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I can’t believe it’s been a year since Lucy, Kerry, and I started blogging, here at Coffee With Us 3!

We’ve learned so much (honestly, I never knew there was so much to learn!), and we’ve had a lot of fun getting to know our readers, social media followers, and other bloggers. 

If you are reading this, Thank You! We wouldn’t still be here if it wasn’t for our awesome readers!

We thought it would be so much fun to celebrate Coffee With Us 3‘s blogging anniversary, or “Blogiversary” by giving away a huge present: $300!!!Enter to win $300 at Coffee With Us 3's 1st Blogiversary Giveaway #giveaway

We want to give a huge shout out to the amazing bloggers who are joining with us to give away a chunk of cash to one lucky winner!

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Smile and WriteShannon at Smile and Write

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My Real Food FamilyApril at My Real Food Family

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Our Favorite Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa was one of those foods that I was afraid to try for a long time but once I did, I was hooked!  How many foods can be used for any meal or even dessert?  Quinoa can be used for so many different recipes.  So I thought I’d put together a collection of a few of my family’s favorite quinoa recipes!  If you don’t know all the amazing details about quinoa, read What the Heck is Quinoa?

Quinoa Pizza Bites

quinoa pizza bites

Gluten Free Quinoa Brownies

quinoa brownie

Spicy Quinoa Shrimp

spicy shrimp quinoa

Quinoa Breakfast Bites

quinoa breakfast bites

Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili


Quinoa Spinach Pilaf

quinoa spinach pilaf


Have you tried quinoa?  What is your favorite way to eat it?



The Best of 2013

Happy New Year!  I hope your year is off to a fantastic start!  I always like to spend the last couple days of the year reflecting on the past year and reviewing all the amazing things that happened throughout the year.  It really sets the tone for the upcoming year.  And this year was no different!  2013 was an incredible year!  I published a ton of new recipes and experimented with many foods that I had never really eaten before.  Some were flops but some turned out great!  I am super excited about 2014….I’ve got some amazing things coming soon!  But for now, I want to share with you the top 13 most viewed recipes from 2013!

1.  Gluten free Quinoa Brownies

quinoa brownie

2.  Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup

chicken tortilla soup 2

3.  No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies

4.  Quinoa Pizza Bites

quinoa pizza bites

5.  Crock pot Minestrone


6.  Delicious (and easy) No Bake Chocolate Truffles


7.  Tomato Spinach Salad

tomato spinach salad

8.  Chocolate Chia Pudding

chia pudding

9.  Easy Granola


10.  Vegetarian Lasagna (Gluten Free)

veggie lasagna

11.  Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookie bars

chocolate oatmeal peanut butter bars

12.  Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

slow cooker salsa chicken

13.  Spicy Tabasco Chickpeas

tabasco chickpeas

What was your favorite recipe of 2013?


Spicy Bean Soup

Today was a crock pot soup kind of day.  If you don’t already know what that means, it means that I’m too lazy to actually cook a meal.  But we’re going to call this being efficient, ok?  And it actually turned out well and made plenty for leftovers!  That means that, in addition to dinner being ready, my lunch for the next couple of days is done too.  Definitely a win!

There is very little prep work involved in this recipe.  Just chop an onion, celery and garlic and you’re good to go!  Near the end, you’ll have to also chop some cabbage and spinach (or you could chop it when you chop the other ingredients).  Easy enough, right?  And if you don’t want a vegetarian soup, you could add some browned meat.  But this soup is hearty enough on it’s own!

DSC_0472-EditSpicy Bean Soup


1 red onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 cans petite diced tomatoes

4 cups vegetable broth

1 cup water

1 can kidney beans, rinsed

1 can great northern beans, rinsed

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1/2 tablespoon dried thyme

salt and pepper, to taste

2 cups thinly sliced and chopped green cabbage

1 cup spinach, chopped

pinch of red pepper flakes

Chop the onion, celery and garlic.  Rinse the beans with cold water until no more foam appears.  Add all ingredients except cabbage, spinach and red pepper flakes to the crockpot.  Cook on low about 8 hours.  In the last hour, add the spinach and cabbage.  Serve hot with grated Parmesan.

January Clean Eating Challenge

January is that time of the year when we all make new resolutions to eat better, get in shape, or lose weight.  So that’s the perfect time for a clean eating challenge!  We could all use a little support and encouragement in reaching our goals and that’s what this group will do for you!  Will you join us?

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There are many different interpretations of clean eating around….some are fairly complicated and restrictive.  I don’t believe it has to be anything like that!  My definition of clean eating is eating as close to nature as possible….fruits, vegetables, lean meats, eggs, nuts, and many, many other things.  You can’t go wrong spending most of your grocery shopping time in the produce department!  On foods that have labels, you should read the ingredients.  If you don’t know what it is, your body probably doesn’t either.  Throughout this challenge, I ask you to review and consider every food you eat.  I will provide you with a list of foods and how they rate on a scale of 1 to 5.  If you stick with foods rated 1 or 2, you have a near perfect diet.  Your challenge is to eat clean at least 80% of the time.  I’ll be here to provide you coaching, encouragement, support and accountability throughout the month!

If you have 10 or more pounds to lose and would like to join the VIP Clean Eating Challenge Group, please contact me at aprilmims72@yahoo.com.

