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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Garden tour

I took these photos about two weeks ago, so some things are a bit bigger now.  Sadly, not a lot bigger thanks to our craptastic summer.

Shall we?
Kale (that has been growing since October of last year!), garlic, beets, and peas.  And an errant carrot)

The bed that holds 8 tomatoes, a small strawberry pot, zukes, more carrots, more beets, lavender, and cukes)

Cukes.  The day lilies behind the fence are going to be torn out after they're done blooming this year.  They take up WAY too much room and block the sun from the cukes.

My 4 blueberry bushes that replaced some old yucky bushes (before picture here), pumpkins (they've tripled in size since I took this photo), and a watering can that makes you think that I actually water my garden.  I don't.  I'm too lazy.

Baby pickling cuke.  Will I ever get enough to actually make pickles?  Only time will tell.

Garlic, dying back so almost ready to harvest!  And I still need to harvest some of those scapes!
Our raspberry bed, built by Troy and Jack.  We planted 6 plants, and only 3 grew, but they're already shooting off and slowly filling out the bed.  I have high hopes for next year!

Zukes.  I doubt I'll ever harvest one at this rate.

Box o'weeds needed to be dumped

Potato experiment that was a big stinker.

View from the stairs, and a few more potatoes shoved in an opening.  That's what she said?

More tomatoes, blueberries, and my asparagus (hidden)

Just pulled the peas, but there are some spuds left.

Peas desperately needing to be harvested.  And more spuds

Raised strawberry bed by the road that Troy built.  It's a bit janky with the blocks, and the cages used to cover strawberries as they ripen.  The big one is something my dad used to trap raccoons, and the bird cage came out of someones garbage that Troy found.

Rhubarb that is slowly recovering from the "Battle for the Garden"; Rhubarb vs. morning glory and lilies.

Some roses that desperately need to be trimmed back after blooming this year!

Lavender that needs a good trimming, but I can't bring myself to do it this year.  We had to kill a bumble bee nest in the attic this year, and I can't help but feel awful, so I let the lavender get huge as an "I'm sorry" to their bee cousins.  This lavender is douched in bees in the evening.

What I call gardening "fast food"
Things are plugging along, but I'm hoping that next year we get some actual heat for the garden.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mostly Homemade Mondays #6

It's Monday - that time of the week for Mostly Homemade Mondays - the link party for people who like cooking healthy food, but sometimes have to rely on the occasional store-bought item.  And for crafty people.  And gardeners.

Got something cool you posted recently on your blog?  Link up so that the rest of us can see the awesomesauce!

The "rules":

1) Please link back to this post so that people reading your blog know they can find more fantastic posts here!

A quick note that I had to change linking platforms.  I was using Simply Linked and it was fine, but when I switched computers, I forgot the password to Simply Linked and they have no way to recover it, no customer service option - nothing.  Rather than spend another 45 minutes trying to guess my way through the password, I just joined a new platform.  I hope you guys like it ok!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Meal plan for July 30th - August 5th

Our non-existent summer continues here in Seattle.  It's been gray and gloomy this weekend until late afternoon hits, and then the sun decides to come out.  The garden is not loving this routine.  Last year was also yucky, and I didn't eat my first ripe tomato until August 11th.  I highly doubt I'll get a ripe tomato any earlier than that this year.  In fact, it will probably be much later.  The few green tomatoes I do have on the plants aren't even big enough to start ripening.

Le sigh.  Here is hoping to a late summer heat wave to give the garden a kick in the pants that it desperately needs.

While I watch the sky for sunshine, here is what we'll be eating this week.  Fruit this week will be yellow watermelons (can't remember the actual name) from our local fruit stand (they bring them in from Eastern Washington, which unlike Western Washington has loads of sunshine), kiwi and pineapple from Costco, and clementines from Trader Joes.  Yeah, I know a lot aren't local, or heck even in season.  After Wednesday night, our repertoire will include local organic cherries as we pick up our first of five deliveries from the fruit CSA we bought in to earlier this year.

Monday:: Frittata with caramelized Walla Walla sweet onions, salad, and fruit.  I'm going to caramelize the onions this afternoon.  I use the crockpot method from this recipe because it's so simple!

Tuesday:: Chinese chicken salads, the world's second best baked potatoes, and fruit.

Wednesday:: Peanut sesame satay (never made these before, but they look delicious!), salads, grilled zukes and eggplant, and fruit.

