friday night date made me smile… Mrs. Brenda I know you read and I just wanted to tell you that Robert and I had a wonderful time! Winking smile   He’s a kind man and was a perfect gentlemen. 

 

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This lil guy makes it very difficult to get up in the morning….

 

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So ready for fall to get here!  Made some Pumpkin bread this past weekend and took it to church!

Recipe can be found at: Two Peas & Their Pod 

It’s actually a muffin recipe but I made it into a quick bread!

So so good!!

 

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He’s growing up so fast! 

 

I hope you are having a wonderful day!  Smile

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Café Domingo!

Morning Smile   I don’t know about you, but the time change has me kind of screwed up.  Yesterday, I forgot to set my clocks back an hour and so when I rolled over at “5:30”, I got up and started my routine.  When I turned the tv on in the living room, I immediately realized that it was 4:30!!  Ugh.  I just stayed up anyway.  

The weather yesterday was just amazing!  After church, I took my niece and nephew to get some lunch and then to Wal-mart for some salad fixings.  With the weather being so nice, I came home and spent some time outside.  I am pretty sure there was coffee involved too.  Winking smile

 

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I took this picture of my nephew to send to my bf Diahann and her son Calvin.  Calvin and Dalton had just struck up a little friendship right before they moved to Ohio…. 

 

By 7:75 however, I was ready to go to bed! 

 

I am off today, but don’t have anything pressing to do…  I need to bring in some plants from outside, so I might do that.   The final book in the Divergent series came out last month, so I might run to the store and get it and just lay up and read all day!

 

 

Workouts for the week:

 

Monday:    Pump and Burn/30 minutes

Tuesday:    30 minute run

Wednesday:    Pump Challenge/25 minutes and 20 minute ab routine

Thursday:    yoga

Friday:    Pump and Burn/30 minutes

Saturday:    rest

Sunday:    20 minute ab routine/45 minute

 

 

 

Can I rant for a minute?

Why not, this is my house….

 

This past week I was reminded that we are an imperfect people.  No matter how much you try to convince a person of something, you don’t have any control over what they believe.  You just don’t.  What you do have control over is your reaction and your words.  

Can I use my words to tear someone down?  You bet.  Sometimes, I can even think that I feel better when I do it. 

 

I was also reminded that as a blogger, you don’t have any control over who reads your blog.  You just don’t. 

With that said, I feel it’s important to not feel like you have to sensor yourself……………..in your house. 

This is a journal and I should feel comfortable enough to share the things that are going on in my life.  I shouldn’t and don’t have to explain myself.

 

The other the thing that I learned this past week?

Sometimes women can revert back to fifth grade antics.  (me included)

This my friends, made me chuckle.

 

The End.

 

 

So I have found a new coffee that I love!  Have you ever heard of Peet’s Coffee??

 

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It’s my new favorite! 

 

While I was in Ohio with my best friend Diahann (whom I miss terribly!!!), the Café Domingo is what I drank and just loved it!  Sadly, they don’t sell it anywhere near where I live…….so, I got online and ordered me a big box full! 

 

Another sad thing?

I’m out of these…

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I loved these and they had the best flavor.  I love pumpkin, but I don’t like things to have a strong pumpkin-y flavor.  It has to be subtle. 

 

I do have these though!

 

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I did some organizing over the weekend too… 

 

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I might just do some baking today too…  I picked these little jewels up the other day and I think I will add them to some cookies!  I didn’t think that I would like the taste, but they are quite good…

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I can’t remember where I saw this, but thought it was the funniest thing….. lol!

 

 

Welp, that’s about it….I hope you have a great Monday!

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