Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cake with Greek Yogurt

Happy Saturday everyone. We have a nice and relaxing weekend planned and it is so nice. Tonight, Daddy is taking Sophia and Isabella to the daddy/daughter dance and they re beyond excited. This will be Isabella’s first time going.

I know, I promised you this recipe a long time ago. I am sorry it has taken me so long, but January was a busy month for us. I still can’t believe it is February already.

This is one of our favorite recipes and I made it just a little bit healthier by substituting the sour cream from Greek yogurt.


  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 package jello vanilla pudding (If you are trying to save calories and carbs you can use the sugar free.)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt (I used plain nonfat)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil (Next time I make this I am going to try replacing the oil with applesauce; I will let you know how they turn out.)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat first 6 ingredients (everything except the brown sugar) with mixer for 3 minutes.
  3. Add brown sugar and mix well
  4. Spray 12 cup bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with combined 2 T brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes.
  8. Invert onto wire rack.
  9. Cool completely then dust with powdered sugar.
  10. Enjoy!


I like to make these into muffins (portion control; by doing this it makes it very easy to track with my macros). I follow the same directions except I sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar blend on the top of each muffin and somethings in the middle of the muffins. You only need to cook these for 15-20 minutes watch them closely.

I have found the best liners to use are parchment paper liners (seriously nothing sticks to them and that is a wonderful thing).



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WIAW # 133 – Macro Counting with a Coach

Happy Wednesday everyone. I can’t believe it is February 1st already, where has the time gone? But, I can’t say I am upset. I truly cannot stand the cold.

I have been getting a ton of questions about what I have been eating each day since I started counting macros with Quincey (my macro coach). So, I thought I would share a day in my eating with you in one of my favorite ways, an oldie, but a goodie What I Ate Wednesday post.


I have been craving french toast lately, but typical french toast just doesn’t have enough protein in it for me. So, I have completely fallen in love with protein french and it has been the perfect way to start my day. I also ate 1/2 of a banana.

Mix 1/3-1/2 scoop of protein powder (I have been loving Pescience Snickerdoodle), 1/4 cup egg whites, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract… Dip 1 piece of bread into mixture and soak on each side for a few seconds. Cook on a preheated pan.

I like to top mine with 1/4 tsp whipped butter, 2 tsp sugar free maple syrup and 1/2 tsp powdered sugar. (In order to make sure I hit my macros correctly I measure EVERYTHING.)

Pour remainder of mix in a small skillet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and heated to medium. Flip once bubble form and enjoy.

Snack 1

After getting Sophia and Isabella on the bus I always sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee. I use a 1/2 tablespoon of all natural creamer. I also snacked on a handful of my white chocolate candy mix (yes, you can still eat your favorite treats while counting macros). I just made sure to measure out my serving so I didn’t mess up my day. Everything in moderation.

Snack 2

For some reason I was having a hungry morning so I ate a turkey wrap.

  • 4 slices of trader joes oven roasted turkey on a 1/4 of a low carb warp with a small bowl of strawberries, grapes, and apple slices.


I enjoyed one of my favorite salads with grilled chicken, center cut bacon, parmesan cheese, almonds, walnuts, and balsamic dressing.

Snack 3

After putting McKayla and McKenzie down for their nap I was in the mood for something sweet so I made one of my microwave paleo chocolate cakes and topped it with 1/2 tsp almond butter and salted caramel halo top.

When I first tried Halo Top I didn’t love it, but I quickly realized it was because I didn’t let it melt long enough on the counter, now I can’t get enough of it. YUM!!

Snack 4

I was starting to get hungry again and wanted to eat a high protein snack before getting the girls off the bus so I whipped up some scrambled egg whites with 1/2 a plain bagel thin.


I made a turkey burger wrap with extra lean ground turkey, organic american cheese on 1/2 a flat-out wrap topped with reduced sugar ketchup and mustard. I paired my burger wrap with half of a baked potato.

Snack 5 

I ended my day with a couple of my favorites…

  • a few protein muffins topped with almond butter – the recipe is on my instagram – @reneefitformotherhood… (since posting the recipe I have omitted the sugar free pudding mix and instead added 1 tsp vanilla extract and you can’t even tell; I’m not a huge fan of sugar free process food)
  • snickerdoodle and egg white protein pancake/omelette (I needed more protein)
  • a reese’s heart (I love when I work this into my macros)


The key to sticking to your macros and being able to enjoy your favorite food is simply portion control. For example maybe you only have half a banana so you can save some carbs for something else. Plan, plan and plan some more.



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MIMM # 160

Wow, it’s been such a long time since I have done a Marvelous in My Monday post, but hopefully this is the first of many. I can’t believe we are already at the end of January. Where has this month gone?! But, I can’t say I’m upset I am ready for summer I just don’t like being cold and these days I can’t seem to get warm.

  1. Those of you that know me, know I LOVE chocolate chip cookies. Ok and brownie; really anything chocolate. I love trying out new cookie recipes and this past week we did just that and these cookies are AMAZING. Now I have two delicious recipes and I think I might just have to try them side, by side. We will see if that happens. I will share the recipe ASAP!!
  2. I’ve been getting so many questions on what I have been eating since I started seriously counting macros. Really my meals haven’t changed much I have just adjusted my meals to fit my macros. I promise I will share a day in food on Wednesday. I know counting macros can seem overwhelming, but It’s really so much easier then you would think, especially once you have been doing it for a while. 
  3. Math help with Papa. I remember those days and I didn’t like math help from my dad. Ha!! But, his granddaughters were loving it. McKayla and McKenzie are ALWAYS ready to learn. 
  4. Mimi has been in Denver for 10 days and we are missing her like crazy. Seriously, Isabella is counting down the days, minutes, seconds until she gets to see her again. McKayla and McKenzie have their bags packed (apparently they have planned a sleepover that we don’t know about) and Sophia is making Mimi a welcome home sign. I love how much my girls love their Mimi. Their connections with her is everything.
  5. McKayla and McKenzie’s favorite thing to do these days is play with their babies and it really is the sweetest thing. They make the best little mamas. McKenzie: Sissy I hold you baby for you. McKayla: Oh, thank you. 
  6. I’m sorry I have been so distant this past month or so; life has really gotten in the way and I needed the break. But, I am ready to get back it blogging. I miss all of you.

{Katie – Marveous in My Monday}

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Starting 2017 with Snow Days, Movies, and More

So far this year my girls have been home with me more then they have been at school. A part of me has loved every minute of it and a part of me knows they need to get back to their routine and FAST!! I know once we do get back into the swing of school everyday poor Isabella is going to have a rude awakening. She has been have a difficult time these past couple of weeks. She cries for me each day and it breaks my heart.

In the last couple of weeks we have had so many fun times together. Spending time with my girls is my favorite thing to do. I love them more then they will ever know.


A morning at Fort Clarkston is always a great idea. We quickly learned Sophia is out growing some of the things her little sisters love to do, but she still loved taking care of her babies.

Over our time off together, we went to see Moana and loved it. Such a fun day for us girls. Since, Daddy couldn’t join us we made sure to bring him home some extra popcorn.

We have also drawn our fair share of Shopkins….

Seriously, I’m not sure who had more fun my girls or me.

We have sure been enjoying a lot of special moments with our sisters. The love my girls have for each other is even greater then I could have ever imagined.

These moments I love for, snows days are made for these special snuggles.

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