Snow Ball Cookies

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s almost Christmas, and I have been baking a few different kinds of Christmas cookies! I tried a new recipe this year that I absolutely LOVE. These snowball cookies are delicious and they melt in your mouth. They’re not healthy at all, but it’s the holidays and you can splurge once and a while! These are small too so eating one or two is perfect.

I found this recipe on Pinterest, and it comes from OMG Chocolate Desserts. She adapted this recipe from an original snowball cookie recipe by adding in coconut. I think the coconut was a fantastic addition! Her recipe and photos are great, I just wanted to share the recipe with you guys.

I used shredded coconut, and pulsed it a few times in the food processor to make sure it was very finely chopped. I didn’t use any coconut flour, just regular flour.

Snow Cookies

I love this recipe because they are really simple to make! Just mix everything together and throw them in the oven- the dough doesn’t even need to be chilled! They’re perfect for the winter and look like cute little snowballs! Fancy without all the work. :) The snow falling outside helped with my decision to add these to my Christmas cookie list.

So throw some hot chocolate on, and get to work! Christmas music might also be necessary.

Snow Ball Cookies

Snow Ball Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely shredded coconut
  • 2 cups powdered sugar for coating

How it's Done:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter in a mixing bowl until creamy, then add in the powdered sugar and a dash of salt. Combine. Pour in vanilla extract. If the coconut isn't fine enough, pulse in a food processor for a few seconds. In a separate bowl mix the flour, shredded coconut, and cornstarch. Slowly add in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the bottoms are golden. Before the cool completely roll in powdered sugar! Enjoy!
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Mmm I love these. So delicious. They are fantastic with coffee or tea, or hot chocolate! I have also written a Russian Tea Cookie recipe before, these cookies are very similar but the snowballs have coconut instead of walnuts in them.

Snow Ball Cookie RecipeHope your weekend is going great! Throw on a Christmas movie, stir up some hot chocolate to enjoy with these snow balls. Enjoy!

What is your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?

 

Crossfit Inspired Workouts

Christmas is a week away! Eek! That is just crazy. As we get deeper into the gingerbread-house-making-christmas-cookie-eating holiday season I have been trying to stick with some sort of exercise routine. It’s always much more difficult to make it to the gym when you’re super busy, especially around the holidays. I try to think of it as burning calories before I eat them all back in santa shaped cookies and booze.

Since it is Throwback Thursday, I wanted to share some of my favorite workouts. Most of these can be done at home, you don’t need much equipment, if any…and they are great for burning those holiday calories…before or after Christmas!

CrossFit Workouts You Can Do At Home

Run, Jump, Crunch- Clever name, right? This one is great for getting your heart rate up, and using those ab muscles!

Resetting Your Body- This is a great WHOLE body workout. It uses a bunch of different muscle groups- biceps, triceps, abdominals, and legs, as well as incorporating cardio into the workout. I love doing this one in the morning. This is also a great workout for the New Year if you’re just starting to get back into working out.

Roll the Dice- This is a fun one for when you walk into the gym, or your basement and have no idea what to do. Just roll a die and it will tell you what move to complete.

Circuit Training- I like that this workout quickly changes as you go through the circuit. You don’t have time to get bored and the movements vary.

Crossfit workout

Filthy Fifty- This is one of my absolute favorite Crossfit workouts. It does require a bit of equipment, (box to jump onto, wall ball, jump rope, and kettle bell) but you can easily modify any of these moves. It is a difficult workout, great cardio and full body. There is a 25 minute time cap so you know exactly how long it will take, and just try to make it as far as possible.

Tabata- A tabata based workout is fantastic. It is short but intense. This is a great one if you’re short on time.

Leg Workout- If it’s legs your targeting this one is a popular workout. Maybe that’s because I said it’s a way to get legs like Carrie Underwood. :) This Intense Leg Workout is another one that’ll get those legs burning!

I hope enjoy these! Get moving before you dig into the the holiday casseroles! Happy Holidays!

DIY Eucalyptus Scent Bags

I have a crafty little project to share with you guys today. It’s super easy and you don’t have to be very crafty at all.. that’s the best part. I mentioned these homemade natural scent packets the other day during my post about homemade holiday gift ideas. I just wanted to share how I made them.

This year I had an overabundance of eucalyptus in my garden. This was pretty surprising because I little grew a whole 3 inch stem of eucalyptus last year…and this year I had a whole forest.

Me with Eucalyptus

I didn’t quite know what to do with it all, so I decided to dry it. I hung some in the shower for a nice minty refreshing effect. The rest I hung upside down in various parts of our house. It was kind of ridiculous, but it smelled amazing. There are still quite a bit of them hanging around. The time had come, much to the joy of my fiance, I’m sure, to do something with all of those plants!

