Lactation Cookies

Lactation Cookies

Hi there!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I think I’m officially in full on nesting mode.  I woke up early Saturday morning with all sorts of energy even though I didn’t sleep great.  I went for a long walk, then spent the morning prepping a few freezer meals, cleaning, and organizing.  I was back at it again on Sunday after another long walk we ran a bunch of errands then came home to do more organizing and meal prepping.  Usually around 1:00 I’m dead tired and have take a nap but the past few days I’ve just been tackling one thing after another.  Nesting?  Yep!

One of the “meals” I prepped this weekend were these cookies that I know will definitely be enjoyed soon.

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Cookies and Lucky 7’S Workout

Cookies and Lucky 7’S Workout

You guys I’ve been craving cookies so badly lately!  I feel like I’m seriously the cookie monster!

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Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Sun Butter Cups and other Paleo Christmas Treats!

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Sun Butter Cups and other Paleo Christmas Treats!

When I was little, I wanted to give gifts to family members at Christmas time.  We didn’t have a ton of money growing up so instead fo my parents handing me money to buy gifts my mom taught me the joy of gifting baked goods!

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We would spend days before Christmas baking then package them all into boxes, tins or on plates and gift them.  Since then I can’t remember a year that I haven’t been in the kitchen the days leading up to Christmas pouring, mixing, measuring and baking!  I love it!

Since I’ve changed my eating habits over the past few years, my baking has changed as well.  I still enjoy sharing yummy goodies with others I just try to keep them Paleo friendly so I can taste them too 🙂  Plus, it’s a bit healthier to share grain-free, sugar-free and often times dairy-free treats!

In case you’re looking for some healthier treat options for others or just for yourself, I’ve put together a list of recipes I’m planning to make.

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Bee Primal Giveaway

Bee Primal Giveaway

One food I miss from my pre-Paleo days is granola.  Particularly this recipe…

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola 

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WIAW – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

WIAW – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

By now you’re probably getting a little tired of all the pumpkin.  Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin breads, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere!  I think the fact that during my Whole30 I didn’t eat much pumpkin has led to my over consumption of the orange winter squash recently. When I say over consumption I mean we’ve gone through a few cans in the span of a week.  Nothing wrong with that right!?!  I mean, it is really healthy for you.  Not to mention, it’s great added to most anything in my opinion.  However one of my favorite pumpkin treats by far is a pumpkin cookie.

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A Marvelous Weekend and Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie recipe!

A Marvelous Weekend and Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie recipe!

It’s time for another round up of Marvelous happenings from our weekend!  I enjoy recapping the fun times we had on Monday’s as I feel like it’s such a great way to kick off the week.   Of course thank you as always to the lovely Katie at Healthy Diva Life for hosting this little soiree 🙂

Without further ado, here’s a look at our marvelous weekend!

Friday I got to see my best friend, her husband and their new baby girl Emery!

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You may remember my bestie from back in April when I threw her a baby shower.  We don’t get to see each other all that often since they lives in Seattle.  They were driving through town on their way to Tahoe for a family vacation so we got to spend a few hours catching up over lunch.  I also got in my baby fix squeezing those adorable cheeks!  So cute!

Later that afternoon when The Hubby got home, we headed back to The Fountains for the First Friday street fair which turned out to be a disappointment.  I was hoping they’d have more kid stuff but there wasn’t much except for a face painter, balloon animal maker and a girl dressed up as Tinkerbell.  We looked at classic cars and walked around before heading home to have a little Fiesta.

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We ended the evening by watching an episode of True Blood before heading to bed.

Saturday I woke up early to make the 7:45 boot camp class.  I had suggested the trainer lead the class in a Tabata style workout (which he had never heard of before) so I got there earlier than normal to help him set up.  It turned out to be a great class and everyone said it was a killer workout.  Great way to start the day!  I came home, changed then we headed out the door for a Crossfit get together put on by The Hubby’s gym at the lake.

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It was a gorgeous day and a family event so we brought The Love Nugget along too.

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Who showed off his lifting skills 🙂

The Hubby and I did a quick WOD together which consisted of AMRAP of 5 push-ups with egg pass, 10 air squats with egg toss and 15 partner sit-ups with egg pass.  It was fun to get to workout with him as we never really get a chance to anymore.  Then we showed off our awesome family hoola-hooping skills 😉

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Okay I’m lying, we sucked.  Especially me!  I’m horrible at hoola-hooping!

