Brecken’s Blissful Bites: Energy Protein Balls!

June 27th, 2014

Our family is obsessed with today’s recipe. There are two different versions and both are delicious. Just pop them in the freezer and enjoy a cold, nutritious  snack!

On Wednesday night, Brecken created some yummy, delicious food for a “Clean Eating” night with the young women in our congregation. She made “Egg and Veggie Muffins,” “Healthy Living Granola Bars,” “Energy Balls” (thanks, Stephanie, for the recipe), and cut up cucumbers and zucchini with hummus and guacamole for dips. One of my friends also made “Spiced Apple Quinoa Granola” “No-Bake Protein Energy Balls” and “Roasted Cinnamon Chickpeas.” All the girls honestly loved everything!

Today I’ll share with you two of our favorite energy balls recipes. Both are delicious but have a total different flavor.

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These energy balls are made with chia seeds, natural peanut butter and shredded coconut.

Energy Balls

  • 2 C. Natural Peanut Butter
  • 3 C. Oats
  • 1 T. Chia Seed
  • 1 T. Flaxseed
  • 1 T. Vanilla
  • 2-3 T. Honey
  • 1/4 C. Shredded Coconut
  • 1/4 C. Mini Dark Chocolate Chips

Mix ingredients together and roll in balls. Store in freezer.

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Here’s a closer look at the energy balls. Trust me–they are so yummy!

No-Bake Protein Energy Balls

  • 1 C. Peanuts
  • 1/ 2 T. Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 C. Almonds
  • 1 t. Vanilla
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 T. Ground Faxseed
  • 1 C. Quick Oats
  • 1/2 C. Almond Flour
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder
  • 3 T. Light Agave
  • 5 Packets Truvia
  • 3 T. Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Mini Chocolate Chips, Raisins, Cranberries, etc., (optional)

Grind peanuts in food processor until finely chopped. Do not make into peanut butter. Add the rest of the ingredients (except almond milk) and process. Add the almond milk as you process (enough to make the dough stick together when formed into a ball). Add any optional ingredients by transferring to a mixing bowl and mixing in by hand. Roll dough into small balls and place on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Put into the freezer for 30 minutes. Transfer to a small container and keep refrigerated or frozen.

Enjoy and I promise your kids will love them too!

Lisa

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Joy in the Journey: Life is all about how you handle Plan B!

June 23rd, 2014

“Life is All About How you Handle Plan B.
Plan A is always my first choice.
You know, the one where
Everything works out to be
Happily ever-after.
But more often than not,
I find myself dealing with
The upside-down, inside-out version–
Where nothing goes as it should.
It’s at this point that the real
Test of my character comes in.
Do I sink, or do I swim?
Do I wallow in self pity and play the victim,
Or simply shift gears
And make the best of the situation?
The choice is all mine …
Life is all about how you handle Plan B.”

― Suzy Toronto, The Sacred Sisterhood Of Wonderful Wacky Women

Every second week of June, we embark on a wonderful week-long journey. We’ve had this tradition for 11 years! Lake Powell on a house boat just can’t be beat! This is an arial view of this amazing lake:

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The canyon wall that you see served as a perfect movie screen at night. The beach proved to be the most fun spot for these 9-year-old boys. They spent hours digging this fort:

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Our next-door neighbors parked “just down the stream” with their houseboat:

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These were some of the highlights! While there are always little mishaps here and there, this year took the cake as far as things going wrong. Here’s the list:

1. Winds that were relentless until the last day we were there. This made for colder water and choppier water sports.

2. A high-centered car in the sand which resulted in a $1,300.00 towing fee.

3. Two iPhones falling in the water.

4. Two sets of keys falling in the water. The first was my husband’s and the second set belonged to a friend who was trying to save Steve’s keys when his keys fell into the water!

5. A badly dinged speed boat propeller from the rough water and rocks which resulted in a new prop and fixing the old one.

6. A broken TV due to a stool leg accidentally hitting it.

7. A fridge that stopped working.

Okay–now you’re saying to yourself that you NEVER want to go to Lake Powell after hearing this list! Please believe me that this was unusual this year! Luckily our group was able to go with Plan B and still had a fabulous time! Here are were some of the amazing blessings:

1. Fed-Ex goes to the Marina at Lake Powell and extra keys were expedited to us so cars could get us home.

2. Because of the car and phone incidents, this dad who needed to get home for work was able to stay for two extra days! What was he to do? NO PHONE + NO CAR = MORE REST AND RELAXATION!

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3. The marina just happened to have an extra fridge for us to borrow!

4. The winds made for some great tubbing moments:

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It also provided time for some serious game playing and hair braiding inside the houseboat. This pic cracked me up. I walked into the main room and saw this:

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Jet skiing is also more fun in rougher water:

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5. Surfing is one thing that’s easy to do with wind. The boat goes very slow so the surf is just right. This was quite the sight to behold–Taylor and her friend, Shell, together on the surf board!

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6. The biggest blessing of all was the love we all felt for one another and that nobody received any injuries.

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7. Oh–and all the relaxation wasn’t bad either!

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So grateful for the lessons learned about Plan B! It really was a great week!

Lisa

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Brecken’s Blissful Bites: Lake Powell Oreo Cookies!

June 21st, 2014

We are back from Lake Powell and it’s a little shocking today to have access to cell phones and internet after having none of it for a week! I still feel like I’m on the house boat–I continue to rock!

I can’t wait to tell you about the fabulous week we had but I’ll save that for Monday. For today, I want to share with you our very favorite dessert at Lake Powell. It’s been a tradition for 12 years now and is always to a labor of love to make. It took Brecken almost an entire day (she made dozens of cookies) and it was so worth it. We freeze them, then pull them out for the perfect treat to enjoy in the hot sun.

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They were a big hit with Sage’s friends:

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Lake Powell Homemade Oreos

  • 2 Devils Food Cake Mixes
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oil

Combine and form into balls (Brecken’s were around 2 T. of dough).

Put onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Don’t over bake.  When cooled, sandwich two cookies with cream cheese frosting below. Brecken uses a pastry frosting bag to apply the frosting. These are delicious frozen!

Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes five cups

  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (absolutely no substituting margarine)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons whipping cream or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. Beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.

2. Add 1 cup of the powdered sugar; beat until thoroughly incorporated.

3. Add the second cup of powdered sugar and beat until thoroughly incorporated.

4. Add the third cup of powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon whipping cream or milk; beat until light and fluffy.

5. Beat in the final cup of powdered sugar and enough more whipping cream or milk to make a spreading consistency.

6. Stir in the vanilla.

 

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Oh–and watermelon is also a great treat in the heat!

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Can’t wait to share on Monday!

Lisa

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a BIG thank YOU & Lake Powell

June 13th, 2014

I just wanted to say thank YOU for another fun HSN show this week. I hope you were able to pick up some goodies to enjoy. I will be back on HSN July 23rd. Mark you calendars!

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I am headed to Lake Powell for the next week. My family loves spending time here and it isn’t hard to see why – it is beautiful! Plus, it is great family time.

I hope you are each enjoying your summer and have some fun things planned.

Have a great weekend and see you when I get back.

Lisa

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Tomorrow’s the day!

June 10th, 2014

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Tomorrow will be fun. Who doesn’t love a good stock-up sale? Be sure to tune in and take advantage of some great deals!

See ya tomorrow!

Lisa

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