Thinking Out Loud: The Calm Between the Storms

Hello there, loverlies!

I hope you are all having a great week and if not, well, tomorrow’s Friday, right? Though I won’t be looking forward to MY weekend ending and my workweek beginning, I am more than excited about my massage appointment tomorrow morning. It has been too long since I’ve slobbered all over my therapist’s massage table. CAN’T WAIT!

Since this is technically my Sunday, I’m going to give a little weekend recap Thinking Out Loud style soooo, the rambling starts….NOW!

TJ Maxx Mug

Saw this at TJ Maxx the other day and just had to get a picture. Oh sarcasm, how I love you so! If you can’t make fun of life sometimes, what’s the point, right?

And believe it or NOT, I walked out of the store empty-handed. I must’ve caught them on an off day because most of the shelves were lacking and then, I don’t know…with all the gloomy skies and rain we’ve been getting lately, I haven’t really been feeling like getting out and doing much.

Chromecast

So thank the dear Google gods for they’re technology advances! Jason and I bought a Chromecast the other day (because we’re sick of staring at my tiny ass computer screen whenever we want to watch Netflix) and omg, you guys, I’m addicted! It literally took minutes to set up and is so user-friendly AND your phone is basically your remote!

Wine and Popcorn

It also helps that I have free space on my lap now that I don’t have to hold my computer THISCLOSE to our faces…which of course makes more room for other things of equal much more importance. #treatyoself ;)

Me & Jason

Since Jason and I started dating, we’ve both put on our fair share of what we like to call “fat and happy” weight SO…we’ve been trying to balance out our couch time with some movement. We’ve been able to squeeze in a couple of walks lately, but it hasn’t been easy with all the sporadic rainstorms we’ve been getting. The trick? Walk a short track where the car is always within sprinting distance. So hey, if Mother Nature wants to fuck with you, you can just be like, “Eh, I was planning on a HIIT workout anyway, bitch!” Umm, yeah, sometimes I have conversations with personified entities.

Grilling Out

How about that #grillporn, huh?

Hamburger & Aspargus

Yep, it may have been only 50ish degrees (10 Celsius) outside last night, but we got our grill on! Sirloin burgers topped with Butterkaise (amazing) cheese served up with our favorite grilled veggie. And even though it was thrown together in minutes, it ended up being one of those meals that we talked about for the rest of the night.

On that note, I’ve got some leftovers that are all of a sudden calling my name from the fridge. Funny how that works. Be sure to hop on over to Spoons and fork you up a good dose of random ramblings. Ha, you see what I did there?

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 And since I forgot to leave you guys with some good tuneage last week AND there is NO WAY I can keep this to myself, please, enjoy the musical talents of my favorite odd-looking guys with some insane electronic sounds, Joywave!

I’ve had their latest album on repeat since it released on Tuesday. While it’s hard to pick a favorite, I’ve gotta say this one is extra special since the chorus makes me think of Jason. ;)

Give me some highlights from your week!

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My Favorite Cornbread Muffins

Light and fluffy with the perfect amount of sweetness, these cornbread muffins, made healthier by using Greek yogurt instead of oil, are one of my favorite snacks…especially with a bit of melted butter and honey drizzled on top!

My Favorite Cornbread Muffins - Whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt combine to make one healthy and DELICIOUS side to any meal! via www.kissmybroccoliblog.com

I’ve said it once (ok, maybe a dozen or more times) that I’m a southern girl through and through. Pulled pork, turnip greens, fried green tomatoes, and well, we all know how I fee about okra! I love it all. And yes, I WILL take some sweet tea to wash it all down! But one of the things that I love most, that I can never find is a good, MOIST cornbread.

Yep, I said it…the “M” word! 8O

It had to be done. There just isn’t another way to describe whats lacking from practically EVERY cornbread I’ve come across in my thirty (gasp) years. Never have I come across one that could serve as anything more than a soup-soaker-upper because let’s face it, I’m only going to end up with a lap full of crumbs.

My Favorite Cornbread Muffins via www.kissmybroccoliblog.com - Pair these healthy cornbread muffins with breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

But then I found it…the recipe of my dreams. Which quickly became my own after I got halfway through the mixing and stirring and realized I made a boo boo. The original recipe called for regular non-fat yogurt but all I had was Greek. Knowing that Greek yogurt has a much thicker consistency, I had to do my best to guess how to balance it out. So I added “a bit” of milk, threw it in the oven, and crossed my fingers. And to my surprise…

It turned out to be the best damn cornbread EVER!

My Favorite Cornbread Muffins via www.kissmybroccoliblog.com - Made with whole wheat pastry flour and Greek yogurt, these cornbread muffins are an excellent (and healthy) side to practically any meal!

The first time I made it, I baked it in an 8×8 baking dish but when I went to try the recipe again to get the measurements exact, I didn’t want to wait 20 minutes for it to bake. So…? Enter the muffin pan to my rescue! Separating these suckers cuts the cooking time in HALF and we all know what that means…

Faster food to face time! ;)

My Favorite Cornbread Muffins via www.kissmybroccoliblog.com - Light and fluffy with the perfect amount of sweetness, these cornbread muffins make for a great snack with butter and honey or pair them with a hearty soup to complete a meal!

