dark chocolate rum cupcakes

dark chocolate rum cupcakes | Journey for JessiI know I never did my Whole30 wrap up… it’s in the works y’all.  Actually that’s kind of a lie… It’s in my drafts folder, but not much progress has been made writing wise.  My apologies, but this recipe must be shared ASAP! *Note: these are NOT Whole30 approved ;)*  Alright, enough beating around the bush, I made these babies for my friend’s birthday.  Of course I made some healthy-ish improvements, but there’s also booze in them so… there’s that… and here’s the recipe! Continue reading

peanut butter smash cookies

peanut butter smash cookies | Journey for JessiThese cookie are so so so so so simple!  Pretty amazing.  Just three ingredient, yes, three!  And they take just 10-12 minutes to bake.  Yesterday, I made these for a friend.  I chose them because 1.) they are simple and quick and 2.) since I’m transitioning to paleo, I am attempting to get rid of my huge jar of peanut butter. Continue reading

pumpkin protein donuts

pumpkin protein donuts || Journey for JessiI know the “pumpkin season” has come to a close (Happy December!), but I could not not share these Pumpkin Protein Donuts.  They are healthier than normal donuts, think baked not fried and packed with protein and real pumpkin puree.  Yum!  So go ahead and indulge in another pumpkin treat before the ‘nog flavors take over (I will take eggnog over pumpkin any day to be honest…but the ‘nog can wait a bit more).   Continue reading

skinny mini pumpkin muffins

skinny mini pumpkin muffins || Journey for JessiI have recently moved and although packing has never been a favorite of mine, this move was much easier than expected.  The packing, the transporting, the carrying, the unpacking, all were not quite as gruesome as I recall.  Maybe it is because I am use to moving every year and I have learned to make things easier (maybe I’ll do a moving tips post later).  I am not quite settled in yet…well, that’s an understatement.  If I am gauging this off of the level of groceries in my pantry and refrigerator, then I am dogging it.  One of the things I have learned from moving is this: it is a pain to transport food (in my opinion)–having to keep it all cold/frozen, worrying about spills and glass breaking etc.  That is why this time, I hadn’t been grocery shopping the two weeks prior to moving–and confession…I still have yet to go.  Needless to say, my food intake has been all over the place and it’s killing me and my workouts, but it has given me plenty of opportunities to use what I have and get creative.  Exhibit A: Skinny Mini Pumpkin Muffins.   Continue reading

christmas patience and presents

christmas patience and presents--Journey for JessiChristmas eve and Christmas this year were very different.  I cannot think of a tradition that was followed to a tee this year.  I guess that is what happens when you grow older and you are the youngest in the family.  The Christmas season this year started out with a bang–maybe too much of a bang though, because my spirit slowly faded.  I felt like Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch.  I should have sung “Where are you Christmas” on repeat. Continue reading

eggnog cupcakes

finished productMerry Christmas Eve!  Just to let y’all know, this is my favorite holiday (in front of Easter and my birthday).  The excitement of Christmas approaching, family getting together, and all of the festive parties.  I never like going to a party empty handed, so when I was assigned to bring a dessert, my heart rejoiced!  I immediately thought of my favorite–eggnog. Continue reading

fruit cake swirl cookies

fruit cake swirl cookies--Journey for JessiSay what you must about fruit cake.  To be honest, I have never actually eaten fruit cake, so I cannot be one to judge.  I just know that it has a bad reputation.  That is why when the time came for my nutrition club’s secret santa recipe exchange, I decided to challenge myself and turn the not-so-beloved holiday cake into a “semi-healthy” holiday cookie that could restore the good name of both “fruit” and “cake” around the holidays. Continue reading