Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Camping at Nolin River Lake State Park

Over Labor Day weekend we headed to Nolin River Lake State Park for a few days of camping. We loved our first trip to Barren River Lake so much, we were so excited about this trip. We were a little nervous because the weather was predicting lots of rain (due to Hurricane Harvey), and we weren't ready to take on 3 days of rain in a tent. But hallelujah, the rain stopped the day we headed out and held off until after we left!
When we arrived we realized that our campsite was right on the water, which made for a really idyllic time. The sun would set right over the trees across the lake and it was so stinkin' beautiful.
Y'all.... the first night we were there it was 52 degrees! The day we left it was 82 I believe. I mean we were freezing the first night, you could see your breath and then we were swimming the next day. We experienced a lot of temperatures on this trip.
We laid in the hammocks for about 30% of this trip. I just couldn't get enough the scenery. Forest on one side, lake and sunsets on the other.
Hazel also loved the hammocks. We didn't have these on our first camping trip and I would say these were a GAME CHANGER. I would highly recommend hammocks for your next camping trip.
Another thing we didn't have on the last trip.... this Propane powered stove. Another game changer. Cooking over the first is fun and there is definitely a place for it, but making everything meal over a fire is exhausting. We still cooked our hot dogs over the fire, and we will probably make many more meals over the fire in the future. This thing just allowed us more time to relax- which is what camping is all about right?
I made this table cloth to keep with our camping gear. On our first trip we really could've use a table cloth. Also, there aren't many tablecloths out there that are fun/cute and not cheesy, so being the DIYers we are, we went ahead and just made us one with fabric we liked.
The first night there were so many other campers there, but by Monday they were all gone and we were the only campers for a little bit.
We also played a round of Bananagrams, which was pretty fun! We actually tried to play Mexican Train at first, but couldn't figure it out. We played regular dominoes the next day though.
This is a trail that was flooded with water from the Harvey rains. The water rose in the lake so much while we were there. They had to close the beach because it disappeared under water.
This is the area where all the tents were the day before. So deserted!
Our favorites from this trip:

We ended up planning two more camping trips as soon as we got home from this trip because we really do love camping so much! We also may have something exciting in the works involving the subject, so stay tuned. 

xo, Savannah

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Recipe: Grain-free Granola

Granola is so delicious. We don't buy it that often, because it can get pricey, especially when you get into the grain-free granolas and making sure it's made with good ingredients. And if you are trying to keep your carb count down, regular granola will not be part of your diet. The oats bring the carb count up instantly. My personal favorite granola involves peanut butter. I also am totally fine without dried fruits like cranberries, but you could add those into your recipe. The great thing about making your own granola is that you can put whatever you want in it and you don't have to measure so strictly. Anyway, you should make this. I promise, you won't even miss the grains!
Grain-free Granola Recipe

Ingredients:
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 1 Cup Pepitas
- 1 Cup Almonds
- 1/2 Cup Walnuts
- 1/2 Cup Hemp Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Flax Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- 4 tsp. Sweetener (I used Agave this time)
- 2 Tbs. Coconut Oil
- Cinnamon

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Put coconut, pepitas, almonds and walnuts in a food processor. Pulse a few times to chop everything to the same size.
3. Add mixture to a bowl along with all seeds.
4. Warm the coconut oil, peanut butter and cinnamon in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until combined.
5. Pour warm mixture into the bowl and stir until combined.
6. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet, preferably on parchment paper.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

And like I said before, you can make this however you want. If you have 1 cup of walnuts and just a handful of almonds, it will still work. Happy baking!

xo, Savannah



Thursday, August 24, 2017

recipe: coconut iced coffee

This is an ad brought to you by Zico and Hey Wanderer. All opinions are our own.

I like to pretend I'm a barista, so I love to play around with different coffee drinks. Well, today you are in for a treat because we have partnered with ZICO Coconut Water to bring you this delicious iced coffee recipe. What I love about ZICO Coconut Water is that there is NO added sugar unlike other popular coconut water brands. It isn't from concentrate and it only has one ingredient- coconut water. I'm making a big fuss of this because, sugar is bad news guys. I have a major sugar addiction, so it's important that I avoid it. What is inside your food is so important. Read your labels! Sugar is added to the craziest things. 
Anyway, on to the recipe.

Casey's Iced Coconut Coffee

1/2 cup of iced coffee
1/2 cup of Zico Coconut Water
1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 packet of stevia

If you want to make this drink really cold but don't want it to get watered down with ice, then mix this drink in a cocktail shaker. I poured all the ingredients into a shaker and added ice and gave it a shake for a few seconds, and voila I had an ice cold coffee without watering it down. You can also freeze coffee and use those as ice cubes.
I'm weird and have to drink hot coffee in the morning but in the summer I love an iced coffee mid afternoon. I'm lucky because I can drink coffee in the afternoon without causing any sleep issues. However, this could be a great addition to your summer morning routine if afternoon coffee keeps you up at night. For me this recipe is a great afternoon pick me up and a guiltless treat. We could all use more guiltless treats, right?!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Thinking about doing a monthly coffee post because I love making new recipes so much! Let me know in the comments what you think :)

Peace, Casey
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