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she {hearts} chia seed pudding

I’ve got a sweet tooth! Surprised huh?!  I’m curbing it with another chia seed recipe.

This chia seed pudding is much healthier version than using traditional pudding mix.  Check out the recipe and try it! Feel free to change or add items to create it to your enjoyment.

This will make one serving.  Gather your ingredients:

she {hearts} chia seed pudding
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 dropper full of liquid stevia
  1. In a mason jar combined all ingredients together and mix it up!
  2. Refrigerate at least one hour. After the first 30 minutes, stir pudding with fork so it doesn't stick together.
  3. After an hour it's ready to eat! Top with fruit or nuts if you want!

Enjoy!

Organic Whole Grain Bagel Recipe

Today it rained. Something about rainy Mondays makes me want to bake. Not sure why but the smell of freshly baked goods in the oven when you are trapped inside, only makes the day better. I decided today I would brave trying to bake up some home made bagels! I have wanted to attempt this recipe for some time… but kept putting it off.


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I got out my trusted Bread Becker Cookbook (which btw everyone should purchase, I use it weekly – best of all its only $5). Their recipe was easy to follow and came out great. Below is the recipe with a few snazzy photos to show you the yumminess it created. Hope you enjoy :)

ED9A2799Ingredients:

2 1/4 cup warm water
2 Tbs. honey
2 1/4 tsp. salt
5 cups freshly milled hard white wheat
2 tsp. yeast
1/3 cup honey (for boiling later in recipe)
1 egg (for topping cooked bagels)
topping of choice (see instructions below)

Directions:

Combine honey, water and salt together in large mixing bowl. Once blended together add in half the flour and yeast. Add in the remaining flour and yeast and knead into a stiff dough ball.

Let this rise until doubled (keeping it covered with a wash cloth).

Once risen, divide dough into 12 pieces. Shape it into balls.

Once shaped into balls fill up a large stock pot with at least a gallon of water and 1/3 cup of honey. Get it hot enough that it begins to boil. Once water is ready you will then take those dough balls you made and punch your thumb through the middle… using your thumb as a guide to shape a hole into the middle of the ball of dough. Keep doing this until hole is at least an inch wide.

Allow shaped bagel dough to sit for about 5 minutes then place into the prepped boiling water. Allow it to boil for 1 minute. If the bagel sinks, thats ok. It will begin to float. Make sure both sides of the bagel are cooked for at least 1 minute each side.

The bagel will not looked done btw… it will feel wet to the touch but firmed up slightly. Place your boiled bagels onto a greased baking sheet or pampered chef stone (what I prefer). Bake them at 425F for 35 minutes. Turn them half way through the baking process.


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Once baked brush them with 1 beaten egg and 2 Tbs. water. Sprinkle them with topping of choice. You can use poppy seeds, garlic, sesame seeds or even cinnamon sugar (which is what I chose to use).

Cut in half, toast, serve warm, lather with butter or cream cheese and enjoy :)

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She {hearts} Graze

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I love to snack, but I really try to make healthy choices when it comes to food.  Sometimes I can feel so tired and run-down that even making a snack for myself (grabbing some crackers and slicing some cheese) seems like a lot of work!  I found out about Graze, and I’ve been really enjoying the wonderful snacks that come straight to my doorstep!

Graze is a subscription box service that sends you a box of 4 snacks (1 serving each, perfectly portioned) on the regularity you set: once a month, twice a month, or every week.  On their website, Graze allows you to “rate” each snack (before and after trying them) so they can customize your box to your tastes.

Here are some snacks I’ve recently gotten in my boxes!  Dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate; mango, pineapple, and coconut; summer berry granola bars; and olive rosemary bruschetta croutons and cashews.

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I love the diversity of the snacks, from sweet to savory, and how customizeable the boxes are to my taste!

I was planning on cancelling after I got my first box free, but now I’m hooked, and I think you will be too!

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she {hearts} chia seed jam

I’m sure you have heard of these little seeds.  I have heard of them but it was from YEARS ago and that jingle comes to mind every time. Chia pets!

I did not realize you could eat them and how healthy they are for you!

These tiny little seeds are packed with fiber, which means it keeps them fuller longer and provides more energy. Chia seeds also have a small percentage of protein, many essential vitamins and minerals, like potassium and calcium, and a very high amount of omega-3. The seeds actually do contain extractable oil, a reason why the Aztecs called the seeds chian or oily.

