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  • Gluten-Free & Paleo Pumpkin Banana Muffins

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    These gluten-free and paleo pumpkin banana muffins are a perfect addition to your breakfast spread or a great option for an afternoon snack. And with just under 150 calories per muffin and no processed sugar, you can feel good about enjoying a freshly baked treat! My current breakfast obsession is two scrambled eggs, fresh fruit [...]

  • Maple Apple Spice Cake

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    Apple cake is one of the desserts I look forward to most every fall. I developed this recipe for Maple Apple Spice Bundt Cake in fall of 2013 and it immediately became my favorite apple cake. It's now a staple in my fall/holiday baking rotation. Fresh apple cake reminds me so much of my childhood. My [...]

  • Spiced Zucchini, Carrot and Banana Bread (Or Muffins!)

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    I've had the baking bug lately and this spiced zucchini, carrot and banana bread is my favorite thing that I've baked over the last month or so. I can also easily be turned into muffins or mini loaves. It all started when I set out to make banana bread to take along on my beach trip [...]

  • The Best Basic Granola Recipe

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    A basic granola recipe with a short ingredients list. This granola is the perfect balance sweet and salty; chewy and crispy. Oats, brown sugar, honey and coconut oil are studded with plump raisins for a delicious breakfast or snack.  Every time I go visit my parents my dad always has a container of homemade granola sitting [...]

  • Cranberry Orange Muffins with Streusel Topping and Orange Glaze

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    document.body.id = 'noIntelliTXT'; This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. I really enjoyed reading all about your holiday baking and breakfast traditions last week. It was so interesting to read about everyone's various traditions and my mouth was watering over [...]

  • Healthy-ish Peanut Butter & Coconut Banana Bread

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    After going five days without peanut butter last week while I was away on the yoga retreat, it's been all peanut butter, all the time since getting back. The first thing I ate when I arrived home was an apple with peanut butter and since then it's been a steady stream of peanut butter smoothies, peanut [...]

  • A “Wild Weekend” (Not Really) + Starbucks Coconut Milk Latte

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    Hi! The week is off to a great start over here. It's 66 and sunny. As soon as I hit publish on this post I'm going to head out for a run and walk the pups. The pups were reunited this weekend after spending a week apart and they've been inseparable ever since. I am [...]

  • Welcoming 2015 + NYE Outfit

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    Happy Friday and Happy New Year! I kicked off my New Year's Eve by teaching a 6 a.m. hot yoga class at Charlotte Yoga. It was 28 degrees when I left for class so the monkey hat was a must! :) I spent the rest of the day working on the computer, cleaning, in meetings [...]

  • Why I Told My Yoga Class to Eat Pizza + Playlist

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    I am feeling the holiday crazies something serious this year. When my editor told me my book deadline was January 5 and apologized for the holiday timeline, I didn't think much of it. Now that I'm in the moment...I have to admit that I'm dying a little. I want to be shopping, baking cookies and [...]

  • Life Lately: Zoey Girl, Baking, Yoga Stuff and Things to Read

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    It's December 10, I still haven't started Christmas shopping and this week has passed by in the blink of an eye. Thanks for your feedback on the kitchen gift guide. The fitness/yoga version will be coming tomorrow for those of you who are on the procrastination train with me! Here's a little update on life [...]

  • Weekend: Weddings, Friends and Sweet Stuff

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    I hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday evening. I am just popping in with some weekend photos to share! This one got a bath and a little hair cut on Friday. When I picked her up she was so soft, smelling like roses and over the top cute. I swear she knows when she's [...]

  • Spiced Zucchini Carrot Bread {Recipe}

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    This is the time of the year when everyone starts to feel pretty over the surplus of summer veggies and fast forwards to fall. My favorite farmer at the farmers market gave me an oversized zucchini a few weeks ago because they weren't selling. Everyone was starting to go for the winter squash instead. My mind immediately went [...]

  • Recent Eats: Coconut Curry, Flatbread, Zuchhini Carrot Bread

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    The week has been off to a delicious start over here! I did some baking on Sunday afternoon and made this zucchini carrot quick bread. I was hoping to share the recipe with you but it's not quite ready yet. I want to try it again with a few modifications and see if I can take it [...]

  • Labor Day Weekend in Photos

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    I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day Weekend. Mine was super low-key. I stayed here in Charlotte and managed a nice mix between productivity/work and relaxation/being social. The highlight of my weekend was being able to sleep in this morning until whenever I woke up without having to set an alarm to be somewhere. I [...]

  • Weekend: Baking, Long Run, Movies & More + Weekly Workouts

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    I went into this weekend with no plans other than teaching my normal Saturday and Sunday yoga classes and a long run with a friend. I was totally okay with that since I've been out so much lately but then I ended up having fun plans come together at the last minute on both Friday and Saturday [...]

  • Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars {Recipe}

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    I have the best neighbors. They've lived on my street for 20+ years and are always looking out for me and Sullie. They help me take care of her on crazy days, check in with me on a regular basis, watch out for the house while I'm gone all day or away on trips and are [...]

