Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A New Favorite - Paleo Molten Brownie!

I ran out of cocoa.  Can you believe that?  Yeah, me, neither.  So, I went on a search for a chocolatey treat using a baking bar.  I didn't find any, but eventually it occurred to me to look up how to substitute the baking bar for cocoa powder.

In case you're wondering, 1 oz 100% baking bar + 1/8 tsp baking soda = 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder.

Before I found that information, I found THIS gem.  It is, for lack of a better word, AMAZING.  It's as sweet as you make it, no more or less.  It's gluten free, egg free.  There is minor downfall, but that just makes it a treat and not an everyday thing.

I love Jackie's blog, Livin' the Crunchy Life.  She's got great recipes & resources - check it out when you try out the brownie!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Favorite Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake

I've been doing really well eating paleo the last...ummm...5-6 weeks?  Anyway...a big problem I've had is that when the day is over, I'm way down at 800-900 calories for the day, which is NOT healthy, ya' know?

Enter the chocolate mug cake.  It's perfect for boosting the calories for the day.  I found a good one, too; it is, in fact, my favorite from all of my searches.  However, it was too heavy on the calories and fat for my purposes, so I started playing around with it. 

Many failed attempts...and some nearly there's later, I finally got to my favorite mix.  So, here it is.

1 egg
3 Tbsp lite coconut milk (in the can)
1 Tbsp maple syrup (more if you'd like it sweeter)
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
1 banana
3 Tbsp coconut flour
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder

Mix it all up in a mug (or in a mini food processor, for smoother consistency).  Microwave in the mug for 2 1/2-3 1/2 minutes.

That's it.  Super easy, right?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's been raining a lot

That's my excuse, anyway.  :)

I got a lot of work done on my fabulous desk the first day I had it, but since then either I've been busy or there was rain.  Outside is my only place to work on the desk or even store it for now, sooo...yeah.

At any rate, a good friend of mine came over today and helped me make a LOT of headway.  She's coming back tomorrow, too.  Here's where we're at after today's efforts.

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It's kinda hard to see...but the drawers are three different shades of purple, as is the trim on 3 sides.  The top of the desk and little pull-out part (whatever it's called) are a dark gray that seems to have a touch of blue.  Only the first coat is done, though.  There will be magnetic paint, chalkboard paint, and cork board on the sides.  I expect it to be done by the end of Friday.  I'm so excited!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Curbside Shopping!

I picked up a beauty this morning!

It's solid wood.  It still has the original paper on it.  The pieces are fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle.  I have the three drawers, just forgot to put them in before I started...as you can see, I also forgot to take the picture before I started getting off the paint.  I'm pretty sure this will have a home in my house...just not sure where!  I'm hoping to finish it in the next couple weeks - I'm pretty excited!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Do you ever just...get into a slump?  You don't want to do anything, you have a hard time forcing yourself to do anything, even the necessary things.  You don't even want to do things you love to do...well...that has been me for the last many months.  I've had a few good days in the mix, but mostly I have done a bunch of nothing.  Guess what...

I'm TIRED of it.  I don't like it.  I hate depression, even mild depression.  I start to feel badly about myself for some reason; sometimes it's a major reason, others it's minor - many times, it's for no reason at all that I can see.  So I turn inward, away from everyone and everything.  Things don't get done, I don't participate in fun things with  my kids, family, and friends...and then it gets worse, because I see all that I'm not doing and missing out on...and, what happens, but I go further in.

When this happens, on a good day, I will fake my way through and get the house cleaned up to presentable, hit the chocolate store with my friends, feed the family healthy food, and go through the motions of interacting with  my children.  On a bad day, I pretty much don't talk to anyone if I don't have to.  The house will look awful.  I don't care what we eat.

I'm done.  I'm calling an end to this round.

Since July, we've been trying to eat a lot better most of the time...kinda mock-primal (if that makes any sense) for the girls and I, with James doing the Insanity meal plan.  Since August, the girls and I have been working on a Couch to 5k.  We've restarted a few times, but made it to week 4 today.  We have a Family Fun Run coming up in February (I think), and I refuse to suffer through it when I can actually have fun because it'll be like nothing.  When I eat right for days, I feel better.  When I work out, I feel better.

It's stupid, really, that a little chemical imbalance in the brain can cause so much trouble.  I will not let it any longer.

Now...the next time I'm heading back into myself, somebody please make me read this to remind myself why I shouldn't let that happen.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Who loves Oreos?

About 2 o'clock I started wondering what to make for snack.  Oreos sounded really good, but we didn't have any...plus, you have to eat kind of a lot of those little cookies to be remotely filled.

Enter homemade "Oreo Cakesters".

Also known as chocolate pancakes with butter cream frosting in the middle.  They were SO GOOD, and all three girls were absolutely thrilled with my decision.

The pancake recipe is from Chef In Training and the frosting recipe is from Smitten Kitchen.  They have lots of other yumminess, too, so check them out!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Back Again

Yeah, soooo...over a year, that has to be a new record or something for a blogging hiatus, right?  But then, can it really be called a hiatus when I hadn't managed to blog regularly in the first place?  Well, I'm back...and I'm not giving it up this time.

I had planned for my first post to be on New Year's Day, with pictures of the kids from Christmas.  After my oldest went to spend time with the rest of her family, I was going through the pictures and realized...I didn't have a single picture of all three of them!  How terribly annoying.  No big deal, I figured I'd just take one whenever Kelcie came home.  But I kept forgetting.  She was gone for the weekend every time I remembered.  Until today!  

I had them all put their "Christmas" clothes back on so I could take pictures.  Can't you just see how thrilled they were?

At one point, Kairi closed her eyes...when I told her to stop looking asleep, Cady decided she'd sleep instead.

This is what I got when I offered Thin Mints.

Of course, every photo session requires some sillies.  That's what makes them fun!

Showing off my girls is pretty much my favorite thing to blog about, so naturally my first post back had to be all about them.  Tomorrow, I'll start on a tutorial for Kairi's & Cady's dresses and headbands.  I made them, and I'm so proud of them!