It’s the end of summer. Well, according to the school year that is! A few hours ago, I returned home a  from running “a few” errands. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why it was so CROWDED in certain stores! Ahhh ha! Think Lindsay think! School starts Monday here and it’s tax free weekend. Of course it’s going to be a mad house. You would have thought it was Black Friday out there!  Okay, I might have been stuck in lines, but at least I saved money without having to pay the tax, right? Come on, give me a little credit here. haha.

So here we are, ending the summer. It’s like a new year for a most. A chance to stay on schedule or maybe a chance to change it all up and start a new one, from scratch! Either way, it’s a good feeling, an optimistic feeling.

The hubs has taken the last 6 weeks off to focus on training, recovery, etc. He’s been one hard working man! Sunday is his “back to school” race. His chance to change things up and for the better. But more importantly, he’s excited and so am I. Like first day of school excitement! We hope for a better “half” of the season, for things to progress, but one thing is for sure…..we’re excited for a change!


I made these cookies right before the hubs left for Timberman 70.3. His lunchbox  travel bag was full of them. Some for himself and some to share with his buddies. hehe! I’m hoping they just might do the magic trick.

Flourless Nuttzo Protein Cookies

(Special discount at bottom)
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Nuttzo Butter (or crunchy nut butter with a few spoons of flax or chia seed added in)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (I used the NuNaturals Stevia Vanilla drops)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg OR 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1-2 tsp sweetener of choice (optional)- Again, I used the 10 Vanilla Stevia Drops
  • 2 servings (~60 grams) of Vanilla or Strawberry Protein powder
  • granulated sugar for topping.
  • Other Add-ins: place dried fruit on top (like pineapple chunks)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease cookie sheet and set aside. In a bowl, combine your nut butters and protein powder/baking powder. Mix well with hands then add in egg. Mix again. Roll into balls and press onto cookie sheet with fingers until flat. Sprinkle the tops with a little sugar, the real stuff! Bake for 10 minutes or so. Remove from oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before touching so they can set. Then ENJOY!

Makes around 14-16 cookies.

  • Nutrition per cookie: Calories 82.0, Fat: 6.0 g, Carbs: 3.3 g , Fiber: 1.1 g, Protein: 5.5 g

And since we’re all about discounts today, Nuttzo has graciously offered an “end of summer” 25% off discount for those who want a jar of their own!
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Just go to the NUTTZO website to order and enter coupon code endofsummer.
 You’ll have until Monday the 22nd to order.
 And trust me, this should be a back to school STAPLE in your house.
It’s that good and good for you!

Well, good luck to all those racing tomorrow! Good luck to those going back to school Monday! And good luck to everyone else who must face Monday, haha.
Cheers!
LC
It’s the little things that are making me “smirk” today. A feeling of content even though we’re still so unsure of plans. But that is neither here nor there. I’m focusing on the feeling.

I smirk because it’s Friday!
I smirk because I love my husband
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I smirk because the pups thinks she’s “too cool for school”
and has to be the leader our walks.
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I smirk because I am clueless about technology (but I’m learning).
I smirk because I know its WINE Friday!
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 smirk because I know GOD is doing his Thang and I just gotta roll with the punches.
I smirk because I’m a little tired from the 4am wake up call.
I smirk because my Kombucha obsession is kinda ridiculous.
 (I brew it, I buy it, I love it!)
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(day 5 of the home brew)
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I smirk because I am also sending the hubs off to his race in
 style this weekend (Timberman 70.3)
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I smirk because I’m sending him off well feed and fueled!
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I smirk because I’ll be posting this recipe (Flourless Nuttzo Protein Cookies)…. …..soon!
I smirk because I am finally posting the Vanilla Pear Pops recipe.
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and it’s just SO EASY!

Vanilla Pear Pops

  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used goats milk or full fat greek)
  • honey or agave nectar (optional)
  • handful o ice
  • 6oz almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (I used NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia)
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Blend all together until smooth. Pour into popsicle cups and freeze.
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Go ahead and “smirk” while you enjoy this!

What are you smirking at today?
Cheers,
LC
Winking smile

Good things come to those who wait. Oh how this is the story of my life! The waiting period. It’s where God kinda leave you lingering. No, He never leaves you. In fact, He’s right by your side. But we must not rush things. There’s a purpose, oh goodness there’s a purpose.

Waiting periods result in a feeling of readiness, excitement, and a feeling of relief. They help us build character and confidence, that is if we allow them to. Allow that time to “take its course.”

Food—–> Good food has a waiting period.

So this is a different kind of WIAW but you get my drift here, right?

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Homemade Pear Vanilla Protein Pops (recipe to come)

Frozen and Flavorful, worth the wait in the freezer!

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it was worth the wait for this happy face when they were done.

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The perfect (GF) bread and butter…….its worth the wait to oven bake.

The smell alone is worth the wait.

How about fresh basil/tomato on Gluten Free toast with melted butter?

