cookie-1 copy

I’m so excited to share my favorite cookie recipe for Christmas with Glitter Guide today! I’ve been a fan since day 1, so I was completely giddy when they asked me! It’s cookie time, people…

Making Christmas cookies is hands down one of the things I look forward to the most when it comes to the holiday season. I basically want to bake EVERYTHING for Christmas. It’s like a sickness. I can’t stop. And what’s even better it giving cookies away to friends and family and seeing the smile on their face when they take the first bite. The best. I stumbled upon this recipe but made some adjustments to make it healthier and paleo-friendly. These cookies are just perfect: chewy, caramel-y, and honestly the perfect ice cream sandwich cookie. I plan on trying this candy cane ice cream recipe to make some festive ice cream sandwiches ASAP. A batch of these don’t really last long enough for them to cool in our house, but I plan on making everyone suffer so I can make it happen for Christmas. The reward will be great, I’m sure of it. OH I just love Christmas!!

Anyway, you need to make these cookies immediately. This recipe is so easy, you really cannot mess it up.

cookie-1-2 copy

cookie-1-6 copy

Paleo Almond Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips
Yields 16 cookies

1 cup organic creamy almond butter
2/3 cup coconut sugar
1 large farm fresh egg
1 tsp madagascar vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup Enjoy Life Mini Semisweet Chocolate Chips or any mini semisweet chips (optional but highly recommended).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In mixing bowl, combine almond butter and coconut sugar until smooth. Mix in egg, baking soda, vanilla, salt until combined thoroughly. Fold in chocolate chips.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Use 1 tbsp ice cream scooper and drop cookies on baking sheet, about 2 inches apart – they will spread out to be large cookies, no need to smash them down.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. These cookies will easily fall apart if you move them too soon.

This recipe makes an irresistible chewy, rich cookie.

Recipe is paleo-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free.

Recipe adapted from Pastry Affair.

cookie-1-4 copy

These cookies would be a wonderful gift for someone you really love! I wrapped mine up with a little rustic twine, and put them in stainless steel cookie tins lined with white wax paper. Twine and pine stems are a really classic touch for the outside of the tins, too. Either way, everyone will luuuhhhhve this cookie!

Are you as excited as I am to bake away for the holidays? Below are some kitchen goodies to make holiday baking fun!

 

 

 

work

So I guess it’s time to update you.

With all of the many things that I have pursued or tested, I am glad to hear when people see it as perseverance, versus the inability to be a part of the “real world”, or something like that. Though I have heard that reaction a time or two.. eh hem. I’m talking about work. Making a living. My job. Or “job”. Because some seem to think that just because I don’t punch a time card, I don’t have a “real job”. It don’t bother me none.

On the contrary.

I love my now job. (But wait, actually.. I hate the word “job”… *shudder*).

In the past several months I have experimented with a few things in hopes to help me carry out my mission in life: to help everyone I possibly can become healthier and happier. As a result, I have come across some things that worked, and some that didn’t. And that’s ok. I love being able to say that I tried. You never know until you try, right?

I’ll just come out and say it though. In the past several months I spread myself too thin and I was not able to produce quality. I mean I haven’t even been blogging? I hated that. I was mentally frantic and thus physically exhausted. I spent less time doing the things I envisioned doing and more time up to my eyeballs in post-it notes. I was terrible with e-mails and may or may not have accidentally ignored important ones (sorry, everyone). I failed in many ways, but not without a lesson learned. That’s the problem with being “busy”. You end up sucking at a lot of things. And I’d like to try and make it a point not to suck. Stop the glorification of busy. Just. Stop.

SO. Moving on…

I have made the decision to close down Honest Goodness. For financial investment reasons and because I felt as if many doors I came banging to with balled up fists were completely shut tight, and for reasons I now understand. I may have two parties interested in buying the business. If someone does buy the business, then I will keep you updated on that so you can continue to support it and it’s cause. If they don’t, I will release all of the recipes to my products here on my blog. My family is going to kill me for saying that. Oops. I feel like it’s the right thing to do because you have all been the biggest support system. I have been battling with this decision since early September. I am a true believer in “where there’s a will, there’s a way”, but after MUCH prayer and soul searching, I realized this was simply not meant to be. In fact, something better came along and I am 100% confident it was a God thing. If you’re wondering why I can’t make it work, I will just tell you because I believe that yes, I can do anything I put my mind to, but I can’t do everything. And sometimes we have to make a choice. This is mine, and I stand by it.

