Thursday, January 31, 2013

Until Next Year, January

January is gone. We're movin on to February. Where the F did the time go? Don't worry, I reserve the real F word for extra special times. This isn't one of them. But seriously, why does time move so fast? Each minute of my life ticks away as we speak...or I guess as I type and you read. Crazy, huh?

Remember how I said instead of doing a new years resolution we'd do monthly ones? Well guess's the end of the month and you're probably sitting on the computer, refreshing over and over to hear what the results are. Oh, you're not? I need to face it. None of you really care, but those of you who keep coming back kinda care enough to know right? You're in luck, results are in.

Our January Resolution Together
-Spend less than our set budget on miscellaneous items
(read below to get the background on it)

Our Individual January Resolutions
-Ride my bike to and from work (Ty)
-Stretch every day (Cori)

-Well it may be important to know what our budget has been and some background on why we chose this. We set up our budget to only spend up to $400 per month on misc expenses when we first got married. That included everything from birthday presents, dinner dates, clothes, medical expenses, activities, crafts, etc. It seemed like it should be a piece of cake to do that. That was until we got married and moved into a new place together. It meant we had to buy more stuff to put in the house all awhile trying to buy other things we wanted. We couldn't stick to that budget very well at all! When December hit, we knew with Christmas we didn't stand a chance so we decided January was going
to be our month to get under the $400 for the two of us.

We're happy to say that not only did we stick under our budget for the miscellaneous, 
gas, and food but we even paid off one of Ty's loans!

Our Individual Results
-Call it a fail or call it a premature monthly resolution. It didn't happen either way. I have to wait until basketball season is over. The bike is still sitting downstairs. (Ty)

-Now mine, I have to say...was an ultimate fail! Gah! I mean how hard is it to stretch? For some reason I can't even remember to stretch while I'm still at the gym socializing. How was I suppose to bother doing it at home with so many things to do around here? Apparently I forgot the first week felt so
good because I haven't done anything since. (Cori)

What's great is now we get to set new goals for the either complete
or in my stretching circumstance, completly fail our goals.

February Goals Together
*Buy our plane tickets for our summer trip
(I have a problem pushing the "book trip" button)
*Decide whether or not we're going to sign up for the Crossfit Open...sounds so terrible.

Individual February Goals
*Get those taxes done!
*Clean out my bags of stuff that have only been sitting downstairs for over a month.
Cori might kill me if I don't anytime soon.

*Find a book to read from the library...and actually read it.
Is it weird I want to read a Dave Ramsey book?
*Blog 4-5 times a week and get the link to our blog out there more.
Help us by repinning our recipes on Pinterest, reposting our blog links, or just becoming a follower!

♥The Stanleys

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Breakfast For Dinner

Well we went out on a limb last night and decided to try out a new pancake. We skipped our norm 
of the blueberry-banana-almond butter pancakes...went for the gingerbread pancake with cinnamon 
syrup instead! Ya I know, we do crazy things sometimes.

Gingerbread Pancakes
1/4 C almond flour
1/3 C coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
Pinch of salt
1/3 C pumpkin puree
5 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 C coconut milk

Place the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and whisk together well. Set aside. Mix the wet ingredients in another small-medium sized bowl. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Place 1 tbsp coconut oil in a skillet, turn to med-high heat. Once heated, scoop up 1/4 C batter and place onto your skillet. Smash it with the back of a spatula so it is flat. Cook one side, flip, then cook the other.

(The original recipe was slightly dry so the above recipe is altered in hopes they won't be for you!)

Cinnamon Syrup
1-2 C pure maple syrup
(we used a little more than a cup because the pancakes can get a little dry...more syrup helps!)
1 cinnamon stick or 3/4 tsp cinnamon per cup of syrup

Place the syrup ingredients into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until it bubbles start to form on the outside edges. Keep warm until you're ready to serve, stir as needed.

Make sure you add some fruit and protein to your meal. Costco has great turkey sausages that only have good ingredients and very few in comparison to all the other garbage sausage out there. 
Try those with the pancakes or throw some bacon in the oven...

Easy Bacon
Place your slices of bacon on to a foil-rimmed baking sheet, making sure you don't place one on top of another. Put it in the oven and turn the stove on 400 degrees, walk away for 20 minutes, then come back to check on them. If they aren't quite done, give them a few extra minutes. That's it!

