baking · chocolate · Goodies · My Life · vegan · vegetarian

My Secrets

Hey My Butterflies! J

Thanks for all or your tips and tricks for Driver’s Ed! I’m telling you – you guys are the best commenters EVER!!! I am blown away every time I read your comments! Thanks so much!

Wanna know a secret?

Tomorrow is Native American Day!

Since it is tomorrow, my grandmother is here on the bloggie!

A picture of her at least.

Remember when I told you my grandma was an adopted Hopi Indian?

There she is — headdress and all!

I love you Grandma. ❤

Want my secret for a perfect green smoothie every time?

I use almond milk, like ½ of a 14oz bag (or more) of fresh spinach, a small apple, AND a small banana. The apple and banana combination gives the smoothie the PERFECT sweetness EVERY time. J

Here’s my Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Butter. My secret to less time required for turning the nuts into buttah? I let the nuts cool down BEFORE I start processing. I let them cool down on the baking sheet for like two hours and I’m telling you, NO MORE STANDING AT THE BLENDER FOR FOREVER!!! J You could even toast them the night before and they’ll be perfect for the next day.

Have you ever wanted to have BUTTERFLY-shaped pancakes?

Do you want my secret for the cutest butterfly pancakes ever? 😀

Use a teaspoon worth of pancake batter for the body (lay the batter on in a line) and a teaspoon each worth of batter for each half of the wings (lay the batter in a circular shape connecting with the body). Then flip like regular pancakes – be gentle with them though. Butterflies are tender creatures you know. 😀

These butterflies are topped with my Devilish Chocolate Dream Almond Butter, strawberry preserves, chocolate chips, and shredded coconut.

I had to eat these babes fast – I was afraid they would fly off my plate. 😉

Talking about butterflies…

Did you know I used to be AFRAID of butterflies when I was a child?

I would walk into a butterfly house and FREAK OUT. I would always come out of there crying and never wanting to go back in. Then I found out that no, they don’t eat little girls. Now, it’s mosquitoes that I freak out about.

I want to hear from you.

Do you have a secret? Did you know that I hyperventilate every time I have blood taken? That I have a sensitivity to mosquito bites?

Favorite food shown? I’m loving the lil’ butterfly pancakes myself.

Green Smoothies or Nut Buttah? Oh gosh, I would say ….. hmmmmm …… nut buttah? But I like green smoothies too!


baking · Balance With Self · chocolate · Goodies · Health And Nutrition · My Life

My Life Is Full Of Butterflies!

Hey My BEEA-U-TI-FUL Butterflies! 😀

Both Savannah and Alex awarded me with this.

I am so touched. For this, I need to answer the following questions:

Name your favorite color:

Anything Fall — green, red, brown, orange, warm pinks, gold, maroon, emerald, etc! Maybe it’s because they go with my skin tone and I know they look good on me. Whenever I go shopping, I always gravitate towards those colors.

What whizzes you off:

When people are mean. Or drive crazy — ugggh, that drives me crazy.

Name your favorite dessert:

Hmmmm, probably these. They are definitely one of my favorites.

Best feature:

I love my smile. I love my eyes. I love my hair. I love how the sun naturally brings out the red in my hair.

Your favorite pet:

ChipHe is my best friend. He is there and will always listen — no matter what. He follows me everywhere (if I go downstairs without him, he’ll roam the house and cry and cry until he finds me). He takes over my pillow — I mean sleeps with me, kneads me (literally — like a kitten does to their mother when their suckling — that motion, Chip does on me), and he plays FETCH! He demands a lot of attention (aka, he will stand by our island in the kitchen and CRY until we get him a new bowl of ice with a little water drizzled on top; haha, I’m not kidding). I love him so much. You could say I’m a bit of a cat lover. 🙂

Your biggest fear: 

Falling back into my old restricting habits. I NEVER want that to happen again — it just led to unhappiness and sorrow. I know that as I keep focusing on listening on my body, I can stand strong against that fear.

Guilty pleasure:

Hehe, one of these. They don’t give me any guilt since they are so good for you, but they sure taste like they would! And to clarify, if I eat something that isn’t so good for me, I’m not going to feel GUILTY about it. I will just accept and move forward. Eating something not as good for me won’t kill me. It’s part of life. If I balance out the rest of my day, I’ll be fine.

