2012’s Best Moments.

As the year winds down and I spend the night with some dear family and friends, I wanted to share some of the most important and significant moments of 2012.


One of my favorite desserts was the Samoa Bar I baked for our Superbowl party

I actually packaged them up and gave them all away to whoever came, if the pan was left out I would’ve eaten them all.

B was Baptized.

B, Nick & I and B’s Godparents.


I ran my first Post Partum 5k (I ran the same course as my last race of 2012 recap to come later)


I became a FitFluential Ambassador and celebrated with my blend, Cait!


I signed up to run my first half-marathon with Team In Training.

We also threw a surprise party for my mom’s 60th birthday.


I had one of my first terrible training runs. It was an experience I needed, and one I hadn’t really had since I never really trained for an event.

I threw a bachelorette party for my sister-in-law. So much fun, let’s do it again

Oh, and she got married ;)

One of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen.


B turned one. I still can’t comprehend this one.


I ran my PDR and had a DNS.

I also attended the Healthy Living Summit and won the Wild Harvest Breakfast Showdown.


I attended the wedding of one of my very best friends.

I ran my very FIRST half-marathon.


I ran the NWM’s Half Marathon with Team in Training.

My name on the wall.


Post-Race with my dear sister.


We left our first home.

And had a awesome trip to the ER

But at least I got to spend some awesome time with my blend, Cait.


We moved into our new house!

I was also nominated and won some Playlist Thursday Awards.

What and amazing year it has been! What are some of your favorite moments of 2012?

Dessert Redemption

I made a batch of Samoa bars once, but it was a complete and utter fail.

I went on pinterest of course, and found this recipe from love veggies and yoga. Check it out, it has vegan and gluten substitutions!

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Pre-heat the oven to 350.

I started by melting 1 cup of butter.

I added 2 cups of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white sugar.

Wait until the mixture is cool, so you don’t scramble your eggs.

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups shredded coconut

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Put into foil lined or greased pan. I used a cake pan.

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I baked for 25 minutes. This is on the higher end, the recipe recommends 22-25.

They came out nice and golden.

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They tasted just like samoa’s, dessert redemption achieved. They were so good I made our Superbowl guests take the leftovers otherwise I would eat them all day until they are gone.

The only change I would make is to use tinfoil instead of greasing the pan. The bars seemed a tad to greasy. I would also add peanut butter chips.

Have you ever made a cookie into a bar?

Ideal Superbowl Menu

We don’t have too many friends that live close to us that are interested in sports, so in the past Nick and I would go to a bar with our small group of sports friends, but now with a six month old we have to change that.

I would love to host a big get together with lots of yummy homemade food and desserts. What will probably end up happening is a few small homemade snacks and takeout.

If I had my way this is what I would serve.

-Pigs in a blanket
-Homemade potato skins
-Homemade Crudite
-Cheese & Cracker plate
-my favorite, homemade seven layer dip

-Homemade pulled pork with toasted slider buns and extra BBQ sauce on the side.
I recently learned how to make pulled pork at home, and it is phenomenal.

-Homemade Turkey and 3 bean chili
This can be used as a meal or a dip. You could even make with just beans if you have a lot of non-meat eaters

-Potato Salad
-Tossed Salad

-homemade cupcakes of some kind
-homemade no bake cookies
-homemade bar, probably 7 layer bar, to go with the 7 layer dip

Obviously there would be beer and wine and mixed drinks.

What would be one thing that you have to have on your Superbowl food list?

Superbowl, Super Dessert

As our last weekend in the land of no pantry, I decided to make a simple dessert for our Superbowl party. I made an old favorite, a cookie I made all the time as a kid. The No Bake Cookie. I love oats, I love chocolate and I LOVE peanut butter, this is a sure fire winner.

I got all my ingredients together and measured everything out.

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In a small saucepan, and I admit I should have used a larger one, I combined
1 3/4 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of milk – I used 1%, and used skim growing up, use whatever kind you have in your fridge it shouldn’t make a difference.
1/2 cup of butter
4 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa

I brought the ingredients to a boil and let them boil for 90 seconds.

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Remove from the pan from heat. Now here is where I messed up, you are supposed to add the last 3 ingredients to the pot but I clearly did not have enough room so I transferred all ingredients to a separate bowl.

In the bowl I combined
3 cups of quick cooking oats
1/2 cup of Peanut Butter – most recipes say to us chunky, I have always used smooth, I think it tastes better.
1 teaspoon of Vanilla – I used 2, because I love vanilla.

I then added the chocolate mixture to the dry mixture, and stirred until all the oats were covered and the peanut butter had melted.
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I then used mini and regular cupcake tins to portion out cookie sizes. Using parchment paper or tin foil on a cookie sheet will also work just fine.

I then stuck the cookies on the fridge for a few hours, now time to enjoy the Superbowl and snacks.

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Today’s Question: What is your favorite recipe to make that is simple?