Gluten-Free Brownies

Did someone really say brownies AND gluten-free in the same sentence?

I am not opposed to using mixes to help me with my baking. Keith and I have tried all kinds, obviously we LOVE Pamela’s as my prior posts will show, but our favorite brownie mix is one from Namaste Foods. (You can find it at Whole Foods or The Natural Grocer) The brownies always come out perfectly! I keep these on hand regularly for my chocolate loving hubby! We just individually wrap them up and keep them in the freezer. Then when we want one we pop it in microwave for about 45 seconds for a yummy dessert! Now tell me those don’t look like dessert heaven?!?


Get the FACTS!

Great Website: Cereal F.A.C.T.S. (Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score). The Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score (FACTS) was developed to scientifically measure food marketing to youth. While young people are exposed to marketing for a variety of food products, cereal was chosen as the first food category to be evaluated using FACTS because cereal companies target children more than any other sector of the packaged food industry. The amount of money cereal companies spend on marketing to children exceeds $156 million per year on television alone. Check out the website to get the “facts” on your favorite breakfast cereal!

Hail to Acorn Squash

One of the things I love best about fall (DEFINITELY NOT THE COLD WEATHER) is the abundance of fabulous fall produce! One of my favorites is acorn squash! I picked 2 up at Whole Foods the other day and they are FABULOUS!

Acorn squash is super easy to make and very versatile! My favorite way is to just cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Dot each squash cavity with 1 teaspoon butter (I use Brummel and Brown) and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Then bake at 350 degrees F for about an hour, or until tender. If you are in a hurry simple microwave squash cut side down in water for about 8-10 minutes (or until tender) and then fill cavity with toppings. Yummy!

I suggest eating NOW!


Your Exercise Personality

This is a cool test! Based on your personality (using the Meyer’s Briggs personality typing) you can find your exercise color! I was GOLD and it was right on the money! Keith was SILVER and he agreed with his analysis as well! Go check it out for a fun way to find a little bit more about your exercise personality!

San Antonio RESULTS

I LOVE the Internet! My official race results are already posted from this morning!!! How Cool!

My time: 1:39:34 (1/2 Marathon: 13.1 miles)

5K: 23:3 (7:36 mile pace)
10K: 46:41 (7:31 mile pace)
15K: 1:11:05 (7:38 mile pace)
13.1 MILES: 1:39:34 (7:36 mile pace)

Overall Place: 394 (out of 20,021 half marathon runners!)
Overall Place (by sex): 66 (out of 12,585 women!)
Place in my age group: 22 (out of 2,148 runners 25-29!)

Thanks to everyone for the support and good-luck wishes! It all helped!!


Okay, I am packed and ready to hit the road to San Antonio! It is the weekend of the second annual Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 Marathon & Marathon! I want to wish everyone who is running GOODLUCK!! Let’s have fun, kick some butt and show San Antonio what we Austin runners are all about!!!

Children Obesity…Who’s to Blame?

On a serious note: I ran across this article and thought it was 100% spot on. I realize that childhood obesity is one of those topics that strikes emotions in people. (Call it a “hot topic”) So I want to preface this blog post with saying that this article is simply one that supports my opinion. I am sure my opinion won’t be shared by all but I hope that many of you find this article to be, at the very least, informative to a real problem facing American children today.

Children Obesity…Who’s to Blame?