Girl you know it’s true: wine in a jar & almond cookies

First, some #motivationalmonday thoughts… It’s good to be yourself no matter if it pleases everyone or not! I promise it’ll make you happier than trying to be someone you’re not!

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And thinking about being true to yourself made me think about some Milli Vanilli (oh yea)

Second, I’m currently in the process of packing up my life to move back to Pittsburgh and pursue my Master’s Degree. That means all of my dishes are pretty much in a box, so last night this happened…

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Not that I’ve never drank out of a jar before, but it’s usually not filled with a classy $7 bottle of wine from the grocery store. ūüėõ And I also made these scrumdiddlyuptious Coconut Almond Butter Cookies… they’re gluten/sugar free and vegan…make them, eat them, love them!

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Coconut Almond Butter Cookies

Ingredients:
1 flaxseed egg (1TBSP milled flaxseed + 3TBSP water)
1C almond butter (I use Maranatha)
1C shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tsp powdered stevia (or other sweetener)
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350

2.) Make flax egg and set aside to coagulate

3.) Mix other ingredients

NOTE: I recommend measuring your almond butter by weighing it rather than trying to get it from the jar it into a measuring cup and then back out into a bowl… you’ll have a mess and waste a lot of almond butter (who wants to do that?!)

4.) Line a baking sheet with parchment

5.) Using a small ice cream scoop or teaspoon, put rounds on cookie sheet

6.) Flatten with a fork making a criss-cross pattern

7.) Bake until golden brown (about 12-15min)

 

Mountain Monday…BYTOM

Before I talk mountains here’s some Monday Motivation for ya from Mia Angelou…she’s so smart! Reminds me of the lovely Powercakes mantra… #betruetoyou We all (men and women but maybe more women than men) need to like ourselves a little more!

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So on Saturday I crossed something off my very extensive bucket list… I climbed a mountain!

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Specifically, a great group of friends and I hiked up Old Rag in Shenandoah National Park. To say it was amazing would be an understatement. I realized I don’t get out of the city nearly enough, and that perhaps in another life I was a park ranger (but I probably the girly kind who still painter her finger nails).

It was a BYOTM (bring your own trail mix kind of a day), which I did… a mix of Chex, craisins, almonds, marshmallows, and some cinnamon… but I also made a big pan of my homemade granola bars for the trek…my add-ins were sunflower seeds and craisins this batch.

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I always get asked for the super simple recipe…and I’ve modified the original recipe to be vegan! To make a larger pan its:

  • 1 large mashed banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp stevia (I use dry)
  • 1 TBSP (or more) cinnamon
  • 2-2.5C oats
  • Splash of almond milk (only if things doesn’t seem to be holding together enough)
  • Add-ins (whatever you want!!) I usually add in some protein powder (a mix of rice protein and pea protein so that they are a complete morning grab ‘n go meal)

Mash up bananas, add in vanilla and stevia. Mix oats and cinnamon together (you could add some ground flaxseed in if you want but remember to add a little more liquid). Add wet to dry (including add-ins) and mix. Things should hold together without being wet. If there’s a lot of loose oats add a splash of almond milk. Firmly press into a pan (the larger the pan the thinner the bars) and vice versa. Bake at 350 for 10-12minutes or just until the top is dry to the touch.

What’s your favorite grab and go breakfast?¬†(ps I feel like commenting is confusing on here bc it’s the speech bubble at the beginning of the post! but I want to hear from you)

 

#KitchenLoveAffair (AKA creating Cannellini Ranch Dressing) & #plankadayinMay Challenge

First off…watch tomorrow¬†for some info about #plankadayinMay a challenge to do a plank, any kind each day in May! Sign up through Challenge Loop¬†HERE! I’m working on getting some super sweet prizes for the winners ūüėČ

Second… Happy Monday! Here’s some late afternoon #motivationmonday love…

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This quote really holds a dear place in my heart because even though I know I have special skills, I’ve never thought about myself as inherently talented in the sense that I’m not a great athlete or musician…I have no outstanding external talents that make people go ohhhhh ahhhhhh (that’s not a cry for pity… keep reading)

It’s taken me a long time to appreciate all the internal and amazing talents that I DO possess, that everyone possesses! The question is do we use them to benefit the world? Aristotle posits that that’s where we find our vocation (our purpose) and I would argue where we find true, passionate joy. Part of my joy comes from my #kitchenloveaffair

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This past Saturday I spent about 2 hours in my beloved Minnie Mouse apron prepping for the week to come with pretty awesome results! I’ll share the most absurd and highly creative of the recipes now, but I roasted some veggies, made quinoa burgers, pecan sandies cookies,¬†oat bars, kiwi dressing, and…

brocc soupSuper Easy Broccoli Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 head broccoli (cut into florets)
  • Cheyenne pepper
  • Black pepper
  • lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Water to boil broccoli
  • Chicken/veggie broth

Place the broc in a large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Allow to boil until you can stick a fork through the stems. Remove brocc placing it in a blender with the spices, a few cups of the water you used boil it, and a squeeze of lemon juice. NOTE: you could use broth to blend the soup for added flavor but either way, it tastes super fresh!

In the pic above I stirred some pre-cooked quinoa into the soup to make it a #powerbowl combo of veggies and protein.

I also made the most absurd sounding and amazing recipe I’ve ever created entirely on my own!

                                                                              Cannellini Ranch Dressing

ranchIngredients:

  • 1 can (15oz) cannellini beans, drained and throughly rinsed
  • 1tsp dried parsley
  • 1tsp black pepper (more if you want a peppercorn ranch flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4C almond milk (or use regular milk if you’re not #dairyfree)
  • drizzle of EVOO

Put all ingredients in food processor and pulse a few times. Then start to drizzle EVOO into the top of food processor until you have the consistency you desire. It’s not¬†exactly like ranch, but it is a darn good substitute for dressing that actually adds protein and healthy carbohydrates to your meal! You’re welcome!

What the craziest thing you’ve ever created in the kitchen?¬†

And p.s…I also may have spent the vast majority of my Sunday trying to complete this…

#dontjudge

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