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Thursday Night Football Fare… On a Monday

Because hey, football is on tonight too!

Monday night football is upon the B-Love house again, and once again I’m tempted to just throw cheese and ranch dressing on everything in sight and give it to Will.

What is it that brings out the inner crazy 500 pound crazy football fanatic in me this time of year?

Seriously!? Who is this person?

I might as well have a super tight jersey with a giant belly protruding out the bottom, face painted all up, and foam fingers in both hands.

Sheesh.

Oh wait. Only one hand.

I’ve to be able to eat my football fare with the other.

Duh.

Tonight we’re going out for dinner. And will probably eat something delicious, fat, and calorie laden.

For multiple reasons.

1. Because we’re still out of town and want to enjoy some local deliciousness.

2. It’s football season, and Autumn Brittny is way cooler and relaxed about having a yummy indulgence.

As you can see, my usual blogging schedule is a bit “off” since we’re on the road.

Nonetheless, I did round up some yummy food to share with you guys in hopes it will inspire you this week!

Let’s start with something healthy, you know… because it all goes downhill from here. In honor of our hemp protein we learned about last week, I offer a lighter but still fall-friendly option

Um, totally making this on Saturday (minus the gouda for me)

And so commences the date in which everything I make includes pumpkin


And another pumpkin recipe to try
- um, I’m sure football boys LOVE hummus as their gatherings yes? (haha)

Um, vegan ice cream cookie sandwiches that are super easy to make. Is this real life?

I would say you would need some other food to accompany this recipe, but truthfully? The only accompaniment you need is a spoon. And even that is optional.

Our trip has been lots of fun, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it later this week!

In the meantime, here’s a quick peek at what I plan on posting about this week:

-Wrapping up our protein series with whey’s grandpa
-Our last at-home football inspired workout!
-My Ipsy Review!
-Our OU-Notre Dame weekend recap!


Can’t wait to share! Check in tomorrow!

Sooner Saturday!

It’s football time in Oklahoma!!

Last year, Notre Dame came to our house and beat us.

And it sucked.

Seriously- it’s like being schooled in Monopoly by your 2nd cousin.

Who’s in first grade.

It’s humbling.

And embarrassing.

Today? We are in South Bend, hoping to bring a reckoning to the Irish after last year’s ego crusher.

I can only hope we follow through.

Oh, and did I tell you we are there?

Yeah- we are in South Bend today. smile

Very sneaky.

Check in soon for a fun update of all that we’ve been up to!

Until then?

Fingers crossed, and Boomer Sooner!

Thursday Night Football Eats: Choco Banana Bites!

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The other day a friend told me about these delicious banana bites she saw online, and I knew I had to try them. 

As I’ve mentioned a million times before, I am pretty much addicted to peanut butter.

And bananas.

And who doesn’t like chocolate?

Exactly.

In football, they call that a triple threat.

I think.

It seemed like the perfect little snack to accompany the Sunday Colt’s kickoff.

So, I didn’t have an exact recipe (um, but this stuff is sort of a no brainer), so I had to come up with my own ratios which worked well, thank you very much!

Here’s what you need for about 15 bites
-2 slightly large, ripe bananas (too ripe and they’re too mushy, too green and they’re too tasteless)
-2 TBSP natural peanut butter (about 1 TBSP for each banana… or a Brittny TBSP, which is a little padded wink )
-1 cup dark chocolate chips (I used a vegan friendly kind, but any will do)
-1 TBSP coconut oil (optional)

So here’s what I did:

1. I sliced all the bananas into ½ inch pieces and placed half of them on parchment paper.

2. I then gently “dolloped” a little dab of peanut butter on the tops of those halves,

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3. and topped them with their banana hats smile !
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4. Then they went in the freezer for an hour!

EASY.

Um, how about you have your four year old get that part ready for you so you can watch the game, right? smile

After that, I painted my nails watched some football with Will.

5. I warmed up the coconut oil and chocolate in the microwave so it was nice and melty, and quickly dipped my banana bites into the mixture and put them back in the freezer for about half an hour.

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Then? Then we ate them all over the course of the weekend.

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Yes. Two people, two bananas. Makes perfect sense duh.

Leftovers (if you have any?) can be stored in the fridge or freezer.

Here are the nutrition facts:
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Definitely a yummy treat with no bloated belly or guilt afterward.

Cheers and enjoy the game!

Work it Out Wednesday: Football Inspired Workout #3

Wiow

Another round of football drill inspired workouts today.

