Dec 152014


Gluten-free linguine noodles

1 avocado

1 handful of pine nuts (I used slivered almonds.)

1 sprinkle of basil

1 clove of garlic (minced)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 lemon (squeezed)

salt and pepper


Cook noodles according to instructions.

In a bowl, mix together all other ingredients.  You can mix all of the ingredients together by mashing down with a big spoon or you can use a food processor.

Once this “pesto” is ready, mix it in with the noodles.

Serving size- 1 person

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This is seriously vegan and gluten-free heaven!

Mer :)

May 312014




1 cup buttermilk

3 eggs

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup Bisquick flour

1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a pie pan.  Pour all ingredients together in a bowl and mix with a handheld mixer.  Pour this mixture into your pie pan and cook for about 50 minutes.

Mer :)

Mar 052014

My brother Jonathan and I ran our first 5k together and although he beat me, we had a great time together! :)   This race counts for my March run and took place in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

I enjoyed this run because at the end there was a pretty long stretch of downhill running which helped me to finish faster than normal.  I did push myself, though.  I try to beat my own time each race.


Before running


After the race we were pretty excited.  Jonathan had an awesome finish time!


Mer :)

Feb 242014

I ran out of both coconut milk and almond milk and wanted to make a PB2 smoothie, so I came up with this recipe using water instead.


1 banana

1 tablespoon of PB2

1/3 cup water

handful of ice (I used 6 cubes.)


Place all ingredients in a blender and mix well.

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Don’t forget to share your PB2 shake with a friend!

Mer :)

Feb 162014

The title tells all- the BEST!

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1 cup all purpose flour

2 teaspoons shugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup and 1 tablespoon of coconut milk (or almost milk)

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon coconut oil

optional: 1 cup blueberries

1 tablespoon olive oil



In a bowl, add all of the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt) together and mix well.

In another bowl mix the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar together.  This creates buttermilk.  Next, add in the coconut oil and mix everything together.

Now,  mix dry and wet ingredients all together, stirring slowly.  Add in blueberries if desired.

Sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of olive oil onto your pan and place on top of stove.  You should turn your heat to medium-high.

Using a spoon, scoop out the pancake batter and place into warm pan.  Cook on each side until done.  Place on a plate and pour on the syrup.

No one will ever even know these are vegan!

Mer :)

Feb 162014

This is a great way to make tuna taste just a little bit better.

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2 big spoonfuls of mayonnaise

2 small squirts of mustard

2 cans of tuna

2 large pickles- cut into small pieces (or 1 tablespoon of pickle relish)

pinch of salt and pepper


Drain both cans of tuna.  Place tuna and all ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly.

This recipe feeds 2 people.

You may want to place this Tasty Tuna on top of some salty crackers, inside of a hot dog bun and sprinkled with cheese, or for a healthier option use celery.

Mer :)

Feb 162014


For the month of February I chose to run in the Dirty Spokes Trail Run in Watkinsville, Georgia.

I ran this race with 3 other friends of mine from my hometown.  Two of the girls placed 1st and 2nd in their ages groups.  A big congratulations to them!!

We had to run through the woods, up and down hills, over bridges, limbs, stumps, and mud.  It was quite a difficult race!  The hills really got my heart rate up and I burned a lot of calories (my Polar watch said so at least).

I think I am going to need more practice with trail running before I decide to do another race through the woods.  Hey, at least I can practice in my backyard!

Mer :)

Feb 162014

As part of my New Year’s Resolution for 2014, I decided to run in a race each month for the year.

For the month of January I ran in 2 races.  The first was the New Year’s at Noon race and just a few weeks ago I ran in the Hot Chocolate 5k through downtown Atlanta.

My aunt Patti planned this race and my sister Bekah and my cousin Cara joined in with me.  We ll spent the night together at Cara’s house to prepare for the early morning Sunday race.

The night before the race we had carryout at a great Pan-Asian Restaurant called Doc Chey’s Noodle House.  I was still on my vegan challenge at the time so I chose these items..

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..all of which were extremely tasty!

For breakfast I ate a banana to gear me up for the run.

The day of the race it was pretty cold outside but after the first mile or so we warmed up.  I really enjoyed seeing all of the sights from the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.


We started and finished the race together.  Everyone enjoyed it!

We then headed back to Cara’s house for breakfast round 2 where we ordered carryout from The Flying Biscuit.  I ordered the soysauge and potatoes.


So glad I got to run in this “sweet” race with my sweet family!

Mer :)


Feb 152014

Well, I have finished the 30-day vegan challenge!  Woo!!!

Here are pictures of the foods I ate the last few days of the challenge..


Vegan peanut butter cookies


Vegan blueberry pancakes


Jambalaya flavored rice


Fruit bowl and soy yogurt topped with granola


Tomatoes, olive oil and garlic on top of toasted French bread


Tomato and black olive salad


Strawberries and salted peanuts

The best part of this whole challenge was having the WhatsApp group with Lisette and her two friends.  We held each other accountable and shared many recipes.  At one point during the challenge I wasn’t eating enough protein, and they gave me many ideas on ways to get in more protein each day (clue=  beans).  Check out Lisette’s company at to see many more Instagram pictures from our challenge.

This challenge was great because it showed me that I have a lot of willpower (I had to say no to many goodies- cakes, cookies).  I think not having dairy products for 30 days was a really good cleanse to have.  Even if I never go vegan again, I just might try a dairy free cleanse once a year.

Let me know if you would like more information on how to go vegan or what are some good food choices and I would love to help you in any way!

Mer :)

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Spinach salad with tomatoes, red bell pepper, corn, oil and vinegar

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Fried potatoes using olive oil

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Mexican food- refried beans and pico de gallo


Rolled oats cooked with almond milk, brown sugar and cinnamon


Quinoa burger and stir-fried vegetables with gluten-free soy sauce


Mini bagel topped with organic peanut butter and tofu cream cheese


Organic peanut butter and diary free chocolate chips


Frozen vegetable and bean mix




Salad with tortilla chips and salsa


PB2 Smoothie


Organic spaghetti noodles, tomato & basil sauce


Tomato soup


Boca burger with carrots and jalapeños


Subway veggie 6 inch sub with oil and vinegar

Hope you found something you would like to try!

Mer :)