Monday, October 31, 2011

Flourless Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Are you trying to avoid all those Hershey's Miniatures, bite-sized Snickers, and candy corn that seems to be everywhere around you?!  You know the ones, the ones you hid in the way back of the cabinet in hopes that if you didn't see them, you wouldn't eat them?  (Or the rest of the family wouldn't so you would actually have some for the trick-or-treaters?)  Lucky for me, I don't get any trick-or-treaters, so I didn't even pretend that I needed candy.  Nope, didn't buy a single bag. Except candy corn, which I don't like, so it was easy to avoid.  Now, watch all that resolve go right out the window when it's marked down half price at Target tomorrow.  {Note to self - do NOT go to Target. I'm sure I'll go.}

While you're telling yourself not to eat all the candy laying around (and this will be a pure internal battle I'll have going on) you can make these instead.  Your welcome.
flourless chocolate chip cookies (delicious!)

Flourless Chocolate-Chip Cookies 

from Chocolate Covered Katie

3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
2 T brown sugar
1 T plus 2 t white sugar  *I used 3/4 T. NuNaturals Baking Blend
2 T chocolate chips
1 T oil or melted margarine *I used olive oil
1-2 T nondairy milk (start with 1) *I used 2 T skim milk - prob could have used 1 1/2

Blend first 5 ingredients together. (I used my food processor.)  Mix with other ingredients, form into cookie shapes, and placed on a greased cookie sheet. *I used a silicone mat.  Cook 6 minutes @ 375 F.

This recipe only makes 8-10 cookies.  Portion control. Of course, I'll be doubling it next time!

These cookies are really, really good!  They are a little bit crumbly but not enough to deter me from making them again.  I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and these were delicious.  I don't know that nutritional stats, but they may be listed on the original post.  Also, since they have no flour, low in sugar, and made with olive oil - they are much healthier than most cookies, and less calories than all those "bite size" candy bars.  Because we all know you can't eat just ONE bite size bar.  I need several bites.

Now...I have a million things to get accomplished today. I'm sure at least one of them requires a trip to Target. Better put that one off until tomorrow ;)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Mani

Yes, I'm taking pictures of my hand in the car.  I wonder what the other parents do while sitting in the car line waiting for the kids to get out of school?  (I painted them in the car too.  No grass growing here, always multitasking. haha)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Hops

I'm having Facebook issues.  Anybody else notice a drop in their page impressions?  Mine suddenly plummeted a few weeks ago and I haven't figured out how to fix it.  I hate that Facebook is constantly changing things!  So anyway, I thought I would participate in a few hops to hopefully get my Facebook numbers back up.  I'm feeling very unloved at the moment.

Feel free to follow me via GFC or Twitter too :)

Blog Hops Everyday and A Mommy's Blog Design Studio Friday Blog Hop


Halloween Buddies (Nut Free Puppy Chow)

It was my turn to provide snack for my girls' Girl Scout troop the other day, so I wanted to do something "halloween-y".  I decided on these Healthified Halloween Buddies.
and boy, did they go over well!  I changed the recipe up a little so my little allergy boy could have them too.

Halloween {Muddy} Buddies

  • 4 1/2 cups Chex Corn cereal
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter *I used Sunbutter
  • 2 T. butter or margarine (I use Smart Balance)
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup candy corn (I used the Caramel flavored)
  • 1 cup salted cocktail peanuts *I replaced these with Cheerios!
  1. In a large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
  2. In 1 quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, Sunbutter and butter uncovered on High for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave 15 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth.  
  3. Stir in vanilla.  
  4. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.  
  5. Pour into 1-gallon Ziploc bag.
  6. Add powdered sugar.  Seal bag, shake until well coated.  
  7. Add candy corn and Cheerios, shake to mix.  Spread on waxed paper to cool.  Store in airtight container in fridge. (we had NO leftovers!)
Quick and easy Halloween treat!

Have a spooktacular weekend!  (I just couldn't resist.  I'm so candy corn-y!)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

This has been one of my favorite baked donut recipes so far, and wouldn't you know it - the battery was dead on my camera.  So, all I have are cell phone pics which are not going to convey the yumminess that are these donuts!  And they are mini you can eat a bunch without feeling guilty!!  (Great logic don't you think?)
Guess where I first saw them?  Did you guess Pinterest?  If so, you get a gold star for today.  I have over a thousand pins, a majority of them food - it's getting ridiculous.  Yet, I can't stop.  Anyway, before you organize an intervention, let's get to the recipe!