Last week touched our tootsies. smile

The week before, we shuffled.

This week?

This week is all about those high knees.

High knees are a great, heart raising way to target your legs and lower abs.

And today we’re going to high knee the heck out of this workout.

Yes, I said it.

I don’t care if it doesn’t make sense.

I’ve found over the years, most people get lazy with high knees, just barely raising their legs above a normal jog.

That’s disgraceful- don’t do that.

We can do better than that, and we know it!

Look at these boys on the left side of the screen.

Like that.

So when you do this workout?

Don’t let me down.

Make me proud.

Get your knees way high up in line with your hip and work your butt and lower abs.

Go all out for each of these drills, take a break and go again.

This isn’t a cake walk, ladies, this is a workout.

-30 seconds High Knees
-30 seconds Pop Squats
-30 seconds Pushups
-30 seconds High Knees
-30 seconds Mountain Climbers
-30 seconds Triceps Dips
-30 seconds High Knees
-1 minute Plank
-1 minute Rest

Repeat 5 times.

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More to come, lovelies!

A sweet treat tomorrow!

Thursday Night Football: Greek Inspired Pizza

So vegan confession fun fact!

There are a few non-vegan things I still crave from time to time.

Actually, scratch that.

I won’t even categorize it as a vegan craving.

Even if I wasn’t a vegan, there are a lot of plain old regular junk food items I would crave from time to time. I’m human after all.

Pizza is one of them.

Because, um, it’s freaking out of this world.

Obviously.

I treated myself to completely non-vegan pizza a few months ago (it was veggie, but still covered in cheese), and I’d love to tell you it was terrible and it made me never want to eat pizza again.

Except, that’s not true at all.

Remember the above?

Pizza is out of this world.

Unworldly.

Of course I’m going to like it.

Anyway, “traditional” pizza is an indulgence I don’t treat myself to very often, and thoroughly enjoy when I do.

And tonight is Thursday night football.

So yeah, I’m thinking pizza is in order.

Only tonight? I want to share with you what my typical Thursday Night Football pizza indulgence looks like.

Because it’s definitely still a treat, but way WAY healthier than the gobby oily “goodness” of regular pizza.

I like to buy the full of gluten (haha) duo pack whole wheat crusts. Not exactly the picture of health, but let’s be honest. It’s a work night, and there’s no way I’m making pizza dough. 

Wheat crusts it is.

This allows Will and I to make our own pizzas that last Thursday night and beyond. Win for everyone, especially me since I don’t have to cook the next night!

So ready to see what all goes on my crust?

Check it out here!

Work it Out Wednesday: Football Inspired Workout #2

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If you tried last week’s football shuffle workout, I’ve gotta know- were your legs on fire the entire time like mine were!?

Geez!

What was I thinking putting so many darn shuffles in that workout!? Even our football boys would have cursed my name.

I had fun sharing a football inspired workout, and decided I am going to share a few more workouts this month straight up inspired by my boys on the field.

This week’s is a little less…shuffle-y.

And hopefully your legs will not want to fall off afterward (or during for that matter! I thought I might die!).

However, it’s not easy! So get that out of your mind!

Today? We’re talking toe touches.

And not the cheerleader kind.

Dear Lord help us.

The thought of me doing that kind of toe touch?

Yow.

I’m talking football walking toe touches. Like these:

Hey- don’t knock the video job, okay? It was hot, and I was sweaty, and not my best.

Anyway, sometimes I will remain stationary and do these holding a barbell, like a straight leg deadlift, because guess what?

They’re a very effective way to target glutes and hamstrings. Not only that, but they also work your core and balance.

Even if you’re not in the gym or have barbells handy, this exercise is an excellent way to strengthen your core, balance, and legs.

So let’s get a move on! These legs aren’t going to sculpt themselves.

-10 Walking Toe Touches (5 each leg)
-20 Stance jacks
-10 Wide arm Pushups
-10 Walking Toe Touches (5 each leg)
-20 Cross jacks-10 Narrow Arm Pushups
-10 Walking Toe Touches (5 each leg)
- 20 Straight Arm Jumping Jacks
- 10 Staggered Arm Pushups
-10 Walking Toe Touches (5 each leg)

Repeat 5 times

Give it a try! I will be tomorrow. smile

Another Hot Weekend & Look Ahead

Hello pretty princesses!

I hope you had a lovely weekend! What did you do?

Mine was nice, hot temperatures and all.

My Friday work lunch was so great because I got to meet up with an old friend/coworker!

I love this girl so much, and although we talk pretty frequently, I have not seen her in real life since last November.

Pathetic, right!?

She has 3 kiddos ranging from early elementary to college, so she is busy, plus we live so far away from each other, so emails and texts seem to work best. However, another coworker and I agreed we just need to make time to do things like this, so we did and I am so glad!

We went to Kaiser’s Bistro. I had the black bean burger and green beans (thankfully they don’t serve with bacon anymore).

Selfie before lunch with the girls.

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After work, I went to the store and picked up groceries for the week.

-Here’s what the B-Love family is having for dinner this week:

-Veggie Burgers & Brats w/grilled squash

-Penne Pasta w/homemade red sauce and Meatless Balls

The meatless balls come courtesy of Gardein. Incase you are wondering, Will does not eat them, but since I do I make them for myself! So so good.

-Tamale Pies

So good. I will have to share the recipe with you! Perfect football fare.

Some of the above will make leftovers, hence why there are only three days of meals.

Friday was a pretty quiet evening. I got up super early that morning to work out, so I called it a night equally early.

Saturday morning Will worked for a few hours, so I hit the gym and did a leg circuit.

My workout was pretty amazing, but for different reasons than you may think. I plan to share what made it so special later this week, so stay tuned.

I also changed up what I did and am paying for it today. I am sore!

I got home and did a little light cleaning, which made me very happy. It gets hard to keep up with housework during football season, so I was thankful for the opportunity to get some done. Then Will was home! We took a quick nap since we got up so early, got ready, and then it was time for game day activities to commence!

We were pretty unadventurous this week and just did On The Border for lunch. It’s a good compromise for us, and I like it better than Will’s favored Ted’s because they have vegetable fajitas.

I get the veggie fajitas and ditch the tortillas, and enjoy them very much.

It was hot again yesterday. Really hot.

We got there about an hour early, and thankfully we were in the shade so it wasn’t unbearable.

It’s always the getting to the stadium part that’s the worst.

The walking to the stadium, walking to our seats, going to the bathroom where there’s no moving air.

Once we get to our spot, I’m good. It’s just getting to our spot!

The striped the stadium, which always looks cool.

Stripe the stadium  OU-West VA

Stripe the stadium  OU-West VA

The game was brutal.

Even though we won, I feel like we sort of lost. The defense played so strong, but our offense was very disappointing. The boys have lots to figure out before next week, and even more before the Notre Dame game later this month!

The game got over late, so after showering I went straight to bed!

Yesterday morning we slept in a little and opted to do church online since we got in so late. I really hate doing that, but it is frequent affair when OU has night games.

Will mowed the lawn, and I went to the gym to work chest, triceps, and shoulders. I also did a quick stint on the elliptical, which is a rare occurrence for me.

Given the choice, I will always pass on the ellipitcal or treadmill when I can do something quick and dirty (and more fun) like this, this, or this.

Yesterday also started Will’s Sundays of life in front of the television.

Fantasy football and NFL Sunday Ticket.

A lethal combination.

Lucky for me, I have a plan in place!

I showered and started getting around and my blow dryer died on me.

Awesome.

This has not been our best month. Between a $1200 truck AC replacement, vet bills, and a few other unexpected expenses, I’m pretty much ready to put this string of bad surprises behind us. The blow dryer was just another thing to add on that darn list! Thankfully they are far cheaper than new truck ACs!

So I’m sporting wavy hair bunched up in a clip.

Blow dryer broken :(

Hot.

That did not stop me from getting out and about!

P and I made a quick trip to Starbucks. I got a smoothie and she got tea. Afterward, we headed to Petsmart to get dog food.

I live a glamorous life. smile

Here’s Layla watching the fish.

Petsmart!

Then, it was on to Target to get some things for the week.

We love Target!

We love Target!

Before I knew it, it was 5 and time to start preparing for the long week ahead. Where did the day go!?

And back to work again. Luckily I have fun stuff planned. Take a look!

-Our protein knowledge continues to grow
-Another football inspired at-home workout
-Thursday Night Football Fare: B&P make another treat
-Welcoming you to my sanctuary
-Random Ramblings

And more.

Stay tuned and “happy Monday!”

Reintroducing Autumn Brittny

Enough of this nonsense!

The whole week I’ve been talking about “Summer Brittny” versus “fall Brittny” but have not really delved deep into the real differences.

We are putting an end to that today.

After all, I feel like I should reintroduce myself to the blog world.

This is Fall Brittny talking, not Summer Brittny.

