Heyyy there people! Hope your day is going well! I am still having a tough time catching up on sleep from Maryland’s Homecoming this past weekend. Last night I really wanted to spend some time reading and watching the presidential debate, but I zonked out around 9:30. Fail!
Oh well, hopefully now I am all caught up and will be awake enough to watch the Homeland episode from Sunday tonight! Love, love, love that show. If you have Showtime you should definitely watch it! 🙂
So I have a new workout tip to share with you all today!!
Recently I have to admit my early-morning exercise motivation has been…waning. I am still waking up early to run with Jack every morning, but those extra stops at the gym or quick HIIT circuits are just not happening as frequently as they used to. Instead my workout routine has switched to more of an evening schedule, which is definitely not my favorite.
Working out in the evenings has been fine, but sometimes other plans crop up (e.g., baseball games, errands, happy hours, etc.) and I don’t always get in as many workouts as I should. Sometimes I’m also just so tried after work that the thought of going to the gym at the end of a long, hard day makes me want to die. I still definitely prefer waking up in the morning to work out, but I just need something to kick by butt in gear.
Last week I was flipping through some old posts from one of my favorite bloggers Tina, from Carrots N Cake, and I stumbled across an article she wrote on tips for staying motivated. One tip that I thought would really work well for me is to write down the workouts I am going to do each day, and keep myself accountable to them.
Tina’s thinking is that it’s too easy to give up on a workout if nothing is holding you to it, but if you have them written down it helps you adhere to them a little more. I thought this was a great idea and immediately ordered this cute little dry-erase calendar from Amazon!
- Tuesday: Spin at 6:00 a.m.
- Wednesday: Boot Camp at 6:00 a.m.
- Thursday: Body Pump at 6:00 a.m.
- Friday: Alyssa’s 4-week shred workout (plus a bit of cardio thrown in depending on how long the workout takes me/how difficult it is)
I love that it’s right on the fridge where I will see it everyday! No skipping my morning workouts now (er-hopefully). So far the calendar has been working great, but obviously it’s hard to tell after just one day.
What are some motivation tips you guys use??
When my friend Lauren invited me over for brunch this past weekend, I knew I wanted to bring something delicious and fall-themed. My mind instantly went to pumpkin-flavored goodies, and I knew I would be able to find a ton of delicious options online for inspiration. [Source]
Yeah. That definitely wasn’t a problem. I saw pumpkin recipes everywhere! Lol!
However, I also wanted to bring something else to the brunch. Something still festive and fun, without being too difficult to make (don’t worry, the pumpkin recipe is coming soon too! haha).
So, I did what any girl would do, I turned to Pinterest! I swear I spent at least two hours sifting through all the delicious potential recipes, when I finally landed upon this recipe for candy corn cookies.
They looked simple and delicious and the best part was I already had all the ingredients on hand. Win!
These cookies came together really quickly and were a big hit at the brunch! Here’s how I made them 🙂
First I preheated the oven to 350 degrees and lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Then I poured 4 tablespoons of butter (softened), 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 large egg yolk, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract into a large bowl. Using my mixer, I beat the ingredients together until everything was combined.
Then I added the dry ingredients to the bowl. These included1/4 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour, and 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.
Using the slowest speed on my hand mixer, I beat the dry ingredients into the wet.
Once I had a nice chocolatey dough, I used a spoon to drop little cookie balls onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet. I rubbed the dough around in my palms to make nice circular cookies.
Then I popped them into the oven for about 9 minutes, rotating the pan halfway.
I immediately topped each one with a little candy corn and then let them cool completely so the candy corns would stick.
These little treats would be perfect for any Halloween parties you have coming up and are just so adorable!
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
- About 26 candy corns
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment.
- Beat/stir the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until combined.
- Stir in the baking powder, salt, flour and cocoa, and mix until a dough forms.
- Use a teaspoon to scoop out the dough and roll into balls. Roll dough between your palms to shape the dough, if needed.
- Place balls on baking sheets, 2 inches apart. (It looks like too little dough for each cookie, but it works.)
- Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are firm and cookies are dry to the touch, 9 to 11 minutes.
- Remove from oven; gently press a candy corn into center of each cookie (surface of cookies may crack slightly).
- Cool on sheets 1 minute; transfer to a rack to cool completely.
So there you go! Now go bake yourself some Halloween treats to enjoy this weekend! Especially when they are as tiny as these, you don’t even have to feel guilty about eating them! Just try to control yourself from eating more that
Question of the day: What are your favorite Halloween treats?
When I was younger Reese’s were definitely my favorite, but recently I discovered 100 Grand bars, which are delicious! Have you ever tried them??