Thursday:: Troy's delicious grilled burgers (sans buns), grilled zukes, salad, and fruit.

Friday:: Popcorn night!  Popcorn, veggie sticks, cheese, and fruit on the couch and a library movie on the TV.  Favorite night of the week!

Saturday:: We're going to a 3rd birthday party for my godson.

Sunday:: Dinner at my parent's.

This week I spent $12 at the fruit stand, $63 at our local butcher (they have the best chicken and it's always rare when they have any in the coolers.  I happened to get there right as they were packaging it up, and decided to buy enough for a few months.  I also bought a flank steak for Troy to grill for salads for the week.  I spent $7 at the grocery store for Udi's hot dog buns (Princess Troy insisted on buns with our hot dogs last night) and Hansen's soda.  I did most of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's this week because I was there and it was convenient.  That bill was $48, and my Costco bill was $40.  I also accidentally spent $13 on eggs because I forgot to cancel our milkman order even though I purchased 2 dozen from the local farm.  Drat!!!!!  Total spent this week: $183.  Yikes, seems high, but it was a stock up week on certain items that I don't get a chance to buy every week.

Also, since I was by Trader Joes, I hit up a few stores too.  I've kind of hit a wall with my wardrobe, and needed a few items to spruce it up.  Goodwill is a really hard place for me to find clothes because I'm wicked tall and I know that only about 3 brands will fit me.  I got some great clearance tops at Target, a few items at TJ Maxx, and another few items at Old Navy.

Sweet baby Jesus lord in heaven, I found myself purchasing a pair of black leggings, AND a pair of skinny jeans.  These are two items I tend to make fun of.  A lot.  The leggings came about because I fell in love with this adorable dress at TJ Maxx, but it clearly was designed to be worn with leggings.  I tried a pair on and hot damn those are comfortable!  I was texting my friend Anne through my shopping trip, and towards the end she said "leggings and skinny jeans?  Wow, it's like 2008 for you up there.  Next stop, a personal Facebook page".  What can I say, my fashion has been stuck in a rut for quite a few years!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I love you Jordyn. Love Sarah

When I was a little girl first learning how to write/spell, I left my parents and sister about 1,000 notes per day that said something along the lines of "I love you mom (dad, Amy).  Love Sarah".  It was all I knew how to write, so I worked at it until I had it down!

I tell you that to let you know why, when I'm about to show you another quilt that I made, it looks pretty much like this one.  And this one.

When I learn something new, I wear it out until I'm ready to learn something else!

Troy's cousin is pregnant with her first child, a little girl they're going to name Jordyn.  Her baby shower was on Sunday (it was full of Cinnabon and cupcakes.  A real temptation for someone who wasn't eating wheat!), and I made a baby quilt as my gift.  I also contributed Jack's new favorite book that has become the birthday and shower staple gift from me.



And before my friend Mary can make a snide comment, yes, I am 1,000 feet tall.
I am not a girly girl, so even though I knew Jordyn's  nursery was going to be super pink, I just couldn't bring myself to do an entirely pink quilt.  The back of the quilt is a light pink, but I included some blues and greens on the front.

The fabric of course was washable.  The mom of a GERD baby tends to be practical in her gift giving.  This one was a lot easier than the king quilt I made recently.  I hope it is something that will be well loved by both the new parents and new baby in just a few short months!

I love you Jordyn.
Love Aunt Sarah
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gluten-free month/paleoish challenge

Are you in on the challenge?  It's a bit over one week in;  how are you doing so far?  Troy and I are doing great!  I honestly haven't missed gluten that much except for Sunday when I went to a baby shower and they had Cinnabon and like 15 types of cupcakes.  Troy has slipped up once when he was about 2 bites in to a Kit Kat and realized "duh, wafer cookie thing".

We've kind of evolved the challenge to not just limit it to gluten.  I've added that we're limiting grains as well.  We still eat corn and rice products, but not in the quantities that we used to.  I've noticed that my skin has improved a bit, but I'm chalking that up to more veggies and fruits than anything.  And may I be honest with you?  I'm a gassy girl.  Always have been.  Since starting this challenge, it's almost non-existent.  I'm not certain if this is lack of gluten, or just more fruits and veggies replacing the grains we were eating before.

