Bites of My Life

A good friend of mine posted on social media how she is trying to be more intentional with friendships. Not just sending a text message to check in, but finding ways to spend quality time to keep the friendship strong. I have incredible friends. Close friends, distant friends, work friends, blog friends, family friends etc. Regardless I am adopting her act to be more intentional with those friendships. A coffee and lunch date last week, a wedding this weekend, another lunch date this week, and two workout dates. I'm already feeling more filled!  I used to find it easier to not take the time to spend quality time and just let time with friends happen naturally, but in hindsight that is just time wasted. 

Okay friendship talk aside. I did my best to stay busy last week and succeeded. Work took me all around Oklahoma, free time was spent with friends, at yoga or celebrating birthdays, marriage and everyday life. 

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-Chocolate chips three ways...stay tuned.
-The seasonal turmeric latte at Clarity Coffee. Run don't walk, I highly recommend. 
-Bought the largest spaghetti squash I have ever laid eyes on last week. Instead of eating it right away, I stored the roasted and shredded squash in the fridge to make this cold spaghetti squash salad for lunches. Cherry tomatoes, roasted red pepper, red onion, parsley, capers, drizzle of olive oil, s&p and some pumpkin seeds for crunch!
-The best part of mom and dad's is having a homemade latte accessible at my finger tips. *Cough* I'd love a Nespresso for Christmas, *Cough*
-Wigging out seeing The Jones on the cover of Edible OKC. Pick up a copy today and see our cocktail feature.
-Maranatha with the hook up. How great is their new packaging?
-The maple and the coconut are for sure my favorite Maranatha flavor they sent me. Added a tropical twist to my standard banana and AB breakfast. 
-Work is so tasty sometimes! 
-HBD MK! Love you more than you love country concerts!
-KissTheCooke
-I LOVE my Pumpkin Green Smoothie, but I was out of spinach yesterday morning so I had to switch up my usual recipe. The results may have been better than the original. Recipe --> almond milk, pumpkin puree, avocado, lots of pumpkin pie spice, frozen mango, Nutvia High Fiber hemp protein, and 4 walnuts (KEY ingredient).
-Rainy Sunday and signs of fall called for a batch of my Whole 30 Butternut Squash Soup. This is a personal top 5 recipe of mine!

Annie

Bites of My Life

My favorite part of early fall is when the afternoon stays warm, but the mornings and evenings are slightly chilly. Perfect early morning walking weather, preferably with a cup of coffee in hand. A walk a day keeps the doctor away!

Last week/weekend was spent snuggling with my niece, embracing football games and food ;), unapologetically getting my first pumpkin spice latte (almond milk + 1 pump PS), seeing Home Again (HIGHLY recommend) and then followed by a Miss America watch party. 

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-Officially Pumpkin Green Smoothie time! One of my favorite smoothie recipes ever. 
-A version of my go to "loaded salad." Apple, rotisserie chicken, roasted sweet potato, red onion, mix of lettuce and homemade balsamic dressing. 
-Still working on my spaghetti squash 4-ways post. This week was shrimp scampi spaghetti squash!
-One with the weights and a new personal record!
-Gabe and I still aren't besties but we are pretty good at taking pictures together!
-Mom and dad's equals unlimited homemade lattes with their Nespresso and my new favorite Milkadamia nut milk. 
-A Mexican spread for the OU vs. Ohio State game. Made a big batch of my Crock-Pot Carnitas with all the fixings and tons of chips and dips. 
-Sister Sunday at Midtown's Commonplace Books
-A throw whatever is in the fridge into a bowl kind of lunch. Results = leftover cold spaghetti squash, cherry tomatoes, roasted red pepper, parsley, red onion, capers and a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper!

Annie

p.s. don't miss last week's recipe post for my Double Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Cookies

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Cookies

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Forget September 22, the day after Labor Day marks the start of fall in mine and most people's minds. I was at Whole Foods the other night and pumpkins are already out, the PSL made it's seasonal debut, and I am unapologetically sharing my first pumpkin recipe of the fall!

This recipe doesn't scream pumpkin but it does scream fall. Pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate and the secret ingredient, paprika, makes for a kickin' cookie (I had to). I originally made these a few weeks ago and everyone who tried them deemed that they must be remade once cooler weather crept in. Hello cooler weather, hello double chocolate pumpkin seed cookies!

