I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July festivities Wednesday! The best part about a mid-week holiday is that the weekend comes sooner, right? Tuesday night felt like Friday night, we celebrated Wednesday, and now Friday is once again here. 😉 No complaints!
I’ve had a really busy week, and this weekend is going to be even more fast-paced. When you’re running around in 100-degree heat, that means drinking gallons of water, or in my case, SoBe Lifewater. I’m pretty sure that I’m one of the only people in the world who doesn’t like the taste of water. Thank goodness there are flavored options; if there weren’t, I’d be one dyhdrated prune! 😉
Since I haven’t popped in since Monday, let’s catch up a bit!
On Wednesday, the 4th of July, I started the day by baking this beauty.
Even though the Raspberry-Blackberry Granola Crisp was supposed to be for dessert, I couldn’t help but sneak a helping before everyone arrived.
My justification: It needed to be photographed in good light! There was no way I was going to let the crisp go to waste, so I gobbled it up.
This was actually a super easy, relatively clean recipe, which I modified from Real Simple.
*Blackberry-Raspberry Granola Crisp*
2 cups granola (I used my favorite, Udi’s Vanilla)
5 cups berries
4 T. brown sugar (you could substitute stevia)
2 T. oat flour (or all purpose flour)
4 T. coconut oil (or butter), softened
1. Combine berries with sugar and flour in a bowl; pour into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish.
2. Mix the granola with coconut oil or butter; spoon over the berries
3. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes
See? Easy as pie! 😉
After baking the berry crisp, I hit the gym for a back workout. Usually I workout in the early afternoon, while everyone is still at work, but since Elaina and Charlotte had the day off, they were able to join me!
Charlotte just started a new program with my trainer, Tara, so I helped walk her through a few of the exercises she was unfamiliar with. We couldn’t help but ham it up for the phone cam in between sets. 😉
After the gym, I quickly showered and then began prepping dinner. My housemates and I had each invited a few friends over, so we were a pretty large group. Since our grill ran out of propane, we had to “grill” inside on the stove, which meant eating in rounds.
While I was waiting, I snacked on my favorite cheesy tortilla chips…
I also snuck a small piece of sopapilla cheesecake. 😉
My “real meal” consisted of a turkey burger topped with provolone cheese, salad with strawberries and goat cheese, and a few more corn chips.
After arriving home hot, sticky and frizzy-haired, we snacked on more cobbler and ice cream, and began working on a Bachelor nomination form for my housemate, Zach.
Last week I enticed Zach into joining our Monday night Bachelorette-viewing party with the aforementioned sopapilla cheesecake–a southwestern treat made in honor of Arie and Sean, both of whom are from southwestern states (Arizona and Texas).
I also made strawberry jello, in honor Jef’s state, Utah.
We all took a few bites and decided that a few bites was more than enough. 😉
Anyways, Zach may have come for the cheesecake, but he left with a desire to try his luck at love on television. Or at least that’s what we’re telling him. 😉
I’ll keep you updated on his Bachelor-becoming progress!
On a completely unrelated note, guess what I saw on Instagram yesterday!
Who else is super excited for 2% Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Chobani?!
I hope you have a beautiful weekend! <3
Questions for you:
What food is your state famous for?
California: oranges, garlic, wine, hamburgers (the birthplace of McDonald’s), artichokes…oh, and did I mention wine? 😉 Idaho: potatoes, potatoes, potatoes!
Jello? Yay or nay?
Would you ever go on a show like the Bachelorette?
Favorite Chobani flavor?
I already love Chobani Champions version of Vanilla Chocolate Chunk, so I know I’m going to looove the adut version!