I mentioned that we were on vacation last week, and were going to be making s'mores.  And I couldn't find any gluten-free graham crackers in my small town.  We ended up having s'mores on gluten-free ginger snaps, which while definitely not the same in terms of taste, they served their purpose.
So, what exactly are we eating?
Marshamallows were homemade!  For anyone wondering how they roasted, the verdict is: fantastic!  Expert hand modeling courtesy of Troy.
Breakfast:: smoothies, eggs, when we're jonesing for "normal" food, I've been having a bowl of Trader Joe's rice krispies from time to time.  And lots and lots and LOTS of fruit.  I've started cutting up a ton of fruit for the week and having it all ready to go in the fridge.  Once it's ready to go, we're more likely to eat it often.  We also have homemade yogurt with homemade blackberry syrup for flavoring.  We're on our last jar of the syrup from 2011.  Thankfully the blackberries are going to be ready soon!

This challenge has magnified how much I hate our current fridge.  It was free, so I shouldn't complain too much (but I am), but it's awful.  It's an old school side by side, and I never have any room to fill it up with good food.  The produce drawers are tiny, and really the shelf space sucks hard.

Lunches:: spinach salads with sliced carrots, cukes, and protein of choice - usually turkey, chicken, or grilled steak.  Troy has grilled a steak and some chicken breasts at the start of the week, and just like everything if it's ready to go, it's so much easier to eat healthy.  Which is also why I prep the carrots and cukes for the week; grab and go.  Dressing is either homemade ranch, or something we call "Linda's Holiday Dressing" because it is something my aunt always makes for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I need to get her permission before sharing, but I promise I'll share it with you if/once I get the go ahead.

I always thought I preferred salads with a bit of cheese and some bacon on it, but I've really been enjoying mine without either.

With the salads we have as much fruit as we want.  And sometimes, a few gluten-free tortilla chips (Juanitas brand which are AWESOME, but hard to find) and homemade guac or (store bought) salsa.

I'm the first person to raise my hand and say that salads suck and never fill me up.  I've always thought salads were silly "girl" food, but honestly with the protein (turkey or steak), I am full until dinner.

Dinner:  Well, you've seen my meal plan, and we've also been having local hot dogs, some bunless burgers, and lots and lots of grilled veggies.

Dessert/snacks:: I've made these and they're awesome!  They don't require any baking, but not baking them means you have to store them in the fridge.  I tried baking them the other night and it worked out well.  350 degrees for 25 minutes, and they're able to be stored at room temp.  They're still much softer than a store bought granola bar though.  Yeah yeah I know they have oatmeal in them.  I said we're limiting it.

I also made these, but changed them up a bit to reflect what I had on hand.  I switched the lemon juice and lemon zest to lime, added some homemade mint extract to the frosting (I made my own frosting, and not the one in the link), and voila, mojito cupcakes!  Coconut flour is stupid expensive if you buy it in the package, but I found it in the bulk bin for much cheaper.  Still spendy though.

As for our starting off points?  Here are the stats.

Me
Weight: 151 lbs (it was 152 with clothes on, so I'm taking a guess)
Height: 6 ft
Waist:30
Hips: 39(yipes!)
I currently wear a size 8 tall, but a lot of clothes are not currently in rotation because they're too tight.

Troy
Weight: 215*
Height: 5 ft 11
Waist: 39

Hips: 43


*You have time for a funny story?  When I was pregnant, I picked an OBGYN who was right by my office.  We lived in Los Angeles at the time. Turns out she was only in on Tuesdays and didn't do any ultrasounds in her own office and wouldn't tell you any information about your outsourced ultrasounds until the next appointment.  I dropped her MD ass so quickly and ended up going to the OBGYN my friend Anne (you've "met" her many times before) had used.

Anne, being my baby mama naturally came with Troy and I to the first appointment.  I was 12 weeks along and the new OBGYN wanted to do an ultrasound.  We were all in this little room together and the doc brought out "the internal wand".  Anyone who has had a kid before knows about the internal wand...

So, Anne gets ready to  leave the room, and I say "you know what, in a few months my junk is going to be out in the wind for every nurse and doctor in the room to see, so just stay.  But sit up by my head bitch".

During the exam, the doctor is talking to us about our family history.  She asks Troy his weight, he blushes and mumbles it all embarrassed.  Anne and I burst out laughing, because there I am, getting to 4th base with an ultrasound wand in front of my friend (and former boss BTW), and Troy is freaking embarrassed about his weight.

