These delicious little gems taste like banana bread in cookie form! Not only do they have the crunchy texture from the walnuts and the chewiness of the quinoa, but the banana on top caramelizes. Perfection! Quinoa is an amazing little seed/grain, because its one of the few that actually has protein. Its also great for calming and inflamed digestive system. I adapted this recipe from Leanne over at Healthful Pursuit.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
41/2 Cups of water
3T ground ginger (or 1 inch fresh)
2 whole star anise
1/8 t. nutmeg
1 1/3 t. cardamom
1 1/3 t. cloves
Couple shakes of black pepper
pinch of corriander
1 T of vanilla
5 large black tea bags
3 small orange spice tea bags
Start by adding all of the spices and water to a pot. Bring to a full boil, then turn down heat to medium low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the tea bags and cover to steep for 20 minutes. Add the vanilla and stir. Once cool, pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve or a cheesecloth. I found a cheese cloth worked best to get the majority of the spice out for the perfect balance.
Use equal parts concentrate and your favorite milk. I love mine with unsweetened coconut milk or goats milk. Jared likes his with regular dairy milk. You can drink this heated or over ice for a nice cool latte.
If you prefer more sweetness, add some honey to taste. If you find this too spicy, try running it through the strainer another time. This does best kept in the fridge so you can pull it out whenever you are craving a tasty treat.
You can find similar bottles to the one I used here:
Bormioli Rocco Giara Clear Glass Bottle With Stopper, 33 3/4 oz.
Hop to it! That way you can hurry up and relax!! Enjoy!!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I am a chocoholic. There's no denying it. Since I've been trying to cut back drastically on refined sugars, it's been a little tricky cutting out my favorite chocolate treats. This recipe has been a life saver. Using organic cocoa powder, local honey, and organic coconut oil, not only does this satisfy my chocolate cravings, but it's loaded with nutrients. And an added bonus: you can use this recipe 3 different ways!! Coconut oil solidifies at 76 degrees, so this will harden when you put it on ice cream or anything cold. You can also line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and pour the heated chocolate into the pan. Let it set up in the fridge for a little bit and you have chocolate bars or chunks, depending on how you break it up. It also makes a great sauce for dipping at the liquified state, as I have it shown in the picture. Here's the recipe:
Vanilla extract to taste
A pinch or two of salt
Heat the coconut oil in a sauce pan until liquid. Stir in remaining ingredients. Let cool to thicken for use as a sauce, or pour into parchment paper covered baking sheet and refrigerate.
Enjoy the endless possibilities that this yummy chocolate sauce will bring!! What will you make with yours?
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I'll never forget the day that Jared, my husband, and I were swimming in my neighbors pool. We were having a good old time, being crazy (imagine that), playing as if we were children. Doing handstands, flips off the diving board, going down the slide, and...I'm not gonna lie, I think there's a possibility I may have flipped my hair like Ariel from the little mermaid a few times. It happens. We were using some boogie boards at one point and I said,"this is what I had to do during swimming lessons when I was little, and the teacher would yell, 'Kick, kick, kick' and 'Deep breath and tuck." He looked at me and said, "That's what we did when I was in swimming lessons." I said," Well ours was at a woman's house, and her daughter helped teach." He said," so was mine!" I said, " Ours had this huge blow up whale we got to play on during play time." "Ours did, too!" he said. We had been together for years at that point and we never knew that we took swimming lessons at the same place and were quite possibly in the same class!
After finishing cosmetology school, I decided to move to Chicago myself, my favorite city. My friend Kristin and I decided to move together and become roommates. We were getting ready to go up and look for apartments, and her cousin, one Mr. Jared Storm, was going to meet us and we were all going to go out that night. Fortunately, though we didn't realize it at the time, Mr. Storm ditched us and didn't return our calls. Apparently, his friend Josh's band was in town and chose to hang out with them instead. A jealous ex-girlfriend happened to be there, too, so I'm thinking there were multiple reasons we did not get to meet that evening.
The very same weekend that Kristin and I moved to Chicago, Jared moved back to Decatur, my home town. We just kept missing each other. My best friend Randi was working as a teacher at that time, and was also working hard to put herself through cosmetology school in the evenings. She was talking to the receptionist at the school in which she taught. She mentioned that her son had just moved back in town and was looking for a place to stay, and that he would be a great roommate. That receptionist was my mother in law. Randi had also known Jared from back in high school when he was in Big Yellow Ball, a local band, and he took her sister, another one of my best friends, Tracy, to homecoming. When I came home to visit, we soon hit it off. From there, its history.
These photos are from our wedding 6 years ago, I had to post these because they are very indicative of our relationship. Loving, grateful, sassy, and full of real life humor. We crack each other up.
As we started dating, we could not believe how many mutual friends we had. We did not go to the same school or anything like that. It was pretty bizarre. Not too long after meeting his family, my mom and I were out at the mall. We ran into his aunt Leslie, and immediately, she remembered that she used to go to the step aerobics class that his aunt Leslie used to teach when we were very little. His mom used to go that class as well. Jared and my sister and I probably played in their playroom while our mom's were sweating their little buns off!
Timing is everything, people. When I say that I met my husband at the right time, I'm not kidding around. It was a miracle. I should have met him all of these different ways, but I didn't. It's not like we both loved gardening, and remodeling, and cooking, and exercising at the time we met, because really, all we had in common was some music, (oh and he danced the first time we saw a band together, so I knew he was a keeper) but that was it. *Side note* That same dancing night, we witnessed some guy hopping along, dancing to "Rock You Like a Hurricane" with a beer in his hand, and got so excited about the song that he fell backwards into the drum set knocking all of the drums down but the snare and the high hat, and the drummer continued to play with one drum stick along with the rest of the band! It was like a hilarious scene from a movie!! *End side note* My point is that we have grown together, and have all of these wonderful new things we love to do because they are things we have tried as a couple. Had I met this amazing man at any other time, I know he wouldn't have liked me, and I probably wouldn't have liked him either. We were both completely different people each and every time that we should have met. On that particular day that we met, we were exactly who we were supposed to be, having had all of the experiences to prepare us to be that exact being that we each were at that exact time. Even when he thought I was probably snobby before we talked... perfect timing. (He, he!) I am the luckiest girl in the world, and there are LITERALLY no words to describe my love and appreciation and respect for this man, so I'm not even gonna try. All I can say is thank God for that perfect timing. Boom! Miracle.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
1/2 red onion, diced finely
1/2 tsp salt
Juice of half a lime
1/2 jalepeno, finely diced
2 cup basmati rice
Saute the rice in oil until almost translucent. Add bay leaf and water, bring to a boil. As soon as the water begins to boil, turn the heat down low. Simmer, covered for 15-20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed. Turn off heat. Leave covered for 30 minutes.
2 cup basmati rice
Mix salt and juice of lime together until salt is dissolved. remove bay leaf, pour it over rice, fluff with a fork. Sprinkle in cilantro, and toss well to evenly coat with cilantro and lime mixture.