Baked Mini Apple Cider Doughnuts 
slightly adapted from Healthy Food for Living

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp apple pie spice **I used pumpkin pie spice b/c that's what I had on hand
"flax egg" (1 T. milled flax seed mixed w/3 T. warm water - let sit for 10 mins) *or one egg
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple butter (can also use applesauce)
2 T. maple syrup
3 T. apple cider (I used Gerber Apple Juice :D. It's what I had!)
3 T. nonfat plain yogurt
1 1/2 T. olive oil

*Preheat oven to 350 F.
*Lightly coat donut pan with cooking spray.
*In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, spice; set aside.
*In large bowl, whisk together flax egg, brown sugar, apple butter, maple syrup, apple juice, yogurt and oil.
*Add dry ingredients to wet, stir just until moistened.  Fill pan 1/2-3/4 full.
*Bake until the tops spring back when touched lightly, abt 5-7 mins.  Remove donuts from pan and let cool on wire rack. *This is also a good time to dip them in a little cinnamon sugar if desired! It sticks nicely to warm donuts, so no butter is needed (unless you want it).

I've read that some people have a hard time getting the batter into the mini donut pan and try to pipe it in, etc. My advice - just dump it in there.  Dump some batter in your sprayed pan, uncover the piece in the middle that will make the donut hole, and stick it in the oven.
You're gonna flip them over anyway, and the other side will be a perfect donut!  (Just don't overfill the pan so that it rises above the middle piece and therefore covering up your hole.) Yeah, I just typed 'covering up your hole.'  That just seems....weird.

If you don't have a cute little donut pan, I'm sure these could be made as very delicious mini-muffins as well.  And you should totally add it to your Christmas list.  Along with this.

By the way - not only did I think these were delicious, the kids LOVED them.  The first batch was gone before the second ever came out of the oven!  Definitely a keeper!

I'm linking this up with It's a Keeper, Feeding Four, Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Life as Mom, A Little Nosh, Eat at Home

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Super Easy Apple Butter in the Crockpot

I tried making apple butter last year, and it wasn't a pleasant experience.  Think charred and blackened and stuck to sides of crock pot.  You can read about it here if you wish.  However, not one to be deterred (or a glutton for punishment, you choose) I decided to give it a try again.  This time, however, success!!  (Even though last year's batch was salvaged and ended up tasting incredible.)  And truthfully, last year's actually is better than this one, but there was no burning involved with this one - so that's a definite plus!

This year, I followed this recipe for canning apple butter.  
  • All you have to do is fill your crock pot full of peeled, cored, and sliced apples.
In a bowl mix - 
  • 1-2 cups sugar (depending on how sweet the apples are that you are using - I used 1 cup)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon *I used 2
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Sprinkle this mixture over your apples.  Cover and cook for 10 hours (I cooked mine on low.)  Stir occasionally.  Once the apples cook down and soften, you can use a whisk to stir and smooth it out.  I let mine cook overnight, and in the morning I had a delicious smelling house, and warm apple butter all ready for canning.  However, I got lazy and didn't process mine in a water bath, so I'm keeping them in the fridge.  That's what happens when you have to get kids ready for school!

So what can you do with apple butter?  Well, eat it, of course.  On toast, biscuits, bagels, etc.  Give it as gifts.  Make Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving or make delicious baked donuts - which I will be sharing tomorrow!  They were SO good!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My New Love

