A southern girl's cooking on a skinny girl's lifestyle



I’m baaack!

Slide11Hey y’all!  I logged back into this thing after TWO YEARS of inactivity.  I kept the site because I kept saying, “I’ll get back to the blog…next week.”  Which turned into next week, which turned into next month, in the New Year, when I have time…blah, blah, blah.  That’s life, right?  Living on Someday Isle… (Someday Isle is straight from Brian Tracy-great author)

“Someday I’ll get to the gym.”

“Someday I’ll lose weight.”

“Someday I’ll get out of debt.”

“Someday I’ll teach my kid how to tie his shoes.” (GUILTY)

“Someday I’ll quit smoking/drinking cokes/wasting time.”

It’s easy to get there.  It’s also easy to get out, but which is more comfortable?

Well, guess what?  Comfortable isn’t going to get you any closer to any of those “someday I WILL” things you need to do to live a long, happy, productive, and fulfilling life.

So what is it that you’ve been putting off because your fear of actual success at it is just too scary?  Do it.

What is it that you’ve been putting off because you “always have tomorrow” or because you “don’t have time?”  Your time is spent how you choose to spend it.  What you allow to continue is what will continue.  Want more time?  Make more time.  Simple as that.

<steps off soapbox>

So, now that my two-year trip to Someday Isle has come to a close, I have to admit- Someday Isle Stop Eating Red Velvet isn’t a real place.  So I made these.  Enjoy.


Red Velvet Protein Fudge Balls

Add all of this to a Ninja and turn it on. Mix, then let sit in the fridge for 30 mins. Shape into balls, store in the fridge.
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond flour
4 scoops chocolate AdvoCare Post Workout Recovery
4 TBS cocoa powder
1 cup cashew butter
Package of medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
Tsp butter extract
2 TBS red food coloring

Optional icing: 1/4 cup coconut butter, TBS pure maple syrup, half scoop vanilla AdvoCare Muscle Gain





Pumpkin Spice Bread/Muffins

Just trust me on this one.

  • 1 vanilla Meal Replacement Shake (I used a Pumpkin Spice, so use that if you were lucky enough to order before they ran out- and check back often, because I bet they surprise us and bring them back!)
  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda OR 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (cut the ends off of a zucchini, then take it to the cheese grater.  Didn’t know you would be getting an arm workout in, didja?), placed on a handful of paper towels and squeezed to remove the extra moisture
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray baking dish with nonstick spray (did you read that in Gru’s voice?  I did.).  I made mini-muffins with this, but you could make a loaf or a bundt cake maybe.  Or regular sized muffins (that, too, sounds fun in Gru’s voice.  You’re welcome.)
  2. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another.  When both bowls are combined, combine them together and mix until blended.
  3. My mini-muffins baked for 14 minutes, so if you’re using a different shape for this deliciousness, use a different time (obviously).
  4. Nom.

Almond Pancakes

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup almond/coconut milk (or any non dairy milk, we like the almond and coconut blend.  One of the boys’ pediatricians said that this blend is best for brain development or something like that.  I’m no doctor, but this stuff is delicious.)
  • 6 T organic coconut oil
  • 3 T local honey
  • cinnamon
  1. Mix all of this together and prepare like normal pancakes.

We all used different toppings.  Batman used honey, Superman used sugar free syrup, the Husband had a mixture of those two, and I mixed some Greek yogurt with coconut oil and honey.  My mixture with some pineapple would be awesome, or maybe some berries.  This could also be good topped with my Muscle Gain filling.

PB&J Bars

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1.5 cups coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2.5 cups natural peanut butter
  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour (or almond flour or oat flour or whatever your favorite flour is)
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 package strawberries, sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9 pan and lightly dust with some flour.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine the coconut oil and coconut sugar.  Add in the eggs.  When mixed, add in the peanut butter and mix until combined.
  3. In  a separate bowl (preferably one with a pouring side so you don’t make an epic mess in the next step like I did), mix the dry ingredients.  
  4. Slowly pour dry ingredients into mixer (with the mixer on.  Duh.) and mix until combined.
  5. Press 3/4 of the dough into the prepared pan.  Top with the strawberries and then press the remaining dough on top.  
  6. Bake for 45 minutes.  Try not to eat all of them in one sitting because nom.  

