Cereal Crush

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I’ve got a crush. on cereal.

I’ve told you before I love my cereal. Any kind, any time. I honestly cannot keep boxed cereal in this household because it’ll be gone in a few days.

I’ve found a solution…. make my own.

Reasons this solution will help: #1. I don’t make as much as a whole box from the grocery store. #2. I know what is (and what isn’t) in in for ingredients. #3. I’ll savor it a bit more knowing I made it. #4. It’s cheaper!

I’m constantly looking at new recipes and blogs, so when I came across this one on ‘Lovely Little Kitchen’ I knew I had to try it. After it’s completely cooled, it legit tastes like it’s from the market. Sweet, crunchy and hearty. This is why granola is my absolute favorite cereal.

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Here’s how I made this Coconut & Vanilla almond granola: Preheat over to 350.

You need:

  • 1 c. almonds, (1/2 c. rough chopped, 1/2 c. pulsed in blender)
  • 3 c. oats
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • 1/3 c. light brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 1/4 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 t. almond extract
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut (optional)
  1. Mix oats, chopped and blended almonds, salt, shredded coconut and brown sugar together.
  2. Melt coconut oil, honey then add in extracts.
  3. Pour mixture over oats, and spread onto cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes, stir and turn granola, then bake for another 5 min
  5. Cool completely and dig in!

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I’m already looking forward to my next bowl tomorrow… see? I told you I had a crush ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

 

The Best Coconut Cookies

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    {Gluten Free & Paleo Coconut Cookies}
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  • 1/4 c. melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 c. maple syrup
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ c. coconut milk
  • 1/2 c. coconut flour
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 3-4 T. of your favorite chocolate chips -optional
  • 1/2 c. coconut flakes
  1. Preheat oven 350.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together coconut oil, honey, vanilla, eggs, and milk.
  3. Slowly add in coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until smooth.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips, and coconut flakes.
  5. Form into balls, place on greased cookie sheet or lined sheet. (Makes about 12)
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, keeping an eye on them so they don’t burn! Slighty golden brown on the sides, they will look undone, but once they cool, they’re easier to handle.
  7. Enjoy!

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JB said these just might be THE BEST cookies he has EVER had. Coming from Mr. Sweet Tooth himself, I’ll take that as a compliment. Happy Monday :) What a game last night hu? Those chicken wings I made were delicious! Looking forward to the Super Bowl!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Henna Head

Good Morning! Let me tell you: I’m officially loving Henna to color my hair. What the heck is it, and why would I use Henna?
  • Henna (Lawsonia Inermis) has been used by men and women for centuries- Over 6,000 years, to dye hair, nails and skin. It was commonly used for many centuries in areas of India, the Middle East, and Africa.  The henna dye is obtained from the leaves of the plant, which are dried, milled and sifted. Henna is known to bond to protein, which is what hair is made of. Once applied to the hair henna will bind itself to the keratin present in hair and provide a permanent coating to the cuticle of the hair, it does not penetrate the hair, and hence why it is a better alternative to manufactured dyes.
  • Because it coats the strands of hair with the Lawsonia it makes the cuticles lie down flatter, which can result in smoother shinier hair with less tangling.
  • Henna on your hair is almost like a protein treatment, in that it makes the hair stronger and more resilient to damage and breakage.
  • Henna is naturally anti fungal and antibacterial and some people have reported regular use of henna has helped with issues of dandruff and a scaly scalp.
  • Highly textured, curly, or coarse hair types- Henna loosens and softens the hairs curl pattern, rather than hair standing straight up from the scalp it now hangs downwards.
  • People with fine, thin limp hair also notice that constant henna treatments give their hair more body, density, shine and all round bounce, again this is because the regular coats of henna will build up the hairs structure and result in thick stronger strands.

It is a bit messy, but worth it. It’s not hard at all to apply it, no technician or professionals needed. It is like applying a thin yogurt mixure to your hair (that will stain whatever it touches if left on the surface). The time to leave it on your hair is about 4 hours. So plan on staying home, and keeping busy- you’ll look like a crazy lunch lady with the cap on your head. The wash out was probably the messiest part, after 4 hours on your head, the henna hardens while it dries, so it takes a few rinses to get it all out. I bought mine on Amazon. One package is two applications for my hair, so this package of 3 for 13.99 is a steal!

Each application costs approximately $2.40 VS. the average $70/Month. (That’s a $67 savings, each month)

IF you average 70$ every 4 weeks you spend at least $840.00/year on your hair. (I’m sure a lot of people spend much more than this too!)

IF you switch to Henna every 4 week you spend $27.60/year on your hair.

