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Chocolate Sunbutter Cups

Happy Friday my friends!
It was a gorgeous week here in Texas! I know lots of the northeast is covered in snow and it reminds me I am happy I moved south 8 years ago. 😉  If you are in the snow, please be stay safe!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  One of my favorite treats growing up was a peanut butter cup.  The more I learn about health and nutrition, I have come to terms with the idea of pretty much making things with ingredients I know my body will handle and love.  I have toyed around with peanut butter cups in the past, but was never really happy with the outcome.
The other day I had this amazing little treat and it got my brain thinking to try and make my own version again!  I have to say I am pretty pleased with how mine turned out 🙂

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a 5 ingredient or less themed week!

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Chocolate Sunbutter Cups

Ingredients (makes 24)

  • 3 cups Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup +  5 TBSP organic coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup sunbutter
  • 5 TBSP raw honey
  • 24 muffin papers

Directions

  1. Line 2 muffin pans with paper
  2. Melt chocolate chips and 1/2 c coconut oil in a double boiler (you can also use a microwave in 20-30 second intervals, stirring well each time)
  3. Add the vanilla to the chocolate mixture.
  4. Scoop 1 TBSP into each muffin paper, making sure the bottom is fully covered.
  5. Freeze for 10-15 min
  6. While the first layer sets, melt the sunbutter, remaining coconut oil and honey in the double boiler.
  7. Remove muffin pans from the freezer and add 1/2 TBSP over the first chocolate layer.
  8. Freeze for 5-7 min.
  9. Add 1 TBSP of remaining chocolate mixture to each cup.
  10. Freeze for 45-60 min.
  11. Enjoy!  Store in the fridge or freezer.

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Easy Pesto

Happy Friday friends!

It has been a crazy few weeks. I feel a bit like I am crawling back out from under a rock.

Things with my health are still at a bit of a standstill BUT I finally found a doctor who is working WITH me! More about that coming very soon.

This week we celebrated the Hubs birthday, I had enough energy to make him a lovely birthday dinner, I was able to spend some quality time with friends and see a wonderful friend marry her love.

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In the middle of all the crazy days and weeks of life, I love to prepare ahead of time as much as possible.  Putting out my clothes the night before, packing my gym bag the night before, staying organized & food prepping as much as possible!  One thing I LOVE to prep ahead is a big batch of Pesto.  I add it to chicken, salads, toast, sandwiches, meatballs, salmon, etc.  It is So versatile and I love that about it, plus it tastes amazing!

Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for a Make Ahead themed week!

Easy Pesto

Ingredients

  • 3-4 bunches of fresh basil, washed and removed from stems
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2-3/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1-2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup parmesean
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place basil, pine nuts and half the oil in a food processor or blender, blend well.
  2. Add in parmesan, blend well.
  3. Add in garlic and spices to taste, blend well.
  4. Add in remaining oil till a smooth consistency.
  5. Store in the fridge till needed

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Cheesy Cauliflower ‘Bread’

Happy Friday friends!
Thank you all for your kind words regarding my health last week.  Questions are still being answered and new doctors will be seen soon to pin down what exactly is going on, and I will share soon 🙂  Nothing life threatening is happening, just some issues being worked out.

In the kitchen the past week or so, I have been really into cauliflower.  I did a little post last year about the benefits of cauliflower that I did not even realize.
A few benefits include:

  • Fights against cancer
  • Helps heart health
  • It is anti-inflammatory
  • Has many vitamins and minerals
  • Helps brain health
  • Great source of fiber
  • Full of antioxidants and phytonutrients

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I am back with another fun cauliflower recipe!
Today I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for a Pinterest Curiosity themed week!
foodiefridayI found this recipe on Pinterest this week, and decided to give it a try.  I made a few modifications to cater to my liking 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 1 head organic raw cauliflower, riced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • parchment paper
  • marinara sauce (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Rice the cauliflower in a food processor or blender, make sure all the pieces are chopped into a very fine texture.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients (except 3/4 c cheese) together.  Place the mixture onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet and spread out till it is evenly spaced and about 1/4″ thick.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and top with the remaining  Mozzarella cheese and return to oven to continue baking for about 10 min, or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.
  5. Cool about 10 minutes and cut into ‘breadsticks’.
  6. Enjoy
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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.

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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

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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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