Cinnamon Apple Protein Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Protein Muffins

I’m guilty of turning Costco runs into date night. Anyone else with me? I mean, the array of samples they offer on the weekend could be the equivalent of going to tapas bar. Am I right! On our last trip, I was intrigued by a large box of Kodiak Cakes mix. I’m usually not a fan of protein powders as they leave a chalky taste in my mouth, but I decided to give this cake mix a go.

Cinnamon Apple Protein Muffins

Pancakes were my first attempt seeing as the mix is advertised as flapjack and waffle mix. I was surprised on how fluffy they turned out and quickly became a fan. Since the pancakes worked out so well, I thought I would push my baking luck and try a muffin recipe. They came out of the oven smelling like a fall day and almost made me wish the leaves were changing color outside. Luckily, regardless of the season, these protein packed muffins are prefect for breakfast on the go.

Cinnamon Apple Protein Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Protein Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C. chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 C. brown sugar
  • 2 C. Kodiak Cakes mix
  • 1 C. milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C. honey
  • 1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbs. cinnamon
  • 1 C. apple, chopped

For the streusel:

  • Add 1/4 C. walnuts, 3 Tbs. brown sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon in bowl and set aside

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place liners in a muffin tin.
  • Mix muffin ingredients until well combined.
  • Spoon mixture into muffin tins until 2/3 full.
  • Top with strudel mixture and bake in the oven for14-18 minutes.
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May 29, 2018 at 2:00 AM

New York City

New York City Travel Guide

A few months ago my sister and I talked about booking a trip to New York City, just the two of us. Since we live 100 miles apart, we thought this trip would be the perfect chance to sneak in some quality time. Often, crazy ideas like this get talked about then forgotten, so when we landed in NYC we both looked at each other with excitement – we did it! We made this dream trip a reality!

When we checked the forecast in NYC we realized the weather was not on our side. It showed thunderstorms and rain for the majority of our time in the city. Luckily, the skies cleared enough on our first day to wander around Central Park, grab hot dogs from street vendors, and listen to musicians play along the path.

New York City Travel Guide

(Skyline views)

New York City Travel Guide

(Finding magical backdrops around every corner)

New York City Travel Guide

We concluded our time in Central Park by walking to the Met to rest our feet and watch a sea of taxis drive by. Once we felt more energized, we grabbed Milk ice cream and made our way to Times Square to dodge all the costumed characters and soak in the famous advertisement displays. By this point the rain had started again so we were thankful we brought our umbrellas!

New York City Travel Guide

(Resting our feet outside on the Met steps)

New York City Travel Guide

(Watching all the taxis drive by)

New York City Travel Guide

Day two started and ended with rain. Most of our itinerary involved being outdoors so we accepted the fact that we were going to get wet and headed out with our umbrellas. We made stops at the Flatiron Building and Battery Park before the cold got to us and we retreated to find warmth. After dinner it looked like the rain had stopped so we boarded a double decker tour bus to see the city lights. As fate would have it, 15 minutes into the tour it began to pour down with rain. Robyn and I could barely see any of the sights as we barreled down the street on top of the bus, rain whipping at our faces and rendering our flimsy ponchos useless. While we were soaked to the bone by the end of the tour we couldn’t help but laugh at our unfortunate situation.

New York City Travel Guide

(Wandering around the Flatiron district)

New York City Travel Guide

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we woke up on Monday to sunshine! Yes, sunshine! It felt glorious to go outside without an umbrella. We packed in a morning of walking the Highline, browsing the food stalls at Chelsea Market, and soaking in the skyline views at Top of the Rock. After a leisurely lunch seated outside the Rockefeller building we walked to the Ed Sullivan Theater to stand in line to see The Late Show. Being patient and waiting in line for two hours paid off because we made the cut and were able to be audience members for the show.

New York City Travel Guide

(Taking in the beautiful views that surround the Highline)

New York City Travel Guide

(Faced two of my fears, elevators and heights, to see this view)

New York City Travel Guide

Our last day in the city started without incident. We took a ferry ride over to Dumbo to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and take in Manhattan’s skyline. Our next stop was Washington Square Park. As we walked to the park I checked my email and realized our flight home had been canceled. I called Ian in a panic and operation crisis control was initiated. We all frantically looked into alternative flights, but the severe thunderstorm headed our way meant our only option was to fly out the next day.

New York City Travel Guide

(Views of Manhattan from Dumbo)

New York City Travel Guide

Once we booked our new flight and hotel room, Robyn and I took a deep breath and tried to enjoy the rest of our day. We went back to Washington Square Park, ate dinner at Joe’s Pizza and took pictures at the famous Friend’s apartment building.

New York City Travel Guide

(Washington Square Park)

New York City Travel Guide

(Beautiful homes in Greenwich Village)

New York City Travel Guide

(Outside the Friend’s apartment building)

While this was a short trip to NYC, we were able to make countless memories together. I felt like I needed to keep pinching myself to realize our dream of taking a sister trip had come true. If you have ever thought about taking a trip – this is your motivation. Make it happen! I promise you won’t regret it.

May 21, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Oreo Ice Cream Cake Pots

Oreo Ice Cream Cake Pots

It seems as if we skipped over spring and jumped right into summer here in Wisconsin. Windows have been thrown open, winter clothes packed away, and the patio is prepped for sunset dinners. With a warm breeze flowing through our apartment, I feel like my soul has been refreshed and I can have a sigh of relief. We made it through winter!

Oreo Ice Cream Cake Pots

To celebrate the start of this new warm season I made Ian’s favorite dessert – Oreo ice cream cake! Assembled in small individual pots, these ice cream cakes solve the problem of “leftover temptation.” Now you can indulge in a sweet after dinner without having your will powered tested as leftovers sit in the freezer. This is necessary in our house when it comes to ice cream cake since Ian would devour the whole cake if I let him!

Oreo Ice Cream Cake Pots

Ingredients:

  • Pint of vanilla ice cream
  • One sleeve of Oreos
  • Hot fudge
  • 1 Tbs. coconut oil

Directions:

  • Blend the Oreos in a food processor until finely chopped. Mix in a bowl with 1 Tbs. melted coconut oil until well combined.
  • Spoon and pack down the Oreo mixture until each pot has 1/4 inch filled. Top with a thin layer of hot fudge and place the pots in the freezer for 5 minutes to set.
  • Pull the pots out of the freezer and spoon in 1/4 inch of ice cream into each pot. Place back in the freezer for five minutes.
  • Remove pots from freezer and spread another layer of Oreo crumble and hot fudge. Place back in the freezer for five minutes.
  • Take the pots out of the freezer and add one last layer of ice cream on top. Sprinkle remaining Oreo crumble on top and store in the freezer until ready to eat.

May 14, 2018 at 2:00 AM

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