Austenland

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Austenland

Jane Hayes’s (Keri Russell) adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era. Armed with her bonnet, corset and needlepoint, Jane strives to avoid spinsterhood … but has a difficult time determining where fantasy ends and real life—and maybe even love—begins. Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) and Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers) also star in this charming romantic comedy.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Attempting to be adventurous...

Whenever I start a new project, I go all in. It's probably not the wisest thing in the entire world, since sometimes my passion tends to fizzle before I can finish what I want to do.

What I typically do in situations like this are at least teach myself new things. I learn new recipes, I research new workouts, etc. Health and wellness fascinates me to no end, but I think I get disenchanted after awhile. Not with working out, but just the whole getting burnt out. It's what always happens, but I've also started reading up on a lot of people who I find motivating.

One such person is named Erin, the blogger behind Live Life Active. This past weekend, she participated in her first bikini competition (the last few weeks of prep looked harsh!), but came in third place! That's extremely motivating. I'm not saying I want to enter a bikini competition anytime in the near future (or ever!), but she's just a testament to hard work and determination.

On the main page of her website, she has a recipe for protein peanut butter cups that looked easy peasy.

In the mix: 6 egg whites, 1 scoop vanilla whey, 2 T carob, 2 T natural PB
Her original recipe called for chocolate whey, and cocoa powder, but I've got vanilla protein powder and carob powder up the wazoo (almost done with the bag from the store. Soon I'll move to the bag from Jamesport, Missouri, that my mommy brought me). I doubled up on chocolate flavor, as well as peanut butter, as I needed to finish the jar (why not?).

Hanging in the deep freeze.
It actually made twelve. The other six were on the opposite side of the freezer. Apparently, the serving size is  four of the cups. YIKES! We'll see how I feel after having one, but if I can have a more natural/healthy version of one of my favorite treats.

Last night, I made Cinnamon Rice pudding from You Are What You Eat Cookbook By McKeith, Gillian (Google Affiliate Ad). Brown Rice (used instant from Aldi), HyVee Rice Milk, and about two teaspoons of Cinnamon. It also called for lemon juice/zest, but we didn't have any, so I went without and with was lightly sweet and tasty.

Trying new recipes seems to be what keeps me motivated. I guess I'll just have to keep working at those.

Made it to the gym tonight, though I was feeling a bit rushed, and hardly anyone was there *knock on wood* which is always awesome.

Anyway, let me know if you try out the recipe. I'm looking forward to it!