I tell you that story to let you know how much Troy believes in my blog.  He believes in it enough to share his starting weight with ya'll.

You are welcome!


PS. after that appointment, we went and had pie.  Because lemon meringue pie sounded good when I couldn't keep any food down.  And you know, I had just been the main attraction in a peep show, and needed a little something to replace my dignity.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mostly Homemade Mondays #5

It's Monday - that time of the week for Mostly Homemade Mondays - the link party for people who like cooking healthy food, but sometimes have to rely on the occasional store-bought item.  And for crafty people.  And gardeners.

Got something cool you posted recently on your blog?  Link up so that the rest of us can see the awesomesauce!

The "rules":

1) Please link back to this post so that people reading your blog know they can find more fantastic posts here!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Meal plan for July 23rd - 29th

I was off of work all week for the past week, and boy howdy, it was heaven!  We went to Ocean Shores and stayed for a few nights at my in-laws beach house, we chilled, and when we came home I got SO much stuff done.  A 15 minute clean up of Jack's bookshelf to find a missing library book that wasn't in the library book basket (coughtroy'sfaultcough) turned in to a complete bedroom clean out.  I'm excited to announce that during the 90 minute clean out, only ONE small bag of trash was thrown out.  The other stuff was either recycled, given to the thrift store, moved to the basement (books transferred to our other bookshelves, etc.), or given to Troy's cousin who is pregnant.

The room looks like new, and I feel like I can breathe in there again.  I'm embarrassed to admit that I finally unpacked the "welcome home baby" box that the hospital gives you when you take your newborn home.  My newborn is now 3 years old, so um, dude, it was time.  I also unpacked the very last box of stuff from our move.  You know, the move in June 2011.  Yowzers.

Anyhoo, here is what we'll be shoving in our gluten-free/mostly paleo food holes this week.

Monday:: Cold Thai Noodle Salad (I'm adding shrimp that I have in the freezer), grilled zukes and corn (we'll just call them Thai grilled veggies so that we can maintain a strict theme), and fruit.  Um, Thai fruit?

Tuesday:: Pot roast in the crockpot, salad, roasted beets, and fruit.

Wednesday:: Tiny "street style" tacos on little corn tortillas (with leftover pot roast) with Walla Walla sweet onions (drool) and cilantro (from the garden), with grilled zukes, black beans, and Spanish rice.  And fruit of course.  Because fruit must be at every meal in our house, lest my three year old's head explode.

Thursday:: Calico beans over rice, grilled zukes (noticing a theme here?), and if you put $1 betting on me serving fruit, you win!

Friday:: Popcorn day on the couch.  My favorite food day of all!  Jack and I pop up some corn, have a few slices of cheese "Tillamook pwease mommy" (3 year old food snob), some veggie sticks (for me), and fruit for both of us.  Pop in a quick movie from the library, and all is right in the world.

Saturday:: Grilled Asian themed salmon (I'm still working on this concoction, so don't ask what Asian themed means, cause I currently can't tell you), a small bit of fried rice (being mindful of not too many grains since we're eating rice a lot this week), spinach salad, and fruit (shocker).

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent's.  I'll bring whatever I'm assigned!  Probably dessert.

As a reminder, breakfast is eggs or smoothies for Troy and myself.  With our paleo month, we're choosing to forgo our previous bowl of oatmeal.  Jack has a smoothie in the car on his way to preschool one day a week, and then eats breakfast and lunch at my aunt's the other days.  Lunches are either leftovers from the night before, or these huge yummy salads I've been making for our gluten-free/paleo month.  I pretty much hate salads, but I've been enjoying these (post later this week with details).

Beverages are water or water kefir soda.  We aren't milk drinkers.  We buy it for cooking, and that's about it.  Jack was allergic for so long that he thinks cow's milk tastes gross, and Troy is pretty much lactose intolerant.  To help keep Troy motivated to stay away from carbs and snacks, I did shell out $14 for a 24 pack of Izze's sparking juices from Costco.  Troy can't take the water kefir soda to the fire station (they look like beer bottles) for obvious reasons, and I wanted something small to send in his lunches that he can look forward to.  Because of his previous poor history with "treat" drinks in the house (he'll drink them all in one week.  He has ZERO willpower when it comes to sodas/juices), I have hidden the whole pack in the house in a place he'll never find, and am putting 2 cans in the fridge a day.  One for his lunch, and one for me for dinner.

