Recipe: Paleo Lemon Coconut Cream Cookies

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Did you know if you go to a paint store, you will find no less than 45 different shares of grey and beige? You'll even find a multitude of greige (yes, that's the actual word for grey + beige). The best part is bringing your husband to a paint store and asking him to spot the difference in the 10 different whites you show him and ask him to care. Babe, white dove IS different than alpine snow!

It's a battle. Anyways, Adam and I are slowly but surely updating our house and doing new stuff to it, including painting. Currently, our entire house is like living in a sandbox. I'm pretty sure when our old owners moved out, they picked a neutral color at Home Depot and painted very single wall the same exact color. It's a pretty sandbox but its one that needs a little Kristen touch, and a little greige.

First things first, the master bedroom. I am in love with this Benjamin Moore color White dove. I stole the idea from my blog crush, Arielle at Something Navy. She painted her master this color and I'm obsessed. I'll be sure to share all the before and after photos.

Let's move on to the cookies. You fabulous Everyday Grace readers LOVED these cookies on Insta-stories. So, this is my thanks for reaching out. You asked, I blogged.

It's fall in Denver finally and the cool weather and the pretty leaves have inspired me to bake. Last Sunday I spent the entire day trying out new recipes with Adam as my taste tester. There's nothing like a cool Sunday with a glass of red wine and some cookies, amiright? I am all about these kind of weekends.

I've never been a cookie fan. If it were up to me, dessert would consist of candy and ice cream. Cookies, pass. Cake, hell no. Cupcakes, I'd rather save the calories. And then I tried the vanilla oreos. If you haven't had these cookies, you are missing out on life's littlest treats. If I had no discipline I would literally eat the entire package of Oreos. I'm not lying here.

When I saw these cookies, I thought hmm... sandwich cookies, yummm. Plus adding the extra layer of coconut cream is the best ever. They are especially the best fresh out of the oven with lots of the fresh cream. Adam told me these are his new favorite cookies and I just might have to agree.

These seem like a lot of work and they kind of are, but look at those ingredients - they're all the ones you'll already have in your pantry. Let's get backing.

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1./2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons cold coconut milk - scrape the cream off the top
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
How to Make: 
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, almond butter, honey, lemon juice and vanilla. 
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 
  4. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. 
  5. Form the cookie dough into 30 balls and flatten each one. The thinner the crispier. 
  6. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes until they just about brown. Allow to cool. 
  7. While the cookies are cooling, making the filing! 
  8. Whisk together the vegetable oil, honey, lemon and vanilla. Beat in the coconut cream until a cream forms. Put in the freezer for about 10 minutes. 
  9. Once the cookies are cooled and the cream is cold, scoop those babies up. 
  10. PS. Store in the refrigerator! They make the cookies a tad soft, but you want that cream cold. 
  11. Enjoy! 
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Happy Wednesday friends!

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Recipe: Callie's Paleo Chocolate Banana Muffins!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

This post was originally posted back on October 22, 2014. That seems like ages ago. We were still living in our tiny little townhouse, we had just started eating paleo and we weren't even married yet.

We were just little babes trying to figure out how to be adults in a brand new state. It's crazy to me to look back on old posts and see how much has changed.

One thing that hasn't changed is our love for these muffins. They are super easy to make and legit taste like dessert. I found that eating paleo and cooking for Adam is way easier when I plan ahead. It usually keeps us on a better meal plan and not so many snacks if we do this.

Adam and I are always looking for new breakfast options, so when Callie told me about these, we knew we had to try them! They're super easy to make and oh. my. gosh. they are so delicious. I hope you all enjoy!

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (for paleo, make sure they have no added sugar or milk!) 
How to Make: 
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Line a muffin tin with papers. 
  3. Beat the 3 ripe bananas with a mixer until well blended and no chunks. 
  4. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, egg and vanilla, mix on medium. 
  5. Add the almond meal, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and mix on low. 
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips. 
  7. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins. 
  8. For extra, sprinkle chocolate chips on top! 
  9. Bake for 18 minutes (or high-altitude baking for 23 minutes!) 
  10. Enjoy! 
 The batter, try not to eat it all before you bake it :) 

Thank goodness we got married and got new pans! 
 All ready to go in! I forgot the papers, but I sprayed it. 

Thanks for the recipe Callie! 

Happy Tuesday!

Printiki: The best way to print your Instagram photos

Monday, October 23, 2017

Last weekend I spent the entire weekend going through boxes my parents brought from their house full of all my childhood belongings. We are talking notes from high school boyfriends, my letterman jacket, tennis trophies, diaries and tons and tons of picture albums.

I have over probably 30 photo albums dating from 6th grade through college. I was that girl at parties. I always had my mini-canon camera hanging around my wrist. Trust me, what happened in high school didn't stay in high-school and I've got the pictures to tell any story you wanna hear.

To me, that is the problem with iPhones and everything being digital. I haven't printed a photo in at least the last year. The last time I vividly remember printing photos was after our wedding. I crave holding pictures in my hand and framing them all over my house. My kids are gonna think life ended after college because I have no more photos to show them.

