CCCC’s: Colleen’s Cocoa Coconut Cookies

The challenge is going well so far, folks!

I’ve been eating a lot of salads, hard boiled eggs, chicken, avocados, fruit (particularly bananas with cinnamon, and clementines), Chex cereal, and gluten-free waffles. Those have been my staples thus far.

Here are a few gluten-free, dairy-free food highlights from the weekend:

Friday afternoon Maggie and I met Megan and the boys at Orange Leaf for some frozen yogurt. I thought I would be sh*t out of luck because I figured all frozen yogurt had dairy in it. But, no! Both the orange and pineapple flavors were dairy-free, so I went with pineapple. I added coconut shreds, walnuts, and strawberries on top. It was good, very refreshing.

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I made pizza on Friday night with gluten-free dough from Whole Foods, red sauce that we had in the freezer (shout out to my lovely mother in law Nancy for making it!), and Daiya mozzarella style shredded cheese (http://us.daiyafoods.com/products/dairy-free-cheese-shreds/mozzarella-style-shreds). It was delicious! Not as great as regular pizza to me (what is?), but quite good.

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Saturday, Megan and I went to look at two gyms in the area and found one we really liked and think we’re going to join. We brought Maggie and Brian along for the ride (pictured below). It was fun having everyone in the same car together! Usually we can’t do that because of the car seat situation, but Meg just put Brian’s seat in my car, and we were good to go.

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Later in the day, Colin, Maggie, and I took a trip to Home Depot. Maggie was not impressed…

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Before Home Depot, Colin and I went to Heavenly Donuts for a coffee. I thought they had almond milk at the location we went to, but they didn’t! I was disappointed, but chose their lactose-free milk option instead. I didn’t really think about it much at the moment that I ordered the coffee, but after I took a sip of it, I said to Colin, “lactose-free milk is still considered dairy isn’t it?” It is, unfortunately, which is not part of the plan. But, it was an honest mistake, so I went with it and enjoyed my coffee.

For dinner, we had steak and salad. Forgot a picture! Don’t worry, it was good. After dinner, I was in DESPERATE need of a sweet treat. I decided to throw together some ingredients and make cookies. Turns out, my gluten-free, dairy-free cookie experiment turned out great. I was pleasantly surprised. Colin (the gluten, dairy lover) even said they were good!

So, without further ado, here are the ingredients for the CCCC’s Colleen’s Cocoa Coconut Cookies (so creative):

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1 mashed banana

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (I thought I had vegetable but only had canola so just used that)

I mixed everything together and baked them for twenty minutes. Boom! Easy, delicious cookies.

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Today was so beautiful out! We took a ride to Newburyport for some walking and sunshine. We stopped into the Revitalive Cafe (http://www.revitalive.com/about-the-cafe/), and I got a green juice (cucumber, apple, spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, lemon, and ginger) and a dairy-free, gluten-free brownie. It was a nice afternoon snack. I ended up saving half of my brownie for dessert tonight (which was a good call).

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Dinner tonight was chicken on the grill, along with kale and broccoli.

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Thirty minute exercises for the weekend were:

Friday, two barre videos that I did in the kitchen.

Saturday, pushing Maggie up and down the aisles of Home Depot (this counts, people!!).

Today, walked around downtown Newburyport for about forty-five minutes.

I’m relaxing for the rest of the night, and then going to bed soon. Goodnight, y’all!

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Flip, flip… Flipadelphia

So I went on my first business trip ever last week from Thursday – Saturday morning. I am such a big girl. I’m even getting my own business cards! I’m so legit!!

Anyway, we were there because we had our Philadelphia launch party on Friday night. We got to see a lot of the city on Thursday and Friday which was nice. There was lots of sunshine, laughing, and random things that happened. I took a lot of photos so I’ll let them do the explaining since I’m too tired to do it myself…

The Last Drop Cafe

Where we met up with Jess from City Girls World!

Such pretty townhouses

Slainte!

The Addams Family... dun dun dun dun

Kim and Jess walking

So pretty!

Be yourself!

Peace.

Love

Just loving the love sign, NBD

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Made a new friend!


The most AMAZING, free cookies I've ever had in my life in the lobby. Thanks Hilton Garden Inn!

Paddy Whacks!

Kim and Jess at our little table

Inside the bar...

Beer. Yay!

The whole crew

My Boston friends in Philly! Nicole and Amanda made an appearance at ze party!

Philly is a great city, I’m so happy I got to go! For those of you who live there feel free to check out Eversave!

Don’t worry, be happy

In order to be happy -

  • Don’t wear makeup if you don’t feel like wearing makeup.
  • Have 2 cookies, not just 1.
  • Blast some music and dance around your room like a crazy person.
  • Take a bubble bath.
  • Go for a run on a nice, sunny day instead of being inside at the gym.
  • Listen to calming music as you fall asleep (make a solid ‘bedtime’ playlist.)
  • Listen to your iPod when you’re out on a walk, or while you’re walking to work, and pretend you’re in a movie and the music you’re listening to is the soundtrack. It’s fun.
  • Go to a local coffee shop by yourself with a good book and just relax (read the book too.)
  • Smile at the person that annoys you at work.
  • Laugh at yourself (instead of bullying yourself) when you do something stupid.
  • Send a card to someone you miss, just to say hello.
  • Wear your old, ratty PJs to bed. Hey, if they’re comfortable who really cares?
  • Let a dog lick your face.
  • Buy scratch off tickets once in a while.
  • Fall asleep on the train.
  • Take a vacation.
  • Try something new, put yourself out there, take a chance.
  • Make up a phrase you can say in order to calm yourself down and turn sadness, anxiety, frustration, etc. into positivity.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others.
  • Have faith in something, especially yourself.

Today was another long, busy busy busy day. TGIF (tomorrow!) Goodnight :)