Sprinkles of Real Life

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1. I had the week off from my other job. Is it just me or isn’t it totally unfair that I would spend 2 days sick?! This is an odd kind of sick too. It happens to me once every few months, for 2-3 days. I get this wrenching knot in my abdomen that feels like someone took a car clamp and clamped it on my innards, and it doesn’t release for days. Seriously, doubled over, nauseous from the pain, unbearable stuff. It’s actually pretty scary. And all I can do is sleep for relief. If I get hungry, it hurts more because my stomach is hurting and making the pain throb! And I have dream upon dream about needing to go to the hospital. Do I go see a doctor? No. I’m terribly smart.

2. My husband and I are buying a house! I won’t throw the victory party until the check is handed over and a key is in my hand, so I’ll make a bigger deal of it when that day comes. But, because of that…

3. I have a spending budget of $0 at the moment. I already mistakenly opened an email and proceeded to spend way too much money online, so I basically have my wallet taped shut now. Oh what to do when you have the week off and can’t spend money (and know you shouldn’t drive just in case that leads to buying gas).

4. TV TV TV!!! Do you have ShowTime?! My husband and I are HOOKED on it! I am so so SO excited that the new season of Ray Donovan has started! OMG every moment of that show, I have the biggest grin on my face because I love it so much. Stupid silly love. Every character is so dynamic and I love that you truly get to know each of them. This show is my life! I totally feel like a badass even thinking I know these characters.
And now we watch Masters of Sex too! Have you SEEN it?! You get sucked right in. I swear I’m the biggest prude in the whole world, so I have my hand over my face almost the whole time, and my face is beet red, but it’s totally worth it. The outfits are beautiful and the storyline is awesome. Except for last week…when it ended Steve and I both looked at each other and said, “well, that wasn’t a good episode.” Its like nothing happened. Total filler episode.
Bachelorette! I can’t believe I watched this entire season. I haven’t watched this since season one (I caught almost all of the finale episodes but that’s about it), but I actually watched this one. So, Team Nick? Or Team Josh? Tell me tell me!!

5. Music! You know that song “Last Love Song” by ZZ Ward? I want to scream and scream until my voice is hoarse just so I can sound as sexy as she does. Song kills me. For sure.
I downloaded the new Colbie Caillat EP the second it came out and listened to it on repeat for days and days. SO good. Her song “Try” will totally make you cry if you really listen to it. And the other songs are just so good too. Some upbeat ones, some love-lost ones. Good stuff. Get it, you won’t regret it.

I also downloaded the new Jason Mraz album after watching a CBS Sunday Morning special on him and wanting to live my life like he does…well, it’s ok. There are some GREAT songs on there, and some that I’m already pressing “skip” on. But overall, it’s a good one. I just wish that he white-boy rapped on it like he did on his old CDs. But, he does have a farm and avocado orchard now, so that probably eliminates rapping from his repertoire. 

6. Yoga! I’m totally 100% into it. I know I’ve talked about it before, but now, it’s everything to me. I can’t get enough and my 2 classes a week are way to few and far between. I love love love my instructor. She makes me feel like I could totally bend into those intricate poses I see on Instagram! It’s crazy. And she plays amazing symphony versions of popular songs and Disney songs…turns out she plays a Relax station from Pandora! Love it. And my instructor even did a session of Thai Yoga Massage on me. It felt so amazing to walk out of there, open and bendy…then I went to a yoga class and could go so deep into every posture.
Plus, yoga has been mentally healing for me. I get to meditate on a phrase (I have a mantra I have been using for the past 8 months or so and it gives me peace during practice) and feel like I’m truly bettering my life while I’m there. I feel like there is true healing in every moment I dedicate to yoga. 
If you live in the Memphis area, Cate Plekon is the shiz. 

 

You!! Please tell me what’s been going on with YOU!! 

 

This is not a sponsored post. Anything mentioned in this post is legit stuff I just wanted to gab about. 

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli is a delightful, flavorful breakfast. Quick prep beforehand leaves you with an amazing, berry-filled summer breakfast in the morning, and a new flavor of almond milk you’ll want to drink all on its own. 

