A little dessert flashback

Happy Friday Friends!
Another week has flown by.  Things have been a little quiet over here in my corner.  Been working through some details with my health, and that has taken top priority next to my wonderful husband and job.  I feel pretty out of the loop and I hope to catch up more with all my lovely friends soon!

I have been on a pretty restrictive eating plan for a few weeks to eliminate some health issues I have been dealing with. Until things are resolved a bit more, I am not really able to eat any sweets.  Since we have a dessert theme this week I thought I would bring you some of my favorite desserts from 2016!

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a dessert themed week!
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Sometimes a little dessert pick me up in the middle of the day is needed.  That is when I turn to my energizer smoothie or my baked apple smoothie!

At other times I am craving a warm fruity dessert and I pull out some ingredients to make a crisp.  Most commonly I make apple, but lately, my pear crisp has been my go-to!
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Another dessert I love is a recipe that I used from the lovely Annmarie at Fit Foodie Mama! I actually have some sweet potatoes in the fridge right now I need to use this weekend and I bet this amazing sweet potato blondie recipe will be made for my friends & hubs!
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You may remember the amazing Sweets in the Raw cookbook I posted about over the summer that was written by my lovely sweatpink sister, Laura Marquis!
I am still in love with everything in this cookbook, and love experimenting with the recipes!


When I am able to eat grains again I will be making this delicious cranberry quinoa cake! So easy and makes a yummy dessert, especially in the cooler winter months!
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And if you are all about a warm drink dessert, you have to check out my peppermint protein hot chocolate!
blogimg_5536For all those fall feelings, I turn to a yummy chocolatey and pumpkin dessert in this beautiful trifle!

Well that’s a wrap my friends.  I will be filling y’all in more soon on all that has been going on the past few weeks.

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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Parmesan roasted veggies 

Happy New Year friends! It is hard to believe the first year of the year is already coming to a close.sparkleblocks

2016 faded out with a LOT going on! Traveling, seeing lots of family, all the holiday parties and dealing with some health issues. This little space in the blog sphere got pushed to the back burner over the past 3 weeks. I don’t think I’ve had as many draft posts for a long time. They will be coming along and posted soon 😉

This week I have been slowly getting back in the kitchen. I still have yet to use my new beautiful cast iron dutch oven & skillet! That needs to be remedied ASAP!

I’m back to Foodie Friday and I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for appetizer week!

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I have been doing some experimenting with roasting veggies a bit differently this week and I have to say they turned out pretty tasty!

Parmesan garlic roasted veggies 

Ingredients

  • 1-2 bunches of veggies (I used broccolini and asparagus
  • 4 + 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced into tiny pieces
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp rosemary
  • 1/2 Tbsp basil
  • 1/2 Tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1-2 Tbsp shredded Parmesan
  • Parchment paper
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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400*F.
  2. Add minced garlic and 4 Tbsp of oil to a small bowl.
  3. Wash and prep veggies- cutting off ends and making them into appropriate size pieces.
  4. Mix all dry spices in a small bowl.
  5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and cover with remaining oil.
  6. Lay veggies in single layer on the parchment paper.
  7. Drizzle the garlic oil over the veggies and lightly toss.
  8. Add the spices and toss again till fully coated.
  9. Roast for 15-20 min in the pre-heated oven.
  10. Enjoy!

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Food Blogger Love!

Hello friends! Happy Friday!  I have been in recovery/prep mode all week.  Recovering from all the happenings of the month, my trip to Dallas, dealing with another strained neck muscle and getting ready to travel this week to see some of my family and dear friends.  For those that know me, they know how much I dislike cold weather, so for me to travel to the cold means I really love them 🙂
If you read last Friday you know I headed up to Dallas for my first market to sell my homemade beauty & wellness products.  For my first time I think it went alright.  It was a bit slower crowd than anticipated, but I was still able to sell 20% of my inventory.  🙂 I also was able to support some other really great businesses!


