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Peanut Butter Covered Pretzels

Yes! Yes! Yes! This is so easy, so messy and just super fun to make.

All you need is:

  • Mini pretzels
  • Peanut butter
  • White chocolate chips
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil

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I’ve looked up recipes for this and several said to microwave the chocolate but let me tell you DO NOT DO THIS. It’s just so easy to burn the chocolate that I’m not trying to risk it.

To start off we double boiled the white chocolate with creamy peanut butter and a spoonful of coconut oil. The amount of chocolate and peanut butter all depends on how much you’re making.

We made such a mess dipping the pretzels in the sauce and then placing them on parchment paper, but the sauce is amazing.

Once you’re done with all the pretzels place them in the freezer (depending on how much peanut butter you added in, it might be hard to get hard).

In the meantime, melt the semi-sweet chocolate the same way you did the white chocolate.

Once the pretzels are done in the freezer take them out and splash as much semi-sweet chocolate as you want!

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This is so easy to make and it’s great to make it when you want to just have fun.

I ate so many of these I got a stomach ache! I never knew I loved the mixture of white chocolate and peanut butter so much!

This is a must try!

If you have any recommendations or any other fun recipes please share!

Love,

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Carrot Banana Bread Cake

I am all about making non-conventional food, so when I came across this carrot banana bread cake recipe I was extremely excited. This recipe is easy, I didn’t have to buy anything extra, we had all these ingredients in the pantry! (Always a plus when you don’t have to make a trip to the store.), and it is the best mash up of banana bread and carrot cake. This recipe is NOT mine, I am always on Pinterest and I came across this from http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com I will give credit where credit is due, so thanks Monique!

Ingredients:

  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup of quick oats
  • 2 tablespoons of applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of pecans
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup of almond milk

Seriously this is so easy.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, while that is happening get all your ingredients ready. Simply mix your flour, oats, baking soda and powder, cinnamon and salt together. In another bowl mix together your bananas, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, applesauce, almond milk and carrots. Add all your ingredients together (wet & dry) and fold in about half those pecans. You can use a bread loaf pan, I actually didn’t have one so I just used the pan I usually use for brownies. Once your ingredients are ready and your oven is heated, prepare your pan, I coated mine with coconut oil, and pour your mixture in there and pop it into the oven. It took my bread about 35 minutes to cook completely. But while that was cooking I got my frosting ready. This was honestly my favorite part, I LOVE cream cheese frosting. For this part you just beat all of your frosting ingredients, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and your done with that! Easy right?

Once your bread is done, let it cool before adding your frosting on top (So it doesn’t melt all over the place). When it is cool and you added your frosting throw some chopped pecans on top!

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I hope you guys try this out, it’s a unique take on both banana bread and carrot cake and I am sure you’ll love it!

Let me know what you guys think! I can’t wait to hear your feedback!

Have a great Wednesday!

Love,

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Easiest Apple Tart Ever

I know, I know. It has been months since I have posted on my blog and for that I apologize. I got caught up in other stuff and had no will to do any DIY’s or cook. But thankfully I am ready to give my blog life and get this thing rolling once again.

I decided to make this really easy apple tart that came out surprisingly great.

 

Ingredients:

  • The average frozen puff pastry that you can buy at any grocery store.
  • 5 granny smith apples

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  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter
  • Less than 1/3 a cup of sugar

And that’s it! (Well you can add some love in it, of course)

First you have to let your puff pastry thaw out, give it about 20-30 minutes and it should be done. You will definitely be able to tell when it’s done, you just lightly touch it with your finger and if there is an indentation, guess what, it’s done.

While your puff pastry is thawing out, this is the perfect time for you to cut your apples up. I took the skin off of the apples first then sliced them up in a mandoline, but you can slice them by hand, it just might take a little longer. Once they were all sliced I put them in the bowl and added my cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. I mixed them all up and let them hang out.

In the meantime, why not preheat your oven? It should be preheated at 350 degrees.

Once  your puff pastry is all thawed out, roll it out a little bit so it’s stretched out. Make sure not to really “work” the pastry, we don’t want it to get messed up. Place the pastry on your pan which should be lined with parchment paper. Then working from the outside to the inside place your apples around the puff pastry so they’re overlapping.

Now once your apples are in place you can sprinkle your sugar all over them. Chop up your butter and place it throughout your pastry.

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The pastry took about 30-40 minutes to cook but this will vary so just keep an eye on it. You will definitely smell it once it’s ready.

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It was light, not too sweet and honestly one of the best desserts I’ve made. I placed a spoonful of french vanilla ice cream on mine and it was perfect. ❤

 

I hope you guys try it out! I wanted to make it a little bit different and unique but I figured I should probably try to make it the normal way first.

Let me know if you try it out, I’d love the feedback ❤

Have a great Saturday!

Love,

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Dr. Bronners Magic Soap

When it says magic soap, it really means MAGIC. I’m all about not only eating organic but also using organic household cleaners and hygiene products. The best places to look for organic products but not spend “organic” money are places like Ross, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx. I like buying coconut oil, soaps and shampoos from these places. You do save a little shopping here versus Whole Foods.

I came across this soap and I decided to go for it and just give it a shot. The first time I used it I was blown away, BLOWWNN AWAY. I put just a little bit in my hand and that little bit turned into a lot. WHATTTT? I was so excited, it was silky smooth and smelled amazing. It foams up just a bit and it leaves me feeling cleaner than I have ever felt.