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli (treatswithatwist.com)

I had the week “off” from my other job this week…which meant I relaxed for all of two seconds, spent two days in bed (except for a break for yoga) sick, then started pumping out treats in the kitchen. I think I went nuts and made Halloween treats too. Yeah. 

Breakfast! 

So one of my favorite thing to do is prep breakfasts at night that are ready to grab and go in the morning. No excuses not to eat breakfast. Y’all already know I’m rolling in overnight oats (I happen to have 3 different flavors in my fridge right now), but muesli is my other love! 

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli (treatswithatwist.com)

Muesli is basically granola but not stuck together with oils and sugars. I love it. And when you add dried fruits, they become plump and tender and release the most beautiful flavors into your bowl as they soak. Can’t beat it. 

I think that the soaking liquid is just as important as the actual muesli is! If you have bland milk, then you have a bland breakfast bowl. Simple as that. So, I’m totally turning my milk into a fruit-filled experience!

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli (treatswithatwist.com)

For this breakfast, I threw together a quick mix of oats, seeds and nuts, then poured in (sloppily, because that’s real life) some delicious, summery Strawberry Almond Milk! So good!

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli (treatswithatwist.com)

It’s so easy too. For the milk, you’re basically whizzing together almond milk, strawberries, and honey. Then, don’t drink it, because you have to pour it over your muesli! If you have a bit more time for your muesli, make a big batch of this one, because it is SO good. 

Ok, so prep, refrigerate (at least 2 hours, but overnight is the name of my game), EAT! Got it? Good. 

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli (treatswithatwist.com)

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli
Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli is a delightful, easy, quick breakfast to prep and enjoy all summer long! A mix of oats, nuts and seeds are soaked in homemade Strawberry Almond Milk. (makes 1 breakfast bowl)
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup rolled oats
  2. 1 Tbs. flaxseeds
  3. 1 tsp. chia seeds
  4. 1 tsp. shredded coconut
  5. 3 Tbs. chopped nuts (I used pecans and almonds)
Strawberry Almond Milk
  1. 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  2. 3 large strawberries
  3. 2 tsp. local raw honey (or maple or agave, if vegan)
  4. extra strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the oats, seeds, coconut and nuts.
  2. In your blender, combine the almond milk, strawberries and honey. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the Strawberry Almond Milk over the muesli. Stir well to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let soak for at least 2 hours (or overnight) in the fridge.
  4. Garnish with more strawberries. Enjoy!
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Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats pack a huge berry punch of flavor in a filling, satisfying breakfast bowl. Nourishing ingredients like blueberries, flax and cashews will start your day off on the right foot. 

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If you ask me, there isn’t enough blue food.

Name that movie…and go!

I first got the idea to make these special Blueberry Overnight Oats from McKell’s blog, because I made her Mulberry Soaked Oat Porridge. They were so filling, delicious, nourishing and BLUE that I knew I had to make them over and over. Problem was, after foraging for mulberries at my father in law’s house…I really only had enough for two batches of oats! Those little suckers are hard to get when the branches are so high (and when your nearest known tree is 5 hrs away from where you live).

So, blueberries it was going to have to be!

I’ve made this bowl so many times and haven’t gotten sick of it yet! The splash of cinnamon and cardamom give this cold bowl of oats just the right warming spices. The cashews and flaxseeds add a boost of healthy fats to balance the whole bowl out. Plus, I added a large date to the mix, adding pure, natural sweetness so you don’t have to later (Unless you absolutely want to! Then go ahead and give it a drizzle of honey or maple in the end.).

Blueberry Overnight Oats (treatswithatwist.com)

Blueberry Overnight Oats (treatswithatwist.com)

Blueberry Overnight Oats (treatswithatwist.com)

Oh! One more thing! I do realize that it’s been awhile since I’ve posted an overnight oats recipe. And I realize that everyone LOVED them last time (yay yay yay!!), so I have a few in store for you! Let the breakfast bowl roll!