This week also was filled with so many Christmas activities!

Lovely holiday art and my fav new gift (dutch oven)!

I also love wrapping! Making presents pretty makes me happy!


Another thing I love this time of year, and really all year, are so many amazing food bloggers! Though a few of my blogger groups I have come to know many amazing blogs and have come to love their recipes!  With life being so crazy right now I wanted to share with you all some of their favorite (or close to favorite) pics from this year!
So if you are in need of some inspiration or new recipes to try, I have a nice little collection of options for you!  Thank you ladies for sharing all your awesome hard work with me and others!

This week I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for Food Blogger Love week!

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Sweet Potato Hummus by Eat, Drink, and be Skinny
Honey Garlic Hasselback Sweet Potatoes by My Uncommon Everyday
Double Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal by Jill Conyer
Super Berry ProYo Smoothie Bowl by Breathe Deeply and Smile
Cool Raspberry Lime Sparkler by The Fit Cookie

Turkey Meatballs By Suzlyfe
Fiesta Turkey Chili by Fighting for Wellness
Irish Beef Stew & Mashed potatoes by A Bedazzled Kind of Life
Healthy Chicken Shawarma by Gigi Eats Celebrities

Cajun Salmon Tacos with Donut Peaches by Hungry by Nature
Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu by Nutritioulicious
Coconut Curry Shrimp Ramen Bowl by Snacking in Sneakers

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Cake by Katalyst Health
Easy Vegan Lasagna with Basil Cashew Ricotta by Coach Debbie Runs
Vegan Cauliflower Apple Walnut Soup by Simple Pure Whole Wellness
Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup by Byte Sized Nutrition

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies by Whole Health Hacks
Pumpkin Spice Walnut Cake by Healthy Helper
Paleo Pumpkin Snack Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting by Athletic Avocado
Pear, Apple & Pumpkin Crumble by Masala Girl Travels
Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes by Fit Views

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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May you be filled with joy and health!
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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Happy Friday friends!
Been a little quiet this week on here and social media.  I have been working my little tail off getting ready for The Boho Market this weekend up in Dallas at Fair Park! If you are in Dallas/Ft. Worth this weekend, come on out and get some of your holiday shopping done! There are going to be 100 vendors with lots of AMAZING items!

Speaking of holidays, I had a little Christmas party last weekend and got to experiment making some gluten free holiday treats for myself and my friends! I really wanted to make a gluten free sugar cookie recipe with my fav GF flour.  I was honestly nervous about how it would work out.

This week I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a Copycat themed week!
foodiefridayI took a recipe I found from All Recipes and altered it a tad to make it gluten free.
Over the years I have tried many different sugar cookie recipes, and I have to say, this one I used with the alterations came out the best!
There is something about rolling out dough with the marble rolling pin from childhood and making cookies in some of my favorite Christmas shapes.  I have a bit of a cookie cutter collection.  I love making cookies and I am so happy to have such a great gluten free recipe to use now!
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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C organic butter, softened
  • 5 cups gluten free flour (I use Domata)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 2 cups organic cane sugar (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 4 organic eggs
  • 1 tsp GF vanilla extract
  • Organic powdered sugar for rolling dough

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder & salt.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together till fluffy, then beat in each egg and the vanilla.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until the dough is mixed and pulling off the side of the bowl.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 parts and wrap in parchment paper, place in the fridge and chill for at least 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 400
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar on a clean flat surface.
  7. Let dough set for 3-5 min and then roll it out on the powdered surface 1/4 to 1/2 in thick (I went a little thicker with this dough)
  8. Use any shape cookie cutters to make the cookies.  Place each cookie onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
  9. Bake 6-8 min (more if thicker- Checking on them every 60 seconds after the 6 min mark)
  10. Let the cookies cook completely and then decorate as desired.

