Rose Apple Crisps

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Dear Diary,

Well, don’t these little roses look divine…ly tasty? Valentine’s Day calls for a little bit of flair when it comes to entertaining, if we do say so ourselves… Enter Rose Apple Crisps! These are the perfect little morsel to put out during a party, a Galentine’s get-together, or- if you’re anything like me- just to have around. They’re delicious and Instagram-ready, what’s not to love?

We’re sending you a little love of our own, darlings, in the form of this amazing apple crisp recipe. Want to make your girlfriends jealous of your #wifey skills? Let us tell you all of my secrets… because we can tell you, it’s a lot easier than it looks!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 red apples
  • half a lemon
  • 3 cup of water
  • cinnamon
  • 1 puff pastry
  • apricot preserve

WHAT YOU DO:

  • core the apples and then slice them thinly into half moons
  • add apple slices to a bowl of water with lemon and warm in the microwave for 3 minutes (this will keep the apple from yellowing, while also softening enough to bend into a rose shape)
  • drain the apples
  • in a bowl place 2 tablespoons of water with 3 tablespoons of apricot preserve and microwave for 1 minute and mix well
  • take the thawed puff pastry and put plenty of flour on it!
  • roll out until thin and then cut into 6 strips
  • spread the preserve on each one and line one of the long edges with the apple moons (over lap each apple slice and make sure the skin of the apple is facing up (off the edge of the pastry)!)
  • Add a dash of cinnamon along the pastry/apples
  • then slowly roll the pastry up until it forms into a rose!
  • place the finished rose gently into a sprayed cupcake pan mold and back for 375 for 40 minutes!  ENJOY!

And, viola! You’re now the belle of this Valentine’s Day ball. And, if we do say so ourselves, we accept this rose… seriously, gimme! ;)

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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?!

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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valentines day chocolates

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!

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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!

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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!!!!

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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!

VALENTINE TART TREAT

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VALENTINE TART 2 skinnyfatgirldiary.comDear Diary,

Fancy food & healthy food don’t always go together but I decided to take on the challenge anyway.  With valentines day fast approaching I wanted to come up with a treat that would LOOK just as good as it TASTES!  It’s hard to make desserts healthy, but by sticking to simple ingredients, you know it’s going to be good for your body, soul & stomach…

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My favorite Valentine’s day desserts are always too sweet to share… this treat is SO DELICIOUS… I had to make two

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FOR THE CRUST:

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1.5 tbsp COCONUT OIL

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup ALMONDS

use a food processor to mix ingredients together and then scoop into tart dish

place in freezer for an hour or so to harden…

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FOR THE CHOCOLATE LAYER:

boil one cup of skim milk

once boiling, take off the heat and add a bag of chocolate chips (I prefer sunspire’s fair trade organic 42% cacao chips found at most supermarkets)

mix together until smooth and then pour into the tart dish

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place the chocolate tart in the fridge to cool and then before eating add some berries on top!

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It doesn’t need to be fancy people… remember, it’s the thought that counts ;)

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My favorite valentines days have always been the least fussy… NO BAKING… 7 ingredients & OH SO YUMMY!!!

WHY IS SLEEP IMPORTANT? BEAUTY.HEALTH…AND MENTAL HEALTH.

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Dear Diary,

Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone… but the memories will last forever (sighhhh).  This was the cheesy thought I had as I was getting to bed late after a night of ‘wining and dining’ with my man.  Due to our crazy schedules, it’s become a habit for us to get into bed late and wake up very early… and while he doesn’t seem to have any trouble falling asleep (thirty seconds after his head hits the pillow, he’s out like a light), I’m not so lucky.  Unfortunately for those around me, I am quite cranky when lacking sleep.  After a long day, the “function” switch shuts off in my head, and suddenly I’m crying; throwing a tantrum in the middle of my kitchen over a spilled potato chip… “You don’t understannnnd!  I wanted THAT potato chip,” I cry!

This kind of tired is called overtired; and unfortunately when you’re THIS busy, like so many of us fierce women are, it’s easy to become overtired, overwhelmed, and even too tired to fall asleep! It’s a vicious cycle!

The importance of sleep is simple… if you don’t get enough, several BAD things can happen to you:

1)  Gain Weight:  Sleep deprivation causes one to make poorer food choices.  And if you’re not getting enough sleep, your metabolism will not function properly.

2) Bad Skin: Less sleep results in a greater number of stress hormones that will show up in the form of zits all over your pretty face!  Plus lack of sleep will lead to dull, dehydrated skin!

And last but not least…

3) Inability to Function like a NORMAL HUMAN BEING!!!!

All of these are important, wouldn’t you agree? The worst though might be the third, losing a sense of reality…

Well going back to my story of Valentine’s night, after being showered by love, kisses, and cuddled just the way I like it; I was finally starting to drift off to sleep after several hours of staring at my ceiling…. I awoke suddenly.

Not by the obnoxious ring of my alarm clock, but by an obnoxious noise that seemed to be coming from the person next to me.

Startled, I look to my left and see my boyfriend sleeping– he appears to be in a deep sleep but his mouth is moving and I hear a faint whisper.  Chanting perhaps? Could this be real paranormal activity?  Where’s the camera?

I check the clock and it flashes 3AM.  Now if you’ve EVER seen a horror movie… the possessed are always most active at 3AM!  Suddenly, I hear a faint drip from the bathroom faucet… didn’t I shut that off?  After contemplating whether a spirit would pop out if I dared to move, I finally summoned the courage to check… but when I did– the sink was off!

Now some may think these delusions are real… others might think that they’re a figment of my imagination due to lack of sleep!  Either way… I never want to have another night like that.

A SLEEP ROUTINE will keep overtired-ness at bay and allow you to sleep soundly all night long– avoiding the monster under the bed:
1) Drink Sleepy time or chamomile tea to relax your body!
2) Exercise!
3) Shut down electronics by a certain time and have a bedtime routine! I know it might sound silly or childish, but hey it works!  Make sleep time, YOU time!
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