(um, and how much do I love the idea of saying Autumn but never do? Maybe we should call me Autumn Brittny?)

There are a few things you should know about me, aside from the fact that I’m the way cooler, nicer, and more lenient version of myself

Although, I’m sure Summer Brittny would contest she’s the better version, but we both know that’s a lie.

For example, Summer Brittny completely forgets how to bake.

It’s like she’s never seen an oven. When I look back on recipes I’ve made just last year (and even made on a recurring basis) I have zero recollection of performing the act. It’s like a full blow case of cooking amnesia- even with the usual healthy stuff I make.

“What? Homemade chia muffins?”

“You mean, you can bake sweet potatoes?!”

“You can make healthy jalepeno poppers? And they go in that big hole you’re calling an oven?”

It’s like she’s a cavewoman.

Fall (er) Autumn Brittny, however, is all about baking. I love creating healthy and delicious remakes of my favorite not so healthy recipes. Um, you DID see yesterday’s post, right?

And who doesn’t love that!?

Autumn Brittny loves the outdoors.

Which is polar opposite form Summer Brittny, who rains from her head and sweats with the force of 10,000 warriors.

And must be in AC at.all.times.

It’s true.

Autumn Brittny eases up a little about Will having unhealthy food in the house.

“Oh! It’s football season, duh. Of COURSE we need to have chips in the house so you can gorge on them, Will!

Summer Brittny would NEVER allow such heresy,

Speaking of- The thought of going a week without cleaning her house makes Summer Brittny break out in hives.

Although equally happy with a spotless house, Autumn Brittny realizes life happens and sometimes? Well sometimes there are just a week or two where your baseboards don’t get dusted. It happens.

Autumn Brittny is all about t-shirts and tennis shoes.

Hey, I’m sure it’s nice to be all cute and done up on game day, complete with your uncomfortable cowgirl boots and awesomely tall and curled hair, but I just can’t do it.

My husband makes us park and walk too far to get to the stadium. It’s all about comfort for this girl.

Summer Brittny? The thought of tennis shoes outside the gym is flat wrong. She’s all about flowy dresses and pretty summer skirts.

Autumn Brittny gets emotionally invested in the away games.

Like, if she could get into the TV she would. She spouts off when bad calls are made, throws her hands up in the air, and is even known to give the occasional fist bump after a good play.

Summer Brittny? Not so much. I just can’t get into the summer lineup the same way I do with football.

I mean, I’m sure there are some Bachelorette fans who would disagree, but I digress. smile

So Autumn Brittny could probably find a dozen more differences between her alter ego, but she also recognizes the need to stop when she’s ahead and maximize her time. After all, I have lots to get done between now and tomorrow’s game!

So there you have it.

Tomorrow’s game day plans include lunch out, and then heading to the game for another sweaty kickoff. I sure do hope this is the last of the miserably hot game days, though I can recall a few OU-Texas kickoffs that were pretty darn hot too. Ugh…

Nonetheless, I’m sure the super cool, laidback and carefree Autumn Brittny will find a way to make the best of it. wink

More fun to come!

Thursday Night Football: Jalepeno Poppers!

Boats!

Well friends, it’s happened.

Football season.

It’s officially upon us.

Can I please just tell you completely and entirely different Spring and Summer B-Love is from Fall and Winter B-Love?

We’re like night and day opposites.

This topic? It deserves its own post.

Fall Brittny is a little looser when it comes to allowing snacks and treats in the house.

She’s the cool, fun-loving, carefree girl that Spring and Summer Brittny just don’t understand.

You know, because apparently there is some Football Legislation somewhere that mandates the need to have utter crap lying about your house people can bury their faces in.

And while I’m not a huge “bury your face in trans fat” type gal, I do understand the need to enjoy an indulgence, especially during “the big game.”

For that reason, I wanted September Thursdays to be Thursday Night Football Food! For the next four weeks, I plan to take common football goodies and make them slightly healthier.

Not B-Love healthier (my healthy is a little more ridiculous than most people’s healthy), normal healthier.

And vegan friendly too.

I set out to clean up stuffed jalepenos.

Will loves these things.

If they’re on the menu, there’s a good chance he will get an order. For himself.

There’s no way I would touch that crap.

Although- Fall Brittny will admit they taste good, they are usually full of so much unknown junk (and fried!), so I run the other direction.

For that reason, I wanted to clean them up a little, or at least try.

It shouldn’t be hard considering many variations pack as many as 80 calories and 5 grams of fat in one jalepeno.

Um, and let’s be real here- who eats just one?

