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  • Amy K. 9:21 pm on December 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    And the Winner is.. 

    Tina @Β Faith Fitness Fun!!

    Yay!! Send me your mailing address at and I can send you your prize. A box full of light and fluffyΒ marshmallows!!


    In other news, I just bought my plane ticket to Paris for the Paris Marathon in April!!! Can’t believe Im going πŸ™‚

    Amy K.

    • Lauren 4:44 pm on December 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So exciting about Paris! It will be here before you know it!

      Bummed I missed your first giveaway…those looked yum-o! πŸ™‚

      Happy New Year!

    • Duchess of Fork 7:14 pm on January 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Paris Marathon?? Sounds amazing! Good luck!

  • Amy K. 8:33 pm on December 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Giveaway, , Recipe   

    Healthy Peanut Giveaway! 

    One of my favorite mottos is: Change is Healthy πŸ™‚ And right now, there is a lot of change happening!

    A new year is coming up. 2011!

    I am officially moved out of my little house in Athens!

    My sister Kay and her husband Tony are have a baby!!!!!

    It was a BIG Christmas surprise! They just moved into their house too! Perfect timing πŸ™‚

    And I have made a few changes to the blog!

    An updated name, a recipes page, and a new domain:!!

    To celebrate these changes and continue the season of giving, I am having my very first giveaway!!!

    For Christmas I gave my sister a candy thermometer so we could make marshmallows! Something we have always wanted to do!

    They turned out so light and fluffy, we were blown away!! These have totally ruined all store bought marshmallows for us! Good thing they are not too tough to make!

    Homemade Marshmallows

    adapted from Smitten Kitchen

    • 3 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 large egg whites
    • 1 Tbsp vanilla
    • lots and lots of powdered sugar!

    Start by combining gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in a large bowl.

    Oil a 13×9 pan and sprinkle with a good amount of powdered sugar. This is so the marshmallow will not stick to the pan, VERY important step πŸ™‚

    Combine sugar, 1/2 cold water, corn syrup and salt in a large pot with your candy thermometer attached to the side. Heat on low and stir until sugar dissolves. Then bring to a boils without stirring, until the temperature reaches 240 degrees. Pour into bowl with gelatin and stir until gelatin dissolves. Using a stand or handheld mixer, mix until triple in size and thick.

    In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until they form hard peaks. Fold this and the vanilla into the sugar mixture and stir until combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan, smoothing it until it is evenly covered. Sprinkle the top with powder sugar. Allow to sit a chill for at least 3 hours.

    Lick the spoon at your own risk: it is a hot, sticky, delicious mess!!!

    When it is done cooling, carefully remove from pan. Lay out on a cutting board and use an oiled pizza cutter to cut into 1 inch cubes. Then roll in powder sugar to cover all of the sides and marvel at how amazingly fluffy these are!

    The Giveaway:

    I am giving away one box of these light and tasty treats! Simply leave a comment below before 2:00 pm Thursday December 30th. I will randomly pick a comment and send them to you!

    Let me know:

    What was your favorite thing that you made/ate this Christmas?

    These might just be mine…or yeah they are that good! Good Luck!

    Amy K.

    • Mom 8:42 pm on December 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I can tell you the marshmellows are wonderful. Won’t be able to eat the store bought ones again!!!

    • Cam 8:51 pm on December 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I plan on roasting a few ducks with my boys soon. Does that count??

    • Tori @ FIToriBLOG.comy 12:13 am on December 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This year was kind of a bust! I really didn’t bake like I usually do due to 1st trimester weird tastes and nausea. bummer! OR, on the flipside, caused less of a backside increase for me! πŸ™‚ ha!
      I did make my favorite peanut butter cookies w/ the hershey kisses on top…what are they called?!
      Congrats to your sister! How exciting!!!

      • Amy K. 3:35 am on December 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yum! those cookies are the best!! Always a crowd pleaser πŸ™‚

    • Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS 11:33 am on December 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so impressed! I’ve always wanted to make those marshmallows but never been brave enough.
      My favorite thing to make is fudge using the recipe from the back of the marshmallow creme jar. Simple, but always a favorite.

      • Amy K. 5:36 pm on December 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I didnt even know it was possible to make your own! I can never go back πŸ™‚

    • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun 5:16 pm on December 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Those look delicious! I wouldn’t even know where to begin to make my own marshmallows before you posted about it.

