I haven’t worked out in a week. I can already feel you judging me with your judge-y eyes. But ya know, sometimes you just need a break. I don’t think my body really needed the break. More my brain. I had two midterms and one of the most important papers of my life due last week and I just wasn’t feeling it. So I took a little break. I will probably walk back into the gym this week and get some fun comments. But such is life I suppose.
Flannel sheets are God’s gift to mankind. Seriously. If you’ve never experienced sleeping in flannel sheets, I highly recommend you save up some money and invest in some. They are literally like sleeping in a cloud. I put mine on last night and had the best sleep ever. You know how regular sheets are cold when you first touch them? Hence the saying “cool as the flip side of the pillow.” I think that’s what that’s referring to anyways. Well with flannel sheets you never have to worry about that awful analogy in the winter. Especially when all you want is a warm pillow. I think I could hibernate in these sheets all winter. Yes, I think I’m going to do that. Hibernate through all of winter and continue to not go to the gym. Just wake up occasionally to eat Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.
Speaking of Christmas cookies, I baked some yesterday. Yeah I did. My aunt and I take Christmas cookies very seriously. Hence why we start baking them in October. We are actually getting a late start this year. It’s kind of alarming. But anyways we started baking them yesterday and we listened to Christmas carols while doing it. We also turned on her fireplace for .5 seconds before we realized that might be taking it a little too far. Which is saying a lot for us. Because Christmas never comes too early for us. I think I got some sort of Christmas gene from her because I literally don’t know anyone else in the world who enjoys it as much as I do besides her. It’s perfect. Everyone else in our family gets highly annoyed with us but we just love it. If I could put our Christmas tree up today I totally would. I would have done it 2 weeks ago. It would actually be fitting since our Christmas lights are still up from last year. That’s not a joke. They really are. Well in one of our trees anyways. Our neighbors probably hate us. Shocking.
Speaking of holidays. let’s talk about the one that’s actually coming up this week. Halloweiner. Sorry if that was inappropriate. I was so excited because I finally got a pumpkin this weekend to carve, which I have been so excited to do. Until I actually starting carving the damn thing. Who freaking knew it was such a difficult process? I don’t remember that part as a child. That might be because my brain was already high on Halloween candy and my mother did 99.2% of the actual carving. But still. I don’t recall the struggle. I attempted to carve “Taylor Made It Paleo” into my pumpkin yesterday and was literally sweating. I think I picked the thickest pumpkin in the patch because all 3 of the carving tools in my four dollar carving kit broke within 4 seconds of me using them. Talk about some bullsh*t. So I resorted to kitchen knives which were also not easy to use. I’m shocked I didn’t have to make an emergency trip to the ER during this process. I was literally sweating. And swearing. Needless to say it did not turn out well and I wasted $10 and 2 hours of my life. If you need a good laugh today, there is a picture of the masterpiece on my Facebook page or Instagram.
This has been a really long post. But there is one more thing I NEED to tell you guys about. Sort of. It’s kind of a secret right now because it’s in the works. But some BIG things are coming soon for this little blog and I cannot wait to tell you about them. My friends Joe and Anthony from the Hybrid Athlete are absolutely phenomenal and are helping me with some top secret projects that I think you guys are going to love. Any guesses what they could be? Come on. Guess. GUESS! I love secrets and hate them at the same time. Mostly because I get too excited and just want to blab about them to everyone. But I am staying strong. For now.
You are a saint for sitting through that ridiculously long post.
- 2 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Combine almond flour, spices, salt, and baking soda in a medium size bowl.
- Whisk together egg,maple syrup, vanilla, almond butter, and pumpkin in a separate bowl.
- Add egg mixture to dry mixture until thoroughly combined.
- Knead dough with hands until all ingredients are thoroughly spread throughout.
- Form dough into a ball and place on a piece of parchment paper.
- Flatten dough into one large circle, 1/2-1 inch thick.
- Cut into 8 small triangles (like a pizza).
- Place scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they begin to lightly brown on edges.
- Allow to cool for about 5 minutes on baking sheet, then completely on wire rack.
- Top with grass-fed butter, nut butter, etc. I highly recommend chocolate hazelnut butter. Just saying.