Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Our Weekend at The Player's Championship

This past weekend was The Player's Championship at TPC Sawgrass! We were very fortunate to get tickets with Jared's status on the Web.Com Tour this year. It also included tickets for family and friends as well. On Friday morning, before I had to go to work, we followed our friend, Steve Wheatcroft. His wife, Sarah, had some awesome T-shirts made that said "Wheat Watchers" on the front and "#TeamWheatie" on the back. It was fun to support our friend in this really big tournament! He made the cut and we followed his full rounds on Saturday and Sunday! It was a blast!  

On Sunday morning, we were asked to take part in the Chapel Service. FCA Golf Jacksonville organized everything and they did a phenomenal job. We actually spoke on the same stage that they crowned the 2016 Players Champion, Jason Day! 


We talked about our marriage and how keeping Christ at the center of it has been the best thing we could do. Here's a link to the full video if you're interested in hearing our story! 




We had a great time sharing our story. We weren't nervous and fortunately, Matt (the guy who interviewed us) and his wife Karen, have become good friends, so it was easy to just talk to him in front of probably 100+ people. 


Our wonderful sponsor, Nature's Bakery, provided some delicious healthy snacks for people to enjoy. They were GONE in minutes! The cool thing was that there was donuts right next to it and actually had donuts left over. We were happy to see lots of people choosing a healthy snack! 


Jared's parents came and stayed with us for the week. They took pics and video so the rest of the family could watch that weren't able to make it to the service. Big thanks to them!! 


We were thrilled to see our some of our good friends in the crowd who came out to support us! Thanks Calvin, Kaytie, Ellae, Brian, and Laura (unpictured). 


After the Chapel Service, we watched Steve's final round and then caught up to watch our other friend Justin Thomas's back nine.  


We had a great time with family and we were very blessed to be a part of the Chapel Service. We hope our story will be encouraging to at least one person. Feel free to email us (fitness_fanatic_007@hotmail.com) if you have any questions! Our purpose for playing golf is to share God's love with everyone!  








Friday, May 13, 2016

HomePlate Peanut Butter

HomePlate Peanut Butter sent us some of their different flavors to try in exchange for an honest review. 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

Here's a little info about the company from their website:
HomePlate Peanut Butter was created by a group of former professional baseball players who grew up playing baseball every day and eating a ton of peanut butter. During those long days in the minor leagues, they counted on the delicious spread. A sandwich at daybreak and another one at day’s end. Loaded up on some saltines before a workout. A tasty spoonful for a boost between innings. They grew to love peanut butter as an inexpensive and accessible way to stay fueled and fit.
Unfortunately, their options were limited to big sugary brands and oily, chemical-laden concoctions. They didn’t want to stir their peanut butter. And they wanted peanut butter that was delicious, but fit their training regimens. After they retired from the game and began grocery shopping for their own little leaguers, they became convinced that families, athletes and America deserved a better peanut butter.
HomePlate Peanut Butter’s mission is to create peanut butter that meets the rigid standards set by the professional baseball players who make up the company’s founding team. Every flavor is made from natural and sustainable ingredients.. No goopy oil layer, or gritty, chalky texture, just wholesome, great tasting peanut butter.


We totally agree that you can taste a difference in this peanut butter. It is DELICIOUS and the texture is SPOT ON. We are HUGE peanut butter fanatics and this brand ranks up at the very top! We really liked that it didn't have any weird ingredients. We put it on Waffles, PB&J sandwiches, eggs, ice cream, chicken veggie stir fry, just by the spoonful, and more! Like I said, we LOVE peanut butter. :)

 Peanuts, cane sugar, palm fruit oil, salt are what make up the creamy and crunchy flavor. The only additional ingredient to that list was honey in the honey flavor. THAT'S IT! 
Please do yourself a favor and TRY THIS PEANUT BUTTER! You won't regret it! Check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too. 



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Capello's

Capello's sent us pizza, pasta, and cookie dough to try in exchange for an honest review. 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 
Here's a little info about Capello's from their website:
Cappello’s is a Colorado-based gourmet food company specializing in high-end gluten free, grain free products. Founded in 2011 by friends Stacey Marcellus and Benjamin Frohlichstein, the inspiration for Cappello’s was born out of Stacey and Ben’s desire to create a totally unique food company, to be the best at what they do, and to legitimize their penchant for asking strangers to taste their pasta. Cappello’s mission is simple: provide fresh, uniquely delicious options for gourmet food-lovers, healthy eaters and people with dietary restrictions.
When Stacey is not making pasta, she can be found engaging in non-pasta activities like painting, snowboarding, fermenting food and ukulele-ing. Benjamin maintains a respectable ability to listen to music, stand on his head and take Instagram pictures (not always at the same time).