Chances are they are coming in 4-6 packs, and we are eating all of them, plus whatever else we order.

Yikes!

For that reason, there was no way I was going to bread and fry these things, despite that often being the preferred serving suggestion.

Plus, Me?

Fry something?

No way.

I’ve always been intimidated at the thought of making these stuffed pepper concoctions, but turns out they’re far easier than I anticipated!

In fact, I was able to get the instructions down to a three minute video, so I’d say they’re pretty easy. smile

Take a look at how to make these boys:



As a recap, here’s what you need:
10 jalepenos
1 block, reduced fat cream cheese
½ onion, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 cup reduced fat shredded cheese

Here’s what you do:
-Halve and deseed jalepenos
-Mix all remaining ingredients together except the shredded cheese
-Scoop mixture into jalepenos
-Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, sprinkling cheese on top halfway thru

Yes, it’s that easy.

Here’s a comparison of the breaded, fried traditional poppers versus our cleaner version:

One Sonic Popper packs:
83 calories
4.25g fat
.25g trans fat
277mg sodium
9g carbs

Where one of our has:
37 calories
2.4g fat
0 trans fat
66.8mg sodium
2.5g carbs

Not too shabby if I do say so myself. smile

And the best part of all? Will actually loved them, which was a huge win.

So that’s all for now. Tune in tomorrow for more fun, and next week for another recipe!

More to come!

OU Obsession: 2003-2013

Today was supposed to be Q&A with P.

Yeah, about that…

Obviously not happening.

Instead, it’s 100% me today.

Which, I realize isn’t as exciting because its always 100% me on this blog each day but hey, humor me.

Plus it’s Friday.

And a three day weekend.

Surely we all feel optimistic and a little more forgiving, right?

Exactly.

So read on anyway.

Well my friends, tomorrow the madness begins- let OU football season commence.

I cannot explain to you the night and day difference of our household from now through December compared to the rest of the year.

There’s a different vibe, a heightened level of excitement and awareness.

Watching carefully for the next big catch or upset,

ready for our boys to pounce and tackle their way to a (hopefully) respectable bowl game.

We can sniff out a bad call, fun tail gate, and all the best stadium bathrooms.

We’re like wolves apparently.

But seriously, it is definitely a different feeling around here, and will be through the rest of the year.

It’s like welcoming back that super cool older middle school friend you adored and looked up to when you were in grade school.

You know- the one whose mom would let her watch Friends and The Simpsons, when yours wouldn’t?

The one who wore her big sisters way cool Z. Cavaricci jeans and Clinique lip gloss.

And always smelled like Calvin Klein perfume.

Yeah- she was the best, right?

You just felt cooler and more confident with her around.

Fall and football season are sort of her equivalent.

Only sportier and sweatier.

Fancy.

This OU season will be an interesting one. Will, the forever Sooner optimist, is hoping for a BCS bowl game and thinks it is within reach because of Trevor knights raw talent (which will become more refined this season).

I, on the other hand, am always more trepidatious about such predictions, mainly because we have been let down so many times before (but let’s not forget, all they have accomplished is still nothing to sneeze at!).

Regardless, I’m looking forward to game day and the revival of our annual traditions.

In honor of tomorrow’s season opener, I thought it might be fun to take a quick look at some of our pictures throughout the years.

We used to buy tickets to a game or two when we were engaged.

Here we are in 2003, in the rain!

2003 OU north Texas in the rain!

In 2004 we got season tickets and I think Will may have actually cried tears of joy. smile
2004 Football!

No games in 2005 because of our move to Kuwait. :(

We made up for it in 2006 by going home on vacation during football season and seeing most of the games! Here we are before OU-Texas

hook em horns...not

Will went home for a game in 2007 while I stayed back and spent a fun extended weekend with P. We did, however make it to the Fiesta Bowl that season (it was played in Jan of 08).

happy sooner couple- pre-loss

We moved back in May of 2008 and have been going ever strong! In January 2009 we went to Miami for the 2008 National Champtionship.
when we still thought we had a chance

Here we are at OU-Texas 09. We also went to Nebraska that year, which was really cool, but I didn’t get any pictures!

Terrible.

OU Texas

Here we are in front of Big Tex for OU-Texas 2010
Behind big Tex

2011 was a trip to Florida State!
Before the game

And here we are freezing our butts off at the OU-OSU game in 2012
Chilly Willy OU-OSU

I look forward to lots more memories and pictures to share as the 2013 season commences. Let the games begin.

BOOMER!

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