Peace-Producing Moss Art

My main 9-5 is running a moss art business.

“A what!?” you say…. Yes, I make framed works of art using preserved moss and other botanicals. I make art with nature!

I found my way into this career through my love of nature and my love of creating. I have had a long-time obsession with living walls. Have you ever heard of Patrick LeBlanc? You can check out some of his work here. Patrick is an amazing plant artist and he grows beautiful plant murals on the sides of buildings all over Europe. You may recognize some of his most iconic pieces like this one:

Patrick was a source of great inspiration for me. His nature art made me feel good inside. It gave me those warm tingly feelings. Nature is so beautiful and so healing, that wrapping our living spaces in its beauty made so much sense to me!

Since real living walls are cost prohibitive for many, and tricky to keep them alive, I decided to come up with my own solution that still has all the positive good-feeling tingly vibes, but with none of the head-ache inducting up keep.

My solution- real PRESERVED moss (which requires no care!).

Peace-Producing Moss Art

Here’s a little excerpt from my Face the Current article that explains the psychological benefit of plants:

“Living green walls also have psychological benefits. A study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology in 2015 suggests that interaction with indoor plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress. Plants have also been shown to increase feelings of wellness and fast-track recovery in hospital patients. A living wall adds contentment from nature which reminds us of the renewal of spring and the growth of summer –it’s this feeling of life that lifts the spirit.

While living green walls are undeniably beneficial, their installation and maintenance costs can be a deterrent. Since the plants are living, they require food, water, and regular pruning and replacement to remain viable; this can be costly both financially and in terms of time management. So how do we capture the health and wellness benefits of a living wall while eliminating its energy, water, and time consumption? Kelley Anderson has the answer.” “

-Face the Current 

So if you are looking for a little plant power for your space, and you want a worry free solution check out my moss art at ART BOTANICA MOSS. They also make a unique and wonderful gift! USE CODE MOSS10 for 10% your first order. Get your Peace-Producing Moss Art.

Creating a Work from Home Space: Zoom Room

Raise your hand if you have ZOOM-ed lately? Yes, me too, it for sure is one of the things that has seen tremendous growth during this COVID pandemic. And since we are all spending so much time on ZOOM these days- for work, for special personal events like birthdays and showers, and to visit with our family and friends, it makes sense to invest in our ZOOM Room! (Yes, that also includes your work from home space)

When we choose to invest our energy, time, and attention into something, we are breathing life into it, literally. Where your focus goes, the manifestations will follow. Although we make it very complex, at the core, it is really that simple.

Take a moment to think about all these ZOOM meetings and gatherings happening right now. Do you take them time to think about the deep connection we are desperately trying to create and keep going in our relationships during these very isolating times? The online meetings are literally our lifeline to others. Humans need connection to survive and thrive!

This brings me back to the ZOOM ROOM, and the importance of the space, and the intentions we set. We have the power to create deeper meaning and connection simply by creating and making the space!

Having an organized, beautiful, and comfortable space allows us to really drop in and connect to the others on the screen. We will slow down and take more time to be with them in these moments because creating the space is also setting the intention for connection!

Here are some elements I feel are key to connected ZOOM room:

  1. Comfortable seating
  2. A desk that is organized and maybe a small light meant for online meetings
  3. Have some flowers or a plant (My MOSS ART is a great plant backdrop solution)
  4. Have a beautiful backdrop behind you that the person on the other side can enjoy- maybe a preserved moss art or a beautiful painting or picture. It should be something more abstract as to not distract from the conversation.
  5. A journal so you can write down your intentions and goals before the meeting/ get to together, and so you can write down how you feel after it concludes, and any action items you may need to follow up on.
WORK FROM HOME SPACE

If you are looking for a little plant power for your work from home ZOOM space, and you want a worry-free solution check out my moss art at ART BOTANICA MOSS. USE CODE MOSS10 for 10% of your first order.

Designing a Gratitude Practice for Inner Peace and Happiness

I just watched the new Disney Pixar film, Soul, and it brought up some important reminders about living life to the fullest that lately I have been overlooking. Sure 2020 has been a rough year for all of us, there is not denying that. There has been so much loss on all levels for so many people. I, fortunately, have fared the storm quite well, quarantining with my family, and no one I know personally has been stricken with serious illness. I have, however, found myself a bit blah in my day to day, missing my flowing inspirational energy and self-starter nature that came to me more naturally before. Even my creativity seems stunted lately. The days melt into each other and I miss having “things” to look forward to such as social events, trips, and creating installations for events. Something feels a bit off, and I am sure many of you can relate. It wasn’t until I watched Soul that I was reminded of what I get to do to take control of my experience.

