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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Squares


I saw this recipe on somewhere on facebook and saved it (LOVE that fb feature!) so when I needed to make a dessert for Easter supper, it is what first came to mind. Especially because I had every ingredient already on hand except for the oats.


(note: this is a little plate, not a dinner plate)

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Squares
serves 16 (but they are very small squares so cut as you see fit), from: SkinnyMs

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter (I used reduced fat)
-1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
-3/4 cup honey or maple syrup
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 cups rolled old fashioned oats
-1/4 tsp kosher or sea salt
-3/4 tsp cinnamon
-10 oz bag dark chocolate chips (original recipe just said one bag which is confusing... I used the 10 oz and it worked out great)
-2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together first 4 ingredients. Put oats in a food processor and blend until ground into a flour. Mix oat flour with salt and cinnamon. Mix oat mixture into the peanut butter/coconut oil mixture until fully combined. Pour into 8x8 inch baking dish (doesn't need to be greased).

Melt chocolate with the 2 Tbsp of coconut oil. I used the microwave at 50% power for a minute and did additional 30 second intervals until it almost all melted and I could easily mix it together. Pour on top of the peanut butter later and smooth out. Bake for 18 minutes and cool on stove top.

Place in fridge to set for at least 2 hours. Store bars in fridge or freezer. Enjoy!




My husband said these tasted like really good chocolate peanut butter granola bars. These were pretty easy and I'd definitely make them again. If you make them let me know what you think!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Bright and colorful nursery


I realize I've been a complete blogging slacker. I don't know why I thought I'd have more time for this being a stay at home mom but I definitely have less haha. I can't promise how often I will post but I have some fun posts to share (including this one) that I hope to get around to soon.

The nursery in our home is probably the most decorated and most complete of all the rooms. I had a vision for it and it came together just like I hoped... this room makes me so happy! I shared the painting of the aqua nursery here.



I didn't want a particular theme in the nursery and wanted it to be bright and colorful and happy. I knew I wanted animals in it but not all themed around one animal. After finding the crib skirt and curtain fabric everything came together to go along nicely with those. The source list for everything I can remember, is at the bottom.

To the right of the door when you enter is the diaper changing area and dresser with photo collage above it. It is a mix of photos, printables, a mirror and a wooden painted letter. In the corner is a small trash can and the cloth diaper pail





On the left wall after you enter is the cube organizer that contain toys, books and a few bins. Two of the bins serve as laundry hampers and the other two hold blankets, babywearing wraps and extra wet bags. The door on the right side of the cube shelving is the closet... redo here.



Two of my favorite things on these shelves are the Hobbes that Dexter confidently points to when you ask him "where's Hobbes?" and the Star Wars print which was the first thing Eric and I bought for baby at a vintage bi-annual market when I was pregnant. It says "Dad, you are my father".


The opposite wall of the entry door has the crib and glider recliner. I've always loved the vintage look of the jenny lind crib. I spent many many hours in that chair and it was totally worth every penny. Since it is microfiber it cleans easily which is important when you have a reflux baby :)  The flashcards and thumbprint frame with thumbprints from people at my showers are two of my favorite part of the nursery. I have always loved the look of hanging flashcards in a nursery and it was the perfect way to have animals without it being too themey.





The final wall to the right of the crib has two windows and a little side table next to the glider. It was the perfect size for my water and phone and any other essentials while nursing. It was originally pink and my parents painted it yellow for us. My rocking chair and teddy bear from when I was a child are also on this wall. I had planned to add pictures or something on the wall in between the windows but haven't yet.



Over a year later and I still love this room. Good thing since I go in here many times a day!


Sources
Dresser: Craigslist
Diaper organizer: Amazon
Changing pad: Amazon
Changing pad covers: made by my mom
Dr. Seuss print: free online
Mirror: Target
Wooden letter: Craft Cuts
Robot print: etsy
1 Samuel print: made by me in photoshop
Frames: Target and HomeGoods
Cubby Shelves: IKEA
Gray linen bins: Target
Alphabet box: HomeGoods
Sunshine canvas: HomeGoods
Ceramic A, Z blocks: made by my mom
Books: various
Clemson piggy bank: Clemson Variety and Frame Shop
Star Wars print: Sable and Gray
White noise machine: Amazon
Red rocking horse: Lake Norman Antique Mall
Nightlight moon: Amazon
Crane truck: IKEA
Shoes: made by my mom, HomeGoods
Little People blocks: consignment sale
Camera monitor: Amazon
Alphabet animal flashcards: etsy
Crib: Amazon
Crib sheet: made by my mom and I
Crib skirt: made by my mom and I
Glider recliner: Best Storytime
Side table: HomeGoods, paint color: BM Dalila
Lamp: Goodwill
Cork lamp shade: target, only in store
Gray plush rug: HomeGoods

Friday, December 18, 2015

BellyMoms nursing shirt review and a giveaway!


