Thursday, December 24, 2015

Gingerbread "wooki" Cookies




If you haven't seen the new Star Wars....you are missing out. It was great! That's all I'll say, I'm not going to spoil it.


It was perfect timing of the release of the movie along with the holidays. We love to make (and eat cookies. However going gluten free can present obstacles. I tweaked a few recipes and came up with this yummy recipe and exceptional idea (thanks to pinterest lol!).

Wooki Cookies!


Ingredients

Cookies
3 cups Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour (Bob's Redmill works great)
3/4 cup Coconut Palm Sugar 
1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Ground Ginger
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 cup Butter softened slightly
3/4 cup Unsulphured Molasses
2 Tbsp Milk or almond milk

Royal Icing
1 large Egg White
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups Powdered Sugar (I don't usually use white sugar, but I couldn't resist getting the look of the wookie!) 
Food Coloring if desired


Instructions:
In a food processor or mixer with the paddle attachment combine Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, sugar, spices and salt. Add the butter and pulse or mix until the mixture resembles sand.
With the processor or mixer running, add the molasses and milk until the dough is evenly moistened. Remove the dough, wrap tightly in plastic and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
After chilling, remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide into two sections. Keep one piece chilled while working with the other. Roll the dough between two pieces of parchment paper to about 1/8-inch thickness, carefully removing and replacing the parchment paper as needed to reduce sticking. Cut the dough into desired shapes (I used a gingerbread cookie cutter & then stretched it into a wooki (taller). Then I used a fork to make the "fur".  Return the rolled and cut dough to the refrigerator to set up while repeating step 3 with the second pieces of dough.
After both pieces of dough have been rolled, cut and chilled, carefully remove the cutout cookies from the parchment sheets using a flat spatula and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. The scraps of dough can be rerolled and chilled for more cookies.
Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until the centers are firm, about 15 – 20 minutes, rotating the sheets about half-way through the baking time. Let cool completely before decorating.
While the cookies are cooling, prepare the royal icing. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the egg white and vanilla extract until frothy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix on low until shiny (add any food coloring as desired at this time). Increase the mixer to high and beat until stiff and glossy, about 5 – 7 minutes. Decorate cooled cookies as desired.

Have a very Merry Christmas & a "Wooki" New Year! 






5 Reasons to Join Shaklee in December



Have you ever thought about starting your own Shaklee business? Since starting my own business, I have been able to grow personally, help others, make a difference, go green, get all my health products paid for, and earn a passive income! Shaklee has been such a blessing to my family and me! I want to bless others with this opportunity and share this gift. Christmas time is all about giving and I want to give you a head start to make 2016 your best year ever! If you want to join us, December is a great time to partner with us and become your own boss! Here’s why…

Tax Advantages

When you join Shaklee and Freedom Partners with a Gold Kit, you can write off your business kit. Who loves write-offs? In fact, tax advantages are one of the best things about having a home based business! When you join in 2015, you can get your return back in 2016 rather than waiting for 2017 if you start your business in 2016. Hello no brainer!!!

Christmas Parties

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Free Trips

Shaklee offers several trips a year and the clock starts counting January 1st! What does this mean? It means that you can take full advantage of earning a tropical, all inclusive, paid vacation! I don’t know about you, but I will work for trips!! The announcements of next year’s trip will be made on January 4th- be there!

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WELCOME TO THE TEAM!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Easy Energy Bites


Easy Energy Bites!

One of the greatest things about living what we call a Shaklee Lifestyle is all the awesome people we have met over the years. For example meet Suni Ferrer, one of my Shaklee Sisters and a fellow Shaklee Mom. 
Thanks for sharing Suni xoxo!

This is a simple recipe that is sure to please every member of the family, plus it's perfect for our 5 day mini diet reset programs.

Easy Energy Bites, by Suni

(A gluten-free, dairy-free, and whole-food energy bar with endless possible fruit and nut combinations.)
*Makes 4 snack servings (or about 32 energy bites) 
*Each “energy bite” has only 20 calories!

