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Good morning, you radiant beam of sunlight!
And way to go to you! You’ve made it to Thursday, which is ONE day away from Friday and thus the weekend.
On top of all that, it’s one day away from December.
How? When? Where did November go?!?!
I’m not entirely sure, but that’s what happens when you’re out of town for half a month.
Anywho, I can’t wait to share this super simple yet super decadent treat that would be a fabulous homemade Christmas gift, sweet goodie to munch on while wrapping Christmas presents, or alternative to the cookies and milk for Santa.
No matter how ya wanna use em, I assure you these homemade treats are just what your Christmas season is missing!
I mean, come on….dark chocolate+booze+caramel+pecans. Who wouldn’t want some of that in their stocking?
When it comes to the holiday season, I'm all about comfort food and festive flavors. Yet too often it seems like the boundaries are pushed (I’m talkin’ to you, IHOP) and comfort food becomes some sort of sinister, diabolical, this-is-bound-to-give-me-diabetes-before-bedtime kinda levels…i.e.-
IHOP’s Red Velvet Pancakes topped with cream cheese icing
Denny’s Cinnamon Sugar Pancake Puppies (pretty much donut holes)
Panera Bread’s Caramel Apple Thumbprint Scone
And sure, come Christmas morning, I’m willing to gobble down a little gluten for nostalgia sake.
But I know if I indulge too much all season long, I won’t make it until New Year’s Day.
Moderation is the key to allowing jeans to fit all holiday season long.
And that’s why it’s so handy dandy to have such an effortless, 4-ingredient, festive breakfast/brunch recipe that would be a PERFECT brinner while decorating the Christmas tree or brunch while addressing Christmas cards, or as I frequently do, breakfast while online shopping.
Let’s get those eggs crackin, cause it’s Pumpkin Pancake time!
Good morning, y’all!
Have you been shopping until you just wanna drop these past 36 hours or have you been snoozing through a sweet potato+pie+turkey-induced coma like me?
If those leggings are feeling a bit snug this morning, I’ve got a healthy, no-cooking required recipe that will help alleviate some of that bloat all while keeping you fueled and full this morning.
On top of all that, it’s gonna help use up those random few dollops of cranberry sauce that would otherwise get shoved to the back of the fridge and turn into a fuzzy, moldy mess in a few weeks.
Let’s not, okay?
Instead, let those cranberries shine in this creamy, slightly sweet, slightly tart, you-sure-this-is-healthy protein shake.
I’m sure we could all use a little healthy protein today.
Y’all know I’m right.
In the past few years, brussel sprouts have become one of the trendiest, sexiest little veggies on the market.
And they pair so nicely with so many flavors…allow me to elaborate...
Brussels and bacon.
Brussels and mustard.
Brussels and maple.
Brussels and pecans.
Brussels and apples.
But you usually don’t think of salty, briney, distinctly Asian flavors and brussel sprouts, do you?
Well, think again.
Cause I’ve got a brussel sprout recipe today that is going to shake, rattle, and roll all others to the curb!
They’re crispy. They’re salty. They’re a little sweet. And they’re a little spicy…
Just the kinda of dish your Thanksgiving (or whenever!) menu needs to wake it up and take it to the next level.
Good morning, you little unicorn, you.
How are ya?
I can’t lie….I’m 110% awesome at the moment.
Cause this momma is getting a way overdue vacation from her 24/7 job.
I absolutely love and am so blessed to have the privilege of staying home with my son day in and day out; however, after 8 months of endless spit up and nursing and stanky diapers, I’ve been eager for a brief hiatus from my parental responsibilities.
Shout out to CamCam and D.Daddy for allowing this belated babymoon to happen.
Yup, if you haven’t been up on my Instagram or Facebook, Mr. HHT and I left little McNugget with his grandparents in Knox Vegas and are in Dominican Republic for our friends’ wedding.
Poor me, huh?
And while on vacay, I look forward to exploring ways to work in some fitness in between trips to the swim-up bar (what better type of bar is there?!) and guacamole station.
I just can’t not be active while on vacation. I don’t wanna quit working out just because I’m at a resort. So I won’t. Some of our friends here have thought we're crazy for wanting to work out on vacation, but that's just part of what we wanna do with our extra, childless time here.
That’s just what works for me. But no judgment if you don’t hit the gym while you’re on vacation. It’s a few days that you’ve earned to relax and unwind..and if not exercising is part of how you unwind then I say it’s okey dokey…just know that it may be a little tough getting it started again when you get back home.
Alrighty friends, with that little pep talk over, here’s what I’ve been up to this past week with my workouts!
I gotta admit, I’m not a pecan pie kinda girl.
Never have been. And it never will be even in my Top 5 of pies (which are as follows: blackberry, chocolate, pumpkin, key lime, and coconut).
However, living in a state that loves itself some pecans AND being married to a man who loves himself some pecan pie, I’ve been forced to warm up to the idea of pecan pie.
While I may have already offended 75% of y’all by sharing the fact that I don’t pursue pecan pie on dessert menus and at bakeries, let me at least defend myself:
So, as Thanksgiving approaches and I started wracking my little health foodie brain about desserts that may please y’alls palates, pecan pie inevitably came to mind.
And if I’ve gotta experiment and tinker and finagle in the kitchen with a dessert, it better be one I actually enjoy.
Then it struck me…
I like chocolate pie. I like coconut pie. What IF they got friendly with pecan pie….
And thus, German Chocolate Pecan Pie was born.
And what a gorgeous baby this one sure is (and that means something coming from someone who has a rather ridiculously adorable child…)
I’m confident this pie is EXACTLY what your Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert table needs.
I say Thanksgiving and Christmas because once you make it on Turkey Day your friends and family will be begging you to make it again for Christmas.
So let’s just go ahead and plan to make it for both holidays, cool?
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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