Enjoy your breakfast or your breakfast for dinner, whichever you prefer.

The Stanleys!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

DIY Elbow Pad Sweaters

Since when were those elbow pad sweaters ever in, right? I hear ya. For some reason I'm addicted to them. I'm in love with the idea of turning an old 5 dollar sweater I found at Goodwill into one that has a little something extra to it. I also love that Ty has a few already made, store bought elbow pad button ups in his closet. In fact, he loves them too. So yes, they are least for the moment in the Stanley household. I can only imagine looking back and saying, 'What were we thinking?' At least you can trust me on Ty's shirt when I say they are stylish. 
Mine...I guess we'll see.

Here's that man of mine!

(Target had a variety of these on sale for 8 bucks recently...Ty got a few to stock up. haha)

I found a website that had a tutorial on how to do felt elbow pads onto sweaters and seeing that they had hearts on some of them, I felt inclined to make one. With the holiday coming up, why not having a tacky sweater to go with the holiday right? Ok fine, I'll be honest. I will wear it, holiday or not.

What You Need
1 old wool sweater or cardigan
Wool roving pack, your choice of color
Felting needle
(I didn't want to buy the felting needle tool so I bought the refills,
used a 50% coupon at Joanns, and taped them all together)
Block of foam
Cookie cutter, your choice of shape
Scotch Tape

First, put the sweater on. Bend your elbow and place a piece of tape just above your elbow.

Lay your sweater down on a hard surface. Place your foam block inside the sleeve...
don't use styrofoam. I learned the hard way!
Then place one of the tips of your cookie cutter just above your piece of tape.

Pull out a medium sized chunk of the wool and lay it inside the cookie cutter. I did it by patches, working from one side to the other. Use your felting tool (notice my cheap, tacky version of the tool...
it worked so no big deal!) to jab at it over and over. Good way to release some tension if you need to.

The wool will work itself down, clinging to the sweater more and more. Once you've got the material so it's nearly flat on the sleeve, look for patches that need to be filled in. Fill those in, then remove the cookie cutter away from the sleeve.

Turn your iron on. Once ready, press and hold down on the wool shape for a few seconds.

Do the same thing for the other side...unless you just want one. I wouldn't judge if you did...I just have a side to me that everything has to be equal. Hence why I did both elbows.
Might be kinda neat to do just one anyway!

Once you're all done, lay your sweater back down on your surface and match
up the elbows to see how you did.

Confession: mine were slightly off and the heart of the left was the first one I did so it didn't
turn out all that well. I have room for improvement is what I'm saying.

Final step...try it on and love it!

All these projects have me thinking about Valentines Day!
Baking, crafting, dinner dates...Anybody have plans yet?

Happy crafting!

(Originally found on

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Climbing: One. Stair. At. A. Time.

So maybe we didn't do one at a time and instead found that two at a time worked best for us. 
Never paying any attention to the floor number we'd pass by, tuning out what our bodies were really doing, and having a supportive CF that was how we made it through the stair climb today.

Thank you all who donated to help support the ALA and make 
it possible for us to climb the stairs today!

What we accomplished first.

*164 flights of stairs
*3,468 individual stairs
*494 elevation gain each time up
*4 short elevator rides between each round of stairs

A sticker for each time we made it to the top...round 3 here.

I may look a bit sleepy...I did just pull overtime at work and didn't get home til after midnight, slept a iffy 5 hours, then came to climb stairs. All worth it!

2nd place for the women's division and 4th place for the men's!

What we accomplished second.

*41 more flights of stairs
*867 more individual stairs
*494 foot elevation gain, again
*1 more short elevator ride down...


Pants, oversized boots, jacket, a heavy oxygen tank on my back, and a hard hat.
I had the best husband to do it all over again with me for the support!
Believe it.

What we learned.

*Breathing. Don't take it for granted. Think twice about those with lung cancer and how 
they struggle every day to breathe.
*The stairwell rail. It's your friend in times like these. Every person in the climb today used it 
today, whether it was for balance or to pull them up to the next step. 
It's almost like a metaphor for how each person with lung cancer needs someone. They need that 
'rail' to hold onto during their doctor appointments, their chemo runs, and when they're laying
in a hospital bed if their life is coming to an end. Be that 'rail' for someone.
*Thank your firefighters. All that weight, the inability to move as freely as you would without all the gear, and how fast they have to do it it...wowza! Ty and I have to give them all credit for the amount of weight they carry around to do their job. As fun as it was in all that gear, I'll probably stick to nursing and Ty with teaching.

