I Was Asked To Prom!!! <3

Hey my Lovelies!

Thanks for all of your comments on my Blueberry Coconut Protein Pancake. I will definitely be making the protein green smoothie soon (just need to go to the grocery store first) and some sweet-potato spice bars, peanut butter chocolate chips blondies, and

What’s been going on in my life recently?


I put together these three notebooks with some of my favorite drawings, quotes, handouts, and little scribbles I’ve done with my friends.


A letter I hold dear to my heart. If you would like a copy, just let me know! :)

Some pictures I drew when I was younger.


From a journal entry I did when I was in first grade. (We lived in England at the time.) It makes me smile to look back at these and remember those days.

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A couple recipes I’ve tried:

Alex’s High Protein Cookies – (you can find her recipe here) I topped each cookie with a chocolate chip instead of mixing them in. Very good! I love how these have chickpeas in them.


Tara’s Coconut Dough Balls – (you can find the recipe here) I loved how coconutty these were. They were gone VERY quickly. 

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Some things I’ve been making:


My Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (whole grain). I made some of these for my early-morning scripture study class a few weeks ago. They were really good and they loved them, too.


My Chia Protein Pancakes – topped them with homemade peanut butter. I blended the pancake batter up in my blender twice this time and added a little more baking powder. The batter was smooth and thick and made perfect pancakes!

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I went to Target the other day

And I got four blouses and a pair of jeans: the shirts were each $7.00 and the jeans were only $7.45! For jeans that fit really well, I HAD to get them. :)

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I’ve been spending time with my kitties:

Hi Chip!

Oh, and have I ever introduced our queen of the house?! Here she is:

Hi Dale!

She likes to mess with me.

And eat my clothes.

She’s such a little angel, right along with Chip. <3

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I WAS ASKED TO PROM!!! The young man who asked me was really cute about it; he pulled out the note from a Reese’s pieces box while I was at a football game with him and his family and gave it to me. I was not expecting it at ALL! He’s one of my guy friends and I’m really excited to get to go with him. :)

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Did you have a nice weekend? The football game was a lot of fun; we learned about birds and insects today in Sunbeams; I also watched four movies this weekend including The Prince of Egypt, Joseph: The King of Dreams, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (the 1997 one), and Disney’s Pocahontas. I loved singing along to each of them while I did some work on my computer. 

Do you prefer working out alone or with a friend/companion? I like working out with friends, as we can catch up with life and both get in a good workout at the same time.

Can you believe that today is 100 years today since the sinking of the Titanic? April 15th, 1912. The history in the textbooks that we learn about always seems like hundreds of thousands of years ago, but it is actually just a few generations ago. I feel so bad for those people who had been on that ship and never saw their families again.

xoxox,

Carob Chip Cookies with Walnuts!

Hey my Chocolate/Carob Covered Valentines! <3

Thanks for all of your comments on my last post about the call from my endocrinologist. The Game Night was wonderful! I got to hang out with some of my friends that I don’t get to see very often and just be silly. Then the next morning (Saturday morning) I did parallel parking on my drive. Whenever I have my driving lessons they’re always in a smaller car that I can see the front end of, but our only automatic is our minivan and I can’t see the front end of it, which will make taking the test for my license in our minivan a challenge. Nevertheless, I found it easier than I expected and had lots of fun learning to drive downtown.

Carob and I are like best buds. My mom introduced us a few years back and it was love at first taste. ;)

I found that my Heb carries carob chips, so I HAD to get some.

Can you guess what I did with them?

I made cookies!


My Carob Chip Cookies with Walnuts to be exact!


In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and nutmeg.


Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.


In the center, add the applesauce, agave, and vanilla.


Combine just until there are no dry areas.


Add the carob chips and chopped walnuts.


Mix well.


Drop cookie dough by teaspoonful (or with a small cookie scoop: that’s what I did) onto a lightly sprayed cookie sheet.


Flatten dough slightly with a fork.


Bake in a preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven for 8-9 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned.


Remove from the cookie sheets immediately.


Pour yourself a glass of milk and start dunkin’!


Carob Chip Walnut Cookies!

Makes about 48-55 cookies, depending on size

Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 cup whole wheat flour (or other whole-grain flour)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup agave nectar or honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened carob chips
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and nutmeg. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. In the center, add the applesauce, agave, and vanilla. Combine just until there are no dry areas.

