Before the Madness

Hello and happy Monday!

Hopefully this Monday is going better than most for everyone because of the short week. I am off to visit family in Southern California for Thanksgiving on Wednesday so I am seriously looking forward to that. I have just a few classes that lie between now and the holiday so I am hoping they pass by relatively quickly. And since today marks the beginning of a new week and another marvelous link-up party (thanks Katie!) there is even more cause for celebration.

Here’s what made my weekend marvelous.


I made spiced walnut pecan butter to gift to all the family members that I will be seeing this week.


Toasting the nuts was key for this batch.


I may have stolen a few tastes for myself. ;-) I also may have made gingerbread amazeballs with the remains of the nut butter left in the food processor.

I have been loving on hot breakfasts lately for the obvious reason of dropping temperatures.


Oats topped with raw buckwheat granola and almond butter.

I ate a lot of meals containing a random assortment of items from my fridge in an attempt to clear out everything that is in danger of going bad while I am away.


This salad bowl contained mixed greens, leftover roasted asparagus, kale chips, grapes, roasted pumpkin seeds, Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips, and olive oil/balsamic vinegar.


I received a free sample from Sunbutter in the mail simply for commenting on one of their posts. I was quite excited and this little guy was opened within minutes of being received.


I finally had some success with cauliflower pizza crust. I have seen many different variations of recipes for this floating around and have attempted it a few times but have never been able to get my crust to stick together.


Needless to say I was pretty happy with these mini pizzas (I made didn’t have enough faith in my abilities to attempt one large crust…). I adapted Laura’s recipe, which she in turn had adapted from this one, by leaving out the quinoa flakes, using one whole egg, and adding a quarter ounce of goat cheese.


I topped mine with goat cheese and plenty of veggies. I probably should have gone with two regular sized pizzas to fill my hungry body but I ran out of cauliflower so a post-dinner bowl of cereal and almond milk had to suffice.

I did this workout this morning as an official sweaty welcome to holidays.

I am not quite sure what my workouts will look like while I am away but I have been loving running and yoga lately so those will most likely make an appearance. When I spend time with my family my dad and I often like to get our workouts in together so I am looking forward to that.

I had a lunch date planned with a friend for yesterday afternoon that ended up having to be rescheduled so instead I took myself on my own little date to Starbucks to catch up on some blog reading. It turned out to be the perfect relaxing afternoon before the madness of the holidays set in.


Steamed apple juice with cinnamon. Yes, I am five.

Obviously there was a whole lot of marvelous happening this weekend and even more to come in the following week! Have a fabulous day and remember there is only a few more days until you can (hopefully) take a break and enjoy the holidays. Or maybe it will just be madness as mentioned above, but either way, I know I plan on thoroughly enjoying it.

What made your weekend or day marvelous?

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  1. man I have been dying to try cauliflower crusts, i really can’t wait to attempt it when I am home.

  2. Your cauliflower crusts looks so good. I made one and it was just okay.

  3. Now that is a lot of marvelous food – and I’m sure your family members will absolutely adore you after you give them that pecan butter :D Hope the week goes by quickly for you so that you can enjoy Thanksgiving in no time. It’s just another boring week for us Canadians, so I’ll have to live vicariously through you :P

  4. spiced walut pecan butter?!? oh man!!! that looks so awesome! i would absolutely love to try that! i can never get a good cauli crust, but yours looks so great!! good job! spa <3

  5. Omg, that is such a good idea giving homemade nut butters as gifts!! I am totally going to do that this Christmas! It is way more personal and delicious than buying crap that they may not even use. Genius Gina :P

  6. You seriously have so many marvelous things happening in your life right now. your cauliflower pizza crust looks great girl. I remember my first time attempting it, it turned out awful. Thankfully I’ve been able to have success from multiple tries haha. I hope you have the most wonderful time with your family over the holidays girl. Good luck w/ your runs & yoga as well xoxo

  7. Thank you so much for sharing my Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipe! Yours turned out fabulously! :) And my goodness, that pecan butter looks out-of-this-world!!! happy thanksgiving!

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