This lovely pink building, the biggest in Portland, will forever have an entire different 
meaning when I see it each day I go to work. Something about having to climb the stairs in this 
building doesn't quite have the same feel like it does when you go there for a lovely 
dinner at the PCG (thank goodness they don't make you take the stairs to the restaurant).

Now it's your guys' turn! Your AHWOD...

15 box jumps
30 double unders (or single jump ropes)
15 air squats
30 lunges
15 burpees

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Date Night

We got so incredibly spoiled on our date night! First, our friends Nick & Pennie gave 
us awesome seats to the UofP mens basketball game. Then we headed down to 
Papa Haydn's in NW to use our gift card that Cori got in a Christmas 
gift exchange from my cousin Kait.

We went back to Cori's stomping grounds. Well, where she stomped 
from her car to the nursing classrooms and back again 
(she didn't get out of those classes much unless it was time to go home). 

The game was close the entire time... it wasn't until the last 2 minutes that San Fran tied the game up, UP missed their last shot, and SF made a 3 pointer with .1 seconds left to go. Such a great game to watch and something we never do. Special thanks to the McCartys!

Want to know a funny story?
When Cori and I first started hanging out during the summer of 2008, she said she'd pick up dessert for the two of us at Papa Haydn's on her way home from work. I thought I'd surprise her with flowers and chapstick (she had been texting me earlier in the day about how chapped her lips were and that she didn't have any chapstick). 
I thought it was a nice gesture...Cori on the other hand thought otherwise.
It was probably a good thing I at least ditched the flowers in someone's yard that night. 
It probably would've put her over the top!

(Cori)-What was weird was that when I got to Papa Haydn's that night, I had this odd feeling. Kinda like you get when someone is following you. Funny thing was that someone was following me. I was ordering a few desserts in the restaurant when Ty "surprised" me. Not cool. It would've been cool if we actually knew each other more than like a week and maybe if I already hadn't had this feeling that he was kinda creepy. He had to just go a bit overboard and do this surprise thing. I acted cool about it during that moment, but in my head I was thinking "who is this creep showing up unexpectedly when I'm capable to get dessert on my own?" We got the desserts, headed out of the restaurant, and I immediately got in my car to call Kels. I gave her the scoop on what had happened and I could tell even she was weirded out! And to this day, Kels will tell you she thought Ty was
not going to last after that incident.
(I'll tell you what though, the Lord sure has a funny way of making his plan work. Each of our stories tend to make us laugh with how they turned out. Thank goodness it all worked out in the end!)

(Ty)-I have since had to live a few of those moments down...between the Papa Haydn's incident and a whole different night I told Cori I loved her when we weren't even together (I may have had a few to drink). I thought for sure that was the end of my chances with her. Somehow I made it out alright and ended up with the girl I knew I'd marry from the first time I met her. And it only took me a few times to creep her out to finally get her to say yes!

Not just that, but we have made it a third time for another date night at Papa Haydn's!

This time we tried new surprises, no flowers, and not a single chapstick was involved.

Just us, some desserts...

And upset stomachs afterwards.

'Baked Alaska'
Banana, vanilla, & chocolate ice cream 
smashed between crushed wafers &
a tasty meringue

Flourless chocolate cake topped with raspberries (GF).

A yummy glaze with bits of dark chocolate.

The end of it all.

Where it all (kinda) started!
We owe a little credit to ya Papa H.

Papa Haydn's...the place we've made many great memories!

Friday, January 25, 2013



This isn't a pretty picture of our weekly menu, but it's works. You get the point.
And for my nursing friends, how about my symbol for "with".
I apparently take work with me every where I go.

Anyway, you know what we love? We love when we find meals that make so much we have leftovers that carry over for lunches the following day, making breakfast foods at the beginning of the week that carry us to the end of week, and snack items that we can have for several days. Sounds like things could get monotonous by the end of the week, but they don't. Not. For. Us. These meals we've been making have been so good we can't get enough! I dare you to try these out...when was the last time you were dared, or even double dog dared? Ha!
Get cooking!

