Yes, my title rhymes. I actually didn’t mean it to but hey, I’m going with it.
Today is a Marvelous in My Monday. I haven’t done one these in a while and I am so glad that I get to today! Thanks Katie!
My marvelous has to do with a recipe and food for thought of course, so stay will me here.
Food For Thought:
If I ask my husband what his plan is for the day, he often begins with the statement,
“I’m going to try to……” run this errand, train this long, complete this chore, pay this bill, meet up with this person, etc. etc. etc.
He’s a smart man, he knows that he should never set anything in stone with our daily plans because they often change, and HOURLY! But trying is just as good in my book, that’s if you really DO TRY!
This year we are TRYING to save more, TRYING to spend less, but still TRYING to eat well and stress less.
My $2 5lb cauliflower baby I got from the farmers Market, my homemade chocolate protein pudding (with a side of marshmallows of course), and my thrifty quick and easy tuna cakes (recipe instagramed here).
This year I am TRYING to get more organized (slowly but surely), heck I might even update my recipe page. Wish me luck trying!
This year I am TRYING to listen to what my body needs DAILY versus weekly, and I am TRYING to NURTURE the time and relationships I have in my (our) life.
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This year I am TRYING to expand Healthy Bites. Trying to get these bites MORE readily available and to MORE people. It’s my passion and career. Yes, scary and risky, but I gotta try!
We never know what we can do until we TRY. Am I right? But then again, trying gives us wiggle room.
I may have overslept , I may have not completed all the things on my to do list, and I may have not budgeted properly this week but at least I tried and will
TRY harder next week. E is for Effort in this picture or EEEEEK!
That’s how the Cotter household is functioning these day. Trying our hardest but not sweating the small stuff. I find that in the end, it can be pretty Marvelous, yes?
Speaking of Marvelous and Spending less money, this weekend I through together a grain-free bread recipe from the ingredients in our pantry. Trying to save money on GF bread by making our own. And trying to save money on ingredients by making my own almond meal flour, etc. Hello THRIFTY!
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- 1 cup Mila (chia flour) or Flaxseed meal
- 4 eggs (separated)
- ⅓ cup coconut milk or kefir
- 2 tbsp coconut butter or other butter/oil
- 1 ½ cup almond meal (I just grounded up my own almond meal)
- ⅓ to ½ cup shredded veggies (like zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, etc)
- 1 tbsp dried herbs
- ½ tbsp caraway seed (optional)
- 1 tsp orange peel (optional)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp baking powder
- few drops of stevia or honey if you want it sweeter
- place all your dry ingredients in a bowl, mix well. Set you egg yolks in one bowl and your egg white in another. Whip your egg whites until you get peaks. Fold your eggs into the dry mixture and then your egg white, mix well. Add in your creamer or kefir for extra moisture. Mix and then mash batter (it will be thick) into a greased bread pan. Bake at 375F for 55 minutes or so.
- Serve with butter, cream cheese, etc. DELISH!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 55 minutes
Let me know if you try it!
Do you prefer trying or do you need a set plan? What’s works best for you?
Cinnamon @ eatpraytri
I always TRY my best to keep to a plan. But I also TRY to remain flexible. A good combination of the two seems to work for me.
btw…I love the pics you post of your hair. LOVE.
i think you sure do with your circumstances. You have such patience!
As usual, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you expand Healthy Bites! <3
Try and Faux Rye looks awesome!!! We will have to give it a try once our stomachs are better 🙂
we are trying to get better at getting better organized too! and somewhat plan things out so we get them done! our days seem to change frequently too, so we are learning to just go with the flow and make the most out of each day!
I do like to plan but it never works out the way I planned HAHA!! So in those times I try to be flexible & just try my hardest. In 2013 I’m trying for less stress and like you not sweating the small stuff :-). I want to live like no tomorrow & can’t do that worrying about what you didn’t get done, am I right??!! 😀
I am such a planner. Luckily, the hubby is a planner too. Otherwise that might be problematic… 🙂
you guys can come plan us!
Try and Try again 🙂
p.s. I love marshmallows!
Jody - Fit at 55
Just got this in my email today so I am late! OMG – that bread!!!! I am lazy – will you sell this too since I am now a fan of the health bites!!! I will be your southern CA contact for them! 🙂 Rye & pumpernickel are my fav breads! 🙂
Loving those healthy bites Lindsay!
