Mmm Monday — July 30, 2019

Mmm Monday

One of current favs. When you have leftover ripe bananas I would highly recommend this recipe:

Chocolate Chip Banana Crumb Cake

cake stuff:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp sour cream, yogurt or mayo
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

crumb stuff:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon

steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Combine softened butter (1/2 c) and sugar (3/4 c) in a bowl and beat until well combined (a hand or stand mixer works best, but you can mix it by hand as well). 
  • Add bananas (3). 
  • Then eggs (2).  
  • Then vanilla (1 tsp) and sour cream (2 tbsp).
  • Add the flour (1 1/2 c), baking powder (2 tsp), salt (1/2 tsp). 
  • Stir in chocolate chips (3/4 c).
  • Pour into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.
  • In a separate bowl, using a fork, combine all of the crumb stuff (see above). If it seems too wet add a it more flour. Too dry, add a bit more butter. Sprinkle the crumbs in an even and thick layer over the top of the batter. I usually like to use my fingers to I can break it up as I go. 
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs or is clean. 
  • Store it covered at room temperature for up to 3 days. I think it tastes best at room temp.

Inspired by: https://practicallyhomemade.com/2018/08/02/banana-crumb-cake/

Friday Flick — July 28, 2019

Friday Flick

Belated post: Friday night we went to a local coffee shop for a free movie night! We brought the tater tot. He did pretty well, but eventually broke and we had to leave a little early. But prior to that it was a good time. I got a fancy mocha and my dear friend came and met us there. It was so great to see her. Catching up with a good friend is the best. Baby D even made a friend. He was an older kid. It’s amazing how children are drawn to each other. The older boy was so sweet with Dylan. At the end of the night, we said our goodbyes and headed home. It was a late night for us, but a good one. Hope you all are having a restful weekend. Don’t forget to appreciate the small stuff.

It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. – Matthew 13:32

wind down wednesday — July 24, 2019

wind down wednesday

So much for wellness Wednesday. I am at home, congested, sitting on the couch, trying to enjoy the slow-down of life. Please note: I did get dressed today!

We took our son to the library, got a few books and movies. It was our early afternoon outing. Thankfully, little man ate his lunch like a pro and went down for a nap. No nap for me. I decided to make today my semi-sabbath. I was hustling and bustling a bit this past weekend so today I decided to catch up on my online bible study and chillax on the couch with the cats. It’s definitely what I needed physically, mentally, and spiritually. Hubs is at the gym and it’s raining. It’s a good day to be in. Slowing down can be hard, but God has a way of knowing what’s best for us. Hope you all are enjoying your week. Don’t forget to take time for YOU.

Mouthwash Monday — July 22, 2019

Mouthwash Monday

So I woke up with a sore throat. I’m praying it’s just allergies, but regardless, it was time to make the miracle mouthwash:

Miracle Mouthwash

stuff:

  • 1 cup filtered water (from fridge or Brita, etc.)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops cinnamon essential oil

steps:

  • Combine all the above ingredients in a blender (I used a bullet blender) and voila! I have measurements above, but I eyeball it and you can alter as you see fit.
  • Keep in a mason jar under your sink for about a week or so. It’s so great to gargle with when you have a sore throat and it’s a bonus that it freshens your breath too!

Inspired by: https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/make-your-own-homemade-honey-mint-mouthwash/

fitness friday — July 19, 2019

fitness friday

Worked out with my neighbor today. I am proud of myself! First of all, working out is not my idea of fun. I’m not one of those people that feeds off others energy at the gym. I usually just want to get through my workout and leave as soon as possible. I really just want to fit in my pants. That’s my goal. I know there are many other benefits to working out, but I tend to lose site of them when I actually have to do it.

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So we went, we did about 20 minutes of cardio, weights and lots of talking. The talking was probably my favorite part. Lots of stuff to be grateful for today. Exercise, hubs working, swim with my tot, and it’s Friday! Enjoy your weekend my friends. It’s gonna be a good one.

what if wednesday — July 18, 2019

what if wednesday

I tried Zumba today. To say I was uncoordinated would be an understatement. As I attempted to shake my booty to the beat and not fall down, the mind game continued…What if I couldn’t get through all the routines? What if I had to stop and therefore embarrass myself? I’m a pro at the What If game. The only thing is, nobody wins at the What If game. There are only losers.