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Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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Healthy Pear Crisp

Hello friends! Happy 1st Friday in December! This is my favorite time of year! Something magical and special and all the twinkling lights make my heart so happy.  Over the past few days the Hubs and I set up 2 trees and sprinkled other decorations all around the house.  I found the AMAZING sign at my local Hobby Lobby and it brings joy to my heart each time we light it up!
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Some of my new fav ornaments

This time of year brings me into the kitchen even more than normal!  Can I just say how wonderful it has been to be able to cook and bake in a real kitchen!  I am so thankful for our new kitchen and the space it has to allow me to bring joy to others through delicious food!
I have been craving pears lately and earlier this week had a hinkering for a crisp.  I decided to put my 2 cravings together and whip up a healthier version of the apple crisp I grew up making.  The coconut sugar helps to bring out the natural sugars in the pears without being overly sweet. I really feel I could eat some of this for breakfast in place of my overnight oats and feel good about it 🙂

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a Holiday Baking themed week!
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Healthy Pear Crisp {Gluten Free}

Ingredients

Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375* F.
  2. Grease, with coconut oil, a med size baking dish, I used 9 x 7.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl mix the oats, brown sugar, gf flour, and 1/2 cinnamon together. Add the coconut oil until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, add together the coconut sugar, almond flour, and remaining cinnamon.  Add the pear slices and mix till coated.
  5. Spread pears in the baking dish and cover evenly with the oat mixture.
  6. Bake for 30-35 min or until the pears are soft.
  7. Let the crisp cool slightly and serve with or without ice cream.

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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I am also linking up with Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday.
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May you be filled with joy and health!
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Year Recipe Recap

Hello friends and happy Friday!
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving.  I know we had some delicious food and have so much to be thankful for this year.

Life has been pretty crazy lately between some travels, getting over bronchitis, pet sitting, getting things settled with the hubs new job & car, making plans for an upcoming market I will be selling my homemade beauty products at, settling travel plans for the holidays, studying, and attempting to get rest and workouts in! And I decided last night to have a small holiday party before all the craziness begins!
I have been doing lots of cooking, but not a whole lot of recipe creation (unless you count my first attempt at stuffing that turned out awesome), so I want to bring back some recipes today from earlier this year!

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a Free for all themed week!
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Taco Soup
Gefüllte Paprika
Easy Black Bean Soup
Gluten Free Breakfast Panini

Spring Rolls
Blackberry & Avocado Salad
Gluten Free Pizza
Butternut Squash Nachos

Carrot Fries
Breakfast Waffle Quesadilla
Scottish Porridge
Chocolate Chippers

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Roast Away

Hi friends!
Happy Friday!
Opps, I just realized I never filled you in on my fun Sweat Pink sister time last weekend and some of the other good things happening.  Last weekends shenanigans will have to wait just a bit, but here are a few fun things that went on this week!

My attempt at getting pics of the super moon!

Enjoyed a little Thanksgiving feast at the kiddos school 🙂
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Made some homemade bird feeders for the back yard! Kids had a blast and ate more peanut butter than we used for the feeders! Haha
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Speaking of fruit, it is national vegan month.  Despite so much focus being on turkey recipes, I have seen a lot of yummy vegan recipes from some of my fellow blogger friends!  (Will post a few soon)
For my meat loving friends, this recipe really was filling, flavorful, and added lots of color to the plate!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Vegan themed week!

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Roasted butternut Squash with Red Pepper and Apple

Ingredients

  • 1 Med butternut squash, peeled, chopped into cubes
  • 1 Red pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1 Apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Avocado oil
  • Spices- Thyme and rosemary for taste

Dirctions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425* F.
  2. Spread oil on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper or baking mat.
  3. Place chopped squash, pepper & apple on baking sheet.
  4. Add spices and mix to ensure even coating.
  5. Bake for 25-30 min or until all food is tender.
  6. Enjoy on a salad, with quinoa or just by itself!

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May you be filled with joy and health!
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