Thursday, February 12, 2015

*boom* Healthy Apple Donuts

What? Healthy donuts? You better believe it.
It has been ages since I posted a recipe on here and in light of the upcoming Pennsylvania Dutch "Fastnacht Day" fast approaching (Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Day before Ash Wednesday aka... February 17) I thought I would share. Let me start by saying they are kid approved.



Yes ma'am. So don't let the weird ingredient list fool you into thinking these are for health nuts only.


The recipe makes 8-10 donuts, I thought I would mention I doubled the recipe here so if it seems like the ingredient amounts are off that is why. And don't spend a fortune on coconut milk in the health food aisle, check out the ethnic food aisle, Goya Coconut Milk is awesome! And $.80! Use the leftover milk in a yummy smoothie. Hide some spinach and kale in there and tell the kids it's a milk shake. I do it all the time. Now back to the donuts.


It works super well to fill a ziploc with the batter, cut off the tip and squeeze the batter into the pan.


Walah! Guilt free yumminess. These were great for an afternoon with the kids kind of snack, but I am thinking to up the "good enough for company" factor I may add some chopped up apples to the mix and see what happens. Next time.


Happy Fastnacht Day!

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Apple Donuts
{gluten free - dairy free}

Ingredients:

1 cup Almond Flour
3/4 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
Dash of Allspice
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
Dash of fine Sea Salt
2 Eggs
1/4 cup pure canned Coconut Milk
1/4 cup unsweetened Applesauce
1/4 cup pure Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
1 tsp pure Vanilla Extract

Optional: powdered sugar or powdered coconut for dusting

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F, grease a 6 cavity donut pan with coconut oil. Stir together the flours (I interchange the amounts of these based on what I have on hand it it seems to work out well so long as it totals 1 3/4 cups of flour total), spices, soda, salt. In seperate bowl whisk egg, coconut milk, applesauce, syrup, coconut oil and vanilla until well combined. Add the dry to the wet ingredients and spoon mix until combined. Pour batter into a ziploc and cut off the tip. Fill donut pan so holes are heaping full. Bake for 15 min or until well browned. Turn out onto a wire rack and dust with powdered sugar or cocout if desired. Makes 8-10 donuts.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Run For My Money

It's winter, it's cold. We are inside a LOT. We get a little crazy! These two keep me entertained more then ever with their crazy antics. Most days the storage container cabinet is emptied. Sometimes we even sit in momma's tupperware bowls...
 
Is it hard to keep a one and four year old entertained all day? um, yes.
Especially if you are not into shelling out a bazillion dollars on fancy toys, movies and outings. Because trust me it would be so much easier to hang out at the bounce house all day or drop $100 on another lego set or leapfrog app. In my new quest for some simplicity I am trying to instill the same value of simple, imaginative play within my kids. No, I didn't say depriving. They still get plenty of fun outings and even expensive Lego sets, but we are striving toward making those things special events so they don't expect extravagance everyday and hopefully will be thankful (or grateful... or something!?) when we do something or get something special.
Here are some easy ideas if you are stuck in a rut.
 
 
My kids are at ages where they want to be with me (practically attached to me) all day. This can make lunch time hard, getting an activity going then running back and forth to the kitchen. I have been having great success getting them in the kitchen making lunch with me. Not only are they entertained, but they tend to love eating what they made rather then what I serve them. Imagine that? Think pita bread pizzas, tacos, and anything on a kebab. And yes, I am a neat freak that hates messes. I still cringe every time a spoon full of pizza sauce hits the floor... but I am a work in progress and find that laughing it off makes the clean up a little easier.
 
 
Good luck beating those winter blues and hey, I would love to hear your kid indoor activities ideas!

Friday, January 23, 2015

More or Less

 
Yes, a bright fresh New Year!
Or maybe no?
It is late January and all those good New Year's intentions are already starting to slip. In the midst of the Holiday chaos I did try to think of some juicy resolutions. All I really half-heartedly came up with was the typical work harder at being healthy, be a better wife and mother. Nothing wrong with that, but blah! Now that it is "do" time I am having a whole other feeling.
The true feeling that less is more. 
I am re-writing my New Year's resolutions... with a new perspective.
Live on less, schedule less, react less... you get the idea! It just seems like the world is already so chaotic, why do we always complicate with more, more, more. And why is it natural to judge each other with the standard that more means happier?
 
Need some inspiration for the New Year?
I know I couldn't say it better then THIS Into-Mind post. I won't get too personal with my revised goals for 2015, but the questions at the end were definitely thought provoking.
 
Cheers to a New Year and being content with less!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

One


It was one of those nights that as a parent you know you can never relive and you just want to squeeze the dickens out of every drop of memories made and commit them to memory forever.
Your baby only turns one once.
I know there will be many more birthdays, some probably more exciting then tonight's little family gathering. But tonight's birthday will probably be the only one lil'adventuress didn't have much of an opinion about and that momma got to plan from start to finish. In a way it was a celebration for me and a way to look back at the past "baby" year and silently celebrate.... "I made it!" I made it a whole year without sleeping through the night. Just kidding. Kind of.
More like I made it through that birth... that sickness... that booboo... that long car ride to the beach... that stage where it is so much more fun to throw all the food on the floor... that emptied baby powder all over the carpet... that huge diaper blowout at the restaurant...that worry... that teething nastiness.
But seeing her smiles tonight, all reveling in her new found skill of walking makes it all so worth it. I love it!
Here's to lil'adventuress and being one!

