Saturday, October 19, 2013

DIY Wine Cork Bulletin Board

These have been floating around Pinterest everywhere, so I decided to give it a try. Most of the Pinterest ideas I saw had a frame, but I like mine even better!  It turned out FANTASTIC! Absolutely wonderful. Plus, it was so easy.

You'll need: 28 wine corks, hot glue gun, ribbon, cardboard (for backing)

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So let's get started. Plug in your hot glue gun & get it heating.  You'll want to lay out your wine corks in the shape shown above-- 2 up/down, 2 sideways.  Then cut out the cardboard into the appropriate size.  Of course you can make your board bigger, but this is a really cute size!  Next, start gluing your corks to the cardboard.  When you're done glue the ribbon to the back & tie into a bow at the top.

Look how cute it is.... and useful too!

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It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

Okay, my Saturday morning drink was not alcoholic, but it did just the trick that I needed.... It gave me an energy boost! This morning I made the most delicious protein shake I've ever had. I cannot tell you how good it was. Seriously. I would rave on and on about it if I thought it would convince you to try this shake. So just try it. It's just 3 ingredients!

For my PB2 Protein Shake, you'll need:
8 oz. unsweetened almond/soy milk {I used Silk}
1 scoop vanilla protein powder {you can get your AdvoCare Muscle Gain HERE or use another kind}
2 Tbsp PB2

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Add the almond milk, protein powder, and PB2 in a blender bottle or a cup & mix it up. BAM. Best shake ever. You could also add fruit, oats, ground flaxseed, etc. So many options. This is one recipe you don't need a blender for-- just a blender bottle {pictured} or a spoon.

Also, I've had a few questions about the PB2. You find PB2 at stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, or other health food stores. It's a powder peanut butter that's much lower in fat than usual, because 85% of the fat and oil is removed from the peanuts after pressing. You can mix it into recipes dry or add water to it and eat it like peanut butter. It's great!

Calories: 245, Protein: 26 g, Fat: 5 g, Carbs: 24 g {depending on which type of protein you use}

 **To get a discount on the protein I used, check out my No Shave November special**

Thursday, October 17, 2013

PB2 Protein Granola Bar

I am obsessed with granola bars, so today I decided to whip some up myself. The brands at the store are so sweet & created for kids, so I wanted to make a little something for my adult taste buds (and appetite).

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These PB2 Protein Granola Bars are packed full of protein and deliciousness! These are seriously easy to make. Here we go.... I like to get out all my ingredients before I start baking/cooking, to make sure I have everything I need. I can't tell you how many times I've started baking & found out that I ran out of milk!

1 large banana {if it's ripe, it's sweeter!}
1 1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup PB2
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder {I used AdvoCare Muscle Gain}
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
 1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweeted almond milk {I used Silk}
1 Tbsp agave {or honey}
1/4 cup chocolate chips {optional}

  1. Mash your bananas in a large bowl. This will make it easier to mix in the next step.
  2. Add oats, PB2, protein powder, and ground flaxseed. You can mix it with a mixer if you need to.
  3. Add vanilla, agave, and almond milk until it looks like Picture #1. 
  4. Mix in chocolate chips or wait until after step 6.
  5. Spread onto a greased baking sheet or 9x9 pan.
  6. Press down until granola bars are flat on top.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 mins.
  8. Cut it into granola bars and eat warm or let it cool. Delicious!!

What do you think?