      And I am all about change right now. So ready for 2011!

      • Amy K. 5:40 pm on December 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I was so surprise about how easy it was! Homemade is the best!!

        You do have a lot of change heading your way πŸ™‚ Hope everything is going well!

  • Amy K. 5:59 am on December 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baking, , cooking, Hot Chocolate, Macaron,   

    Feasting on Macarons 

    Merry Christmas!

    I hope you all had a fabulous and blessed Christmas Day!

    Ours was relaxing. Filled with presents, games, food and SNOW!!!

    This is a big deal for us Georgians. The last time it snowed on Christmas was in the 1880s!! Β I am enjoying it while it lasts (later this week it is going to be in the 60s).

    Ever since coming home I have been super busy with work at William Sonoma, moving, visiting with friends and family, I haven’t really had the time to cook. It was our friend Jake’s birthday and we decided to make a birthday feast!

    Hard at work in the kitchen!

    First up was a white pizza made by Jake and my brother Charlie. They made the dough and sauce. We topped it with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and spinach.

    With the leftover ingredients, Jake and I made calzones. There were a few holes in the dough that we patched up, this gave them a more artisan and rustic look πŸ˜‰

    Jake made Jerk Stuffed Pork, which were wonderful and spicy!

    Gus, Jake’s brother made a beautiful beet risotto!!

    This was all served with a side of seasonal sautΓ©ed green beans.

    For my contribution I made Macarons for dessert!

    Hot Chocolate Macarons with Marshmallow Frosting to be exact!

    In anticipation for my Paris trip in April, I want to perfect my macaron making skills.

    Hot Chocolate Macarons

    Adapted from hungry rabbit

    • 2/3 cup almond meal
    • 1.5 cups powder sugar
    • 3 Tbsp coco powder
    • 1 tsp cornstarch
    • Pinch of salt
    • 3 large egg white, at room temperature
    • 4 Tbsp sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla

    Blend dry ingredients in food processor until fine, then sift mixture into a bowl.

    Beat egg whites in a bowl until foamy, then slowly add the 4 tbsp of sugar and beat until stiff peaks have formed. Reduce to low speed and add vanilla.

    Fold in the dry ingredients. And pour batter into a pastry bag (I used a gallon ziplock bag, pastry bag buried in moving boxes somewhere!). Pipe small circles onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave space between circles for them to rise. Allow filled sheet to sit at room temperature for about 15 mins to develop a little shell on the batter.


    Place in oven preheated to 350. Bake for 8 mins, rotate sheet and bake for 8 more until crisp. This is where you can peak in and pray for those macaron “feet” to appear. These are the ridges around the bottom, so far so good πŸ™‚ Allow macarons to cool on wire rack while you make your frosting.

    Marshmallow Frosting

    From Smitten Kitchen

    • 2 egg whites
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
    • 2 Tbsp water
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

    Combine ingredients in double broilers, beat with electric mixer while it is heating up. Beat until fluffy, then remove from the heat and beat until cooled.

    Pipe between shells…

    …or on top, whatever!

    Happy birthday Jake!

    It was a fabulous night with good food and friends. We have decided that we need to do this for each of our birthdays in the future!

    Amy K.

    • Jake 9:35 pm on December 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Amy! I hope you are enjoying reading the cookbooks and I look forward to trying our the macaroons!

    • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun 5:49 pm on December 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Those macaroons look awesome! And I couldn’t believe it snowed either.

  • Amy K. 5:36 am on December 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Christmas Lights, Muscadine Wine, , Wine Tasting   

    Sips of the Season 

    This year I decided that instead of buying Christmas presents for my family, I am going to do something with/for them. I think it is more personal…

    …AND I am a poor college student! πŸ™‚

    I decided to take my dad wine tasting. Β This afternoon we went to the Chateau Elan Winery in north Georgia.

    We had a BLAST! The tasting started with a 45 min tour of the winery.

    We learned so much about the wine making process (and it is a process!) and specifically Georgia grapes.

    Chateau Elan’s speciality is Muscadine Wine, made from muscadine grapes which grow well in Georgia. It has such a distinct flavor, my dad was reminded of wild grapes he used to eat growing up. I was reminded of Β kids chewable grape Tylenol I used to have growing up (yum!)

    Our tour guide was 78 years old and oh so knowledgeable!! Wonder how many bottles of wine he has opened in his lifetime…

    Palate cleanser πŸ™‚

    They gave us chocolate as a chaser for the incredibly strong port wine!




