can’t eat just one

how many clementines do you eat at once?

for me, it’s def no less than 4 and i’m embarrassed to admit just how many i have consumed in one sesh!

i look at it like this – a clementine is about the size of a quarter of a regular orange… kind of. and i can def eat more than one orange at once – hence the times of mass consumption

if you too fall victim to the crate that’s on sale at the food store this time of year, you’re not alone. there are def others out there who go through the crate in less than a week. hellz, why do you think they sell so many to you at one time?!

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these tiny, sweet and juicy ‘oranges‘ are actually varieties of the mandarin orange
they’re easy to peel, almost always seedless, and less acidic than oranges
they’re usually grown in Algeria, Spain, morocco, Italy, Israel, Lebanon and Turkey, but most of the ones we eat in the US come from California

they pack about 35 calories per fruit – almost all of it being carbs (those good ones though)
vitamin c
folate
choline
calcium
phosphorus
potassium
and many other nutritional bits of goodness

so next time you’re at the store, pick yourself up a carton whole they’re in season until january. don’t feel bad if you eat half of the box on the way home either :0)

anti-traditional pumpkin carvings

i haven’t carved a pumpkin for halloween yet this year. hellz, i haven’t even bought them yet! i know, i know… at least i got the mums on the porch steps and the rest of the spooky decorations in the yard up

while looking for some inspiration to do something a little different than the traditional jack-o-lantern this year, i came across these pics – too priceless to not pass on!

happy carving

~Mel

sweet sweet punkin treats

i asked and she delivered – my SIL has shared her tasty pumpkin cookie recipe with us!! it’s been modified from its original recipe so it’s allergy free, but feel free to add all of the ‘real’ stuff back into it if you’d like.

like i mentioned yesterday, these would be perfect after a heavy thanksgiving meal. they come out of the oven warm and fluffy with a hint of snap and the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor.

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PUMPKIN GINGERSNAP COOKIES
yields 3 dozen

Ingredients:
1/2 c. soy free Earth Balance butter at room temp
1 c. granulated sugar, plus more for rolling the cookies
1/2 c. pure pumpkin
1/4 c. molasses
1 egg (replacer)
1 t. vanilla extract
2 1/3 c. GF flour blend
2 t. baking soda
2 t. cinnamon
1 1/2 t. ground ginger
1 1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/2 t. allspice
1/2 t. salt

Directions:
1. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl with a mixer until creamy. Add the pumpkin, molasses, egg substitute, and vanilla extract, mix until well combined.

2. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least an hour.

3. Preheat oven to 350*. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Place sugar in a small bowl. Roll tablespoon sized balls of dough in sugar until well coated and place on prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes until the edges look cracked. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes after removing from the oven then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

~*ENJOY*~

check out the RECIPES page for more desserts!

~Mel

chewy choco bars

what’s 1 inch by 4 inches and reminds me of my packed school lunches from childhood?

chewy chocolate chip granola bars!

i’ve had a crazy craving for these lately, but with the recent realization that most oats are processed with wheat flour (WHY would they taint something so pure?!), i couldn’t risk indulging on the tasty ones sold at the food store

so to my kitchen i went – i whipped up a batch of these babies this weekend, and mannnn are they tasty! no baking needed. a little saucepan action and mixing some ingredients together in a bowl. the hardest part was patiently waiting for them to set up and come to room temp so they weren’t a crumbly mess. i wrapped them all up separately so i could take them to work in my packed lunch – just like old times :0)

CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP GRANOLA BARS
makes 16 bars

Ingredients:
nonstick cooking spray
1 3/4 c. gluten free quick cooking oatmeal
1 1/4 c. gluten free crisp rice cereal
1/3 c. lightly packed light brown sugar
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. honey
1/2 c. min semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Spray an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
2. Mix the oatmeal and rice cereal in a large bowl, set aside.
3. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the brown sugar, vegetable oil and honey to a gentle boil. Add to the oatmeal and rice cereal mixture and combine everything until it’s all coated.
4. Pour this mixture into the baking dish then sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Use the back of a kitchen spoon to press everything down into the pan. When it’s cool to the touch, cut it into 16 (1″ x 4″) bars.

~*ENJOY*~

also indulged upon this weekend were the fluffiest pumpkin-y cookies i have ever tasted. if my SIL is reading this and wants to pass on that recipe, i’ll put that in a post this week. they would make for a perfect ending to a heavy thanksgiving dinner!

check out the RECIPES page for more goodness

~Mel

yeee-HAW

this weekend we took the pa and ma dukes on a belated father’s day adventure which got brewing when the hubster asked me if i’d ever been to Cowtown

Cow-who?!

little did i know and soon came to find out, the Cowtown Rodeo is the oldest weekly rodeo in the entire United States – pretty sweet feat huh?! located in Pilesgrove, NJ – a hop skip and a jump from the Philly, NY, and DC areas

2+ hours of entertainment on a Saturday night for a ridiculously inexpensive ticket charge puts this place at the top of my “fun places iv’e been” list… you can bring in your own cooler of goodness or feast on the local garb cooking away

they’re more than just a bull riding kinda place too. included in the night of laughs, oohs and ahhs was bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling (dude got run-ded-over!!), girls barrel racing (check out their bling), team roping and tie down roping

what a culture shock for a chick who’d never been to a rodeo – but what a fun night as well! i’ll have to remember to pick up some cowboy boots and a hat for next time :0)

the PIG

… friday funnies …

 ~ Amazing Facts ~

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
hardly seems worth it

If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
now that’s more like it!

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
O-M-G-!

A pig’s orgasm lasts 30 minutes.
O-M-G-!-!-!

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.
creepy… but I’m still not over the pig

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
don’t try this at home, maybe at work

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male’s head off.
honey, I’m home. what the… ?

The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.
30 minutes. LUCKY pig! can you imagine?!

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.
honestly, what could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
I still can’t believe that pig… quality over quantity

Butterflies taste with their feet.
something I always wanted to know

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
hmmmmm….

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
so, if you’re ambidextrous, do you get to split the difference?

Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
ok, so that would be a good thing!

A cat’s urine glows under a black light.
we often wonder how much the government paid to figure that one out

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
I know some people like that

Starfish have no brains.
I know some people like that, too

Polar bears are left-handed.
someone needs to tell them to switch, they’ll live a lot longer

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
what about that pig? do the dolphins know about the pig?!

~HAPPY FRIDAY~

happy RUNning day!

yuup – it’s that time of the year again
National Running Day!

i did it last year and i’m doing it again – celebrate the day by hitting the trails, streets, boardwalk, treadmill – solo, with your favorite running buddy or your furry friend

claim your badge over at RUNNINGDAY.org, as today is the day that we can all celebrate together, every runner can share their passion for their lifestyle

i’m sticking to my motto from last year:

every time i lace up my sneaks i think to myself how thankful i am to have two legs and a healthy heart… just last week i raced in the Wall Street Heart Run raising money for the American Heart Association. 12,000 people participated – HOLY MOLY! right?! it was an amazing experience to be traversing the streets of NYC in a different light knowing it was all in the name of a good cause.

i run because i can.
i’ll continue to run because it keeps my heart healthy, keeps my mind cleared, and puts a smile on my face 🙂

~Mel