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Snickerdoodle Blondies

Okay, you might just gain a pound from reading this post, that is how deliciously naughty these blonde babes are!

Despite what the plate says in the picture, these are anything but tough! Try super soft and chewy to perfection!

This is a totally from scratch recipe, that can also be clean (depending on a few ingredients), but remember eating clean doesn’t mean dieting. This is a wonderful indulgence. Just make sure you cut them in to like 24 small pieces, because even those pieces are about 200 calories each.

I was searching for a from-scratch recipe for chocolate brownies when I came across the idea of snickerdoodle brownies (or blondies, if you prefer). I mean, that is probably my favorite super soft and chewy cookie!

Okay enough drooling, lets get right to the recipe and let your tastebuds do the talking!

Snickerdoodle Brownies
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Total time: 40 min

2 and 2/3 cups White Whole Wheat Flour (King Arthur’s)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups packed brown sugar**(see below for clean substitute)
1 cup organic, unsalted butter, room temp***
2 eggs, room temp
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (or granulated white sugar)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

**I used brown sugar, so I have not tested this, but my understanding is for brown sugar you can substitute 3/4 the amount with pure honey and 1/16 the amount with molasses. So that would be 1 and 1/2 cup pure honey and 1/8 cup molasses. If you try it out this way, let me know how it goes!

***I know there are plenty of butter substitutes like: applesauce, mashed avocado, greek yogurt, pureed prunes, etc. But I honestly haven’t started playing around with these much yet, so I am unsure what it would do to the texture and flavor. You can always use a brand like EarthBalance that is lower in saturated fats I believe.

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl (I used my blender because I really need to invest in a hand mixer) beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until creamed together. Add the flour mixture and blend until well combined.
4. Spread the batter in an even layer in your lightly greased pan.
5. In a small bowl combine your sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture evenly over prepared batter in baking pan.
6. Baking for 25 minutes or until blondies spring back with a light touch. Let cool slightly and cut while still warm.
7. Eat and fall in love!

These addictive little blondies are great for a special treat or a cool Fall day.

I even think they taste better and just as chewy the next day, and the day after that! (if they stick around that long!)



Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread

So this is going to sound bad on my part, but this is the first thing in a while that my guy actually asked me to make again, every night. Haha.

I don’t take offense to that, because I know it’s just because he would rather have a greasy burger and fries rather than the things I make at home. Is there such a thing as having a healthier palate? Because I think I have one (with a sweet side now and then)

So the French baguette I received from my co-op the other week had just been sitting in my fridge, staring at me every time I would open the door. I started to feel bad, so I decided to make some garlic bread. I mean how hard could it be?

Answer: Easy Peasy. Why the heck have I been buying that frozen crap that never turns out good?!?

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Cut the baguette in half horizontally. And set aside on baking sheet.

Step 3: In a small bowl mix 1/4 cup (1/2 a stick) of softened, unsalted butter, 2 cloves of fresh minced garlic, and chopped fresh parsley (I didn’t measure but maybe about 1 tbsp). Spread mixture over both halves of the loaf. you can use more or less butter, depending on your health concerns

Step 4: Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and grate fresh Parmesan cheese over both halves. Broil for about 1 minute, or until cheese is melted. Really check often because it can burn very quickly! I check every twenty seconds or so, no joke.


Let cool for about 5 minutes, cut and enjoy! I stored the leftovers in my fridge for a couple days and even reheated in the microwave they tasted great!

Happy Eating!

What Day Is It?!

You caught me, it is not really Hump Day, but I had like the best experience of my life the other day when I visited a wildlife ranch and I can’t stop thinking about all the cool animals I got to meet!



I only like this picture because I look decent without knowing I was being photographed. Finally proud of losing 30 lbs.


 I love this little guy. 



My face is priceless. This sweet guy survived being hit by a car with only a shattered jaw.(My face is like this because he snuck up on me and all I felt was his drool on my leg!)


One of my most favorite pictures just because my guy captured my true childlike happiness!

Back to business!

Oh how the time flies when you are having fun being slightly overwhelmed!

This changing my life and “getting clean” has been a really eye opening experience in more ways that one. I have learned so much in many different areas. So many things I probably won’t remember to write them all down! But here are a few things I do remember.

Life Lessons

1.CALORIES AREN’T #1! I repeat, Calories Aren’t #1! Seriously. Why has it taken all of my life to figure this out? You know what is important? The things you put inside and on your body. This includes: foods, drinks, lotions, makeup, personal hygiene items, even household cleaners. Now I am NOT saying go out and eat all the organic, clean desserts that you want. Just eat quality foods with fruit and vegetables being the main focus, then whole grains, meats, and dairy. And the occasional dessert, because this is not a diet it is a lifestyle, and no one should feel guilty about eating something they love!

2.Skim milk tastes like $%*! Who convinced us that wonderful cow’s milk is good for us when they remove all the cream or “fat”? Well I fell for it all my life, until last week when I tasted some non homogenized whole milk. Sure you have to shake it up. Just look at it as your daily arm workout, like that worthless Shake Weight but in milk form! It has the best, creamy texture and a nice fresh flavor! So much flavor, you might be able to stop serving your family that high fructose syrup/artificial colors junk they label as “strawberry” and “chocolate” flavoring. (Or at least make your own at home, which I hope to review one day!)

3. We’re Lazy and we like to waste money. I cannot believe the money I have wasted on buying some pre-packaged things such as pizza dough/crust. Did you know it only takes: Yeast, Flour, and Salt. Oh and water if you count that! I bet most people have all of that in your pantry, and if you don’t have yeast you can get a big bottle for around $5 that will last forever since you only use 1 teaspoon per batch. Note: yeast won’t literally last forever, I’m pretty sure it is only 6 months in your fridge after opening. There are many other examples out there: pizza sauce, pasta sauce, ketchup, bread crumbs, salad dressing, mac n cheese….well you get the idea. Even things as simple as shredding or slicing your own cheese! At my local natural store this week bulk cheese blocks were on sale for $2.99 a pound. Pre-shredded cheese of the same variety you ask? 2 for $6 (8 ounces each pkg aka 1lb total). That’s right, double the price per pound! Drop that bag of shredded cheese and run towards a cheese grater!

4. Change doesn’t happen overnight! If you are like every other American, you love instant gratification. Well this is a long process, that will take time and patience. I say it is long because of all the research I have done on every single item I want to change, going to the grocery stores around me to find the best prices, reading a LOT of labels, tasting some not so great recipes, cleaning out my home, and I am still not even done!

5. You can’t force someone to like or want to eat clean. I can feel my guys eyes roll into the back of his skull every time I open my mouth about “being clean”. You just have to do it for you and provide them with the healthy clean item. If they want something bad, make them go out and buy it/cook it for themselves. 

That’s All Folks!