    This evening I took my mom for her Christmas present adventure!

    We went for holiday magazines and fancy coffee drinks are the bookstore and Starbucks! We tried out the carmel brulee latte and hot chocolate. We were surprised that they actually were not too sweet. Just perfect!

    We started doing some research for our Christmas meal menus. Paula Deen’s mag and Paula Deen pen from when I visited her restaurant this summer in Savannah! Im a big Paula fan but I don’t think I have ever made one of her recipes!!

    After Starbucks we went driving around to see Christmas lights. We went by 2 houses in Alpharetta that have their lights set to music and you tune in through your radio! They also collect money to donate to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta πŸ™‚

    We were blown away by the work put into these displays!!

    If you are in the Atlanta area, you should definitely check them out!

    Is there really only 3 days till Christmas!?!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

    • Tony 2:40 pm on December 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Who knew Georgia could grow good grapes! Next up… Maybe Napa?

    • Kris | 5:04 am on December 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How fun was this christmas gift?? What a great idea!!

      I live about 5 hours from BC’s wine country and would love to plan a weekend up there again!


    • Beth 3:52 pm on December 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love the idea of doing Christmas activities rather than gifts – so much more personal and its nice to actually spend time one on one with them!

    • OliePants 5:10 pm on December 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have to agree with Beth with the Christmas activities. Our family usually abstains from gifts and just hangs out or does something together! πŸ™‚

  • Amy K. 5:28 am on December 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Candy Cane, , , Pretzel, , White Chocolate   

    Slim Pickings 

    Yesterday was our 20 mile long run, a little (or a lot!) of rain and ice could not stop us!! I am so ready to run 26.2 through Disney!! Only 22 days to go!

    Bonk Breaker’s are my newest favorite energy bar πŸ™‚ I LOVE peanut butter and jelly. These are yummy and so easy to eat on the run!

    It is oh so nice to be home!!

    I have a tough time settling into vacation. Β I like feeling productive, and a morning with nothing to do can just about drive me crazy. So I found something to do…

    Peppermint Pretzel Slims

    Inspired by the Trader Joe’s version, which sadly the stores are out of!

    • Pretzel Slims (TJs or any other brand)
    • White Chocolate Baking Chips
    • Peppermint Extract
    • Candy Canes

    Crush the candy canes, very finely.

    That’ll do.

    Melt the chips in a double broiler and add in 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract.

    Dip one end of the pretzel in the white chocolate and crushed peppermint

    Then let them cool and harden up on a cooling rack.

    If you can resist them that long!

    I think that I would pick these over TJs any day! Home made treats are the bestest!!

    Only 1 week to Christmas!!!

    What are you favorite things to make during the holiday season?

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

    • Abby 5:33 am on December 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Mom’s just love it when all the kid’s are home πŸ™‚

    • Aunt Kay 12:51 pm on December 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, Moms do love it when the kids are home. Brent came home last night. I think there are 7 guys sleeping downstairs this morning. Wish I had you here to make one of your healthy, gourmet breakfasts!!! A.K.

      • Amy K. 10:31 pm on December 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I love being home and being taken care of πŸ˜‰ Good luck with the boys!!

    • OliePants 4:17 pm on December 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ummm yeah! You’re sorta like a rock star with the running!

      For Christmas, I break out the peppermint, which I don’t typically prefer anytime else, and mix it with hot chocolate!

    • Amanda@The Grains of Paradise 6:39 pm on December 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! We don’t have Trader Joes in Hawaii so I have not seen these!!! I LOVE!

    • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun 1:38 am on December 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love all the fun things we do together as a family during the holidays. Although making yummy treats is certainly up there too. Those look great!

  • Amy K. 4:13 am on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Twas My Last Night in Athens 

    And all through the house, boxes are packed and waiting by the couch..

    My clothes are all packed and the chimney is bare, just waiting for the moving truck, soon to be there.

    Its hard to believe that this is it!! I went for my last run along Millage Ave, I have put in many MANY miles on that road!

    I am definitely excited about a change though and starting my internship! Best of all…no more tests, no more midterms and no more FINALS!!! πŸ™‚

    I am leaving in the morning and meeting Lauren halfway at the Suwanee Greenway for our 20 mile long run!!! The forecast is in the 50s and RAIN! Im going to go ahead and pray for blue skies but pack the rain jacket just in case!

