The Never Ending Cycle

Hey friends!!  Once again, I am so sorry for the lack of posting this week.  Last Friday evening, this infection I have been dealing with came back full force and I was out for the count until Tuesday night!  It was AWFUL!!!

I am on some new stronger antibiotics and they seem to be doing the trick.  Fingers crossed this will be the last of it!  

I hope you all had a nice Easter weekend.  Easter is one of my favorite holidays because I just love spring, and pastel colors and ofcourse, the really meaning behind Easter.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to enjoy the day (I didn’t leave my bed for almost 4 days straight), but I did get to make a couple Easter baskets for some special people. 🙂 

My husband gets an Easter basket every year until we have children. 🙂  I have to have someone to make a basket for.  He asked why he didn’t get a “real” basket this year… because you are 30, that’s why. 😉 A dog bowl will have to do.  

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I make a little basket for my brother each year too. I always try to find non-candy items to fill up the basket first then add some chocolates!

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And my bestie, Rachael, got a special Easter basket this year with an engagement theme.  It is filled with a bridal magazine, a wedding planning notebook, Mrs. and Mr. coozies, ring cleaner, a heart-shaped ring holder, chocolates, a card, champagne, and ring pops.  I just love putting together little fun baskets to show the people I love the most how much I care about them.  

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A group of girls got together last night to celebrate the bride-to-be!

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SO SO SO happy for this girl!  She is the most giving, selfless person you will ever meet and deserves all the happiness in the world.  So lucky to have a friend like her. 🙂

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Although I wasn’t able to enjoy any carrot cake on Easter, I made this almond flour carrot cake into little muffins to enjoy throughout the week.  They are SO good and were very easy to make!  A nice little change from my protein bars/balls that I usually make/have on hand for snacking during the week.  The icing is just cashews (soaked in water for at least an hour) and a little maple syrup.  This snack packs a nice punch of protein with the icing and the almonds as the base!  

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I also made this almond butter brownie bread to take to my girls night last night!  I may have been sick lately, but I sure have been baking a lot.  

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Since my stomach has been upset lately with this bug I am fighting, I am sticking to a lot of very bland food aka carbs.  Last night I whipped up a big batch of protein pancakes to have on hand for quick meals throughout the week.  I didn’t follow any particular recipe, but kind of adapted a few to make my own.  I used a 1/2 cup protein powder (I use vanilla Sunwarrior), 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (add more if batter is too thick), teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and cinnamon.  I greased the pan with coconut oil and got to flipping pancakes!  I individually wrapped up each serving (around 3 pancakes) and it made about 9 servings.  I ate my serving then threw the rest in the freezer for when I am in a pinch!  I just top mine with almond butter and I am ready to go! Planning ahead is so key for me when it comes to eating healthy.  

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And ofcourse a post wouldn’t be complete without a doggie picture. 🙂  Riley got the last of a jar of almond butter and was pretty happy about it. 😉 

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Thank you so much for your patience as I try to get this sickness under control.  I really appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.  Hopefully by next week we will be back to normal scheduled posts!  

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. Tell me all about your Easter (if you celebrate!)
  3. Do you like carrot cake? 

9 thoughts on “The Never Ending Cycle

  1. OH NO!!!!!! I am so sorry to hear about how very sick you have been Taylor. I pray that the antibiotics kick this out of your system for good. Was this an illness you got somehow in Cancun? So awful. Keep resting your body and take good care of yourself. Your baskets are GORGEOUS!!!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet words, Donna!! Yes, I think I got it while in Mexico (my sister has the same thing). I have been sick on and off since I got back. They think it may be a parasite (giardia?) so hoping these new stronger antibiotics work to kick it! They say you can have symptoms for a while even after you finished the meds because the intestines have to heal back up. 😦 I am just ready to feel better and eat a salad!!! Have a great day!!! xoxo

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      1. That is exactly what it sounds like the parasite gig. I read about someone else having something like this and your symptoms sound the same. _Poor little girl. Keep taking all your pills and in time you will feel brand new again. I am the same exact way about my salads. I ADORE my salads and eat that daily so when I can’t have that it stinks!!!! but for now eat things that will heal your tummy. Have a great weekend Taylor!

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  2. Girl, praying that you can kick that infection in the butt! This has been a BAD year for the sickness

    That’s HILARIOUS about the dog bowl basket!!

    You are the cutest!!! Oh my gosh, I bet you just made their day. How sweet.

    Those baked goodies are making my mouth water!

    Keep us posted on how you’re feeling ❤

    I loveee Carrot Cake & I actually was on a cruise for Easter 🙂 It was very nice, even though it was different! We actually stopped by in Mexico too!

    XOXO

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