Add the carob chips and chopped walnuts. Mix well. Drop cookie dough by teaspoonful (or with a small cookie scoop: that’s what I did) onto a lightly sprayed cookie sheet. Flatten dough slightly with a fork.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven for 8-9 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned. Remove from the cookie sheets immediately.

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These cookies were (I say were because we’ve already EATEN THEM ALL) the perfect sweetness for my mom and I. If you prefer a sweeter cookie, simply replace about ¼ cup of the applesauce with agave/honey.  If you’re not the biggest fan of carob, chocolate chips work beautifully in these, too!

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What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Some of the girls in my church and I are going to be babysitting some of the kids in my church for a few hours so their parents can go out and have a date. :)

Do you like Carob? I like how it’s sweeter than chocolate naturally and doesn’t have caffeine (perfect for a late-night snack that won’t keep me up at night).

Do you like to dance? Go to dances? I just went to a Valentine’s Dance (I wore this black v-neck formish-fitting maxi dress with these silver glittery zebra stripes all over it, and I wore it with a pink cami, a little black jacket, and some silver heels; I would have taken a picture, but I was rushing out the door before I could grab one) and I had a lot of fun! I like to line dance and do ballroom.

xoxox,


RAW Peanut Butter And Jelly Cookies!

Hey my PB&J’s!

Thanks for all of your comments on my Zebra Cupcakes! They are so fun to make – and especially decorate! :D I hope you enjoyed your Halloween weekend, ‘cuz now I have some amazingness for you.

Who likes Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches?

How about Peanut Butter and Jelly COOKIES? :D

Yes: C-O-O-K-I-E-S = COOKIES!

Gather ingredients.

Add the peanuts to bottom of your blender or food processor.

THEN add the dates, raisins, vanilla (and salt).

BLEND EM UP!!! I simply used my Whole Juice button and stopped it when the mixture was all on the sides.

Then scrape and repeat.

You want the nuts to start letting out their oils, which helps with the binding process, but not be running at all like nut butter – you can form shapes with it in your hand; it is moldable.

Then roll them into balls (or just use a cookie scoop, like I did) and form into the shape of cookies. The cookies were scooped, like the one on the right, and formed into the shape of cookies, like the one on the left.

You can eat them immediately, but to let harden, just let ‘em cool in the fridge.

These are seriously a treat. Something you just want to eat.

RAW Peanut Butter And Jelly Cookies!

RAW*, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Soy Free, Sugar Free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted or lightly salted dry roasted peanuts (*or IF YOU WANT THESE RAW, use either raw walnuts or raw cashews in place of the peanuts)
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp salt (if use unsalted peanuts)

Directions

Add the peanuts to bottom of your blender or food processor. THEN add the dates, raisins, vanilla (and salt). BLEND EM UP!!! I simply used my Whole Juice button and stopped it when the mixture was all on the sides. Then scrape and repeat.

You want the nuts to start letting out their oils, which helps with the binding process, but not be running at all like nut butter – you can form shapes with it in your hand, it is moldable. Then roll them into balls (or just use a cookie scoop, like I did) and form into the shape of cookies. The cookies were scooped, like the one on the right, and formed into the shape of cookies, like the one on the left.

You can eat them immediately, but to let harden, just let ‘em cool in the fridge.

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I am really going to miss this little darling when I go off to college.

PB&J Cookies.

Just grab one of these

And you will be pleased.

Portable, Storable,

And just so adorable.

No need for bread

When there are cookies to be fed.

PB&J cookies are just better

When enjoyed with my sister.

Sisters Forever! <3

Do you like Peanut Butter and Jelly together?
Cuz I’m peanut butter, and you are jelly, and we’re so happy on our little piece of bread.

Favorite piece of Literature? I’m enjoying Macbeth and analyzing the language Shakespeare uses in it, like his using different styles for different people: the royals use iambic pentameter and the witches use rhyming couplets. Me? I like triples and rhyming couplets. J I also like Pride and Prejudice, The Scarlet Letter, Treasure Island, Great Expectations, etc!

Do you like cookies? Uh, YES! Especially ones you don’t even have to bake – though, you can always eat the cookie batter.

xoxox