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Making sunday a fun-day

Hey there, how was your weekend? Mine seemed to fly by (don’t they always?), but it was still full of fun. Since being back in school, I’ve really tried making a diligent effort to complete most of my homework on Fridays, rather than leave it for the rest of the weekend. Five years ago when I was back in Bryant completing my business degree, I always left my homework for Sunday, which made me absolutely DESPISE this day of the week. So on Friday, after finding out my sister was engaged(!)I tried(key word=tried) to focus on accomplishing my big paper for my science/practical activity class. The only way I can possibly focus when doing a paper is coming here:

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Library silent zone for life!
For the amount of wedding-related ideas I had running through my brain, I have to give myself credit for what I accomplished on my paper, considering my mind was elsewhere. Honestly though, once a fan of the library, always a fan of the library. I may be a geek, but I adore the silent zone. If I’m home, I’ll do anything but study. I mean, who can possibly study when there’s a tv, computer, endless cupboards of food,  a stocked refrigerator, and usually a boyfriend to procrastinate with? Definitely not me! After I closed down the library, we toasted to my sister and her new fiancé with champagne and homemade pizza.
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Sorry for the blurry picture!

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Saturday morning started off with some cardio and a sweaty body pump class, which I loved because we learned the newest release! I <3 body pump.  I squeezed in a few more productive hours of homework in the late morning, but got in some quality beach time with Brandon later that afternoon. We came home sun-kissed and exhausted! Does anyone else always feel super tired after laying in the sun? Leftovers and Pitch Perfect rounded out Saturday night, and boy did it feel good to laugh…Rebel Wilson rules.
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Since I did the majority of my homework on Friday and Saturday…Sunday got to be just what we needed, a fun-day! Being that both of us have felt quite homesick lately, we made it a day full of things that would make us smile, consisting of:

-Face-timing our families: Here’s my cute Dad and my happy sister (look at that ring!). I made her hold it up for a good 5 minutes, I can’t stop staring at it!
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-Having lunch on the water : I went with my craving and got fish and chips. #bestdecisionever
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-Talking by the ocean & grabbing afternoon cocktails (Bahama Breeze for her, Sam Adams for him)
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-Making lightened-up comfort food for dinner consisting of my Mom’s “Light Fettuccine Alfredo” recipe,  with chicken and broccoli:  recipe coming soon!
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All in all, Sunday as a fun-day was just what I needed, and Brandon too.

What did you do this weekend?

I can’t end this post without mentioning Brandon’s Grandfather, who passed away this afternoon. We are so saddened, and wish  more than anything we could be home with his family at this difficult time. It’s truly times like these when being away from home is the absolute hardest. I’m thinking of the French family today and always. xoxo
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A Healthier Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake

Hey there, happy weekend, all! It is Sunday morning here, and I couldn’t be happier. After an intense cardio-boxing class, there is a fun-filled day of sun and rest ahead. But first, a fun breakfast!
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I have to admit, during the week I am a boring breakfast eater. I love oatmeal, so I tend to eat some-sort of oatmeal or cereal combo with fruit salad almost every day of the week. That’s why I think the weekends call for something special, whether it be pancakes, french-toast, homemade muffins or breakfast out, just something different to mix it up.  My Mom always made us special weekend breakfasts growing up, so I hope to carry on this tradition for my family, too.

Anyway, it was fitting that I bake something blueberry-inspired this weekend, since I had a SERIOUS craving for blueberry muffins all week. Come to find out, we didn’t have muffin tins (fail!), so I decided I’d make a blueberry coffee-cake instead. The best part is, it’s delicious yet good for you too.  I, like most people I know, love muffins, cakes, donuts, and pretty much any baked good, but I’m not a big fan of buying them. I prefer to make them on my own to lighten them up a bit. So after some searching online, I found a recipe on Pinterest (what else!) that I modified slightly to add my own twist.

Just a quick tip—try to use a spring-form pan to cook this if you have one. If you don’t have one, use a flat baking dish, such as a 9X12. I had to go with my only option, a pie dish, and it took quite some extra time to cook due to the center being elevated. Either way, it was delicious yet light; a wonderful (healthier) breakfast treat for the weekend. We loved it, hope you do too!

Lightened-Up Blueberry-Almond Coffee Cake
Adapted from Southern Living

Ingredients:
1 large egg
1/2 cup fat-free milk 
1/2 cup vanilla fat-free (or lite) yogurt  ( if you don’t have vanilla, use plain)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

For the topping:

2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup oats (optional)

Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F . Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
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    2. Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in another mixing bowl. Then stir the flour mixture into the egg/liquid mixture until the dry ingredients are moistened. Careful, don’t over-mix! 
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    3. Next, toss 1 and 1/4 cups blueberries in 1 Tbsp. flour, so that the colors don’t bleed too much. Fold them into the batter, and pour into a lightly greased 9-inch spring- form pan. If you don’t have a spring-form pan, use a flat baking dish (like a 9X12). (Don’t use a pie dish like me, or it will affect the cooking time!) Sprinkle the top with remaining 1/4 cup blueberries.
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    4. For the topping, stir together 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, sliced almonds, oats and the cinnamon. Then sprinkle over batter.
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    5. Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until center is cooked through thoroughly. Cool in the pan on a wire rack 15 minutes, and then if you used one, remove the sides of the spring-form pan.
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    I love this breakfast, it’s so pretty to look at! The oats on the topping are just an idea, but I thought they added a nice crunch. Plus, with the caramelized brown sugar, it’s a winning combo. Pair this with a cup of fruit, and maybe some yogurt for a balanced brunch! I’ll be honest, it was hard to stop at one slice, but since it’s healthy, you can have another.Hope you enjoy this!

    Tell me, what is your favorite breakfast treat?