Monday, we headed to Melissa + Matt’s for dinner.  I made the vegan chocolate brownies again.  These are seriously so so so good!

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The only thing I changed was adding 1/2t cinnamon, which you could actually taste!  These take about 10min from start to finish [max] and then take 20min to bake.  LOVE this recipe!

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I decided to jazz them up a bit with a peanut butter vegan ganache.  It was creamy + delish.

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I don’t normally use powdered sugar, but when I do I use organic and make sure it’s sugar + tapioca starch instead of corn starch.  I try to keep out highly processed corn products as much as possible!  I also just wanted a super quick + easy frosting and this was it!

Vegan Peanut Butter Ganache

  • ~3/4c peanut butter
  • ~2/3c powdered sugar
  • ~1-2T non-dairy milk
  1. Combine + whisk with fork until creamy.
  2. Adjust powdered sugar and/or milk to get it to the consistency you want.

Mine was a nice + creamy frosting.  It was gooey, a little sweet and super peanut buttery :)

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The view from Melissa’s house is awesome!

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I’ve missed Jake!  He’s getting so big…and even cuter…if that was possible!

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On the menu:  Grilled Quesadillas

Matt grilled up chicken + steak.

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He also grilled veggies in this awesome cast iron grill pan.

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Jake ate hotel room key cards, while he waited for dinner.  He’s such a good little eater and eats everything mom + dad do.  Love him!

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Melissa + Matt were too kind and got me flowers and a year subscription to Vegetarian magazine, on top of an amazing dinner!! 

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They were also super accommodating to my veggie diet.  Thanks Melis!!!  It was delicious.

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Matt made homemade guac. YUM.

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My 2 quesadillas pre-grilled.  I don’t know why I’ve never thought to grill quesadillas.  It was a brilliant idea.

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Love the grill marks!!! 

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Melissa + me

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Chris + Matt

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For the past 2 days, I’ve made rolled oats and really haven’t been too excited about them.  Not because it’s summer but because Scottish + Steel Cut are just so much better!  Granted I didn’t have fresh banana either day.  One day I left it out and today I used frozen sliced banana.  I’m sure that was some of the problem but they just don’t fluff up or get nearly as creamy as my Scottish Oats!!

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I used 1/3c rolled oats and with Scottish I use 1/4c but they expand SO much more!  It’s pretty crazy.  Once I get fresh bananas I’ll test it again.  Besides the fact that the texture wasn’t my favorite, the flavors rocked.  I used my salt kissed cashew butter, jelly, raspberries and cacao nibs for toppers.  A little bit of cream, a little bit of crunch and a little bit of sweet.

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Workin’ it out:

  • .75 mile walk to the gym
  • 100m kickboard warm up
  • 25m breaststroke
  • 25m backstroke
  • 175m freestyle
  • 25m freestyle sprint
  • 50m kickboard cool down
  • .75 mile walk home
  • light stretching

I repeated what is highlighted in orange 5 times total and it took about 32min.  It was a great workout!

Yoga for the day:

  • after the swim I did part of Polly’s Yoga for Runners
  • yogadownload 8min Abs, plus a few more moves
  • midnight yoga session – yoga download Yoga for Cyclists [20min]

Running to bed……