5 Things Making Me Happy!

1. One thing that will always make the top of this list is COFFEE! I read one day how it is good for you and the next how it will ruin your life. But you know what, I love it and it makes me happy to get up in the mornings so that’s good enough for me! 


2. Going on long runs! Up until a couple of months ago my longest run was 6.5 miles. Then one morning I decided to push myself a little and I ran 8 miles. Mentally though it was so tough doing that on my own. A friend invited me to run along with her in a local running group. I cannot tell how nice it is to run with others that enjoy it and challenge each other. Since joining them my longest run was 13.1 miles a couple of weeks ago! 

Strength Motivational

3. Fall! In my opinion the absolute best time of the year! In the South fall is a little tricky. The weather usually yo yo’s. It can go from highs in the 90’s one day to highs in the 70’s the next. I love those days in the 70’s! To me that is perfect. There is a chill in the air and I can break out the sweaters. There is nothing more comfy than being snuggled in a sweater. :) 

sweater weather


4. New running shoes! These were long over due. It is amazing what a difference new shoes make. My feet and legs are happy! My last 4 pair of running shoes have been Mizunos. I love them! 


5. Baking! Fall and baking go hand and hand to me. It seems about every other day I am making muffins, or cookies or banana bread, my current obsession! Here are a couple of my favorites….

Healthier Banana Bread Recipe

 Healthier Banana Bread


coconut flour pumpkin muffins

Coconut Flour Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I’m linking up today with Heather, Katie, and Clare!

Have a great weekend guys! Oh, and share some of your favs!

Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Hi everyone! Jim here, bringing another one of my favorite recipes. This one is definitely inspired by one of my favorite childhood treats… CHOCOLATE MILK. There’s nothing simpler and more delicious to kids (and grown-up kids like me) than liquid chocolatey goodness.  Chocolate milk was my favorite easy treat growing up, probably because it was something… 

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bbq chicken quesadilla

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

I really, really love Mexican food. I love that cheesy goodness. Up until a few years ago I seriously made quesadillas for lunch 4-5 times a week. I’m a reformed quesadilla-holic, but we still go back from time to time. The best quesadillas we’ve ever made a home are of the bbq and chicken variety…. 

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Smoked Chicken Recipe

Best Smoked Chicken

Like most people, Jim and I eat lots of chicken. So much so that it tends to get really boring (there’s only so many times that you can sautĂ© chicken before you go insane!). Smoked chicken is one of our favorite ways of getting around the mundaneness of it. It’s healthy, tender, and oh-so-tasty! Plus it’s… 

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Healthier Banana Bread Recipe

Healthier Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

What do you do when you have an extra bunch of super ripe bananas sitting around…you make banana bread of course! My 2 girls request banana bread all the time so I have played around with making it lots of ways. This one is definitely a keeper. It is delicious, dense but still fluffy and… 

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