I had been praying continuously since the middle of August, and providence came down and gave me a big hug. I know it may sound capricious or flighty, but I feel like with everything I’ve been through with my own health, well, it all happened for a very good reason. And that reason is so that I can use my story and experience to help as many people as I can. I felt like Honest Goodness was not that avenue, but it allowed for so much growth and I will always be grateful for that.

So what am I doing now? 

I started working with an incredible nutrition company two months ago that was literally the dream I envisioned, but didn’t know could exist. I’m building a business that will potentially reach thousands and I’ve never been a part of something so rewarding. I feel immeasurably blessed and am beyond excited to wake up everyday to “work”. I’m not going to give specific details here on the blog for the reason that I want to protect my business from sounding casual or impermanent.

I am health coaching only minimally, so I can truly give personal attention to each of my clients. And I am still coaching CrossFit part-time. I have really really downsized. Ironically, I am on track to be more financially successful in 2014 than I have ever been.

And I’m also jamming out to this song a lot and drinking a lot of green smoothies and playing with our beautiful pups.

If you are someone who shares the same vision that I do, that there is no greater reward than giving health and happiness to someone, get in touch with me. We could possibly work together. If your dream is completely different, that’s ok. But go hard and get after it. No one is going to give it to you. And a lot of times you have to try a lot of things before you find something that clicks. But for goodness sake, never give up on your passion. As long as we continuously evolve, grow and learn, we cannot fail.

 

Thanks for reading, as always. And for encouraging me along this crazy ride. Sometimes I wonder how many of you actually think I’ve got some bolts loose…? Anyway, it feels so good to get all of that off my chest. Sidenote: if you need some major inspo, go read some Steve Jobs quotes. Works every time.

 

nov-1-2

Now that Olive Oil is a little over 1 years old, I was really itching to get another puppy. I think everyone thinks I’m crazy for it, but Olive was so easy to train that I felt like getting another rescue girl would be no problem for us. We’ve been busy around here lately so Olive had been napping more than usual, and let’s be honest, there’s only so much a dog can do to keep themselves occupied for so long. Aside from her daily afternoon walk, she wasn’t getting as much exercise as I wanted and I kept having visions of her playing on the farm with a new best friend.

Fast forward a few months later and here we are. Meet Mila. She is another rescue pitbull that we fell in love with when we saw her at Last Chance Ranch, which is an incredible no-kill shelter that rescues and rehabilitates dogs, cats, chickens, horses, goats, pigs and even emu’s! We actually adopted Olive from LCR, too. We brought Olive to meet two rescue puppies who had been rescued 10 days earlier from the streets of Philadelphia. Olive and Mila made the choice themselves; they completely hit it off and became friends… but only after Olive did some growling to put the two rambunctious pups in their place. It’s funny what a dog will tell you if you pay attention.

As you can tell, we have a soft spot for pitbulls. After getting Olive last year, we truly realized how incredible this breed is and how misinformed the majority of the population is. We wish to spread awareness that it is not the breeds fault, but the owner’s. It is our responsibility to socialize, train and care for our dogs – no matter what the breed is. Our dog’s behavior is the result of our actions.

nov-1

Mila is so sassy and has the most adorable floppy ears. The tip of her tail is missing, and we suspect that someone was either playing a cruel joke or it was chewed off by rats in a Philly alleyway. She is phased by nothing, unlike Olive who is a sensitive lamb. They balance each other out quite nicely, and love to play tug of war or tease each other with their bones. They love to cuddle. They really are best friends!

collage

We are trying to get her to see the chickens as friends. Not going so well. I think all she’s seeing is dinner.

nov-1-8

If you’re in the Pennsylvania area and looking to adopt an animal, please check out Last Chance Ranch. They are an incredible group of people who help a lot of animals. If you can’t adopt, but would like to donate, go here. Your generosity will make a huge difference! Please support these kinds of shelters who rescue animals, instead of supporting puppy mills that do things that are cruel and inhumane.

