Friday, March 13, 2015

Foodie Friday: No-Bake Cereal Bars & Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

 It's Foodie Friday! Let's start with these no-bake cereal bars.

I got overly excited in the cereal aisle a few weeks ago and accidentally bought plain organic o's instead of the honey nut ones. So rather than tossing a whole box of bland cereal, I decided to whip up these bars and I am so glad I did!


These cereal bars are delicious and could not be easier to make.


This recipe makes 12, so I put a few out and froze the rest. Great for breakfast or a snack!


No-Bake Cereal Bars
(makes 12 bars)

Ingredients:
  • 6 cups plain whole grain cereal (I used Organic O's from HEB)
  • 1 cup dried fruit of your choice (I used raisins and dates)
  • 1 cup unsalted nuts of your choice (I used mixed nuts)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the cereal, dried fruit, and nuts.
  2. In a saucepan, whisk together the coconut oil, sugar, and honey and cook over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil and keep whisking for 2-3 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Pour sauce over cereal mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and pour mixture into pan.
  5. Press down firmly into pan to set the bars.
  6. Allow bars to cool completey before cutting, or place pan in the refrigerator to cool.
  7. Remove bars from pan by pulling up the foil and cut into 12 bars.


Ok, next up is this Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! 


I am 100% addicted to sugar in general, but mainly ice cream.

I have seen this "banana ice cream" trend pop up all over the blogging world and am embarrassed that it took me this long to try it. You guys...this is SO good.


I was very skeptical, but this legitimately tastes like a frosty. I strongly encourage you to make it if you have a giant sweet tooth like me but want something a little healthier because you eat sweets every day of your life.

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
(makes 1 serving)
Ingredients:
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp almond milk (add more for a creamier texture)
  • 1 Tbsp almond or peanut butter (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp dark chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Blend together banana, cocoa powder, almond milk, and nut butter until creamy.
  2. Stir or blend in chocolate chips. I blended them in so there were little chocolate pieces in every bite :)
Happy Friday, loves! Enjoy!


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Monday, March 9, 2015

A Letter To Our Little: 9 Months & 28 Years

To my precious Kennedy,

As of yesterday, you are 9 months old. As of today, I am 28 years old.

If someone told me that I would have a 9 month old daughter by my 28th birthday, I wouldn't have believed them.

You are the very best gift.


Your personality shines through more and more every day, which definitely keeps things interesting.
 
You keep me smiling and laughing all day.

You have decided that you are a big girl and apparently big girls don't eat pureed foods, take sippy cups, or play with toys.
 
Eating mommy's food, drinking from real glasses, and getting your hands on my car keys, iphone, and laptop are far more fun.
 
You have started to splash splash splash in the bathtub and think it's hilarious when mommy gets all wet. 

Shower caps and panchos have never been more appealing.

You still have a major romance going on with the puppies and terrorize them every chance you get.

They have no idea what they are in for once you become mobile.

You are mesmerized by other kids and especially babies around your size, which I think is just because you think they are hairless puppies.
 
Just don't try to tug on their lips or eat their ears, ok. Other mommies won't appreciate that.
 
You continue to be my professional laundry unfolder, toy thrower, smoothie stealer, and the best girlfriend I've ever had.
 
Thanks for making my 28th birthday the brightest, most fulfilling one yet. Being your mommy is the greatest gift I could ever receive.
 
Happy 9 months to you and 28 years to me. I love you, precious girl.
 
I pray that our best years are always in front of us.
 
 
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Family Monday: Babies & Puppies, No-Bake Bars, and MAMA!

 Hello, friends! How it is Monday already? That weekend flew by!
 
So, I don't know about you, but I had major fears when it came to bringing my baby home to a house with dogs. We have 2 of the world's most cuddly, gentle dogs...but they're still animals and animals can be unpredictable.
 
Mostly the little one, Ollie.


Ollie is WAY more territorial than Nova (our golden retriever), which is funny considering he's about 1/8th his size.
 
We definitely had our challenges with him when Kennedy was a newborn.
 
For instance, he felt the need to pee on pretty much anything that smelled like her, and probably would have peed directly on her if we ever left her alone with him for 3 seconds.


 
Thankfully, after a few scruffed necks and a LOT of expensive, organic baby detergent, those days are behind us...and these two could not be better friends.
 
