Speedy Peppermint Brownies

Y’all, just like fall means everything pumpkin, to me, winter time means everything peppermint! And even though winter doesn’t start for a few more weeks, it’s December now, so we can pretend, right?

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I love me a good, warm, chewy brownie. Brownies are so easy to whip up in a hurry, so it’s my favorite go-to thing to make for a pitch-in or party! And during the winter….I have to make them peppermint!

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Speedy Peppermint Brownies

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour (I’ll even add some whole wheat and no one notices)
1/2 cup cacao powder (if you use regular cocoa powder, scale back some of the sugar)
1 tsp. salt
5 eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
5-10 drops of Young Living’s Peppermint Vitality oil
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Recipe:
In mixing bowl, combine first 8 ingredients & beat until smooth. Pour into greased 13×9 baking pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips (and Christmas sprinkles if desired!) over the top. Bale at 350 for 30 minutes or toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10-15 mins and enjoy!

brownies

See how quick and easy that was? What’s your favorite dessert to make during the holidays?

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
What would you add? What helped you stick with Trim Healthy Mama?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Happy Thursday, y’all! Did you check out my post on Caleb’s “must-haves” for teething? There are some winners in there for sure! I wanted to let you in on a little secret…Sara and I have teamed up on Instagram to give away a Teething Toy & Teething Lovey and a 5mL Lavender oil! So head over there now to enter!

Today I want to share with you a muffin recipe I whip up if I want to make Luke really happy. It combines two of his favorite things….lemon and blueberries! Plus, it’s perfect for Spring (or to have for an Easter Brunch!) and they are so pretty!

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Plus, I add a little secret ingredient to it….Lemon oil! But what’s so cool is that Young Living came out with the Vitality line, which means it’s FDA approved to use internally! Yayyyy!!

Lemon Vitality

So, without further ado, here’s the recipe….


Ingredients:
1.5 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or fresh, I use frozen)
1 egg
1 cup milk (I used 1/2 goats milk and 1/2 almond milk)
10 drops of Lemon Vitality

Directions:
Mix by hand all together. Do not beat. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy the lemon-y goodness!


What’s a favorite snack during the Spring for y’all? Who else is super excited about the weekend? We have a wedding to go to, so that’ll be fun!

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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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane