Chicken Pot Pie Make-Over

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Dear Diary,

I’m starting to traveling more and more for work, so I needed some downtime this weekend, along with some comfort food – and nothing is more comforting than Chicken Pot Pie!! However, most recipes are full of calories and would leave me feeling guilty after a weekend indulgence-  #thestruggleisreal! So, I took some liberties with the standard recipe to cut the calories and it was still so tasty! A couple things that cut the calories from the get go, eliminate the crust from the bottom. Also, instead of using crust I used biscuits. Yes, biscuits are not the least caloric thing available, but they are easier! Let’s just admit it, finding the time to make my own crust is on my list, but in the meantime these biscuits will definitely suffice!

Here’s what you need:

5 cups of vegetable broth

1 rotisserie chicken from the grocery store (ones in the hot cases

5-6 medium sized peeled and diced carrots

1 russet potato peeled and cubed

5-6 diced celery stocks

1 1/2 cups of peas

1 medium sized chopped yellow onion

2 1/2 tablespoons flour

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 can of pre-made biscuits

salt and pepper

olive oil

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

2. Place chopped potato, carrots and celery into a large pot with 5 cups of vegetable broth, bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until vegetables are soft.

3. Place diced onion into a large frying pan – the pan should be the size of what you would use for stir fry, the bigger the better because you are going to transfer the broth and veggies to the pan.

4. Sautee the onions over medium heat with olive and then add flour, cook until the onions are coated. Transfer the veggies and broth to the onions, when they are soft.

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5. Add the almond milk to the this mixture as well as the shredded rotisserie chicken and 2 cups of peas, simmer on medium heat until it starts to thicken 10 – 15 minutes

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6. Add the mixture to a large casserole pan and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Then remove the dish from the oven and place your pre-made biscuits on top and cook for another 14-17 minutes, until the biscuits are a golden brown.

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Serve each portion with a biscuit and indulge!

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CHICKPEA CHIPS, snacking simplified

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Dear Diary,

I feel like a walking, talking ZOMBIE… after two weeks of almost constant travel, returning to “normal” is not as easy as I thought it would be.  I feel like falling asleep ALL the time– at my work desk, mid-way through yoga… basically at every moment of the day.  And while I’m trying to catch up on sleep, I still have a lot to do this week before I can have a relaxing and restful weekend– and to keep myself moving… I keep on snacking!  Food is my only fuel right now– so I better make it healthy… and while I usually turn to simple nuts and fruit to keep me going mid-day– my amazing friend Meredith introduced to a new way to snack– Chickpea Chips!!

Bold flavor? Low in fat? And high in protein and fiber?  Count me in!

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Chickpeas are a simple snack all in itself– but by toasting them in the oven, giving them  a little crunch, and then adding some bold flavor to make the snack ultra-satisfying and delicious… it elevates the legume into a game-winning snack.  The perfect alternative for when it’s 3 p.m. and you’re about to reach for that fattening bag of potato chips!  Did I mention it was easy to do too?!…

HERE’s ALL YOU NEED:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • your favorite spices:  my friend suggested garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and cayenne pepper (love the spice– plus remember, extra spice is great for your metabolism ;)

HERE’S ALL YOU DO:

  • rinse your chickpeas and then towel dry
  • preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • drizzle on the olive oil and season to taste (I sprinked on about 2 dashes of each spice)
  • mix all together and make sure all are equally coated
  • spread the chickpeas out on a baking sheet lined with foil
  • bake for 30-40 minutes until they are perfectly brown and crunchy!

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This is UNBELIEVABLY YUMMY!  Now you’re ready to take on the rest of your work week!  And thank goodness… now I am too.  Thanks Meredith!  ;)

Enjoy SFG’s! And let us know… will you make this at home?!

