Help Me Decide!

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Hello friends!  It's another beautiful day (at least in the OC area). Thank you for the feedback on the macaroons from my last post!  It's always so great when, as a self-proclaimed baker, I receive encouragement on the subjects that I post about.  And one of those wonderful subjects is food and baking. :D

Break the Fast!

This morning's breakfast features this wonderful delicious creation that rained from the heavens.  Actually, no...I found it at Albertson's!  I believe that most grocers carry this item now.

Although I'm not diagnosed as Gluten intolerant and I do love my wheat and regular pancakes--because believe me--I do love them, I also like trying new foods as often as I can.

It's really odd, however.  Even though my body seems to accept gluten, more often than not I will get digestive problems when I eat foods derived from wheat.  When I saw this at the store, I knew that I had to give it a try!  The picture on the box just looked too enticing. ;)

Hodgson Mills' GF pancakes are amazing!  It's really not noticeable that the mix contains brown rice flour.

[Courtesy of my point and shoot]

I added pumpkin puree, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, cottage cheese, chia seeds, and water to the mix.

The toppings include fruit, walnuts, Artisana Coconut Butter, a local honey from our friend Kate, and Biscoff spread!  Which by the way, totally violates the GF rule in this breakfast.  I'm a GF poser, I know. :P  Today's coffee is Godiva's Pumpkin Spice which I made into a latte.

Isn't this just precious?!  Mine and Greg's friend Kate, who is also the executive director of the club where we volunteer, gave us this gift as a token of appreciation.  This local honey is so delicious and I think that the packaging is a great idea for wedding favors!  What do you think?

Post Workout Snack

One of my favorite snacks is cottage cheese and Greek Yogurt.  No doubt about that.

[Courtesy of my phone.  Not bad!]

Today's excruciatingly refreshing workout included bicep, tricep, and shoulders, plus the addition of an interval similar to the last one.

After the gym I made a throw-together snack.  Somewhere buried underneath there is Fage Greek Yogurt, cottage cheese, Crofter's fruit spread, pears slices, banana, granola, and Katie's awesome protein frosting.  I like to make this when I feel especially "lazy" after exercising. :)

Save the Date Photos!

Yesterday Susan, Emily, Greg and I headed down to a beautiful park located in Brea.

I'm sure that by now you have figured out that these are pictures for our "Save the Dates".  It's actually later than I would have wanted it to be, but at least we got it done.

So why do I sound so desperate in the title of this post?

Because I want you guys to be a part of our decision!  Please with a pretty cherry on top, will you help me choose your fave picture out of this compilation?

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Doh!  Would have been perfect if both of our faces showed! (Nice, but fail) :P

Could have been a nice and artistic shot, but all the invitees wouldn't even know who we are! Haha.

[All photos courtesy of Susan+Emily+my faithful Canon]

You girls did an amazing job and I am beyond impressed!  Greg, Susan, and Emily....the Lord has blessed me so much through your love and dedication.

To be quite honest with you guys, I am really leaning towards picture #1.  I mean, look at the composition, angle, setting, and candid-ness!  But, I'm so inexperienced in all this so I thought some feedback would be wonderful.  I may or may not be influenced by your picks hehe.

Have an amazing day!

Love,

Ellie <33