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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Breakfast: The Healthy and the Not So Healthy

Breakfast. It's got to be the best meal of the day, right? There are just so many different options--sweet or savory. Proteins or yummy, delicious carbs. Coffee AND orange juice!!! I could go on and on, but I won't.

My Honey Bunny, like me, is a huge proponent of breakfast. Huge may even be an understatement. Is there a word bigger than huge? Whatever that word is..... that's him! Over the weekend I went to visit my Honey Bunny.  I love going to visit him, not only because he's just so darn cute! Not gonna lie, that's the biggest reason, but also because I love the area he lives in. Austin is well known for 6th Street and the music scene, but they also happen to be cafe country. There are so many quaint little cafes to eat in. I haven't found one that I didn't like yet, and we've been to many a cafe over the last several months.

We ended up going to this small little cafe in Round Rock, which just so happens to be named Round Rock Cafe. What did we get? The best and possibly worst waffle ever created! As a general rule, I try to eat healthy. Most of the time. Okay, okay. Sometimes. However when it comes Austin cafes and breakfast..... Never.

That is a picture of what we ate Sunday morning. It's a sausage stuffed waffle (aka: Heart Attack Special). One side has syrup and the other side sausage gravy. It was heaven on a plate. And the fruit romanoff that accompanied said waffle was the BEST FRUIT EVER! All I can say is, if you're ever in or near Round Rock, Texas, visit the Round Rock Cafe. You won't be disappointed.

Like I said before, generally I try to eat healthy. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't, obviously. Most people start their year off with a resolution of losing weight and counting calories, and while yes, those will always be good resolutions and ones I and every other girl in the world will probably always have, this year I resolved to eat more whole foods. I feel better when I eat whole, unprocessed foods. My skin is clearer and I have more energy. That alone is reason enough to do it, but sometimes it's hard. It's about more than just counting calories, but actually thinking of each and every product you put into your body and your recipes. I am in no way absolutely perfect when I eat, but I think it's important to at least make a conscious effort to try and eat healthier. To be healthier.

Which leads me to the point of this post. Pancakes.

Wait, what? That's what you were thinking, right? I know, when thinking of pancakes, healthy usually doesn't come to mind, does it? I mean, how could something that looks like this actually be healthy????

Oh, but it can. Pictured above are some of the most delicious pancakes I've ever tasted. Banana Oat Pancakes. They are both gluten and dairy free. They are SO GOOD! I have my good friend, Kristin, to thank for finding this recipe. Or maybe I should curse her for sharing it with me. Hmmmm.......

While healthy, they do have to be enjoyed sparingly. But if you are looking for a healthy option for breakfast, or are just tired of toaster variety waffles and pop tarts, you should try these! I promise you won't regret it!

So, what's for breakfast today??

Monday, February 11, 2013

My Newest Obsessions

Newest Obsession #1: The Carrie Diaries

I've made it no secret that I am a die-hard Sex and the City fan over the years. I own the series on DVD and I could probably detail every episode in chronological order if asked. So when Candace Bushnell came out with the new YA series of books a couple of years ago, The Carrie Diaries, which is a based on Carrie Bradshaw as a teen, it was no surprise that I was already a fan by association to it's namesake.

But wait, it gets better (or worse, in my fan-girldom case) because now, NOW, The Carrie Diaries has become a TV series.... And I am not ashamed at all to say that I'm in love (even though it is airing in place of Gossip Girl, which I also loved. Chuck Bass is dearly missed). It's like getting a second chance to watch Carrie again. AnnaSophia Robb is the perfect Carrie, in my opinion. Her mannerisms, hair, clothes everything screams Carrie Bradshaw! It doesn't hurt that she's just so freakin' cute too! I seriously hate her--in a friendly way, of course. Ha!

I often try to hold out on watching new series because it never fails that I watch them, LOVE them, and then they are promptly cancelled (al la Emily Owens, MD.  No comment). I couldn't resist with this one though, so here's to hoping (and praying to the Carrie gods) that it will not be cancelled!

Newest Obsession #2: The Walking Dead

I adamantly refused to watch this one for the longest time. Yeah, I had heard awesome things about it, and even tried to watch it once before, got a good look at the zombie child that kicks off the first episode, and promptly turned it off--because I'm a wimp and it was dark and I was by myself. Don't judge, those are all logical and rational reasons.

Per the usual though, a couple of weekends ago, I gave in. It took me two days to watch seasons 1 through the first half of season 3, and it's no surprise that I'm not hooked. This is the way it always goes with me. I refuse, relent, and then I just. can't. stop. watching!

The only upside to holding out for so long is that I got to binge on all of the zombie goodness, which is sometimes nice. AND I didn't have to wait but a few weeks for the second half of season three to start up again. So really, who's the smart one here? Hmmm??  That's what I thought. There usually is a method to my madness, or at least that's what I like to tell myself, anyway.

So, what are you guys watching these days? Is there anything else I need to add to my binge TV pile? Does anyone love Daryl (from The Walking Dead) as much as I do??