Adopt – you won’t be sorry :)

feelinfall2

I am always one to resist fall because I dread the end of summer so much. Summer is my first love. Fall, however, has slowly crept up into my lap and is winning me over with treats and steaming mugs of pumpkin spice tea… just a little, though.

I truly believe in living in the moment, and I am trying to practice what I preach, so with that I made a list of exciting things to do from now until all the trees are bare and Christmas carols sweep our radios.

1. Make Paleo Cinnamon Rolls.  I was never a big cinnamon roll lover until I found this recipe. Lezzbe honest, the combo of a hot cup of cocoa and a fat, chewy cinnamon roll cannot be beat.

2. Take a roadtrip to the Northeast. Kyle has never been to Boston and I’m dying to go explore the North. I think a weekend roadtrip to Massachusetts could be the best November activity ever. He would love a tall glass of Oktoberfest and I’d love to see the coastline.

3. Go red head. YES! I finally grew some cahones and have decided to color my head red after seeing this post. My life feels like a wild adventure most days and I want my hair to reflect that. Now to decide just how red…

4. Go apple pickin’. Because duh.

feelinfall

5. Make a lot of pies. Particularly this apple pie recipe, this pumpkin pie recipe, and this pecan pie recipe. You can never have enough pie, I always say.

6. Top said pies with this homemade coconut milk french vanilla ice cream — which is THE BEST paleo ice cream recipe I’ve ever had.. and I’ve had many, my friends. #icecreamaddict

7. Roast ‘mallows by the fire with our friends. Using this marshmallow recipe. Maybe even make s’mores? Mmm…

8. Go hiking. Not that I’m all that outdoorsy, or that I even own hiking boots. But there is something to be said about standing on top of a mountain, and seeing a canvas of leaves painted brightly in yellows and reds.

9. Buy a new pair of riding boots. I love the weathered, old look of these boots. But I love these, too.

10. Listen to this playlist over and over. Preferably while wrapped in a big cashmere sweater, wearing Minnetonka’s.

 

Here’s to living in the moment and embracing each season as it comes. (I still miss you, summer).

 

image sources: coffee*, road*, leaves*, cinnamon rolls*, apple car*, deer*, pie*, pumpkin, marshmallows*, trees, dough*, hair*.
*original source unknown. if you or someone you know owns the image, please let me know!

collagefall3

Comfort food season has arrived! There’s something about the flavors of fall foods that are more warming than the rest. Buttery squash, spicy pumpkin flavors, nutty aromas, apples upon apples, and of course, bacon. Yummmm. And if you’re not already filling up with cans of organic pumpkin puree, you’re doing it wrong. You can put that stuff in everything!

Let’s do this (talk about food that is).

1. Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs – this is a staple in our house in the fall and even through the winter. Spaghetti squash is back in season, and it’s the perfect paleo option for pasta. We use it all the time, in so many different recipes! I absolutely adore Caitlin’s blog and I can eat everything in her recipes!

2. Apple, Pecan & Bacon Butternut Squash Hash – this is Kyle’s absolute favorite. We get local pastured bacon from our favorite farm, Hendrick’s, and make this on Saturday mornings and top our plate with a fried egg from our own chickens. Sometimes we’ll make this for dinner too — breakfast for dinner, anyone? So good.

3. Caramel Apple Spice Waffles – this recipe requires a little more ingredients than I typically like, but it’s so good, you won’t be sorry. It’s perfect for a lazy weekend morning, with a giant mug of Bulletproof coffee.

4. Pork Chops with Sage-Garlic Butter – I know some paleo eaters don’t use butter, and I imagine ghee would work just fine in this recipe, though I’ve never tried it. We do use grass-fed butter from local organic farms, and the flavor simply cannot be beat. Using regular old factory butter is just a crime, don’t do it. We get pastured pork from local farms as well, and boy, do I love a good pork chop.

5. Pumpkin Spice Latte – Oh my heavens, you gotta try this. It’s insanely yummy and will have your PSL running. This recipe uses creamy coconut milk instead of dairy milk. I think the real trick here is to use real pumpkin, if you’ve got any on hand. I used organic canned pumpkin and it tasted just fine though!

collagefall4

 

{1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

© 2013 Style Activist // Design by Hey, Sweet Pea, LLC