Green Protein Smoothie


  • 1 AdvoCare Pro20 shot
  • 1 large chunk frozen pineapple
  • 2 kiwis, chopped
  • organic baby spinach
  • pineapple coconut water
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, hit the button, watch it turn a pretty mint green, then nomnom.
  2. There is no step 2.

Snickerdoodles for Santa

I couldn’t, in good conscience, leave fatty cookies out for Santa this year 😉 so we just whipped these bad boys up.  They’re awesome.

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 5 T organic coconut oil, heated to liquid (I just zapped it the microwave for a few seconds) Note on coconut oil- it is awesome on diaper rash and skin rashes.  Just saying.
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 T pure vanilla extract
  • 2 T organic coconut sugar (I found this at Walmart, next to the non-sugar sweeteners)
  • 2 T cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl; mix wet ingredients in another.  Add them together and mix well.
  3. Mix coconut sugar and cinnamon together and spread onto a plate.
  4. Roll cookie dough into balls and roll to cover all sides with the sugar mixture.
  5. Place on greased or parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool on the pan, so they can firm up to cookie consistency.
  6. Leave them for Santa so he doesn’t feel like crap after he has spent the entire year eating clean and then ruining it all in one night.

Almond Raspberry Muffins

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (I used King Arthur’s)
  • 2/3 cup evaporated cane juice (I used Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar)
  • 3 T flax seeds
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/4 t cardamom
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3 T safflower oil
  • 1/4-1/2 t almond extract (the original recipe called for 1/2, and I think I would like somewhere in between 1/4 and 1/2.  Personal preference)
  • 10 oz.-ish fresh raspberries
  • sliced or chopped raw almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line muffin or cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. Whisk together all dry ingredients in one bowl.  Whisk together wet ingredients in another.  Add all of that mess together and mix until just moistened (I HATE that word).  Fold in raspberries with a spoon, and be careful not to murder them like I did.
  3. Fill liners 3/4 full with the mix and top with the almonds.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes, then let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

Note:  As these contain yogurt, hold off if you are cleansing and save these for the second phase of the 24 Day Challenge.   IMG_1062

Orange Cream Meal Replacement Shake cookies

AdvoCare has limited edition holiday products that are just…awesome.  Since I can’t perfect the perfection of the gingerbread bars, I decided to add the Orange Cream Meal Replacement shake to some cookie dough and see what happened.  Deliciousness happened.

  • I box or package cookie mix (I used gluten free for two reasons: 1) there tends to be less sugar in the gluten free versions, and 2) all of the health food at our local grocery store was on clearance and the husband and I felt bad for it, so we bought all of it.  This was part of that haul.)
  • 2 packets Orange Cream Meal Replacement Shakes
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix dry ingredients, then add coconut oil and mix.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix.
  4. Roll into balls and bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet for 15 minutes (Here in the middle of nowhere up the in mountains, it’s 15 minutes.  I don’t know how long it takes in normal parts of the world.  Probably less. Just take them out when they looked like cookies that aren’t burnt).

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup pure canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, ground in the food processor into powder
  • 2 packs of Stevia (or 2 T of honey or maple syrup, or sweetener of your choice)
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 T pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 T cinnamon
  1. Mix ingredients.
  2. Make pancakes.
  3. Devour.  We used sugar free maple syrup.

I was worried that these would be weirdly textured like most “healthy” pancakes, especially since there isn’t any flour in them, but they were amazing.  We will definitely make them again.  They were even superhero approved!  You could also add a scoop of protein powder or top with bananas or baked apples!


Update:  This morning we added the filling from the Post Workout Recovery Oreos on top and it was amazing.  It also filled in the protein for the protein/complex carb/vegetable balance of the meal.  Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 scoops vanilla Muscle Gain powder )
  • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. Mix all ingredients.  You may need to microwave the coconut oil to get it to liquid form.  I found it was easier to mix with a small whisk.

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