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Flourless Banana Bread Muffins


¼ cup almond butter

2 ripe medium/large bananas

1 egg

2 Tbsp. honey

½ cup rolled oats

  1. ¼ cup almond flour/meal

2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 375F and prepare a muffin pan by spraying 9 cavities with cooking spray. Set aside.

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until oats are broken down and batter is smooth and creamy.

Pour batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each cavity until it is about ¾ full.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the tops of your muffins are set and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool in pan for ~10 minutes before removing. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

from Runningwithspoons.com

Coconut Milk Quinoa (Breakfast)

10151189_10203785051976403_3524594821017738218_nI love Quinoa and decided to make this for breakfast. This is super easy! I don’t like to cook, but managed making this.

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2 servings

1/2 cup dry quinoa

3/4 cup coconut milk (canned)

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon


Drizzle coconut milk

2 bananas (1 for each serving)

2 tbsp walnuts (1 for each)

2 packets of Stevia (1 for each)

Mix all ingredients over the stove and bring to a boil. Then put on low and cook for about 15 minutes or until quinoa is soft. After that split in two servings and add the toppings!  And that is it!

Stevia is optional….I thought it had to be a bit sweeter. I also only had red quinoa, but plain is fine too.





Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Digging Hill

IMG_2145Today we did Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Digging Hill hike. This hike has two WWII bunkers at the end of it. It also has a nice view of Chinaman’s hat and the marine corp base on Kaneohe Bay. It was a rainy day so we didn’t have a clear view.

Directions: This is across from Valley of the Temples. In navigation, we put in Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe. Then once you get to the McDonald’s, park either on the side of the street or else in the Times/McDonald’s parking lot. Then walk towards the hwy again and turn left. The trail is at the end of the condos, right after the guard rail. Make sure to stay close to the guard rail since cars fly on that road. You will come to a gate and the trail is right by the gate on the left.

McDonalds we parked at

McDonalds we parked at

Heading back to the highway. Will take a left at light.

Heading back to the highway. Will take a left at light.

Walking to the trailhead. Stay close to guard rail.

Walking to the trailhead. Stay close to guard rail.


This is at the end of the guard rail. The trail is on the left of this gate.

This is at the end of the guard rail. The trail is on the left of this gate.

Stay on the trail and there’s a small fork. Just stay to the left of it and follow the pink ribbons. Eventually you will see pink and red ribbons, take that right all the way up. You will come to some low trees. Once you get to the rope, you are close to the first bunker. The 2nd one is shortly after. Once you get there, you can turn around and go back. There’s other trails off this so be careful and not get lost. There was a group looking for 3 people that were missing while we were there.

This is a kid friendly hike. Just some hills, but nothing bad. No ridges or anything. Just be careful if it’s been raining. It rained on and off and the trail was super slick! We all fell once.

Tips: Bring bug spray and watch out for the hornets. There was a nest on the trail.

It’s about 3 miles round trip. So depending on how quick you are or how many pictures you take will depend on time. 2030

Top of the second bunker.

Top of the second bunker.

2nd Bunker

2nd Bunker

Super muddy

Super muddy



Koko Head


The shortest and most challenging hike! It’s 1,048 stairs to the top! It’s a great cardio workout! You have a great view of Hanauma Bay and Hawaii Kai.

Directions: Parking is at Koko Head District Park. This is the address: 423 Kaumakani St. Honolulu.


Once you get to the trailhead, don’t get scared! It looks intimidating, but just go one step at a time! Take breaks! I’ve done this trail over 7 times now. It’s still hard!


There is a bridge at about 500 steps. You can go across it or go around it. Just be careful and it gets pretty slippery! I fell running down it and it was not pretty. I posted the video on YouTube.


The bridge

After the bridge, it is steeper. Just take your time and enjoy the view from the top.

Bring water and a snack!

I time myself every time I do this. I’m still trying to beat my PR going up! (21 min)

Sunset, but it gets dark pretty quick!

Sunset, but it gets dark pretty quick!


Kealia to Kuaokala Trail (Dillingham)

1069838_10203114196725441_779795658_nKealia to Kuaokala Trail, AKA Dillingham. This is a pretty easy hike- depending how far you go. Most stop at the picnic table and turn around. We continued to Access Road and to Kuaokala Trail. If you do just Kealia, it’s kid friendly. Not too hard, but it does gradually incline. The hills are steeper if you continue on.

Directions: Drive towards Dillingham Air Field. You will see the Skydiving buildings on the left. Take the 3rd entrance/last entrance at the end of the air field. There is a trail sign. Drive maybe 1/4 mile and park in the parking lot to the left.  This is the view from the parking lot.

Parking lot- trail is across the street.

Parking lot- trail is across the street.

After you park, cross the street and continue into the wide open area and follow the road to the left. The first time there was an old car and plane, but they were gone the second time I went.





The trail has 19 switchbacks. Kealia ends at the picnic table.  It took us about 30 minutes to get there, but we were going a steady pace, but not running. After that we continued to Access Road. This is where you get your workout in. We sprinted some of the hills for an extra workout. The pic doesn’t show really how steep the hills are, but they are!


And yes, it’s a pig hunting area……


Stay on the road and follow the Kuaokala signs. There’s one fork that isn’t mark, take the one to the right that goes up and it will come to a dead end. Look to the right and you will see where the trail continues. It’s now a trail and not a road.

The trail that keeps going to Kuaokala.

The trail that keeps going to Kuaokala.

It seems never ending, but keep going and you will come to a pretty cool looking rock structure. Great photo opp!

We kept going past the rocks. You’ll start seeing mores signs that go towards Kealia and to Kuaokala. We kept going until we came down and found a road. It does loop, but it was raining so we turned around.


For some reason, both times it rained! If you decide to continue on, bring a lot of water and snacks! It’s tiring-especially if you decide to run it! It took us about 4 hours. But to Kealia, plan for maybe about 1.5 – 2 hours.



Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my blog! I finally decided to start blogging. I’ve tried this before, but I’m not too good at the technical parts of setting the pages up! Just a little about me, I grew up in WI, but now living in Hawaii-thanks to the Army. My hubby is active duty. I got out in 1999. I was a 92A. We have a 15 year old daughter who I do homeschool for now. We lived in Ft. Irwin, Ft Bragg, Baumholder Germany for 9 years. We haven’t lived in the mainland since 2001:/  

I’m a fitness addict. I love weights and Insanity. I’m not a fan of running, but I do it! I ran 2 half marathons and 2 full. My training for the first one consisted of Insanity! I love to hike here in Hawaii and keep myself busy.  I’m currently bulking and doing the Body Beast workout. I’m trying to lean up so I thought this is the way to go! 

Follow my fitness journey and I’d love to hear about yours! If you are not on a journey,  lets get on one! Sweat Won’t Hurt You! Hasn’t killed anyone!