national pancake day

So apparently yesterday was National Pancake Day, which I happened to discover after making pancakes for breakfast (lucky!).  If you missed it- don’t sweat.  No one will be mad at you for making pancakes today instead.  Can we just make every day a pancake celebration?

Here are six fabulous pancake recipes, from six of my favorite foodie bloggers that you really can’t live without:

National Pancake Day March 3rd

1. Gingerbread Pancakes by Creme De La Crumb 2. Maple Bacon Pancakes by A Thousand Threads  3. Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes by Joy The Baker   4. Old Fashioned Pancakes by Rachel Schultz (these are my favorite basic pancake ever!)  5. Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes by Crazy for Crust  6. Tiramisu Pancakes by A Dash of Soul.

And I know what you’re thinking- Brandy is posting about getting your booty off the couch to work out, and I’m feeding you stacks of pancakes.  Oops. 

XO,

shansig

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wake up running

Bear with me, I’ve got fitness on the mind.  Rolling your eyes?  Can’t say I blame you. It is my typical reaction as well.  But now, for whatever reason, I want to talk about moving, staying motivated and not quitting.  Putting it out there is a nice little kick in the booty for me (and hopefully one or two of you).

We talked about the 21 days and how hard yet so rewarding it is to make it through that initial hurdle.  Now let’s talk AM hours.  Yes, I said you need to be flexible with when you workout and you do.  But if you are anything like me, nothing, and I mean nothing, feels better than getting that workout done first thing in the morning.  It’s the act of getting out of bed that is the real struggle.

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So let’s talk strategy.  What can we do to ensure those feet hit the floor over another press of the snooze button?  Here are a few things that just may help:

Dressed to Sweat  The act of simply looking for your workout clothes can add 10 minutes to your morning schedule.  10 minutes of talking yourself out of bothering with those clothes at all…hence not working out.  You can do one of two things here….1 Sleep in your workout clothes.  Everything but the shoes.  (Unless that’s your thing of course.) That way you just throw sneaks on and BAM you are ready to move.  2 Choose and set all your workout clothes neatly beside your bed and put those on first thing after waking.  You have now already taken some of the “think” out of your day.  This is my preferred method because I need to sleep in jammies.  And for whatever reason need to wear fresh clothes before sweating.

Eat Something How anyone gets in a full workout on an empty stomach is beyond my comprehension.  Even if you do not like eating first thing in the morning, a little bit of something in your belly really helps your body during the strain of exercise.  It can be as simple as half a banana (my go to).  That and a some water will keep your tummy from hating you.

Annoying Buddy Find someone who will not fall for your “I’ll workout later” tactics.  Make them annoy the crap out of you until you get out of bed.  Obviously if they sleep in the same bed with you it’s ideal.  But even a buddy who will call or text can do wonders.  You will hate them for brief moments, yes, but in the long run you will think they are awesome (and who doesn’t want to be awesome?).

Get Some Space Between You and the Alarm If all it takes to press “snooze” is a quick motion of the arm than you’re more than likely going to do it.  If you have to actually walk to the snooze button then you’ll begin to lose the urge to snooze during that journey.  It is incredibly irritating but really works.

Written Pep Talk Write down a quote, thought or feeling that gets you going.  Keep it beside your bed, or under your pillow.  Pull it out when you begin to talk yourself out of leaving those warm and cozy covers.  For me it is always motivating to tell my head that I have the choice of feeling amazing in an hour or like a slug covered in dog poo.   That’s a no brainer most days.

Slowly but surely my workouts are inching back up to those early AM hours.  Even Sticky is finding it easier to peel himself out of his slumber for a good run on the treadmill.  Hopefully in a couple of months we won’t need so much help in the motivation department.  But as the say….

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See you in the morning!

brandyjsig

 

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hello march, hello green

I thought I heard a lawnmower today – excitedly looked out the window for it and everything.  That’s right, despite the 5 plus inches of snow we received yesterday I thought, for a split second, that someone was mowing their lawn.  Even Bingham thinks I’ve lost it.

