This recipe is a HUGE hit in my house. I kept meaning to share but forgot over and over – probably because I’m too busy licking a spoon.
It turns out that, if you mix peanut butter and Greek yogurt, this wonderfully fluffy “mousse” is created! Add in a little cocoa powder, a splash of cinnamon, and (optional) some honey and… TADA! It’s totally delicious and an excellent source of protein and healthy fats. This is one food that I can always count of the kids to eat… Unless I eat it all first. Seriously. This stuff goes QUICKLY in my house!
Good morning! It was an early one in the Boyle household (but, then again, it usually is!).
It’s so weird to see Claire standing all the time now… Or zombie-style walking towards me (know what I mean? That early baby walk always reminds me of a zombie).
Speaking of Claire, do you like our pumpkin? We carved it to look like her – two top teeth, two bottom. LOL.
In other news, I’ve been sick for 4 days. I’m over it. I’m just super congested and have a constant headache. So I haven’t been doing much, just trying to get through the basics each day so I can collapse on the couch. I have, however, been sticking to Vegetarian Whole 30 (I’m on Day 11 of my second round) and feeling great. The second round is definitely not as hard as the first. And I really love eating this way!
Here’s an interesting article about how pain tolerance impacts athletic performance. I think this is SO true. I don’t think I’m the strongest athlete but I have a really high pain tolerance. So my finishing times are usually better than my training would’ve predicted. Actually, one of my favorite things about racing is pushing through when it really hurts. Is that weird?!
Last, but not least, I really want to read the new Brene Brown book but I have a stack of 6 unread books on my side table and can’t continue to add to the pile. Has anyone read Rising Strong and really loved it?
My goal today is to rearrange our toy rotation boxes – sounds pretty lame but seriously, just getting off the couch is a major accomplishment with this dang head cold. Hope it goes away by tomorrow!
Question of the Day: Would you say you have a high pain tolerance? I guess I do, except when it comes to the sniffles…
If you’re never heard of the love languages, check out their website. The love languages (how you express and receive love) are: physical touch, quality time, acts of service, gifts, and words of affirmation. Love languages were originally for adult relationships, but they can apply to parent-child relationships, too. You can’t tell your child’s love language until age 5, and love languages change over time, but I think this is really interesting. The most insightful thing I read so far that love expressed in your child’s love language is most well-received, and parental disappointment/anger expressed in their love language is the worst thing of all. So if your kid’s love language is quality time, and you punish them by withdrawing that, it wounds them very deeply. Made me think a lot about discipline in our household. That is a really powerful concept, huh?
#2 – We dressed up for Halloween! The Husband and I went out to a costume party and had so much fun.
My Catwoman costume was pretty simple and inexpensive. All I had to buy were ears and a mask!
I saw an ad for Shipt on Facebook and knew that I immediately wanted to give it a go! For $14 a month (or $99 a year), you can get UNLIMITED grocery deliveries right to your door. There is a mark-up on groceries (about $5 extra for every $35), but you can seriously order anything you want from your phone. The clincher for me was when I saw that there was an entire section for organic produce.
You can also make special requests – like I asked for a box of fun kid Band-Aids to be added to our order. I’ve found that may things are in the drop-down menus, but you have to also add in special requests for many things. Each time, I got groceries at my door in just 2 hours! It was totally cool.
3 Questions for You!
What’s your love language?
What’s your Halloween costume?
If you could have any service automated, what about it be?
Remember when we went apple picking with our friends?
Well, we ended up with a ton of apples – of course! And after eating a few whole, I knew that I needed to get creative in the kitchen before they all went off. I wanted a yummy snack with only a few ingredients – something fun to eat but healthy, too. And so I whipped up this grain-free apple crisp.
Unlike other apple crisps, which are of course packed with added sugar, this one only has one source of sweetness – the apples themselves! Apples have such a delicious flavor when baked. I added a scoop of plain Greek yogurt to the side and the whole thing was very reminiscence of apple pie à la Mode!
3 apples (I used two Gala and one Granny Smith)
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
Optional: Plain Greek Yogurt on the side
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a glass pie dish or a cast iron skillet.