I also chose to use whole wheat pastry flour in place of the whole wheat flour because I’m not a fan of super dense quick breads. I like my cake heavy but I want my muffins light! If you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour in your pantry but still want the light and fluffy consistency that mine had, you can substitute 1/2 cup whole wheat flour plus 1/2 cup of cake flour.

My Favorite Cornbread Muffins

By: Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Adapted from: Allrecipes.com

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12-14 minutes

Keywords: bake side snack whole wheat pastry flour greek yogurt

Ingredients (12 muffins)

  • 1 cup medium ground cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400°F
2. Coat a muffin pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
4. In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt and eggs.
5. Add yogurt and egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until dry ingredients are incorporated.
6. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling approximately 2/3 full.
7. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from tin.
9. Best served warm OR reheat in microwave for 15-20 seconds on high.
10. Store in an airtight container for up to one week or freeze for 1-2 months.

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My Favorite Cornbread Muffins via www.kissmybroccoliblog.com - Moist and delicious, these healthy cornbread muffins make the perfect side to just about any meal!

I really hope you guys like this recipe. Jason told me he’s never been a big cornbread fan but he couldn’t stay out of the first batch. After our initial dinner, we had it with butter and honey, peanut butter and jam, and then cut some in half and topped it with fried eggs. Since then I’ve made two MORE batches and have been snacking on them for the last week. FYI, they’re also great with cream cheese and jam. Eh, I always did think bagels where more of a northern thing. ;)

Are you a cornbread fan?

What is one of your favorite southern dishes?

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Thinking Out Loud: It’s About Time!

Annnnnnnnnd she’s BACK!

After nearly two months out of the game, hopefully if Amanda can find it in her heart to forgive me, then you guys will too. Also? Posting twice in the same week for TWO WEEKS in a row? Yeah, I may be onto something here. Maybe. ;)

While I’ve been getting that itch to throw shit away like I do every year (please tell me that’s not just me), I haven’t quite made it happen just yet. I blame it on the weather and the fact that it has.not.stopped.raining all week. So, instead of skipping around the house collecting things to add to the growing Goodwill pile in the garage, I’ve been a little more mellow in my motivation. I’m sorta easing into it, if you will, with a few things that have been neglected lately.

Like FINALLY…

Gym Selfie

Getting my ass in the gym…for the first time…in over two weeks…and then leaving after a walk and fifteen short (and incredibly sweaty) minutes. Seriously, the amount of endurance you loose in such a short time always gets me! The selfie I took on the way out the door explains the weird looks I got. Ha, gotta love curly hair.

Like FINALLY…

Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Making my way over to the “new” Chipotle on the other side of town that opened oh just like two years ago. Well? And I have to say that I only did this to myself BUT…it just wasn’t that good. I’m sorry, but my heart belongs to Cafe Rio…and their crack-like tomatillo ranch dressing that I could bathe in without a second thought. Womp womp. :(

Like FINALLY…

Yoga

Finding a yoga class that fit into my schedule! I was a little disappointed that my favorite instructor wasn’t teaching due to illness, but I tried someone new and I really liked her…especially when she came over at the end of class and gave everyone a little head and shoulder rub with some fragrant oil! It’s been over two months since I was last in the studio so I had trouble with some of the poses…but the real trouble was holding down that burrito bowl from lunch four hours earlier. Ugh.
Can we say “Namabarf”?

Like FINALLY…Blend Ticket Text

Buying my plane ticket to Blend! And then proceeding to harass Melissa with emojis. I had to wait for.ev.er to get my time off approve for work and then, I don’t know, I just kept putting if off. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the cost…especially after waiting so long. Gotta love not having to fly into Salt Lake City airport!

Like FINALLY…

Bob's Redmill Giftcard

Finding AND spending the Bob’s Redmill gift card that I won in the Blend raffle TWO YEARS AGO! Oh and can I just say how amazing those people are? When I got online to make my purchase and realized that I had to call to make a gift card purchase, I was a little put off, but after dialing the number, an actual person picked up! “Bonita” helped me pick all my items quickly and easily and even evened out the shipping so I wouldn’t have to pay a couple of dollars extra. :D

Like FINALLY…

Cheesy Potatoes

Busting out the Trader Joe’s cheese that I bought back in um…January? The amazing caramelized onion cheddar has already come and gone, but SOMEhow, the truffle cheddar got pushed to the back of the cheese drawer and was almost forgotten about. Yeah, I had to scrape off a fair amount of homemade penicillin but I have to say, it made a DAMN good lunch melted over these leftover potatoes!

Like FINALLY…

Nikki the Nikon

Breaking out the big guns and taking some REAL pictures! Which was actually more of a process than it sounds because I had to…find the battery charger, curse a lot while searching for it, charge the battery, remember how the hell to use the damn camera, take my pictures, find the cord that connects it to my computer, curse a lot while searching for it, upload my pictures, deem them marvelous and then…

Keep them from you until next week! :P

Don’t worry. It’ll be worth the wait, I promise. I just have to remember how to do all this recipe stuff again and get it all typed up for ya!

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In the meantime, why don’t you all cruise on over to Spoons and check out all the link ups today and then have yourself one HECK of a weekend! Jason and I are traveling to see the girls today and then its three nights of zombie-walking before a week of fun in the sun…I hope. Speak it into existence, right? Mother Nature?!

Do you get “junk claustrophobia” and an urge to throw stuff away
sometimes?

What’s something at the bottom of your to-do list
that you need to get done?

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