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Double Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Cookies
yields about 32 medium cookies or 18 large cookies, adapted from Bon Appetit

Ingredients:
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
2½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. paprika
1½ cups light brown sugar, packed
1⅓ cups granulated sugar
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 cup dark chocolate (you can use chips or buy a bar of dark chocolate and chop it up)
Maldon salt

Directions:
Place your pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and place on the upper rack of the oven. Then heat your oven to 350°. This is the best trick my mom taught me. Nuts and seeds brown perfectly in the same amount it takes for your oven to preheat. (About  8–10 minutes). Toss occasionally until golden. Let cool.

Meanwhile, whisk flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and paprika in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Reduce speed to low; add dry ingredients a little at a time, mixing until well blended after each. Stir in chocolate and pumpkin seeds.

If you want medium cookies use a cookie scoop (about 2 Tbsp.) if you want large cookies use an ice cream scoop (about 1/4 cup). Large cookies will be more bakery style, but for portion control reasons I go medium size. You can see both sizes pictured below. Place large cookies 3" apart and medium cookies 2" apart. Sprinkle with flakey Maldon salt and bake, rotating pans halfway through. 17–20 minutes for large cookies, 9-11 minutes for medium cookies. 

Happy pumpkin baking!

Annie

Bites of My Life

Last week was minor compared to my weekend. After a flight rebook and a few delays, I made it to Miami to commence "Ta Ta Tucker" with Claire. Kathleen couldn't make it due to angel baby Elle only being 5 weeks old, but getting to spend time with oldest sis and her closest friends was more fun than I hoped. I haven't been to the beach in a hot minute. The trip was quick but I absolutely loved stuffing my face at 27 Restaurant & Bar, recovering with a latte the size of my face, napping in the sun piña colada the frozen mojito in hand, then some classic late night Miami clubbing. Miami you exceeded expectations! We are now just under 6 weeks until Claire's big day. The countdown is on as well as a sister act of "Whole 6 weeks" for the final push until the wedding. 

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-Worked on perfecting my mint chip smoothie all week. It came down to nut milk, spinach, frozen cauliflower, frozen banana, hemp powder, cacao powder, cacao nibs in and on top, and a drop of peppermint essential oils.
-Working on a "Spaghetti Squash 4 Ways" post...stay tuned. 
-Been embracing my calmer schedule and spending mornings working from home spending way too long staying in my PJs. 
-#tatatucker in South Beach with big sis bride!
-Take me to the beach and all I want is a piña colada! 
-Partied in the city where they heat was on.
-"The Workout" smoothie at Uptown Grocery. I can't get enough!
-Pilates by Dallas aka pilates at Four Graces. My current obsession. Because of my multi-studio membership I have with StudioHop, I've stepped outside my normal workout routine and discovered my love for pilates! My code AnnieHop20 is still available to get $20 off your first month of SH!
-Aunt Annie makes for a great napping spot.

Annie

Bites of My Life

We are having the most amazing, un-typical August weather here in OKC. Tons of rain has brought cooler temps but no one is complaining. Nothing crazy it's still in the 80s, but the mornings and evenings are gorgeous and the afternoons made for perfect impromptu back to back pool days this weekend. Despite September on the horizon, I'm holding on to summer. Lots of watermelon consumed, pool time, bike rides and meals eaten outside. 

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-Recipe post for Lemon Turmeric Energy Bites for the perfect pre or post workout treat...
-...or paired with an apple and almond butter for breakfast.
-Meal prepped all the ingredients to have cobb salads for dinner. Hard boiled egg, roasted sweet potato, avocado, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and bacon! Drizzled with red wine vinegar, salt and pepper!
-Crushing on chia pudding recently. Working on perfecting my recipe before posting it. 
-The most random lunch combination consisting of some of my favorite things. Plantain chips and salsa, pickled okra and watermelon.
-Lunch, snack, drink and reading material all picked up at one of my favorite grocery stores.
-Free beer, free food and free hats and we are suddenly the biggest OKC Dodgers fans.
-A piece of D.C. landed in my mailbox this week! TY TY RJ!
-My girl just being her normal cute, now one month old self!
-Homemade watermelon moscow mules. Just added Whole Foods watermelon juice and chunks of watermelon to my standard mule recipe.
-Post pool day cobb salad. I'm having a cobb salad moment.
-Early morning lattes outside in the most amazing August weather. 

Stay tuned for bites next week for a full bachelorette weekend recap. I'm Miami bound for Labor Day for Claire's bach weekend!

Annie