I wanted to share with you my newest addiction love.  My Keurig.  Love, love, love it.  My Dad started the Keurig obsession in my family by getting my mom one for her birthday last year.  Then my sister got one for Christmas.  Then my brother went out and got one.  That left me.  Keurig-less.  I entered every giveaway I could find to no avail.  Then my dear parents, seeing as I was the only child without one, took pity upon me and gave me one for my birthday this past August.  I have used it at least once a day, every day, since I got it!!  If you are a coffee or tea lover, then a Keurig is for you.  It's just so.....convenient!  (And who doesn't need a little convenience in their life?!)
Once you have your Keurig (you won't regret it, go buy one now or add it to your Christmas list!) you'll need K-cups to put in it.  These are the small, disposable, containers of coffee/tea/hot chocolate/hot cider that all you have to do is pop into your Keurig, add water, and in 3 minutes....voila! It's ready!
There are so many varieties, that at first I was a little overwhelmed.  What is the best?  Do I want regular coffee or flavored?  How many cups should I buy at one time? Are they worth the expense?  See, so many questions.  Lucky for you, I have all the answers ;)  A great source for all your Keurig needs is One Cup Connection!  From brewers, to all the K-cup varieties you could want, they have it!  If you're like me, and just starting out with your Keurig, (or like a lot of variety) you will love the Pick-A-Pack option.  That's what I did, and it allowed me to try all different coffee varieties so I could decide what I liked best.  Of course, it wasn't just coffee!  
I also got a couple hot chocolate K-cups for my girls, tea for when I wanted a little "me time" in the evening, and some flavored varieties like the infamous Pumpkin Spice!  Yes, they have Pumpkin Spice (still in stock at the time of this post - better hurry!)  And let me just tell ya, a cup of Pumpkin Spice, with a dollop of Cinnamon Cool Whip, and holllaaaa.  It is THE.BOMB!  Who needs Starbucks?!  Seriously, save yourself some time and money, and make these delicious drinks at home.  *Iced coffees too* Your Keurig will pay for itself in no time!!

Back to the Pick-A-Packs....they are exactly what they sound like - you choose 8 K-cups of your choice, and there are SO many possibilities!  (The traditional packs come in all the same flavor, with 22-24 cups per box - which is a lot better value than the 16 cups you can buy at some retail locations! **Not to mention great customer service and fast shipping**)  Right nowthrough 11/30, they are offering a special where if you buy 4 (24ct.) boxes of K-Cups, you get a FREE Pick-A-Pack. Use code: PICKS

One Cup Connection has a specials page, so check it frequently for extra deals!  They also have a blog, are on Facebook, and Twitter.  Give them a follow so you can be the first to know about sales, and new products!  As a matter of fact, they just put on Facebook the other day about a new coffee, Caribou Mahogany, that sounds so good! I can't wait to try it!  (I'm a huge fan of molasses :D )  If you "like" One Cup Connection on Facebook, you can receive 20% off your first order of $50 or more!  Just go to the Welcome tab on their Facebook page.  Right now, I've fallen in love with Newman's Own Organic Special Blend Extra Bold, and the regular Donut House, but the Green Mountain Hot Chocolate was also delicious (what little bit I was allowed to taste from the girls), as well as the above mentioned Pumpkin Spice!  I can't wait to see what other seasonal flavors will be coming out!

As a side note, I've heard some people use their Keurig for heating cups of water too - for instant drinks or soups.  It's especially good for kids, b/c then they aren't trying to get very hot cups of water out of the microwave.  I'm going to start doing this, since my microwave is above the kids' heads, and they have a hard time getting things in and out of it.  Plus it is so darn fast!

Can you tell I love my Keurig and the different K-cups?  Do you have one?  If not, is it on your wish list?!  What's your favorite coffee or tea?

Disclaimer: I received two Pick-A-Packs from to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% my own.  No other compensation was received, but boy, have I enjoyed reviewing my coffees! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Say what? Yes, you read that right...homemade dishwasher detergent.  Compliments of Pinterest.  It inspires all kinds of DIY activities.  So, when I saw this one for detergent, I wanted to give it a try, b/c I hate spending a lot of money on cleaning stuff.  That money could be used on something important.  Like shoes.  (A girl has to have her priorities in order.)

The "recipe" comes from Young House Love and is super simple.  It is also made from ingredients that are healthier for you and the environment.

2 cups Borax
2 cups Baking Soda
4 small packs of lemonade (the ones without sweetener)

I have used this a few times now, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.  It works great!  Better than the name brands I have been using.  There has been no yucky residue, no spots, everything comes out super clean.  I'll definitely keep using this, and all the ingredients pictured were about 5 bucks.  It only takes a small amount, so it will last a long time (and I use my dishwasher everyday).  Bottom line?  This homemade, natural cleaning product is a keepaaah.

Happy Friday y'all!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

{semi} Wordless Wednesday- Light the Night 2011

For those of you that don't know, Joe is my dad, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in October 2009.  He had a life saving stem cell transplant (also known as BMT or bone marrow transplant) from an unrelated donor in July 2010.  He is currently cancer free and doing well.  He IS a survivor!  