Love what your are doing in terms of life & saving & all that.
yes yes! i want to make it all for you! can we come stay in CA? xxoo
Oh man, that bread looks SO excellent! Yum. My swim coach used to tell us there is not try only doing. And we’d practice “try” drills so he could prove his point. You know, like try and pick up a pencil, but it’s actually impossible to try since you either will or won’t pick it up. Anyways, sorry for that random tangent haha. I definitely prefer to have a plan set, but I’m learning more to go with the flow!
i have a feeling all swim coaches are like that, haha. My husband is a swim coach and will “coach” that way but not live that way.
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
Those are my exact goals this year! On the days that I don’t have a “have to” I definitely try and go with the flow. On a day like today when I’m going between clients, work, home, school for the boys, clients, work, home, school for the boys and back to work…I think you get the picture here…I have a plan for how things will go so I don’t lose track of time. I’m getting better at it slowly but surely!
you need this time away, you are busy doing whats right! i respect you more each day for your love of it all! <3
She Rocks Fitness
I like to always have a plan, but I’m learning to be more flexible and realize that sometimes life has other paths for me to take. I’m actually hoping this happens more often. I need to be less rigid. 😉 Is it beach hair time yet?
i need beach hair and wine time with you ASAP!
That recipe looks good, and I actually have all those ingredients! By ‘almond meal,’ do you mean ground almonds? I’d like to try this recipe.
My husband and I set up a joint savings account this summer, and rather than transferring money to it every month, we had our bank automatically transfer the same, ‘do-able’ amount each month, like a monthly payment. It’s incredible how much we’ve saved so quickly with this, I often forget that we’re doing it.
Good luck with all of your trying, with regards to Healthy Bites, I’m hoping that by trying to get them to more people, you might include those of us in the UK? One can hope (with the theme of my New Year’s post) can’t they? 😉
P.S. do you think I could use spelt flour for that recipe instead of Mila (chia flour) or Flaxseed meal?
you most certainly can use flaxseed meal or spelt! Go for it! and yes, i want to ship to UK. I shipped to Israel so it’s a start! and thank you for the great advice on saving, so brilliant!
Allison @ Life's a Bowl
I often overcommit myself to doing too much, too many things, and not saving enough time for me. I definitely could benefit from more of a “trying” attitude and realizing that there’s always tomorrow… I’d be happy to try to share some of my [OCD] organizational tendencies with you 😛
please come organize me! i feed you healthy bites!
Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
So creative! I don’t even know how you came up with that bread recipe…
And I try for so many things every day. I try to stay motivated in my job. I try to be PATIENT with my life and the decisions I’m making to move forward. I try not to worry about being single at 28 years old. I try not to compare myself to others. I try not to eat peanut butter straight from the jar every single night.
You get the picture. 🙂
Lisa @ RunWiki
I’ll have to try the Faux Rye! Follow those dreams and passions love! and btw, seriously, how on earth do you wake up all disheveled and still look gorgeous? You must do a youTube video with your secret weapon… just kidding, I know it’s cause you gooogeeous inside and out! xoxo
i have a marvelous filter on my camera. haha
me too me too me too! stressing less that is and enjoying the moments rather than trying to get it all done 🙂 i need your homemade protein oudding recipe-please! oh and i just escaped work and mailed you a little something…….
you are too good to me! i’ll post the recipe for ya!
Alysia @ Slim Sanity
I’ve been getting a lot better with not freaking out when I don’t get to everything in my ‘plan.’ Trying to stress less!
I’m going to need to make that bread…and need the recipe for that chocolate protein pudding, please. 🙂
oh yes, make the bread, with wine and cheese!! no stress. i like that plan. <3
pudding recipe will be up for sure then!
I love the concept of TRYING or AIMING for your daily/weekly/monthly (or hourly ha) goals and plans but not setting that bar so high that there is just NO WAY you can get to it all. I need to be better at not jamming up every single hour of my days with THINGS and instead get better at pulling back, and just chilling…something I KNOW my husband would really REALLY appreciate,hehe.
Chia flour say whaaa???
Off to google.
That bread looks amazing, you look adorbs and Healthy Bites has officially gone on my prayer list in a specific way.
You are always on it I just modify — in fact just for good measure I am gonna throw in some words for your tummy this week too.
(tmi from your best stalker lol)
you are such a wonderful prayer warrior. Why can’t you move back to Austin? xxoo I’m selfish
Addy @ Six-Kick Switch
O_O I totally want to try to try ( 😉 ) your rye bread!! I’m trying to eat a little healthier this week, what with a holiday sugar hangover and all. And I’m trying to nurture my body as well, before it succumbs to a cold!
I absolutely agree with the trying method. Me and my friend were talking about this morning as we ran and both agreed that set training plans just don’t work for us because they are not intuitive enough. If you are feeling good try harder if your body is asking you to back off than try and listen and don’t force things because it’s on a peice of paper. Kind of off topic but thanks for letting me talk. 🙂
see, totally agree!! I love that and you are faster for it!
You had me at “Rye” 😉
Cranberry sugar cookie?! UMMMMNOMNOM
I am the one in the fam that says “I’ll try.” My hus just goes gun blazes, but I like your mans style.
You, my dear, do more than try. You dominate!
you know I am suuuuuch a planner! but I am trying to grow out of that and balance a little of both! You inspire me to think differently that way! I thought for sure you would put your cauliflower recipe here from last night – just teasing 😉 5 lb cauliflower?! awesome. LOVE it! And LOVE the HB expansion, live your passion!!
Thank YOU for joining in girl! Always so happy when you have time to!
Oh, we are not set in stone people, especially in the winter when its cold! We will say we are going out to dinner and then if its too cold or snowing we change plans and stay in! Only set plans we have are ones with family like special occasions 🙂
Happy Tuesday! <3
The Candid RD
I think sometimes I’m OVERLY organized. I always need a set plan, and if anything comes between me and my set plan…I get angry! Not good. I have been working on being less rigid when it comes to planning.
How exciting that you are thinking of selling your healthy bites!! I would love to have my own business one day, with my granola. Let’s partner 🙂
oh i do sell my Healthy bites, hehe. Been doing it for almost 4 years online and locally. I need to send you some!
But now i have a chance to maybe get them in stores and online shopping carts. EEK! Scary good!
Feel free to get overly organized at my house anytime, k?
The Candid RD (Gina)
You do?! That’s awesome!! Ok, well now that I see it on your blog (oops, missed that!) I will check them out!!
And yes, I’ll organize your house any day. I LOVE to organize! I’m such a nerd.
Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food
This post is wonderful! How often we forget that many times it’s the journey that means and teaches us the most and not so much the destination. Trying to reach a goal can make a lot of us stronger than actually reaching it! Good luck with all of your trying! 🙂
well said Kelly. thanks for your advice!
Hi Lindsay! I think it’s like you said, trying is okay when you really DO TRY! But I tend to follow Master Yoda’s advice “do or do not, there is no try.” that’s how I motivate myself because usually when I say I’ll try, it means I really won’t!
ohhh yes, that is true. It’s a catch 22 i for some, yes?
Great post! Love the idea of TRYING – I’ve always struggled with saying “I WILL” even though people say you should phrase your goals that way. I guess our lives have changed so much too and part of me wants to save room for me changing, my goal changing or God intervening differently (more so in life, less so in goals)… Great thoughts. 🙂
I’m more of a wing-it kind of girl while Mikey’s more of a planner. I’m okay to not have everything scheduled out – meals, workouts, living life one year to the next – just seems to be how I roll, although I’m learning the value of planning too. Thank you for the food for thought once again!
haha, i think Mikey and I are alike and you and James are alike. God definitely put our marriages together for a reason. Balance!
That is one heck of a cauliflower!
I’m more of a “trying” kind of gal. I have a good idea of what I want to get accomplished in a day. Sometimes things are absolutes (like if I have an appointment or something that absolutely has to get done that day) but for the rest – no use stressing out if things don’t go as planned, so I just try to get the rest done and see where things take me.
yep yep, so my style! i knew we had similar brains. 😉
Kristen @ Be Fit With Kristen
I used to be a planner but not so much any more.i do find that going with the flow is marvelous but unfortunately I get less done and sometimes lose sight of what needs to be done. When I decide to plan my day any deviation throws me off. It seems to be a catch 22
oh my gosh i totally get that! ugh.. But at least we can laugh at ourselves, yes?
I try – a lot. Sometimes I succeed, and yeah sometimes not so much…. the less pressure I put on myself the better – so “I will TRY” is a lot nicer than “I MUST” 🙂
amen to that! no more musts. P.S> this recipe was inspired by your sourdough goodness! I wish i could have yours!