    I found this Ghirardelli Chocolate Peppermint coffee sample at Target and knew I needed to try it! I love the package πŸ™‚

    Oh I wish you could smell this!!

    I added a tsp of coco powder to the grounds for a little extra chocolate flavor (highly recommend!!)

    A drop of peppermint extra, sweetener and TJs soy milk creamer. This had me humming Christmas songs as I sipped πŸ™‚

    Check out this cup I found the other day..

    FRIENDSHIP! Had to have it!!

    Can’t wait to be back home, with nothing to study for and a fully stocked kitchen!! Stay tuned πŸ™‚

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

    • Jake 9:50 pm on December 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Bhahahah. Best mug ever!

  • Amy K. 11:22 pm on December 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Finals, , Peanut Butter Flour,   

    Studying and Samples 

    We are in mid-finals here in Athens, the streets are deserted and the coffee shops are standing room only.

    I can see the end. Tomorrow I have a final and turning in a paper. My last final is Tuesday, then break can begin!!

    To keep my spirits bright while studying, I have been making my list of all the Christmas goodies I want to make when I get home πŸ™‚

    My study spot of choice is Starbucks, and it you have ever glanced at my blog then you know that it is my favorite coffee spot πŸ™‚ I love the coffee, but they best part is the samples!

    Sample 1: Cranberry Orange Scone

    Sample 2: Banana Chocolate Bread

    Sample 3: White Chocolate Gingerbread Latte

    All amazing! They walk around and hand them out to us studiers (I think they feel bad for us). I collected these samples over a 5 hours period (Oh yeah, I was there that long!)

    This morning I started with a breakfast of champions.

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal

    Another creation coming from an almost empty pantry.

    • 1/3 oatmeal
    • 1/3 cup vanilla Almond milk
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 1/2 banana
    • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
    • 1 tbs peanut butter flour (or you can use regular PB)
    • 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries (this is the jelly part, if I had actual jelly then it would have been amazing drizzled on top!)
    • Sweetner

    Heat oatmeal, almond milk, water and sliced banana on stove top. Stir until almost the consistency you want, then add peanut butter and chia seeds. The peanut butter will thicken it up a lot. Finally fold in the frozen berries, let them sit for a minuet to thaw.

    This was so tasty and so filling. Great study food πŸ™‚

    I took a study break and headed to the gym. I wanted to do something besides the treadmill so I hoped on the stairclimber. Holy Cow, such a good workout! 30 mins later and I was sweating!! I was not expecting it to be that tough. Good way to burn pre holiday calories and escape for an hour! Onward!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

    • Mom 1:52 pm on December 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t wait to see the list of things to make at home!! That means we will get to try them out…so looking forward to the holiday cooking!!

  • Amy K. 11:58 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Peanut Butter   

    The Empty PB Jar 

    This morning I enjoyed a fabulous breakfast in bed!

    Overnight Oats in a Peanut Butter Jar!

    Lauren and I decided to go for our long run at 8:30 so I set my alarm for 7:00 so I could eat a good breakfast before we headed out. And it was GOOOOOD!!

    I have a dorm style fridge in my room. I made the oats last night, I was ready with a spoon next to my bed for when the alarm went off. I only had to reach over and open the fridge!

    I am ALWAYS ready to eat right when I wake up. To have this already made was absolutely heaven! My room is also ridiculously cold, so I got to savor a few more minuets under the covers with my treat! Best way to start the day πŸ™‚

    After bundling up, Lauren and I braved the cold for our 14 miler around Athens!

    It ended up being a really nice morning for a run! This was my last long run around Athens 😦 I have a 5 miler next week and then Im heading home! Kinda sad, I have been running these roads for a year and a half just about everyday! But I am also ready for a change in scenery!!


    The story of my empty PB jar starts with me assessing my pantry.Β Now is the time when I have to start making those critical grocery decisions…exactly how many bananas should I buy to last me to moving day? How creative can I get with pantry items that I need to use up?

    These are the important things that are running through my mind when I should be studying…I am SO ready to be done!!

    In an effort to avoid studying a little longer and get rid of a few food items, I decided to make something sweet to bringΒ to a Christmas party. The food blogs have been blowing up with people raving about Mamma Peas Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Dough Ball Cookies.

    I needed to try them out for myself. I closed my book, put the cap on my highlighter, and rounded up the troops!

