Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What’s Cooking Wednesday: No guilt peppermint paleo fudge.

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You guys. This stuff is going to change your life. I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but it is SO GOOD! And, unbelievably easy to make. You might even have all the basic ingredients on hand already to make it. So do yourself a favor and MAKE IT!

Don’t let the “paleo” part scare you. This stuff is good! I’m not paleo in the least but I am gluten free and mostly dairy free so I’m always looking for yummy ways to get dessert in without going heavy on the dairy. Plus I have a bunch of friends doing the Whole 30 diet so I wanted to bring a tasty bit to a mom’s night out we are having in a few weeks. Enter: paleo fudge. Seriously, so creamy you would never even guess that the base for this is almond butter and coconut oil.

First I gathered up all my ingredients. I’m not like the Barefoot Contessa. You don’t have to go out and make your own almond butter or anything. Store bought everything is completely fine in my book.

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I decided to put my own little spin on the basic recipe by adding in come cacao nibs and peppermint essential oil (peppermint extract is all good too!). It just gives it a little kick and crunch!

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I got a Ninja blender recently and I’m obsessed! Add everything but the nibs and give is a whirl. The smoother the better.

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When it’s all combined, add in your cacao nibs and give it a quick stir. I like to add in a little salt to mine. I love the contrast of sweet and salty especially in my chocolate. But note, that I think salt is on the paleo no no list so if you are going strict, be careful there!

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You can either put them in a regular sized muffin tin or a mini muffin pan. I’ve done both and I’ve found that I like the mini pan better. While good, the regular sized muffin pan was just to much!

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You can pop it in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes to set up or 10 in the freezer.

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Go ahead and try it out. No waiting till after dinner in this house. What you get is a super rich and creamy treat that’s all good for you stuff!

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I store all my fudge cups in the fridge in a ziplock bag.

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Enjoy!!

 

Ingredients (adapted from here)

1/2 c melted coconut oil

1/2 c smooth almond butter (the drippier the better)

1/2 c cocoa powder

1/4 c maple syrup (you can use honey but I’ve tried it both ways and I like MS better!)

1 tbsp vanilla

optional

2 tbsp cacoa nibs

2-3 drops of peppermint essential oils (peppermint extract works too)

pinch of sea salt

 

Melt coconut oil in the microwave or on the store. Combine with the almond butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla and peppermint. Blend to smooth. Stir in cacao nibs. Add to small muffin cups. Freeze for 10 minutes or let them set up in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Try not to eat all of them in 4 days. (true story)

 

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mom Talk Tuesdays: Indoor Toddler Fun.

So you guys. I have a confession to make. I’m totally the “I’m going to make homemade finger paint from beets and yogurt” kind of mom. Totally. On Pinterest.

In real life, not so much. So I thought I would just share some of the stuff that I keep meaning to do!

I don’t think that A would actually sit still for this but I thought it would be fun.

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This would be fun for M actually. Although he would probably get himself stuck in there somehow.

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We have so many cars and trucks. So. Many. This could totally work for A!

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I think that M would probably love this! I don’t really have any cool socks like this but I could probably use all the fun tights I never wear anymore.

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Three words: Rainbow Bubble Snake.

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I really want B to make this!

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I actually tried to make this once. Spoiler alert: I used up an entire roll of duct tape and didn’t come close to resembling this?

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This would be fun to do. But we would  need trees. I guess we need trees first.

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So I actually might do this one. We are going through the alphabet one letter a week. Might be fun!

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What do you guys do to entertain your kids inside?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Weekend Edition 1.25.15.

This is me. Every. Day.

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Got to sample Gluten Free Girl Scout cookies. Verdict? They were good. I mean, I’ve already eaten an entire box. But their nothing like chomping on a Samoa. But they’ll do. The only downside? Only one sleeve of cookies (compared to two in the normal cookie boxes) and a dollar more.

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Made an unexpected trip into Chick Fil A. Remember how your mom always told you to wear clean underwear in case of an accident? I’m here to tell you, don’t let your kid wear their mismatched pajamas and no shoes into the car just in case the drive thru line is ridiculous and you have to go in.

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Moo’s newest obsession? The old vanilla bottle. I don’t know why I buy toys anymore.

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Weirdly enough, they baby in the bag was NOT the most expensive thing I brought home from Whole Foods.

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Party planning is more fun when your us.

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AM I right?

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Haven’t been out to the lake near our house since M was born! Such a nice day warrented a stroller ride, eating sand on the beach and feeding the ridiculously large ducks. Seriously, these suckers are not starving.

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Happy week friends!

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Linking up with Biana, Meg, Lisa, Molly

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I was the perfect parent. Until I had kids.

I had lunch with a friend the other day. It was a “working lunch” for me since I had A and M. Oh and this friend? She doesn’t have kids yet.

Remember back when you were single or married without kids and you thought you knew it all?

THIS is how my kids are going to act.

THIS is what I’M going to do.

THIS is how MY kids are going to behave.

MY kids are never going to run crazy.

I’m going to lay down the law when it comes to feeding my kids.

I’ll NEVER let myself go after I have kids.

I’m pretty sure she was thinking all these thoughts during lunch. Am I upset? Pissed off that she was judging me and my parenting?

Not at all.

