Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Cookies | Recipe

(I apologize for the weird recipes lately...)

You read that right - chickpea cookies. What can I say. I may have gone crazy and I think it's only going to get worse. I'm on a mission to cut the garbage from our life. We haven't really shopped in the "middle aisles" of the grocery store for as long as I can remember. We might get the odd thing.... But chips, cookies, crackers... Manufactured garbage does not come home with us.

Don't get me wrong... We eat 80/20. I don't think a lifestyle of clean eating should be punished... We still enjoy "junk" food once in a while. Truth is though, after cleaning up our eating, the old stuff doesn't taste the same and actually has made us sick to our stomach... Even white baby potatoes had us in agony one night and we haven't had them since!

I'm now addicted to finding healthier ways around the foods we love or just making them from scratch so we know there are no crazy additives to give them a never ending shelf life. The hubs has been all for it and a pretty good sport... He just insists that Little P gets to try the "regular" stuff as a child. (Agreed - in small doses).

For example, last nights dinner:

Smoked Maple Salmon, Kale Salad and Zucchini Noodles. It was delicious and the husband loved it all... Actually more than I thought... I was convinced he'd hate the noodles.

Anyways, back to the cookies. Don't knock 'em until you try 'em.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Cookies
(makes 16 cookies | source)

1 540mL can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup maple syrup (honey works as well)
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch sea salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor (I don't have one so I used a blender - a little harder but just make sure all of the chunks are well blended). Stir in chocolate chips. Wet hands and form 1 1/2" balls - the "dough" will be very sticky. Place cookies on parchment paper lined baking sheet and press down to form cookie shape if desired. Bake for 10 minutes. The cookies will be super soft - this is okay!

These are absolutely delicious right out of the oven - I mean melt in your mouth goodness! The hubs preferred them after they were cooled in the fridge. Try them both ways! I think I will warm them up when I eat them as a snack - microwave for 30 sec?

Anyways, I'm already thinking about trying other variations - PB2 Peanut Butter to cut the calories, PB2 Chocolate Peanut Butter to make a double chocolate cookie... and of course you could always change up the chocolate chips for different flavours or dark chocolate! Follow me on Instagram and I'll keep you posted!

And just because... Here's how I made the zucchini noodles.

Zucchini Noodles aka Zoodles
(serves 1 - 2)

2 - 3 small zucchinis
1 pot of water

Use a mandolin or grater to create noodles. This was so easy and quick - I was impressed. Next boil a pot of water large enough to fit noodles. Once boiled, place noodles in water for 1 - 4 minutes, depending on desired tenderness.

That's it! Our first time trying them I added grated mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, pink himalayan salt and fresh cracked pepper. The hubs said next time we should try them without the cheese - he liked them that much! We're also thinking cucumber noodles would make a great summer "pasta" salad!

That's it for today... I'm off to find more recipes to try out!

(another apology for the not so great images... blame the iphone).

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PB2 Chocolate Brownie Bites | Recipe

Easter is over... But the chocolate cravings are no where near gone! So... I did some experimenting this morning and came up with these.

PB2 Chocolate Brownie Bites

1 1/4 cups PB2 Chocolate Powder
225 mL Maple Syrup
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla
2 tbsp Water
1 1/2 cups Quaker Rolled Oats

Heat the oven to 350F. Mix everything in a bowl and let sit for five minutes. Grease a medium baking sheet and spread mixture across. Bake for 7 minutes cool and then cut into snack sized bites.

Note: I completely experimented with this. They are very chewy and delicious but actually might bake to more of a cookie texture if left longer? I'll update when I try it... I'm also going to try spooning the mixture onto the sheet rather than fill it!

If you tried this recipe let me know what you may have done differently! Feedback is definitely welcome!

Now someone please remove these from my kitchen... I keep taking bites every time I walk by.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Around Our House

This past weekend was super busy... besides wrapping up as many renos as possible, we also had Easter celebrations and the little man's Baptism. Let's just say, the little man and I completely crashed yesterday!

Take a peek:

I really thought I had more pictures than this... but I guess I was busier than I thought. Anyways, I'm waiting for a sunny day so I can get some pictures around the house. I can't wait to show you what's been going on. :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter | 50% OFF

Happy Easter! If you're looking for that perfect Easter gift for the wee ones... Why not an illustration for their nursery or playroom?

This weekend get 50% off everything in the etsy shop when you use the promo code happyeaster50. Offer expires April 21/14!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sneak Peeks | Around the House

Isn't life just hectic! I'm horrible at this blogging thing... with renos and a baptism coming up... let's not forget Easter. So, I thought I would get on here and share some sneak peeks from around the house. And what I should be blogging about daily... but truthfully might not get around to... well forever!

Anyways, here's what we've been up to:

The backsplash is done! YAY! And the kitchen is pretty much done... I say pretty much because we're hoping to add some crown moulding above the cabinets at some point!

Not the greatest picture... but we're back to working on the bathroom. And well, lots has been changing in there!

Some new bedding from Target (Tar... Jay). Am I the only one that insists on saying it like this?

On top of all the renos... I asked the hubs to make me this desk yesterday... and well it will be done tonight. Stay tuned... I've finally figured out the perfect spot to put it... I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner!

And well... I'm experimenting with these bad boys... Corn nuts anyone? They are soaking today and I will take to roasting and flavouring them tomorrow. You know, because I have time for that!

Chat soon - well as soon as life slows down?

Friday, April 11, 2014

The 25 Best DIY Easter Ideas

The Easter Bunny may not be delivering chocolates to the Little Man this year... no probably some clothes and baby food. YUP... he's eating his veggies already! But just because the chocolate won't be hitting his basket this year, doesn't mean I won't be celebrating anways. Here's a list of the 25 best DIY Easter ideas out there... well at least what I think to be!

Alright... I think I've got my work cut out for me. We are having Little P's Baptism on Easter so I'm actually hoping to make some of these things and share them with you... probably after Easter - who am I kidding? 

Happy Easter Making!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 2014 | In the Etsy Shop

In case you missed the newsletter yesterday, I just wanted to let you know that illustrations are now available as mailed prints... and for the month of April you get an extra 10% off your order!

Just use the promo code APRBLG10!

Psst... one more thing. The backsplash is almost done! Can't wait to show you.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Decision has Been Made!

Hey! Just a quick post to let you know that the backsplash has been purchased and we are going to install it tonight... Or at least start. I know, we are all over the place with renos... Weren't we just working on the bathroom? We were. And we still are slowly. But we're having Little P's baptism soon and I need the house whipped into shape.

excuse the poor quality courtesy of iphone.

So, what's it going to be? Check back soon and find out what we decided to do!