I've been grocery shopping off and on all week, and can't really remember what was for this week and what we already ate.  I will say that specifically for this week, I spent $7.50 for fresh farm eggs and a half gallon of raw milk (and I'm going to try to snag another $4 worth of eggs later today), $14 at the farm stand for cherries, apricots, corn, and zukes, $5.50 at the farmer's market for 2 pints of raspberries (while I was purchasing 1 $2 pint, I noticed Jack had been "sampling" half of another pint under my not-so-watchful eye, so I bought the other pint too) and mini russets.  I had a $100 Costco bill on Thursday, and I'm heading there again today for more turkey and organic spinach.  I spent $10.24 at the grocery store this week.  So let's call it about $140 ish.

How about you?  What are you guys eating this week?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Watermelon, lime, and honey popsicles

My little guy Jack loves fruit.  We call him a "fruitiarian".  Homeboy has consumed about 75% of the raspberry crop at my aunt and uncle's house. 
The one fruit he doesn't care for is melon - watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe are not welcome on his plate.  After taking one bite of these popsicles, he said "maybe I DO like watermelon mommy".

Watermelon, lime, and honey popsicles
1 small watermelon (those little "personal" size ones)
1/2 - 1 lime, juiced
3 tblsp honey, preferably organic, local, and raw

1) Cut your watermelon in to cubes, and put in a food processor or blender.  Don't worry about seeds at this point.

2) Juice your lime (this is one of my favorite kitchen products, and a previous giveaway), and add that to the food processor.
3) Add the honey.

4) Process until very liquidy.

5) Place a metal sieve over a bowl, and dump the contents of the food processor in to the sieve. 

Let drain for a bit, and then "force" the other juices out of the mixture using the back of a spoon or a spatula.
In hindsight, I should have processed this a bit more.

6) Pour your liquid in to popsicle molds.  These are the ones I have (I found them for dirt cheap at TJ Maxx), but you could also use plastic spoons in plastic glasses, or popsicle sticks if you have them handy.

These popsicles are sweet, not too sweet; just refreshing and perfect for a warm summer's day.  Jack always gets his popsicle in the bath tub after dinner.  I know, genius right?  The clean up is a snap.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Getting my stamp on

A few weeks ago, Stacey from Asspocket Productions contacted me about trying out one of her custom made stamps.  I spent about five minutes laughing at the hilarious name of her company once I read the email.  It was a generous offer, but it took me over an hour to decide which one to pick because her selection is huge (677 items in her shop!), and everything was so cute.




I kept going back and forth between a handful of items before finally selecting this one:

Stacey offers a wide selection of gorgeous inks in various colors.  I chose olive.  In person, it's a gorgeous green for this girl who loves soothing greens (you might remember my mother-in-law refers to me as "Little Miss Earth Tones"). Stacey informed me that the ink is permanent and while it may fade a bit in the wash, it won't wash out.  This is a great thing to tell the mom of a three year old, because damage could be done if Jack got a hold of this!  Also, she mentioned that if you ever need to mark your kid's clothes or something for camp, daycare, etc., the ink and a custom stamp is a stylish way to do it!

The stamp arrived extremely quickly and came with a coupon code for any future purchases (LOVE when companies do this!), and I got to stamping!  I've only had to send out a few envelopes since I received this stamp, but it's dressed up my boring old envelopes, and made my check for life insurance seem almost fun to mail.

We love our new stamp, and I'm looking forward to using it for years to come!

Want your own stamp?  Stacey is generously offering readers of this blog a 20% discount that is valid for at least 3 months.  Just enter FRUGAL20 when purchasing!

Disclosure: Stacey sent me this stamp for the purpose of writing a review.  I was not compensated financially, nor will I earn any money if you choose to purchase your own stamp.  I chose my own stamp and ink, and she customized it per my choices.  I was not obligated to write a positive review in exchange for the product.  I could have said that the stamp was awful, and Stacey used dog poop instead of ink.  But I didn't.  Cause I loved the product and am always honest with you guys!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mostly Homemade Mondays #4

It's Monday - that time of the week for Mostly Homemade Mondays - the link party for people who like cooking healthy food, but sometimes have to rely on the occasional store-bought item.  And for crafty people.  And gardeners.

Got something cool you posted recently on your blog?  Link up so that the rest of us can see the awesomesauce!