Later that evening we went to a friends house for dinner.

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These two had a blast playing together and we enjoyed some wine, cocktails and a very marvelous dinner of grilled halibut, zucchini and a spinach salad.

Sunday morning after breakfast we packed up a lunch and headed to Amador to pick up a few wine shipments and enjoy a little picnic.

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It was a gorgeous day and we came home with quite a bit of yummy wine since we were behind on picking up the past few shipments.  Works for me!

Later that afternoon the Love Nugget wanted to make cookies for Dada and he needed some protein goodies for the week so I made a batch of Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies!

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp. flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 cup coconut clakes
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut flour, flaxseed, protein powder and coconut flakes.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together almond butter, eggs, applesauce, vanilla and coconut oil.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until well combined.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips then spoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes then cool on a wire rack.
  7. Enjoy!
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I shared one with The Love Nugget and they were pretty good!

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Last bit of marvelousness is that I was invited to be an ambassador for a great monthly healthy food package service called Bestowed  You may have heard about it or seen it around on the web and you can read my review of my first box here.  I love it and they are running a promotion to try your first box for only $10 (regularly $19).  Just click here, enter the code HELLOYUM  and get ready for a yummy package!  There are just a few days left to get this deal so make sure to get it quick!

QUESTIONS – 

  • What was marvelous about your weekend?  
  • What’s your favorite cookie recipe?  
  • Do you exercise on the weekends or rest?  

 

Toddler Tuesday Recipe Updates

Hi friends!

I have to admit that I didn’t even realize it was April Fools day until last night when we finally turned on the T.V.  I am so out of it sometimes!  Did you play any good jokes on anyone?  Did you get “fooled” at all?

Anyways, on to this weeks Toddler Tuesday!

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I’ve been trying to go through old recipes and update them to be on ziplist so they are more user friendly.  Since I’ve got a ton of toddler recipes that I need to go through, I thought today (Toddler Tuesday) would be a great day to do that!  Instead of including ALL the recipes though, I’ll just share a few of The Love Nugget’s favorites 🙂

Peanut Butter Raisin Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Raisin Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 4 Pitted Dates
  • 2 tbsp Organic Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Raisins

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, puree dates until they are finely chopped. Add in the remaining ingredients and pulse until mixed well.
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These granola bites are the perfect snack for child and mommy!  They do need to be refrigerated though and soften up if left out too long.

Green Peanut Butter Oat Drops

Green Peanut Butter Oat Drops

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large mashed banana
  • 1 cup packed organic spinach
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tbsp organic whole milk
  • 1/4 cup organic peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, mix together the oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a food processor or blender, puree spinach with applesauce and milk until chopped well. Add that mixture to the oat mixture and mix in peanut butter. These will not be very sweet so if you would like to add a sweetener I suggest agave or a few tablespoons of brown sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Allow to cool before giving to your little munchkin!
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These are a great way to sneak in some veggies without your little one knowing!

Hot Pink Pancakes

Hot Pink Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 large cooked and peeled red beet
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 large mashed banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup whole organic milk
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine beet, applesauce, milk and banana until well mixed.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and add egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon and baking powder.
  4. Combine the dry with the wet and drop 1/4 cup at a time onto a heated and greased pan.
  5. Flip after a few minutes then cool slightly before serving.
  6. If you’d like to add a little more sweetness to these you can add a tbsp of stevia, tbsp of agave or 2 tbsp of sugar. The Love Nugget enjoyed these just how they were!
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How cute would these be for breakfast the night after a little girls slumber party!?!  Healthy too!

Veggie Patties

Veggie Patties

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of steamed vegetables of your choice (broccoli, zucchini, carrots, bell peppers, cauliflower
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Steam vegetables on the stovetop or microwave until tender.
  3. Puree vegetables in a food processor until chunky.
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until mixed scraping down the sides with a spatula once or twice.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, drop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and press down to make a nugget.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes then flip and bake for 7 minutes more.
  7. Allow to cool before your little one enjoys!
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I always keep these on hand in the freezer for a quick vegetable packed addition to meals.

