GretchCannon: 2010


Dreaming of Yellow..

Dreaming of Yellow..
Dreaming of Yellow.. by gretchstars featuring a lycra swimwear
It is cold and rainy outside.. and I am dreaming of yellow and sun in 2011!! :-)

Pink Fitness Inspiration

Pink Fitness Inspiration
Pink Fitness Inspiration by gretchstars featuring a pink activewear
I am not a girl who normally wear much pink - but for some reason, I love it for the gym and working out! Maybe it makes me feel girly when I am sweating like a boy :) This is my fit inspiration board for 2011!.. plus my mom got me pink workout gloves and my boyfriend got me a pink gym bag for Christmas. I am set!!

Happy New Year 2011!

Happy New Year 2011!
Happy New Year 2011! by gretchstars featuring peeptoe heels
Inspiration for ringing in the new year!! xoxo

Country Music Luv

Just got our Stagecoach tix yesterday, so I wanted to do a fun Country Music Luv fashion inspiration board. Yeehawww!! Luv it! 

Country Music Luv


Rainy Day Workout!!

I traveled to Minnesota for business last week and stayed @ the Westin. The fitness facility was SO nice, but I didn't get a chance to use it. I was so tired from work and travel and all those work dinners! Hence -- I really needed to work out this week. It has been pouring "terrential" rain (that is the term they use on the news and it sounds so serious! i don't even know if i spelled it right, but you get the idea).. so even though I have been working from home today and yesterday, I have not had a chance to walk outside. And, with all the holiday treats around the office and holiday get-togethers, I needed to get my butt moving.

Yesterday I finally did a workout. I actually found something really cool. Fitness ON Demand!! We have Time Warner Cable, and our ON Demand channel has TONS of workouts for free ON Demand. I can try yoga, pilates, cardio, weights, etc., without ever having to leave home. I am hoping to get the motivation to walk on my treadmill downstairs today and catch up on some Dexter shows, but yesterday I did the Jackie Warner power curcuit - full body workout. See DVD link in this post. It was 40 minutes and I am actually pretty darn sore today!! I liked the rotation of it, I got my sweat on, and I didn't get bored. I hate those long DVDs that just bore you and you can't wait for them to be over. This one had each body part or body part group -- 3 sets of workouts for each one, then a burn out set of all 3, then on to the next. And if those abs don't inspire you, I don't know what will. I think I have a girl crush on Jackie Warner. Or I just want to BE her lol. 

Anyways, cheers to the holidays and to good health!!


I want some faux fur!!

I want some faux fur!!
I want some faux fur!! by gretchstars featuring a fur faux vest
Faux fur inspiration collage :) I want some faux fur for this winter season! Faux real!

Oooh!! Ahh! Protein Fudge!! Chocolate PB!

Happy Friday!! Got another yummy recipe from Fitness & Spice today and tweaked it with what I had on hand. Protein Fudge (Chocolate PB), oh my! 

You need: 1/4 cup - Chocolate Protein Powder (I used my fave, Whey Gourmet - Peanut Butter Chocolate), 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (I used Vanilla), 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet) and (the best part) 1/4 cup peanut butter (I used my fabulous yummy Dark Chocolate Dreams by Peanut Butter & Co). 

Stir all the ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl...

Then, heat in the microwave for about 20-25 seconds, until the chips are about halfway melted. Take out & put on a glass baking dish (SPRAY WITH COOKING SPRAY!) I forgot to do this, so mine stuck to the bottom lol. Put it in the fridge for about 45 min-1 hour.. then EAT! Makes about 4 fudge squares.. I made about 6 and had to eat with a spoon since I forgot to spray the dish. But it was UH MAZING. I would have even eaten it after microwaving it, before chilling it. So good! :) Oh, I think I would like it with some walnut pieces in it too :) Note to self!


I love my coffee in the morning, but...

I spilled hot coffee on my crotch this morning, getting into the vanpool van at the park n ride lot!!! Omg!
1. It hurt really bad. And it still hurts. Ouch. :(
2. I had to put my workout pants on in my car before we left since my pants were soaked and the pool we park at was not open yet.
3. My phone got wet and I had to take it apart to try and dry it. I hope I don't have to buy a new phone.  
4. I am sitting at work (in a corporate office lol) in black gym capris, while my pants & undies are still drying.
5. Good thing I wore flats today, or I would have boots and socks on with my gym pants!! Or I would have to put tennis shoes on! OMG.
Ugh! Happy Thursday to me! 
Well, TGIF tomorrow, geez!! 
Hope everyone else has a klutz free day :P!!



Dream by gretchstars featuring a sheer blouse
My style fantasies..

Military Glam

Military Glam
Military Glam by gretchstars featuring a chain handbag
Ooh I like doing this - I might get addicted. Here is another one - Military Glam. Lots of army green, leopard, red, black leather, chunky gold jewelry & browns. Love it.

Romantic Sequins

Romantic Sequins
Romantic Sequins by gretchstars featuring a tube dress
This is my 1st time making an "inspiration collage", like I have seen on many blogs. Makes me feel like I work for Marie Claire magazine (I wish). I did some things I love right now - romantic sequins - a mix of black sequins, gold and pink, and ruffles. The harshness of the black sequins are softened by pink ruffles and gold tones. I love it. Every piece on my collage is $50-$100.

My Thanksgiving Dish!

I had a potluck at my new home this year, and my boyfriend and I were in charge of a turkey, drinks and a yam dish. We made some guacamole and ended up buying a bunch of other stuff - the company was fabulous and I just wanted to share my recipe! It was the 1st time I have ever made a sweet potato dish (besides when I did a couple of figure competitions and ate plain yams every day!) - so I was excited. I actually found a recipe on, then tweaked it to use the healthy ingredients that I already had!