  • Day In The Life Thursday

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    4:55 a.m. - alarm goes off. Check phone in bed until second alarm goes off at 5 a.m. I get up to train clients at 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. Sullie stays in bed. This is the regular for her. She never gets up until I get home from my morning gym sessions and then she's [...]

  • Fresh Peach Cake {Recipe}

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    It's peach season y'all! Growing up in Georgia, peaches were a big deal...we are the peach state after all. ;) Little did I know that after moving to the Carolinas (I've lived in North and South Carolina) that South Carolina peaches are also a big deal and equally as delicious as Georgia peaches. I have [...]

  • Blueberry Banana Muffins {Recipe}

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    Good morning! I always keep bananas in the house for smoothies and sometimes they get a little too ripe before I get around to using them. I know many people freeze their bananas for smoothies but since all the other fruit I use in my smoothies is frozen, I like having the banana to add [...]

  • The Weekend + The Best Meal + The Saddest Movie

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    I had a very low key but nice weekend. After continuing education all day on Friday, I crashed Friday night and didn't do much of anything. I had hopes of getting up and practicing at Om Yoga on Saturday morning before I taught my hot vinyasa class but then I slept until 8:30 so that [...]

  • Olive Oil & Greek Yogurt Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

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    Good morning! It's a rainy, chilly and dreary day here in Charlotte so it seems like the perfect morning to share a baking recipe with you. I don't know about you but this kind of weather always makes me want to cozy up in the kitchen with a cup of hot tea and play around. [...]

  • Recent Eats: Creative in the Kitchen

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    So glad y'all are loving the Tommie Copper giveaway. Remember, you have until midnight tonight to enter! And be sure to check back later tonight for an Erin McDermott Jewelry giveaway! (WOOHOO!!!) It's been a week since I've shared recent eats so I want to quickly show you some of my favorites. Many of my [...]

  • A Very Special Happy Birthday

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    I've spent the last two days in Georgia celebrating a very special birthday! My Mema's 84th! Last year I cleared my calendar and drove down to Georgia in the middle of the week to surprise her on her actual birthday so I decided to do the same thing this year! Earlier this week I baked [...]

  • Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins {Recipe}

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    I know I said I was going to post a workout today but then I made these muffins this morning and I had to share the recipe immediately. So we'll eat muffins first and then we'll do a squat workout later! :) It's no secret that peanut butter ranks is one of my favorite foods [...]

  • Carrot Cake Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting {Recipe}

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    Happy Valentine's Day! I have a delicious present for you. Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting! I was actually grateful to be snowed in for two days because it gave me a lot of time to play in the kitchen and to work on my book. On my "must buy at the grocery before [...]

  • 2013 Christmas Eating

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    One of my favorite things about going home for the holidays is the food and spending time in the kitchen with my family preparing meals. My dad and I always menu plan for weeks ahead of time and bounce ideas back and forth. So the first part of my Christmas 2013 post is all about [...]

  • Wrapping It Up

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    Merry Christmas Eve! I'm headed to Georgia for Christmas with my family. The past few days have been a whirlwind of last minute shopping, baking, packing and wrapping. This was the scene in my living room last night as I tackled all the gifts that needed to be wrapped while I watched Elf. Sullie acted [...]

  • Approximation

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    One of my yoga teachers is always telling us to "approximate the pose" to the best of our abilities. How you do a pose might not look like the yogi practicing next to you, a photo in Yoga Journal or the way Krishnamacharya would do it but it's the right way for you and your [...]

  • A Cookie Swap with Cascadian Farm {Recipe Post}

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    One of my favorite traditions about my family Christmas is my grandmother's appetizer table. We always gather at her house for our gift exchange and Christmas dinner. The first thing we always did growing up was to check our stockings and then check the appetizer table to see what there was to snack on. She [...]

  • Spiced Peach Carrot Bread

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    Here is the first of the recipes from Bakin' and Eggs. Some recipes I will actually be remaking, rephotographing and reblogging and others I'll just be reposting. Today is a repost because I wanted to get this recipe up before the last of the peaches are gone and I'm happy with the photography here. Some [...]

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

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    Behold peanut butter and chocolate greatness. I have been making these peanut butter chocolate chip bars for three years. I have sent them to blog readers, baked them for parties, taken them to co-workers and even brought them to yoga as a treat for my students on multiple occasions. I have never received a single [...]

  • Where Is Summer? And Scallops, CrossFit Craziness, Baking and Yogi Clothes

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    Well, it's cloudy, raining and unseasonably cool for July in Charlotte again this weekend. It's a trend this summer. I'm seriously not kidding. - Rain has fallen somewhere in Mecklenburg County daily since June 23. - Since June 1, more than 11.7 inches has fallen at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte's official measuring station. That [...]

  • Overnight Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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    Hola! I'm back in Charlotte where it's sunny and 80 degrees. That's how we do things in the South. It was 40 degrees and sleeting this time last week. Now we've fast-forwarded right into early summer. It will be 90 degrees before we know it. I LOVE IT. Okay, the real reason for this post [...]

  • Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free Mini Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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    I can count the number of the times I've tried to bake desserts that skew more towards healthy than sinful and my experiences have mostly led me to believe that when you want a sweet, you just need to go for it. There was one incident where Pintest led me to believe it was a [...]

  • Pre-Dawn Grocery Shopping and Kitchen Projects

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    I woke up at what I thought was the middle of the night. I checked my phone and it was 4:50. My alarm was set for 5:15 and I was wide open so I figured it best to get out of bed while I was half alert rather than sleep for 20 more minutes and [...]

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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    Baking is my favorite. Baking with peanut butter is even better. Baking with peanut butter AND chocolate is over the top heavenly. Some of my all-time favorite peanut butter and chocolate recipes are these peanut butter chocolate chip bars and these flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Today, I have a new peanut butter and [...]

  • Weekend As Usual

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    One day I'm practicing ashtanga poolside with the sun beating down on me and the next day I'm running outside with snow blowing in my face. Vacation is officially over. What a wake up call! I've jumped right back into my normal routine. Saturday morning started with peanut butter toast, espresso and CrossFit. I actually [...]

  • Brie and Apricot Chicken & Missin’ the Kitchen

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    I miss cooking so much. I miss sitting down on Sundays, planning out my menu for the week and grocery shopping. I miss actually having someone to cook for. I miss the process of cooking. One of my favorite things in the world to do is settle into the kitchen, turn on music and get to [...]

  • Living The Dream

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    I had a really awesome weekend with many highlights. - Teaching two packed yoga classes to the amazing yogis at Y2 Yoga. They flowed, they sweated, they learned a new mantra, worked on a new deep upper backbend (more on the mantra and backbend tomorrow for yoga Monday!) and listened to this motivational speech about [...]

  • Make-Up Cookies

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    I have failed you and I am sorry. I was so excited for the first yoga Monday post yesterday. I wanted to do a post-workout/run stretching video and that turned into a giant mess involving the video cutting off halfway through, a second video that I was going to merge with the first, over 200 [...]

  • Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

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    I love to bake but it's something that I have not been able to do nearly as frequently since I gave up my 9-5 and transitioned into a career in the fitness industry. It's not that I can't do it from a nutrition and calories perspective but more from a there is not time and [...]

  • So Much To Share

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    I love Sundays. They inspire me. Always. I woke up before my alarm so I had some time to lounge before teaching my 9:15 hot class. I made espresso and oatmeal and got back in bed. It was a gray, rainy morning so it was so cozy to hang out in bed. (And that's one [...]

  • Butterscotch, Pretzel and Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    Do you know what's boring? Salad...salad for lunch... Salad for dinner. I am over salad. I inhaled this chicken dinner last night after teaching BodyPump. If I ate one more bowl of leftover soup or another salad I was going to cry. I blazed into the grocery store at 8 p.m. praying that they still [...]

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Bars

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    I think many of us have heard of Ann Byrn, better known as "The Cake Mix Doctor." She's published multiple cookbooks sharing how to turn a traditional boxed cake mix into something special. Since cake mix is the cornerstone of most of Ann's recipes it seems only logical that she would create her own brand [...]

  • Coconut Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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    How's that for a recipe title? It could also be known as "open the pantry and fridge and throw in everything that you have banana bread."  I had two bananas that were destined for the trash can if I didn't find a use for them yesterday. I am a little over traditional banana bread so [...]

  • Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    My Sunday activities consisted of sleeping in, making brunch, baking cookies, blogging, hot yoga, house cleaning and a meeting at lululemon. While I did keep myself busy, none of these were "have to do's" and everything was done at a relaxed pace. It is still weird for me to wake up on Sunday morning and [...]

  • A Healthy “Cookie” Fail

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    While I was in the throws of domesticity yesterday, I took a breather on the couch and decided to browse my "i love peanut butter" board on Pinterest in search of a baking project. In a moment of weakness, I actually thought it would be a good idea to bake peanut butter cookies with chickpeas. [...]

  • Cute And Sweet

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    I hope that your week is off to a great start. In case you don't follow PBR on Facebook, I must share this photo that I posted this morning. And if you do follow me there, who doesn't want to see this cuteness again? It makes me happy every time I look at it. (source) [...]

  • The Weekend + Crockpot Salsa Chicken Recipe

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    I don't have too much to report from the weekend. It's been very low-key. Saturday morning involved CrossFit. The second I checked the blog and saw this WOD I abandoned plans to practice  yoga and headed over to the new gym instead. This is an ideal WOD for me for an all over good workout. [...]

  • Blueberry Crumb Bars + A Dilemma

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    Some of you might know this but I didn't get my start with blogging on Peanut Butter Runner. I actually had my food/recipe blog, Bakin' & Eggs, for two years before launching Peanut Butter Runner. I posted recipes there 3-5 times a week. I started PBR because I was constantly asked how I could bake [...]