Four things to do when you move to a new city

I have moved four times since graduating from The Ohio State University in May 2014. Each time, I have gone to a new city. Three of the four I never actually visited before moving there! A while back, I blogged about my largest move to Nebraska. Now that I have moved again (this time in Atlanta, Georgia), I’ve done some thinking on the trials and tribulations relocating can create. I think it can often be easier to do than we think.
Below are four things I recommend doing when you move to a new city. BONUS: I discuss one of my favorite healthier alternative ingredients to use when creating baked goods.
  1. Get acclimated with the area
When moving to a new place, especially a large city, it can be very intimidating. The first thing I like to do is pull up Google maps and see what the surround area, towns and roads look like. Then, hit the road. It serves you well to drive around, take in the local businesses and get a feel for your surrounds and directions. I even allow myself to get lost. Usually, that’s how I find new coffee shops, backroads and fun places to explore. When I lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana for my first job territory, I found a neat coffee shop called Firefly Coffeehouse. The more comfortable you can become, the more quickly the “new” factor will wear off and you can normalize your area.

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Stronger than you think from competition — treat yourself with a Kodiak Brownie Cookie Dough Cake

When I started writing this blog and recipe, I was looking in my Passion Planner and the quote for the week. The Chinese proverb stated, “Trial often exhibits truly wonderful results.” This could not have been more accurate for this past weekend.
For current followers, you know about my boyfriend David. To all my new visitors, he is an athlete in men’s classic physique bodybuilding. This weekend, he had a local show and the pressure was on. Last year, he won overall athlete. This year, it was his goal to come to this show with a bigger, fuller, leaner physique. This is only a stepping stone to bigger goals in his bodybuilding career.
I told David that for a post-competition treat, I was going to make him something “semi” healthy to curb his sweet cravings. I chose to modify a brownie cookie dough cake recipe I found here.
Strong Sweet Caroline Kodiak Brownie Cookie Dough Recipe
Day of show, he needed to get his tan touched up and we had to leave the venue. We learned a valuable lesson. No matter what the consequences could have been, know that factors can change unexpectedly and affect your end result. Because of challenges, our patience and understanding is challenged. You are stronger than you think.
David placed second. And although we had a few tough moments of misunderstanding, we became stronger together through the process. It was a rewarding day. David received positive feedback from supporters and the judges. As you can see below, he created art in his posing routine.
My art to contribute that day was this Kodiak Brownie Cookie Dough Cake. When you are dieting for 8-months straight, most people have intense cravings. David is not usually a chocolate fan but he loves cookie dough. I have been incorporating Kodiak Powercakes and Flapjack Waffle Mix in a lot of recipes lately to see how they turn out for a higher protein content product. Dark chocolate is my favorite. This recipe turned out well and actually reminded me a lot of chocolate brownies that my mom used to make for me growing up.
Strong Sweet Caroline Kodiak Brownie Cookie Dough Cake
I baked the single pan of brownie in a cake pan, then cut in half and split down the middle to make four separate layers. While it cooled, I created the cookie dough filling. This was a Greek yogurt cream cheese base. If you have never tried it, I have only ever been able to find this Green Moutain Farms brand at Walmart and it’s fairly inexpensive. It is also half the fats and double the proteins of regular cream cheese.
Instead of using a granulated sugar or alternative sugar, I used honey. Honey tastes fantastic and is lower on the glycemic index. It has been benefits and Dr. Axe does a great job sharing them in this article.
The frosting was fairly thick but I froze it overnight and took to the show next day. It held together very well. Each layer and the outside was packed with mini chocolate chips. I did not use sugar free for this recipe but that would be a good alternative for those wanting a low sugar/sugar free alternative.
Strong Sweet Caroline Kodiak Brownie Cookie Dough Cake
This cake was dense. David enjoyed it and he (with help) was able to finish it in a few days. If you are looking for a tasty cake idea, make this one today! Even if you have a few mishaps or changes in your plan, you are stronger than you think.
Get the recipe in my dessert e-cookbook today!