{the best} Chocolate Chip Muffins

Hey all! It’s been wayyyy too long since I’ve shared a new recipe with you! These chocolate chip muffins are a tried & true family favorite of all my boys! They’re so yummy, easy to make…I promise you can’t mess them up. Plus, you can’t go wrong with chocolate chips!

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of flour (I usually do half white, half wheat)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup chocolate chips (we LOVE using mini chips- especially Enjoy Life brand)
1 egg
1 cup almond milk

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350. Mix dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients. Stir until just mixed, then add chocolate chips. Stir well to combine. Bake for 20 minutes.

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What’s your family’s favorite muffins? You can find all of our other favorites HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Chocolate Salted Caramel Frappe

Happy Monday, lovely people! Did you have a good weekend? I hope so! Ours was low-key and easy going…just what we needed after a crazy week! Today for Trim Healthy Mondays I was to share with you a favorite protein drink of mine….

Chocolate Salted Caramel Frappe

The past couple weeks in the south have been BLAZIN’ hot, so cooking or warming up food for lunch just has not been on my radar. But, sometimes I just get stuck in a “smoothie rut”. Do you feel the same way? I make the same ol’ smoothie over and over again, then get sick of it! So I’ve been browesing Pinterest and making up some new smoothie recipes so I can mix them up! This Chocolate Salted Caramel Frappe is an “S” for Trim Healthy Mamas…and sugar & dairy free! Yay!

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Ingredients-
1.5 cups almond milk
9-12 coffee ice cubes (if you don’t like coffee, just use regular ice cubes)
1 scoop chocolate protein power (I use Young Living’s)
1 teaspoon caramel flavoring
1 farm-fresh (or really nice store-bought) egg yolk
1 teaspoon MCT oil
Pinch of sea salt
sweetener to taste (I use liquid stevia drops)

Directions-
Blend together almond milk, caramel, sea salt, egg yolk, MCT oil, and sweetener. Add ice and protein powder and blend until desired consistancy. Enjoy!
Now, don’t freak out that the egg yolk is there! It has so many healthy benifits, you don’t taste it and it makes it so creamy! If you can’t stomach it, just up the MCT oil to 1 TBSP and omit the egg yolk.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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{An intro to} Trim Healthy Mondays!

Happy Monday! Today I am starting a new series called Trim Healthy Mondays! If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, you know I am a big Trim Healthy Mama fan. I’ve been doing THM exclusively for over a year now, and my husband and I feel great! There have been a few cheats here and there, but it’s a plan not a diet, so I just give myself some grace, and start back 3 hours later. 🙂

Trim Healthy Mondays
I’ll do different things each Monday….I might share tips, a look at my day, recipes, my journey, ect. Of course if there’s something you want to know or see, just let me know!
I do want to just give some tips for starting out, and some good resources to get you started!
* If you haven’t already, read (buy, borrow from a friend, rent from the library) one of the plan books (either the original or the new one). The cookbook can come later. Everyone always thinks you have to have the cookbook to succeed. It’s not true! I started with the original book with picture-less recipes. It CAN be done without the cookbook. But, you HAVE to read the plan!
* Check out Gwen’s Nest starter guide. Print it out and memorize it. SUCH good info here!
*Start slow! I think that’s so many people’s main problem. They jump in head first without reading the book, get confused, frustrated and stop. Read the book and take it slow!
*Focus on real foods first! Don’t try making all the new recipes if you feel overwhelmed. Just make normal, regular meals with protein and either a carb or a fat. Starting off, this makes it a lot easier!
*Plug into the main Facebook group, and any off-shoots. Join the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook group, and the Beginner Group! They also have a Pregnancy & Nursing Group, and an Allergy-Friendly Group.
*Also, check back here next week to get some meal ideas! 😉
What would you add? What helped you stick with Trim Healthy Mama?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal

Today I am sharing with y’all one of my new favorite thing to eat for breakfast (or a snack!). It’s so yummy and chocolately. You’ll think you’re having dessert, not a meal! And it’s healthy for you, too! 🙂

Overnight Oatmeal

If you’re doing Trim Healthy Mama with me, this would be an “E”nergizing meal or snack.