Nova is still all, "I'm not sure about this creature in my house...", but Ollie and Kennedy have really taken to each other, which completely melts my heart.
 
Kennedy moo's at him every time he comes around, which is confusing, but still pretty stinking cute.
 
 
Ok, so on to these no-bake bars. I accidentally bought a FAMILY SIZE box of Organic Toasted O's a few weeks ago thinking that they were the honey nut version. You guys...never do this. They could not be more bland. So, in the effort to not waste a perfectly good box of cereal, I whipped up this batch of no-bake cereal bars. I'll be doing a full post on them on Foodie Friday, but they are really good and super easy!
 
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And without further adieu, we experienced our first "Mama" yesterday and my heart is officially bursting with pride.
 
If you have a little, you know that this is your mommy crown-jewel moment.
 
Is she now calling everything, including her sweet potatoes and butternut squash "Mama!"...maybe...but hey. I'll take what I can get :)
 
 
Happy Monday, sweet friends! Let's be loving and compassionate, today and everyday! 


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Foodie Friday: I.NEED.THIS.THING.

 I was binge-watching Unique Sweets the other night after Kennedy went to sleep and FREAKED OUT over this...thing.
 
Apparently there is some genius in Manhattan who owns a glorious little shop called Holey Cream and is making not only donuts...and not only ice cream...but DONUT ICE CREAM SANDWICHES.
 
And if that wasn't enough, these babies are customizable. Yep. You can get your gummy bear cotton candy donut ice cream sandwich on and no one will judge you.
 
Well, your cardiologist will, but everyone else will be like...right on.


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Did these people just wake up one day and were all like, "Oh hey donut. I'm going to make you then let people top you with any and every sugary treat imaginable."
 
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Then those jerks were all like "You know what would make our cardiologists hate us even more? If we made an ice cream sandwich out of this already ridiculous, candy-covered DONUT."

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I mean...you guys. I literally can't even speak right now, because I feel like I have finally found my people. These people get me.
 
But since I'm not heading off to NYC any time soon, you can find me at Shipley's...with my Blue Bell and bread knife...every day until I die.
 
That is all. You're welcome.
 
Happy Foodie Friday!


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Workout Wednesday: 5 Tips for Running Long on the Treadmill Without Losing Your Mind

Anyone who has spent any amount of time on the treadmill knows that 10 minutes can easily feel like 30. There is nothing worse than thinking that you are coming up on mile 4, only to look at your screen and see 1.8 in bright red judgmental lights.
 
Demoralizing, I tell you.
 
I recently read these tips from Runners World on how to run long on the treadmill, which got me thinking about my own tips and tricks for getting those miles in when running outdoors is a no-go.

 
MUSIC. Put together a rockstar playlist or download Pandora (the real one, not the free one with commercials). I always use Pandora because the stations are endless and I rarely have to skip songs. It's $3.99/month and WELL worth it.
 
AUDIOBOOKS/PODCASTS. If you're not into jamming out for hours, download podcasts or audiobooks. You'll be surprised how fast the time goes by when you are listening to your favorite book on tape or speaker.
 
TV IT UP. This is your time to binge-watch your favorite tv series or that movie that you've been dying to see. Lace up those shoes, turn it on, zone out, and run!
 
GET LOST IN YOUR THOUGHTS. This is a great opportunity to get lost in your thoughts, goals, and prayers. I often go without music and dive in, just me and my thoughts. I go through my list of people who are on my heart, praying for each person individually, texting them letting them know that I am thinking and praying for them (yes, I text while I run) or just thinking about life and achieving different goals. I can't tell you how many times I have imagined myself running across the finish line at the Boston Marathon over and over and over again. Or sometimes I just think about cheeseburgers...the entire time :)
 
CHANGE UP THE PACE. I do this almost every time I run on the treadmill, whether it is a long or short run, just because it keeps my muscles and mind engaged and helps me become a faster runner. It is HARD for me to work on my speed when running outside, so I always take this opportunity to push my limits. Usually every mile or so, I will turn my speed up a few notches. Once I get to a point that I feel like I can't go any faster and still maintain form, I start to turn the speed back down a few notches every mile. You'd be surprised how quickly the time goes by when you change it up!

 
 So there you have it! I hope these help you stay active, especially since half of the nation is covered in snow right now. Yikes!
 
Happy Wednesday, beautiful people! You are loved!

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