Soul Movie

Not to give it away, but the messaging in Soul in suggesting we make a choice to truly LIVE in the moment. Each and every moment. Sure, we can have passionate hobbies, careers, and interests, and look forward to what excitement the future may have in store for us, BUT the key to happiness is finding it in the here and now. And sometimes that is easier said than done, am I right?

I can recall days not so long ago when the sunlight sparkling through a fluttering tree canopy of a giant oak made a tear roll down my cheek. I was struck by the beauty and the meaning behind it that is easier felt than explained in words. Joyous moments happened spontaneously and in rather mundane moments. Well, how the heck do I get back there!? I’d certainly like to FEEL that again.

Enter- Gratitude Practice. This is something I’d love to say I am committed to daily, but the truth is I pick it up and put it down throughout the year, along with my meditation, yoga, workouts, etc. Like most of us do- we have seasons and tides, and our commitments ebb and flow and start and stop. And that’s OK. We are human after all. The key is having the awareness of your experience and then taking action to pick the practice back up.

A gratitude practice is super simple, but highly effective. Basically it looks something like this, and feel free to add or change any part to make it your own.

1.THE DUMP:

Upon waking in the morning, and definitely before you open that iPhone, grab a pen and paper and free write 1+ page of everything that comes to mind- the good, the ugly, the illegible and the nonsensical. Write it all down until it’s empty. This clears the mind and opens it up, allowing more penetration of the heart.

2. THE LIST:

Next, write a list of 5 things you are thankful and grateful for. Big things and little things, anything.

Gratitude list

3. THE FEELS:

Now go back through the list one by one and close your eyes and tap into the feelings and sensations that arise in your body when you hold this thing you are grateful for in your heart. Let it marinate. Write the feelings and sensations that came up for you.

4. THE THANKS:

Give thanks to the Universe (or whomever you feel is the higher power) for this day, this moment, and this opportunity to experience Life.

Designing a Gratitude Practice for Inner Peace

6. THE LIVING:

Go about your day, but try to slow down and notice things a bit more. It may take a few days, but if you keep up this morning practice I promise you the joy of the present moment will fill you up more and more each day.

Make a commitment to yourself to try this for 10 days. I find it helpful to write in my planner, add it to my calendar and put a reminder in my phone.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with this practice, so let me know how it goes! 

Gratitude Practice

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes| Gluten Free, Healthy & Extra Fluffy

Gluten-Free Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
Gluten-Free Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

There is something that has been helping me get through the blur and blah of pandemic quarantine- that is to mark the weekends with a special breakfast. Seems simple, but for me, it has a big impact. Making a special meal is fun and it feels like a celebration. It makes the weekend seem different than the week, even though lately it’s been like groundhog’s day!

Cooking brings me joy, plain and simple. And if I have learned anything during the past year it is that self-care equals making time to do the things that make me feel good.

Now as we are approaching the 1 year anniversary of COVID quarantine, I have been reflecting back on the past 12 months that somehow simutaneously seem like they went PAINFULLY SLOOOOOW and also so very fast… how is that possible?

I’ve had a few cycles of mild blah-ness, getting bogged down in the mundane stuck-at-home life, the challenges of homeschooling, keeping my art business afloat, being a mom, and on and on. Being everything for everybody, picking up the pieces, the laundry and the dishes, but still choosing to create time for myself, because if I don’t do that I run out of steam. Even though my meditation practice is almost non-existent these past few months, on the flip side, I have greatly increased my hiking and exercising. Moving my body and being active calms my mind. Being in nature feeds my heart.

Another challenge is my house mess and clutter (as I gaze up from computer it looms on the horizon), but Hunter and Benji are running around with their StarWars battleships having a blast. I take it in. It’s life. It’s challenging, far from perfect, and messy but there is beauty in it, in every moment. More time with the kids. More family pizza and movie nights. More converstation. More connection. More Love.

And more PANCAKES! These delicious fluffy and decadent Banana Pancakes are a quick and easy breakfast. Made in the blender with just a few ingredients and they taste divine. They are gluten free and super healthy as they are made with rolled oats, very little sugar, and no oil. Let me know what you think below!

