Weekend Lovelies

Scripture Quote {image via Of Hearth and Home}

:: Weekend Lovelies ::

It’s Easter weekend, so we are going to keep this short and sweet! Nicole and I sincerely hope that you all have a beautiful Easter celebration with your loved ones! Thanks for stopping by our blog… we appreciate you all deeply! Here are a few of our recent favorite things, in addition to some last minute Easter ideas! Enjoy! {xo}

  1. The perfect Easter treat… Eggs in a Chocolate Nest!
  2. How cute are these bunny tails? Yum!
  3. Clean candy alternatives for kids to eat this Easter…
  4. Last minute brunch ideas!
  5. There’s still time to run to a craft store! Let’s paint wooden eggs!
  6. Outtakes from the book, “The Glow”… love this whimsical kids’ space!
  7. Pretty spring garland
  8. This lovely bedroom makeover + a giveaway!
  9. A  “rad” pop-up card!
  10. Pairing polishes and sandals this Spring! This babe knows a thing or two!

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Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

 :: Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk ::

Mmmm! Creamy cold, almond milk! Do you drink it at your house? If not… it’s definitely worth a taste! Even better, try making it from scratch! The task always seemed daunting, in my opinion… which is why I never made it in the past. However, we go through cartons and cartons of almond milk each week… so I thought it was worth a try to make a batch of it homemade. Everything is better fresh, right?!!

About five years ago… maybe even longer, we stopped buying traditional dairy milk in our house. We started using almond milk in its place {since everyone is lactose intolerant in our family}. When my youngest little guy, Finn, stopped nursing at 14 months old, I started giving him almond milk, as well. Did you know that one serving of almond milk has 50% more calcium than regular milk? Amazing! Well, my little guy is now three… and still LOVES his daily cups of almond milk!

The key to making this smooth, creamy milk is soaking the raw almonds in water! Simply place the almonds in a bowl, and cover with about an inch of water. {They will plump as they absorb water.} Let stand overnight, or up to 2 days. 

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Once your almonds have been adequately soaked, make sure you rinse them with fresh water, and drain, so they are ready to use. Put your almonds into a blender with 3.5 cups of water {less water, will equal a stronger flavor, overall}. 

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Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf

Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf

 :: Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf ::

{gluten-free}

Let’s talk about this Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf… Nicole and I have already posted several of our favorite banana muffin and bread recipes; however, this one is PERFECT for those of you on a wheat- or gluten-free diet!

As some of you may already know, I have been experimenting with a wheat-free lifestyle since the beginning of January. I have really noticed a difference in my body and my overall headaches, which is a great breakthrough for me. I have spent the last three months eating primarily wheat-free and then… our trip to Maui happened. I purposely let my eating plan go out the window; embracing the warm sunshine, salty sea air, and banana macadamia nut pancakes topped with fresh whipped cream {Haha}! It was wonderful… but upon coming home, I knew my body needed a little detox from my vacation eating! I chose to start the Whole30 the day after we came home from our trip. Smart? Umm… perhaps not! My poor body was forced to deal with the time difference, high altitude {we live a mile above sea level}, and elimination of carbs AND my beloved morning coffee! Sugar, dairy, grains, lentils/beans, and anything processed was removed abruptly! {Yikes!}

Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf

Well… as of today, I am 1/3 of the way through my 3o days. I had horrendous headaches day 2 and 3, but have been feeling fairly good and energetic since. I really haven’t had any cravings for sugar or coffee since then, but I will say… it has taken quite a bit of self-control when we are out. Yesterday we went to a minor league baseball game with the kids. I was surrounded by all of that deliciously junky baseball field food! I stuck with a Larabar and water! {Victory!} [Read more...]

The Big Number 5

My baby is turning the big number 5

:: The Big Number 5 ::

I don’t know whether to cry or smile at the fact that my baby is turning The Big Number 5 today! Haven’t we figured out how to freeze time yet? I really wish we could, as I would keep her at this age! She is in love with so many things right now.  She is our sweet heart and makes friends with everyone she meets. She definitely has stolen our hearts.  

The Big Number 5.  My baby is turning 5 today!

Madeline was born on Easter Sunday.  She came into this world with the sweetest disposition.  I truly believe God sent her to us just the way she is. She has the patience of a saint.  Her birth came right after we had started a busy speech and ABA therapy schedule for Mason.  We were running around to various places, and she would go along for the ride content in her baby carrier or car seat.  She has always been right by my side.  She has smiled, listened, and held my hand tight along the way.  She understands and “gets” her brother and looks up to him very much.  Everything he does, she wants to do right there with him. Madeline has been our rock, our happiness, and our girl! I can’t believe she is 5.  [Read more...]

Lemon Asparagus Prosciutto Pasta

Lemon Asparagus Prosciutto Pasta

:: Lemon Asparagus Prosciutto Pasta ::

{gluten-free}

Hello, everyone! I feel like it’s been ages since I last posted! I took last week off from blogging to thoroughly enjoy my Maui vacation with my handsome man! Our trip was AMAZING! Truly… just what we needed! {I will share some photos and highlights of our trip soon!}

So… on to this delectable dish! I have been making this tasty pasta for the past few years {adapted from the fabulous Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network}. The original recipe was completely delicious… however, I added the juice of a fresh lemon, and grated parmesan to jazz things up a bit! Since I’m not currently eating wheat… I also made it gluten-free by using quinoa pasta! It was so good… and a great alternative to using rice pasta {also a gluten-free choice}. 

Lemon Asparagus Prosciutto Pasta

I love how fresh this pasta dish is! It uses only the finest, simple ingredients… asparagus, basil, prosciutto, garlic, creamy smoked mozzarella, grated parmesan, and tangy lemon. {Yum! Such a lovely Spring or Summer dish!} [Read more...]

Strawberry Orange Banana Popsicles

Strawberry Orange Banana Pospsicles.  Easy homemade popsicles.

:: Strawberry Orange Banana Popsicles ::

It’s spring break for us this week, which means the snacking will begin at approximately 9 a.m.  Hence I have to work ahead and think of some healthier snack choices that are fun and exciting during our week off.  This Strawberry Orange Banana Popsicle recipe has to be the easiest recipe that I know.  My kids love these in the summer time, but we are on a stay cation at home, meaning that momma has to be a little more creative and these Strawberry Orange Banana Popsicles are just that.  Sweet yet healthy, they are sure to be a hit on warm day.

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