Wednesday, September 2, 2015

August Review {2015}

August Review {2015} Featuring every single post from August 2015! There's a review of The Magic of Tidying Up and a yummy low-carb chocolate chip cookie to start!

Man, this year is flying by. I cannot believe it is September already! I am so ready for fall! It's still about 90 degrees here but with September comes the promise of cooler weather and the accompanying scarves and sweaters.

Happiness.

School has started and I am enjoying it so far. Mostly because I haven't had any hard work yet. I suspect that will change once I have to start doing some hardcore writing. Right now I'm floating along, trying to keep from thinking about it , and enjoying the learning.

I keep telling myself that there is no way that I can fail after hearing old student stories from my teachers. I may not be Charles Dickens but at least I know not to use "ur" in place of "you are" in a research paper. Apparently there are people that do such things(I cringe in horror).

August Review {2015}


August Review {2015} The Magic of Tidying Up and Fighting for Joy


August Review {2015} new steps college books


August Review {2015} Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie in a bowl

August was so busy for us and I'm not sure that it will be slowing down anytime soon with school and the holidays coming up. Time to pull out all the fall decor! Bring on the pumpkins!

Oh, and remember back when I showed you the nursery mood board over two years ago? Yeah, that room is finally done and we'll be up on the blog in the next couple weeks. Be watching for the big reveal! I'm so excited about it!

 Hope you all have a wonderful week! And feel free to share any fun school stories you have in the comments! 


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Friday, August 28, 2015

Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Bowl

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What!? A gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carb cookie? That's done in 5 minutes? Tell me more! At least that's what I hope you're saying, right?

A few months ago, we found out that we were eating too many carbs. Seriously, we ate pasta at least a couple times a week and I love baking so we always had muffins and bread around. Everything was from scratch and whole grain so I figured we were golden.

Nope.

Per doctor's orders, I started looking for ways to make our old dishes low-carb friendly. I stopped making muffins every week and pancakes every weekend. Guys, I've started using zucchini in my lasagna. It's been an adjustment but we've gotten used to it. We'll still splurge randomly and on holidays but our everyday menu looks very different.

But desserts?

Unlike some low-carbers, I don't consider cottage cheese and berries a dessert. I call that lunch. My idea of dessert? Something gooey and sweet like my chocolate Nutella mug cake. I've tried a few low-carb mug recipes but they were never good enough to suit Hubby. They were never sweet enough and had the oddest of textures.

Until this one.

It takes 5 minutes to make this Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Bowl. Gluten free and sugar free!

So. good.

This peanut butter-chocolate chip cake from Home with a Purpose set me on the right track. It only took a few adjustments to turn it into a regular chocolate chip cookie instead of peanut butter. It's kind of a cross between a cookie and a muffin. Sweet, warm, and crumbly with gooey chocolate. Just what a cookie dessert should be.

Finally, Hubby has a low-carb dessert that he can enjoy.

It takes 5 minutes to make this Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Bowl. Gluten free and sugar free!

It takes 5 minutes to make this Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Bowl. Gluten free and sugar free ingredients!

It takes 5 minutes to make this Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Bowl. Gluten free and sugar free!

It takes 5 minutes to make this Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Bowl. Gluten free and sugar free!

Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Bowl
Adapted from Home with a Purpose

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1.5-2 tablespoons Truvia Sweetener
  • 1/4 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1.5 tablespoons almond flour(I use this kind)
  • 1.5 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon shredded unsweetened coconut(optional, but it helps create the cookie texture)
  • 1/4 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips(If you're going completely sugar-free, Lily's Dark Chocolate Chips is a stevia-sweetened option)
1. Cream butter, Truvia, and molasses together in a small, microwave safe bowl, just like if you were making real cookies. I use a fork to do this.
2. Mix in egg yolk, coconut milk, and vanilla.
3. Add in the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Stir in chocolate chips.
5. Microwave for 1-1.5 minutes. Start with 1 minute and if it's still too gooey, add 15 seconds until it's done. Every microwave is different!

Coconut flour can make things a little dry and crumbly. If you find it too dry and crumbly, I'd suggest adding another 1/2 tablespoon of coconut milk and/or reducing the cook time. That should take care of the problem!

It takes 5 minutes to make this Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Bowl. Gluten free and sugar free!

A low-carb chocolate chip cookie that's done in 5 minutes and doesn't scream, "Hey, I'm low-carb! You're depriving yourself!"

Nailed it.

I hope y'all enjoy it as much as we do!


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Steps

Well, folks. Life is about to take an interesting turn for me. This week, for the very first time, I begin my first semester at community college. I've finally got up the gumption to go for it!

A couple years before Hubby and I were married, I attempted college but chickened out at the last minute. I did a few academic things in between then and now but I never tried college again. One of the local community colleges offers an associate degree in interior design so I have my sights set on that. Maybe I'll go for a full 4 year school after that but for right now I'm just taking this small step.



So here I am, as a first time college student. I'm starting small and only taking English and history this semester. Between my family and the blog, there was no way I was trying more than that! It does mean that the blog will be taking a back seat and I'll only be doing one post a week for a while. Unless I'm stuck with a huge paper or exams. Then I'll just have to be AWOL.

It may take me several years to accomplish a simple two years degree but I'm looking forward to the process.  I'm nervous and excited to see what the year holds! Let's do this thing!



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Monday, August 10, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Fighting for Joy

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This year, I set aside the entire month of March to declutter and purge our junk room. And here I am, five months later, trying to declutter the same room again. In the past I might have blamed my lack of storage but, really, I just have too much stuff that I don't need.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Fighting for Joy

A couple weeks ago, I picked up Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. After hearing a few things about it on the interwebz, I picked up a copy for myself. Since decluttering and discarding my stuff has been my theme this year, I was interested in what this little book had to offer on the subject. I was not disappointed.

I generally don't make a habit of reading about organizing. Occasionally I'll read the odd article about it. It's just not something I'm interested in unless I have a specific problem I'm trying to solve. This book is different from every other approach I've seen because it has an element of what does interest me: psychology and philosophy.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

June-July Review {2015}

Today I spent my day corralling children while the new floor was being laid. My third new floor in a year and a half. Last year we had a major leak under the house that required drilling through the foundation and getting a new floor. This year we found a new leak in the wall that caused water damage to our new floor.

After a month of repairs and waiting, the new vinyl flooring finally went in. You could see every single seam and there were parts that didn't want to lay flat. We obviously weren't happy with the shoddy work and so here we are in the process of getting the third floor down.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Styling Bathroom Shelves and Settling for Done

Styling Bathroom Shelves in 15 minutes and Settling for Done not Perfect.

What is the most neglected room in your house? Mine is the upstairs bathroom. It's small, old, and has weird, bright blue tile. I've gone through a few different color palettes and decor styles in this room and I haven't been able to settle on any one. No matter what I've done, it always feels off.

I had just given up and didn't feel motivated to try again. If I couldn't get it perfect then what was the point? I figured inspiration would hit me eventually. And so, the shelves in the bathroom were left sitting mostly empty for months.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Discard

Picking one word that will define the direction of the year can be daunting. As much as I loved having a word for 2014, I never picked out a word of the year for 2015. I thought about it many times but never got around to deciding on one that felt right. So, here I am talking about my newly picked word about 8 months too late.

Discard. 

That's about how this year is going. I'm discarding stuff I don't love, style ideas, hurts, and fears. I'm trying to anyway. It sounds like a rather melancholy word of the year and I suppose it could be, but it is also a freeing one.