Wednesday, January 18, 2012

D and D Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake

As much as I try to deny my sweet tooth, I always get "the craving" (especially after dinner). And although I love fruit, these cravings are always epitomized by things like chocolate milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, and cake. All those things usually lead to a slippery, slippery slope, so unless it's a special occasion (mmmm, fresh anniversary cake!) I try to make healthier versions of the sweet treats that I love. Below is the recipe for the "Dungeons and Diamonds Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake.

1 Cup Almond Milk (I usually buy either plain or unsweetened vanilla)
1 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter (more or less to taste)
1 1/2 Tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (more or less to taste)
1 Banana
~ 7 Ice Cubes

Makes 2 servings

1. Blend the liquid and soft ingredients first
2. Add ice and blend until smooth

So simple, but so delicious! I love how it tastes like something way more calorie-laden and decadent than it actually is.

Do you have a "healthy-fied" dessert to share? Post a link in the comments section!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Yet another year has passed me by, even though I feel like just yesterday I was writing my 2011 New Year's Post. In retrospect, 2011 was a huge year for personal growth. I think we are all subconsciously aware of the simple truths of life, but sometimes it takes someone else to re-state the obvious. This could be in the form of an inspiring book, a conversation with a friend, or listening to your inner voice (the one that separates itself from all of the "shoulds"  and "can'ts" of the world.) All of these things have contributed to a renewed sense of purpose over the course of the past year. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but I DO know that I want to be happier and feel a sense of fulfillment about what I do. If 2011 has taught me anything, it's that I must make it happen! Thomas Edison said "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." I need to remember those words when it comes to this blog and all of the creative projects I have lined up. Be unstoppable.

(via Weheartit)

In an effort to make more sound resolutions for this year, I have tried to make them measurable and achievable.

1. I will post at LEAST one new blog a week. Some of you may say, "only one? Isn't that setting the bar a bit low?" With my work schedule (and inconsistent posting schedule) I think making this goal achievable is best. If I manage more, fantastic, but my goal for now (with my work schedule) is one. Hopefully I can bump it up to 2 or 3 once I establish the habit.

2. I will continue down the path towards financial freedom/success by sticking to the budget we have created, learning more about finance, and seeking the advice of a financial adviser.

3. I will work out 3x a week. As with #1, if I do more, great,  but if I can stick to at least 3, I will be happy (I know, I know, this resolution is being made en masse, but its a big one for me!) I will achieve this by waking up a little earlier in the morning to get a workout in, and setting mini-goals for myself. (First goal is January 15, my anniversary! Second is February 14, Valentines Day!)

4. I will study for and take the GRE.

5. I will apply to grad school to start my MBA.

6. I will make it to at least two nerdy conventions.

7. I will discover what makes me happy and pursue it with vigor!!

This song brought me into the new year via her live performance.
HAPPY 2012!!

Question: What was your favorite moment of 2011?


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