Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Let's Get Healthy!

Okay so this is my third try to lose weight after having kids...the first two tries did not turn out so well...but today is day 36 of my third try and I have lost 18 pounds! I am feeling amazing and motivated. So I am considering starting a new blog to cover my techniques and meal plans...I need some feedback though as to whether anyone would really be interested in reading yet another motivational weight loss blog. So...would you?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Spread Possibilities

I have recently received yet another free sample from Crowdtap...and when Crowdtap sends you a free sample it is a full size sample! We are currently enjoying our free jar of Hershey's Spread with Almond.
The challenge was to try the spread with 5 different foods and share my thoughts and opinions on them along with photos of the foods. I got through 3 of them and have run out of ideas :(
Bananas topped with chocolate spread was my first attempt, and I have to say it was absolutely delicious! The spread took out the trouble of melting chocolate chips, not to mention that I would like to believe the spread is better for me than chocolate chips. Definitely a favorite!
My second attempt was crunchy peanut butter with Hershey spread on wheat, again wonderful!!! The spread pairs divinely with peanut butter!
I liked the sandwich so much I chose to try a wrap, and again successful. The wrap was my absolute favorite! It is now my go-to for settling my sweet tooth. Not only does it taste delicious but it is way better for me than a bowl of ice cream or a candy bar which is what I would have eaten had I not discovered this delicious spread.

I chose these options because I have always been a hazelnut spread fan and this is how I eat that spread so I just replaced it with Hershey's and I have to say although I love Hazelnut spread Hershey's is much better!

Now if only my grocery store actually carried Hershey's Spread with Almonds!! I may have to speak to the manager.
#Spreadpossibilities #Crowdtap

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Free 2013 Calendar

The New Year is here, and with it comes the time for purchasing a new calendar. I know because I caught myself using my December 2012 to find the date for things and finally realizing I was looking at the wrong month. Though I've had good intentions to buy a new 2013 calendar every time I make a trip to the store I forget. I also forget to put it on my list (which is why I'll soon be adding a "how to make a life organizer" tutorial soon because I need to get more organized!) For now, in an effort to save money and a little of my sanity I created these calendar prints.

I have created a google doc which you can find here:

I am giving it to you completely free. Feel free to download and change whatever you like, make it your own. It's very simple. I may even add it to some cardstock and make my own photo calendar for next to nothing. If I end up doing that I'll post a how to. For now.... Enjoy :) 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This bread makes a delicious dessert or a wonderfully tasty snack!

1 1/2 cups flours
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup mashed bananas (3 or 4 bananas)
1 egg slightly beaten
1/2 cup lard
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup oatmeal + 2 Tablespoons

Preheat oven 400 degrees.

In a large bowl slightly beat egg. Add sugar, banana, peanut butter, and lard, mix well. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/4 cup oatmeal and salt. Add egg mixture, mix until all flour is moist and mixed in.  Stir in chocolate chips, pour into greased loaf pan like this one. Sprinkle remaining 2 Tablespoons oatmeal over bread.

Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean and top of loaf is golden brown.

This is absolutely the best banana bread I've tasted yet! My husband and children love it. I tried adding crushed peanuts once, but my family likes it better without.

Happy Baking!

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