Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let's get healthy!

Ever since this gluten free craze started I felt like everyone was suddenly jumping on the band wagon. Well that's just silly. I love my gluten. I'd eat handfuls of gluten. No one can stop me from shoving bread, cookies, and pasta down my throat.
..And then my dermatologist plants a bomb shell on me. "Ya know what Robin, maybe lessening your gluten intake will slow down the intensity of your Alopecia." "Wait? What? No. You're just making that up Doc." And maybe she is, but then I read articles about other people who decided to listen to the doctor and ditch that delicious gluten and noticed improvements. So, now since April...I've been riding the "almost" gluten free train. I admit to eating 3 delicious doughnuts and a bite here and there, but for the most part I've cut it out.
It hasn't been nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. The only thing that frustrates me is the $3 price increase on restaurant menus!
Anyways, what I'm getting at here...I've been making some gluten free goodies and I wanted to share.
-Also, i got health nut fancy and used chia seeds instead of eggs for this recipe, what have I become? 



Gluten Free Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Muffins


Ingredients to make 12 muffins:
  • 2 cups rolled oats*
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup milk (feel free to use whichever kind of milk you'd like!)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce (i used unsweetened)
  • 1 apple, peeled and cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/2 cup craisins (or regular raisins)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 3 tablespoons water - grinded in a processor**
  • 1 tablespoon honey
     * - make sure the rolled oats are gluten free
     ** - i used the chia seeds as a substitute for eggs. you can just use 1 egg if you'd like :)

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 350° F. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together milk, applesauce, and chia seeds.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and stir together. 
  5. Fold in craisins and apple bits. 
  6. Pour the mix into the muffin tin, do not overfill. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until browned.
  7. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack. 
  8. Lightly drizzle honey over top the muffins.
  9. Indulge warm or cooled.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Oh, Life

Oh, Life.
Thank you for your beauty.
Thank you
for reminding me 
how lucky we are
to be part of something
so big.
-Tyler Knott-

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sweet Joys

I'm currently at my parents home in California enjoying the absolutely perfect weather, home cooked meals, and puppy kisses. I always look forward to spending a week or two here over the summer. No responsibility and a nice escape from the Phoenix heat.




Hear: How Will I Know - Sam Smith cover of Whitney Houston song
- This morning I made a new yoga playlist and treated myself to 40 minutes of yoga with the patio door wide open. The breeze came in and right as Shavasana began, so did this song. Bliss. Give it a listen...
 

See: familia & greenery. 
 - Being in California, means I am with my family. My sister and brother will be here at the end of the week and I get to squeeze my 2 year old niece with hugs. But, before they get here I am soaking in the beautiful scenery. Yesterday, I ran almost 6 miles without noticing because I was so focused on the trees and gorgeous weather. In Arizona, I can only go running at night when it's "cooler", ya know, low 90's or so ;)

Taste: home cooked meals
- My favorite pineapple, chicken, veggies, and rice mixture that my mom makes was served as soon as I got home. BBQ ribs tonight and we've already made a trip to buy a bunch of goodies to grill for the upcoming week!

Smell: fresh cut grass and fresh flowers
- This smell...it's a favorite of mine. 


Touch: puppy love furballs.
- nothing like a good cuddle sesh with two cute pups!



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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pizza diiiiiip

Ok friends...
I'm here to share the most delicious dip I have ever made.
It was mouth-wateringly tasty.
Cheesy.
Saucy.
and down right yum.
My only regret was not making more!

PLUS, it's fun to say "pizza diiiiip" every few minutes for a couple hours.

 
Ingredients: 

1 8 oz can of any kind of tomato sauce you like 
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil - OR - approx. 1 Tablespoon of dried
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1 package cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped roma tomatoes
1 Tablespoon parmesan cheese

Instructions:
  1. In a small sauce pan combine the tomato sauce, garlic, 1 Tablespoon basil, sugar, and salt & pepper. Heat on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Spread the cream cheese in the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate that has been sprayed with non stick spray. Pour the sauce on top. Top with the mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, 1 Tablespoon basil, and parmesan cheese. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes. Serve immediately with your favorite crackers. 



original recipe from: http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/08/tomato-basil-pizza-dip/

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Friends

If there's one thing I learned in my 25th year of life, it's the importance of friendships. 
-these people keep me going, make me stronger, and put the biggest smile on my face-








Monday, May 12, 2014

My Humble Abode



When I first moved to Phoenix in summer 2012, I lived in a tiny little loft condo. It had a beautiful brick wall kitchen that had very baby sized appliances, semi-annoying older folk neighbors, and hand-me-down furniture from my parents and sister. In November 2013, after a weekend of pouring rain (which never happens in Phoenix), my little home developed a nasty leak that dripped non-stop for over a week. As I stared at the ceiling every single day for a few months after, I thought to myself, "I'm drowning in a sea of mold." So, a month later, I packed everything up and moved to a bigger condo, with big girl appliances, an actual bedroom, a washer and dryer, and even more semi-annoying older folk neighbors. I didn't have any intention of moving, but I am so glad I did.

