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Perfect Sweet Potato Fries

Happy Friday sweeties! Whether you celebrated Cookie Friday or Indulgence Friday or I-Worked-My-Ass-Off-All-Day-Let’s-Get-Crazy Friday, [so I made that one up, guilty.] I hope you had a great one!

Mine was rather fantastic, after I dealt with a few, erm, issues. To elaborate, I may or may not [read, I totally effing did] have dropped my phone into a big glass of water last night when I got to work.

Yeah, not my best move. At all. Since I was at work, I couldn’t do the “put it in a bag of dry rice” trick, and I didn’t get home until five hours after it happened. I tried it over night, but no luck ):

Fortunately, I have an insurance policy on my phone, and they’ll replace it [thank God!] because after two years of being a die-hard BlackBerry addict, I’m not ready to go to this:

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I get the chills just looking at that. How do I tweet from my phone? Check my email? Google every question that pops into my head?! I want my BlackBerry back….

How about the positives of my day?

Workout

I wasn’t really feelin’ a run today, so I stuck with the 21 Day Yoga Challenge (so obsessed with this… I may never stop!) and then did a leg workout I found in Fitness magazine. I’ve done this once before, and SERIOUSLY my legs were sore for three days! Hopefully I’m stronger now so it won’t hit me so hard this time (;

Food

I went to the wireless store early this morning. So early, in fact, they hadn’t even opened yet. I decided to kill a little time at Starbs with my favorite bev…

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Venti Passion iced tea – best. possible. order. If I ever stray from this, it’s to an iced coffee… and we all know how that turned out.

When I got home, I knew the only thing that was gonna make me happier would be a nice simple breakfast [that statement made me sound like a brat. Sucksss.]

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TJ’s High Fiber cereal with almond milk mixed with a scoop of vanilla Sun Warrior protein powder. And since I’ve had one of those killerrrr peaches every single day since I got home, I had to slice one up and top the cereal with it! Yumssss.

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No picture of lunch today, but I’ve got somethin’ even bettaahhh. COOKIEEEES!

I used Gabriela’s recipe for Double Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies and made a couple adjustmentsss:

– 1 c whole wheat flour
– 1/4 c Sucanat [I used 3T of brown sugar]
– 1/4 tsp sea salt
– 3 T Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate cocoa powder (regular works as well, but dark tastes amazing)
– 1/2 c (2 oz) salted roasted peanuts, chopped [omitted]
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp baking soda.
– 1/4 c + 2 T agave nectar [used honey instead]
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 3 T canola oil [used Smart Balance instead]
– 1/3 c chocolate peanut butter (I used PB&Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams)

-addded in 1/2 dark chocolate chunks

The other day, my brother told me how much he liked dark chocolate, but didn’t understand why he liked it so much [weird, I know]. Anyways, he has a big lax tournament this weekend so I wanted to make something for him and my Dad cause they’ll both be super busy! Plus, this cookie included two of my fave things – peanut butter and dark chocolate. Let’s get crazy.

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Fan. Tas. Tic. Plain & simple!

The rest of the day was super low key, just hung around and didn’t do much!

Since I didn’t have much of anything going on, I decided to post a tutorial/recipe situation… for one of my FAVE meals!

Perfect Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Serves 1 as a meal, 2 as a side

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1T oil of choice (I use coconut, but olive is a favorite too!)
  • Sprinkle of sea salt

First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. While it’s warming up, start slicing your sweet potato.

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Cut into thin, uniform strips so that the fries will cook evenly (you’ll have a couple little nuggets, but don’t worry about it.)

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Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread sliced fries evenly across. Distribute oil over slices as evenly as possible. (Side bar, I used a spray bottle tonight, so I sprayed them while they were on the sheet. When using coconut oil, I’ll put all the wedges into a big mixing bowl and pour the oil over, just so it covers it a little more thoroughly.) When wedges are all oiled up [that sounds kinda gross] sprinkle them with a little bit of sea salt, just to taste, and remember you can always add more later!

I bake the fries for 25 minutes [at least], but I let them go to 30 once and most of them were burnt so be careful!

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If all goes well, you’ll end up with this little beauty! A wholeeee plate of sweet tater fries and ketchup for dippinnn (:

Happy tummy ensued.

Oh right. Then this happened again.

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Lovvvesss.

Exciting Stuff!

So, for the first time since late August/early September (excluding the two weeks around Christmas) I won’t be going into work Saturday morning!!! During the year, Saturday mornings usually bring in all 8ish teachers on staff to handle the seven+ classes we teach in a span of less than four hours. Yeah. Busy busy bees! As much as I love my job, it’s gonna be nice to go at my own pace on a Saturday morning. Plus, it’s not like I’m entirely off on Saturday – I’ve got parties to work in the afternoon!

More excitement? I updated my Twitter background (:

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And it was kind of an accident! Oh well, I like it now anyways!

 

Chocolate or vanilla?

Was I subtle enough in my questioning? (;

Have you ever worked weird hours?

