Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Recipe of the Week - Paleo Chocolate Chip, Coconut, and Almond Flour Cookies

Im so in love with these cookies and I was so excited to share them... Ive made them at least 3 times in the last month and I usually double the recipe and freeze half.  Since the recipe had no nutritional information listed I used an online calculator to figure out the numbers and boy am I glad I did!!!  These are definitely good but they are not what I would call diet friendly.  Guess I really should have known that based on the ingredients but Im honestly not that familiar with the Paleo diet and I made assumptions that were clearly wrong.  I even had the recipe listed under my weight watchers recipes on Pinterest.  So why am I still sharing it?  #1 because I really do like them and they do have healthy-ish/natural ingredients and #2, the recipe calls for 8 pretty large cookies, so Im thinking of making 16 smaller ones which would bring the calories down some and #3, not everyone has a big butt they are trying to make smaller for summer, so high calories or not, this may be perfect for someone.  

Here is the nutritional calculations I got when I entered the ingredients.  It does note that the cookies are low in cholesterol, but they are high in saturated fat. 

Recipe can be found  The only change I made was I used mini chocolate chips and I usually use a lil less than 1/2 cup - Im not a big chocolate fan and that just works better for me.  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Race Bib Display

I am sooooo not a racer.  But a friend introduced me to Couch to 5K awhile back and I gave it a shot.  It was a lot of fun in the beginning and I was so proud of myself.  Then it got hard.  HaHa.  But I stuck with it and before I knew it, I was running a 5K on the treadmill.  I have not been as successful running outside but I did attempt my first 5K in March and my 2nd in April.  After my 1st race, I was going to throw away my bib and the Hubs said "you have to save that, it's your first race".  Which got me thinking... do people save them and what do they do with them?  So of course I checked Pinterest and found lots of ways to display them and some of them were really cute.  I decided to make a display for my friend and her husband.  And, since I am now kinda, sorta, maybe hooked, one for me too.  I started with a plain piece of wood I picked up at Michaels, along with some paint.  I printed out some vinyl using my Silhouette to use on each board. I went with Peace Love Run for mine.  And His and Her races for their boards.  I used the vinyl as a reverse stencil - painted the colors I wanted to show up first, put the vinyl down, and painted the top coat over that.  Then removed the vinyl. 

This was my first attempt at the reverse stencil technique and they are not perfect, but Im pretty happy with them.   With the boards and paint, I spent maybe $10-15.00 and was able to make 3 and I still have some leftover paint.  My husband helped me attach the hooks, and I put some extra at the bottom for medals - I don't expect to win any but I know my friends have a few. 

I hung mine by my treadmill for motivation. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Recipe of the Week - Pull Apart Pizza Bread

Let me start by apologizing for the photo of this recipe.  I keep saying I am going to get better with photos but it just isn't happening.  And with 3 teenage boys in the house when I made this, it disappeared before I even thought to really take a photo.  

This is what was left and this didn't last past dinner (I made this for lunch).  So clearly it was well received.  All the boys loved it - one even said "its better than regular pizza".  I used 1 tube of classic pizza crust and 1 tube of thin pizza crust and turkey pepperoni.  I opted for the bundt pan, however when I flipped it out, the bottom was not nearly as nice looking as the top had been, and I just knew that the boys wouldn't eat it if it wasn't pretty (haha) ... so I flipped it over again.  Quick, easy, delicious. 

You can find the recipe over at

And as I'm typing this I realize - I forgot to add the garlic.  Alls well that ends well...