Friday Favorites- March 2

It’s Friday! This week was kind of a blur. You know those weeks were you aren´t always sure what day it is? That was my week. My husband had a fair amount of oral surgery done on his teeth and spent the majority of the week in the basement eating milkshakes and watching 24while he recovered. Thank goodness he is starting to feel better. After taking care of him and my son all I want to do is relax in a bubble bath with a glass of wine….ahh, I can dream. Anyway, here are some of this week´s favorite finds!

Favorite Breakfast- Nutella Crepe Cake
They’re crepes, so you can eat them for breakfast, right? I’ve been on a major nutella kick and this tops the banana with peanut butter and nutella I’ve been treating myself to this week!

Favorite Funny Kint- Crabby Pants
Ha! I want these in my size just so I can say, ¨Leave me alone, I´m wearing my crabby pants!¨

Favorite Kitchen Trick- Keep Your Brown Sugar Soft

Add  a couple of marshmallows to your brown sugar to keep your brown sugar soft and fresh!

Favorite Show- Cake Boss
My husband and I started a free Netflix trial recently. Even though we are not going to keep the membership, we are trying to make the most of it. We have not had any trouble since we discovered the show Cake Boss. Buddy is the king of all cake makers! In fact, as I type, we are watching Buddy and his team construct a cake the exact size of a Nascar car!
Favorite Ikea Hack: Magnetic Car Holder
What do you get when you mount a magnetic knife strip from Ikea in your kid´s room? A way cool way to store your matchbox cars!
Favorite Healthy Lunch: Grilled Tuna Wrap
A couple months ago I replaced all mayonnaise in my diet with avocado, to replace a bad fat with a good fat. I thought I would have to stop eating tuna, because what is tuna without mayo anyways? Well, It turns out mashed up avocado mixed with a little garlic salt is really good, and tastes great with tuna. Add lettuce and tomato and you´ve got my favorite new lunch! 
Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy the weekend!

No Bake Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies

I really like to bake, but I don’t always want to spend forever in the kitchen. I like to get in and out with minimal dishes, and something delicious. No bake cookies fit this bill exactly. There’s no oven to preheat, no bake time to wait for, no cooling racks to find a place for on the counter, and best of all, fewer dishes. These cookies are easy and contain large amounts of  peanut butter and nutella goodness, and you probably have most of the ingredients already in your house. 

What you’ll need:
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup Nutella hazelnut spread
2 cups rolled oats

Start by melting the butter over medium heat. 

Once melted, add the sugar, milk, and cocoa powder and mix well.

Next, stir in nutella and peanut butter until smooth.

Add oats and stir well. I added a few extra handfuls of oats to thicken it up a little.

Reduce the heat to low. Using a cookie or ice cream scoop, place cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Refrigerate for about half and hour and enjoy! 

Friday Favorites – Feb. 24

Welcome to a new section of my blog: Friday Favorites! Each Friday I will post some of my favorite finds from the week.

Favorite Gadget – LEGO Alarm Clock Radio 
Last weekend my husband and I were looking around at Barnes and Noble and found this neat lego shaped alarm clock. It’s a fun find for all ages! I’m pretty sure my husband would secretly enjoy waking up each day and turning off his lego.

Favorite Treat- Bakerlla’s Chessecake Pops
I’ve had cake and brownie pops, and they are quite delish. Coated in graham crackers and dipped in chocolate, these cheesecakes on a stick they are sure to be a hit! (Note to self: Make these immediately after my dairy intolerant baby is weaned. Also have gigantic slice of pizza.)

Favorite Mealtime Tool- Construction Truck Utensil Set
Making mealtime fun with this forklift, backhoe, and bulldozer. Awesome. 

Favorite Baby Blunder- Baby Mermaid
I found this outfit on a Pinterest board entitled, “For the Future.” I don’t think it was a joke either. If this was your pin, I’m sorry, but please don’t ever make your baby wear this.

Favorite Fashion Find– Floral Romper
Say what? Yes, a romper. When did they come back in style? I don’t know but one of these with a cute little cardigan and some strappy sandals and you’ve got yourself an outfit. At the low low price of $8.96 you won’t even come close to breaking the bank.
Happy Friday Everyone! I’m looking forward to a nice quiet Friday night with my boys! 
What are your weekend plans?

Dairy Free Oatmeal Cookie

A few weeks ago my husband asked me if I would bake cookies with him. I don’t think my ears have ever those words before. I thought in case this opportunity never presented itself again, I should run with it. He had a hankering for oatmeal raisin cookies, and they sounded good to me, too. Boy were the cookies good! But I kept thinking of ways to make them healthier. So I followed the recipe as it was, except I substituted butter with coconut oil and white flour with wheat flour. I also ground up and threw in some chia seeds.

This is what I got:

Matt had been gone for the evening and the cookies were cooling when he came home. He said, “Oh, what are you making?” I was pretty skeptical that my sweet tooth loving husband would ever come near these. I tried to play it cool and replied, “I was just baking some oatmeal cookies. Would you like to try one? He grabbed one and said, “Oh, these are good!” There you have it everyone, if my husband, aka “the cookie monster” approves of these, then they have to be good.

I know, I know, you might be thinking that a cookie is still a cookie no matter what. So just eat a cookie. What is the big deal?  I wholeheartedly agree. A cookie is still a cookie, but every little bit helps. If I can replace all of the bad fat with good fat without really noticing it in the taste or texture, it’s making a difference. And if wheat flour can replace white and still taste good, I’m all for it.

Here is what you need:

1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons coconut oil
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs- room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup ground chia seeds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then take your coconut oil and put it in a container of hot water. It takes a couple minutes for the oil to become liquid in the water. It’s a good idea to take your eggs out of the fridge to bring them to room temperature. This helps the coconut oil blend well with the other ingredients while staying liquid.

Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside

In another bowl take the coconut oil and beat it with the sugars. Then add the vanilla and eggs and beat again. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix it well.

Mix in oats, raisins, chocolate chips and chia seeds. Place rounded spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. Let cool for a couple minutes and enjoy! Don’t be worried if they don’t flatten out like a traditional oatmeal cookie, they will still be delicious.

The Perfect Stencil

Stenciling can be so much fun. It can also be oh-so-frustrating when the paint bleeds through the stencil. It has happened to me more times than I care to remember. The solution? Freezer paper!
Simply take a piece of freezer paper and cut out your design. You can trace an image onto the freezer paper and cut it out by hand, or you can also print an image directly to the freezer paper and cut it out. I cut out this submarine on my cricut machine. Just place the freezer paper shiny side down and the machine will cut it easily.
Next, iron the outline onto your chosen fabric, again, shiny side down. The wax on the freezer paper will melt, forming a seal around your design. It is best to use fabric that has been washed without fabric softener.
Next, user fabric paint to fill in your stencil. You can put on quite a lot of paint. For this onesie I applied a couple of coats because I wanted the image to be very bright and bold on the onesie. Once you let the paint dry, you can peel the freezer paper off the fabric.
 Easy as that. And… no bleeding paint!                              

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.