crunchy oatmeal and dark chocolate chip cookies

I saw these Cookies the other day on A Bountiful Kitchen’s Instagram feed.  I was intrigued, probably because I had some leftover corn flakes from a Christmas recipe I made a few weeks ago.  These cookies are basically a twist on oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  The addition of corn flakes and coconut gives them a little crunch that really elevates these cookies into something special.  I knew I could make a few changes to the original recipe to make them a teeny bit lighter.  I decreased the amount of sugar by 1/2 cup (and they were still very sweet), swapped out all purpose flour for whole wheat pastry flour, and used dark chocolate chips.  I also made 32 cookies instead of 22 and they were still a very good size cookie.  Now, I know they aren’t good for you and are still a treat but I always like making little changes when I can to decrease the amount of sugar and increase the amount of fiber in our foods.  It’s those small changes over time that have helped change our palate in a positive way.

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Peppermint and Dark Chocolate dipped pretzel sticks

I love to cook but that love does not extend to baking. I know many people look forward to the holidays because of all the yummy baking they get to do.  I am definitely not one of those people  Maybe it’s because after I bake I spend the next several days trying NOT to eat what I baked.  🙂  I much prefer to make simple sweets that don’t involve a lot of actual work.

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dark chocolate peanut clusters

Several weeks ago the boys noticed a picture of peanut clusters on Pinterest and they declared that we needed to make them for an after dinner treat.  (Yes, we do scroll through pictures of food on Pinterest together.  :-))  You may have noticed that I have a special affinity for dark chocolate and nuts so of course I was completely on board with their request.  The recipe they saw was actually made in the crockpot and used milk chocolate.  But I knew I could make it without having to pull down our crockpot and I could use dark chocolate, which would make it a teeny bit more healthy.  This may be the simplest recipe I have ever shared.  And it’s delicious too!

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pumpkin ice cream2

If I’m in charge of deciding what’s for dessert I will almost always pick ice cream.  I love just about any type and if it has a topping or something mixed in, even better!  Since I also love making foods at home I decided to ask for an ice cream maker for my birthday a few years ago.  It has been one of my favorite gifts.  We’ve tried out all sorts of recipes and every one of them has been delicious.  Recently I decided to attempt homemade pumpkin ice cream.  I love pumpkin baked goods and desserts so it seemed like the natural flavor to create.  It turned out just as good as I thought it would and the whole family agreed.

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So I’ve decided to discontinue my “What We Ate” posts.  It was getting difficult to take a picture of our dinner every.single.night and most of the time the pictures were terrible anyway because I was trying to hurry.  Also, does anyone really care that we had leftovers or warmed up a burrito in the microwave?  I think not.  In the beginning, I wanted to share what we were eating to show that eating healthy doesn’t have to mean making a huge meal from scratch every night.  Sometimes we make something super simple and sometimes we simply have leftovers.  I wanted to share the reality of what a family eats on a nightly basis when eating out is not a regular part of the routine. I still plan to share some of what we are eating, just not on a daily basis.

Every couple of weeks I’ll share a recap of some of the things we’ve eaten (including breakfast, lunch, snacks, and treats), tips and tricks, random happenings, and links to relevant articles, blog posts, and books.  I’m a big reader and I have a passion for creating healthy family habits.  I’m constantly reading really great things about nutrition, feeding your family well, how to deal with picky kids, etc.  I’ll share some of those links in these posts for those that are interested.  And if you aren’t interested, just keep scrolling!

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