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Chocolate and Peanut Butter-dipped Pretzels

One word: YUM!
I made these on Fri for Laura's Halloween Party and then again on Sat for Shawn's party. Pics of our costumes will be posted tomorrow.

I couldn't decide what to make for Laura's party. I had a zillion ideas but pretzels came to mind while I was at swim practice at 6am Fri morning. I had heard of chocolate dipped pretzels for the winter holidays, but I decided to do my own Halloween/black and orange spin on this easy recipe.
Athletes are pretty familiar with pretzels and they seem to be a staple in the taper-diet of an Ironman athlete. Not sure if it is the salt or the carbs, but I must say that pretzels do make a yummy snack. Although pretzels do make a healthy snack compared to many chips which are high in fat or sodium, the calories in pretzels can add up as you reach in the bag and before you know it, you've been snacking for more than 10 minutes. Here's the nutrition facts for the pretzels I used in this recipe:
Snyder's of Hanover Old …

Halloween Candy

I'm not a parent (only a doggy parent) so it is unlikely that there will be Halloween candy in our place on October 31st. I do not work in an office so I am pretty sure that I will not be indulging in the office candy bowl at 10am and 3pm everyday. Lastly, I am not a big fan of the selection of candy at Halloween so there will be no tootsie rolls, lollipops or butterfingers in our place.
I am not anti-Halloween Candy. I am just not ok with people going with the all-or-nothing approach when it comes to sweet treats. You eat something you normally don't eat and you feel guilty. Then you say "who cares" and you overindulge. Or, on the other hand you say "no-that food will make me fat" and you stick to a super-strict diet until the day when you just can't continue eating only low calorie, fat-free foods. Even worse, you crash diet and compulsive exercise in order to get to x-weight by x-holiday in order to eat whatever and however much you want.
I think it …

Potato slices and egg frittata

I'm not a big potato eater (except for sweet potatoes) but I love this potato recipe. Karel loves potatoes, any way you make them, so this is an easy, healthy and yummy recipe for both of us.
The potato slices are super easy to make. They can be incorporated into a meal (like the one below) or eaten as an appetizer or snack, with a plate of veggies, nuts and cheese as an alternative to chips and dip.

Potato Slices:
1 large potato
Seasoning: about 2 tsp of each, mixed together in a bowl. Cayenne pepper, paprika, pepper
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 tbsp Olive oil

1. Thinly slice a washed potato.
2. Lay potatoes on a baking sheet, lined with tinfoil.
3. Drizzle olive oil over potatoes and sprinkle seasoning mixture. Top with garlic.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until brown. Turn heat to broil for 5 additional minutes.




Egg frittata
3 egg whites and 1 whole egg
1/8 cup skim milk
1 roma tomato (sliced)

1. In a small non-stick skillet (sprayed with non-stick spray) on medium heat, pour…

1 year Wedding Anniversary!!!

I can't believe it's been 1 year since our wedding. Our wedding day was just perfect! My amazing parents gave Karel, me and our guests the wedding that I never knew I wanted.
We got married on Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, Florida right on the beach. Our reception was at Bon Appetite which overlooked the water.
In addition to seeing many of my relatives, Karel's mom, dad and brother made the long trip from Czech Republic to share this special time with us. It was my first time meeting his family and even though his dad and mom didn't speak fluent English (his mom doesn't speak any English) I felt as though there were no language barriers. It was such a special time, no words were needed. However, Karel's brain was in overload trying to translate for his family.
Rather than write a blog about how much I love Karel, I thought I would post pics from our wedding. One can never see wedding pics too many times, right?
All pics are from our photographer http://www.kimic…