Spelt Ginger Snaps

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I did it! I actually went ahead and....got a gym membership.  Wow, really.  Who am I?!

Well that was a bit anticlimactic.  *Ahem, cue the crickets*

If you have been following Fit for the Soul for quite some time now, then you probably know that my go-to method of working out is pretty basic.  Most likely, you have read my posts where I am touting about the amazing benefits and joys of working out at home.  However, after having moved to the 3rd story apartment, I still itched to go all out in my workouts as usual.  That is obviously not as easy to do as it is in a house, so my dad offered to get me a membership before I had even mentioned a thing.  :D  He is seriously the sweetest, and I'm so grateful for him.  I always feel bad about asking him for anything, so this is quite special!

On top of all that, I have decided to try some different and out-of-the-norm routines that require special equipment:  the treadmill for intervals, heavier weights, and some equipment such as the lat press. 

I am still going to crank out the bodyweight plyos in-between the strength training, but I am also enjoying HIIT runs on the tread!  Note:  that is really strange because I always avoided those; I just felt like a hamster in a wheel. :P

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I also want to share the Ginger Snap recipe I promised last week.  I like these because I feel like I can eat them whenever, since they're not as sweet as the store-bought kind.  Also, I love the addition of fresh ginger.  Yes, I know that sounds really intimidating!  But when it goes into the oven, all the sinus-throb inducing spiciness goes away.  :)

Spelt Ginger Snaps *Not GF*

Ingredients:

  • 2 C Spelt Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (or regular)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C brown sugar (or Sucanat)
  • 1/4 C softened Earth Balance (or butter)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP fresh minced ginger
  • 1/4 C pure maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.  Grab a medium large bowl, and mix all the dry ingredients together.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix all the wet ingredients.  Also, make sure that the ginger is peeled before you start to chop it up.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and gently incorporate it and mix it with a wooden spatula.  The consistency will end up somewhat crumbly.
  4. Grab about 1/4 of the mixture and start to gently make it into a ball, or oval shaped dough.
  5. Place it on a cutting board and flatten it with a rolling pin until it becomes about 1/4 inches in height.  It shouldn't be too thick or thin.
  6. With whichever shape or cookie cutter you desire, go ahead and press it into the dough.
  7. Slightly grease or butter the cookie sheets and place the cut out pieces of dough about 1-2 inches apart from each other.  Continue direction number 4-7 until it's done.
  8. Bake it for approximately 16 minutes.  Let them cool for at least 10 minutes.  Serving depends on the cookie size.

Everything always tastes better when it's on a "silver platter" (from the Dollar Tree in actuality) and a pretty cup of tea.  (Pronounced in a British accent)

Enjoy!

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Happy Halloween everyone!!!

Having grown up in Argentina where we have no Halloween, I just never really got into the groove of its festivities.

On the other hand, Greg always loved and still loves this fun day because of his sweet memories with his mom. :D

Finally for the first time ever, we carved a pumpkin together!  It was so much fun, and I can't wait to make crazier and more creative designs come next year.

A few weeks ago, we went to a pumpkin patch where we didn't necessarily yank the pumpkin out of the ground, but still got to choose the lucky one out of the thousands of options there.

You bet that I totally wanted to transform these into Cinderella pumpkin carriages!

We also saw a very strange goat that was begging us to take its picture.  As soon as I popped the camera in front of it, the goat climbed the haystack and left me with this pose. :P

Did you grow up celebrating all of the holidays and special days?

-In Argentina we have Dia de los Amigos (Friend Day) and we give each other lots of hugs and sweets!

What's your fave holiday?

-I have to say that I love Easter and Christmas because of their significance.  Oh, and I love Thanksgiving obviously.

What equipment would you recommend for a great leg and cardio workout?

Have a blessed day,

Ellie <3