My good friend, Laura, came over for pizza and girl talk one night. We thought the pizza was pretty tasty! The dough was a little less crispy in the very middle, but it was still delicious and the perfect food for our girl's night! 


A few weeks later, Jared and I invited our friends, Brian and Ellae, over for a game night. We had 3 people (I don't like chocolate, so I skipped out) eating these cookies, and only 3 were left over if that gives you any indication on how good they tasted! haha Everyone loved them and couldn't believe that they didn't have a single bad ingredient in them! 


Jared loves pasta and he was extremely pleased with Capello's! He was impressed at how tasty it was again without having any weird ingredients! It was also extremely easy to make. All you have to do is boil water and then drop the pasta in for 90 seconds. Boom! Talk about a quick and easy healthy meal! 

Do yourself a favor and check out their website, Facebook, and Twitter. Try some for yourself! 



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

One Degree Organics

One Degree Organic Foods sent us some cereal and flour to try in exchange for a review. 
We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

Here's some info about the company from their website:

“To be simple is to be great,” a famous American essayist once wrote. He might easily have been describing the philosophy behind One Degree organic foods. We start with simple ingredients from family farmers who are devoted to the earth, the integrity of their crop, and your health. True sources, truly veganic.
When you add sustainability, transparency and consumer-empowering technology, what you get is an incredibly honest meal. And, if you can remember back to how good food once tasted before it became genetically modified, globally transported, showered in chemicals and hormones, processed, reprocessed and loudly marketed, you’ll also rediscover some wonderful memories and long-lost flavors in every slice and spoonful.

We start with simple ingredients from family farmers who are devoted to the earth, the integrity of their crop, and your health.



I have never used Spelt or Rye flour before, but it was a nice alternative to our usual wheat flour. If you missed my recipe for my recent Apple Muffins, click here to see it. The spelt flour has a little bit of a nutty taste to it and it's awesome! We loved it! Next on our list is using the Rye flour. Maybe I can make a savory muffin? Hmmmm...


Jared was a HUGE fan of the Brown Rice Cacao Crisps. He loves anything related to chocolate, so he was all over these! He enjoyed them with milk and also mixed into some yogurt and peanut butter. 

We hope you will try some of their products as well! They have a lot of really good healthy options! Explore their website, Facebook, and Twitter


Friday, May 6, 2016

Apple Muffins

Apple Muffins

Purely Inspired is providing us with protein in exchange for recipes each month. We are not compensated for these posts, just sent product. Hope you enjoy these muffins! 

1 scoops vanilla Purely Inspired Protein
2 eggs 
1/4 cup strawberry Greek yogurt 
1/4 cup XCT oil 
1/4 cup Liquid Stevia 
2 small apples diced 
1/2 cup apple juice 
2 tablespoons cinnamon 

Directions: 
Dice 1 apple into small pieces. 

Mix all other ingredients and the other Apple (with core removed) In a food processor for about 2 minutes or until blended.


 Next, stir in the diced Apple and pour into muffin tins. 

Bake at 375* for about 20-25 min. 



Hope you Enjoy these muffins! We liked having the chunks of apples mixed throughout! 




Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Missing a Monday Qualifier by ONE is Like...

Golf is hard. It is a sport that is full of ups and downs. Today, I want to spill my heart out and let you inside a golf wife's brain. These past two weeks, Jared has tried to Monday Qualify for a Web.com Event and a PGA event. For the Web.Com event, he shot 5 under and went into a playoff with 2 other guys to compete for 1 spot. Jared's par putt lipped out (one of the most annoying things that happens) and he lost the playoff.  



The following week, he shot 6 under at the PGA event. He was tied for 3rd and they only took 4 players total, so he waited ALL DAY LONG for the rest of the groups to finish because he had a morning tee time. After waiting 7 hours to see if a playoff would happen, he got knocked out of the running because someone shot 8 under. 

I know that trying to explain what this feels like to someone who doesn't know about golf is close to impossible, so I wanted to share some other life scenarios that would come close to comparing. 

Missing a qualifier by one is like...