Lesson learned: I need to let go. I need to trust. I need to stop striving. God knows I’m not perfect and yet He loves me anyway. Which means I need to practice loving myself and allowing life to unfold as He leads the way. Despite my inner dialogue, it was a blast. I went with three of my neighbors. I can’t wait to do it again.

Mangia Monday! — July 15, 2019

Mangia Monday!

Crunch Bars

One of my favs. Enjoy!

Stuff

  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 5 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of rice cereal
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Steps

  • Start by lining an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  • Melt coconut oil (1/2 c) with cocoa powder (1/2 c) in small saucepan on low heat.
  • Add maple syrup (5 tbs), vanilla (1 tsp), and salt (1/2 tsp). Mix well.
  • In a bowl, mix the shredded coconut (1/3 c) and rice cereal (1 c) with melted chocolate mixture. Mix well.
  • Pour mixture into pan. Level it out.
  • Place in fridge or freezer until completely set.
  • Lift the bars from the pan using the parchment paper.
  • Cut into bars (note: they might not cut evenly – they break a bit like bark).
  • Keep leftovers in fridge or freezer.

Inspired by: https://www.servedfromscratch.com/chocolate-crunch-bars-vegan/

Fri-YAY — July 12, 2019

Fri-YAY

Friday’s aren’t always fun for me. Coming from the corporate world, I did adopt the Friday fun day mentality, but now that I’m a stay-at-home mom and freelance graphic designer, I still appreciate Friday, but for other reasons. I don’t work for the weekend anymore (sometimes I have to work on weekends now 😑). However, I am trying to set some healthy boundaries. Such as:

  • Check-in on computer, but don’t respond to emails unless necessary.
  • No looking or applying for jobs.
  • Start an inbox/to-do list for Monday vs. tackling it asap.
  • Slow down.

The last one is for every day, but I especially don’t like to feel rushed on the weekends. They are meant for rest. God gave us 6 days to get our stuff done. Time to take a breath and be.

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Wellness Wednesday — July 10, 2019

Wellness Wednesday

I started my day with a nourishing video call with a new friend. He’s a wise man that’s been on a similar path as me. We both struggled with infertility and now he’s made a business out of it. He offered me a few free sessions and man did I love it. It was powerful tapping into the past and where my anxiety was learned. I love his philosophy: “Anxiety is not how we’re wired, it’s learned.” He believes that if we work on ourselves, the fertility journey can be traveled a little easier. So true.

Continuing on my wellness track, I did some yoga this afternoon. I love this girl and her videos – this is the one I did today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKsu112bzHE&t=0s

To end the day, I’m doing this. I’m trying to get more consistent with blogging. I really enjoy it. I’m also joining my online bible study group shortly. Connecting with others really is healing. How are you practicing wellness today?

Munch Monday — July 8, 2019

Munch Monday

Trying something new folks…here’s a little recipe for you that’s one of my favs:

PROTEIN BITES

stuff:

  • 2/3 cup creamy nut butter (use whatever you have on hand – I finished up a jar of hazelnut spread, sun butter & almond butter)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (I used coconut)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons nut milk (I used coconut/almond)

steps:

  • Combine all the ingredients (eyeball it – no need to measure anything) in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. If it’s too crumbly, add a bit more milk, pb or honey (something wet). If it’s too wet, add a bit more oats or another dry ingredient of your choice. It should look somewhat crumbly, definitely not a batter consistency.
  • Place in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes (so they are easier to roll)
  • Form into bites. Rolling them didn’t work for me as they would fall apart. I used a cookie scoop, but this is not necessary. To form them, use the palm of your hand and keep rotating slightly to form ball.  I got about 16 bites out of my mixture.
  • Store them in the fridge for up to a week.

I like to eat these pre workout or when you need a quick chocolate fix (at least you’re getting some good stuff too) 😉

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