Truffle Almonds

Truffle Almonds I heart U!  These make a great housewarming gift in a mason jar.

 

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Regular (skinned) almonds work too.  You can purchase BLACK truffle oil (not white) and truffle salt at TJ Max, Amazon or Williams Sonoma.  Enjoy!

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Kitchen

Our house was a spec home and was 95% complete when were purchased it two years ago. I didn’t get to have any input on the finishings!!!  I disliked the cabinet color so much I knew this was one project I couldn’t wait to do.

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Today: 100% DIY


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What we did:

Removed upper cabinets

Painted cabinets white

Added subway tile

Added wood planks

New cabinet hardware

New black shelving

New window light (was dinning table light)

Added a range hood (microwave now housed in panty)

We completed the kitchen over a year ago and I wouldn’t change a thing! I love white.

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Favorite Fall Salad

Light, clean and flavorful, this Fall Salad is my latest obsession!

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Helpful tips… as I do not measure anything for this salad. 1. romaine or arugula as base 2. about 1/4 cup loose packed and chopped cilantro 3. julienne/strips with the apple (makes it look pretty) 4. 10-12 pecan cut in half  5. small hand grab of cranberries (official measurement technique) 6. 1/2-whole lemon juiced, depends on size of salad 7. 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil  8. Salt and fresh group pepper to taste.

Happy Fall.

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Hand Soap Love

 Hand soaps I love past and present.  These also make great house warming gifts.
Hand Soap Love

1. (Surlatable)/2. (Wholefoods)/3. (Anthropologie) /
4. (Target)/5. (Amazon) /6.(Target)
What is your favorite hand soap?
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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

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This was my first time making these muffins. The kids give them 2 thumbs up.  They are a great muffins for breakfast or a after school snack.  NO FLOUR!

Banana Oatmeal Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 12-16
 
Great on the go breakfast or after school snack for your kids.
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tab of chia seeds
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt (one small container)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ walnuts
  • optional: ½ cup 60-70% dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a food processor, add oats and pulse until a smooth, flour-like consistency is formed.
  3. Add to a medium mixing bowl along with baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, chi seeds and walnuts.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mash the two bananas until no large chunks remain. Whisk in eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, and honey. Stir until well-combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until a thick batter in formed.
  6. Add any optional fillers: coconut, chocolate chips...
  7. Spoon batter into a greased muffin tin, filling each section about ¾ of the way.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly before eating.

IMG_5576  Basically you are making oatmeal flour.

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IMG_5581  Chia Seed is a great source of protein to add to baked goods and smoothies. I buy my chia seed at Costco.

IMG_5585 * muffins do not rise high.

Happy baking!

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Mint Ginger Lemonade

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Another great find on my trip to Vancouver that I needed to recreate.  I found this delicious lemonade at “Moms Grilled Cheese Truck”

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Mint Ginger Lemonade
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh ginger
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cup cold water
  • Garnish:
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint
  • lemon slices
Instructions
  1. Boil 2 cup water on stove or microwave
  2. Combine mint, ginger and honey in a bowl, pour boiling water over and let steep for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain into serving pitcher and add lemon juice and cold water.
  4. To serve:
  5. Fill glass with ice. Add lemonade and garnish with mint and lemon slices.

 

 

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Blackberry Lemon Cocktail

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All it took was a trip to Vancouver to find these tasty cocktails.

Blackberry Lemon Cocktail

1 shot lemon vodka

1/2 shot blackberry schnapps (hard to find)

pink lemonade

splash of club soda

Lemon slice for garnish

 

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Lime Cilantro Sweet Potatoes

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Lime Cilantro Sweet Potatoes
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Ingredients
  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾ inch pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ¾ Teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 lime zest
  • 1 time juice
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat over 425
  2. Toss sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons oil and ¼ teaspoon salt in a shallow baking pan. Stir halfway through cooking.
  3. Stir together cayenne, zest, lime juice and remaining salt and oil.
  4. Once potatoes are done place in a bowl and pour oil mixture and toss gently. Add cilantro.

IMG_5527  Note, I didn’t peel the potatoes this time but usually do.  I prefer them peeled. IMG_5543 Happy cooking

 

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