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Raw Macaroon Recipe

Val was raised on raw food first the first year of her life, and we still try to get her to eat a lot of raw and unprocessed foods.  We do enjoy sweets here, but the amount of flour and sugars in regular cookies is just not needed for a toddler’s growing body (or any body really).

I used to buy her packaged, raw macaroon cookies from Whole Foods, but then we moved back to MI and I didn’t have a Whole Foods close anymore.  I started to order them online, and now I must buy them in bulk if I’m going to order them.  And they are expensive!

So, if I make my own cookies to save money why wouldn’t I also make hers?

These are much cheaper to make at home – the only thing I had to buy extra was coconut and they are super easy!  No baking required!

Raw Macaroon Recipe

  • Ingredients:
  1. 2 cups shredded coconut
  2. 1/4 cup coconut butter
  3. 1/2 cup almond or coconut flour (I used coconut)
  4. 1/2 cup agave nectar
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. Drizzle of maple syrup (I added this for some *glue* to make it stick together better)

Mix all together, mold into balls with hands, and eat them up!

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Tex Mex Quinoa with Black Beans and Corn

We tried this new recipe last week, and it was easy, yummy, and perfect served with tortilla chips.  Who can really go wrong with quinoa, corn, black beans, and picante sauce? :)  This was published in Vegetarian Times.

Tex Mex Quinoa Recipe

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 t cumin seeds
  • 1 cup prepared black bean soup (I used a can of Amy’s)
  • 1 cup picante sauce
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans or 1 can
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 T chopped pickled jalapenos (I omitted this)
  1. Heat oil in wok over medium heat.  Add cumin, cook 2 minutes until lightly toasted.  Stir often.  Add soup, 1/2 cup water, and 1/2 cup picante sauce.  Add quinoa and bring to a boil.  Reduce to medium heat, cover, and cook 10-12 minutes.
  2. Stir in beans and corn, and cook covered for 7-10 minutes.  Remove from heat, and stir in remaining 1/2 cup picante sauce, green onions, and jalapenos.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy as a side with tacos, eat on top of tortilla chips, and serve a margarita to sip.

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Blended Iced Coffee Recipe

Happy Saturday!!!

This coffee week has been fun for me to make new recipes and to taste test them.  Today, I made my DH a coffee because he loves blended iced coffees.  This was super easy and it didn’t even require any milk!

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Blended Iced Coffee Recipe:

  • Brew one cup of coffee, double strength
  • Chill the coffee in the fridge
  • Once cold, put it in the blender.
  • Add 2 cups of ice.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar.
  • Blend and savor.

What’s in your cup today?

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Double Chocolate Latte Recipe

This may be a recipe to cure all.  Including short nights of sleep because of a teething toddler.  ;)

Double Chocolate Latte Recipe:

  • 1 shot espresso (or strong brewed coffee)
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice, frothed or steamed on the stove
  • 1 tablespoon white chocolate sauce/syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sauce/syrup
  • Brew espresso, steam/froth milk, and add chocolate.  Coffee cheers, friends!!!

Chocolate Caramel Latte Recipe

Another good stand-by for home coffee enthusiasts! :D

Chocolate Caramel Latte Recipe:

  • 1 shot espresso (or strong brewed coffee)
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate sauce/syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce/syrup
  • Brew espresso.  Steam or froth your milk.  Add chocolate and caramel, stir, and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.  Add chocolate and caramel syrup to the top for extra sweetness.

Enjoy the latte love!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Latte Recipe

It’s coffee week on my blog, and I am testing out some recipes with my espresso machine.  Today’s latte recipe is chocolate peanut butter pie!

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I, personally, love chocolate and peanut butter so this was sure to be a hit.  It’s so yummy that you have to try it.  Just like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in a cup. ;)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Latte Recipe:

  • 1 shot espresso (or strong brewed coffee)
  • 1/2-2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sauce/syrup
  • a dash of sugar
  • Brew espresso.  Froth milk.  Stir together espresso, milk, peanut butter, chocolate, and sugar.  Enjoy!  Cheers!

Do you have a favorite coffee shop drink that you’d like to make at home?

Mocha Latte Recipe

It’s Monday, and what do most people need to start off their week besides a good coffee?! :)

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This week, I will be trying new coffee recipes and sharing them right here on my blog.  The first one I tried was a good standby – the mocha latte.  It was super yummy and tasted like hot chocolate.

Mocha Latte Recipe:

2/3 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)

1 shot of espresso (or strong brewed coffee)

1 tablespoon of chocolate sauce (or chocolate syrup)

Brew espresso or strong coffee.  Steam or froth your milk.  Mix together with 1 tablespoon of chocolate sauce.


Be sure to check back daily for more coffee ideas this week.

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Cabbage roll recipe

I am attempted my family recipe of cabbage rolls a few days ago, and I was worried about it coming out alright since the recipe requires “dashes” of this and “a little bit” of thats.  Measurements are a hard thing to find in a family recipe, aren’t there? :)

But I tried anyway.  And they were DELICIOUS!

Since they were so good, I will share what I did.  Since this is actually measured, it’s not really the family recipe (but it’s close and it tastes just as good). ;)

Cabbage roll recipe


  • 1 1/2 pounds hamburger
  • 3/4 cup instant rice (I used organic brown and just pre-cooked it)
  • 3 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes (although my mom recommends stewed tomatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • Large head of cabbage
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix hamburger, rice, 1 1/2 cups tomato juice, tomatoes, ketchup, and salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Boil a big pot of water.  Put the cabbage in until you can cut leaves off of the head.
  3. Roll some meat mix into a cabbage leave and put into cake pan or casserole dish.
  4. When the rolls are complete, add another 2 cups of tomato juice to the top.  Cover and bake at 350*-375* for about 2 hours.


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Raw almond milk recipe

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I have been making my own, raw almond milk because I don’t like that there are sweeteners in the store bought kind.  The only thing I had to buy for extra “equipment” was a milk bag (mine is actually a produce bag that has fine enough holes to use as a milk bag).  You could also just use a cheesecloth, I bet.

I soak 1 cup of almonds in water for 12-24 hours.  When I want to make the milk, I rinse the almonds and put half in the blender with 3 cups of water.  Blend.  Place the milk bag into a pitcher and pour the blended almonds and milk through the bag.  Then you can strain it into the pitcher just like you are “milking” the bag.  I repeat the process once more and I have homemade, and raw almond milk for drinking, using in lattes, or pouring over my cereal.


Caramel Frappe Recipe

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Happy Frugal Friday!!!

I just recently got an espresso machine and these hot summer days have been great for making cold coffees.  I am loving my new Caramel Frappe Recipe (and saving money by making it at home).

Caramel Frappe Recipe

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup espresso (or strong brewed coffee), chilled
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup caramel syrup
  • 2 T. sugar

Blend in the blender.  Top with whipping.  Serve and sip. :)

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