Avocado Macaroni and Cheese

Avocado Macaroni and Cheese

Y’all. Life sure is crazy sometimes. As I’m sure you can tell by my lack of posts lately, I’ve had a lot going on these past couple of months, and I haven’t had time to blog for you lovely people. Heartfelt moment for a minute: I honestly have lost a lot of motivation recently too and thought about throwing in my proverbial blogging towel. I’ve just been struggling trying to find that work/life/blogging balance, you know? I was fully on the struggle bus pulling into frustration station as I tried to juggle everything in my life. Then life happened again. Continue reading →

Dark Chocolate and Craisin Power Balls

power balls

How has this new year been treating y’all so far? Still hanging in there with your resolutions? One of my resolutions (like it seems to be every year) is to lose weight. I’m determined that this is the year that it’s going to stick though. My goal is to work out at least 10 minutes each day, and I’ve made it so far! I’ve actually been working out on average about 30 minutes each day, and I’m not hating it at all like I thought I would. I’ve been running mostly, and it’s been really therapeutic for me. It’s even crazy how much energy I have during the day now and how well I sleep I night. Who wouldn’t want better sleep? I know I do! Continue reading →

Italian Turkey, Kale, and Orzo Soup

Turkey Soup

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I know Matt and I did. We went over to his grandparents’ house for dinner, and my mom and brother came over for dinner too. Welllll this might have been the first time our families have met in the eight years that we’ve been dating. No judging! It’s just one of those things that never happened, and time just kept creeping by. I still can’t believe that we’ve been dating that long!

I was nervous of the meeting because, as one of my friends pointed out to me, they make movies about this moment! Not that I thought that it would have played out like a Hollywood film, I was still worried nonetheless. Everyone got along well though, which I should have known since both of our families are so personable. I was just so relieved! All of the delicious food made the night better too. Continue reading →

Olive Oil Braised Carrots

Braised Carrots

It’s almost Thanksgiving, y’all! This has to be one of my favorite holidays mainly because it’s alllll about eating delicious food. As a foodie, how could you not like this holiday?! If you’re a foodie that’s trying to lose weight though, it can be difficult to be surrounded by tempting treats.

I’ve always been of the mindset of eating in moderation, and Thanksgiving is no exception. There’s no way that I will never have a scoop of cheesy mashed potatoes (like my garlic parmesan mashed potatoes that I made for Thanksgiving last year) or a slice of pumpkin pie again. It’s just not reasonable. But I also shouldn’t completely pig out though either. I just need to eat in moderation. It’s all about balancing it out! Continue reading →

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Halloween is tomorrow! I LOVE Halloween. You get to dress up in fun costumes and eat delicious treats and candy. What could be better than that?!

At my work, Halloween is a big deal. Everyone dresses up and different departments will put on skits. It’s so much fun! Since Halloween is on Saturday, we had all of our festivities today. One of the things my department was doing this year was a pot luck. I’d recently come across a light pumpkin pie dip on Pinterest and fell in love. SO GOOD. I wanted to take it up a notch and what better way to do that than with a chocolate pie? Continue reading →

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Spice Overnight OatsI’m so glad it finally feels like fall! It’s been too hot for too long. One day last week it was 97 degrees outside. I repeat 97 degrees. In October! Mother Nature, you crazy. But now it has finally cooled off, I’m loving it! Matt and I have started to take walks in the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful weather and to get some cardio in, which I haven’t done in a while.

Ok, moment of vulnerability. I have to admit something. I’ve been really bad lately about healthy eating and exercise. Like REAL bad. And I’ve actually started to gain back some of the weight that I lost. Not what I wanted! As a foodie, my struggle is willpower. I just love to eat delicious food! I know moderation is key. It’s just reminding myself of that sometimes. To help, I looked up some motivational quotes about willpower and came across one that was particularly motivational. Continue reading →

Dry Erase Board

Dry Erase Board

Hello friends! Lots of things have happened since I last dropped in. Vacations, birthdays, school starting. I can’t believe that summer is over! It went by in an instant. I swear that time has been going by so much faster now that I’m an “adult” in the “real world.” UGH. Can it just stop please?

With school fully underway now, some of y’all may start getting a lot busier than usual and may need help keeping everything organized or may just need some motivation to keep at it. Well I’ve got you covered! A while ago I started making these cute dry erase boards out of old picture frames. I would use them to keep my to do list or to write down inspirational quotes. It works wonderfully and is a great way to give your office or home a little flare while being practical at the same time. Continue reading →

Whole30 Sweet Potato Hash with Cherry Compote

Sweet Potato Hash

A couple of weeks ago I went to Nashville to visit one of my best friends, Simone, who moved there about a year ago to pursue her music career (y’all should really check her out!). I haven’t seen her in several months, so I was so excited to see her again! Reunited and it felt so good! We always have fun when we get together and this time was no exception.

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We went shopping for a bit at Michaels and some thrift shops. We got some ideas for craft projects for both of us, which you will hopefully see on here at some point (I make no promises as to when!). When we were driving around, we also stumbled across a farmer’s market, which was just the best thing ever! They had fruits and veggies galore. It was so nice to see how many people were there buying fresh, locally grown produce. Nothing better than that!

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Of course, we ate some delicious meals while I was there made from our finds at the farmer’s market. Simone likes to eat healthy food and is a foodie like me, so the scrumptious eats were to be expected. One night we made these chickpea quinoa burgers with sweet potato buns (with an alcoholic fruit smoothie to wash it down!). Oh my. So good! I was nervous how they were going to turn out since they weren’t sticking together very well, but they were perfect.

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Simone had never heard of Whole30 before. While those quinoa burgers weren’t Whole30 compliant, I definitely wanted to make a meal for her that was. Enter this delicious sweet potato hash with cherry compote. Loaded with vegetables, this meal was packed with nutrients, but don’t worry. It was so good. I had to stop myself from licking the plate clean. Who said eating healthy had to be boring?

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What you will need:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup of Whole30 compliant apple cider
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Now for the fun part:

  1. Heat two tablespoons of the coconut oil in a medium skillet.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and cook about two minutes.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, zucchini, and mushrooms. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add a tablespoon of water and place a lid on the skillet and cook until the sweet potatoes are soft.
  5. Meanwhile, add the cherries, apple cider, and ginger to a saucepan on medium heat. Let it reduce down about 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked through, toss in the spinach and continue to cook the hash until the spinach is wilted. Then remove the hash from the skillet and set aside.
  7. Heat up the remaining coconut oil in the skillet and fry the two eggs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Plate the hash and sunny side up egg and drizzle that delicious compote right on top. Enjoy!

Antiqued Letters

Antiqued Letters

I can’t believe it’s been one year since I started Breadsticks and Gluesticks! Goodness how time flies. I’m very proud of myself for sticking with it. As I’m sure you can tell with the frequency (or lack there of) of my posts, it’s difficult to balance life and a blog, but I’ve tried my best. I appreciate y’all sticking with me and my crazy self! 🙂

Speaking of life getting in the way, I’ve been trying to get this craft project done for months now. I just never found the time or energy to get it completed (even though it’s the easiest project ever!). Finally, I was just fed up with the bare wall above Matt and I’s bed and I decided to get it done. I’m glad I did because it turned out awesome and looks great as an alternative to the headboard we used to have. Continue reading →