If you love these pancakes you may also love some of my other gluten free pancake recipes such as my

COOKIE DOUGH STUFFED PANCAKES

and

CINNAMON BUN PANCAKES

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes- Gluten Free + Extra Fluffy

Super easy 5 minute Banana Oatmeal Pancakes made in a blender. Gluten Free, Healthy, and Extra Fluffy!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword banana oatmeal pancakes, banana pancakes, gluten free banana pancakes, gluten free pancakes, healthy banana pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 198 kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup oat milk (can sub any other milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats (gluten free)
  • tbsp brown sugar (can sub coconut sugar)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 banana

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth

  2. Heat a non stick skillet on medium heat, can use a little cconut oil to grease the skillet if you'd like

  3. Use a ladel to spoon the batter into the hot pan.

  4. Cook 2-3 minuited each side or unitl golden brown in color.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Banana Oatmeal Pancakes- Gluten Free + Extra Fluffy
Amount Per Serving (3 pancakes)
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 560mg24%
Potassium 275mg8%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 187mg19%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Gluten-Free Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups [Paleo & Gluten Free]

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups are an easy, quick, and tasty lunch with a buffalo flavor punch! You can whip these up in under 5 minutes flat. Healthy, packed with veggies, and loaded with protein these Buffalo Roll-Ups are truly the ultimate power-packed lunch!

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups are an easy, quick, and tasty lunch with a buffalo flavor punch! You can whip these up in under 5 minutes flat. Healthy, packed with veggies, and loaded with protein these Buffalo Roll-Ups are truly the ultimate power-packed lunch!

 

 

 

With a toddler running wild around my house lunchtime (for me) has become a distant memory.

Gone are the times I could fix myself a beautiful salad with chopped veggies and a freshly blended dressing.

Gone are the times I could sit and eat pretty much, well, um, anything.

Time doesn’t seem to exist anymore. The days wiz by at lightening speed, running around after my lo or running around trying to squeeze in a few errands like a trip to the grocery store.Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups are an easy, quick, and tasty lunch with a buffalo flavor punch! You can whip these up in under 5 minutes flat. Healthy, packed with veggies, and loaded with protein these Buffalo Roll-Ups are truly the ultimate power-packed lunch!

I enjoy every second of this high-octane, blurry-eyed existence. I may be exhausted and running on empty, but the memories we are creating will be cherished forever and I do not want to miss a single moment.

I can’t even count the number of people who have told me “this will be over so soon, enjoy it now!”

So I am! And if that means I have to make some changes and comprises along the way I am more than thrilled to.Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups are an easy, quick, and tasty lunch with a buffalo flavor punch! You can whip these up in under 5 minutes flat. Healthy, packed with veggies, and loaded with protein these Buffalo Roll-Ups are truly the ultimate power-packed lunch!

So back to lunch. During lunch time one can find me in my kitchen with my lo clinging to my leg or rolling cars around on the refrigerator shelves (and possibly (knocking over something liquid if it happens to be in the middle of the fridge race track course). I have a very small window to get something healthy and balanced onto a plate. paper plate that it.Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups are an easy, quick, and tasty lunch with a buffalo flavor punch! You can whip these up in under 5 minutes flat. Healthy, packed with veggies, and loaded with protein these Buffalo Roll-Ups are truly the ultimate power-packed lunch!

That is why these Buffalo Chicken Roll-ups are my new go-to quick and healthy lunch option. You can even make them with one hand if you have a child on your hip!

If you have turkey or chicken cold cuts, celery, carrots, hot sauce and blue cheese or ranch dressing (optional) you are all set!

I am such a buffalo wing fan, and these roll-ups have all the favor of my favorite game day food! (without the guilt!!! Can you say heck yeah!?)Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups are an easy, quick, and tasty lunch with a buffalo flavor punch! You can whip these up in under 5 minutes flat. Healthy, packed with veggies, and loaded with protein these Buffalo Roll-Ups are truly the ultimate power-packed lunch!

Looking for some healthy paleo-freindly buffalo sauce and dressing options? Here are a few good ones:

http://primalbitesblog.com/2013/07/26/paleo-buffalo-wings/

Dairy-free “Blue Cheese” Dip

The Best Homemade Paleo Ranch Dressing (Try this!)