    Peanut ButterΒ Chocolate Chip Dough Ball Cookies

    adapted from Peas and Thank You

    • 1/2 cup butter (I had Smart Balance)
    • 3/4 cup PB
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 1 cup WW flour
    • 1/2 cup AP flour
    • 1/2 PB chips (I used butterscotch-NO idea why I have these!)
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used left over Hershey’s bars from Halloween)

    Combine butter, PB, vanilla, and sugars. Then stir, stir, stir!!

    Combine dry ingredients and add to the wet. Stir to combine.

    Add butterscotch and chocolate, then refrigerate for 30 mins while preheating oven to 350.

    Roll rounded tbs full of dough and place and baking sheet.

    Bake for 10-12 mins. Now what is so great about these???

    MMMMMMMMM!! πŸ™‚

    Not only are these delicious but they also finished up my PB for my overnight oats in a jar! Sweet πŸ˜‰

    Too much fun, now back to studying!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

    • Abby 4:38 am on December 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Map My Run is a great App that my dad uses too. Do you know you can see the elevation changes on your route? Merry Christmas!!

    • Aunt Kay 3:51 am on December 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Those dough balls look wonderful!! Good luck on your tests. Luv, A.K.

    • mypurplegrape 11:21 am on December 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      wow! what a great idea eating in bed. well done on the 14 miles!

      yas x

  • Amy K. 1:50 am on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: My Favorite Things   

    A Few of My Favorite Things 

    On my run today I was listening to the Glee station on Slacker Radio (like pandora) and the songΒ My Favorite Things came on. You might know it from the movie The Sound of Music.

    I love this song and it put me in such a good mood just listening to it. And then it got me thinking about some of my favorite things…



    Body Marking

    Snow flakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes πŸ˜‰

    Hilton Head Health

    Hilton Head Ice Cream (especially Cinnamon!)

    Christmas trees with colored lights!


    Running Buddies


    Fancy coffee drinks

    Marshall my snowman, he’s so funny πŸ™‚

    Iced coffee, on the beach





    Sweet Potatoes! Especially homegrown πŸ™‚

    Greek Yogurt

    Sunflower Seed Butter

    Trader Joes

    Free Samples


    The best way to make a list like this is on a super busy or stressful day. Take a 5 min break every hour or so and go through old pictures. They will remind you of what it really important in life πŸ™‚

    What are some of your favorite things?

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

    • Chas 4:09 am on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Family fun, being silly, evening friends, game night, flavorful food, football and giving thanks to He who loves you and wants you to be happy…

      • Amy K. 5:28 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        soon to be added: the lights of downtown Athens πŸ˜‰

    • ohitypo 4:41 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love all of your favorite things πŸ™‚ I shall be thinking of mine… haha Love you!

  • Amy K. 3:37 am on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Brownies, , , ,   


    Today was Fa-La-La-Freezing!! Not only was it frigid but it was windy!! I was forced to do my 5 miler on the treadmill.

    Now is the time when training for a January marathon is not looking like the best idea I ever had… Only for Disney πŸ™‚

    Today was also my LAST last day of school! Woo Hoo!

    Classes are over…finals have only just begun πŸ™‚

    I love studying at this Starbucks, they never disappoint with samples!


    When cleaning my room today, I came to the realization that I have a Trader Joe’s problem! πŸ˜‰


    Tonight the roomies and I had a little fun with some brownies and peppermint…

    • Candy Canes- Check
    • Candy Cane Joe-Joes’s- basically peppermint oreos…I KNOW!
    • Reduced Guilt Brownie Mix- because you know, gotta keep it healthy πŸ˜‰

    We combined the brownie mix with non-fat yogurt and 1/2 tsp peppermint extract. Divided half of the batter among 12 cupcake tins lined with paper. Top the batter with a candy cane joe joe. Top with the remaining brownie mix and sprinkle with crushed candy cane.

    Yummy!!! With a little peppermint surprise inside! And they are under 200 calories each! These really got me excited for Christmas cookie making when finals are all over!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

    • #90 4:16 am on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll have to try the recipe. Me and the boys could use some carbs this week after the big game.
      I’ll be looking to sample some Southwest tasty salsa sensations soon. War Eagle Amy!

    • Traci 6:32 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      NOTHING better than chocolate and mint. It fixes a world of problems πŸ™‚

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