Head over to Domestically Speaking to get my recipe!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today I want to share with y’all a fall-favorite at our house; Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! These are so yummy and cake-like. A perfect snack {or breakfast…shhh, don’t tell anyone!}.

Pumpkin Cookies

I am sharing the recipe over at Domestically Speaking….you have to go check it out!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

You’ll have to leave a comment and tell me if you tried them!

Even though it doesn’t feel like it much in the South, it officially turned Autumn last week- and I couldn’t be happier! I am all about pumpkins, spice and everything fall-like! Here are some other & spice recipes we love….

Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon IcingSpiced Banana MuffinsPumpkin Spice MuffinsWhat’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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{Gluten Free, Sugar Free} Peanut Butter Cookies

Happy Monday, everyone! Did you know that last Friday was national peanut butter cookie day? Seriously! So, of course I needed to make some pb cookies! But….I’m trying to stick with my Trim Healthy Mama plan for the rest of this pregnancy. I decided I would make this (almost) THM-style!

PB Cookies

Yum! Don’t they look delish?


Ingredients:
1 cup no-sugar added peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1 egg
1 cup stevia (or other natural sweetner)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. Mix the first 4 ingredients together in a bowl. Shape into balls, and slightly flatten with your fingers. Press some chocolate chips on the tops of each cookie. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before moving them. Enjoy!


PB Chocolate Chip Cookies

Did you enjoy peanut butter cookies on Friday?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Chocolate Fruit and Snack Dip

Hey y’all! I have another recipe for you today! Today I want to share with you an amazing Chocolate Fruit & Snack Dip. Luke and I have been trying to eat more fruit as our dessert instead of something sugary and fattening. But sometimes, when you have a gathering or party, you have to have an extra little something. And this Chocolate Fruit & Snack Dip is perfect!

Fruit Dip

Head over to Domestically Speaking to get the recipe!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Chocolate Strawberry Shake

Happy Tuesday! Today in the South is so.stinking.cold. Like, I hate it. All I want to do is stay under the covers and read. But, as a grown up, that really can’t happen.

Last week I put together a chocolate & strawberry protein shake and it is SO good. I want to share it with you today. It’s so easy to make!

Chocolate Strawberry Shake


Ingredients:
Chocolate protein powder
1-2 handfuls of strawberries
1 1/2 cups of milk

Directions:
Blend all together in a blender or bullet and enjoy!


Strawberry Shake

Yum! Perfect for breakfast or after your workout!

What is the weather like where you are?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

How to have a {simple, tasteful & inexpensive} Wedding Reception

Happy Wednesday, all! I know I haven’t posted much….like, at all, but I hope that can change in the coming weeks! Today I want to share with you some tips, tricks and pictures from my simple (but, I think, gorgeous!) wedding reception.

Wdding Reception

First off, let me say that if you schedule your wedding when no one will expect a meal….no one will expect a meal. And that helps you out in the $$$ area quite a lot. Schedule your wedding around 1-3pm if possible. Too late for lunch, too early for supper.

Wedding Reception Donuts

We offered a little bit of a variety of things. We had fresh fruit, donuts, donut holes and scones. And, of course, cake!

Wedding Reception FoodMixing in different decorations in with the food also helps make it seem like there is more than there is. Mix in flowers, books, jars, lace, wood. Whatever fits your style. 🙂

Wedding Reception Flowers

We also used some hanging jars with flowers in them to give it an outdoorsy feel and help draw your attention upward, too.

Wedding Reception Beauty

I loved mixing textures of wood, lace, burlap, flowers and glass. It turned out quite lovely, if I do say so myself. 🙂

What did you serve at your reception? How did you decorate it?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

5 Sweet Bread Recipes

Happy Monday, everyone! The weather has turned cold again….and that makes me want to bake. So today, I thought I would share 5 awesome sweet bread recipes I’ve found on the internet this past weekend. 🙂

Sweet Breads

First, I love, love, love Mary’s Pear Banana Bread recipe!

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My Chocolate Banana Bread is always a huge hit!

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This Lemon Blueberry Bread looks amazing! Definitely on my to-try list!

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We love anything with cinnamon in it….and this Cinnamon Swirl Bread looks perfect!

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This Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread looks so yummy! I’m thinking about trying it this Spring. 🙂

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What’s your favorite sweet bread recipe?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane