Posts Tagged ‘snacks’

I Have Something To Tell You

I’ve been really loving blogging lately. I feel like I have finally hit my style – shorter, more specific posts that allow me to cover the many things I love to discuss. I can go from serious posts like my “Stuffed With Emptiness” series to workouts to stuff with the kids to laughing at myself.

Everyone may not love it all, but I hope sharing more of myself allows us each to connect in our own way. I literally always have something to say (and I like a variety), so I appreciate the chance to come here and do so. Yet sometimes, things get put aside and I don’t want them to miss out on the blogging fun. So here you have some random parts of the day that I don’t want to get lost in the vortex of my “to blog” list.

I sat in my car for 30 minutes before starting my run this morning.

The past few weeks it started getting light enough to run by 6:30. Not so this morning. I tried three times to go out, but then the heeby-jeebies of running in the dark got to me, so I turned around. I finally gave up and chilled in the car until shortly after 7.

I always hard core crave beer the day of my long runs.


I crave it so badly, in fact, that I went to the store specifically for beer this afternoon. It was the star of my afternoon snack.


An afternoon snack that featured a scrambled egg with pepperjack cheese sandwich, a bottle of Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale, and a Reese’s peanut butter cup. That may just be the most random combination I have ever had. I don’t care. I adored every bite/sip.

I hate that I look younger than I actually am.

I got carded at the store when buying the beer. That didn’t bother me. The fact that the cashier said he didn’t think I looked like my license picture and made me show him my credit card as another form of ID annoyed me. Apparently I still look like I’m in high school. I may appreciate it when I’m 50…but I don’t right now.

I’m contemplating spending $65 on a cake for Makenzie’s birthday party.

I fell in love with the cake at one of her friend’s parties. A fellow mom friend makes cakes on the side. I decided to reach out to her about making Makenzie’s cake because I could once again have the best cake ever and also support a friend. $65 is steep for something to eat. But I can’t get the dang cake out of my head. I’m waiting to make a decision when my food head is more clear – aka not the day of a long run.

We’re about to head out for a family night at a location about an hour away. I will likely fall asleep within 5 minutes of Peter driving. And I can’t wait.

Have a good night friends!

  • What do you usually crave the day of a long run or tough workout?
  • Do people tend to think you’re older/younger than you are? 

Posted by on October 8th, 2011 46 Comments

Pumpkin Carrot Cake Bread

Fall time always makes me crave two things – pumpkin and desserts with cream cheese frosting, namely carrot or red velvet cakes. I always kept the two separate, but what if…what if…the two could make a perfect match and combine for a baked treat to satisfy all my fall stomach’s desires? I had to give it a try. Pumpkin bread. Carrot cake. The two together…to crumble atop oatmeal, top with honey greek yogurt as an afternoon snack, or stuff slice by slice into your mouth anytime of day for dessert. What? I have no recollection of that ever happening. No matter what way you choose to eat it…make this recipe!


Pumpkin Carrot Cake Bread

Servings: 10 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup  packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or other optional mix-ins: raisins, chocolate chips, etc.

Step By Step Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie, and salt into a large mixing bowl; set aside. Mix the egg, pumpkin, brown sugar, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just evenly combined. Do not over-mix. Fold in grated carrots and chopped walnuts or other mix-ins.

Spray a regular sized loaf pan well with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for at least fifteen minutes before slicing and serving.


And go a little crazy with a cream cheese frosting, a glaze, or a streusel topping if you like. I’ll take a slice!

Posted by on September 14th, 2011 28 Comments


Catch Up With Recent Posts

Announcement Time

Posted: November 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

Well, I have had a whirlwind of a few weeks over here. I missed all of you so much! I can’t express enough gratitude for your patience while I got some important things sorted out. Some scary things. Are you ready for the announcement? Here goes! I will no longer be blogging at Faith Fitness […]

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Self-Love Reflection: The Road Not Taken

Posted: November 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hello FFF readers! Nice to meet ya! My name is Carissa and my husband and I blog at Fit2Flex.  Well, I blog…he consults! We are both certified personal trainers with a passion for healthy, active living and clean eating.  I am also studying to become a registered dietitian, a race announcer, and a runner.  Stop […]

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Healthier Eating For Kids

Posted: November 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about tips for baby feeding magic. What if you let baby choose what’s for dinner? Check out their cute "Quest for Yum!" video and see what happens! As parents, we want the best for our children. We help them to feel loved. We strive to teach them […]

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Posted: November 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hey, everyone! I wanted to pop in and say I am working on some new and exciting changes.  As a result,I may not be posting as much during the coming week.  Please stay tuned for the big announcement! Love you all! And still feel free to find me on Twitter and Facebook for the time […]

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Where The Change Happens

Posted: November 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

It’s kind of funny. I become a certified personal trainer and the first workouts I turn to this week come from someone else. The book came in for me at the library last week and, after flipping through it, I couldn’t wait to give the circuits a go. Making The Cut includes a lot of […]

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From Beginning To End

Posted: November 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

Good morning! First off, thanks for the many congrats yesterday. Love you all bunches for the tons of support you have given me in so many things this year. I hope I can return a little bit of that love through this here blog as well. So yesterday I had my first parent-teacher “conference” for […]

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