I am a wife, mama and DIY enthusiast. I love sharing ideas on the art of homemaking, food, babies, design and how to decorate on a budget. My husband and I are remodeling our home in Phoenix and I share my thoughts, projects and journey through this blog. I hope you’ll stay awhile and take a look around.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! We are spending Sunday at Grammy's with lots of cousins and egg hunts. Here is a delicious and healthy frozen "yogurt" recipe that has been my sweet tooth life saver this week. Enjoy!
The days are getting longer and warmer and we are spending more time outside planting and watering. Max loves gardening and heads straight for the raised beds as soon as we get outside. He thinks he's pulling the weeds and helping me out by covering the plants in dirt. It's pretty nice having such a great helper! Seriously, sometimes I can't believe I get to be his Mommy.
We've planted watermelon, cantaloupe, lots of tomatoes, kale, lettuce, green and yellow squash, bell peppers, red peppers and strawberries. I can't wait for this seasons harvest. I'm already collecting recipes on Pinterest.
I collected these branches from my Mom at Sweet Life Garden. They are from her peach trees and will support the tomato plants and sunflowers that we started from seed.
This is my herb box. It's full or parsley, rosemary, mint and dill.
The Florida Prince peach tree has a ton of these beautiful little fruits. I am counting the days until I can make cobblers and some peach ice cream.
I've been trying to come up with some quick and easy snacks the past few weeks. Max and I have been part of Stroller Strides since October, which has honestly changed our lives in so many wonderful ways. Not only am I the strongest I've ever physically been, but we are lucky enough to have met the most inspiring, giving women and families around. Seriously. They are all amazing. The last four weeks I've been working on a program called Body Back, which is also offered through Stroller Strides, and part of the program encourages clean, whole eating. I've always felt like we eat pretty healthy, but this has taken my eating to a whole new level, and I'm excited to start seeing changes. I've been loving the Kind Bars as a go-to snack, but that habit is getting kind of expensive, so I decided to try and copy my favorite, the dark chocolate and mixed nut. I started off with this healthy fudge recipe from A Cup of Jo. This is my go-to recipe when I'm craving chocolate (I use crunchy almond butter). I doubled the ingredients and lay a piece of wax paper down on a cookie sheet. I then spread the "chocolate" evenly in the pan.
I never really use measurements, so when making this, just use the ingredients based on your taste buds. These are just approximations:
- 3 c. Whole Oats
- 3/4 c. Cashews
- 3/4 c. Almonds
- 1/3 c. Coconut or Date Sugar
- 3/4 c. Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tbl. Vanilla
- 2 tbl. freshly grated Orange Zest
Combine ingredients to taste and bake at 350 degrees until you can start smelling the oats roasting. Add a bit more coconut oil to moisten. The mixture should look shiny or glazed from the additional oil. Sprinkle over the chocolate and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Keep in fridge until gone (it won't take long :)
Like I said, these measurements are just estimates, as I tend to just throw things together, but the bars are so satisfying and help curb my sweet tooth.