 And she adored her decorations, even if I did pick them out for her.


I decided to attempt her cake myself instead of shelling out the $40 for a custom cake at the bakery. I didn't think it turned out bad considering it only set me back $8 in supplies! And Sportsman-in-training got to lick like a bazillion beaters in the process. I am sure he wasn't complaining....


Lil'adventuress and her stylin cousin. Camo is the new chic ya know.


And everything (even wrapping paper) goes into the mouth. Just in case, you know... it tastes good or something!?


Censory and cake overload... the end.




Monday, October 6, 2014

Kilgore Falls

We don't let having babies in the house hold us back. Much. Taking them out hiking? Not even a second thought.
 
We recently meandered down to a secretive little spot called Kilgore Falls. Horror of horrors, we had to cross the Pennsylvania line into Maryland to get there. But at only 28 minutes from our house, we thought we would take the chance.
 
I have a thing for waterfalls, so in my opinion, this was breathtaking. I count myself blessed to live so close so we can visit again when the season changes to icicle gorgeousness.
 
Kilgore Falls is secretive because it is a fairly new parcel of 67 acre park land purchased by Maryland in 1993. Kilgore is the second highest free-falling waterfall in Maryland with the first being Muddy Creek out in Western Maryland.The hike back to the falls is 1.2 miles and while not stroller-able it is very doable with kids. For specifics click HERE The park is very blemish free... no porta potties, picnic tables, trail markers. Just plain jane. Perfect. Muddy Creek Falls is next on my list, but is a little more then a drive from our house and more like a whole weekend adventure. Anyone up for a hike? 
 
The Sportsman couldn't resist seeing what was behind the falls. It was a little chilly for me to brave a swim. Oh and I had a baby attached to me.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happy to Help

Ah friends! What an amazing summer this has shaped up to be. I just came in from a refreshing little run up our hill to visit the goats. They were pretty happy to see me, or maybe it was just the yummy salad scraps I put in their dish that made them so happy. I know I have said it before, but country living is the life for this girl. Even so... I guess a person never knows how they will "settle" on a new little patch of earth until the settling starts to happen.
 
One of the reasons I was so hooked on this particular patch of earth was because I really envisioned my kids grasping a good work ethic while living here. We have only been here a few months, but having our little goat friends has already been a puzzle piece in teaching the tots about responsibility. And it is never to early to start. Mine are 4 years and 9 months. And neither of them misses a thing.
 
 
This particular day, Sportsman-in-Training wanted to take a book along to read to Jill and Bill. Sportsman-in-Training could probably feed the goats himself, but I go along to make sure the gates are buttoned up right. I put lil' adventuress in the jogging stroller and up the hill we all go. When we get close to the pen, lil' adventuress starts laughing and clapping her hands. She totally knows what is going on.
 
 
She also knows what goat food tastes like.
 
 
There are days that Sportsman-in-Training has said he doesn't want the goats anymore and wishes we didn't get them. Man that hurts this momma... but it is usually when goat feeding time interrupts his little play schedule. Once I explain why we need to feed the goats and actually do the "job" he is usually back to being his happy little self. It also has taken some gentle reminding that although goats are not people, we still have to respect them and treat them nice.
 
 
 
Then there are moments like these where a pet becomes part of the family and caring for them becomes more fun then like a chore. And isn't that what a good work ethic stems from? I have no idea where Sportsman-in-Training picked it up... but every now and then he says "Happy to help, momma!" and that is when I think to myself, "Yes, he gets it!".
 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stitch Fix {#1}

First of all... thanks Stitch Fix for educating my poor 4-year old son on what a real mature woman of XXX should look like. He asked me the other day what a dress was. It was then I thought my appearance and choice of dress might need a little tweaking. I haven't bought any real clothes since well before baby#2 and t-shirt and shorts have become my normal everywhere attire.
 
Enter.. Stitch Fix.
 
A nifty little company that sends you a box of 5 items whenever you want based on a personal profile that you provide. It's like having a personal shopper but way less expensive. It is $20 per box, but the FULL amount is credited toward any of your purchases. You also receive a hefty discount if you keep all the items. Also choose what prices you are comfortable paying. I chose the lowest, and felt the items I liked were worth the price.
 
So what was in the box!?
 
A personalized note from my stylist, along with little cue cards on what to pair with what. I really loved two of the items. First this cute chevron top. I liked the way it draped in back, the front was a little short but it worked.
 

And this dress. The Sportsman liked it, so I ended up keeping just the dress. The belt and shoes are mine and were actually on my donate to Goodwill pile. So I saved money on not having to buy a complete outfit. Yay!
 
 
The only negative was the necklace was missing a jewel. I wasn't terribly disappointed though since it is not my style and I would have sent it back regardless. Customer support was very quick in responding when I notified them of the problem.
 
 
They also sent a blue chevron maxi dress. I am just not a maxi dress person, I feel like I am wearing pj's in public. And a bird blousey thingy that was just way big, and I am not a big fan of birds.
 
Overall, I loved the experience. I loved not having to drag the kids to the mall to shop as well as being able to try the items on with my existing wardrobe and get opinions from my picky family members.
 
Want to give it a try?
 
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