To join the challenge:

  •  Set up a Free Team Beachbody membership at www.teambeachbody.com.  There are many nutrition and meal planning resources that we will be using throughout the challenge.  When registering, be sure to list me as your coach.
  • After I receive notification that you have joined, I will email you the link to join the private Facebook challenge group.  (This may take up to 24 hours)
  • Once you are in the group, please go to the introduction post and tell us a little about yourself so we can all get to know each other.
  • Each week, I will publish a meal clean eating meal plan.  These are just suggestions for you.  I’ll also share some of my favorite clean eating recipes and resources with you.  Since everyone has different likes and dislikes, you may not like some of the foods but I encourage you to be adventurous and try new things!
  • We will have prizes and incentives for various things during the month as well so you’ll want to stay active within the group.  I would also encourage you to share pictures of your food and any progress or challenges you have.  We are all here to support each other!

Marathon training – Week 9: Running is a team sport

I knew this week was going to be a challenge since it was Thanksgiving and I was travelling out-of-state to visit family.  Considering this was a tough training week without any changes to my regular schedule, I was a bit concerned.  Weeks like this are the reason they advise us to plan ahead and to make time for exercise.  I definitely had to be focused and committed to make it happen this week.  And I won’t even talk about the food I ate….at least not yet🙂

Here’s how the week worked out:

Monday:  The weather forecast was bad for today.  There was a lot of talk about ice and freezing rain and just generally bad conditions.  I had a pretty good idea that I wouldn’t be leaving the house to run outside.  So I opted for an 8 mile treadmill run after work.  Definitely much better than running in freezing rain!

Tuesday:  Since today was a speed work day, I decided run on the treadmill again.  I’ll admit it, I’m somewhat of a fair weather runner.  I managed to get in 8 awesome miles and felt pretty good.  I think this speed work thing is working…

Wednesday:  Because I took a vacation day today, I was able to run with 2 friends that I haven’t run with in a while.  It was so nice to run and chat with them (even though it was bitterly cold).  Before I knew it, 7.5 miles had passed!

Thursday:  Since we were driving from Texas to Arkansas to celebrate Thanksgiving, I knew it was highly unlikely that I would be able to run today so it was a rest day.  I would have enjoyed an evening run but considering we were way out in the country and there are all kinds of wild animals, I passed on that.

Friday:  Today was a tempo run that ended up being run on the track at the high school.  The roads in the area are super hilly and since that wasn’t the purpose of my run, the track it was.  I consider this run to be an exercise in mental toughness.  Just imagine how difficult it is to run 40 circles around the track (and pass your car 40 times).  But I got it done and hit every mile faster than I planned to.  Maybe that was partially because I just wanted to get it done.  Regardless, I got it done!

Saturday:  Since we were headed back to Texas today, I knew I needed to get my run done early.  It was highly unlikely that I would want to run after being in the car for 6 hours.  Had I been home, I would have run a local 10k with my friend.  Since I couldn’t physically run with her, I did the next best thing and ran with her virtually!  I think I ended up with the hillier course but it was fun to know that we were supporting each other.  See?  Running isn’t just an individual sport, it’s a team sport!

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Sunday:  I usually do my long runs on Saturday morning but that wasn’t an option since I was in a different state.  The thought of running 18 miles on my own wasn’t very appealing at all.  I’d like to say I would have done it, but I’m not sure that’s true.  But my training partner suggested switching our long run days so we could still run together.  Um, yeah, let’s do that!  After being off of my regular schedule and not eating the foods I normally eat, I wasn’t feeling my best.  Although I wasn’t 100%, it ended up being the fastest 18 miles I’ve run and actually felt good.  I can honestly say that would not have happened if I had to run on my own.  See?  Running is still a team sport!  As if a tough 18 mile run wasn’t enough, I started Insanity.  Even the fit test was hard!  But I’m not one to back down from a challenge!  I ended up with a total of 58 miles this week even with those challenges!

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I don’t even want to talk about what I ate this week.  Can we just leave it at it wasn’t good?  Even though I eat clean most of the time, I don’t make a big deal about it and act like a picky eater.  I enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast with all the sides and dessert.  That was followed by dinner out the next night and pizza the day after that.  But I’m back on my regular diet and have been 100% clean today!

How was your Thanksgiving?  Did you struggle finding time to work out or challenges to eating healthy?


No Bake Frosted Brownies

After making a couple other no bake desserts, I decided that I loved them and there was no reason to ever turn my oven on again.  So maybe that’s stretching it a bit, but I do love that I only have to throw a few ingredients into my Ninja and out comes some deliciousness that is healthy too.  Put some frosting on it and I’m all set!  Once again, these no bake brownies are the  perfect healthy alternative if you love brownies.  Mr. Real Food even said we should have them at our family Christmas dinner.  No one will ever know they are healthy and I’ll get all the credit for an amazing dessert…yeah, ok, we can do that!


No Bake Frosted Brownies


  • 2 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and cut in half
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder
  • pinch sea salt


  • 1/2 cup coconut butter/oil (melted)
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup



Process the walnuts in a food processor until finely ground.  Add cacao powder and salt and process until combined.  Add the dates a few at a time to avoid over-working your food processor.

Transfer the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper.  Press the mixture down so it is firm and even on top.  Set aside.

Combine all ingredients for frosting and pour over brownies.  Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour to set.  Cut and enjoy!

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