When you’re upset you:

Run it off. Read my scriptures. Go bake something. Play Sudoku. Go read some blogs.

What is perfection:

Balance. Perfection is something I tried to achieve — perfect in how I ate, when I ate, how much I ate; but now I just listen to my body and move forward accordingly.

Well, they didn’t say HOW many I had to tag, so here I go!!

A Full Measure Of Happiness

A Healthy Passion

A New Start

A Nutritionist Eats

A Spoonful Of Peanut Butter

A Spoonful Of Smash

A Tablespoon Of Liz

ABC Healthy

Amazing Asset

Angry Cherry

Apples N Oats

Baking Charms

Beyond Bananas

Big City Lil Kitchen

Bites And Bliss

Body By Nature

Britt Fit

Carrie On Vegan

Chef Katelyn

Chocolate Covered Katie

Clean Eating Chelsey

Clean Teen Kelsey

Cupcake Kat

Dashing Dish

Earth, Love, and Craziness

Edible Perspective

Faith, Food, & Fitness

Family Fresh Cooking

FatFree Vegan Kitchen

Fervent Foodie’s Blog

Finding My Happy Ending

Fit Chocoholic

Fit Foodie Finds

Fit Girl Foodie

Fitness Health And Food

Food For Healing

Fresh Fruitian

Freckled Foodie

Gluten Free Goddess

Go The Extra Mile

Health Nut

Healthful Sense

Healthy Coconut

Healthy Exposures

Healthy Girl’s Kitchen

Healthy Helper Blog

Healthy Life

Healthy Slow Cooking

Healthy With Heather

Hungry Meets Healthy

I ❤ Vegetables

Insatiably Healthy

Inspired RD

It’s Only Life, After All

Itty Bits Of Balance

Julianna Banana

Kath Eats Real Food

Keep’n The Faith

Kerry Cooks

Kiss My Broccoli

Kisses For Breakfast

Kit Kat Kate Blog

Lactose Free Lizzie

Lauren Loves Good Food

Lift To Run

Little College Vegan

Little Health Junkie

Little Miss Healthify

Live Laugh Eat

Loves Veggies

Meals And Moves

Mind Running Wild

Molly Runs Fresh

Move Over, Celery

Moves N’ Munchies

My Fabulous Life On The Road

Not The Normal Teenage Fare

Oatmeal With Sprinkles


Oh She Glows


One Healthy Munchkin

PB Fingers

Peanut Butter and Ginger

Peas And Thankyou

Powered By Peanut Butter

Pumped For Pumpkin

RD Exposed

Read, Eat, Move

Runner N Spice

Running On Apples

Running With Spoons

Runs For Food

Sarah’s Scrumptious Samplings

Savvy Eats

Semi Sweet Blog

Shanna Like Banana’s Blog

Simply Megan

Snack Girl Goes Healthy

Spinach And Sprinkles

Spoonful Of Sugar Free

Stuck Outside the Box

Sweet And Savvy

Sweet Cheeks

Sweet Tooth Runner

Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

Teenage Health Freak

Teenage Taste

The Athlete’s Plate

The Broccoli Hut

The Budget Dietitian

The Chic Life

The Fitness Apple

The Fitness Dish

The Fruit Pursuit

The Health Seeker’s Kitchen

The Healthy Apron

The Little Vegan Baker

The New Healthy

The Scene From Me

The Process Of Healing

The Quirky Kitchen

The Tolerant Vegan

The Wannabe Chef

Tickled Tofu

This Italian Family

Trainer Kim

Vegan Aphrodite

Vegan Lenna

Vegan Sunshine

Veggie Monster

Veggin’ Out In The Kitchen

What Kate Is Cooking

Whole Wheat Or BUST

XC Foodie

Yes, I Want Cake

Your Food Smiles

YOU GUYS ARE THE BUTTERFLIES IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for always being there for me and helping me along throughout my journey! 🙂 And thank you to my friends and family — YOU ARE MY BUTTERFLIES TOO!

Do you gravitate towards certain colors? I have a TON of red, green, and brown in my wardrobe.

What would you say is your favorite features about yourself? One thing I love about all of you guys is how supporting you are. Thank you for everything! 😀

I am working on two recipes right now: Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes and A Chocolate Lover’s Nut Butter. Which one would you like first? I can’t get enough of either!


P.S. Happy Labor Day!