Gretchen's Healthy Turkey Day Yams:
  • 4 1/2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (I used canned)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (I used Smart Balance Light)
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used unsweetened Almond milk)
  • 1 cup white sugar (I used the equivalent in baking Splenda)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (I used brown sugar Splenda - which smells like rum by the way! Weird!)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I used Fresh & Easy organic wheat flour)
  • 1/3 cup butter (same as above - Smart Balance Light)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (Yum! I might have added a few extra. Wink Wink!! Love me some Pecans. I WAS born in Georgia!) 
(And my additions were: a little bit of cinnamon for the topping & some shredded coconut, which I got from Fresh & Easy) 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. (I sprayed it all over with olive oil cooking spray)
  2. In a large bowl, mix together mashed sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup butter, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Spread sweet potato mixture into the prepared baking dish. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and flour. Cut in 1/3 cup butter until mixture is crumbly, then stir in pecans. Sprinkle pecan mixture over the sweet potatoes. (Gretchen note here - my mixture did not really get "crumbly" - so I added a little more flour and a little more brown sugar splenda. I think that normal sugar would be drier - but I spread it out evenly over the top anyways, and it was fine!)
  3. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. 
And there you go! The pictures are before the baking - I was so busy, I forgot to take an after-picture, but if scroll to the bottom, you will see how I liked it :)

Here is me --- YUMMY YAMS!! I would definitely make them again. Super easy & delicious. I have had leftovers a few times already. Let me know if any of you bake any up!



Sunday Shoppin'

I didn't do ANY Black Friday shopping! I found a couple cool things on the Bloomie's site today though! 

Top ZIP Medium Brown Bag - $35 

Hue Corduroy "Jeanz" $25.50 (reg. $34) - 

and a fun gift for my boyfriend..master of the grill! A BBQ Branding Iron :) Fun huh? I think the Bloomie's one was $19.99.

and a couple of gift items that I cannot mention on this blog -- just in case the recipients come snoopin (mom & best friends) !!  

They have some really cute Bloomie's ornaments and coffee mugs. I don't NEED them though, so I resisted those. But they are super cute!! 

 Hope everyone had a fabulous Turkey Day! Here is me @ my front door. We had 29 people at our house. It was a fabulous, family & friends-filled day. I do feel blessed!

Joining Bloglovin!


Fight Night!

Sorry this is blurry! Just a fun, relaxed outfit I wore when we hosted fight night at our house this past Saturday. Cute Quicksilver t-shirt I got in Whistler Canada last NYE, some Old Navy Diva black skinny jeans & some comfy furry moccasins from Target!

Mock Potatoes

Tried to whip up some "mock" potatoes I read about using frozen cauliflower, Smart Balance butter and unsweetened almond milk.  I added garlic salt to the recipe. James hated it - I thought it was decent. LOL. I tried to trick him though, his taste buds were probably very confused!

Sephora & Marshall's Finds

While Christmas shopping recently, I founds some fabulous items @ Marshall's and Sephora I had to share! 

Too Faced Pixie Perfect set - $42, $100 value! I loved the bag. Contains an eye shadow quad palette, a blush and bronzer duo, a glamour gloss, a mascara, a shadow primer, and the case. Love it, even just to put out on my bathroom counter to admire. :) 

Michael Kors Sunglasses - These were $15! What is not to like!? AND, I have an old MK sunglasses case I can use for them. Love it! I hate buying expensive sunglasses that I am going to break anyways! :)


Yummy Frozen Lunch

Cedarlane Organic Green Chili and Monterey Cheese Tamales with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce! I paired it with some organic black bean tortilla chips, and YUM!!!


I heart free stuff!

Proctor & Gamble sent free stuff in the mail, cool! Pantene, Always and more! I wonder how many people they send this too-seems expensive! Love it tho.

Happy Wednesday!

Relaxed corporate Fall style in Cali.. :) I love my neon green infinite scarf from Nordy Rack!


Looove this dress!!

Wish I could wear this dress I saw in US Weekly!

Kale Chips! Happy Monday!

I have seen lots of people writing about baking Kale chips as of late and suddenly I got the itch to try some. I actually bought a bunch of Kale at the store last week, but it went bad before I remembered to cook it.  I picked up a fresh bunch the other day and decided to cook it up the other night while I was eating dinner. I was too tired to cook dinner & James was at the gym, so I popped a veggie burger (Gardenburger) in the microwave, ate it with Organic low sugar Ketchup and then ate about 3/4 of a can of Marinated Beans from Trader Joe's.
Got a recipe from - (photo is before cooking)

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
Per serving: Calories: 58, Fat: 2.8g 
My experience - I don't have a salad spinner, so I washed the Kale and then dried it with paper towels. It probably wasn't as dry as it should be for the recipe.  I had so much kale, that I made one batch with season salt and one batch with normal salt. I didn't really like the season salt - I would rather have it on Fries or a Turkey Burger, so I liked the 2nd batch better. I had plenty of nice & crisp chips when I was done. I felt like it was kind of the phenomenon of cotton candy. You put it in your mouth and it gets small really fast and you can just keep eating it. I ate most of it actually with my dinner, then made a small bowl to take to work the next day as a snack. No bueno - cold lunchbag = soggy Kale.
So, I would make it again, I would dry it better, and I would probably not eat the leftovers!! At least it was a fun healthy crispy snack! Happy Monday! :)


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