Turkey and Kale Meatballs with Spaghetti

Turkey and Kale Meatballs with Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 1/4 lb organic ground turkey breast or ground turkey
  • 2 organic kale leaves
  • 6-7 steamed organic baby carrots
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash seasoning
  • handful of broken whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 1/4 cup organic no salt added tomato sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Puree kale and carrots until combined.
  3. Place kale mixture and the rest of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  4. Using your hands, mix until just combined.
  5. Roll into small balls and place onto a slightly sprayed baking sheet.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes then add a few to pasta and sauce.
  7. Store the rest in the refrigerator or freezer.
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Again, another way to get in some nutrient rich greens without them really tasting it!

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • dash of organic whole milk

Instructions

  1. In a blender or food processor, blend all ingredients together until thick and creamy.
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You can obviously see from the picture that this was a hit!

Just a few of his favorites that are really simple to make and fun for him to eat!


An Easy Christmas Craft and Vegan Fudge Recipe!

An Easy Christmas Craft and Vegan Fudge Recipe!

It’s almost Christmas!

Are you ready?  Excited?  Anxious!  We’re having my family over tomorrow which will probably be 13-15 people.  Thankfully everyone was okay with just doing appetizers and bringing a dish so I have less cooking to do the day of.  It’s much for fun to relax, play games and enjoy company than to be in the kitchen cooking half the time.  When ever I’m hosting a get together, I start planning weeks in advance.  Prepping to-do lists, menu ideas, grocery lists, etc.  Then just a few days before, I get out all my serving dishes I’m going to use, and start preparing what ever food I can do ahead.  Usually the day before is cleaning and setting up the tables, bar, setting out plates, silverware and glasses.  I’ve learned that starting early means less for me to do the day of and way less stress 🙂

Before I forget, the winner of the delicious, healthy chocolate bars from Lily’s Sweets was Amy at Ahealthyhappyheart.  Congrats sweetie!  Send me your info and I’ll get your chocolates in the mail for you 🙂

Yesterday I spent most the day baking away.  I love to bake during the holidays and no matter how organized I try to be, I end up being a crazy multitasker and doing way to much at one time.  I also squeezed in some time to finish up a craft project the Love Nugget and I have been working on.

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Simple salt dough ornaments

1 cup flour

1 cup salt

1/2 cup water

Mix flour and salt together then slowly add in water.  If the mixture is too sticky, add a little more flour.  If it’s too dry, add a little more water.  Once you have a dough formed, remove from the bowl and lightly knead on a floured surface.  Roll into a ball then roll out into a flat 1/4 inch thick disk.  Cut out desired shapes and poke a small hole to hang them with.  Then, place onto an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake in an oven heated to 250 degrees for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. or until hardened.  Allow to cool for several hours or over night.

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Once they are completely cooled, you can paint them however you’d like.  We used tempura paint and poster paint which are pretty much the same thing.  If you’d like to seal the paint you can spray a little clear sealant or even hair spray!

The Love Nugget had a great time helping to cut them out,

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and painting them.

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Along with finishing up crafting and baking a few recipes I found online, I came up with a really yummy recipe I wanted to share with you.

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Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Vegan Fudge

1 cup All Natural Smooth Peanut Butter

1 cup Powdered Sugar

1/2 cup Coconut Butter

1/4 tsp. Sea Salt

2 cups Rice Crispy Cereal

1 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips

1/4 cup All Natural Peanut Butter

1 tbsp. Coconut Oil

Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper.  In a medium saucepan, melt coconut butter and peanut butter over medium high heat.  Add in powdered sugar and sea salt and bring mixture to a boil.  Continue to boil for 3 minutes stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of rice crispy cereal.  Stick into the fridge to set for 30 minutes.  In the meantime, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and coconut oil in a microwave safe dish on low or a defrost setting.  Remove the peanut butter rice crispy dish from the fridge and pour the chocolate peanut butter over the top.  Place back into the fridge and chill for 2 – 3 hours.  Cut into squares and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy!

These are good…

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Like can’t stop eating them good!

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When the hubby got home, I handed him a large piece to try.  He said, “I don’t want that big of a piece.”  I said, “I think you do, just try it.”  He ate the big piece and said, “wow, those are good!”

