We’re home from Duck and guess what? It’s warmer here than it was the whole time we were there. Crazy, right? Oh well, we still had an awesome time and are so gracious that our friends invited us down to hang out with them for a few days. Thanks again Jess and Patrick!

Here are a few pictures to recap all the fun we had.

sunset

Isaac and Olive

Isaac wearing a baseball cap. This never happens.

Sunrise

Olive and Isaac doing their signature Lion King pose at sunrise. Isaac woke me up at 5:30AM for this. It was worth it.

naps

We stayed at a house that was pet-friendly so we all brought our dogs. Lots of treats and snoozin’ — along with a few long walks and some major playtime.

Angie, Flecher and I

Getting in a run on Friday morning with Angie and Fletcher.

Frisco

Frisco just chillin’.

LOTS of good eats.

shrimp dinner

Angie and Kirk made this shrimp dish for dinner the first night. It was delicious.

crepes

Jess and Patrick whipped up a batch of crepes one morning = I had a baked egg crepe as well as a sweet crepe with fruit and almond butter. They were both so good!

crepes

I’m pretty sure this was only my second time having crepes because I thought I didn’t like them. Turns out, I do!  I guess I need to try making them myself sometime soon.

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Isaac and I made quinoa salad for dinner one night using this recipe. I doubled the recipe, skipped the beans and used raw baby spinach instead of kale. We also had roasted asparagus and sweet potato chunks.

duck donuts

Obviously we had to try Duck Donuts. I ended having one with peanut butter icing and shredded coconut. It was cakey, sweet and just as scrumptious as it sounds.

angie's kettle corn

Angie was excited because the popcorn is named after her. I was excited about how massive the bag was because I love kettle corn. Don’t worry, we polished it off in three days. Oops!

lunch

Leftovers for lunch.

the gals

Wine time for the gals at Trio = Jess, Leah, me and Angie. There were three guys with us too, but we never got a group picture. Boo!

OBX Taco Bar Salad

Dinner at OBX Taco Bar. I had this shrimp salad along with a baja fish taco (made with locally caught fish). Both were good but I have to say, the fish taco stole the show. Sadly, I didn’t get a picture of it.

windy beach

Olive’s hair shows you just how windy it was on the beach. Brr… So yeah, no sunbathing or swimming this trip. Although we did get in the hot tub last night! :)

We had such a blast and I’m sad it’s already over. Luckily we’ll all be together again soon for Angie and Kirk’s wedding next month and then we’ll be headed back to OBX around this time next year for Jess and Patrick’s wedding. I can’t wait.

Happy Passover and Easter to those that are celebrating! See you next week.

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Hi from the Outer Banks! Isaac is on spring break this week so we’re spending a few days at the beach with friends in Duck. The weather has been windy and a little on the chilly side, but we’re with a great group so we’ve still had plenty of fun. Lots of story telling, laughing, eating delicious food and playing games. Speaking of games — Cards Against Humanity is always a good one (for adults) but has anyone played Quelf before? One of our friends brought it and we played last night. It’s like Cranium but a bit sillier and super fun. Everyone playing was laughing the majority of the time.

I’ll be sharing some photos from the trip soon but for now I have a quick and easy breakfast recipe to share. It’s one of my favorites so get excited.

Blueberry Protein Pancake with Chia Seed Jam

I was never a pancake lover because I didn’t grow up eating them (we were more of a biscuit and gravy family) but after trying protein pancakes a few years ago I became hooked. I now have one at least once a week. My go-to recipe is inspired by first protein pancake recipe I tried, which is from the Tone It Up nutrition plan. It’s easy and absolutely delicious — especially when studded with blueberries and topped with coconut oil and chia seed jam.

Blueberry Protein Pancake with Chia Seed Jam

So bubbly.

5.0 from 3 reviews

Blueberry Protein Pancake with Chia Seed Jam
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup liquid egg whites
  • 1 scoop of vanilla brown rice protein powder (I like Sunwarrior and Perfect Fit)
  • ½ Tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds
  • ½ banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ½-1 Tablespoon mixed berry chia seed jam
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the egg whites, protein powder and flaxseed with a fork or whisk until all the protein powder is dissolved. I find that a whisk does a great job for mixing in the protein powder.
  2. Stir in the mashed banana and then add the blueberries
  3. Spray a medium sized non-stick pan with cooking spray and set heat to low-medium (I use the number 3 on my stove). The lower heat is the key to making sure the pancake doesn’t burn.Pour in pancake batter and cook until little bubbles form (about 5 minutes).
  4. Make sure the pancake is “set-up” enough before you try flipping it or else you’ll end up with a scramble. Carefully flip the pancake over to the other side. Cook until pancake is done in the middle. It typically takes another 2-3 minutes. Place pancake on a plate, top with coconut oil (it will melt) and then add the chia seed jam.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 244 Fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 26g Sugar: 11g Fiber: 8g Protein: 23g

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

For the chia seed jam, I have a strawberry chia seed jam posted here and I recently shared a mixed berry chia seed jam over on Skinny Ms. You can also find the recipe here.

This mixed berry chia seed jam adds a delicious sweetness and berry flavor to protein pancakes but you can also use it a variety of other ways. It’s great for topping plain Greek yogurt or oatmeal as well as making thumbprint cookies, omega 3 packed pb&j or sweet and savory egg biscuits.

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

I hope you like this little protein packed breakfast as much as I do.

Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend.

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