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Tequila Ginger Cocktail Recipe

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Dear Diary,

We’ve all been going a mile a minute and have been fighting off sickness, (cold season, what?!) so what better way to cut loose and boost your immunity than a tequila ginger infused cocktail?! Perfect logic to me! I know, I know… not sure it’s FDA approved to cure you, but let’s all just go with it…

I love being busy, but sometimes I just feel like I take too much on and am just barely keeping my head above water. It’s like they say, “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but paddling like the dickens underneath.” – Michael Caine (I find this especially fitting for me since I am a duck. No really… I went to the University of Oregon. Go Ducks!) 

Now that it’s Friday, you bet your bottom dollar I’m going to indulge in some happy hour… Cheers to the weekend! #TGIF

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How cute is GINGER as a garnish?! This one sort of looked like the state of California!

Tequila Ginger Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices peeled fresh ginger (1/4 inch thick)
  • A couple mint leaves (fresh)
  • 1 oz silver Tequila (Casamigos Tequilaif you have it! Shameless plug for SFG Lauren’s company. Cheers to the owner, George Clooney’s recent marriage! And then cry uncontrollably in the darkest corner of your closet…)
  • 1/2 oz grand marnier
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup ginger beer

Shake, shake, shake! And then, ENJOY!

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Healthy Greek Quesadilla

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Dear Diary,

This healthy Greek quesadilla is not a novel idea… but sometimes the easiest ideas can still be unique… when I’m eating “healthy”, the only food I tend to order-in is middle eastern classics… tabbouleh, pita, lebneh… I may not always order the healthiest things on the menu, but how bad can any Mediterranean meals be for you anyway?! ;)  And when it comes to staying healthy during the work-day, I tend to stick to a simple salad… and for me, no salad compares to a Greek salad.  So when I had left-over pita bread at home… I decided to make  my own healthy version of the Quesadilla– but instead of the delicious classic, this is a green-twist on the old favorite; think Greek Salad on pita bread.  Can’t get better than that!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

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  • slice open a whole wheat pita and sprinkle on a handful of feta cheese crumbles
  • broil in the oven until the pita is nice and crisp– the cheese will be slightly melted but keep in mind that feta cheese does not melt as easily as other cheeses!
  • chop up a handful of sweet tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, greek olives, and parsley and place in a mixing bowl
  • sprinkle on salt and pepper, and drizzle a dash of extra virgin olive oil
  • mix up the veggies and spread across one side of the quesadilla… flip one pita slice onto the other and cut in half

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…And there you go!  A twist on the quesadilla classic that won’t undo all your healthy choices ;)

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You’re welcome SFG’s!  Tell us, what would you like us to cook up  next?!

 

 

 

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Apple Pie Recipe

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Dear Diary,

I’ve been on a MAH-HEY-JOR sweets kick lately and have been craving good ‘ol All-American, APPLE PIE… But as you know, we always try to put a healthy spin on all our dishes. So when I saw the cutest apple pie with a twist on Pinterest I had to whip up my own version!

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 INGREDIENTS

* 4 Granny Smith apples (choose large apples that have even bases for a sturdy “pie”)
* 1/8 cup granulated sugar
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 package rolled pie crust
* Lemon juice (squeeze on the sliced apples to help from turning brown)

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Slice off the top of your apple and scoop out the inside. (I used a melon baller)
  • In a small bowl, mix the apple insides with sugar, cinnamon and a little lemon juice. Add the mixture into the hollowed out apple.
  • Unroll the pie crust and cut into 1/4 inch strips.
  • Lay strips of the dough on the apple.  Then, add one new strip at a time and weave it over and under the pie strips already in place. Until the apple is covered. Or you can also braid the dough!
  • Place the apples in a baking dish and add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and apples are soft. Enjoy!

Unfortunately, I gobbled these puppies up faster than I could snap an after pic of them… Oops. But let me tell you, they’re as good as they are cute!

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Cold Season is upon us…!

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Dear Diary,

It’s cold season and I’ve fallen victim; four days and counting and the sniffles haven’t let up… The worst part is I’ve finished, “Gilmore Girls” and I can’t watch, “House of Cards Season 3,” without my husband. So, with Netflix not offering up ways to pass the time, I’ve turned to Pinterest to search for cold relief recipes.