Cut the apples into slices and arrange in the dish.
Melt the coconut oil. Mix in cinnamon and nuts, coating the nuts thoroughly.
So a few months ago, I saw a post on Kath Eats about Gallery Direct, which makes beautiful canvas prints right from your photos. I immediately hopped on over to the site to order a ‘test’ print of Claire. You see, I had been desperately wanting to transform my staircase photo. After we moved in, I attempted a cute collage wall with lots of little pictures. But I was never satisfied with the layout, didn’t like the small size of the images, and kept knocking pictures off the wall. After two years, this is what I was left with.
Anyway, I ordered a test print from Gallery Direct because we have a canvas print that I got from another website, and I was never satisfied with it. It cost a decent amount of money, but the canvas was flimsy and thin. So I wanted to wait to pull the trigger on a large order until I got one canvas back from Gallery Direct.
I loved my first Gallery Direct canvas SO MUCH that I promptly ordered 7 more and e-mailed the company to see if they would be interested in doing a giveaway! Seriously, these canvases are that nice. The frames are sturdy and thick, and the canvas has such a nice texture to it.
It comes with a wonderful hire hanger on the back! My other canvas frame didn’t and was such a headache to hang. Also – LOVE the Made in the USA sticker on the back of each picture.
Before I hung everything up on the wall, I sent a “HELP ME!” e-mail to Gallery Direct for some advice. I feel like collage walls are hard enough as it is – but stairway collages are even harder. Here’s what the experts said:
In reality, the more varied the art is that you’re hanging up, the more visually interesting it will be. Multiple sizes and orientations give a gallery wall a dynamic flow to it versus the more traditional symmetry of a size balanced wall. In terms of capturing the best flow that you can my advice would be to definitely use the paper layout as described in our first tutorial, found here. In addition we’ve seen a lot of success with using paper cut outs as well. The basic method would be as follows:
1. Gather all the pieces that you’re interested in including in the gallery wall
2. Lay them out on a piece of butcher paper and cut out the outlines of each piece so that you have a piece of paper in the exact size/shape of each piece
3. Arrange these visually on a wall – this allows you to arrange and rearrange as you see fit without having to put a bunch of holes in your wall
Best practices of where to start when arranging a variety of sizes/pieces is to stick the bigger pieces in the middle and then let the smaller ones fill in the gaps on the outside of the arrangement. Likely the larger pieces will be your visual focal point anyway, so keeping them in the center makes the most sense to the eye, while including the smaller ones towards the outside lets the viewer really appreciate the details they otherwise might have missed.
Since hanging my first wall was such a disaster (so many holes!), I took their advice and tried the butcher block paper method.
I cut out outlines of each picture and also made a mark on the paper indicating where the nail should go when I accounted for the wire hanger’s give. I also wrote on each paper which picture it belonged to and the picture’s orientation so I didn’t get too confused.
FYI butcher block paper is also an excellent race track.
I laid out the pictures on the floor first, and then I taped the paper up on the wall. I moved things around a few times because some of my prints weren’t the exact same size so I couldn’t be perfectly symmetrical (which definitely threw me off). I decided to just do what Gallery Direct advises and go with what looked visually pleasing instead of perfectly aligned.
I am so pleased with how it came out! And I LOVE the larger prints because it’s so much easier to actually SEE them – before you had to get super close to appreciate the pictures. I left some room to grow on the bottom landing of the staircase. I can’t wait to add a few more pictures in (I know we need a tailgating picture in there somewhere!).
If you want to just go ahead and purchase some Gallery Direct prints (they would be an awesome holiday present), Gallery Direct is running a promotion through mid-November for 40% off sitewide and 65% off on canvas gallery wrap photo uploads! You don’t need a coupon or anything, just head on over to the site.
Want to win $200 to Gallery Direct to create your own wall? Simply leave a comment on this post telling me about your all-time favorite picture. My all-time fav is the picture of the Husband and me looking at Henry the moment he was born (you can see it here). I’ll pick a winner on Monday.