This is where Printiki comes in. The easiest way possible to print Instagram photos. I am absolutely hooked. You go to Printiki, login in to your Instagram and them boom, select any photos you've posted and print. You can add borders, make them matte, glossy, create books, prints whatever you choose. The best part, in less than a week you have your amazing Insta photos in your hand and ready to share.

I am seriously obsessed with my prints. I've already sent some to friends, hung them at work, posted them at home. I'm starting to feel like my high school self all over again.

The best part, today (and whenever) you get free shipping on any order! Use the code:
WJYF9E2A at checkout on any order and boom, great photos and free shipping. 

I'm so excited for your guys to try out Printiki. you'll be absolutely amazing with the convenience and ease of the site. Just remember guys, christmas is quickly approaching and what do moms love more than photos? 

Now, normally I would never tell you to leave my site, but head over to Printiki and get printing.  Happy Monday friends! 

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Guest Post: Five Awesome Places To Travel If You Hate Crowds

Friday, October 20, 2017

Popular travel destinations, especially during peak seasons, can be packed with endless crowds. Going to such vacation spots when you hate crowds can be counterproductive. To truly unwind, you need to head to one of the under-the-radar destinations that have yet to be discovered by the average traveler.

You will definitely enjoy being one of the few travelers in the world who have taken the time to explore these gems. Many of these vacation spots offer the usual touristy activities but a few offer quite the exotic experience. 

It’s time to wander off the beaten path and explore new grounds. Here are some awesome crowd-free travel destinations you can visit.

Go Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Rwanda, Uganda and D.R. Congo are the only places in the world you can see mountain gorillas
On any given day, Rwanda allows a maximum of 56 people to trek to go see the gorillas. There are seven groups of gorillas in the mountains with each group living some distance from the other. Since permits are given for the 7 mountain gorilla groups available, a trekking group cannot have more than 8 members. The trek up the mountain to spot a group of mountain gorillas can take anything from half an hour to a couple hours depending on where the gorillas are on that given day.

That’s pretty awesome if you don’t want to go to a tourist spot and have tens or hundreds of people at the same spot. You must have a permit to trek the mountains to go see the mountain gorillas. You can secure a permit from the Rwandan authorities or you can have a local travel company buy one for you.

Gorilla trekking trips are usually guided trips with the travel company you’ve booked with giving you a tutorial on safety and offering a guide to take you up the mountains. Good accommodations are easy to find near the parks. 

Peaceful Escape in Anguilla

The Caribbean is a popular beach destination. One of the best low-key destinations in the Caribbean is Anguilla. Anguilla maintains a relaxed atmosphere all year round as the locals highly value privacy and tranquility.

Anguilla’s greatest attractions are its tranquility, beaches, food, elaborate villas and resorts and several opportunities for tourists to pamper themselves. As you would expect of any Caribbean destination, finding a great place to stay is not hard. 

The Caribbean has great tourists’ villas, resorts and hotels. You can find both budget and luxury accommodations. If resorts are your thing, you won’t be disappointed as the Caribbean has some of the most elaborate all-inclusive resorts in the world. Just be sure to pick either a family-friend resort or a couples all-inclusive, depending upon if you’re traveling with friends, family or your significant other. 

You will love the local music scene if reggae fascinates you. Bankie Banx, a local reggae star often performs in various joints in the island. You can go to a low-key club called the Duve Preserve to sample music at night.

Find Peace in Koh Lipe, Thailand

Located in the South Andaman Sea, Koh Lipe is a beautiful island that boasts extensive white sandy beaches, great budget hotels, tranquility and a decent selection of both Thai and Western food.

You can get to Koh Lipe by boat only. If you are flying in from Malaysia, you can take a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi and then take a boat to Koh Lipe. You can also fly in from Bangkok by taking a flight to Hat Yai then taking a bus to Pak Bara from where you can take a boat to Koh Lipe.

Besides relaxing at the beach, you can enjoy other activities such as snorkeling, diving, taking boat trips, and hiking.

Take an East African Safari during the Low Season

East African safaris are often determined by the dominant weather seasons and not by the location or availability of animals. The peak season is usually from June to October and then from December to January.

In Kenya and Tanzania, the heavy rains usually come in the months of March, April and May. The rains do not rain week after week but the safari companies, just to be cautious, still make few bookings during these months. This means that the game parks usually have just a handful of tourists during this season.

You can make arrangements with a tour operator to go to parks that aren’t affected by the rains and do so at very affordable rates. Your game drives won’t be affected much by the rains as it usually rains late in the afternoon.

Marvel at the Breathtaking Landscapes of County Donegal

If you want to visit Ireland and want to stay away from the destinations that tourists frequently crowd at, County Donegal is the place to be. Donegal is the least commercialized county in terms of tourism in Ireland.

Unlike County Galway and County Kerry, County Donegal isn’t very tourist oriented. Nonetheless, the attractions it offers and the hospitality provided to the tourists who do make it there is worth the trouble of going there. 

This destination offers you the chance to experience unspoilt attractions at very affordable prices. Some of the activities you can engage in include golfing, walking, rock climbing, water sports, and fishing.

You can fly in directly into Donegal International Airport from Glasgow and Dublin. There are daily flights to the destination. You can also go by bus by boarding one from Sligo, Dublin, Derry or Galway.

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