Kale & Cranberry Tart
(Recipe from Elana's Pantry)
1 1/2 C almond flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary
(sometimes I add a little garlic salt to it)
1/4 C grapeseed oil
1 tbsp water

Preheat the over 350 degrees. Combine the almond flour, salt, and rosemary (and the garlic
salt if you want to add that) in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk the oil and water
then stir the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture. Press the dough into a
9in tart pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, remove, and let cool.

3 C chopped kale
1 tbsp thinly sliced shallots
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 large eggs, whisked
1/4 C dried cranberries (sometimes I add more...I love that extra sweetness)
1/4 C pine nuts (these are spendy so feel free to substitute another nut with it instead)

Preheat the over 350 degrees. Steam your kale until they turn bright green. Put the kale, shallots, and salt in a food processor and pulse into well blended. Then place this mixture into a bowl and stir in the eggs, cranberries, and nuts. Pour the mixture into your crust, bake from 15-20 min, then let it cool in the pan for about 30 minutes.

Hard Boiled Eggs
While your tart is cooking, throw 10-12 eggs into a large pot. Cover them with cool water. 
Place the pot on the stove and heat until it boils. I tend to leave it boiling for 2-3 minutes, 
then I remove it from the heat and cover the pot with the lid. Let it sit for 
12-15 minutes. Drain the water from the pan, place eggs in a large bowl, 
cover with cold water and drop ice cubes in the bowl. I usually let that 
sit until the eggs are cool. Place in a air tight container and eat as you wish, 
when you wish. Good for a quick way to get your protein with 
your meal or just as a snack between your meals. Don't forget
to add a nice little piece of fruit to go with the protein!

Turkey Burgers & Sweet Potato Salad
(This is usually our leftovers from the night before. It is not made up on the day of)
Turkey Burgs
1-2lbs ground turkey
Any spices you prefer on your burger 
(last night I used cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper)
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

You can always follow this recipe and then bbq the burgers, but if you don't have a
bbq or don't want to be out in the cold, you can always use a skillet! 
Place the olive oil on a large pan and heat. While that is heating up, use a medium sized 
bowl to mix your ground turkey and spices. Make your meat into a patty size 
you prefer, then throw them on the pan to cook.

Sweet Potato Salad
4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp sea salt
Ground pepper to taste

3 stalks celery, chopped
1 C chopped carrots
1/4 C diced red onion
1 6 oz. can black olives, cut them in half
1 tsp dried dill
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/3 C Paleo mayo (
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp diced onion
Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat the over to 450 degrees. Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl, add the melted coconut oil, and stir to coat. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper, place the sweet potatoes in an even layer on the sheet, then bake from 20-25 minutes. I had to do two batches of cooking the potatoes because it made so much. Allow time for cooling.
While the sweet potatoes are baking, mix the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add the cooled sweet potatoes and mix all together. Chill the salad before serving for at least 1 hour.

Eat the turkey burgs and sweet potato salad with some yummy fruit. Add a few touches to the meal to make it feel like a nice summer bbq while we are actually bundled up for the chilly weather!

Antipasto Salad
 1-6oz can black olives
1 1/2 C artichoke hearts in water
1/3 C sundried tomatoes, sliced
4 oz uncured salami, cut into slivers
2 tbsp basil
2 tbsp parsley
1/2 C olive oil
1/4 C white wine vinegar
1 shallot, minced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp diced onion
1/2 tsp salt
Ground pepper to taste

Mix first 5 ingredients together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients together well. Then pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
Then serve! This can be kept up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

BBQ Pork & Fried 'Rice'

(Courtesy of Well Fed)

BBQ Pork
2 lbs pork shoulder
1/4 C Braggs or coconut aminos
1 dried date
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1/8 C unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp rice vinegar
1/2 tbsp almond butter
2 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp powdered ginger
1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 C reserved marinade from above
1/8 C tomato paste
1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tbsp rice vinegar

Cut the pork into strips lengthwise, poke with fork numerous times, then place the strips into a gallon ziploc bag. Place all the marinade ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined. Reserve 1/4 C of the marinade for the glaze at a later time. Pour the remaining marinade into the gallon bag over the pork. Let it sit for 1-4 hours in the fridge. While the pork is marinating, make the BBQ glaze by combining all the ingredients in a small saucepan on med-high heat for about 5 minutes.
When you're ready to remove the pork from the marinade, preheat the over to 300 degrees. Cover a large baking sheet with foil, then set a wire rack on the pan, pour 1/4 C water onto the pan. Remove the pork and place on the rack. You can dump out the leftover marinade from the bag over the meat. Cover the meat with foil and seal around the edges of the baking pan. Roast the pork for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and roast for another 40 minutes. Once the time is up, turn the oven to broil and allow meat to cook for 9 minutes before brushing the pork with the glaze. Then broil 3-5 minutes per side after glazing. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minute, then cut into 1/2 inch slices.

