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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
-Matthew 5:8

As I read todays verse, I couldn’t help but be relieved at what God was saying to me.  I also thought about the fact that for those who have impure motives, this verse may be a bit frightening.  Regardless of the outcome, God knows our intentions and our hearts.  Sometimes I do things with good intentions and end up screwing up pretty badly.   

1 scoop Scivation chocolate whey protein, 1 C. fiber select cereal, 3 ice cubes, 3/4 C. unsweet vanilla almond breeze

After all, we’re all human.  Things never work out exactly as we plan them. 

Work today was super slow.  I spent most of the day stressing about when I would have time to finish up Christmas shopping.  You know, it probably gets on God’s nerves that we spend so much of this special time of year fretting over things that Christmas isn’t even about.

Chopped romaine, cucumber, yellow pepper, carrots, and fat free balsamic vinaigrette.

Rather than focusing on the birth of our Savior, we’re too wrapped up in the commercialism of Christmas time.  The gifts, the decorations, the parties, and the food.

Cinnamon/splenda chickpeas + sweet potato slices

Don’t get me wrong, I love the family get-togethers, gift giving, cookie baking, and Christmas parties just as much as the next girl.  I’m simply stating that I need to reevaluate my priorities.  I’m not saying it’s wrong to participate in such activities, either!  For some people, though, it all causes an unnecessary amount of stress and thus, we lose sight of the reason for the season.


Pre-gym snack = Justin’s maple almond butter (THE BEST!) + bananer

 Enough of the heavy stuff, I suppose.  Now, onto the fun part of my day…BASKETBALL practice…after a quick 10 min. warm up on the Cross Ramp and some ab work on the mats.

We don’t have another game until Jan. 8th, so practice everyday is only about an hour and 1/2 instead of two.  But as you can see, I’m still getting a mega cardio workout.  I forgot to hit “stop”, so naturally it’s showing you that I worked out for 4 hours.  Not the case.  Haha…Two total.

The most famous lazy girl dinner EVER on my blog…Broccoli slaw steamed in the microwave, light ragu, fat free cottage cheese, and garlic lovers Tribe hummus ❤ You don’t have to tell me, I know it looks gross, but it tastes just like lasagna! 

Next up, I roasted 1/2 of a small butternut squash sprinkled with paprika, salt, pepper, and chili powder.  I made a little pot of vanilla icing for dippage.  I swear, it was just like Pillsbury, but super healthy.  Just some plain Fage 0% yogurt with sugar free vanilla syrup & cinnamon!

Next, I packed my lunch for the next day, cleaned up the kitchen, and did some things around the house.  I unloaded my gym bag from practice and repacked all my clothes to do the same thing all over again the next day.


Around 8PM, I finally sat my butt down to watch “The Singoff” finale! I hadn’t gotten to see all of the episodes, but I knew that my favorite was Committed.  They are a contemporary christian group that had voices like angels.

The other group was great as well, but they weren’t my favorite.  I snuggled up to watch the show with a warm bowl of oats for dessert.

For the FIRST TIME EVER, I made this bowl on the stovetop.  Beth (SO GLAD YOU’RE BACK!) darling, you were SO right…TOTALLY creamier and more volumnous than the microwave method!  It contained 1/2 C. old fashioned oats, 3/4 C. unsweet almond breeze, and 1 C. water, sugar free vanilla syrup, & cinnamon.  I let it simmer for about ten minutes and then refrigerated it for a little bit to avoid scalding the roof of my mouth.  Mmmmmmmmm.

I also had two squares from this chocolate bar before hitting the pillow!  Chocolate is the best way to end ANY night 🙂

What’s your favorite oatmeal combination?  I know many of you love toppings like nut butters, coconut, sugar free jam, cocoa powder…any weird combinations that you can’t get enough of?!




9 responses »

  1. seriously i love every thing you put into your mouth! favorite oat toppings are my protein muffins and fudgies ( i call it my Death by Chocolate oats) because its freaking amazing…
    also.. are you a baller?! i used to play for 8 years! just recently stopped though 😦

  2. You are so right about that verse. So many time I have to check myself to make sure I have the right motives. I want to make sure that I’m doing what I’m doing to further Christs kingdom and not further my own! After all, our little kingdom here on earth is MEANINGLESS. Glory to God 🙂
    You always have the most clever foods! That brocolli slaw mix up is genius! I often steam mine and add shredded bbq chicken to it. Its like a bbq chicken salad, only better 🙂

  3. Amen sister! I totally agree and sometimes when I feel a little off track I have to remind myself that I’m living for God, and no one else.

    Chocolate and oats are the perfect nighttime snacks…so soothing and comforting 🙂

    Enjoy your evening gorgeous!

  4. Maybe your like me…as Christmas Eve gets closer and Finally at church that day my focus is always 100% on Jesus and stays that way….
    You just have to get all the rigaramole out the way and then…ahhh.


  5. mmm i love your carby dessert bowl! sounds like the perfect warm dessert for the winter! stovetop oats are always so much more delicious then micro! even though it’s a tadddd more work 😉

  6. DiningAndDishing

    Aww, thank you for the shout out my friend!! I’m glad to be back!

    My FAVE bowl of oats is topped with chocolate chips, coconut, dried cranberries and a peanut butter spoon :).

    – Beth @

  7. Do you just put everything in at once or do you heat the water first?

    • You got it! I put everything in at once 🙂 I’ve been wanting to try custardy oats though, too, which is when you stir an egg in at the end right before it’s finished cooking!

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