When Cronuts (crossant+donut) were a new hit thing, and you waited in line for five hours to taste one for the first time, only to be told as you reach the counter, that they are sold out. 

When your boyfriend dumps you and starts dating your best friend.


When you work your butt off to impress your boss in order to get a raise, but he gives it to the new guy who just started last month.

When you go on a road trip and you've almost reached your destination, but your car breaks down a mile away.

When you plan a vacation to the beach and are counting down the days only to arrive to a week full of rain and thunderstorms. 

 When you're out fishing on the lake all day long without a single bite until the very last minute; you tug and tug on the line and fight with that fish for almost an hour, and then it gets away. 

When you train for months for a marathon, and are making great time at the race and make your personal record, only to discover someone changed the signs of the course mid way through, so your time doesn't even count. 

When you're a kid and your mom says you can get something from the icecream man if they come by. You wait for a few hours in the hot sun and he comes, so you run inside and get your money. You buy the icecream and as soon as you're about to take a bite, a bird flies by and POOPS on it!


Missing a qualifier by one is the worst. As Jared's wife, I wish I could take away his hurt, disappointment, and pain. If you know me at all, I hate spending money that I don't need to, and I would give up our life savings if it meant that Jared would just be given the chance to compete in a PGA event. I KNOW he has what it takes, and the comforting part is that I KNOW GOD HAS IT ALL PLANNED OUT. Even when life is disappointing, God has it under control and the cool thing is that He has something even better in store for Jared's golf career! We are human and we feel the disappointment after a tough day, but after we get our feelings out, we just simply PRAISE God for all the many blessings He has given us. We have TOO MUCH to be thankful for and we want to make our praises louder than our petitions! I am SO PROUD of my hubby and I believe in him and know he will be there one day. I mean, look at this scorecard his mom sent me... And this was just thru 9 holes!!! 


These past two weeks being apart, we have grown in our marriage and it has been so fun to rejoice in that! God is so good and we have nothing but praises to shout! 



Thank you God for giving Jared this talent and we are so excited to keep being patient and see what you have in store for us next!

Friday, April 29, 2016

That Time I MADE My Own Hummus


Over the past few years, I have grown to LOVE hummus. I put it on almost everything! I will admit, I was nervous about making my own hummus, because I wasn't sure if it would taste anything like the store bought kind. 

I followed closely to this recipe, but made a few tweaks of my own. 
Ingredients:


1 cup garbanzo beans
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1/2 cup Sesame King Tahini
2 Tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons basil 


I boiled the garbanzo beans, then drained the liquid, but saved it in a separate bowl to add later. 

Then, I added the remaining ingredients into the blender, along with the boiled garbanzo beans. 

I added the liquid leftover from the garbanzo beans a little at a time, until everything was well blended. 

I made it for our women's small group's potluck. 


Overall, everyone liked it, but said it was missing something to make it really stand out. A few people said it needed some spiciness to it. One of the girls absolutely LOVED it and said it was her favorite hummus ever. 


It was fun to make hummus on my own. I will definitely try it again and see if I can get some more flavors included! 

Sesame King Tahini provided me with samples to review. I was not compensated for this post, just sent product. Here's some more info about Tahini from their website

Tahini is a sesame paste made from hulled and roasted sesame seeds. Our High Quality Tahini paste is made out of 100% pure ground sesame seeds. The sesame seeds are sifted, cleaned, roasted and ground to perfection in our premises using new state of the art machinery. Our manufacturing process meets and exceeds all FDA standards. Currently we are the only Tahini manufacturer to pasteurize our product. Our precise Computer Controlled Pasteurization Process (CCPP) ensures a clean and great tasting Tahini paste!
Sesame King is the leading brand of 100% pure, ground tahini pastes, made from the finest sesame seeds. Each Sesame King tahini is all-natural, with a subtle, delightful aroma, rich with texture and delicious taste.
*** We mechanically hull our sesame seeds, meaning no chemicals are used during our production process. 
Our Tahini is PEANUT & TREE NUT FREE ! 
Tahini is the staple of Middle Eastern cooking, the tasty foundation of hummus, baba ghannoush, halvah, and dozens of delicious sauces and dressings.
It's also delicious on bread, right out of the jar, and perfect in your favorite recipe.
Sesame King Tahini makes great tasting hummus and other fine dishes.


Tahini is an excellent source of protein and also improves Stamina and Endurance to all muscles. Click Here for More Health Benefits