Fried 'Rice'
1 head cauliflower
2 eggs
2 tsp plus 2 tbsp coconut aminos or Braggs
Coconut oil for sauteing
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 C steamed broccoli florest
6-8 ounces BBQ pork from above recipe
2 scallions, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
Sesame seeds for garnish

Break the cauliflower into florets, removing the stems. Do several batches of the florets in your food processor and pulse for 1-2 seconds about 10 times. Pulse until it looks like rice and be sure you don't over process it or it will turn to mush! Place the now rice into a microwavable safe bowl and zap for 2 minutes. Heat 1 tsp coconut oil over medium heat in a pan. In a small bowl, combine the egg and 2 tsp aminos, then add your egg mixture. Cook thoroughly, then remove from pan and place on a plate off to the side. In the same pan heat 1 tsp coconut oil over medium heat, saute the onion for about 5 minutes. Add 1 tbsp coconut oil to the onions, then add the cauliflower, egg, broccoli, and bbq pork. Stir, stir, stir! Sprinkle some aminos over the ingredients and continue to stir for another 3 minutes. When you're ready to serve the rice, garnish with sesame seeds and add more BBQ pork if you need a little extra!

Apple Crisp
5 granny smith apples & 1 gala apple, chopped
3 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp raw honey
1 1/2 C almond flour
1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 C pecans or walnuts, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 C maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Preheat the oven 350 degrees.
Place all chopped apples into a large bowl. Mix the next 5 ingredients in a small bowl, stir well. Pour over the top of your apples and make sure they all get coated. If you have to, take off those rings and roll the apples around in it. Place the apples in a baking pan, spread evenly. Now, mix the rest of the ingredients below the (crisp) together. Place the mixture over the top of the apples evenly.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the crisp turns golden brown.

As I said before, the turkey burgs/sweet pot salad and the BBQ pork fried rice are the
meals we love because it makes a good amount for just the 2 of us in addition to allowing for leftover meals. Prepare yourself that life will be made easier one meal at a time by doing so!
Dare you to try each and ever one of these out this weekend in preparation for the upcoming week.

Happy cooking!

The Stanleys

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kombucha Smuch-ya

Did you all forget about that batch of bucha that was brewin' in the dark corner of our shelf? 

Well I was suppose to try the bucha on Monday. I forgot. Then Tuesday rolled around and by the time I got home from work, I was too nervous to try it. So today is suppose to be the day! I'm so afraid something could be wrong with the first batch. I mean, I followed the directions so it should be fine. It was just when I pulled it out, I was quite disturbed by the smell and what appeared to look like a creature at the top of the jar (the scoby), kinda scared me. 

Here's that creature at the top...gross. Get passed this and kombucha is totally worth it!

*Attempt number one. Here goes nothing.*

That one failed...I got too nervous to drink out of the actual jar itself.
Instead, I poured it into a cup. Attempt number 2:

*Much better!*
2 side notes...the hat, I taught myself how to cable knit and this is what turned out!
And have I told you guys how silly I feel taking pictures of myself? It's weird.

I'm very satisfied with the way it's turning out, but it needs a couple more days (it still has a
sweet flavor and that needs to be gone for it to be ready). Back to the
corner of the shelf it goes. I'm excited to put some fresh 
berries in a few jars and ginger in another for a little extra flavor!

Anybody want to join me for a cup of home brewed kombucha this weekend?

As I make batch after batch, I'll have a new scoby each time. Holler at cha girl
if you're interested in trying out your own batch and I'm happy to give
you the baby scoby. I'd suggest giving it a whirl!

