Best Birthday Cake flavor: Chocolate Cake with peanut butter frosting and bacon sprinkles!

I love bacon, always have! As a matter of fact, on my wedding day I woke up and said, “I’m hungry!  I need bacon and one of my lovely bridesmaids ran off to find me that tastiest of salty confections–bacon!!!

For the past few weeks I’ve been craving bacon, I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s the long gray days we have in Seattle or the simple truth that bacon just tastes good.  Either way, we don’t really each much of it in our family, so it’s usually a treat.  But, one day while eating my favorite chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting and salty crushed peanut sprinkles on top, I wondered what bacon bits would taste like instead of the peanuts. This thought haunted me for several days until I just had to create this wonderful dessert that I had been dreaming of.

The answer has been revealed–the taste is awesome!!!  Call me crazy, but the combination of the moist chocolate cake and peanut butter frosting is really good, but the crunchy salty bacon bits is a wonderful finish.  It’s rich and tempting; a perfect marriage of salt and sweet, moist and crunchy.

The only downside to making this cake is that I ate too many pieces of bacon and had to cook more to finish covering the top of the cake!

Maybe this idea will catch on and I’ll be eating choco, peanut butter cupcakes with bacon at a wedding this summer!!!  I hope so!!!

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Pepsapalooza rocks!!!

Pepsapalooza rocks!!!

I’ve been to some concerts in my time, but the revelers at Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville jumped and danced in the mosh pit all day long! Here’s are a few highlights. Many thanks to all who made this such a great day!

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Caspar Babypants rocks the house!

Caspar Babypants rocks the house!

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Promote your best self with fitness

Whether we know it or not, we’re constantly trying to negotiate, placate or communicate with others every day;  we are always presenting ourselves to someone somewhere.

In every situation we’re trying to put our best foot forward.  And one of the most important things we need to remember is we have to carefully manage our image. We must take care of ourselves; inside and out.  If we take care of ourselves on a fitness level, we’ll be much happier and we will radiate feelings of goodwill which will benefit us and those around us.

This also works in the business arena, whether we’re promoting our skills as an entrepreneur, technician or social catalyst; we’re essentially working every single day to attract more attention.

A positive outlook comes from a place of self-confidence and well-being and it is a very powerful attraction. Can you remember a time when someone contacted you because they really liked your personality?  Maybe they said that you gave off a good vibe?  Well, that’s your positive self-image shining through.  You were radiating and people were attracted to that.  Who doesn’t want to be around someone who’s happy about life or passionate about their work?  Everybody is.

It’s easy to let our self-confidence slip once in a while, but a little bit of happiness can go a long way.  So it’s up to us to get our daily dose of happiness or “vitamin H” by kicking up our fitness routine.

Adriana & Matt

I’ve been working with Adriana at Fuerte Fitness for about two years and in the last couple of months I’ve been following some of her personal workouts.  And let me tell you, if I make it through a session with Adriana, I’ve earned my vitamin H and the rest of the day I’m good to go!

Last week I went to hot yoga with Adriana and I didn’t want to go.  I’d had a bad morning; things weren’t going my way but, she won’t take no for an answer.  So, she suggested hot yoga. Well, when they say hot yoga,  they mean HOT.  I was so hot that my eyelids were sweating.  I felt like there was a furnace blasting me in the face and my body just couldn’t do all the contortionist moves with any dignity.  In my moments of greatest despair, I’d look over at Adriana and she’d just smile at me.  We weren’t supposed to speak, so I soldiered on

As the minutes ticked by and the sweat poured out of my body for an hour-and-a-half I thought about nothing in the outside world except for maintaining my body positions, drinking water and breathing.  And you know what?  At the end of all that misery I emerged from that yoga studio with a smile on my face and with a much happier outlook.  (Mostly because I survived!)

Later in the day, as I went about my business, I had a big smile on my face and lots of people said, “Hello” to me.  That’s when I realized I was presenting a healthy mind and body to everyone that I met.  It was subtle,  nobody really knew what was going on, but I could see the impact.  They were attracted to me because of my healthy glow and positive outlook.

In those moments, I was presenting my best self to the world, a sense of well-being and honesty.  I was living in the moment and it felt good.  (That’s when I forgave Adriana for dragging me to hot yoga.)

As you go about your day and your workouts, try to concentrate on the moment.  Think about centering yourself and taking care of your personal fitness.  Remember that no matter where you go and who you run into, you’re presenting your best self to the world and if you can do that by radiating a positive mental attitude; you will see a change in you and the world around you.

Have a Fuerte Day!


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Getting Started: Fit and fabulous with Style!

Today is day 2 of the Girl Power Hour Fit & Fab 30 day challenge! I don’t know how you are feeling, but I don’t like starting new fitness routines because it’s not a routine yet.  So, I have devised ways of getting myself into the mood to work.

#1.  Look good.  I always like to look my best and going the gym should be no exception.  So, put on your best workout attire, some mascara and put your hair in a nice upsweep for a feminine tough.  That way when you are sweatin’ to the oldies, you’ll look great!

#2. Reward yourself for getting started.  Go out and give yourself a little indulgence to perk you up for the hard work that you will be putting yourself through.  I once knew a woman who bought herself a brand new Mazda Miata as her commitment to losing 150 pounds.  As she lost the weight she felt more comfortable in her car.  I won’t go that extreme so, I decided to get a set of acrylic nails.  They look great when I wrap them around a 10 pound dumb bell to do 15 reps in front of the mirror.

#3. Develop a reinforced habit.  After every workout I head over to Cafe Apassionato for a beverage to reward myself for taking care of my fitness requirements and you know what?  Whenever I drive past the cafe during the day on my way to pick up the kids to and from school, I’m reminded to go to the gym the next day.  It’s a stimulus that is helping to establish my fitness routine.

Today is a great time to get fit and fabulous and it’s always a little bit easier if you do it with style and reward yourself daily!  I’ll see you at Fuerte Fitness with Adriana!!!

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Windswept at Discovery Park.

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 Video Nicole, Travis and I had a super fun time during their windy Spring engagement shoot at Discovery Park.  We started at the Lighthouse, took a walk on the beach, rolled around in the grass between some World War II … Continue reading

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