For all you math whizzes out there that’s a $812.40 savings in ONE year! In a 5 year period that’s a savings of $4,062.00… I could keep going, but I think you get the picture ;)

Here’s my results just after one henna treatment: The left is previously highlighted and color treated hair from the salon. On the right is my Henna hair.

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You’re probably wondering- if I don’t go to the salon, who cuts my hair? JB use to do it… However, now I found this video and do it myself. Longer hair is much more forgiving if you cut it yourself. So if you have short hair cut, or a high maintenance style, i’d probably head to the hairdresser for the cut.

Hope you have a great Sunday, GO PATS!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Meat down the street

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Hi gang! Exciting stuff over here. We found more Happy Meat! The farm we bought meat from at the Farmers Market this summer is open Saturday Morning’s in Westminster from 7:30A-10A. Less than 10 minutes away, it’ll be perfect! (seriously- who get’s excited about this stuff? Leave it to me.) We left with all the meat and eggs we needed for the weeks to come. We bought some chicken wings for the game tomorrow, chicken breast for salads, bacon, breakfast sausage, spare ribs, pork chops- they have it all! Maple Heights Farm is the bees knees guys, not only because it’s local but because it’s all certified organic. We met the owners Kerrie and Andy who were very friendly, and personable. Go check it out Saturday Mornings from 7:30-10! Be sure to like them on Facebook so you can see all the specials (and cute animals updates).

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I haven’t blogged in a bit, I guess it’s because I’ve been busy making more things around here- I know, I know. What now? For christmas I got a bunch of jars, essential oils and more beeswax. I’ve recently made a few candles, and some other concoctions like this one:

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It’s an eyelash grown serum (seen on Pinterest of course). It’s just a T or so o Castor oil & drop or two of vitamin E oil- just use it nightly, applying it with a Q-Tip. Hopefully I’ll be able to show you some good results in a month or two. stay tuned for that.

And a new deodorant recipe:  This has beeswax in it to make it a little more solid (yes really works- without all the harmful chemicals!) This recipe makes two containers. Just melt your ingredients over the stove (or a glass bowl in the microwave) and pour into an empty container. Let it cool to set- that’s it!

  • 1/3 c. coconut oil
  • 3 T. beeswax
  • 2 T. shea butter (optional, if you omit, just use a little more beeswax and coconut oil)
  • 1/3 c arrowroot powder
  • 2 T. baking soda
  • 10-15 drops essential oil (Tea tree & lavender if you have it)

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As far as baking and cooking is concerned, nothing too crazy going on here. I’m attempting to make more things that I usually buy at the market, like breads, bars and cereals. A few weeks ago we have Dave and Anna over for dinner and a gun certification training class. With Dave coming I knew I had to make Burgers. Complete with homemade buns and sweet potato fries. Let me tell you- I am never buying store made buns again for this house! They were AMAZING. I made a bunch to freeze for future Burger nights :) They are a little time consuming, but totally worth every second. Check out her recipe- you won’t be disappointed! 

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Next up: Henna Head… I’ll show you and explain tomorrow :)

Happy Saturday! Off to ride the trainer now, then out for Dinner with the in laws at O’Connors for Ryan’s B-day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Bacon+Chocolate+Maple=Heaven

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Finally- Back on the bike and finding my motivation during the holidays. I’ve been off the bandwagon a little bit, so it’s time to get back on it! I know it’s hard with all the family parties, office temptations, and time out with friends- but in reality it’s just another day. Staying focused is key.

I know, I know it’s hard to focus on working out and eating right when I show you these…

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These paleo friendly cookies are something else, and by something else I mean AMAZING! I made these yesterday on a whim while getting our lunch and dinner prep ready for the week.

There’s chocolate! There’s bacon! There’s maple! Oh and it’s topped with some sea salt which really gives it that perfect flavor.

Here’s how YOU can make them:

Preheat oven to 350 (this recipe makes 8 cookies)

  • 1 C. almond meal
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • 1.8 t. baking soda
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • 3 T. melted coconut oil
  • 3 T. Maple Syrup
  • 2 T. Honey
  • 1 t. vanilla extract (if you have it use maple extract)
  • 1 T. coconut milk (leftover from this tea)
  • 2-3 T. dark chocolate chunks or chips
  • 2-3 pieces of bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
  1. Mix together dry ingredients, add in wet then fold in bacon and chocolate.
  2. Form 8 balls, press down lightly, bake for 12minutes. While still warm sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.
  3. Enjoy!

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Short week for me, which I’m super excited about. Two quick 12 hr’s on Monday and Tuesday then off for the holiday! Hopefully you have your shopping done because the malls and shops are CRAZY! Online shopping is where its at ;) Looking forward for some family time coming up and some GOOD FOOD!

Happy Monday gang- thanks for stopping by!