*And since I'm headed to the gym, why don't you get your AHWOD in sometime today too!*

For Time:
75 box jumps
75 lunges
75 push ups
75 squats
75 situps
(if need be, you can change it to 50 if you're not quite ready for the 75)

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Bit Old School

#AMradio #oldschoolphones #noTV #eatinglikecavemenandoldladies

This is my life. Life of the dinosaur ages. Or so I feel I should've been born into times from way back. I love warm water and prunes (so great-grandma like), we eat like cavemen, I have an obsession with antiques, I have a phone that's 4.5 years old and I have no idea how to work a touch screen phone (in fact I fear them), we don't have a TV, and I get by with my AM radio stations for all the details I could ever want (such as stocks or stories of the man who put his mother's chihuhua in the oven because he was angry...he roasted that dog at 350 degrees. WTF!). Anyway, I can't say we live the most high-tech, up to date lives. But we do in fact, love every bit of those silly things. And I love every one of you that like to give me a hard time...especially about my crackberry.

I know I've made slight remarks here and there about the crackberry. It's been with me as long as Ty has known me...4.5 years! That's too long, right? For the phone that is, not Ty. I think I'll keep him around. This phone though, it is a trooper. I think more than anything now, I'm having a hard time letting it go. And like I said before, touch screens and up to date phones scare me. I'm borrowing my brother in-law's old phone and can't figure much of it out. If you've wondered why I haven't texted much or called you back instead of texting...well it's because 
I am struggling with the touch screen. 
Sad, I know.

The minor cosmetic issues of it all

You know it's time you need to get a new phone when:

*The screen has been cracked for 4 years
*It doesn't have the internet, GPS, or any of those other high tech things
*You've had to replace the ball 3 times just so you can actually roll it all directions
*The phone resets itself whenever it wants to
*It decides what it wants to keep or delete (pictures included)
*You have to be very, very careful or else the back piece will fall off
*Some, I say only some, of the buttons have rubbed off (pretty good for 4.5 years)
*Best one yet...the guy at the T-mobile store told me if I wanted to upload my phone info to the computer, I'd have to go to GOODWILL to find a piece that connects the phone to the computer. No joke, they don't have anymore and he's pretty sure he's seen them there. 
That was slightly embarrassing yet hilarious.

Are you wondering what the next plan is for a phone? No. That's fine cuz I'm goingto tell you anyway. I've been scoping the store for new phones when I've had to go in there recently for "cosmetic issues" causing technical problems (ever had those? Didn't think so). I don't care to have the internet on my phone, or GPS, or any of those other offers they suggest so I'm tempted to bring back a flip phone. Alright, maybe not the flip phone part but I'm pretty serious on the rest. I will, however, attempt to get use to a touch screen of some sort for the next phone. I think.

Here's to being a bit old school when it comes to all the techy stuff, keepin' life simple, and holding on to that longevity verse going for the coolest and newest!

Have I told you guys how obsessed I am with Macklemore? I either have him on replay on YouTube or the designated Macklemore Pandora station going ALL DAY LONG. No lies in that. Ask my brother how I get when I like a song...guaranteed he'd say 'annoying'. Ty's common phrase is, 'never heard this song before' as it had only been played 57 times before that one (but I know he secretly loves it too). It all started with the song Same Love. You should have to same love for Macklemore too.

Monday, January 21, 2013


I've only eaten like 17 cookies now that I've finished testing out varieties of fillings for whoopie pies. I also feel like garbage primarily due to consuming all chocolate items for dinner, all of which (believe it or not) were paleo. Paleo or not, nobody should ever eat that much. Gah!

I get really giddy about these treats. Not just whoopie pies, but paleo whoopie pies! Whaaat?
I don't even care that I just stayed up way too late on a work night to make them.
So. Totally. Worth. It.

(Credit to Paleo Indulgences)


1/4 almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees. 
Place parchment paper on a large cookie sheet.
Place dry ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together.
Add the wet ingredients, except for the coconut oil. Mix batter on low with hand mixer for 3-5 min.
Melt coconut oil, add slowly to batter as you mix with handheld mixer.
Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter into balls, placing them on the parchment paper. You can use a small or large size ice cream scoop (adjust cooking time accordingly). Then use a spatula to press on the balls. This will flatten them out and prep them for cooking.

Bake about 10 minutes for the large size and about 6 min if you plan on making small whoopies. Let them cool on a wire rack while you make your frosting/ice cream.
*We'll let you decide on what you want in the middle for your filling. We tested out making a banana-almond butter ice cream and a coconut milk/almond butter creamy mix. Both of which weren't anything to die for. Hence the reason for the lack of photos. Or maybe because I ate too many of them too fast I wasn't able to keep up with photos. Next time we may just cheat and buy some sort of coconut ice cream and slab it on the whoopies.

"Who is that bum eating our whoopies?"