Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Favorites: halfway through February :)

Happy Friday! This afternoon, I am heading back to visit the first graders that I student taught in the Fall and I am so excited! It has been a hot minute since I've visited them. It's so hard to believe I saw them everyday for almost 4 months and now I see them for a couple of hours every once in a while! Last week, I skipped all of my usual Friday Favorites & I missed it! I am so excited to be back today with a list of my favorite things!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sugar Free Chocolate Smoothie

Y'all, I have been sugar free for 9 days now. This is the longest I have gone without sugar in a long time. I mean, probably since I was an toddler! There's good and bad - mostly good though! For one, I haven't has a headache in 9 days! I used to get headaches often, but I've been headache free! The other change I've noticed is I have more consistent positive energy. This is obviously great! I've been loving it. Since going sugar free, I've found that I have energy during the day and I'm tired when it's time for me to sleep - that has been pretty fabulous!

The one thing I've been struggling with is, sometimes I just want sugar! I want to eat something quick and snack-y - you know? I've been able to satisfy these cravings with a fruit or by just drinking water. Is it fun? No. But it works! Yesterday, I really wanted something sweet! It was Valentine's Day and I just wanted a treat, darn it! One day, this will be an option, but for now I am choosing not to indulge. So I went looking for an alternative and this is what I ended up making...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! Today, I'm sharing a couple little Valentine touches around our house - just easy, festive, fun :) I love putting little touches up when different holidays roll around and Valentine's Day is no different! We don't do anything crazy, but you can definitely find a few extra hearts around our house!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Heart Shaped Hand Pies

I was hoping to share these recipes sooner but last week got crazy! I'm so glad I'm still managing to squeeze this fun recipe in before Valentine's Day! This idea popped into my head soon after Christmas - I am always ready for the next holiday! I was so excited to make these when my friend Jess and I got together recently to bake. And when I say bake, I mean, we baked! We made these fabulous heart shaped hand pies and we made gluten free earl grey cupcakes (find those HERE).

Here's the low down on these hand pies - they have the most perfect flaky crust! We cut the crust into hearts, instead of the usual hand pie circles. Then, I filled them with Strawberry Rhubarb. Because red just works on Valentine's day! These festive treats are so darling and they are delicious! Let's get started!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Music for Monday: Wait

Happy Monday and welcome back! Last week I was so sick that I didn't listen to music once! I didn't realize how much I missed it until I put my headphones in to write this post. Fun fact - I always listen to the song I'm posting over and over while I'm writing about it! So yes, this is my first time listening to music in almost 1 whole week! Crazy! It's usually a normal part of my everyday.