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups are an easy, quick, and tasty lunch with a buffalo flavor punch! You can whip these up in under 5 minutes flat. Healthy, packed with veggies, and loaded with protein these Buffalo Roll-Ups are truly the ultimate power-packed lunch!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Kelley

Ingredients

  • 5-6 slices chicken or turkey deli slices
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 tablespoon buffalo sauce see above for paleo-friendly recipe
  • 1 tablespoon ranch or blue cheese dressing see above for palo-friendly recipe options

Instructions

  1. Slice the carrot and celery stalks into thin matchstick-sized pieces.

  2. Place a few matchstick celery and carrots onto each deli slice.

  3. Drizzle a touch of buffalo sauce and ranch/blue-cheese on top of the veggies, then roll each on up.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups are an easy, quick, and tasty lunch with a buffalo flavor punch! You can whip these up in under 5 minutes flat. Healthy, packed with veggies, and loaded with protein these Buffalo Roll-Ups are truly the ultimate power-packed lunch!

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Fudgey Brownie Bites [Only 3 Healthy Whole Food Ingredients-Paleo-Vegan]

These dense chocolatey bite-sized Fudgey Brownie Bites and the perfect option to curb your sweet tooth. Made with ONLY 3 whole food ingredients with no added sugar, they have a healthy dose of protein for a late afternoon pick-me-up or breakfast if you so wish! The only take 5 minutes to make, bake them or chill them (your choice) then indulge to your heart’s content! Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten Free.

These dense chocolatey bite-sized Fudgey Brownie Bites and the perfect option to curb your sweet tooth. Made with ONLY 3 whole food ingredients with no added sugar, they have a healthy dose of protein for a late afternoon pick-me-up or breakfast if you so wish! The only take 5 minutes to make, bake them or chill them (your choice) then indulge to your heart's content! Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten Free.

If you regularly visit my site that you must already know about my love affair with chocolate. Deep dark chocolatey goodness is one of my biggest weaknesses, or strengths, I guess it depends upon how you look at it 🙂

Sometimes I’m in the mood for chocolate ice cream, other times I can’t resists a good old chocolate chip cookie, but then there is those days where I am craving the most chocolatey indulgence I can find.

Something dense.

Fudgey.

Gooey.

Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate goodness….

These dense chocolatey bite-sized Fudgey Brownie Bites and the perfect option to curb your sweet tooth. Made with ONLY 3 whole food ingredients with no added sugar, they have a healthy dose of protein for a late afternoon pick-me-up or breakfast if you so wish! The only take 5 minutes to make, bake them or chill them (your choice) then indulge to your heart's content! Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten Free.

That is the exact moment I get out my food processor to whip these babies up!

Everyone needs a little sweet chocolate pick me up from time to time, and these bite-sized goodies are the ultimate no-guilt treat!

These dense chocolatey bite-sized Fudgey Brownie Bites and the perfect option to curb your sweet tooth. Made with ONLY 3 whole food ingredients with no added sugar, they have a healthy dose of protein for a late afternoon pick-me-up or breakfast if you so wish! The only take 5 minutes to make, bake them or chill them (your choice) then indulge to your heart's content! Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten Free.

I have had so many changes in the last few months, some good, and some extremely difficult and challenging. I realize that there is so many things out of my control, and the only thing I can control is my perspective and attitude. I’ve had to let go and accept situations for what they are.  Life happens and the only thing that is consistent is change.

These dense chocolatey bite-sized Fudgey Brownie Bites and the perfect option to curb your sweet tooth. Made with ONLY 3 whole food ingredients with no added sugar, they have a healthy dose of protein for a late afternoon pick-me-up or breakfast if you so wish! The only take 5 minutes to make, bake them or chill them (your choice) then indulge to your heart's content! Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten Free.

I have taken more time recently to live in the present, or try to, and enjoy all the details. Take note of more that is going on around me and really absorb it, and let it marinate.

The warm summer breeze grazing my cheek and the twinkling sunlight that found its way through the leaves of an oak tree while I practiced yoga outside.

A smile from a toddler-toting mom, relaying an unspoken understanding of the amazingness and challenges of motherhood that we share.

The sweet melody of song birds, sharing their music during my morning meditation.

And the joy of baking and making something to feed my soul. Yes, something chocolate.