The "rules":

1) Please link back to this post so that people reading your blog know they can find more fantastic posts here!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Let the gluten-free games begin!

Or rather grain-free depending on how you're approaching this challenge.  We're not being sticklers for gluten say in like sauces, etc., but rather cutting most grains out of our diets until August 15th.  This will be more like a Paleo month for us.  One caveat is that we're going camping this week and I can't find gluten-free graham crackers, and my attempt to make some were a colossal failure.  We might end up eating conventional grahams because we honestly haven't had two family days back to back since 2010 and dammit, we want s'mores!  If we end up eating conventional ones, I'll add two extra days to our personal family challenge.

Ok, I mentioned potential prizes for people participating in this challenge.  The two companies I contacted never got back to me (lame), so I'll pony up your choice of prizes using Amazon giftcards I've earned using Swagbucks.  There are two prizes up for grabs:

1) Either two lucky readers will win one copy each of my favorite cookbook The Homemade Pantry

OR

2) You can choose one of Jack's favorite books for your family story time, Press Here.

Both are great choices, but all too often I think that as parents, we don't do enough nice things for ourselves.  With that, I hope all both winners will choose the cookbook.  

To be considered for the prizes, here are the rules:

1) Leave your name and a way to contact you in the comments below.  If you don't have a Google account, you can still comment as "Anonymous" but please leave your first name and an email address so that I can contact you.  If you don't want your info left in the comments, email me.  Your names will be entered at the end of my list.  Winners will be drawn on August 16th using random.org.

2) Do the challenge with us, even if it's tailored a bit to your family needs.

Are you ready?  We are.  I think!  I'll be bringing you some fun recipes and "before" pictures throughout the next month.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mostly sugar-free, mostly peanut butter cups with Tropical Traditions coconut oil

I say mostly sugar-free, because you're not adding sugar to these, but there probably is sugar in your chocolate.  And I say mostly peanut butter because I used homemade almond butter, but feel free to use your preference!

I received a quart jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virg Coconut Oil to try out and review.

Ya'll know how much I use and enjoy coconut oil in my cooking, crafts, etc., and was excited to try this version.  I enjoyed the taste in sweet items, but frankly the coconutty flavor was off putting for me in savory items.  I am not a person who enjoys sweet and savory, so this coconut oil was a taste bud confusion for me when used for main dishes or condiments.  I really liked Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut Oil, but will be saving it for dessert or breakfast items only.

But I'm weird, so maybe you'd like it with savory items?

I wanted to use this in a recipe where the flavor would shine, and it would add all the good properties that coconut oil is known for.  Peanut butter cups were a natural choice.

"Sugar-free "Coconut Oil "peanut butter" cups
2 cups of your favorite chocolate
1/3 cup of your favorite "nut" butter (peanut, almond, cashew, sunbutter, etc.)
1 tsp of vanilla (try homemade)
1 heaping tblsp of Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut oil (or your coconut oil of choice.  Or butter!)
Pinch of salt
1/4 scant cup of honey

1) In a microwave-proof bowl, melt the chocolate for 60 seconds (stir), 30 seconds (stir), and another 30 seconds if needed.


2) In a food processor, add the nut butter, vanilla, coconut oil/butter, honey, and salt.  Blend until smooth.
I was already making almond butter that day, so I just left a little in the food processor.



3) Lay out mini cupcake liners on a cookie sheet, or in a mini cupcake muffin tin if you have one.  And of course I have one because I love kitchen gadgets!  HA!

4) Put a generous tsp of melted chocolate in the bottom of each liner.  Then, using the back of your spoon, smush it around the liner to coat the sides, and keep a nice chocolate "cushion" in the bottom.


Oh no, I got some chocolate on my fingers.  How on earth will I fix this?!
5) You can wait for the chocolate to harden a bit before putting in the butter mixture.  You can.  Do I?  No I don't!  Put a generous helping of the nut butter mixture in the center of the chocolate, and spread it around using your fingers.
6) Cover the top of the nut butter mixture with more chocolate, and then put in the fridge to harden.

The taste is more like a peanut butter caramel because the coconut oil and honey makes it a bit gooeyier (that's a word!) than a traditional peanut butter cup that calls for tons of powdered or white sugar.  These do need to be stored in the fridge because coconut oil turns to liquid at temps above 76 degrees.  I however, prefer to store them in my mouth.
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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