Why does simplicity seem impossible? Overflowing schedules, complicated relationships, raising kids in our corrupt culture and trying to juggle too many tasks at one time. All things I struggle with! Anyone else maneuvering through to do lists with items still lingering undone at the end of each day? Somehow it feels like the list lengthens as days shorten.
Sinless Sweet Treats
Personally, I believe God gave us food to bless us and to, well, indulge and even entertain us! That’s why I find our discrete cultural attitudes about food devastatingly intriguing. The phenomonon that we feel guilt over even small food slip-ups and expereince self-loathing when seeking satisfaction from food is quite paradoxical to me. It's also directly contrary to my belief about this body-nourishing blessing meant to indulge and entertain us.
Have you ever wondered why certain things just go together? Why do sweet and salty combinations complement one another? What made that first person smother peanut butter sprinkled with chocolate chips on top of a stalk of healthy celery? What about dousing sweet, thirst quenching watermelon with salt or wrapping perfectly fermented pickles in a fat-dripping strip of bacon? It’s all so mouth-wateringly unexpected and GOOD!
A New Year, a new YOU. Right? We’re inundated with idea of makeovers every New Year. This year is no different. A new body, a balanced budget, a closer family, an organized house and the list of the ways we want to change goes on and on and on.
This Thanksgiving will be so sweet! It'll be the first time I celebrate the official ‘day of thanks’ with my amazing NEW husband…did I just type that out loud!? It still surprises me from time to time when I realize all over again that I am living the life of a WIFE! What does that mean to me?
Sometimes God gives me grace in the kitchen. I'd been in a cookie slump and then these happened just in time for healthy summer sweets. After all, when your the baking mama on the block, kids (and moms) sometimes flock and I want to feel good about what I feed them!
Sweet potato and avocado come together in this mildly sweet, dark chocolate brownie recipe that my girls call, ‘Mom’s famous brownies’! Along with the raw cocoa, these ingredients give this grain-free indulgence lotsa fiber, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, mono-saturated (good) fats and flavonoids. Guilt-free brownie? I AM IN!
I love these little indulgences. The filling is a great substitute for icky processed caramel which normaly contains high frustose corn syrup, refined sugars and others fillers. This is simply whole foods at their richest to treat your tastebuds!
I don't often combine my chocolate with fruit. But something about strawberries with an added 'cheesecake' twist sounded curiously decadent to me!
So, as I was making these Salted Caramel Dark Chocolates, I decided to melt more chocolate and use the strawberries I had in the fridge to create something even more sweet. I'm not sure if I just wanted to spend more time with my warm, melted chocolate or if I actually felt creative in the kitchen! But, either way,turns out, it was a good idea!