It’s March, the escape from this frozen tundra has got to be just around the corner.  And if it isn’t at least there’s a fun holiday in the middle of the month.  One filled with merriment, brew and a fantastic color.  Our friend Vicki recently sent me a pic of some pretty green New Balance’s she was crushing on and it hit me how little green I have seen of late.  After doing a quick browse on the internet I am sad to report that it’s slim pickings out there.  Good news is I round up some of the best of what I did find (including a little something for the guys!):

St Patrick's Day Attire 20151Gap fitted boyfriend swiss dot shirt/2Target clover leaf shirt/3ASOS t-shirt dress/4New Balance classic wl574 palm springs/5True Decadence full midi skirt/6H&M patterned cotton shirt

Happy March!

brandyjsig

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blog crush

Blue and black.  The dress in the crappy image is blue and black.  The end.

It’s freaking Friday people!  Better than that my man is done with his docent duty!  If you are thinking  “What the heck is docent duty” you are not alone.  Officially google says this – a person who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, or zoo.  Unofficially I say “It’s what Charlotte does after her split with Trey on SATC.”  Only people obsessed with the show, with a freakish memory to boot, understand my explanation.

So what is it I’ll do with a weekend where my better half is available for kid duty?  Nap.  A lot.  (Yeah, I don’t buy that either.)  I’d also like to start reading again – you know, something other than “Penny Sets Up Shop” (although it is a fabulous book about an entrepreneurial little girl).  Simply catching up on a few blogs would be nice.  Here are current faves worth my undivided attention, even if for only 10 minutes:

blogs to followMerrick’s Art she’s a stylist, she’s a seamstress, she’s a momma of two adorable little men.  Her projects are not overwhelming and in general she seems very down to earth.  Plus she has a fabulous name – that’s a win in my book.//Bon Appètempt I can’t even remember what led me to Amelia’s book yesterday but I am so grateful it did.  Another mom with a fabulously fun way of approaching life and scary recipes.  I want to invite her to my messy home to talk food.//Simply Sadie Jane or maybe Sadie Does It All should be more appropriate.  She talks about everything from fashion to parenting to home decorating to her fitness journey (and so much more).  An inspiration for anyone trying to figure out this whole lifestyle blog world.

Happy Weekend Friends!

brandyjsig

 

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easy italian salad

Easy Italian SaladToday I am going to share a fact about myself that could possibly end a few friendships.  Something that may make me sound like a snob, or even un-american. An opinion that I normally keep quietly to myself.

Before I share please remember all the good times we’ve had.  I’m not a bad person.  This is just something I need to get off my chest.  You ready?  Here goes…

 

I think Olive Garden sucks.

 

There, I said it.  Too good for the Garden.  I don’t even like the breadsticks.  Please don’t hate me.

Easy Italian SaladDon’t get me wrong, the OG and I have had good times.  Back in high school that was the go to choice for a night out with the girls.  We would gossip over plates of salad and breadsticks and sip on raspberry lemonade.  All was right with the world.

Fast forward a few years and all that I knew about Italian food flew out the window in a tiny NYC bistro.  Fast forward once more to our honeymoon in Italy.  There is a reason people annoyingly go on and on about the food there.  The pasta alone will change your life.

Easy Italian Salad

So what am I doing today posting a salad that looks shockingly similar to Olive Gardens?  Call it reminiscing with extra olives.

To be fair I do remember liking their salad.  (Although what’s with the olives?  Big bowl, two sad little olives.  Olive garden – I think not.)  Crunchy romaine lettuce drenched in Italian dressing and parmesan cheese…what’s not to love?  It is good but not enough to get back through the doors.  There are just too many other restaurants I love much much more nowadays.  This salad though, it takes me back to when things were good between me and Olive Garden.  It’s like catching up with an old friend who smells like garlic.

Easy Italian Salad Easy Italian SaladIf you are a HUGE Olive Garden fan I am sure you stopped reading this post a long time ago.  If by chance you did not, I would like to apologize.  No judgement here.  We all love what we do and that is what makes food so fantastic.  I like this salad, and all it reminds me of.  Maybe I will make a trip to the OG soon…(fat chance).

Enjoy!

brandyjsig

 

 

 

easy italian salad
 
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Author:
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • Dressing
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan (pre-grated in a pack from the store)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Croutons
  • ½ loaf Italian bread chopped into 1" pieces
  • ½ teaspoon of dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon of dried basil
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Salad
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup whole black olives, pitted
  • 1 cup whole red cherry or grape tomatoes
  • ½ small red onion, very thinly sliced into circles
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Place all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. For croutons preheat oven 350 degrees. Place bread on baking sheet and toss with herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake until golden - 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Place lettuce in large salad bowl. Toss with dressing. Top with olive, tomatoes, red onion, parmesan and croutons. Enjoy!

 

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