We also walked in honor of a co-worker of my husband who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for the treatment of another form of leukemia (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia).  She is a breast cancer survivor as well.

We walk to raise awareness.  We walk to honor those who have battled or are currently battling cancer.  We walk to remember. 

(You can be the one to save a life, by registering to be a bone marrow donor at!)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkin Spiced Cereal Treats

Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® Gluten Free cereal


Pumpkin Spice Cereal Treats

  • 4 T. butter
  • 1 bag Pumpkin Spice Mallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies (or in my case, 5 cups Krispies and 1 cup Cheerios b/c I like to be creative.  Or I ran out.  Whichever.)
  • 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice

Melt butter in a large pot on the stove top.  
Add marshmallows and spice.  
Stir until marshmallows are melted.  
Stir in cereal.  Mix well.  
Put in a greased 13x9 pan (or smaller if you want thicker treats).  
Flatten treats out into pan.  
Devour. (it's up to you whether or not you let them cool first!)

We love cereal treats around here, and these tasted like Fall.  Yummmm

Monday, October 17, 2011

Biscoff Cookie Dough Dip

I thought we should start Monday off right.  Not only do I have a yummy cookie dip to share, but it's healthy! Yep, a healthy treat that even MY kids will eat...even after they found out the secret ingredient *insert evil laugh*

Okay, it's not 100% healthy, but it's waaayyy better for you than most other sweet treats, and it's easy to make - which is always a bonus.

Remember this from Friday's post?
my new love

It helped me make this
Biscoff Cookie Dough Dip

I have another new love too, and her name is Chocolate Covered Katie. If you haven't checked out her blog, you should.  She has all kinds of yummy creations that satisfy your sweet tooth without costing us a million extra miles on the treadmill.  And let's face it, if I could do a million extra miles on the treadmill, I could eat whatever I wanted.  I do good to pound out a pitiful 3 miles, and that only happens a couple times a week.  But don't let me get started on my fatness fluffiness.  I'd rather talk cookie dip!  (yeah, I know. That may be part of the problem)

Biscoff Cookie Dip 
slightly adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie's Cookie Dough Dip

1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained and rinsed)
rounded 1/8 tsp salt
a pinch of baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup Biscoff Spread **or Sunbutter or any nut butter (will change the flavor a little, but still awesome)
1/3 to 2/3 cups brown sugar (this will be up to your taste buds. I used 1/3 cup, but you may like more, esp if you do not use the Biscoff, which is pretty sweet)  See original recipe for other sweetener options.
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

You can peel your chickpeas if you want a smoother consistency to your dip.  Unpeeled changes the texture somewhat, but it's not necessarily a bad thing.  You can also add oats or flax to your dip (see original recipe), which gives it a heartier texture.  If you do that, I don't think you will notice unpeeled chickpeas.  I skipped the oats and peeled my chickpeas for a smooth texture, but I've tried it both ways...I've made this at least 3 times in the past couple of weeks!

Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender - except for chocolate chips.  Blend until thoroughly mixed and smooth.  Stir in chocolate chips. Now - you can eat this immediately, BUT it is better to let it sit for a few hours.  I stick mine in the fridge.  If you eat it right after making it, it still has a little bit of chickpea flavor to it (in my opinion).  Once it sits, it is nice and sweet, and I don't think anyone would know it was made of chickpeas if you didn't tell them!  This is coming from someone who hates beans.
My kids love this dip, and you know if you've been reading for a while, that my kids pretty much hate everything!  (and don't get me started on tofu)  Obviously, they were quite reluctant to give it a try, knowing it was made of chickpeas, however, they were lured in by the chocolate chips.  Once they gave it a taste, they were hooked!  We like to eat ours with reduced fat graham crackers.  You should really try it out - play with the recipe and try different variations.  I think you'll be surprised!  (I'll post some of the other variations I've tried if you're interested.)