My initial search left me with a lot of hot honey, lemon and ginger drinks. Here’s the thing though, I prefer a cool smoothie when my throat is giving me trouble. Maybe it’s the hotter temperatures in Los Angeles, but cooler drinks offer me a better reprieve. So I’ve taken the concept of hot soothing drink and turned it into a smoothie.  If any of you fall victim, make this it’s a throat saver. Oh my, my jokes suffer when I’m sick. Sorry y’all!!

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Here’s what you need:

-1 banana

- 1 slice of lemon

-  2 tsp. honey

- 1 tsp. fresh ginger

- 1/4 cup of water or coconut water

- 3 ice cubes

Peel the ginger and grate, squeeze the lemon and continue to add the rest of the ingredients into the blender. Pulse until frothy and drizzle a little honey on top.  Serve cold and enjoy!

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

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Dear Diary,

I have a pretty great breakfast routine– it’s a meal I never like to miss.  Weekdays, it’s usually a green smoothie, and on weekends I crave avocados on toast, or some steel cut oatmeal.  But this Sunday morning, I decided to switch it up with a Chocolate Chia Pudding!  This recipe takes some preparation, but is very easy to do… it’s sweet, revs up your metabolism, and its the perfect excuse to have chocolate in the morning!

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The dish is great anytime, but it definitely is nutritious enough to be your starter meal of the day.  The chia seeds are the star of the show, they are superfood nutritious, and provide a terrific texture and thickness to the dish!  This recipe also has actually ZERO chocolate in it… yup, that’s right, ZERO.  Now don’t get me wrong… if you want to add some chocolate… I say go for it!  :)  But this way works great too! … and it’s definitely an even healthier way to go!

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I prefer plant based protein)
  • 2 tbsp of cacao powder
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • agave (2 squeezes)… add vanilla extract as well if you have it around :)  I didn’t and it still came out delicious! (1 tsp)

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, and constantly stir until completely combined
  • continue to stir over medium heat until it has been boiling for a few minutes
  • then take off the heat, set in a bowl (or mason jar) to set… put in the fridge for at least one hour (or over night)
  • when cool… add a dollop of protein-filled greek yogurt and sprinkle organic raspberries on top!
  • And viola!  You’ve got a breakfast parfait like you’ve never had before!

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Enjoy SFG’s!!! And let us know, what’s your favorite breakfast food?!

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Wedding DIY’S…!

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Dear Diary,

In one month, my hubs and I will be celebrating our year anniversary! I can’t believe it!  Time does fly by when you aren’t insecure in your relationship. Oh, that’s not right…how does that saying go? Anyway, I promised myself, I would have my wedding album completed before our anniversary. Of course, being the procrastinator that I am, I haven’t as much as given it a thought till this weekend.

So, with the deadline looming, I’ve made it the main focus on my to-do list; going through all the photos, Polaroid pictures and videos. It’s been an unexpected treat to relive our wedding day. Not only because it was my favorite day thus far, but it also let me marvel at how everything turned out. All our wedding décor, name cards, flowers and table numbers were DIY’s – with the help of my amazing friends and loving family my wedding turned out better than I could have imagined. We also saved thousands of dollars doing it ourselves. Rather than just tell you about it, why don’t I show you what we did… If you want more details. let me know!

For our table numbers, I went down to home depot and grabbed clay brick and wrote the numbers with a chalk pen.

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We had a girls craft day and hand painted water color place cards. I loved the way they turned out. Each one was unique and went with the vintage decor.

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My lovely mother in-law actually learned calligraphy for the place cards. She has beautiful writing to begin with, so don’t judge yourself too harshly if you can’t get the hang out of it after one class…

12119_details-81For the flowers, I collected jars the year before and arranged them the day before the wedding with a handful of girlfriends.  I was fortunate that the owner of Fleur De Rye, Caitlyn Rylander, was also there and helped with the creative direction. For more tips check out our DIY flower arranging post.

