June 24, 2016

Homemade (sorta Paleo) Chocolate Covered Fruit and Nut Clusters

Chocolate Covered Fruit and Nut Clusters

When I tried (and failed) to follow the paleo diet, I came across the wonderful chocolate alternative that is almond bark. Nuts were a common snack that I liked, but I craved something sweet. Per the usual, I started experimenting in the kitchen. And BOOM, these tasty clusters were born!


What You Need:

Chocolate flavored Almond Bark
Nuts of choice
Dried fruits of choice
Sea Salt (or a salt grinder)

I'm not giving measurements for this, because it really just depends on how much you want to make. This recipe requires some eyeballing of portions and preferences of tastes.



Tools:

Large microwave safe bowl
Spoon
Aluminum foil


Prep:

On a flat surface lay out a length aluminum foil or you can cover a cookie sheet with foil. If you don't use a cookie sheet, you want to make sure that you won't need the space for anything else for at least an hour.


Steps:

Put several blocks of the almond bark in the bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute if needed. You want the bark to be all melted. Once it is, you can pour in your nuts and dried fruits, then mix until they are well covered. 

Spoon small clusters onto the prepared foil space or cookie sheet and sprinkle sea salt on top. Leave them to harden for at least an hour.

You do need to store them in sealed container, but they don't need to be refrigerated.

And there you have it! Chocolate Covered (sorta paleo) Fruit and Nut Clusters!



These are perfect when you just need a little something to pacify your sweet tooth, and not totally undo all the hard work you've done eating healthy. And because they don't need refrigeration, you can slip a baggie of them in your purse for a snack on the go!

Have you ever cooked with almond bark before? How'd it go?

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June 21, 2016

A Blessing in Disguise



I never thought I would say this, but right this moment, my body's uncooperative attitude about baby making is a bit of a blessing in disguise. You read that right. A blessing in disguise. 

No, we're not giving up. We still want a baby of our own very much. However, summer is usually a slower period at the company where Hubs works, and normally it's not too bad for him, so he could still get in the hours he needed. This summer it's bad. For everyone. We won't be standing in line at the Food Pantry, but there won't be any excess for eating out, movies, or various other things. Just the essentials and stuff to complete the bathroom reno.  

God knew hard times were headed our way, so he pushed the pause button on our baby journey. While I was certainly not happy about it at the time, I understand now. He did lead us to our wonderful doctor a couple of months ago, and after a lot of thought and prayer, we have decided to begin medicated cycles to help my body remember what it was built for. Luckily the medications are super affordable for us, even during this slow period. So, here's hoping He pushes play, and we finally get our two pink lines.

If I had fallen pregnant earlier in the year, I'm almost certain we wouldn't be as comfortable as we are going into the summer season. After all, a lot goes into housing a tiny human in your body for 40 weeks and then getting a house ready for baby to join the outside world. We are prepared for doing all of that, when the time comes though. 

And it will come, in His time.


Have you ever experienced something like this?

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June 17, 2016

Currently June


Since I was a total space cadet last week and forgot to show up here at all, I figured a "currently" post was called for. It was a busy week and weekend for us though, and one of the things I was consumed with was Mar's new design for To & Fro.


Loving: Pop Tarts, Pringles, Amazon Prime, yoga pants, tank tops, and the everlasting patiences of my husband.


Reading: The Fifty Shades books. I recently watched the movie again and decided that I wanted to read them. Hubs is hoping it will inspire more "action" for our baby journey.


Feeling: Accomplished. Tired. Anxious. Hopeful. Nervous.


Watching: Downton Abbey. Again. I know, but I just can't get enough. It's literally my favorite thing right now. I've also been watching some of the DVDs we own at night before bed. Mostly Disney (cause I'm a 7 year old at heart) and old movies like My Fair Lady.


Writing: New pages content for a blog design I've been working on. I'm excited about this one, and if you know me you'll understand why when I finally reveal it.


Listening: "From the Ground Up" by Dan + Shay. On repeat. It's such a sweet song and I tear up during the beginning.



Wanting: For summer to be over already. I know I'm going to get some side eye for that statement, but I don't do well in the heat and humidity. Neither does Bear. I feel so bad for him during the hot months.


Needing: Better sleep. Hubs has been sick and Bear has been needy, which means crappy sleep for me.


Hoping: That Hubs will be able to push through this slow period at work. This year it's pretty bad.


Avoiding: Going outside. Like I said. I can't even with the summer heat. And what the crap is with the temps already up in the 90s!!


Wishing: That we won't have to wait much longer to see two pink lines. I've got a little update on this topic, but I'll save it for another post.


Trying: To fill my design calendar for the summer. I've still got spots available if you or someone you know is looking for a new blog design.


Hating: That nothing ever sounds good for dinner. I might just have to shop for a few days at a time with the way things are going right now haha!


Missing: My mom and Llama. Not having classes this summer leaves me home by myself most all of the time these days. I think I trip to GA this summer is just what's needed.


Praying: For Orlando.


Thinking: About all the things we still have to do in the bathroom. I'm hoping things will pick up in the next couple of weeks.


Considering: Some small changes to my own blog design. Doing them for others really gets the creative juices flowing.


So, that's what's up with me. What's up with you?