This soap DOES leave my skin feeling dry but after showering I always moisturize with coconut oil so it balances out. That’s really the only negative thing I have to say about this soap.

You know how there are jokes about showering and how 90% of it is thinking and reading bottles and the other 10% is actually spent cleaning yourself. Well this bottle is a great read. I literally have no idea what the bottle is trying to tell me! But it’s always interesting and I find a new quote every time I read it. In general it talks about “the moral ABC that unites all mankind”.

The company works on fighting to label GMO’s, standing up for animals, fair pay for all people, and authentic fair trade. If you visit their website the quote towards the bottom goes “In all we do, let us be generous, fair & loving to Spaceship Earth and all it’s inhabitants. For we’re All-One or None! All-One!”

(No shade but Spaceship Earth? This is what I’m talking about when I say I have no idea if the bottle is speaking about real life or not)

It’s seriously a great soap and a great company. I definitely suggest switching soaps (If you’re not already using an organic soap) and giving this one a chance.

If you do let me know what you guys think! I’d love your feedback.

Love,

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Blueberry Crumble

So one of my good friends (Kat) A Sample of Alex texted yesterday asking if I’ve ever made a blueberry crumble and I haven’t (Or at least I can’t remember ever making one). She told me I should make one or some blueberry pancakes. I was confused, it was out of the blue (haha) that she’s telling me to make some blueberry thing and she told me I needed to update my blog, and well she was right. So thank you Kat!

Anyway, I made this pretty cool crumble that I actually really like.

Just so you guys know, I don’t really have a sweet tooth, rarely do I crave sweets. I’m more of a savory girl. So this dish is not super sweet, of course you guys can fix the recipe to your liking but I’ll tell you guys how my crumble went.

Ingredients:

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  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
    • You can use any kind of nuts, I only had walnuts. But almonds would probably be incredible in this.
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  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 of maple syrup + honey
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 pint of blueberries
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  • juice and zest from 1/2 a lemon
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This is probably is one of the easiest, if not the easiest dish I’ve ever made.

Step 1: Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Coat your pan with coconut oil.

Step 3: Put your blueberries and lemon juice into pan.

Step 4: Mix all your other ingredients in a bowl and place on top of the blueberries.

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Step 5: Place in oven.

And after about 25-30 minutes it’ll be done!

I scooped myself a spoonful and drizzled some extra maple syrup over it.

It was nice, light and refreshing.

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If you guys try this out let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear all about it!

I hope you guys have a great Tuesday!

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Cranberry and Walnut Bread

The one thing in life that I will probably never be able to give up is bread. I love all types of bread and I’m quite positive there are others out there that feel the same way. I have been slacking on my cooking and updating my word press, which is quite unfortunate but don’t fear you guys. I’m going to make a huge effort in getting a schedule and making fun things that people would enjoy reading about and creating for themselves.

This bread took only about an hour and a half to make (ANYONE CAN SPARE THAT AMOUNT OF TIME IN MAKING THEIR OWN FOOD)

Ingredients:

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  • 3 cups of flour (I used unbleached all-purpose flour)
  • 1 envelope of instant fast acting yeast
  • 2 teaspoon of salt (I only added 1 teaspoon of salt and my bread definitely needed more)
  • 2 tablespoon of sugar (Just like the salt, I only added 1 tablespoon of sugar and definitely needed more)
  • 1 egg + 2 teaspoons of water, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cup of water + 1 tablespoon of butter, warmed to 120-130 degrees
  • AS MANY AS YOU LIKE dried cranberries and chopped walnuts

So in my mixing bowl I gather all of my dry ingredients, 2 cups of flour, yeast (undissolved), salt and sugar. Then I added my warm water and butter into my dry ingredients, mixing slowly. And add in your beaten egg and water mixture.

**** Make sure to check the temperature of your water and butter mixture! If it’s too cold your yeast will not activate and if it’s too hot you will end up killing the yeast. So be careful.

I let my bread rest for about an hour, probably about 45 minutes and you’ll see it rise! (my favorite part of making bread)

While my bread was resting, I pre-heated the oven to 375 degrees and coated my pan with coconut oil.

Once your bread is done resting and the oven is at the right temperature, pop that sucker into the oven and wait 35 minutes or until golden brown.

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If you guys make any other breads that you’d like to share PLEASE SHARE! I’d love to hear all about them and try it out.  Happy Sunday!

-Love Nicole ❤

Review on Fran Kramer’s Organic Toothpaste

A couple months ago I was in the search for organic products such as deodorant, shampoo and toothpaste. I came across this company named Fran Kramer and I was so excited to try their products. On their website they claim they use “only the best all natural, certified organic materials”. Which is great! I have been so tired of using products that have chemicals, are bleached and just really aren’t good for us. They have other products like masks, balm, and perfume oil, but I decided just to try out one of their toothpastes. It was $6.00, made with baking soda, coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, and peppermint extract.

The toothpaste lasted me for a good amount of time. I really liked it, it left my mouth clean but it wasn’t like the regular toothpaste clean feeling where your mouth kinda burns. (I’m not sure if other people feel like that when they use toothpaste and mouthwash)

But it’s really good, I definitely recommend it, or you can just make your own toothpaste, (which I have done, I just didn’t have any vegetable glycerin).

They’re a great company, doing great things!

Here’s their website:

http://fran-kramer.myshopify.com/

Let me know of any other organic products that you guys love!

I’m currently in search of organic makeup!

Have a great Tuesday! ❤