I'm linking this recipe up with Homemaker on a Dime, Delightfully Dowling, A Southern Fairytale, Skip to my Lou, The Girl CreativeDelicious Dishes, Tuesdays at the Table,  Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Made from Scratch Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday,Blue Cricket DesignGinger Snap CraftsAt Home with Haley, Lady Behind the Curtain,  These Chicks Cooked, Miz Helen's Country CottageMangoes and Chutney, EKat's Kitchen, Simply Delish, Feeding Four, It's a Keeper, Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo, Allergy Friendly FridaySweet Tooth Friday, Sweet Tooth Saturday,Six Sisters' Stuff, The Sweet Detail,

*I received a jar of Biscoff Spread from the company to try. I was under no obligation to blog about it.  However, we are in love with it and I have since bought 2 more jars :D  Unfortunately, I can only find it at a grocery store an hour away :(  Road trip!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Fun Finds

Holy Moly, have you seen these?!  I first heard about them on Biz's blog, and as soon as I saw them (at Wal-Mart) I grabbed them up.  We're on our second bag :/  I don't even like marshmallows unless they are in a s'more or otherwise covered in chocolate, but these things are so good!  I can eat them by the handful.  Of course, I had to make something with them....I'll get those posted next week!

Have you seen this around the blog world?!  O.M.Geeee - this stuff is amazingly delicious.  As in, we are on our THIRD jar in just a couple of weeks.  I also have a recipe coming up with this.  The only problem is the only place I have found it is at Whole Foods, an hour away!  I wish I had bought more!  It tastes just like Biscoff cookies, which are easier to find, but it's a creamy spread that can be used on just about anything.  It's great for us, because it contains NO PEANUTS or TREE NUTS!  It doesn't taste like a nut-butter, but like cookies.  Yeah, it's good :D

I mentioned this in my Pumpkin Spice Cake post.  It went really well with this-

It's also fabulous in coffee, cafe mocha, pumpkin spice lattes...yeah, I'm a fan.  (and yes, I know Cool Whip is not the healthiest stuff, but I haven't attempted to make it from scratch - yet!)  And I have to give props to my local Wal-Mart - they had it fully stocked when I went back in search of another container.  I was shocked, but pleased.  After saying they wouldn't have it, I thought I should give credit where credit is due ;)

image source
Yeah, you know that beotch, Little Debbie.  I ignore her all year.  All. Year.  No Fudge Rounds, or Swiss Cake Rolls.  Then she comes out with these.  The first time I saw them back in the store, I walked right on by.  Ok, I stopped, stared, drooled a little...then walked away.  I am strong!  The second time I saw them....somehow the crazy box jumped into my cart and I accidentally bought them.  *sigh*  But they are tasty!  (Couldn't let them go to waste you know!)

So, those are my junk food fun finds for this week.  Y'all tried anything new and fabulous?  I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Friday!  Tomorrow is the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  I'm so excited to say that my team raised over $2500!!!!  wooo hoooo!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Straight Talk

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2 ingredient brownie bites (egg free)

How do you get your kids to eat vegetables?  Well, you hide them in chocolate of course!  I'm all for sneaking in extra nutrition whenever I can, b/c even though some of you may have kids that eat a well-balanced meal with plenty of fresh fruits and kids don't.  They do well with fruits, but they have a very limited number of vegetables they will eat.  So, when I read somewhere that you could make brownies using just pureed pumpkin (no eggs or oil needed), I had to give it a try.  One, b/c it would give the kids some extra vitamins (pumpkin is good for you!).  Two, NO EGGS! So it would be a treat my little man could have. Three, they would be getting a treat, but it would be a little healthier.  Now, I'm not saying anything about a boxed brownie mix is healthy - but, just work with me here!
you can use any brownie mix and you need 15 oz pureed pumpkin (this is the large can, so I used half).  Mix the two ingredients together - no additions needed.  Place in whatever size pan you want, I used a mini muffin pan to make 'brownie bites'.  The perfect size for this guy...
Mr. Three is giving them a taste test...
he loves chocolate. 
Can't imagine where he gets that from ;)
he crams the entire thing in his mouth...a sure sign that it gets his seal of approval.  (Which is very difficult to come by!)
one happy vampire boy.  He ate 3 before I cut him off!

Now, these are super simple.  They are egg free.  The kids loved them.  So, I will definitely use this trick again.  Me personally....I didn't like them.  They are very dense and moist with the slightest hint of pumpkin flavor.  I mean, they aren't bad, I just didn't care for them.  However, I didn't make them for me, I made them for the kiddos, who gave them a 'thumbs up'!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Melts IN your mouth?