Now that I look at the photos I wish I would have sprinkled some coarse ground sea salt on top.   Mmmmm…. peanut butter, chocolate, sea salt.  Devine!

Besides this delicious recipe I also made a few other sweet treats,

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Bourbon truffles rolled in chopped walnuts and toffee.  These were supposed to actually be fudge but it didn’t set up all the way so I improvised 🙂

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls made with Fitmixer protein.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Brownies

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Lemon Coconut bars

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Once I get started baking I feel like I can’t stop!  I always see ONE more thing I want to make.  A little later I also made candy cane brownies and today I’m making fudge for the hubby.  Then it’s time to clean, finish putting together The Love Nugget’s toys and prepping some appetizers for tomorrow!  Can’t wait!

 

 Questions –

  • If you bake for the holidays, do you stick to recipes you know will work or try new ones?
  • Do you celebrate more than one Christmas like we do? 

 

 

 

 

Cookies!

I can’t remember the last time I was sick.  It definitely has not happened since I’ve had the love nugget.  Dealing with an 11 month old all day long while you’re not feeling well is a challenge for sure!  Not only that, but he is bored with all his toys right now.  I refuse to buy him any new ones since his 1st birthday is in just over a month and I’m sure he’ll get some.  So he spends most of the day under my feet or trying to climb up my legs.

Since the weather is nice, his new thing is to look out the front door with the dog which keeps him a little busy.

Other wise he is getting into anything he shouldn’t and trying to escape me by climbing up the stairs as fast as he can go.

I know, I know… A baby gate is on our list of things to get, soon.

When the love nugget was napping I got a sudden burst of energy and managed to get a ton of cleaning done.  I also threw together a nice floral arrangement using one of the only flowering bushes in our yard.  (Still working on getting our yard done.)

It’s amazing how much brighter a bouquet of flowers can make a room and your day!

I also thought about a conversation the hubby and I had the other night. I had roasted some asparagus and cauliflower for dinner.   I remember not liking roasted cauliflower and the hubby said he wasn’t a fan either but I had some that I needed to use so I gave it a shot.  Yum!  It turned out to be pretty good!  The hubby was avoiding trying it.

Me – “Just try it.”

Hubby – “Nope, I already know I don’t like it.”

Me – “But you haven’t had it.”

Hubby -“I have had it and I don’t like it.”

Me – “But you haven’t had it when I’ve made it.”

No response….

Me – “If you try it, I’ll make you cookies.”

Hubby – “The kind with real sugar?”  (Haha!  He never even notices the difference until I tell him their sugar free anyways!)

Me – “Sure, the kind with real sugar ;-)”

Hubby – Trying the cauliflower expecting not to like it….  “Hmmm… it’s actually not bad.”  Taking another bite.  I swear he’s like a child sometimes!

Since I’ve been sick the past week and not feeling like making cookies, or much else for that matter.  I felt like I needed to hold up my end of the bargain and make him some cookies today.  The kind with real sugar 😉

I’ve been wanting to try this recipe from Peas and Thank you since I got the book.  So it will be our little secret that his cookies were vegan, and lower sugar:-)

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls (from Peas and Thank you)

1/2 cup coconut butter or non dairy butter softened

3/4 cup natural peanut butter

1/2 cup organic brown sugar ( I used coconut sugar which has a lower glycemic index and is slightly better for you than regular brown sugar.)

1/2 cup of powdered sugar (her recipe calls for 3/4 cup but I cut it down just a tad)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour (her recipe calls for regular flour so either would work)

2 tbsp almond milk or other non dairy milk

1/2 cup or more of non dairy chocolate chips

Using a stand mixer, beat butter, peanut butter, sugars and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.  Add milk as needed.  If the mixture is still dry after adding the 2 tbsp, add another or add a spoonful of peanut butter.  Add in chocolate chips.  Chill dough for 30 minutes (I skipped this step, oops!)

* Here’s the problem with making vegan cookies.  Since there is no egg in the batter, you can eat as much as you want.  Not a good thing when you are trying to cut back on sweets!  I might have had a few bites 🙂

Drop dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet using a cookie scoop.  Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.  They will look similar to when you put them in so do not over bake!  Let them sit for a minute on the tray then transfer them to a cooling rack.

And… he loved them!

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