Monthly Archives: March 2012

Snack Mix

I, like many others out there, get the munchies at work.  I crave something sweet around 3 o’clock without fail, but I don’t want to start having a relationship with the vending machine.  I decided to make a fun snack mix to take with me to satisfy my sweet tooth and not be heavy on the waist line.

This is “I can’t cook’s” dream come true because there are three ingredients and NO cooking.  Only assembly is required and I promise the directions will be much easier than what comes with assembling Ikea furniture.

You will need:

1/2 bag of freeze dried blueberries (or any freeze dried fruit you like)

1/2 bag of assorted dried fruit

1 box of EviroKids Gluten Free peanut butter puff cereal

Step 1: Fill a bowl with 2/3 cereal and 1/3 each of dried fruit and freeze dried fruit

Step 2: Shake or mix well and enjoy!

xo Elizabeth

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Carrot Apple Raisin Muffins

I am super excited to go visit my friend Anna and her new baby Sydney after work today. I made some heavy alterations to an apple muffin recipe I found (making it a much healthier recipe) and figured I would bring these over to the new mom!

Carrot Apple Raisin Muffins

Yield: 2 dozen

2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup of quick oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 egg whites
1 egg
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup raisins
1 medium tart apple, grated
1 medium tart apple chopped (peeled)
1/4 cup honey apple butter

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, oats, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda. In another bowl, beat the egg whites, egg, greek yogurt, orange juice, oil and vanilla.
  3. Make a well in the bowl with dry ingredients, and add in the egg mixture. Stir until combined. Fold in the carrots, pecans, raisins and apples. 
  4. Line muffin pan with paper liners and fill each 3/4 full.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. 

Healthy Easy  Muffins!

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Color Block Bangles

I saw a lot of bracelets in Madewell the other day that were incredibly cute but not worth the high price tag.  I decided that with a little creativity and a raid on my craft bin, that I could make something similar myself.  I started out with a set of cheap gold bangles, some left over embroidery floss, and my Martha Stewart Crafts ballpoint-tip glue pen.

The first step is to make a small dab of glue on the underside of one of the bangles.

Gently press the end of the embroidery floss onto the glue and begin wrapping it around the bangle.  To make the wrapping easier it is best to cut your embroidery floss piece to no more than 25 inches.

Continue wrapping until you want to change colors.  To secure the end of your first color simply dab another small dot of glue and press on the end piece.  To start a new color dab a bit of glue on top of the end of the first color and begin wrapping.

Continue wrapping and gluing until you are all the way around your bangle.  For these I decided to only wrap two of the three because I liked the effect, but you could wrap all of the bangles if you want.

It’s a very simple and inexpensive way to amp up your style!

xo Elizabeth

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