On May 3, I headed to the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market with a mission. It was time to finally ditch my parents 35 year old kitchen table I've been using and buy myself a new one! Also on the list, coffee table and TV stand. I want you all. I'd call it a success. I walked away with an absolutely incredible kitchen table with 4 chairs and a bright yellow tv stand to add the perfect pop of color to my living room. I'm in love and I just had to share.

Yellow Dresser from My Little Shop Furniture in Mesa, Arizona

Kitchen table and chairs from Tattered Nest Vintage Marketplace in Phoenix, Arizona

Friday, May 9, 2014

happy birthday giveaway!



Hey friend! guess what?! i've got a birthday coming up this month and I figured it was time to celebrate with my sweet readers. The beautiful Elizabeth of Oak and Oats is also celebrating her birthday, so all these incredible blogs have come together to give away $250, just for YOU!

These lovely ladies are all participating in this giveaway, so show them some support!
Elizabeth of Oak and Oats, Brynne of Thatch & Thistle, Maddie of Maddie Richardson, Alyssa of Impractical Composition, Megan of Rivers & Roads, Liz of Life as Liz, Britney of the Quiet Place, Rachel of Rachel Boulevard, Abby of Becoming Blog, Robin of Fly Free, Elizabeth of Omnnomnom, Jenna of Dearest Love, Tina of Like Ordinary Life, Robin of Living Colorfully, Katie of Lublyou, Angie of My So Called Chaos, Tyler of Arkansassy, Amanda of Little Tranquility, Jillian of Brave Sunday, Mary of Trusty Chucks, and Janene of Celebrating Life.

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN! all entries to this giveaway will be run via rafflecopter. in one week the giveaway will close, one winner will be selected at random and announced! all entries will be verified, so please play by the rules! Elizabeth will transfer the $250 from her paypal to your paypal and it is just that easy (if you do not have a paypal account, i highly suggest you sign up with one today!!)
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fly Free Boutique

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"
Think about it. When was the last time you did something completely out of your every day routine?  Maybe it was that spontaneous adventure outside the country, the dive you took to start a new career path, or maybe it was that extra 5 minutes of meditation you gave yourself before a long day of work. Whatever it may have been, you realized how precious your time here on Earth is and you decided to do something about it. That is where the idea of Fly Free Boutique came from. 

The hope is that your book clock will remind you how precious time is. It will inspire you to take time out of your routine to do something out of the ordinary. Try something for the first time.

These book clocks are handmade by myself and available at the Fly Free Boutique on Etsy. You can pick from the selection of book clocks already made or request a custom order!

I hope you'll stop by and check them out :)


Friday, April 18, 2014

little balls of energy

Pssstt. Hey you, adventurer, I've got a super easy secret recipe for ya..

Come check it out!


When you are out canoeing and hiking in the wilderness (more like at a campsite) you need some energy to get you goin'! I decided to whip up these little balls of energy for a treat while my friends and I adventured during our weekend of camping. They were a hit & I highly recommend you whip these lil' energy nuggets up!

That's it. 4 simple ingredients. 
- dried dates
-dried apricots
-almonds ( i used unsalted)
-cashews  (i used unsalted)

Whip out that food processor, throw in half a cup of almonds and half a cup of cashews. chop chop.
Then empty into a separate bowl.
Process a cup of apricots and a cup of dates together, until its basically formed into one big ball.
Then take a little bit of the fruit and roll it in the processed nuts.
BAM!
Energy balls!
It made about 16 little balls for me, but it really all depends how big your roll them :) 

(you may need to adjust the amount of ingredients. I kind of just threw it all together until it was the consistency that I wanted and the balls would actually stick together.)



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Fashion!

Spring has officially sprung & here in Phoenix it doesn't last long. So here we go, trying to soak in every single second of it before it gets blazing hot. 

One of my favorite spring looks - flower headbands. 



I've been searching for some new ones and wanted to share some adorable finds off etsy! All three shops come out of California, so they definitely know how to look good for the spring season!

1. Sweet Peeps
  •  besides these cute flower headbands, they offer a bunch of jewelry and they are currently having a spring sale, so I highly recommend you check out the shop!


2. The Blooming Beauty
  •  offering a variety of different hair accessories and currently having a hippie sale until May 1!



3. Three Bird Nest
  • so many adorable accessories and tons of awesome headbands to pick from!

How do you feel about this look? & let me know if you go flower headband shoppin' for spring!