Kale Chips

Kale. Such a nutrient packed vegetable. Low in calories and high fiber,  iron, calcium, vitamins A, C, and K, (just to name a few) it should take center stage at the dinner table every night. I don’t know about your dinner table, but until I discovered the crunchy, chip-like texture and pleasing flavor of kale chips, it never made it on my plate. They really are good! And this is coming from a girl who is not big into her veggies. They so good in fact, I ate them right off the baking sheet.
Look at those beauties:
Simply gather:  

1 bunch of kale
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic or seasoning salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then take a bunch washed kale, remove it from the thick stem and tear it into bite size pieces. Place it in a Ziploc bag and add one teaspoon of olive oil.

Sprinkle in a teaspoon of seasoning or garlic salt. 

Give it a good shake.

Spread it out on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

And bake until the edges are brown, about 10-12 minutes. Easy! 

12 Months of Change

I’ve always had a desire to be healthy,  but after becoming a mom I’ve found myself naturally wanting to be even healthier. I want to set a good example, I want to have fresh, wholesome food to feed my little family and I want to see my baby grow up while staying in the best health that I can.

That brings me to what I like to call, 12 Months of Change. (Well, I don’t really like to call it that, but I haven’t come up with anything better.)

Anyway, 12 Months of Change (12MOC) is based on the idea that if you incorporate small changes slowly they can become habits, and eventually, lifestyle change. So each month I am going to integrate one small change.

January was easy. Matt and I discovered that we really like dark chocolate. We decided that were going to become a milk chocolate free household. We started buying dark chocolate, and worked our way up to our favorite, 85% dark. Milk chocolate is not off limits to eat, we are just not going to buy it. If it’s not in the house, chances are we will eat a lot less of it. So far so good.

Now the we are in the month of February it’s time to come up with another small change to make. Our insurance has a program where they reward you for being healthy, in the form of cash. Yep, I can earn $300 this year in a number of different ways, one of those being exercise.

This is very difficult for me as I have two modes: All or nothing. If I’m going to do something, I’m really going to do it. If I’m not going to give it everything I’ve got, why even bother at all. I’m either going to eat workout every day for an hour, or not at all.

Late Night Snacking Part 2

After an afternoon grocery store trip, I’ve come to share my findings on healthier snack options I found for my husband. I must start out by saying that my husband, as lovely as he is, is one difficult person to shop for.

The only fruits he will eat are apples and raisins. The only vegetables he likes are carrots and lettuce. None of which he wants to munch on in the evening. He also is not into trying new foods. I was eating some pomegranates before dinner and suggested he try one. He looked at them and responded, “I don’t eat things that are purple.”

So with that said, this is what I came up with:


Wheat crackers

Crunchy honey oat cereal

Honey wheat pretzels

Tortilla chips

And lastly and kind of funny, these ridiculous, yet somewhat intriguing, Whonu? cookies.

I love how these chocolate cookies contain “As much iron as a cup of spinach” and “As much vitamin E as two cups of carrot juice.” They claim to be an “excellent source” of 20 vitamins and minerals. All with only 6 grams of fat and 13 grams of sugar. I bought them as somewhat of a joke, but in all seriousness, I really care about my husband. I want the absolute best for him and I will buy him Whonu? cookies forever if I have to.

Hand warmers

I know, handwarmers, right? The snow is melting and it’s 40 degrees outside, who needs handwarmers?

While I’m not big into resolutions, I am a fan of self improvement, and this year I am going to make an effort to finish projects that I start. 
With that said, I started making rice bag hand warmers as Christmas gifts this year. I completed all of them except for Matt’s cousins in West Virginia. I had the best intentions, but they just didn’t get done. So I am going to finish them, and they will get their Christmas gifts, even if  they get them two months late and warm outside. After all, and idea is an idea unless you do something about it, right?
They are a lovely family of seven, so this mean I have fourteen rice bags to make.

Almond Butter Bites

This recipe for No Bake Energy Bars has been a staple in my kitchen for a while now. I have always used peanutbutter to make these, that is, until I made them a few weeks ago with almond butter. 

I don’t think I can ever go back.

Today I had a hankering for something sweet, nutty and just plain yummy. So I grabbed some almond butter, honey, oats and searched the pantry to see what I had. 

New Projects

This week I had fun making these fabric numbers from the Counting Coconuts blog with some of my crafty friends. They turned out so good and were much easier to make then I thought they would be.
This has inspired me to make Micah a set of alphabet letters. Each letter will be made out of a matching fabric. For example, E for elephant, B for bird, F for frog, etc. It will be a fun challenge to find 26 different fabrics to use! Here are some that I found today at my favorite fabric store in Cedarburg. To learn how to make your own, click here.