2 scoops Shaklee 180 Smoothee Mix (or any Shaklee protein powder)
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds or pecans or any nuts/seeds
½ cup dried cherries or other dried fruit (avoid those with sulfites)
Pinch of sea salt
¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
Optional: 1 Tbsp chia seeds or ground flax seeds (for Omega-3s)

To reduce fat, choose a nut lower in fat, such as almonds or cashews. 

Note: If using a food processor instead of a high-speed blender, you may need to add a small amount of grapeseed oil or melted coconut oil, so the bars hold up without crumbling.

Directions: 
1. Add all ingredients and run food processor or high-speed blender until desired texture is reached, about 30-40 seconds on Speed 1 with Vitamix or Blendtec. If using food processor, pause to scrape down sides if necessary and run again 30 seconds at a time. (*note, I have made these using my countertop kitchen aid mixing bowl and it was just fine too!)
2. Use spatula to scrape and dump fruit/nut blend onto plastic wrap or parchment paper and fold plastic or paper over mixture. 
3. Press the mixture with hands or roller into a thin rectangle. 
4. With knife or pizza cutter, cut into 4 bars or 32 bite-size squares. 5. Eat as is or refrigerate to harden if desired.

Have a great day!
Stacey



If your are interested in learning out more about what living a Shaklee Lifestyle means, please feel free to contact me at: hopindai@verizon.net or text me @ 410 903-4076
I will also share with you how to get your lifetime membership for free!








Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Chocolate Chia Mousse



We sure do love pudding once in a while.
Have you ever took a peak at the ingredients in the store bought brands? Even the ones you add your own milk to? They are loaded with sugar, gluten and other things I cannot even pronounce!

So, naturally I thought about a way to make this treat a bit healthier.
1 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond or coconut are my personal favs)
1/4 cup chia seeds
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder (baking cocoa will also work) 
* for a complete meal, add 2 scoops chocolate Shaklee Life Protein instead of cocoa powder
Dash of pink Himalayan sea salt
1 tablespoon organic maple syrup or raw honey
Dark Chocolate shavings for garnish

Directions:
Mix it all together and store in fridge to thicken. The chia seeds naturally become gelatinous making it like a "pudding".

The addition of the protein added extra protein & leucine to the treat. Proteim to keep my blood sugar levels normal and the leucine helps to retain muscle mass.
EAT PUDDING, KEEP MUSCLE?
Um, yes please!

I used my kitchen aid mixer, but this can easily be mixed with a spoon in a bowl.


It may see, very water at first, it may take hours or even over night to thicken, so make ahead of time.


The use of cute dessert dishes and whipped topping makes this even better!


Have a great day,
Stacey




Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween loot buy back program?

*****Re-posting this before Halloween!*****
I hope it helps my Moms out there that are trying to keep their kiddos away from sugary junk.

That's right I'm buying Halloween loot from my kids!
Not why you think, although those PB cups were looking yummy. Oh no! I fought the urge to binge. My plan was to keep my kids from eating all that junk, there was no way I was going to eat it myself. What I did eat was a hand full of m&m's, BIG BIG mistake. My headache was awful and I was sick to my stomach. It has been so long since I have eaten sugary things that it hit me hard. To think about just how much of this junk I used to eat is crazy! Although I am doing my best to swap out the bad with the good, the fact is that my kids will always be surrounded by unhealthy options.  My main goal is not to just keep them from the unhealthy things, but to teach them what is healthy and why we limit things that are not healthy and give them the option to make the choice (with in reason of course).




I wanted to allow my kids to enjoy the fun of dressing up and trick or treating with friends, but the thought of all that toxic (yes toxic) sugary junk being eaten just bugged me.
So, naturally I thought why not buy it from them. Then they could use that cash to purchase a toy or book of their choice.

I had a mini glass vase (dollar store purchase) to use as the "measure" to earn a buck. They raced each other to see who got the most money. Of course they picked a few of their favorites and put them to the side.



In the end they each earned $7.





"So, what do you do with the bought loot?"
Well, it just so happened one of my "old" daycare child & mom stopped by to say "hi", so I pawned the loot off on her!
(it was a huge ziplock bag full!) 
Thanks Diamond & Candy :)


It was awesome to see you guys, glad you have moved back to the area.