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The last detail was the wedding favor bag, complete with a shot glass and a mini bottle of Casamigos Tequila! They were a lot of work but I loved how they turned out. I ordered muslin bags in bulk and then taped them with 4 pieces of  1 1/2″ masking tape. Then painted the exposed fabric part of the bag with either rose gold or gold fabric paint. Letting them dry before I peeled off the tape to reveal perfectly striped bags.

Weddings can be overwhelming, but my best advice is enjoy every moment of it! The actual day goes by so quickly!

Photos by: Timepiece Studio

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The TRUTH about your late 20s

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Dear Diary,

The world has lied to us!… You think by the time you get to your late twenties, you’d have it all together… dream job, dream man… money to shop, money for vacations… and on top of all that, you’d be secure with who you are (finally)… and feel 100% confident in your own skin.  But, yeah… that doesn’t happen so easily.  My friends and I have a motto:

Life Sucks: I’m 27.

When we were sixteen, we couldn’t wait to be twenty-one, and by twenty-five, I kept thinking that this new fabulous phase known as our “late twenties” was right on the horizon… but by the time I got here, I realized that there is still A LOT I’m trying to figure out.

I’ve had this conversation with friends and family, time and time again… we all think the grass is always greener; that our friends, family, or even complete strangers have it all figured out while we’re stuck in the dark… but what I realized last night at a fabulous blogger event, with some fabulous ladies… is that we are all in the same boat.  As a generation, we’re in this together!

“Having it all” is a fleeting feeling…  but at the event last night, after a 10 hour day at work, a wardrobe change in the car, and an eyeliner touch-up that nearly caused a car accident… I was feeling refreshed and inspired.  I was sipping champagne, being pampered by beauty experts, and was mingling with some of my blogger and entertainment idols.  A beautiful business owner (with killer shoes and perfect hair I might add) and I began a conversation over cocktails and lip gloss; the fun girl-talk revealed to be more serious in nature once we started to discuss our jobs… our men… our homes… and we both came to the realization that while we admired each others life choices and direction, we were overly critical of our own lives and accomplishments. And man, how sad is that!?!?  Being in your twenties can suck– but hopefully not most of the time.  And in those times of self doubt, remember these five tips!  :)

1.  Everyone is in the same boat

I don’t know a single lady out there who is not constantly worried about some aspect of her life right now.  “Is this the right job?” “Am I settling?”… “is that a fine line on my forehead!??!!?”  Sometimes it’s best to quiet those voices by talking to a girlfriend.  Call your bff, and I can guarantee that the conversation will end with, “phew, at least it’s not just me.”

2. It’s never too late

This is my dad’s favorite saying.  Not just because it’s catchy, but because it’s true.  It is NEVER too late to change your mind.  If you’re not happy, DO something about it!  Nothing is out of reach, you just have to work for it.  It may not happen over night… but eventually we all will get to our place of BLISS.

3. Confidence comes with experience

I’ve heard from so many women, that our twenties are for finding ourselves, and our thirties are for owning it.  It takes time to figure out who we are and what we want.  Trust that you are where you’re supposed to be right now, take the time to get to know yourself and love yourself… and then good things are bound to come.

4. Meditate

Finding patience and self-awareness is key.  So many friends of mine have started to meditate every day… for just 10 minutes, we can take the time to listen to our bodies, quiet our minds and prepare ourselves– putting our best mental energy forward to embrace whatever the day has to bring.  Find that special time for yourself– one thing I’m learning is that we (as women) can’t be everything for everyone… make yourself a priority every day… even if it’s just for a 10 minute meditation.

5. When in doubt… walk or run.

Exercising and being amongst nature is essential to our happiness.  Let’s get those endorphins to kick in while taking in the birds chirping and sun shining.  You will immediately feel more empowered, healthy and confident.  I guarantee it.

Remember– This is OUR time ladies!  – to explore and try new things!! You are AMAZING.  So start every new day with the attitude that YOU can make it better than the last!

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#LoveMe

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Dear Diary,

As you saw in our last post, we’re pretty obsessed with this graffiti LOVE wall outside Smashbox Studios in Culver City by Curtis Kulig! The #LoveMe campaign has spread across the country and with it being Valentine’s Day today, we can’t help but spread the love… So on this holiday weekend, try a random act of kindness. I bet you’ll feel more love coming back your way! One thing we know to be true and that’s WE LOVE YOU!

