Monday, August 2, 2010

Victory says it All

Wow, what a weekend! I guess its safe to say that when an opportunity arises, TAKE IT! Even "on a whim," take it! So stay with me here for a moment. Remember my last post about doing things "on a whim?" I chopped my bangs, craved and made a random meal, and the hubs decided to fly off to Michigan to race the STEELHEAD 70.3 Ironman.

Well its a good thing he did because he WON!! Yes, finally a victory for the hubs.
According to the definition of VICTORY is:
Success in a struggle against difficulties or an obstacle.

And that's exactly hows this victory was taken. You see, the hubs has been racing for years but became more serious as a pro triathlete in 2006. When we got married, we decided we would NOT give up  on this dream and instead let God show us the path to take. There has been lots of little "break through" races but it wasn't until this year that the hubs has placed top 5 in a majority of his races. This past weekend's  VICTORY definitely confirmed a lot for us! We now know that this is the path we are suppose to be on! To not give up on this team effort. The struggles you go through to get there do no matter as long as you have faith in God, in yourself, and in each other. The hubs is the most humble person I know so as a wife who adores her husband, I had to take this moment to give him MAJOR credit for all his hard work and dedication. I could not be prouder!

For more about this amazing victory, check out the articles below. Also, his blog tells it all.
Also, Congrats to Kelly Williamson who tool 1st in pro women and Beth Gerdes who came in 10th!! Nice job ladies.

Okay, I will get off my high horse now and talk about some food. Sound good, eh? I decided to make some raw "patty" cakes for my friend chef friends Molly's 30th as well as for the Hubs homecoming. I was pumped to get in the kitchen but had no idea where to begin. So here's what happened and the outcome of my  raw "patty"cakes.

makes 14 cupcake sized cakes

-20 to 22 turkish apricot
-3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 4 tsp Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanutbutter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1 serving (33grams) of Raw Vanilla Protein powder (or protein powder of choice)
- 2 tbsp agave nectar or honey
- unsweetened shredded coconut and 100% raw cocoa for topping

- place nuts, apricots, oils, and coconut pb in food processor. Let it run until everything is mixed. Then slowly add in honey, protein powder, and vanilla. You may need more oil or honey depending on the thickness of your protein powder. Blend until the batter is at a nice consistency.  Scoop out small handfuls, roll into a ball then press into your hand so it looks like a small patty that can fit into a cupcake holder. Once you have a raw patty cake formed coat each side with unsweetened coconut then sprinkle some raw cocoa on top. I froze these right away to keep fresh then put them in the fridge when they were ready to be served.

Amount Per Serving:Calories 108.9 Fat 5.1 g Saturated Fat 1.6 g Total Carbohydrate 14.0 g Fiber 2.0 g Sugars 10.8 g  Protein 3.5 g

The hubs was delighted to come home to his "cakes"and I  only requested that he save me at least one, okay maybe two or three. I will be delivering Molly's today! Hope she likes them.

And now onto the other BIG WINNER!! The winner of the tropical traditions COCONUT PEANUT BUTTER goes to.......................

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13 said...

I would use the coconut peanut butter for baking raw desserts or simply put it in sandwiches..oh the possibilities are endless!

I like your thinking Kelly! Email me your address-

Well, that's its for me on this Monday. Oh and by the way, I loved hearing all your comments about things you did on a whim. My favorite was from Pat M.
Pat M said...

Earlier this year, on a whim, I decided to take part in a cancer fundraiser where I shaved my head bald. Raised around $1200 though, so it was worth it!

Pat, what an amazing heart you have!

Proverbs 16:9
 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.


april said...

Those little patties look great!! Would be an easy snack to bring!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

Big huge congrats to the hubs. That's awesome. I am all about on a whim now. I've had one of the best vacations this weekend b/c I did something on a whim. Those cakes look so good!

Kelly @StrawberriesandFreckles said...

Right on!! Oh, I can't wait to try the coconut peanut butter...I know my taste buds will do the happy dance!!

I'm so happy for your hubby! Hard work and dedication truly pays off! Way to go, hubs!!

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

oooooooh BIG BIG BIG CONGRATS to your hubby!!!! That is freakin' awesome!

Alyson @ Nourished Fitness said...

ah that's so cool, huge congrats to him! And raw desserts are the best.. but they're worse than potato chips.. I can't eat just one!

Dr. TriRunner said...

Big ups to James - that is so awesome!! Hopefully his cloud-9 hasn't deflated yet, because that is certainly something to drag out the celebration with!! Haha I remember when I won my first 5k... he's gotta be so pumped!!

I also want to say I really admire the way both of you have put your faith and trust in God on this. I know that at times that must not be easy... but if faith were always a matter of "easy" ... well then it wouldn't require any faith!

fittingbackin said...

Those look awesome - love how they're like little healthy cupcakes!!

Congrats to your hubs!!

cherelli said...

Congratulations to James - awesome result! And oh boy, that food looks divine.....Mmmm....

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

Super Congrats to your DH. Man, being a pro triathlete is TUFF. I just bow down to them all! Woo hoo for the win!

Kelsey said...

BIG YAY YAY YAY TO YOUR HUSBAND!!! always awesome to hear great news liek this!!!

btw the raw patties look REDICULOUS :P :P


Anonymous said...

Congratulation to your hubby!

The patties look great!

Alisa said...

Those patties look delicious!

Is that PB/Coconut basically just coconut butter/oil with peanut butter? I'd love to trial it at home. Thanks!

Shannon said...

congrats to the husband! very inspiring :)

Eden said...

patties look so cute! u should open a little bakery! Tell the the bubby congrats!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

the patties look awesome and your hubs is quite the athlete..i think you should start breeding with him so you can pop out some athletes..kidding! before you do that, we need to do the wine/hottub/girls nite out stuff!!!!!

Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said...

Your husband ROCKS!
Your recipe ROCKS!
Your biblical quote ROCKS!

You have no idea.

Abby said...

I am so so so happy for James! Dave and I were celebrating in the car on the way here. Ok, not any kind of official celebrating...but we were so happy! God really rewards the faithful! YAY!

Joanna Sutter (Fitness & S said...

Your husband ROCKS!
Your recipe ROCKS!
Your biblical quote ROCKS!

You have no idea.

Shannon said...

congrats to the husband! very inspiring :)

greekyogurt said...

Congratulation to your hubby!

The patties look great!