paleo lemon bars

Hello!

My quest continues to find the healthiest, no sugar, desserts.  I’m still off the sugar, and doing pretty good.  No cheats, yet!  These are seriously the best darn lemon bars I’ve ever had.  My husband loved them too. My girlfriend, Angela, who happens to be guiding me through this whole process, sent me this recipe.  By the way, if you happen to be in the Omaha area, you can find her services here, and she is well worth every penny. Trust me! Not only is she a personal trainer, she knows the ins and outs of nutrition.  I wanted to share this recipe, because, well, it’s the bomb!!!

For the crust:
  1. 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  2. 2 tablespoons honey
  3. 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  4. 1/2 cup almond flour
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 1 egg white

For the filling:

  1. 3 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  2. 1/3 cup honey
  3. 1/3 cup lemon juice
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  5. 1/3 cup almond flour

Optional topping:

sprinkle with coconut flour

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a medium sauce pan melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the honey, shredded coconut, almond flour, and salt and mix until well combined.
  4. Remove from heat and add egg whites (save yolk for something later) and stir.
  5. Add mixture to loaf pan and firmly press down. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, for the filling add eggs to a large bowl and beat until frothy. Add remaining ingredients and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Pour filling over baked crust and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until center is set.
  8. Let the bars cool completely before serving. Cut into squares and top with powdered sugar or coconut flour.
  9. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for 4 days.

My picture is not the best, but you’re lucky they lasted long enough to even get a picture. Ha!

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Protein Pancakes you want to make

Happy New Year!

I have decided to eat clean this year, or at least try.  I have been completely addicted to sugar for the past 5 years, and it is getting the best of me.  My whole body. I just don’t feel like I use to, and there is no better time than now.  I’ll try to check in as often as possible to share recipes and details on how it’s going.  Love Threads and being a mommy keeps me pretty busy, so I’ll do my best.  I’ve also joined a Facebook page with some other girls who are doing the same thing, so we can all stay accountable.  I felt that because we were already on this awesome essential oil journey, that this fit right in.

Here is what I pretty much eat everyday…

Breakfast: 1/4 cup gluten free oats with a 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds // 5 or 6 egg whites with spinach and tomatoes

(I will alternate and have protein pancakes instead of the above)

Snack: apple and a handful of almonds

Lunch: medium sized spinach salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions, peppers, and chicken breast or quinoa

Snack: cottage cheese and a few berries

Dinner: fish or chicken, and some sort of green veggie, and sometimes I will have half of a yam or sweet potato.

Snack: (I don’t always eat all of my snacks) protein ball or Fage greek yogurt 0% with a few berries

Also, some of my snacks are alternated with green juice.  I’ve been on a huge juicing kick. I can’t bake anymore, so I juice! I love it!

Here is the recipe for the protein pancakes. Keep in mind I didn’t do exact measurements, but we all know what the consistency of a pancake is, so use your best judgment.

PROTEIN PANCAKES:

2 or 3 egg whites

2 T protein powder ( I use egg white protein by Jay Robb from Whole Foods)

mashed banana or pumpkin

a few drops of stevia

1/2 teas of baking powder

splash of almond milk

splash of vanilla

Instead of syrup I took frozen berries and microwaved them for a minute and it turns into a sauce.  Pour over the top. In all honesty, we pushed the berries to the side.  They were so good without the berries, you don’t even need them.

Enjoy!

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A sale you don’t want to miss

Love Threads is having a YEAR END SALE! Everything in the store is 25% off.  All you have to do is enter thankyou at checkout and ta-da!

Things are going fast, but here are a few of my favorites that are still left… (run don’t walk;))

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Holiday cards

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We just sent out the last of our holiday cards.  If you’re anything like me, I always order more than one style, because I’m indecisive.  This year I went a little overboard and ordered 4 different styles.  My go to company always seems to be Tiny Prints.  They have a wide variety of choices, and their staff is unbelievably helpful.  Right now they are offering 30% off until the 14th.  After that, you can get 10% off until the end of the month.  If you’re a last minute person, no worries, they have New Years cards that are great too!  We ordered a few for those folks you forget about, because you know after you have a baby you forget EVERYTHING!!! Ha!