Love the bread- totally need to try this recipe! maybe it will help occupy me tmrw. 🙂
Two months ago I was a planner, and NEEDED a plan but right now I’m trying to embrace trying. 😉
see, embracing is your word! you will love this bread by the way. hope tomorrow goes well. xxoo
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I used to need to have my plans set in stone, but then life kept laughing at me and changing everything around. It stressed me out to the point where I just gave up planning for anything and just tried to go with the flow. I’m actually finding it to be quite pleasant. Trying to be patient while I wait for my Healthy Bites, though? Not so pleasant 😉
me too. Life totally mocked me. I just had to laugh at myself too. Good thing i know how to do that well! and yes, healthy bites are coming your way! hoping in 10 days or so.
Abby @ Change of Pace
That picture of you is really cute; I love your wavy hair!
I like the Cotter plan to try your hardest but not sweat the small stuff. That’s a good motto to work from!
I like to plan, but when do things ever go the way you plan?!
haha, it’s a 50/50 chance right? tis life. and thanks for the kind words! bed head for sure! LOL
I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH THIS RECIPE.
I seriously just need to stay on your blog and make allllll of your recipes. That should be a plan of mine. Like a January challenge or something 😉
I am trying to spend less, too! Just the things I ACTUALLY NEED from now on. My boyfriend and I are doing this “challenge” to see how long we can go wthout making a purchase that wasn’t totally necessary lol
Alison @ racingtales
Oh I am definitely in the trying category! Plans freak me out. I like to go with the flow. Even setting playdates for my kids in advance has me chewing off my nails. Can’t we just call when we want to play? Anyway, good luck with your trying…can’t succeed if you don’t try, right?!
I love the look of those cranberry sugar cookie healthy bites!
haha, me too! i don’t even like the name play date. Let’s just play whenever, etc. Yes?
That bread recipe is truly inspired! And I don’t say that only because it hast favorite staple (Mila). I’m going to bake it this week (and will grind my own almond flour). Thanks for the inspiration.
oh i knew you’d like this! It’s SOOOOOOOOO good! Let me know whatcha think.
Heather (Where's the Beach)
I totally understand the “try” vs the “do.” But I found that sometimes trying was an easy out for me for not going for it. You know? I’d say I’m going to try to run x miles and then felt like it was safer than saying I am going to run x miles. When I declare it, it’s more likely to happen. BUT I see that can also pile on pressure too. And sometimes trying is the first step in actually doing.
yep, i get that. I always try, but i know if i beat myself up over my body literally breaks down because i stress over it. EEK, not pretty!
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
Holy huge head of cauliflower!! That is pretty amazing. I love your perspective Lindsay. Yes, we never know what we’re capable of until we try. I like to have a plan that I then try to accomplish. I used to beat myself up when I couldn’t finish everything. Now I’m just happy if I can check off one thing. hee hee
LOL! I know. I had to buy it. and now we are eating cauliflower recipes ALL WEEK!
i am so with you on the check list, one down is better than none!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
YUM! This looks really good!! I might have to give it a try! 🙂
do it! then give me a report back!
Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile
Currently drooling over the chocolate pudding and the bread!!! I usually like a set plan, but sometimes I am a go with the flow kind of girl. It all depends on the situation 🙂
oh i can see that, you are one amazing go with flow and inspiring woman!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I’m a planner… but I try not to get too upset if it goes astray. As long as I’m making forward progress, I’m happy.
I’d also be happy if I had some of that bread. 😉
true true, forward motion! I like that.
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables
I’m such a planner!! I have to have a plan. I need to get more relaxed about it though… and be more relaxed if I don’t get everything done!
this is why you need to love wine. LOL
Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
go get ’em girl!!!
thanks linz! how was your first day?
Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
I am the queen of setting a plan, of having a to-do list, and/or wanting to have a schedule. My husband is the exact opposite. I like to think that we balance each other out a bit, and land right at the comfortable spot in the middle. 😉
But truth be told, sometimes it works that way, sometimes not. We are TRYING to help each other with our weaknesses (being strict and over-scheduling versus procrastinating and wasting time) and learning from each other’s strengths (organized and on-task versus flexibility and adaptability).
opposite attract! I think i do the same with my husband. I’m less of a planner now but he’s more on top of it. Evens out, and yes, we help each other. Like you two do!
Heather @ Better With Veggies
I like to have a plan, and typically do, but I’m also trying to be more flexible when things change (because they do). And being more available with things come up that maybe I should do, even if it’s not in the plan. 🙂
i know you are and i love it! balance yes?