Chocolate Goodness

A healthy chocolate treat can’t get any easier than this. . .2 ingredients!

1 box of any type of chocolate cake mix
1 can of canned pumpkin
That’s all!!

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Stir them together and bake as cupcakes.

They don’t rise much, so fill the cups to only make 12. Follow directions on box for baking cupcakes.

Hint: You could add a few tablespoons if ground flax for extra fiber. AND I’m guessing it would also be good in a spice cake mix.

What could be better than veggies disguised in chocolate for the holidays??

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Best Pancake I’ve EVER Eaten!

Just Add Water. . ..

I have heard about these pancakes for a very long time.  I have searched high and low only to find them on Amazon for mucho dinero. . . until yesterday.  Yesterday, I was walking down the aisle in Safeway, turned around and there they were, staring me in the face.  Pancake fate!  🙂


Amazing!  Every Colon family member agreed.  And to get Kevin’s seal of approval is a high, high honor!

So, if you live in Superior, go to Safeway and  buy these now!  If not, I’m so sorry.  Google them.  I was afraid to pay shipping on them before trying them, thinking it would possibly be money wasted, but now I can assure you it’s not.  I promise you have never had a pancake like a Kodiak Cake. . .super healthy with whole wheat and oats, the texture is perfect and your belly will be so happy.

Veggies for Breakfast??

I can hardly wait for breakfast in the morning

It’s finally time for my first official homemade pumpkin flavored fall food.  I’ve decided that I don’t care if it’s still 80 degrees outside.  Pumpkin can’t wait any longer.

A blog that I real daily reminded me of this delicious, healthy breakfast treat and I have been thinking about it ever since.  So, I did steal some pictures and I can only hope that mine turns out this beautifully yummy.

Here’s to a morning of pumpkiny, oatmeal goodness!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Oats made with milk, water, banana and chia seeds. Then add 1/2 a cup of pumpkin when the oats were 80% thickened over medium heat. Next, stir in a pinch each of ground cloves, cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg.  Top with coconut, chocolate chips and a spoonful of almond butter.

Do you love pumpkin?  If so, what’s your favorite pumpkin treat?

Mail Delivery

Just the motivation I needed came via Mr. Mailman Friday…

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Now it’s Saturday morning. I’m still lying in bed while the rest of the house snoozes on…and all I can say is, “OUCH!”

Happy weekend, friends!

MMMmmmm. . .Cucumbers!

When I went home to Kentucky this summer I was telling my family about cucumber water.  It’s so simple.  I was really surprised they had never heard of it.  Must try! 

Some people crave an icy glass of Coke.

Others, a hot cup of coffee.

And others,  a cold beer, right?

Well, I’ve got a challenge for you.  Next time you crave something other than plain old water, don’t DRINK your calories.  Toss in a few pieces of cucumber, let it chill for a few minutes. . .and enjoy!!!!!!!

Sunday Special Edition – Things I Love (24)

I always love discovering a new recipe and realizing that I have all the ingredients in my pantry to give it a try.  This is a Whole Living Magazine recipe that I adjusted a bit, making it yummy, moist AND healthy.

Carrot Bread with Apple Glaze

CARROT BREAD

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 cup dried currants or raisins
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

APPLE GLAZE

  • 2 tbsp 100% apple juice
  • 2 tbsp honey or agave
  • 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray an 8 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, carrots, currants, flax, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt; mix well.
  3. Make a well in the center and add whole egg, egg white, oil and 3/4 cup water, honey, applesauce, walnuts. Stir until flour is completely incorporated and batter is moistened.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine juice, agave nectar and vanilla for the glaze. Poke holes in warm bread with a fork and pour over top of carrot bread
  6. Cool completely on a rack.

Hippie Girl

When I saw this bag of granola today I couldn’t pass up buying it and bringing it home.

To all of my non-Boulder, Colorado, friends out there, I know what you are doing right now. . I hear your giggles!!  And you’re giggling not simply because of this bag of granola.  You’re giggling because it’s exactly what you have thought of ME many, many times as you have read my blog this past year.

Am I right?

Well, I just wanted to let you know that I’m laughing right along with you.

The inner hippie has been unleashed after living here for 9 years now and I’m quite okay with it.

And I’m quite okay with your giggles and jokes, too.  🙂  So here’s your chance. . .

Make fun of my organic, oatmeal loving, recycling, homemade cleaning product making, local produce buying, quinoa eating self.

I love you anyways. . .

Happy Friday!