These dense chocolatey bite-sized Fudgey Brownie Bites and the perfect option to curb your sweet tooth. Made with ONLY 3 whole food ingredients with no added sugar, they have a healthy dose of protein for a late afternoon pick-me-up or breakfast if you so wish! The only take 5 minutes to make, bake them or chill them (your choice) then indulge to your heart's content! Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten Free.

Chocolate is comforting, familiar, and centering. It bring me into the present moment. The sweet smell wafting in the air, the smooth texture, and rich taste all beckon to me to be here and now. I hope these brownie bites will do the same for you!

Sometimes food can help heal the soul, its true.

Fudgey Brownie Bites (3 Ingredients - Healthy - Paleo - Vegan)

These dense chocolatey bite-sized Fudgey Brownie Bites and the perfect option to curb your sweet tooth. Made with ONLY 3 whole food ingredients with no added sugar, they have a healthy dose of protein for a late afternoon pick-me-up or breakfast if you so wish! The only take 5 minutes to make, bake them or chill them (your choice) then indulge to your heart's content! Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten Free.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 bites
Author Kelley

Ingredients

  • 6 dates soaked in very hot water for several minutes, pits removed
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or sunbutter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (you can also chill the bites and eat them raw).

  2. Process the dates in a food processor until smooth. Add a tiny bit of water or coconut oil only is you need to.
  3. Add the almond butter and cocoa and process until mixed.

  4. Grease a mini cupcake tin and add about 1 heaping tablespoon to each tin compartment.

  5. Bake at 325 degrees F for 10-12 minutes and then allow to cool fully. Or you may skip the baking and just chill for about 1 hour for an even fudgier experience!

  6. Optional Frosting: Combine 1/3 cup chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand) with 1/4 cup of coconut cream in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir until melted, then chill until set. Whip with a hand blender until fluffy.

These dense chocolatey bite-sized Fudgey Brownie Bites and the perfect option to curb your sweet tooth. Made with ONLY 3 whole food ingredients with no added sugar, they have a healthy dose of protein for a late afternoon pick-me-up or breakfast if you so wish! The only take 5 minutes to make, bake them or chill them (your choice) then indulge to your heart's content! Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten Free.

 

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Bunny Bark {Only 2-Ingredients}

This melt-in-your-mouth candy, affectionately called Bunny Bark, is made from only 2 simple ingredients, and is ready in just a few minutes! Naturally sweetened, Bunny Bark, will be a popular (healthy) stand-in for traditional Easter candy!

This melt-in-your-mouth candy, affectionately called Bunny Bark, is made from only 2 simple ingredients, and is ready in just a few minutes! Naturally sweetened, Bunny Bark, will be a popular (healthy) stand-in for traditional Easter candy!

Easter is almost here and the Easter candy is out in full force everywhere I look! Cadbury Eggs, chocolate bunnies, peeps of all colors and shapes, speckled chocolate eggs, peanut butter eggs, and of course those ever popular colorful jelly beans! Do you have a favorite Easter candy??

This melt-in-your-mouth candy, affectionately called Bunny Bark, is made from only 2 simple ingredients, and is ready in just a few minutes! Naturally sweetened, Bunny Bark, will be a popular (healthy) stand-in for traditional Easter candy!

I don’t know if I could pick just one. I definitely had a Cadbury Egg phase where I would try (usually unsuccessfully) to eat the yellow part of the sugary yolk last. I was convinced it tasted different and better than the rest, but now that I am older and wiser, I’m not so sure that is the case… Anyway, let’s just say it was a super messy endeavor!

I also loved those big fat jellybeans- the super-sized ones. I would eat all the red ones and leave the yellow and orange ones for my sisters lol.

I also was the oldest of 3 girls (sorry dad!) and my stride length and height gave me a definite advantage on the playing field of Easter egg hunting. Usually my parents would make me fork over the extra eggs in an effort “to be fair,” which I never understood, I mean, wasn’t it a contest? It is called an Easter Egg HUNT after all.

This melt-in-your-mouth candy, affectionately called Bunny Bark, is made from only 2 simple ingredients, and is ready in just a few minutes! Naturally sweetened, Bunny Bark, will be a popular (healthy) stand-in for traditional Easter candy!

Now, this year, I am the one doing the Easter egg hiding, and I am looking forward to watching my lo run around and find all the eggs. I even bought a few eggs early to start his training. I want him to be in tip top Easter egg hunting shape. haha just kidding. (kind of)

But what I will do is fill the eggs with fun things like stickers, healthy fruit snacks, and toys. I am trying my best to keep an overload of sugar out of our diets, and that is so hard to avoid these days if you don’t pay attention. Easter can still be just as much fun, and can bring you and your children joy, without the sugar overload!

