10.31.2013

Candy Corn Bark


I couldn't resist. 

I am sorry/not sorry. 

This stuff is a little addicting (therefore I am bringing to it work today).

Wait, I might save a little to snack on tonight while watching scary movies. 

But let's face it, its Halloween, so treat yo self. 


Tomorrow we can do burpees together.


Candy Corn Bark
Inspired by Alyson's Christmas Crack
1 sleeve of saltine crackers
1 10 oz bag of dark chocolate chips
1 cup of crushed pretzels
3/4 cup of candy corn
3 oz of white chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay out the saltines so they cover the bottom of the baking sheet (doesn't have to be perfect looking, just line them up). Place the dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and gradual melt it using 30 second intervals. After each 30 seconds, stir the chocolate to ensure it melts as evenly as possible. When it is all melted, pour it over the crackers. Sprinkle of the pretzels and candy corn. Then repeat the same process to melt the white chocolate and add the coconut oil to the bowl. One the white chocolate and oil is melted, drizzle it on top with a fork or spoon. Let it cool and harden before digging in. I actually threw mine in the fridge for 30 minutes to speed up this process.

Once it is completely cooled and hardened, break it up into pieces!



Happy Halloween!

Erica


10.23.2013

Homemade Almond Milk


For the second day in a row, I'm home sick. I actually got up this morning, took a shower, made my lunch and went in the office. Within the hour, my boss sent me home. I agreed. What was I thinking anyway? 

Sure, I like being off work, but not when I actually don't feel good. I'm not a great sick person. I don't like medicine, I hate not being able to work out and I tend to get bored at home pretty quickly. Yesterday, I dragged out all of our files, threw a bunch of old stuff away and proceeded to relabeled and reorganize everything. 

Now, here I am. Sitting at home, again, watching The Walking Dead. I think I only have a few episodes left, so I am sure I'll try and keep busy in the kitchen next. I made a batch of this almond milk on Monday evening, so I should just go ahead and bake up some pumpkin granola to go along with it. 

10.17.2013

Pumpkin Granola


Like I told you last week, from now until Thanksgiving, pumpkin is my jam and my oven is hot! Pumpkin for everyone!

I am loving this granola lately and added it to my Meal Prep over the past few weeks.

My favorite way of eating, besides by the handful, is with fresh, homemade almond milk (recipe next week) with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.

Hmm...fall, I love you.



Pumpkin Granola
Serving size is about 1/2 cup
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (sub pecans or almonds)
3 tablespoons of sesame seeds
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup pureed pumpkin
2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
4 tablespoon maple syrup
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup pepita seeds
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Combine the oats, walnuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a medium size bowl and set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and maple syrup until well combined. Add the pumpkin mixture to the oats and stir until everything is well coated. Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 35 minutes, turning the oats at about the 15 minute mark to make sure everything cooks evenly. At 35 minutes, add the coconut flakes until they are browned at the edges, about 3-5 minutes. They can brown fast, so stay close to the oven and watch them. Once they are browned, take everything out of the oven and cool for about 10 minutes. toss the pepita seeds and raisins and enjoy!



Enjoy!

Erica

10.04.2013

Simple Roasted Spaghetti Squash


It's finally October!! I can officially break out the pumpkin stuff and turn my oven on full blast (right after this Indian Summer thing passes at least). Soon, I'll be baking like crazy, roasting every vegetable I can find, and finding all the hearty soups that have been calling my name during the hot summer months.

On a side note, October means the holidays are crazy close. Seriously, I was in Target the other night and there are freaking Christmas decorations up already. Crazy!

So, lets be pro-active before the holidays hit. Let's get stay healthy before I am stuffing a pound of butter in my grocery cart - because this will be happening next month. 

Let's roast some squash and pretend it's noodles.


10.01.2013

Maui Adventures: Part II


Onto the next round of our Maui vacation.

First of all, check out my packing skills. I only brought a carry on, my tote, and my purse that's stuffed inside my tote. Impressive right! C had a carry on too...some of my things might have been stuffed in there too, but the point is, we didn't need to check any bags. Part of my secret - I have something similar to these guys. Plus, I figured I'd be in my bathing suit most of the time, those don't take up much room. 

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