Sea salt and thyme chocolate chip cookies

For the past few years, I have really been enjoying the salty sweet combo. To me, it’s the perfect combination.
These cookies fit perfectly into that category. Plus, they have the added flavor of the thyme.

To make them, I mixed together the flour, baking soda, salt and thyme. I didn’t measure the thyme but just added until I felt it looked like enough.

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Next, I combined the butter and sugar in my mixer. Then I added the vanilla and eggs. Finally, the flour mixture is added in three batches.

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The last ingredient is the chocolate. I used chocolate chips instead of chunks.

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Once the chocolate is folded in, the dough is ready to be scooped out onto the pan.

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Before the cookies go into the oven, they are sprinkled with coarse sea salt.

11 minutes in the oven and you have some tasty cookies!

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Parmesan roasted cauliflower

When I meal plan, I often forget about a side dish. I get inspired by something on Pinterest and plan it and then forget the side.
This week, I was on the ball. I remembered (every day!!) to plan something to go along with the main.

This roasted cauliflower dish looked east and healthy so I decided to give it a try.
I chopped the cauliflower up into pieces.

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I then added the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic and mixed it all together.

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Next I put it onto a baking sheet and baked in the oven.

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When the cauliflower was done, I took it out and sprinkled it with the Parmesan. I don’t think I out quite enough Parmesan on though.

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This dish was a healthy and easy side to prepare. Matt and I enjoyed it, but Chloe did not. But that’s ok. I will be making this again in the future!

What cauliflower dishes do you like?

Sweet and spicy cucumbers

Both my daughter and I love cucumbers and pickles. So when I stumbled upon this recipe for sweet and spicy cucumbers, I knew I was going to have to try them!

They are quite easy to make and are a great healthy snack.
You start out by peeling, halving and slicing the cucumbers. I halved the recipe as I only had 1 and 3/4 cucumbers.

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The slices are placed in a colander over a bowl. They are then sprinkled with salt, stirred and put in the fridge for an hour.

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While the cucumbers sit in the fridge, the sauce is made. The vinegar, water, sugar and red pepper flakes are boiled and then simmered until reduced.

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Once the sauce is done, it is removed from the heat and the red onions are added.

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After an hour, the cucumbers are taken out and patted dry. The sauce is added and stirred in.

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Then, the cucumbers are done!
These were a tasty snack! My daughter also loved them!

Muffins galore!

I forgot how easy muffins are to make. In two days, I made 5 dozen.

The first kind I made is blueberry muffins. The first step is mixing the dry ingredients in a bowl.
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Then the wet ingredients get mixed in a separate bowl.
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Then the wet ingredients are added to the dry ingredients. Once it is all mixed up, the blueberries are added and stirred until combined.
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The batter is now ready to be poured into the muffin tin and put into the oven.
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When the time is up, voila! You have tasty blueberry muffins!
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The second kind of muffins I made were chocolate chip banana muffins.

The instructions for these muffins is to just mix all the ingredients, except the chocolate chips together until moist.
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Then the chocolate chips are added.
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Once combined, the mixture is ready for the muffin tins.
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These muffins were my favorite. And Chloe really liked them, too.

The final kind of muffin I made was a carrot muffin.

Once again, the dry ingredients are mixed together in a bowl.
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The wet ingredients are put into a separate bowl and mixed up. Then the wet ingredients are added to the dry ingredients.
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The batter is scooped into the muffin tins and baked.
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There you have it! 3 different kinds of muffins.
What are your favorite muffins?

Smoothies

A healthy snack I like to give to Chloe is a smoothie. It is a good way to sneak in veggies she would otherwise not eat. Usually, I just find leftover fruits and grab some spinach from our garden. Today, I used a half eaten banana that I had thrown into the freezer, frozen strawberries that Chloe didn’t finish one day and some strawberries. I threw in some plain Greek yogurt, spinach and prune juice. She also had a half eaten packet (the puréed fruits and veggie ones you can get at the grocery store) that I put in. It was squash and pear.

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Once it’s all blended up, I usually make Popsicles with it and the rest goes to Chloe.

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This is a favorite snack of Chloe’s. And I like it because it’s full of healthy things and I know exactly what is in it.

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Banana oat cookies

One of the first recipes from Pinterest that I started making on a regular basis was the banana oat cookie. My original pin ended up not working anymore, so I deleted it.
The recipe is actually the easiest recipe ever, though.

Get two ripe bananas. I used ones from the freezer and let them thaw for a few hours.

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Add one cup of quick oats to the peeled bananas. Or get your helper to do it!

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When I make these I usually add a handful of chocolate chips, but to my shock and surprise I was OUT of chocolate chips. Horrific, I know! So this time I added a handful of Reese chips.

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My helper and I took turns mixing everything together.

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Then I scooped out each individual cookie. I made them small, but you could make them any size.

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During the 14 minute wait in a 350 degree oven, my helper was patiently watching over the cookies.

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Finally, the cookies were ready and my helper got to have herself a delicious bedtime snack!

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All-dressed popcorn

Snacks. Something that can make or break your healthy eating. Most likely break it. Sometimes it is so hard to make the healthy choice for a snack when you know perfectly well there is something more delicious in your kitchen.
Popcorn is a healthier snack, if it isn’t loaded with butter and chemicals. I saw this recipe for all-dressed popcorn and figured I would give it a try. I needed a break from the fruits and veggies I had been having for snacks the past while.

I changed a few things to fit what I had in my pantry.
First off, one of the ingredients was nutritional yeast. I didn’t have that on hand so I skipped it.
Instead of celery seed, I used celery salt.
I mixed up the seasoning in a glass dish.

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At the same time, I was melting some butter in a pot.

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I pulled out my cute Betty Crocker popper (from my friend Jess).

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Once the popcorn was popped, I drizzled on the butter and stirred it up. Then I sprinkled on the seasoning. I think I was too distracted by the fact that I was going to have some yummy popcorn because I put all of the seasoning on. Although, I did halve the seasoning recipe in the first place.

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This popcorn was pretty tasty. BUT, due to my own mistake, it was under-buttered and over-seasoned. I was so thirsty the rest of the day!
Although, it was still a nice treat.

What are your go to snacks?