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holiday attire

I love this series that Sadie Sabin started over on her blog, simplysadiejane, called Holiday Party Dresses.  This one happens to be my favorite one so far (i’m not biased or anything), in which she is wearing our moto vegan jacket. The skirt is pretty amazing too.  It’s from Shabby Apple, you can find it here. If you get a chance pop over to Sadie’s blog and get inspired!

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Essential oils

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We have started using essential oils in our home.  We feel that they are a better alternative for us.  Let me tell you, we couldn’t be happier!  None of us have been sick (knock on wood), my anxiety has subsided, and our home smells amazing 24/7.  I have begun to make all of our home cleaners, so that I know exactly what is in them.  With Eleanor starting to crawl, I feel better knowing what’s on our wood floors.  It’s been a really amazing experience learning how all of the different oils work. I’ll fill you in on all of that later.

Recently I purchased a new diffuser.  I wanted a somewhat modern, updated one.  I found this one on Amazon, and have to say I’m completely in love with it.  It was reasonable, works great, and diffuses for up to 12 hours. It was too good to pass up and not share with you.

I would love to hear some of your essential oil stories or uses?  Being that we are new to it all, I’m really just sitting back and taking it all in.  I’m loving all of the different uses.  My sweet friend, Casey over at caseyleighessentials, shares amazing stories and recipes with oils.

Below is a wonderful photo showing the different uses of some of the oils…

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Black Friday Sale!

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A Trip to San Francisco

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We just got back from a lovely trip to San Francisco.  Wow, Where do I start! I completely fell in love with everything there! I was pretty much ready to come home, pack our bags, and move there.  I thought I had been there when I was a little girl, but after asking my mom and dad, they both said no.  It’s one of my dads favorite cities.  We grew up our summers on the east coast, so I’ve always had a love for NYC, but this trip had me rethink my love may be closer to me than I thought.

We decided to drive, which was super easy.  Eleanor was perfect! We stayed at the Hilton Union Square.  We got up every morning and went out for the day.  I had a list of places we wanted to go and see (most were food).  We don’t normally make lists of things we want to do, see or eat, we like going with the flow, but we had too many places we REALLY wanted to experience.  They were all good! We also got a chance to drive over to Sausilito, which is the prettiest little beach town.  This meant that we had to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, which I’m not going to lie, I was a bit terrified.  I have a horrible fear of heights.  Don’t think the day before I was taunted by the Bay Bridge, when I accidently made a wrong turn, and there was no turning back. YIKES!!!  The Golden Gate is so beautiful, and the drive over was easy peasey.  I’m not sure how I feel about that Bay Bridge yet????!!!

Some of the places we went and really enjoyed were:

Dynamo Donuts: ok, we don’t normally eat donuts, but these are, trust me when I say this, “THE BEST!”  All organic and local (when possible) and fun flavors like lemon tyme, guinness gingerbread, vanilla bean, poached pear, caramel de sel, I’m not a gluten carrot cake, maple glazed bacon apple (one of our favorites), spiced chocolate, and many more.

La Taqueria: a complete hole in the wall (we like those kinds of places), but some damn good tacos. I actually had a burrito and it was delicious, and my husband had the tacos and I tasted them.  Stick with the carne asada tacos and burrito.

Haight Ashbury: enough said!

Cow Hollow: great little shops and tons of places to eat.

Bernal Heights park: This place is amazing! You park and walk about 20 minutes to the top, and then you have 360 degree view of SF. It’s worth the hike. We met a local there, and he even said that this was one of the top 3 places to come to see all of SF.

Golden Gate park/bridge: It’s just what you have to do if you are in SF.

General Store: great up and coming artists’ work. located in a funky little area called outer sunset.

Ferry building: Such a great place to cruise around and eat your way through.  We had yummy pho at Slanted Door.

