New with the Old

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*Reposting this recipe from the archives (April, 2014) because I just made these recently and remembered how amazing they are. Enjoy!

I like to live a life that mixes the new and the old.

New adventures mixed with the old standards.

Nature walks (which I’ve always loved) in new neighborhoods.

Eating at new restaurants while still visiting the all-time favorites.


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Cookies Again

coconut oil oat chip cookies

I don’t know about you, but I never get tired of cookies.

They’re up there as one of my favorite desserts. That’s because cookies are:

  • a mix of textures
  • can contain chocolate
  • can be combined with lots of flavors
  • are bite-sized

There are so many reasons for my cookie love. Although I definitely don’t make cookies every week, I like to whip up some new ones every month or so, and it’s even better when I can substitute coconut oil for butter. Coconut oil is not only tasty, but it has a lot of great health benefits.

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The Pumpkin Party Starts Here

coconut oil pumpkin bread

We all know it. We’ve all seen it.

Pumpkin is all over the grocery store/everywhere…and I LOVE it!

Living near Trader Joe’s has amped up my love of pumpkin things to a whole new level: pumpkin cornbread, pumpkin soup. I can’t get enough.

I’m all about the more traditional recipes for which you keep pumpkin puree on hand (btw: I love TJ’s organic version). You know, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, etc.

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Life & Almond Joy Brownies

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It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve just feel the weight of it all.

I feel the weight of persecution in Iraq, conflict across the globe and personal goals that I haven’t met yet.

As often happens, one thing piles on top of another, and it’s hard to see clearly where you’re headed.

Then, you see things like this video of cocoa farmers tasting chocolate for the first time. What an incredible thing! These men, who work their whole lives harvesting cacoa beans, have no idea where the beans go or what they make. (And yes, I get a lot of my news from Relevant.)

I think it’s an interesting picture of how we often don’t see the fruits of our labor in life. Sometimes we just have to keep going, keeping working and doing good and shining light, even when we don’t get a pat on the back or see what change we may make.

You really never know what a conversation means to someone or a warm delicious brownie baked just for them.

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Simple Saturday: Magic Shell

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I’m starting a new thing on the think fruitful blog and it’s called actually cooking from the recipe books that I own.

I’m going to set a goal of making (and sharing) at least one recipe from one of my recipe books per month.

This month, I dove into The Joy the Baker Cookbook, which was a Christmas present from my husband.

I basically want to make everything from this cookbook, sweets and savories.

But Joy’s Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroon Ice Cream caught my eye.

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Healthy Baking is Back


Get excited, because today I have an another amazing healthy baking recipe for you.

I’m talking coconut oil to the max along with shredded coconut, oats, just a bit of sugar, cinnamon and a few chocolate chips.

These little Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are packed with flavor and health and you won’t miss the butter.


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Cocoa for Coconut Oil

All throughout school, I looked forward to getting my report cards.

I was a very competitive student and always looked forward to seeing what my grades were and how I could get them higher.

Report cards were also exciting because it meant that if I had done my best in all of my classes, I would get a trip to Sonic or Dairy Queen with my dad.

Although I probably switched my choice of treat up from report card to report card, I remember getting a Reese’s blizzard about 75% of the time. I have always loved the combination of peanut butter and chocolate and mixed with ice cream, it makes sugary bliss.

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