Monday, January 8, 2018

10 Cozy + Healthy Soups

One of our favorite kitchen staples is soup in any variety. Soup can be filling, keep you warm and can be healthy very easily. One of the reasons I love soup so much is that once you have made many many soups, you won't necessarily need recipes anymore. When it comes to soup, I use recipes as inspiration mostly. If I don't have a particular ingredient, I can usually sub something I do have and it turns out fine! That's the beauty of soup

The easiest soup ever is to just roast the veggies you have in your fridge, pop them in the Vitamix with some warm broth and blend. This is one of my favorite ways to get in my veggies, because yes I'm a child when it comes to veggies. I have to "sneak" them in. Anyway, let's get cozy with soup!

I'm not a huge fan of tomato soup but Casey LOVES it, so I'm hoping to make one that I can love just like she does. My favorite soup ever is a tie between potato soup and corn & potato chowder. And you don't see those on this list because they are UNhealthy soups that I don't eat often at all. I just dream of them.

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xo, Savannah

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Friday, January 5, 2018

The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

Ooh wee. Does it seem like 2017 just flew by to you? We have spent the first couple of days of the year reflecting on the year behind us. While we don't like to dwell in the past, we definitely believe in looking at where you started to see how far you've come. If we don't put our moments into perspective, we never feel like we are moving forward.
The past year was full of hard decisions and bad decisions (we all do it) and difficult times, but it was also a time of amazing experiences and genius ideas and just plain fun stuff. When we put the whole year into perspective, we have so much to be grateful for! One of those things is YOU! We wouldn't be here if it weren't for you reading our posts, pinning our things to Pinterest, and trying out our DIY projects. So please know that you are important to us and we look forward to another year with you.

So let's do this. Here are our 10 top posts of 2017...
10. DIY: Cactus Christmas Tree

So when I went to make this list, I totally knew that the stock tank pool was the biggest post that we did this year. But I was actually surprised by some of the posts that made it in the top 10! I had no idea that the yarn wall hanging did so well. It has had more time to circulate than our Christmas posts, so I bet some of those will catch up eventually. If you liked this post or any of the posts in this post, please share them on your Pinterest! Just hover over any photo and a 'Pin It' button should appear. 

Happy New Year!
xo, Savannah

P.S. One of our old old posts made it as one of the top jewelry making posts last year on All Free Jewelry Making, so check it out here!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Recipe: Grain Free Hot Cereal

I love oatmeal. Love it. And many people would tell you oatmeal is healthy BUT it has so many carbs. So many. I have certainly not mastered eating a low carb diet, but I do know that my body operates better when I eat a lower carb diet- specifically carbs that are low on the glycemic index. Today I am sharing with you a lower carb + healthy alternative to many hot cereal breakfast options out there. I found a version of this recipe in a comment section on Facebook and knew I had to try it out. I didn't expect to like this recipe so much, but it has become my go-to breakfast. The consistency is similar to Cream of Wheat. But there's definitely no Wheat in it!
My favorite thing about this recipe is that you can creative with it, just as you would with oatmeal. You could add nuts or fruit. And you can also play around with the proportions. This recipe is very flexible. The most important parts are the chia seeds and the flaxseed meal- that's what makes it cereal like. However, you could use more chia seeds and less flaxseed meal and vice versa. Be free! Play around with it, but please try it and let me know what you think.
Hot Cereal Recipe

2 Tbs. of flaxseed meal
1 Tbs. of chia seeds
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
2 Tbs. of unsweetened coconut flakes
cinnamon to taste
1 packet of Stevia
3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbs. of no- sugar added peanut butter (optional)

I warm up the milk first and then add the dry ingredients. Stir and let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens. Add any extra bits and enjoy!

If you are trying to do a low carb or keto diet this recipe has 6 grams of net carbs + 23 grams of protein. You may want to double check your recipe in case you don't use the exact same ingredients.
If you are really wanting to win at life, you will pre- make a bunch of these packets so you can just grab and run. When I go to work, I bring a packet of this mix and put my milk in a mason jar. Then I just heat up the milk in the mason jar in the microwave and mix.

**Store these pre-made mixes in the fridge. Flaxseed meal and chia seeds should be stored in the fridge after opening.
Well I hope you get to try this recipe out! It has been a life saver for me. If you liked this post and would like to see more recipes, pin the image below!
peace, Casey
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