If you don’t have access to dried eucalyptus that took over your garden during the summer, you can find dried eucalyptus in many places to order off the internet. Just make sure you know what you’re getting and it isn’t artificial! You could use all different kinds of herbs or flowers, like lavender or lemon balm. Pairing them with the same essential oils would make the scent last longer. This craft is also probably more suitable to do in the summer, but I already talked about in the gift guide, so I wanted to share it now…We’ll just have to revisit it in the warmer months. :)

Other than the eucalyptus leaves you’ll need some small breathable bags, paint and eucalyptus essential oils, if you’d like to make the scent a little stronger. I didn’t use the essential oil because my leaves were still pretty aromatic.

DIY Eucalyptus Scent Bags

I found these burlap bags at michaels, I used acrylic paints for the outside. I used and even mixture of Martha Stewart paints in pea shoot, hummingbird, and Scottish Highlands. What ridiculous paint color names…You can paint the bags whatever pattern you like, or even leave them plain. I like the shape of the eucalyptus leaf, so I painted that on the front.

I tried to use a leaf to stamp the paint onto the bag and that did not work at all. So I just freely painted the shape. Make sure you put paper inbetween the sides of the bag so the paint doesn’t bleed through.

Painting Bags

While the paint is drying on the bags. I pulled the leaves off the eucalyptus and threw them into the food processor. Don’t use the stems, I tried that too and it didn’t work. Pulse until they are finely chopped up. It smells so delicious!

eucalyptus

Fill the bags when they are dry. Drop a few droplets of essential oil into the bags, if you’d like. And that’s it! I then put them in small plastic baggies so that all of the scent didn’t dissipate.

Eucalyptus Scent Bags

They are great for hanging in your car, keeping in your gym bag, in your shoes, or sock drawer…really anywhere stinky! I’ll be stuffing some stockings with these this year…prolly spoiled the surprise a bit. Oh well!

Eucalyptus DIY

Are you crafting anything for the holidays this year? Happy Holidays!

Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread Bars

Wooo wee! I don’t usually post during the weekend, but I have a super easy and quick recipe to share with you guys.

I made this randomly because we only had one (slightly old) banana sitting on the counter. Only one wasn’t enough for banana bread do I couldn’t make that. I just threw this together quickly and it actually turned out really delicious. My fiance was stealing it from the plate when I was trying to snap pictures. Then we ate it all in about two days. That’s how good it was.

Banana Bread Bars Soo let’s see. Here are the ingredients you’ll need!

-1/4 cup peanut butter
– 1 mushy banana
– 2 eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 2/3 cup oat flour
– 1/3 cup protein powder or dried milk
– dash of cinnamon

That’s it! I guess these are almost like banana bread protein bars. They are a much healthier version of banana bread. I don’t know, but they’re great for breakfast. Anyway, let’s get on with it, all you do is mash the banana in a bowl. Oh, and don’t forget to preheat the oven to 350 degrees! Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Mix in the oat flour, protein powder or dried milk and the cinnamon. Fully combine all of these ingredients. Pour into a lined bread pan. Making Banana Bread Protein Bars

Bake for 15 minutes until the top just barely browns. I then topped it with a mixture of melted cocoa nibs and coconut oil and homemade peanut butter. Chop it up and your good to go!

Banana Bread BarsI’m not sure how long it will last because we ate it all by the next day, but I’m sure it would store pretty well in a container. I had one for breakfast and after a workout.

Banana Bread Bars

Banana Bread Bars

Ingredients

  • -1/4 cup peanut butter
  • - 1 mushy banana
  • - 2 eggs
  • - 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • - 2/3 cup oat flour
  • - 1/3 cup protein powder or dried milk
  • - dash of cinnamon
  • Topping
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut butter

How it's Done:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degress. Mush the banana in a bowl, add in the peanut butter eggs, and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add the oat flour, protein powder or dried milk and cinnamon. Pour into a lined bread pan. Bake for 15 minutes. As the bread cools, melt the coconut butter and cocoa powder along with the honey. Stir in the peanut butter, then swirl on top of the bread!
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They come out much denser and flatter than banana bread, but with a similar flavor. The swirled topping makes them taste super unhealthier but this recipe has little sugar.

Chocolate Banana Bread

This weekend has been awesome. We made Christmas cookies, went on a beer tasting and did a lot of work in the cider barn! Hope you’re all having a great weekend. Do you have any recipes you randomly threw together that turned out well?

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