Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Peanut Butter Power Balls

I'm a snacker. I would snack all day long if I could and I just discovered a deliciously healthy snack recipe. These Peanut Butter Power Balls are perfect for healthy snacking. Not only are they delicious, they are packed full of protein. I always need an extra boost around 10 in the morning and again right before my workout at 6 p.m. This may be my new go-to bite to eat!

peanut butter power ball ingredients

The Ingredients:

½ cup of creamy peanut butter
 1 cup of oats
 ½ cup of honey
1 tsp. of cinnamon
¼ cup of nuts or berries (I used dried cranberries)

peanut butter power ball mixture

 The Directions:

Combine peanut butter, oats, and honey in a large mixing bowl. Add cinnamon, nuts, or berries and stir until fully mixed.

peanut butter power balls

Roll into little bite-size balls and place onto wax paper or into a muffin tin. I chose muffin tins because I love the polka dots! Stick your yummy snack balls into the fridge for 30 minutes.

peanut butter power balls

Snack away, my friend!

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Ready, Set, Santa Hustle!

We did it! The Santa Hustle Indianapolis 5K has been successfully completed.

Santa Hustle 5K 2014

Santa Hustle 5K 2014

Santa Hustle 5K 2014

Santa Hustle 5K 2014

Santa Hustle 5K 2014

Nic and I woke up early Sunday morning and bundled up for our first ever 5K. Let me tell you, waking up early on a cold Sunday morning was probably the hardest part of the entire race. Despite our sleepy states, we threw on our Santa Hustle sweatshirts, hats, and beards and made our way downtown.

The crisp morning and electric atmosphere made it a perfect day for a race! At 9:30 on the dot, 2,130 runners took off from the starting line at White River State Park and onto a 3.1 mile path winding through downtown Indianapolis.

 The treat stations along the way were one of my favorite parts. Seriously, there were M&M and cookie stations! Hello, best race ever. Although, let’s just say, there is totally a reason why I don’t usually eat tiny candies and run simultaneously (choke much?) … but hey, I loved the sweet motivation.

32 minutes after the race began, Nic and I crossed the finish line. Okay, Nic crossed 10 seconds before me, but that's beside the point. Feeling accomplished and slightly out of breath, we headed back home to spend the rest of the day curled up napping on the couch.

We had a great time! You never know, maybe next year we will attempt the Santa Hustle half marathon.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Deck the Halls

'Tis the season for decorations! A few nights ago, my roommates and I decorated our little abode for the holidays. Since we are all heading home next week, we don't exactly have a Christmas tree (unless you count garland and lights wrapped around a clock). Instead, we found new ways to display our ornaments. These are a few of my favorite DIY Christmas accents around the house. 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How To: Messy Top Knot

Winter is in full swing and that means my hair is a static-filled frizz ball by noon every single day. So, it’s time to break out the top knot! Throwing your hair into a messy bun is the perfect way to tame static with style - it only takes 2 minutes!

top knot

Pull hair into a high ponytail and fasten with a hair band.

top knot: ponytail

Tease! Tease! Tease! Try to tease near the base of the ponytail so the ends stay shiny and smooth.

top knot:tease

Separate hair into two chunks.Take section one and wrap it loosely around the front of the ponytail and fasten it in place with a bobby pin.

top knot: pin

Next, take section two and wrap it around the back of the ponytail and fasten it into place.

top knot: pin 2

Slightly tug at the bun and add any additional bobby pins you may need for flyaways. Va va voom! You've got a top knot!

top knot: finished

Remember, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  Don't be afraid to take out the pins and redo your bun. Have fun with it!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Training for the Santa Hustle

It's official! Nic and I have signed up for the Santa Hustle Indy 5k & Half Marathon on Sunday, December 21, 2014.

Top Knots & Jots fitness calendar

Translation: I have two weeks to kick my cardio routine into overdrive. Yikes!

Typically, my weekly workout routine consists of primarily weight training mixed with low intensity cardio about 3-4 times a week. Not quite the "training for a 5k" workout. So, it's time to do some last minute prepping for the Santa Hustle!

Have any last minute training tips? Feel free to share!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Casserole

Eating pasta for dinner every night is getting old, so I’m spicing it up a little. This broccoli chicken casserole is super easy and puts a nice twist on the ole chicken and veggies routine. Not only is it yummy, it’s a perfect meal for these cold winter nights.

Top Knots and Jots cheesy broccoli chicken casserole

The Ingredients:

3 cups of fresh broccoli
½ cup of chopped onions
2 chicken breasts
1 can of cream of broccoli soup.
¼ cup of milk
2 slices of cheddar cheese


Chop fresh broccoli and onions into small pieces and sprinkle them across the bottom of the casserole pan. Cut each chicken breast into little bites and scatter them on top of the veggie medley.

Top Knots and Jots chopped broccoli

In a small bowl, mix the can of Campbell’s Cream of Broccoli soup with ¼ cup of milk. Slowly pour the mixture on top of the chicken and vegetables. Before putting in the oven, tear small pieces of cheddar cheese and place them on top of your scrumptious creation.

Top Knots and Jots pre - cooked casserole

Bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees and voila! Bon appetit!

Top Knots and Jots cheesy casserole finished

Check out more easy recipes using Campbell’s soup: http://www.campbellskitchen.com/

What are your favorite winter recipes?