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Coconut Protein Bites

Well, we’re officially one month post breakup. Things are starting to feel somewhat normal again. Praise be! This was my first “real” relationship (and looking back that’s a big reason why I stuck around for so long) and subsequently my first breakup. Ended up being a lot more complicated and exhausting that I ever imagined. There is a bright side to this though. I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Finding the joy in little things that I had lost over the last year.  It’s crazy how you can wrap yourself up in something so tightly and then lose sight of who YOU are and what YOU love to do. My health declined, I was constantly exhausted, and workouts were a thing of the past. But now that I’ve got time to focus on me and what makes me happy again – getting back into running is at that the top of that list. As always with me time and longer than life to-do lists make that hard. But quick and easy recipes like today’s for Coconut Protein Bites make it easy to fuel up post run or grab a…

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Tan Fresco Tan Verde, Patron Cocktail Recipe

Patron The Summer

Howdy all! Is it just me or is Summer seriously flying by? It feels just like yesterday that I was in Nashville, and here we are halfway through July. I guess it’s true what they say, time does fly when you’re having fun. Anyways, if y’all remember (and follow along on Instagram) I was in Nashville with Patrón to kick off their #PatronTheSummer tour last month. And today I’m sharing a delicious spicy tequila cocktail created by a Nashville legend perfect for celebrating those dog days of Summer. Because there’s no better way to cool off than with an ice-cold cocktail or two. Which is why I’m excited to have partnered with Patrón for today’s post. So without further adieu, let’s dive head first into a new favorite riff on a classic.  The Tan Fresco Tan Verde brings the heat while also managing to be perfectly refreshing. Meaning it’s the perfect drink for just about every occasion. Hence why it’s been on repeat at my house over the last few weeks, especially for those days spent by the pool. Now for the coolest part of this whole story! Over the last year 3 years Patrón has gathered flavor trends from millions…

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Crab Cake Sliders with Franks Red Hot Sauce

Crab Cake Sliders

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RedHotSummer #IPTSOE #CollectiveBias What a doozy of a couple of weeks! A week camping, a stolen camera, a week in Mexico, ending a year long relationship, and finally moving into a new place. All in the span of a little less than 3 weeks. Saying I’m wearing out would be the understatement of the year. BUT good food is always the way to cure anything. Especially with a dash or twelve of hot sauce, and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo is perfect for Summer. Check out their Buffalo Chicken Sandwich recipe below and visit their site for inspiration. Plus, these Crab Cake Sliders are the perfect way to celebrate the warmer months that are ahead. And Frank’s helps take the flavor to the next level and pairs perfectly with the mayo used to make the sliders. It’s safe to say that I Put That $#!+ On Everything! Why? Because Frank’s RedHot is the perfect combination of flavor & heat. And Frank’s RedHot Original is the most versatile sauce that can be used for a wide variety of dish types. WATCH HOW TO MAKE BUFFALO CHICKEN SLIDERS: SaveSave…

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Red, White, and Blue Cupcake Pops

Cupcake Pops

This post has been sponsored by Pillsbury™ and MARS Inc. All thoughts and opinions are my own. You guys! I’m getting a new apartment in just a few short weeks, and I’m SO excited on so many levels. What exactly am I most excited about? Practically everything. Like 13 foot ceilings, concrete floors, and an entire WALL of windows. But more than anything I’m excited that my kitchen will be bathed in natural light. Also excited that it’s a completely updated and renovated place, meaning that I won’t be working in a hotbox when baking or cooking. Which is exciting for me! Since I barely do any baking this time of year, as my current kitchen has zero ventilation or airflow. Saying it’s a struggle would be an understatement. When I do take some time to bake during the warmer months it’s typically late at night, which 100x worked out when it came time to today’s Cupcake Pops. Because I baked the cake for the pops right before bed, meaning the sun was down and the heat in the kitchen was mostly bearable, and then let it cool overnight. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? Anyways, these Cupcake…

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Fried Broccoli Recipe with Lemon Aioli

Fried Broccoli

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CreateWithOil #CollectiveBias I stop at the same spot every time I pass through Nashville, Pinewood Social, and the main reason I stop in is because of their Fried Broccoli. After coming home from my latest trip I thought to try my hand at it at home. The results? Pretty dang delicious. And while I’ll still have to drive to Nashville to enjoy bowling during dinner I can at least satisfy this craving at home now.  And y’all can as well! I picked up LouAna Liquid Coconut Oil during my last run to Kroger, and it’s the perfect medium to fry up broccoli at home. Now this isn’t deep-fried broccoli by any means, but it’s a nice crispy snack that’s still good for you! Like a veggie fry, made even more delicious with the addition of LouAna Organic Coconut Oil.  For over 120 years LouAna has been crafting the most trusted cooking oils in the country, and they’re just as handy outside the kitchen! From oil pulling (a favorite routine of mine in the mornings) to homemade toothpaste and everything in between. Its uses…

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