Some additional benefits of eating chia seeds include:

  • Feeling full and losing weight without starving
  • Balancing blood sugar levels
  • Help prevent diverticulosis and diverticulitis
  • Add healthy omega-3 oil to your diet
  • Feel more energized all day long
  • Bake with less fat
  • Age defying antioxidants
  • Reduces cravings for particular unhealthy foods
  • Adds a flavorful punch
  • Saves you money

Are you ready to try them?

Here is a EASY way to make your jam!

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she {hearts} chia seed jam
  • 1 cup fruit
  • 3-4 tablespoons agave
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  1. 1. Put 1 cup of fruit of your choice (you can use fresh or frozen) into pot on stove and heat on medium to low for about 5 minutes. Then mash fruit with potato masher.
  2. 2. Stir in 4 tablespoons of agave (You could certainly use less or more depending on sweetness you desire) along with 3 tablespoons of chia seeds. Cook on low temp until it thickens, usually in about 5 minutes. Continue to stir so the jam doesn't stick to pot.
  3. 3. Remove from pot and pour into jar and let it cool. It's ready to eat!

Try it just as it is or on some homemade bread or mix it in some plain greek yogurt.  It is delish any way you eat it! Enjoy!

She {hearts} JANE

One thing I think most of us moms enjoy doing, is shopping online. At least I do. While I am the type to go out and thrift for almost everything I buy… there are times I do like to purchase things new… and enjoy finding fun places to shop without having to leave the house. After all, as a mom of 4, my “free time” to shop as I please is far and few these days.

I was introduced to Jane.com way before Christmas! They were sweet to gift me with a few tops and have been so patient in waiting for my review on their company. Which honestly may have worked out in their favor… because as each month passed since I was first introduced to them, the more I grow to like their website.

It is filled with such awesome deals and fun products. With such variety. You can log on and find outfits for you but also for your children. You can find great decor items or gift items for friends and family. Practical pieces as well, such as USB readers, cell phone cases and recipe cards.

Check out this cute top they had listed this week.

As well as this adorable chevron diaper bag for under $15.00. I thought this bag would make a great nursery bag for a baby girl or boy! Looks really easy to monogram too, for an even more personal touch.

I love the yellow top they sent me. Light weight and great for summer or team with a skinny jean and layers in the fall.

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So if you are in the market place for a fun gift for yourself or loved one, check out jane.com. You will enjoy browsing each time you log on.

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she {hearts} santa cookies

Our family has been making these cookies for Santa for years. They are his favorite and I bet you will enjoy them as well!

I got the original recipe from Paul Deen YEARS ago and have changed some of the ingredients to work for our family.

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  • 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 hard white whole grain flour
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup honey granules
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 16oz maraschino cherries
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Using your electric mixer, place butter, honey granules, and sucanat together in bowl and mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla, then mixture aside.
  4. Sift together flour, soda, and salt.
  5. Add milk to butter mixture then add your flour, soda, and salt to butter mixture.
  6. In another bowl, combine chopped nuts, cherries and white chocolate chips.
  7. Then add to mixture, stirring only to blend.
  8. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for approximately 11-13 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

she {hearts} the mason bar company

Do you love mixing your own iced coffees at home?  Do you love taking your refreshing lemon water on-the-go?  This past summer, I began to mix my own iced coffees to enjoy at home.  I would pour my coffee into a mason jar and head out to run errands with my crew.  One major problem I had was that my squatty mason jar didn’t fit well in my cup holder.  Coffee would slosh around and then I would have a mess on my hands, literally.  I already shared my favorite coffee concentrate with everyone, but now I want to share my favorite way to drink my water and coffee.

IMG_1079The Mason Bar Co. is a great, eco-friendly company based out of California that offers tumblers with BPA free lids and straws!  I have been in the process of slowly tossing my plastic containers and cups, and adding in BPA free glass containers and cups.  The Mason Bar Company’s tumblers are a great way to move toward a more green, eco-conscious way of drinking our liquids.  They have a variety of sizes (sizes that actually fit in the cup holders in your car!!!) and multiple colors of straws.  I love that each member of my family has their own tumbler and their own straw so we don’t swap germs.

mason bar collageThe Mason Bar Co. even offers adorable tumbler cozies to go with your tumbler.  There are multiple colors and sizes to fit everyone’s taste preferences.  I love supporting small businesses that strive to help maintain a cleaner Earth.  mason collage

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