Boudin: I mean if you’re going to Fisherman’s wharf, you have to have the famous bread bowl and clam chouder.  Of course we had to have it at Boudins.

Blue Bottle Coffee: This was the BEST coffee! Just to see how they make you your own specific cup is worth going there and buying some. This is a good place for coffee connoisseurs.

We checked out so many more places, but these were some of our favorites.

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Family Photos

We decided to have a quick little family photo session the other night.  A friend  snapped some quick photos of us at the beach.  We planned on having professional photos taken, but decided, why not just do this.  So we did.  The pics are cute.  I’m sure if a professional looked at them they would find a million things wrong, but we like them.  We aren’t picky when it comes to certain things.  Life is too short to sweat the small things, right?!

Here are a few of the shots…

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A visit to the pumpkin patch

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We did our annual visit to the pumpkin patch this year.  Except this year we had miss Eleanor, so It was extra special.  The day was actually pretty humorous. First let me start by telling you, that back in the day if I had a day like this, I would have gone ballistic.  These days it takes a lot to ruffle my feathers. A LOT! I think it has something to do with having a baby.  Nothing ever seems THAT important, unless it has to do with my child and/or her health.

So, we started the day with some pancakes at home, daddy went to a meeting in the morning, came home and was off for the rest of the day, so needless to say, we were stoked!  I got Eleanor ready.  Dressed her in a super cute outfit, that somewhat matched mine, I showered AND washed my hair (its the little things, I tell ya), and, I pulled out the fancy camera.  We were ready, and in a timely manner.  Haha! Off we went.

Oh, and did I mention the pumpkin patch that we go to is 45 minutes away.  (we’re kind of particular with our pumpkin patches:))  We arrive and I get Eleanor out of her car seat and hand her to my husband.  He says “OH MY GOD, she has had a massive blowout, and it is all over her clothes”.  I’m like “Great!”  Mother of the year, totally forgot a change of clothes, and it was all over her outfit.  So we quickly jumped out to take pictures, with the winds probably 20 mph which, well, for lack of a better word “sucked”! It was the biggest catastrophe, but at the same time we had so much FUN!  Eleanor was laughing, Dave and I couldn’t stop laughing about the whole thing, and really, it turned out fine.  We got back to the car to strip Eleanor down, change her diaper (yes, I remembered that), and strap her back in her car seat, with just a diaper on.  She was in 7 heaven.  She loves having just her diaper on.  We were on our way back home, just like that! Oh, and Dave grabbed some hay and pumpkins, while I did the poop change. WHEW!!!

Here is the really great part about it.  If you really knew me, you’d know I’m not the most put together mother.  I’ve winged it since day one, and it works, for all of us.  I’m not one of those mothers that has a full day planned out for my little one, we fly by the seat of our pants, and we like it.  Eleanor has a schedule that works for her, and that works for me.  It’s ALL good!

I love this new little life of mine.  It’s so fun, and I feel so blessed to have this tiny little human next to me at all times.

Love you, little miss Eleanor, and daddy, love you too!  You’re the best daddy a little girl could ask for.

Hope you enjoy these funny pictures from our day at the pumpkin patch.

IMG_3832 (2)^^^Daddy and Eleanor, in the awkward hold because of the blowout. Haha!!!^^

IMG_3790 (2)^^^The entrance to the corn maze^^^

IMG_3865 (2)^^^We asked a stranger to take a photo, and this is what we got.  We’re not picky.^^^

IMG_3811 (2)^^^Daddy and Eleanor in the corn maze^^^

IMG_3777 (2)^^^Another attempt at a photo, but you know, that d*** wind.^^^

IMG_3763 (2)^^^That face^^^

IMG_3753 (2)^^^Eleanor loved all of the pumpkins^^^

IMG_3716 (2)^^^My two loves^^^

IMG_3886 (2)^^^Good ol’ Solvang pumpkin patch^^^

IMG_3861^^^ This is so funny!  This was our attempt at a family selfie.  FAIL!

 

 

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