Or wait a little longer, make it a little crispier…..

then the almond butter will melt right on along with the honey, yogurt, granola, date topping.

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And Kombucha?! You know this stuff has a waiting period. A BEAUTIFUL waiting period.

(kombucha tutortial #2 will be coming soon)

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Brewing a batch from scratch and waiting for it to ferment feels good!

Feels like I am making use of this waiting period just buy letting it take its course.

Friends—-> even friends have a waiting period

Because the time missed when you don’t seem them, make it even more special when you do.

I finally got to catch a bit with this GAL on her birthday. And lucky me, this GAL was there too.

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please ignore the fuzzy pics, yes the camera just about out of juice,

but these snapshots could NOT wait to be taken. Haha!


Are you waiting to heal, to get stronger, to overcome a certain obstacle?

You’ll get there…..its only a matter of time. Winking smile

Cheers and thank you for WAITING on me these past few days!

LC

p.s.

As you can see I’m still waiting on the new site. Consider this my “blog in waiting.” hehe.

Your mind is somewhat like a seesaw.
As your trust in God goes up, fear and worry automatically go down.

Oh how true is that quote! I read it this morning in my devotional and it hit home. So much of our life (meaning me and the hubs) is up and down. We’re up one minute and down the next. We’ve soared high and sunk low. And you know what, it comes with the territory.

We slide onto the seesaw of life not knowing what’s going to happen next or where our passions/dreams will take us. We know there’s only 2 motions, up and down. We’re bound to stay on if we hold on tight, but to what? We hold on to each other, to God, to Faith, to HOPE! And with that, the seesaw seems to float up no matter what comes our way.

Life certainly has jolted us these days, but we cannot let that weigh us down. No, we will no let those fears or worries become heavy. Down they GO!!

A night out with our favorite people lifted us up! We stayed at dinner for hours sipping, savoring, talking, and laughing.The only thing weighing us down after this night was our dessert. Hehe, and that’s probably a good thing! Winking smile

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The car ride home we were at ease…..feeling UPLIFTED.
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How do you stay UP on life?
Cheers,
LC
p.s.

The blog will be moving to a self hosted site later this week. Lots of messing around with it this week but we’ll get there. I may not be able to post as often, but that only means more time reading…..yea! thanks for hangin’ around with me!

 

Your mind is somewhat like a seesaw.
As your trust in God goes up, fear and worry automatically go down.
 

Oh how true is that quote! I read it this morning in my devotional and it hit home. So much of our life (meaning me and the hubs) is up and down. We’re up one minute and down the next. We’ve soared high and sunk low. And you know what, it comes with the territory.

We slide onto the seesaw of life not knowing what’s going to happen next or where our passions/dreams will take us. We know there’s only 2 motions, up and down. We’re bound to stay on if we hold on tight, but to what? We hold on to each other, to God, to Faith, to HOPE! And with that, the seesaw seems to float up no matter what comes our way.

Life certainly has jolted us these days, but we cannot let that weigh us down. No, we will no let those fears or worries become heavy. Down they GO!!

A night out with our favorite people lifted us up! We stayed at dinner for hours sipping, savoring, talking, and laughing.The only thing weighing us down after this night was our dessert. Hehe, and that’s probably a good thing! Winking smile

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The car ride home we were at ease…..feeling UPLIFTED.
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How do you stay UP on life?
 
Cheers,
LC
 
p.s.

The blog will be moving to a self hosted site starting next week. Lots of messing around with wordpress themes, etc. this week but we’ll get there. I may not be able to post as often, but that only means more time reading…..yea! thanks for hangin’ around with me!

Yes, I am going somewhere. I’ve to been to wordpress and back. I liked it. But a certain someone suggested to go farther….and maybe even by MYSELF (self hosted). I am gonna hold her hand all the way through it too.

teehee. Smile

So in the meantime, just be on the look out. I’ll be around. Somewhere out there. Floating in blogger space.

I won’t leave you empty handed for now. How about a crazy travel workout? This might a while to do.

And maybe by the time you’re done, I’ll be back!

Maybe, just maybe.

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No Gym, No Problem Workout

  • 5-10 minute warm up jog
  • 50-60 body weight squats, 50 pushups on bench , 25 lower leg lifts followed by 25 bicycles
  • 5-10 minute run out and back (faster than the warm up)
  • 60 lunges (30 each leg), 30 pushups on ground (knees or toes), 50 bicycle crunches
  • 5-10 minute run
  • 40 squats (last 10 squat jumps), 20-30 pushups total with last 10 being tricep pushups, 1 minute plank
  • 5-10 minute walk or jog for cool down.

Try it!

Cheers,
The Nomadic Cotter

Oh yet again I have decided to “upgrade” my blog. Whole new format. EEK!

hmmmmmmm….. Should I rethink this?

Nope! This time I have some pretty AMAZING help. So bare with me. This week will be interesting and I it might take me a decade to learn. But at least by then I’ll have some pretty cool recipes/stories!!

 

Cheers!

LC

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