{ Happy Valentine’s Day! }

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Photography: Sam Zachrich

Val: Polka Dot Top – Forever 21 | Tulle Skirt – Space 46 Boutique | Shoes: Steve Madden

Jackie: Top – TopShop | Tulle Skirt - Space 46 Boutique | Shoes – Steve Madden

Lauren: Dress – Ted Baker

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Dear Diary,

Happy Valentine’s Day! We are thrilled this holiday falls on a long weekend and hopefully, you are off to enjoy a romantic getaway.  If you need some inspiration on what to pack, we put together our latest outfits must haves! Small stripes, polka dots and big stripes, these are the perfect patterns that say ”flirty and fun.” Perfect for V-day night or day time adventures…  Also, these outfits are easy to pack and travel well.

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Valorie: Skirt – Forever 21 | Tank – Forever 21 | Wedges – Steve Madden

Lauren: Dress – BCBG  | Jacket – Levi’s

Jackie: Skirt – Urban Outfitters | Top – TopShop  | Shoes – DVF

Photography: Sam Zachrich

Balloon Tassels: Studio Mucci

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DIY Party Confetti

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Dear Diary,

I love a party! Even more, creating fun elements for a party on a budget… I don’t know what it is, but themes and DIY projects are my jam! Not only is most of my basement dedicated to glue guns and glitter, I’ve created a “craft closet” right in my living room! Easy access is key! But in all honesty, it’s my boyfriend’s armoire and he’s not too pleased :( Sorry, babe!

So in celebration of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would make my own confetti to shower him with when he comes home! It’s proof I actually use all the randomness I hoard. Here goes nothing…

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Need:

* Colored Tissue Paper

* Paper Shredder

Colored Tissue Paper for DIY Confetti

1. Select your COLORS!

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2. Grab a couple sheets of the tissue paper and fold them length wise.

3. Empty out any contents of the shredder.

4. Insert the tissue paper into the shredder. (Go slowly so you don’t jam it up!)

5. Continue to shred until you have enough confetti to fill your hearts desires…
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Voila! Toss some of your work in celebration!
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…make a wish…

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Coconut Cream Cookie Sandwich

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Dear Diary,

Coconut cream cookie sandwiches were my go-to treat this Valentines!  This year, my boyfriend and I are celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend long… first with a romantic dinner out on Friday night, followed by a fun and casual night in on Saturday night… we’re going to drink cocktails, play games, and of course eat sweets!  This cookie is as healthy as a cookie can possibly be… no added sugar, whole wheat flour, oats and cashews… combined with a coconut whip cream?!  Now that’s a cookie you can feel good about!

Let’s be honest, this oatmeal nut cookie isn’t much to look at…  it’s consistency is similar to a scone– sweet and a bit dry, but the coconut whipped cream adds balance as a rich and creamy filling!  Turning cookies into a sandwich adds a casual and playful tone to a romantic night in!  Check out the recipe below to make this for yourself, your friends, or that special someone!  From start to finish this whole recipe can take you less than a half hour to make… so start preppin’ SFG’s!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

(for the cookie)

1 egg

1/2 cup agave

instant oats 1 cup

almond extract 1/2 tsp

baking powder 1.5 tsp

cinnamon 1/2 tsp

cacao powder 2 tbsp

salt 1/8 tsp

whole wheat flour 3/4 cup

2 tbsp coconut oil

chopped up cashews (a small handful)

(for the whipped coconut cream)

  • 2 cans of coconut milk (**important!  Make sure you place in the fridge over night to harden the milk– otherwise, the whipped-cream, will be more like cream-soup!)
  • 1 tablespoon of Truvia (natural zero calorie sweetener)
  • optional ** add a tablespoon of vanilla extract or an extra spoonful of Truvia for extra sweetness

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

(for the cookies)

  • mix the ingredients all together in a mixing bowl until thoroughly combined
  • place cookie sized balls on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper)… I like to use an ice cream scooper to scoop consistent cookie dough balls…
  • put the cookies in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes! … then allow them to cool off before icing them with coconut cream

(for the whipped cream)

  • take the cold coconut milk out of the fridge and open the can
  • there will be liquid on the bottom, but a thick coconut substance on the top– use a spoon and remove only the thicker mixture into a bowl
  • add tbsp of truvia into the bowl, and using an egg beater, whip the coconut milk until it becomes even thicker, creamier, and fluffier!

