Pin It Party #2

Before we get to anything today, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your heartfelt comments, emails, texts, phone calls and messages on yesterday’s post. They mean so much to my family and I.

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Lindsay is once again hosting a PIN IT PARTY, I joined in on the fun for the second one and I can’t wait to join the second. A pin it party is where we write a post with five posts (of our own) that we’d love to see pinned on pinterest. Then link up on Lindsay’s blog and see some other posts!

Without further ado, here are my 5 posts:

Designer Whey Chocolate PB & Jelly Protein Smoothie

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I still think this is my favorite smoothie!

Sweet Potato Bread

The best picture I ever got, sorry! I guess I will just have to make it again.

The best picture I ever got, sorry! I guess I will just have to make it again.

 

Joy the Baker’s Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate

The perfect cup.

The perfect cup.

Flour’s Oatmeal Maple Scone

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I’ve never made the glaze, but it is still wonderful!

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not pretty, but very tasty.

Not pretty, but very tasty.

Did any of these recipes strike your fancy? I can’t wait to see what you all linked up!

WIAW: Weekend Snacks & a cookie recipe

This weekend was full of new recipes and treats. I made the traditional corned beef and cabbage. I also tried my hand at Guinness cupcakes with a baileys cream cheese frosting. I made almond flour cookies and we tried a new at home popcorn recipe.

I was contacted by Swanson Health Products to try some of their products.

The first product was California Almond Flour. I have wanted to try almond flour for a very long time. The first thing I made was a coconut chocolate chip almond flour cookie.

First you need almond flour, obviously.

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Mix:

1 1/2 cups of almond flour

1/2 cup unsweetned coconut

1/2 tsp of baking soda

1/4 tsp of salt

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In a separate bowl mix:

1/4 cup melted unsalted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp of vanilla

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Combine the wet and dry ingredients, then add 3/4 cup of chocolate chips.

I used a meatball baller to make the cookies, and placed them on an ungreased cookie sheet. I put them in the oven at 350F for approximately 10 minutes.

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The cookies essentially kept their shape and tasted like toasted macaroons, I honestly wouldn’t know that they were made with almond flour instead of regular flour. I won’t lie, every single cookie is gone. In the future I can only make these when we have guests or else I will eat every single one.

In good news they are only 89 calories per cookie.

The other product I tried was coconut oil. Nick has been after me for almost a year to get some. The only place I can find it around here is Whole Foods, and it is so expensive there. So, I jumped at the chance to get it from Swanson.

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The reason Nick wanted it was for popcorn. We have a whirly-pop

So we always make our own popcorn, Nick however is the type of guy who researches everything, including popcorn. He read that it was best to use coconut oil instead of regular olive oil. Seriously this is the best popcorn I have ever had. I don’t think I will ever be able to eat movie theater popcorn again. I don’t think it needs any extra butter or salt.

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I can’t wait to make other delicious items with the coconut oil.

Lastly, I made a Guinness cupcake with bailey’s cream cheese frosting.

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Recipe for the cupcake, baked oatmeal and a coconut flour biscuit to come next week!

And of course everything is better with this guy around.

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All products were provided by Swanson Health products, all opinions are my own.