If you are or have ever been a breastfeeding mom you know just how challenging it can be to find nice affordable nursing clothes as I mentioned in my breastfeeding post. Most regular tops just do not have the access needed and a lot of nursing wear you will find is tanks which is fine but sometimes you want to wear a short sleeve or long sleeve top and be able to easily nurse. I was recently contacted by Belly Moms to do a review of one of their nursing tops and do a nursing cover GIVEAWAY!

BellyMoms Maternity and NursingWear

The giveaway details are after the review so don't miss out!  I was given this top below to try out and give my honest opinion on.





My review:
- The top will go with many different bottoms and pair easily with a cardigan in cooler weather.
- It is really long. On me (5'3) it is basically long enough to be a tunic so I may have to try it with leggings. I definitely prefer long over short as you know it won't ride up bending over to pick up your little one or play on the floor with them.
- It is a little loose in the stomach area but it is supposed to also work as a maternity top as you can see in the website photo so I understand why they needed to make it that way.
- It is very easy to nurse in
- The panel underneath the outer layer pulls up easily to access your nursing. Many other nursing tops have elastic on the panel making access to your nursing bra a little more limited.

They have a lot of cute nursing and maternity clothes on their site.

This crossover is cute and is currently on sale:

This long sleeved tunic has a great pattern and who doesn't love wearing comfy leggings with it:


And here is the nursing cover. I don't use a cover much anymore now that Dexter is older because he doesn't tolerate being under them but they were great when he was younger and I always use one when I need to pump in public or in the car.



The Giveaway! 
I have a very stylish nursing cover from Belly Moms that I modeled above for one lucky winner! This would be perfect for any expecting mom, new mom or a great gift for either! See the rafflecopter below to enter. The giveaway starts on 12/18.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Good luck!

Update: CONGRATS Lindsay! I will email you next week after the holidays to arrange mailing you the nursing cover! Thanks to all who entered! You can receive 20% off any purchase at bellymoms.com with the coupon code THANKS

Monday, December 14, 2015

Dairy Free Chocolate Cake {Wacky Cake}


So first of all I made a cake from scratch! Say what? Yes this is the first cake I've ever made from scratch and I was really nervous about how it would taste since it has no dairy in it. I haven't been eating dairy for months due to a milk protein intolerance that Dexter is believed to have. It has been really hard not to have dairy... but enough about that and more about this cake. I stumbled upon this recipe when I wanted to make a dessert for my mom's birthday dinner at our house and it seemed to have good reviews but I was still skeptical. Eric was also skeptical because at one point he said "you are using cleaning supplies in our cake?". It uses white vinegar which I also use a lot for cleaning... vinegar is awesome so no worries.

Eric knew about it not having any dairy it in but I didn't tell my parents until after they were eating it and they could hardly believe it! It was SO delicious! I will definitely make this again even when I am able to eat dairy again because it was just that good and simple. Bonus points for using products that I mostly had on hand and no mixing bowls needed. This is also called Wacky Cake or Crazy Cake which I now totally get!



Dairy Free Chocolate Cake
from: sweetlittlebluebird

Ingredients:

- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 Tbsp cocoa
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt

- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 5 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in a greased 8x8 baking pan. Make 3 depressions in the dry ingredients, two smaller and one larger. Pour the vinegar in a small depression, the vanilla in a small depression and the vegetable oil in the larger depression. Pour the water all over the whole cake. Mix well until smooth. Bake for 35 minutes. Top with frosting (recipe below or use your own favorite frosting).


Dairy Free Frosting
from: theyummylife

- 1 cup chocolate chips (use a non dairy type or ones that have less dairy - don't use milk chocolate chips)
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil (or another oil, just not butter)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar

Place everything except powdered sugar in microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for 30-40 seconds. Remove and whisk until mixture is smooth. Return to microwave for a few more seconds if needed. Add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Spread while it is warm.


Enjoy!


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