 LAST STEP– add the creamy coconut layer to the bottom of the cookie, spreading it on thick with a knife!  Then top it all off with another cookie! 

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ENJOY SFG’s!!!  What are you doing this holiday weekend? … and who with?!

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Valentine’s Day DIY ideas!

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Dear Diary,

Stressed about what to do for Valentine’s Day?! Look no further… Whether you’re spending it with your girlfriends or your boy toy it’s always fun to craft, eat and play. Here are my tips to keep you on budget and having the best night ever!

Create a game night! 

DIY Jinga

I took my old jinga set and made it new again! Creating a custom version for my love… See the DIY here! Collage pictures and fun magazine clippings that represent your Valentine. Then paint the Jinga tiles red, pink + white and write a question on each tile. To spice it up, write a truth or dare!

Decorate the house!

Calligraphy night ribbions

Heart-attack  your honey’s room! Tape cut-out hearts to the walls with a cute note on each. Make a scavenger hunt to find a gift in the house. Create a ribbon garland (Check out our Tassel DIY) to hang proudly over the dining room table. Then make dinner!

Don’t forget the card!

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But get creative with it! Find a non-conventional way to tell them how you feel… Make Fortune Cookie cards – write a surprise IOU in the “cookie” or a cute note. Bust the sewing machine out sew clipping from love stories onto the card. (Check out some of my examples - Sewn Valentine)

Set the mood!

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Create a picnic! Send him a postcard + make a mix tape…scented mix tape :) What are your Valentine’s Day plans?!

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CHOCOLATE VALENTINE HEARTS!

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Dear Diary,

There is seriously something wrong with me.  Valentine’s day is coming up, and instead of being excited about the romance, flowers and rom-coms… my only concern is the candy.  That’s right, the question of whether I will or won’t be getting chocolate candies from my boyfriend is the only thing I’m worried about… you all know about my chocolate addiction, but this takes it to a whole other level.  Of course my sweet better-half will be getting me some sort of candy… but not wanting to risk it, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own chocolate treats!

Like all my recipes– I kept this one as simple and healthy as possible!  These peanut butter and hazelnut hearts covered in dark chocolate are so delicious, they didn’t last long in my home… but they’re so easy to make, I’ll make sure to make a second batch before valentine’s day!

valentines day heart

Making chocolate candy was not nearly as difficult as I thought!  The most important thing you need to get is a candy mold– I got this great heart shaped molds at sur la table for less than 5 bucks!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

half a bag of dark organic chocolate chips

natural peanut butter or natural hazelnut spread (I used the brand “Justin”)

And that’s it!  See… told ya it was simple!

chocolate valentines day

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • place a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water (have oven mittens close by because the bowl will be hot!)
  • place half a bag of chocolate chips in the bowl and stir until completely melted and shiny.
  • cover the edges and the bottom of the heart molds with chocolate (I used my finger in order to guarantee a smooth surface)
  • then place the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes, just to slightly harden the chocolate
  • then using a small spoon, scoop half a spoonful of peanut butter or hazelnut spread into the center of the heart (not too much so that it will not over flow)
  • then take the remainder of the melted chocolate and cover the top evenly over the filling
  • place the finished molds back in the freezer for at least 20 minutes!
  • pop out of the mold and enjoy SFG’s!!!!

be mine chocolates

A perfectly delicious and simple way to enjoy home-made chocolate candies!  Happy Valentine’s Day!!! What are you planning to do to celebrate!  Let us know!

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