Blueberry Overnight Oats (treatswithatwist.com)

Blueberry Overnight Oats
Blueberry Overnight Oats is a perfectly balanced, nourishing breakfast bowl. Antioxidant-rich blueberries collide with cashews, flaxseeds, and warming spices to start your day off on the right foot. (makes 1 bowl)
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup rolled oats
  2. 1Tbs. flaxseeds
  3. 2/3 cup blueberries, divided
  4. 2 Tbs. raw cashews
  5. 1 date
  6. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  8. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  9. ¼ tsp. cardamom
  10. sea salt
Instructions
  1. In your blender, combine the almond milk, cashews, and date. Let sit for 20-30 minutes until the cashews are soft. Add the vanilla extract and 1/3 cup of the blueberries; blend until smooth.
  2. In a large breakfast bowl, combine oats, flaxseeds, cinnamon, cardamom and a pinch of sea salt. Pour the blended blueberry mixture over your oats. Stir to combine. Stir in the rest of the blueberries.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Blueberry Overnight Oats can be made up to 3 nights in advance, sitting in the fridge until you're ready to eat them.
  2. Top your oat bowl with extra blueberries, a drizzle of honey or maple, and extra flaxseeds if you'd like!
Adapted from Nutrition Stripped
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Blueberry Overnight Oats (treatswithatwist.com)

 

Oh! And thank you ALL for the love and support you poured all over us this weekend! We both really appreciate it! I won’t celebrate until it’s all final and my head is on a pillow in a room there, so hold on a tight second before you start sending extravagant housewarming gifts. I’ll let you know when the time is right, then you can send that new fridge right on over. 

No Bake S’mores Bars

No-Bake S’mores Bars are gluten free, quick and easy! The iconic flavors of toasted marshmallow and milk chocolate meet up on a no-bake cashew cookie base. This will be your new favorite summertime recipe! 

No Bake S'mores Bars (treatswithatwist.com)

 

Let’s keep this no-bake train a’rollin! We’ve already made cookies filled with jam… but let’s get some chocolate in here. Seriously people. 

S’mores are…

everything. EVERYTHING.

Summer. Summarized. Right there.

So, because I’ve been craving some s’mores hardcore (the heat does that to a girl…so does smelling grilled food, flowers, people on bikes, puppies, bad days, good days, really good days…ok, everything), I had to make a gluten-free, vegan optional (did you know they make vegan marshmallows now? Not that I bought them for this…), NO BAKE giant friggin s’mores. YES.

No Bake S'mores Bars (treatswithatwist.com)

No Bake S'mores Bars (treatswithatwist.com)

No Bake S'mores Bars (treatswithatwist.com)

No Bake S'mores Bars (treatswithatwist.com)

No Bake S'mores Bars (treatswithatwist.com)

And, you’re welcome. 

 

No Bake S'mores Bars
No-Bake S'mores Bars are gluten free, quick and easy! The iconic flavors of toasted marshmallow and milk chocolate meet up on a no-bake cashew cookie base. This will be your new favorite summertime recipe! (yields 9-12 cookie bars, based on how you cut them)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/3 cup raw cashews
  2. 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  3. 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  4. 2 tsp. water
  5. pinch of sea salt
  6. 1 cup oats
  7. 1 (12oz) bag milk chocolate chips (I used Ghirardeli)
  8. 1 (10oz) bag of standard marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Prep a 9x9" pan with parchment paper, sprayed with nonstick spray.
  2. In your food processor (or food prep) combine the cashews, vanilla, coconut oil and water. Blend until it comes together to form a thick paste (2-3 min). Next, add the sea salt and oats, pulsing until well combined and the oats are in smaller pieces.
  3. Press your cookie base into an even layer in the bottom of your pan. Press HARD and pack it in firm.
  4. Melt your chocolate chips (either in the microwave, stirring and cooking in 30 second intervals; or over a double-burner). Pour the chocolate and spread it into an even layer over the cookie layer.
  5. Lay down your marshmallows into an even layer over the chocolate layer.
  6. Use a torch or place your pan in the oven, under the broiler, watching it closely so the marshmallows toast but don't burn.
  7. Let the pan cool, then place in the fridge (covered with plastic wrap) for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving! Enjoy!
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No Bake Jam Thumbprint Cookies

No Bake Jam Thumbprint Cookies are a crazy-easy raw, vegan, gluten free cookie that will keep you happy and your kitchen cool during the Summer! Plus I can’t help but complain about how overheated I got at a concert this weekend…

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Quick little love story for you:

Four years ago (June 11th to be exact) I went to a concert alone. I was just getting comfortable enough with my singledom: going to movies alone, buying bottles of wine I wanted to try and commencing to drink them (maybe too many of them?), reading magazines and books while sitting alone at a table in public, and finally buying tickets [ticket] to see my lifelong-favorite band in concert, solo.

