3.28.2011

Chocolate covered strawberries.

The best part of making chocolate covered strawberries

has got to be the chocolate goatees.
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Whole food Cookies

Here we go, I tried once, I'm gonna have to try again and maybe again to get these where I want them to be...
Whole Food Cookies
20 cookies


Begin with 6 to 8 prunes (or dates), hot water, coconut oil and honey, blend


Process flax seeds


Combine all of the ingredients plus vanilla

Add almond butter, quinoa, almond flour, baking soda, salt and carob chips


This is what you get

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350F

Recipe:

1/2 cup prunes (or dates)
1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup almond butter
1 cup quinoa
1/2 cup almond flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup carob chips

Blend the prunes, hot water, oil and honey.

Ground flax seeds and add to the above mixture with vanilla.

Blend in almond butter.

Add the final five ingredients and blend until everything is combined.

Drop by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet and press flat with palm. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 F.


Enjoy. Sort of.

Here's the deal, they are pretty good but not really sweet like a cookie. ALSO, I used quinoa when the original recipe called for quinoa flakes. I was at Whole Foods Market for almost an hour and couldn't find the flakes... So my cookies look like bird food.

Next try, I will use either quinoa flakes if I can find them (if not maybe I'll try oatmeal) and I'll use real chocolate chips for a bit of sweetness.

Here's the good side of the cookies: they are healthy, made from quality, sugar free, whole ingredients, talk about a guilt free cookie, and they make me feel FULL. They are something good to reach for as a snack that will really hold you over until the next meal.

Until next time...
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3.25.2011

Where am I?

Well, there isn't a start or finishing mark to describe where I am at right now. As a family, we are right here...

We are starting to cut out A LOT of the fat in our lives, literally and figuratively. I've probably driven through the DI drop-off at least once a week. I recognize the workers, they recognize me. Want anything? Need something? Let me know, maybe we're willing to let it go.

Simplicity is what we are aiming for and it feels great.

Part two: Our diet. We are cutting out processed food and sugar(unless naturally occurring). Really. It's been about two months into this process. Our freezer is slowly growing roomier and our selection of produce is growing larger. It's really nice to look at a container in our cupboard, turn it over, read the ingredients and see: Raisins. That's it.

Here's my new goal. One of many...
How will I replace some old favorite recipes with whole foods and RECOGNIZABLE ingredients?

Here's what's coming up: Hannah's birthday, April 30 (YES, I am getting sad, she's already almost one and YES, I want another baby...but probably won't happen for a while), Ada's birthday, July 29 and Mark's birthday, August 6... Want to make sweet treats but healthy treats. I don't want to pump my family and guests full of sugar and fat if I don't have to :)

I'm liking these.

And this is a great list of sugar free options for cupcakes.

Right now I'd say we are half and half, processed and whole foods. Slowly but surely we'll get closer to whole and we will cut out all processed foods.

Honestly, last month it was so hard, I probably solely consumed the last remaining sugar and junk food from our cupboards and fridge, out of desperation.

It's hard to stop eating junk food and sugar and processed foods, it sometimes feels like I'm betraying my childhood...like, what do I do about easter baskets?

I originally planned to stuff my girls easter eggs with sugary candies, but now I don't think that will happen. Mark suggested dollars, I think that is AWESOME and I hope the girls do too.

Anyways, that's all. That's where I'm at. The middle.


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3.20.2011

Springtime

I'm pretty sure I get seasonal depression. Springtime is my saving grace. I love the light, the warmth and fresh air.

I'm not a skier nor am I an avid snowman builder. I do not hate the wintertime, just don't love it.

I love the way the world is renewed during springtime...
Ada and Hannah feeding the new baby sheep at Grandma Kelly's house.

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3.16.2011

REcap


Thursday: First day housekeeping, hard work!

Friday: Clean my place, finish speed decorating, stay up until 1 folding laundry. I'll try to post pics of what I did a.s.a.p.

Saturday: Open House, got to show off our new place, if you didn't make it, call me and stop by.
Thanks Ada, only picture from that day.

Sunday: Church, Ada went on a date with her Dad to Disney On Ice!, I visited my family and my in-laws...I came home with the flu...yeah.
Monday: I slept all day.

Tuesday: I slept half of the day...
Mark stayed home and took care of the girls and everything else I do on Monday and Tuesday.

Today: Taking it easy.
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3.09.2011

Motherhood is good

Today is Ash Wednesday. If you're Catholic, it means the beginning of lent...40 days of fasting and giving something up. If you aren't Catholic, it means you may have seen some people with black spots on their forehead and were a little puzzled or humored.

I take Ada every year on Ash Wednesday to the church I went to as a little girl. This year after getting the ashes she pointed to mine and then touched hers and said, "Mom, I want pink ones."

Ada wanted to wear her ashes ALL DAY and she even wore them to bed. Today also happened to be her first dance class ever. And the verdict is... she LOVED it. What a cutie. I loved watching her enjoy dancing with her friends.

P.S. The teacher is great and she went to the same Catholic School that I did as a girl...the same one where we got our ashes today.

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3.08.2011

Warm or Cold?

I like this, warm, warm, warm, comfy but light...something my girls could live in and not destroy...
Somethings to catch your eye but everything ties together, there's a lot to see...

Mark likes this, cold and modern...
He likes clean and plain...

This is what we have so far. I just brought this all home this weekend... Now, how do I make this a combination between WARM and COLD?

Maybe one of these?
Any suggestions?

I just got a job...and I plan on buying THIS, I think it will add a little warmth to the corner :)


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3.04.2011

Today is Friday

On Wednesday I said to Mark, Wow! This week has gone by so fast. Then I started talking about the weekend and he said, ...Tomorrow is Thursday.

Crap.

So now I'm here, Friday. Finally, forgetting about days makes me an unhappy little planner.

So, Ada's dance class. Twenty minutes before class on Wednesday the teacher called and said she was sick so the class will start next week. Ada was BUMMED, because she is a little, well a lot, like me and wants to live as planned. You could say we like to live life according to Madison and Ada and would love the world to concede to our plans, thank you very much.

Anyway. Here is a sneak peak of the treasure I remembered I had last weekend.

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3.03.2011

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Barbecue Chicken Pizza
12 pieces

Begin with shredded chicken, diced onion, green bell pepper and chopped spinach


roll out raw dough in a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes


Let cool and add your favorite barbecue sauce and some parmesan cheese


Top with ingredients listed above


Bake for about 10 minutes more at 425F


Recipe:

Crust:
1 1/3 cups water
4 tbsp dry milk
6 tbsp butter, cut up into small pieces
1 whole egg and 1 white
4 cups packed flour
2 tsp salt
5 tbsp sugar
3 tsp yeast

I use a bread machine but I've also hand made this recipe.

If hand making it, you would knead the ingredients above, let rest for about five minutes, knead it again until a good ball forms. Cover and let the dough rest and rise for about an hour.

Toppings:
2 Chicken thighs, boiled and shredded
1/2 cup diced onion
1 whole diced green bell pepper
1 cup chopped spinach

Optional toppings:
Diced olives, fetta cheese, diced sweet tomatoes, mmm, mmm, mmm.

Enjoy.
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3.01.2011

Today was not all that exciting...

Really. Just cleaned more and finished arranging the closets. Mark helped me a TON by putting some things in our attic.

But, I did register Ada for dance class. She starts TOMORROW. Gonna take her to get some dance shoes tomorrow. Excited. More to come.


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