Snickerdoodle Cookie Bites

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Ga-hood morning

Vietnam!

America!

Mom & Dad.

My fine friends! …and Mom & Dad. ;)

 

What a whirlwind of a weekend it’s been. After selling our house, it’s been a mad rush to sell all the bulky stuff I don’t want to have to cram into storage, and saying “eff it” to a lot of items I had saved for “someday” or to sell.

 

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Instead, I’ll be shacking up with Grams until I get my life figured out. Where I want to live, what I want to do, who I want to be, and then ship me and my 5′ x 10′ stored life to wherever that may be.

Is this ideal? No. Is this where I pictured my life to be once I became a “real” person? HECK NO.

But back to Friday’s post, I am focusing my energy on what I do have, and how grateful I am for it. I have people I love, and love me. A roof over my head. A fun-tastic job. And wine…LOTS of wine.

 

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I did however manage to get wild & crazy, aka watched the movie Wild while eating some homemade banana ice cream. Of course Reese Witherspoon was spectacular, and pretty darn close to the book if you ask me.

And of course I made some time to whip up a recipe just for you!

 

snickerdoodle cookie bites

 

But since I can’t ship all this great food to each and every one of you, I might as well stuff my face full of balls.

 

 

Well that came out horribly awkward. Let’s go with the G-rated and PC “bites” form. Sweet and chewy snickerdoodle cookie ball……in bites.

 

blue diamond honey cinnamon recipe

I got to try out some of the honey-tastic flavors from Blue Diamond, which are Honey Cinnamon & Honey Dijon. I loved them both, but the Honey Cinnamon were straight up like  a snickerdoodle cookie and churro combined. …If churros were nutritious almonds, and not deep fried doughnut sticks.

Plus the jar had this great little info sticker to go with it.

 

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Colony Collapse is a real thing my friends. Before you go spraying a can full of Raid, remember that without bees, we would have close to no food. Love thy bees!

Ok let’s get on with this. I’m sure you’re sick of scrolling already. ;)

 

snickerdoodle cookie

 

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bites
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Recipe type: snacks
Serves: 6-7 bites
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup honey cinnamon almonds
  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Coating:
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Add all bite ingredients except water to the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until mixture forms crumbly dough ~ about 1 minute. Scrap sides of bowl as you go.
  3. Add in water, and process another 10 seconds.
  4. Form into balls.
  5. Combine coating mixture in a small shallow bowl.
  6. Roll each ball in sugar mixture to coat.
  7. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week, or freezer for 2 weeks.

 

I found shaking the little buggers in a tupperware container was a lot easier to deal with. Especially with my swap monster hands full of cinnamon sugary almond dough from forming them. Much better finger lickin’ than neon cheeto hands, I can tell ya that much.

 

Make it a great day!

What’s your favorite cookie flavor?

If you were an almond, what would you be coated in?

Five Things Friday: The Gratitude Edition

Happy Friday friends!

We survived thrived another week! I’m being particular optimistic because a.) it’s Friday, suckas. b.) it’s better than being negative. c.) Dr. Oz said I’d lose 5 pounds.

 

And because it’s Five Things Friday time!

 

five-things-friday1In the spirit of keeping in good spirit, I wanted to share five things I’m grateful for at the moment. I try to take the first five minutes of my day, and write a list of ten things I’m grateful for and why. It sets the mood for the rest of the day, and at least starts it off on the right foot. Or the left foot, because lefties rule.

 

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And yes, I write extremely small so I can fit more gratitude one one page, and so no one can decipher my secrets.

 

So let’s get to grateful…ing. Yeahh….gratefuling.

 

1. Friends.

han bdayBecause when all else fails, they’ll still be there to shut up, listen, and not judge your drinking habits. The signs of a true friend. Bonus points for those you can ugly cry around.

 

 

2. My job.

 

Even if it’s not what I want to do for the long-term, I truly enjoy getting to write, browse Pinterest, and make my own hours for a living. Oh, and a show of hands how many of you have received this in an email from your boss.

 

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I. love. my. job.

 

 

3. Laughter.

 

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Because my nieces are adorable, especially while wearing my clothes. They make me laugh and smile like kids so easily do. They call me Auntie Em and I get to make up crazy stories that they are convinced are factual. If anyone asks, I have had a fro-yo date with Cinderella, own the Batmobile, and can hold my breath underwater for like….10 minutes.

 

4. This moment.

 

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In reply to “Let’s play a game.”

I honestly don’t know if I should be honored or terrified. Let it be known that I will not be riding tricycles, attending a circus, or sawing my left leg off anytime in the near future.

 

5. Optimism.

 

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Because one day…ONE DAY it will stop effin snowing, and I will make amends with my venus razor. You gotta be optimistic people.

 

Make it a great day!

What’s one thing you’re grateful for at the moment?

Someone tell me how great the weather is where you live. And make up the couch for me to crash on when I visit you.

WIAW: Easter Eats

Morning friends!

Sorry for being MIA on Monday, but between Easter and getting ready to move a recipe just didn’t happen. A whole lot of life did though.

 

But I’m popping back for a quick WIAW post so get excited!

 

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Instead of showcasing my thrown together, “does this even qualify as a meal?” recent eats my crazy world, let’s take a look-see at my much more attractive day of goodness on (F)easter.

 

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Breakfast

 

IMG_0468.PNGI had some mashed butternut squash that needed to be used up, so instead of (gasp!) pancakes (since I had them on Saturday) I opted for some pumpkin-y, eggular oats.

1/3 cup oats // 2 eggs // 1/4 cup mashed butternut squash // 1 tbsp pb // pumpkin pie spice // maple syrup

 

IMG_0469.PNGTo go along with my malted Easter egg hunt (yes, I am in fact 10) I had my long awaited cup of joe! Plus two more. It was as delicious as I wanted it to be.

Except, like many things (peanut butter) I tend to over do it. Three cups after 40 days of coffee sobriety proved to be too much. I actually got really dizzy and lightheaded on top of shaking like a money maker. It was not fun. I’m happy with a one-cupper for now.

 

Lunch

 

IMG_0470.PNGMJ & I went to my brother Nate’s house for our big Easter meal, which was all kinds of delicious. I wasn’t really ready to take the plunge into ham-land, so I opted for a mountainous portion of all the veggies..and a hard boiled egg. BALANCE!

Roasted asparagus // spinach salad // brussel sprouts // glazed carrots // roasted potatoes // hard boiled egg

We also had some fresh strawberries & whipped cream for dessert. Simple but the perfect way to have something sweet without feeling like living in spandex for the next 8 days. I’m gunna do it anyway just to make sure.

 

Snack

While I was plenty full for most of the day, when we got home I was feeling a little snacky. A small sweet potato with pb was the easiest thing to make, aka the only food I really have at the moment before I grocery shop. No picture, but take a gander at my pictures from Easters past because I’m adorable.

IMG_0444.JPGJelly Beanz  & Bubblez Fo Dayz

 

IMG_0440.JPGCrossing my fingers this bunny will let me go as soon as this damn picture is over with.

Make it a great day!

Did you eat anything good on Easter Sunday?

Black jelly beans. Yay or Nay? Last resort. Right after those white jelly beans.