My friends and I at work were exhausted after an eight hour shift… and then we realized that people with desk jobs work that every single day. Whooooops!

Hope yall have a great night!

Samantha

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Being a Bad Blogger

Good evening Bloggity Babes!

I capitalized it, so it’s a real term now. Enjoy.

I totally have a confession – I’ve been such a bad blogger! Hah although I had a post go live on Sunday, the last time I wrote a post for real was Thursday night when I was in Clemson! But hey, you can’t win em all, right? Life totally comes first.

Well, that, and I left my USB drive in Clemson so I haven’t been able to upload pictures – UNTIL tonight when I got a little crafty (:

So I’ve previously said that I have the inability to bring everything with me that I take places. When I go to my best friend’s house, I inevitably get a text that reads something like “Thanks for the shirt and the book” or “thanks for the sunglasses and the shoes” or “thanks for the wallet and the money.” OK, the last one was a little extravagant [mostly because I don’t take my wallet out of my purse KNOWING that I would lose it if I did]. But how about a quick list of what I left in Clemson?

  • USB drive
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lululemon water bottle

I really liked that water bottle too. I don’t mind the shampoo/conditioner situation so much, because it gave me a reason to go out and buy a new set (: I got Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet shampoo [the same one I had before. PS, what’s a sugar beet?!] and Desert Essence’s Coconut Conditioner! I’m totally obsessed with the conditioner, my hair has smelled like coconut for days!! I’ll totally do a review on the stuff if yall want!

Before I start, I wanna show yall a picture I took Friday at the very end of the tour, it’s one of my very favorite shots of Clemson!

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This is Tillman Hall, one of the main buildings on campus! It’s absolutely gorgeous (:

But good news, my dad totally loved the tour! It seriously made me so excited to get all started at school and get settled into my new life! It’s weird because it’s finally starting to set in that I’m practically a grown up! [Psych. I won’t be 18 until like… 11 days prior to move in day.]

But let’s talk about some of the work outs, shall we?!

True to the 21 day yoga challenge, I’ve been making sure to keep up with just a little bit every day, and I’m totally feeling the results! Especially after the car ride, when I could feel my hips loosen WAAAY up after just a little bit of stretching!

Today, I did a quick three miler that took a little bit longer than anticipated, probably because there was  HUGH JASS hill right in the middle! I ended up walking up it, and not only did it take 5+ minutes, my HR didn’t drop below 175 the whole time! It was crazy! Fortunately, the heat wave seems to have dissipated, so the run wasn’t blaaayzin or anything.

How about we check out some of ze eats now, shall we?

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Fitnessista’s Perfect Protein Pancakes, topped with a sliced peach [picked some up on the drive home, they’re SC fresh!] and a little maple sizzurp!

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Shmoothie bowl for lunch! Topped with pumpkin butter that my dad and I picked up from the same place we got the peaches! Absolutely delicious, by the way! [1c almond milk, 1 scoop Sun Warrior, 1 scoop Chocolate Green Superfood Powder, handful frozen spinach, one banana, and 1/2c pumpkin] Weird combo, but supah delish which is what really matters!

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Toast with apple butter [bought with the peaches + pumpkin butter!] and a sliced apple!

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Meet dinnerrrrr – whole wheat pasta + grape tomatoes + steamed broc + ketchup …. + more steamed broc. No judgment, right?

That’s most of what I ate Monday, but I totally forgot to snag some pics of some things and I don’t remember the whole deal!

But this morning’s breakfast was scrumptious!

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Peanut Candy Cereal

  • 1 Serving cereal of choice [I used TJ’s High Fiber]
  • 1/4c peanut flour
  • Sprinkle of sea salt
  • Sweetener to taste
  • Almond milk to thin
  1. Mix 1/4c peanut flour, TINY sprinkle of sea salt, and sweetener in a small bowl. Slowly add water until flour reaches a thin-ish, almost soupy consistency.
  2. Top with cereal of choice.
  3. Stir cereal and peanut flour mixture until cereal is almost totally covered. If it’s still too thick, pour a tiny bit of almond milk [or cow’s/soy/hemp/rice/whatever] over until you can stir it easily.
  4. Add toppings of choice! Para ejemplo, raspberries and cocoa powder (: BUH-LISS baby!

The best thing about this cereal is that it’s totally adaptable to what you’re feeling! You can change the cereal to anythang you want, change the fruit, change the spread, add some nut butter, get craze with it!

I totally did not snag ANY pics of the other stuff I ate today. #whoops

One thing I did get a picture of? My atrocious parking job. #whogavemealicense

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My car’s the black one… I actually parked over the line. Usually I consider it acceptable if like, one tire sortakinda touches the line. But I am full on in an other person’s space. Sorrryyyy. But don’t worry, Jenny of Peanut Butter & Jenny does it too, so we’re totally in the clear.

I’m off for the night, I’ve got work in the morning! Have a great evening, even if it was was Pretty Little Liar-less for me ):

Are you a good driver?

Are you a serial-forgetter?

Samantha

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