Me: How did you make such a mess?!
Mr. Three:  I not know! (while laughing)

Me: Let me see (so I can take a picture)

Me (again): I thought M&M's were supposed to melt IN your mouth, not on it!
Apparently that only holds true when you eat them like a normal person, 
not gnaw the outside only and leave the pretzel.  
Who does that?  hmmm, obviously the kid of the women who stopped to take the above picture ;)

Want to really laugh?  Check out yesterday's post where I try to "Heely"!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Heelys - Why should kids have all the fun?

You're only as old as you feel.  We won't talk about the time I decided to jump and flip and bounce on a trampoline like a 7 year old and had to go see the chiropractor the next day.  (true story)  Just because I'm knockin' on 40's door, does not mean I have to hang up my leather pants and not party like it's 1999. I totally HAVE to give up the leather pants and half of you won't even know the song referenced...but I have a point here.  Which old people can still have fun, right along side our teens and tweens.  Even though they will be totally mortified, b/c we're, you know...old.

I had the opportunity to review Heelys Skate Shoes.  Did you read that... I HAD the opportunity :)  Not my 10 y/o, or my 8 y/o, but me!  Check these babies out...
cool right?!  
Do people even say cool anymore?  There phat. Tight. Off the chain.
I love the new designs Heelys have out now.  
They also have the option of 2 rollers instead of just 1, for those just learning.  
I really wanted those, but they only came in youth sizes!  

I like the look of the ones I got (I love grey) and the shoes aren't too 'bulky'.  They look like regular tennis shoes.  (Heelys are also very durable.  I know this from experience, b/c my oldest child had a pair a couple of years ago, and when she out grew them, they still looked brand new.  (and she wore them a lot).  Now my middle child is wearing them!) 

Of course, I had to give my new kicks a try with the wheels IN (they pop in and out, so they can be worn as a regular shoe, or a skate shoe)
ready to roll baby!
Oh my.  How long has it been since I've had wheels on my feet?!
too long apparently!
(I never fell however!)
My little man thought mommy was funny!
Then Number One had to show me up.  
She wheeled around (without arms flailing in all directions) like it was nothing.  And made sure to have that "OMG Mom, this is SO easy, I can't believe you can't do it" expression on her face.  Maybe I should have checked out the Skate101 video - you know, so I could get the 411 on the skate basics.
show off.

Yes, Number One and I are in practically the same size shoe now.  So guess who has commandeered my cool new shoes?  And I was being all fly with my skate shoes.

I have to say, Heelys are a lot of fun for the whole family!  Even better, not only can you play in them (while getting lots of exercise!), but because of all the awesome new styles, they can be worn as regular tennis shoes too.  Number One has been wearing mine hers to school almost every day!  I make sure the wheels stay at home of course!

Are you interested in Heely's for yourself or someone else?   Want to learn more?  Check them out here!

Heelys is also throwing a Black Friday special!! 
Between Nov 25-Nov 28, Buy any pair of Heelys, get the second pair for $25. Or buy a Nano, and get a pair of shoes for $25, and get free ground shipping on all orders!  

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Homemade Ginger Ale (sugar free)

I've recently tried Reed's Ginger Beer, and fell madly in love.  However, it has a high sugar content, so I went searching for sugar free alternatives.  I found this recipe for homemade ginger ale that is sugar free, and thought it would be a good recipe to start with since it didn't require the use of yeast and sugar.

This is adapted from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free

1 cup sliced ginger root
4 cups water
Sparkling mineral water
stevia (to taste)
lime wedges (I only had lemons)

Put the sliced ginger root (I didn't peel mine) into a 4 quart saucepan with water.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover and let steep for 1 to 1 and a half hours.  The longer it steeps, the spicier it gets.  Strain into a 1 quart mason jar, discarding ginger.  Cover and chill.

To serve, combine 1 part ginger syrup to 3 parts sparkling water and serve over ice. Sweeten to taste with stevia (or sweetener of choice) and a squeeze of lime (or lemon!)

Verdict?  I love the spiciness of the ginger.  I let mine steep for at least 1 1/2 hours, and probably closer to 2. I also added half ginger and half water for serving.  It's going to depend on how much you like the ginger flavor.  My only complaint is the only carbonated water I could find was club soda, and my ginger ale ended up tasting a little flat.  I'm going to experiment with different waters, and see if that makes a difference.  Now that I've made this, I really want to tackle making ginger ale with yeast - where it produces it's own carbonation!  Have you ever made your own soda or beer?  I'm feeling a project coming on!!


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