(Bosley - our devilish boston terrier/beagle "boggle")

I feel like I have done a great thing for my family. My kids had fun, made a wise decision by choosing to "sell" their candy for something of better use, and they also were able to still have a few pieces of candy :)
(my Ninja's)

(our Halloween house)



Ah the joy of being the MOM!


How was your Halloween?

Have a great week,
Stacey

my shameful halloween get up :(
(hey! my costumes are in the shed which is in a swamp right now thanks to Hurricane Sandy)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Simple Fall Decor


My boys love caramel apples...ok and so do I! 


I surprised them one day after school with everything we needed to make a few caramel apples.


I seriously love this "fake" white pumpkin. I applied a monogrammed decal, the best part is we can keep it out past Thanksgiving and year after year!
Here it is on my front porch (even Bosley loves it!)



I decided to go simple this fall & enjoy my time with my family & friends!

I was inspired to use fall flowers in my decor after I stumbled upon BloomNation, they are an online flower delivery company. 


This is an antique wine press I inherited from a great aunt. It was used by her family during prohibition! How cool is that?

I love working with flowers to add a soft touch of color.


You may recognize this "winter white" wreath from a previous post on how to make the white wreath, here it is dressed up for fall!

Here is the area in back of my kitchen sink. I love to decorate this area since it seems dishes are always needing to be cleaned! 

I usually use this metal basket to store my fresh fruit, but decided to use it to display my faux caramel apples and some more simple fall foliage. 

I basically added a few of my Fallish items to the porch to include some fall foliage.
During our family photo shoot, we saw this old picnic table seat (broken) and I asked the hubby to snag it from the side of the road....SWEET! 
The tree branch is by Camryn, he said it looks an "L" for Lehn when stood up. He is right!



And of course I had to spook out my nails!
Hey, I gotta do something girly, I'm surrounded by males!!



Have a great week and a safe Halloween!




Sunday, September 6, 2015

Carrot Cake Smoothee



Enjoy a dessert for breakfast? Yup, this is the best way to start the day in my opinion. The fact that it's actually full of healthy nutrition is besides the point....HELLO, dessert!

2-3 scoops vanilla Shaklee Life Shake ๐Ÿ’š
(3 scoops if mixed with anything other than cows milk)
8oz milk (I used water)
1 carrot cut into 3 small carrots 
Half banana๐ŸŒ
3-5 frozen pineapple chunks๐Ÿ
Cinnamon as desired 

Blend together & enjoy what tastes like carrot cake batter!!
Oh and reap the benefits of starting your day with the best breakfast on the planet ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy!


Monday, August 10, 2015

NO sew napkin pillows!




This was such a fun little project that really JAZZED up my front porch!

Items you will need:
Napkins
Iron-on fusing web
Iron & ironing board or even a towel on a table top
Safety or straight pins


I scored big time $6.99 for 6 napkins!
(that's about $2 per pillow case...yippy!) 

First do a once over the napkins to smooth out any creases, believe me it makes things much easier!

Then measure out the fusing tape along the inside seam of the napkin.


Lay the second napkin over the napkin with the fusing tape, then iron. I used the heating setting as suggested for the fusing tape.



Repeat for three sides, leaving one side open to stuff!



By the way, I double scored because I only paid $3 for this preformed, pre-stiffed pillow (thank you Ikea!), which fit perfectly those square napkins I had purchased. disclaimer: when I say "I had purchased" I mean like last summer. somehow they made it to the back of my DIY closet ideas (yes I have a closet....don't judge me!)

Stuff the pillow into the opening. This part can be tricky, I decided to use safety pins to help hold the last remaining opening so that I could easily line up the fusing tape and then iron it together, completing the pillow. *tip* keep pins in place until ironed fused tape is completely cooled and you have given it a slight tug to make sure its going to stay. Then remove those pins!



The finished product is a wonderful POP of color on my front porch. Disregard the very warned out chair (that's yet another project for the upcoming fall!)


The monogrammed napkin pillow was a linen napkin I folded in half and fused together with the iron on fusing tape as well. Then I had some black craft paint and a sponge brush sitting around and I got creative, which literally took me all of 5 minutes to make!

Happy DIYing!