Monday, October 13, 2014

The Second Time Mom

Alright so it's 11:04pm. Tyson is up on campus studying late... so tonight I went at it with the girls solo. Oye.

Today was just one of those days. The kind that start way too early and end far too late. It was a day where the messes seemed to multiply and I just could never quite muster the energy to try and tackle them... so here I am staring at the toys covering my floor and the dishes still strewn throughout the kitchen. And my guess is they will still be there to greet me come morning. 

                 

Adjusting to two babies has been so much more than I bargained for. It's so much more work than I ever would have thought but in the same breath it is also so much more fulfilling. Aren't the best things always that way? So challenging but so so worthwhile. 

I'm not one of those women that gracefully adapted to having another little one around. Let's be honest this is my second go-around and I've never felt more clueless. I love those girls like there is no tomorrow, but when it comes to grocery shopping with both of them in tow... you can go ahead and count me out. Putting both girls to bed on my own?? Almost always ends with someone in tears - and half the time it's me. 

Its almost been a year since our sweet sissy entered our family and I'm not quite sure I'll ever feel like I've figured it out. And maybe that's okay. Because even though most days I feel as if I'm fumbling through this whole motherhood journey, I truly wouldn't have it any other way. Man I love those girls. But maybe tomorrow they could just somehow refrain from pulling every single article of clothing out of the drawer? Just maybe... XOX

Monday, October 6, 2014

Three Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

This year I have been resisting Fall... and I feel a little guilty about it. Fall is my favorite. I love everything about the crisp Autumn air, changing leaves, and picturesque pumpkin patches. But this year I just feel the weight of the ever-approaching first snow... and I'm dreading it. Fall doesn't last long enough around here. The worst. So moral of the story is I guess I better capitalize on all the reasons to love the season while I still can. So this week we are gonna pack it in when the cousins come to visit!

To me nothing says Fall like coming home and baking up a yummy pumpkin treat after a long day spent outside enjoying the Autumn breeze. So here are my current three favorite pumpkin recipes.




































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Friday, October 3, 2014

Wholesome Chocolate Cake with Honey-Peanut Butter Drizzle

Alright... here's how you can "have your cake and eat it too." Chocolate Cake... that actually tastes like cake. AND....ready for it?? Its refined sugar free and has whole wheat. Take that health challenge!




This cake is subtly sweet with a mild chocolate flavor, so it paired perfectly with a little drizzle of honey sweetened peanut butter. And the best part? It left me actually feeling good.

I'll admit, this is no replacement for good old calorie-packed, sugar-loaded chocolate cake. But... if you're looking for a guilt-free wholesome alternative this is a great option.




Wholesome Chocolate Cake with Honey-Peanut Butter Drizzle
Adapted from: Baking a Moment

1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
6 Tbsp coconut oil
2 eggs
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. greek yogurt
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c. pure maple syrup


4 Tbsp natural unsweetened peanut butter
2 Tbsp honey

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 baking pan and set aside.

Combine flours, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add coconut oil and mix on low until oil has incorporated and mixture is dry and crumbly.

Next add eggs. Once the eggs are incorporated, add honey, greek yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix until just incorporated. Finally add maple syrup.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 325 for about 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Combine peanut butter and honey. Drizzle over the cake before serving.

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