I baked up a storm yesterday afternoon, get ready for some delicious action! I made some holiday, xmas treats for bloggie secret santa myself and my friends! The recipe calls for 4 simple ingredients and it is so quick and easy thanks to Pillsbury
- Chocolate chips
- Mint M&M's
- Pillsbury cookie dough
Pack in the cookie dough in a 9 or 12 inch round baking pan
Cook it at 350 for about 14 minutes
Top with cut up marshmallows (or mini ones work too!)
let cook for a few more minutes until the 'mellows puff up and top with M & M's
Melt the milk chocolate chips in the microwave on high for 1:30 (mixing every 30 seconds)
Tah-Dah Cookie Pizza! YOu can find this recipe and more on the Pillsbury website!
NEXT UP. I had seen these on Janetha's blog and I know I needed to make these!
It started with these 2 contenders. Mint truffle Hershey Kisses and Candy Cane Hershey kisses
Look at the inside of the Mint Truffle ones!
Simply place each kiss on a pretzel
Bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes until melted and I topped each one with a Mint M &M!
I had lots of left over chocolate.
Sure why not?!
Sweet, salty, minty and festive! SO DELICIOUS!
So proud of my creations. If you are wondering what that shiny pin is on my shirt
That's what it said up close. My dad got it in a package he received. Dorky, Yes? Fun? Yes!
As I was baking I got this pacakge...enough Zevia to last me a week a long time! Thanks to the gals at Actorsdiet for hookin me up!
I also got this great package from Chrysta!
The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone and the sweetest card. Thank you, girl!
I also finally got this
My Garmin FR60!!!
Today started off with an early morning run on the treadmill, using my NEW GADGET!
Very Itzy's Kitchen of me to snap a shot of my monitor, but I am so thrilled with it!
BUT I still need lots of help with setting it up and tracking my miles. It came with a cool foot pod that you attached to your shoe laces and it tracks miles! I need to figure all that tech-y stuff out soon! (ANY ADVICE PLEASE EMAIL ME!!)
1/3 C oatbran, chia seeds, frozen berry mix from TJ's, cinnamon, Crazy Richards PB...mmmmm
This beautiful apple was eaten a couple hours later, along with this
Plain Chobani with Cookie Crisp's from Kays Natural. I LOVE these they are crisp and pillowy filled with a teeny bit of almond butter. They remind me of the shape of puffins! you can read my full review here
Lunch was a salad plate with some celery, tomatoes, hummus, left over tofu, broccoli, lettuce
Turkey and swiss with hummus, grainy mustard, lettuce and tomato in a sun-dried tomato Flat Out Wrap (the other half was staying warm in the toaster!)
I told many of you my difficulties with running on a treadmill vs outside and I decided to do some research learning about the differences and how to overcome them!
overcoming the Lack of Wind Resistance
This happens to be one of the biggest training differences but it iss also the easiest to overcome. The lack of wind resistance and the assistance of the moving belt make running on a treadmill slightly easier than outdoor running. When running on a treadmill you are essentially running in place, not through space or through air.. When you run outside the air creates resistance. The faster you run, the more of an effect the air resistance has on you. This problem is very easily overcome increasing the incline on your treadmill to 1% or level 1. The slight incline will make indoor workout more equal your outdoor workout on level ground.
Overcoming Running Surface Differences
When you run outside you are moving over changing terrain. The slant and incline of the ground is always changing. The surface you are running over may also change. You might move from concrete to gravel or grass to asphalt. The smooth and even surface of the treadmill cannot be made rough and uneven. The main negative result of this is the lack of propreoceptive training. Proprioception is an important skill when running on a treadmill. Proprioception is basically intuitively feeling and knowing the position and motion of your body, feet, legs, arms, etc. at all times. It is being aware of all of the different actions of your running stride. This is something that, to a limited extent, you do naturally. But to maximize your level of awareness, practice consciously being aware of your position on the belt, the amount of forward lean, the position of your hips, the angle of your feet and all stages of your running stride.
1. Do you have any easy peasy recipes to share that you tend to always make for friends or family?
2. When you get a new gadget are you obsessed with it like I am with my Garmin?
3. Favorite 'snack' food at the moment?
I am off to the gym for an upper body workout!!
Gingerbread coffee Giveaway here!