It was a Goo Goo Dolls concert, by the way.

I’m a music person, totally emotionally invested in the music I listen to and almost unable to confess what’s on my playlists because it’s very personal to me. I take things to heart. So, the Goo and I go way back in a deep way, but you can insert your favorite band into my story to really get what I’m saying.

Anyways. I went to this concert. It was amazing and liberating and I did it all alone. Then, I met my then roommate at her boyfriend’s house so I could meet him and his roommate for the first time.

Fast forward (I’ll spare you the details for now) FOUR YEARS. That roommate’s boyfriend’s roommate is my husband. SERIOUSLY!

So, when I saw that there was a Goo Goo Dolls concert in town, just one evening after our four year dating anniversary (Am I allowed to keep celebrating those? Because I don’t think I could let July 11th pass without thinking about it, because that’s the day I finally caved and let that guy with blue eyes take me on a real date.), I saw it as fate and bought those tickets!

I was so so excited to share my next Goo concert with my husband, my love. What I didn’t take into account was the HEAT!

The concert was amazing, but by the end of the night I was in a severe heat exhausted state, nauseous to an unbearable level and crippled by a slamming headache and eager to get in bed and sleep it off. Booo.

[I guess I learned the definition of "die hard fan" when I could barely walk to the car and was doubled over and blinded by nausea by the time I got there, all because I refused to leave early. I had no clue I was that kind of person!]

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So! Today’s recipe is a no-bake cookie, start to finish.

The recipe was one I found in Vegetarian Times and couldn’t pass up! Raw jam thumbprint cookies?! Yes please!

I used a mix of whatever berries were in my fridge for the jam, so just use whatever floats your boat!

Stay cool!

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No Bake Jam Thumbprint Cookies
No Bake Jam Cookies are vegan, raw, gluten free. They are a quick and simple cookie, filled with homemade berry chia jam. You'll love making these cookies all summer long! (makes 9 cookies)
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Ingredients
  1. ⅔ cup raw cashews
  2. 2 Tbs. melted coconut oil
  3. 1 tsp. water
  4. 2 pitted dates
  5. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  6. pinch of sea salt
  7. ¾ cup raw or rolled oats
For the Jam
  1. ½ cup mixed berries (I used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
  2. 3 Tbs. water
  3. 3 pitted dates
  4. 1 Tbs. chia seeds
Instructions
  1. In a small food processor, pulse the dates a few times to get them chopped up a little. Then, add the cashews, coconut oil, water, dates and vanilla and grind for 2-3 minutes, until a thick (but still slightly granular) paste forms. Finally, add the sea salt and oats and pulse until combined and the "dough" is all stuck together.
  2. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop the dough (pack it into the scoop tightly) into balls, using your hands to carefully pack the dough ball even more together then pressing an indentation into the middle for the jam. Place each cookie onto a cookie sheet covered with a piece of parchment. Place the molded cookies in the fridge for 2 hrs (or covered with plastic wrap overnight) to set up.
Make the jam
  1. In a small food processor, combine the berries, water and dates. Blend until almost smooth (a few small chunks is just fine). Then add the chia seed and pulse a few times.
  2. Add 1 tsp. of jam to each cookie then let them refrigerate for another hour.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Keep the extra jam in a jar in the fridge for future treats.
  2. Cookies will keep for up to a week in the fridge in a tightly-sealed container.
Adapted from Vegetarian Times
Adapted from Vegetarian Times
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PS I don’t know if that was more of a love story between a band and me or my husband and me…

Oh and if you love jam thumbprints as much as I do, try these too.