My best friend lives in New York and there is this cookie place called Schmakary’s that has this oatmeal scotchie that is just to die for! Every time we visit, I have to go get one, and you will have to do the same when you go! It’s perfectly chewy, and the best combination of flavors and because I love butterscotch, there have been few cookies to ever top it for me! I don’t know why it has taken me so long to try and recreate a healthier version at home, but the good news is, I finally did it! My healthier oatmeal scotchies are perfect for after school treats, or just to have around when you sweet tooth comes knocking!
Somewhere along the way, my kiddo decided that he HAD to have a donut every time we were at the grocery store. I mean, I am all about a donut every now and then but y'all...I go to the grocery about 2 or 3 times a week! That is too many donuts for anyone in one week, especially because I try to limit the amount of sugar we get! So because of his new obsession with this very unhealthy food item, I decided to make us a healthier version at home! I love creating my own version of foods that are indulgent right in my own kitchen because I can control the ingredients! My healthy carrot cake donuts are perfect to make in advance for all week long and you can feel good about your family eating them!
Over the weekend, we went to Louisiana to see our new niece who was just born! It was a whirlwind of a weekend and we were all pretty much wiped out last night when we got back home. After a good night's sleep, I am waking up feeling ready for the week! And it's a BUSY one! One of the ways I prep for a busy week is to make a batch of energy balls! My new favorite combination of flavors and ingredients is my chocolate coconut energy balls that taste delicious and are the perfect snack to get you through the afternoon slump!
My hubby is addicted it açaí bowls. Every Friday he takes our son to a local cafe and they share one together! Although I have been putting açaí packets in my smoothies for a while now, until we went to Hawaii I had never actually had an açaí bowl! (I loved it obviously!) They were so fresh and delicious, the perfect way to start our day! I knew I wanted to start making them at home because they are much more cost effective this way, and now we can have them whenever we want! I created a recipe for easy loaded açaí bowls that anyone can do right in their own kitchen!
Since coming home from Hawaii, I can't help but remember some of my favorite flavors that I experienced on the island. One of the reasons that I love traveling so much is because of the inspiration I always get from the food that I eat! We ate breakfast at a little spot on the water one morning and before our main entrees came, they served us macadamia nut banana muffins that were out of this world! If you didn't already know, macadamia nuts are everywhere in Hawaii and so they use them in tons of dishes ranging from salads to baked goods! I gave the muffin a healthy spin and added a little coconut for even more of a tropical feel! My healthy macadamia and coconut banana muffins are so good AND so good for you, that they will be your new favorite go-to breakfast!
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Mother's Day is right around the corner and my hubby asked me the other day what I wanted to do to celebrate. I honestly couldn't really think of much specifically and then it dawned on me... On Mother's Day it would just be nice if maybe someone else took care of me for a change! That can look like a lot of things, but something simple like preparing a beautiful brunch for the mamas in your life can mean the world to her! I have created the perfect simple brunch for any Mother's Day celebrations that you may have! Surprise the sweet mamas in your life with my delicious Earl Grey Lemon Scones and Iced Green Tea, and make her feel extra special this Mother's Day!