Surprised?

I kinda was too. I think it’s because I WAS that “before” person. That pre-mom that was going to be perfect. The mom that was never going to have perfectly behaved kids.

Reality?

A bit it on the slide at the park before we went into the restaurant (after I had just gotten done bragging to said friend that I didn’t have to worry about him going down said dangerous slide b/c he never went down slides). He was so sweaty from playing outside that I had to wipe him down before we sat down. Then he noticed that they had a driving arcade game so all he did was play on it. M was fussy so I had to feed him. While trying to cut up A’s burger. He stuffed practically the whole burger in his mouth b/c I said he couldn’t go back to the game if he didn’t eat. But it was too much to swallow so he ended up spitting the whole thing out. And then ate half of it again. All the while I was SHOVING food in my mouth b/c I hadn’t eaten yet that day and M was momentarily (and when I say momentarily I mean literally I only had minutes to eat before the fuss bucket got going again) content. Then when we left A ran away from me and I had to chase him all over the restaurant.

Sigh.

But you know what? This is real life. I don’t blame my yet-to-have-kids friends for wanting to stay oblivious about the hard parts of parenting. And I’m not going to beat myself up b/c she might think my kids are crazy. Because you know what? Most kids are crazy.

And one day, she’s going to find that out.

Do you feel like your non-parent friends judge you?

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Monday, January 19, 2015

The Weekend Edition 1.18.15.

That. Face.

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Paleo fudge. I’m not technically paleo but I’ve found that I like a lot of the recipes since they are GF/DF! I WANT TO EAT IT ALL!

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I took over The Blog Love project on Instagram on Friday!

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Passive aggressive much?

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Success! Dinner at Texan Cafe!

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My fella.

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I hope they will always let me dress them alike!

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There has never been a truer statement.

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These will be mine. Oh yes. They will be mine. As soon as I order them online b/c apparently even though I wear a size 9 in EVERYTHING else, they were too big. So I have to order a 8.5. But I love them!

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Dear Kohls. It’s January. I know its Austin and it’s 70 degrees but knock it off. I want spring first thanks.

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My date Saturday night.

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This boy melts my heart. The picture on the left is A when he was 14 months. On the right just under a month till 3. That just doesn’t seem right!

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Happy week friends!

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Linking up with Biana, Meg, Lisa, Molly

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Currently.

{{Reading}} Brining Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. So I read this book when A was born and I didn’t like it. So your kid eats pate. That’s great. I just don’t the hype about French kids. HOWEVER, my mom’s group is reading it so I’m hoping maybe to get a new perspective on it since everyone else is gaga over it.


{{Feeling}}Tired. All day. Everyday. So many things. A is on the brink of giving up naps I think but hasn’t yet grasped the concept of quiet time or “mommy needs a break time.” M is still not sleep well at night and I’m up so many times.


{{Eating}} A salad and chili. Because that’s how I roll.


{{Thinking about}} How best to tackle my to do list.


{{Looking forward to}} Some home improvements in 2015. After almost 8 years we are finally going to beginning making our mark on this place. It’s been long enough right?


{{Praying}} For patience, guidance, compassion, for several friends.


{{Listening}} The quiet. A is at preschool and M is sleeping. It’s so funny how on days that A is home I scream in my head “Can I just get a moment of peace???” and then when I get it I get all sad because I miss the crazypants.


{{Watching}} I’ve got the Golden Globes tapped and I’m trying to get through it b/c I love me on Fey and Poehlar. But its just so long!!


{{Loving}} My boys and the relationship they have. A asks for M the minute he wakes up. M lights up whenever A comes into the room. We are still a long time from them actually playing together, but for right now, they play alongside each other very well.

 

What are you up to lately?

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Weekend Edition 1.11.15.

LisaCan we just start out with the fact that this little baby is now 9 months old. I’ll let that sink in. 9 whole months. I cannot express how sad I am that my baby is growing up!
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We got hit with some cold weather. This is the effects of Ice Store 2015. The struggle is real y’all.
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Best way to pass the day when you have to stay inside? Snuggles!
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Last week I gave up pop. This was my last one 10 days ago. I want to punch someone in the face, but I haven’t had another one since. In fact, I didn’t even finish the one in this picture.
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On Friday both boys were napping so I actually laid down as well! It lasted all of 20 minutes before #2 was up and needing a piece of mama. Oh well, 20 minutes is 20 minutes!
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I spent the whole morning cleaning up the downstairs and it still looked like this. I made a vow right then and there to just give up cleaning until the boys go to college.
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Two words: NEW BED!!!!
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This is what happens when you expiment with “put the toddler in his room for quiet time and shut the door.”
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The cold spell has A’s eczema flaring up. And some patches have popped up on M. Boo! We thought we had avoided it with M. My Young Living Essential Oils to the rescue! This combo of Melrose and Lavender has their skin looking so good!
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Two of my favorite Stitch Fix pieces of late. This scarf and sweater. To say I’m obsessed with everything Stitch Fix is an understatement!
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I got to go out kid free on Sunday! Just me, the open road, and a quick trip to Ikea!
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A weekend finished off by Mighty Fine is a mighty fine (see what I did there?) idea!!
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Happy week friends!



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Linking up with MegB, and  Lisa.