This Bunny Bark will be a great way to satisfy that Easter candy craving without producing a serious sugar coma. Don’t be intimidated, because it is seriously the easiest to make with only 2 ingredients!

 

This melt-in-your-mouth candy, affectionately called Bunny Bark, is made from only 2 simple ingredients, and is ready in just a few minutes! Naturally sweetened, Bunny Bark, will be a popular (healthy) stand-in for traditional Easter candy!

And its so colorful and festive! Indulge with no guilt!

Bunny Bark

This melt-in-your-mouth candy, affectionately called Bunny Bark, is made from only 2 simple ingredients, and is ready in just a few minutes! Naturally sweetened, Bunny Bark, will be a popular (healthy) stand-in for traditional Easter candy!
Course Dessert
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 pieces
Author Kelley

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup creamed honey (regular honey will work, but the bark will have more of a yellow hue)
  • natural food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine and melt the coconut butter and honey in a saucepan over low heat. Stir vigorously until smooth.

  2. If using food coloring (or a teaspoon of fruit juice is another option), separate the melted mixture into several bowl, add food coloring of choice and mix.

  3. Pour the colored mixture onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and spread with a rubber spatula.

  4. Let it cool in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes then break into pieces with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge.

This melt-in-your-mouth candy, affectionately called Bunny Bark, is made from only 2 simple ingredients, and is ready in just a few minutes! Naturally sweetened, Bunny Bark, will be a popular (healthy) stand-in for traditional Easter candy!

 

Lavender & Honey Sparkling Lemonade

Lavender & Honey Sparkling Lemonade has the subtle sweetness of golden honey, tart and refreshing lemony zest, gentle floral notes, and the perfect amount of bubbly sparkle! This Springtime-inspired bubbly beverage is great for brunch. Healthy, and not too sweet, this delicious and beautiful mocktail will be a huge hit!

Lavender & Honey Sparkling Lemonade has the subtle sweetness of golden honey, tart and refreshing lemony zest, gentle floral notes, and the perfect amount of bubbly sparkle! This Springtime-inspired bubbly beverage is great for brunch! Healthy, and not too sweet, this delicious and beautiful mocktail will be a huge hit!

Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming, leaves are budding on the trees, and the days are getting longer! (Which is my favorite part!)

Spring is time to renew, refresh, and clean out your closet. Ever year I try to go through my wardrobe, with a determined effort to get rid of stuff I don’t wear. It never seems to work. There is always some reason to hold onto that pilly sweater (but it so comfy), or that pair of pants (that I will surely fit into this year!). Right!? Well, at least I try!

Lavender & Honey Sparkling Lemonade has the subtle sweetness of golden honey, tart and refreshing lemony zest, gentle floral notes, and the perfect amount of bubbly sparkle! This Springtime-inspired bubbly beverage is great for brunch! Healthy, and not too sweet, this delicious and beautiful mocktail will be a huge hit!

For me its also time to clean up my diet. I know everyone jumps on the Whole 30 deal in the winter, but not me. During the colder months I like to indulge in a little too much sugar, and love my comfort foods. But once it starts to get warm I want to eat refreshing, lighter, and healthier fare like salads, fruits, smoothies, and cool refreshing drinks.

Lavender & Honey Sparkling Lemonade has the subtle sweetness of golden honey, tart and refreshing lemony zest, gentle floral notes, and the perfect amount of bubbly sparkle! This Springtime-inspired bubbly beverage is great for brunch! Healthy, and not too sweet, this delicious and beautiful mocktail will be a huge hit!

This Lavender & Honey Sparkling Lemonade is everything you want in a spring beverage. It has the perfect balance of tart and sweet, and has a hint of relaxing lavender. Not to mention the bubbles- they make this drink!Lavender & Honey Sparkling Lemonade has the subtle sweetness of golden honey, tart and refreshing lemony zest, gentle floral notes, and the perfect amount of bubbly sparkle! This Springtime-inspired bubbly beverage is great for brunch! Healthy, and not too sweet, this delicious and beautiful mocktail will be a huge hit!

If you are hosting Easter brunch this year, this Honey & Lavender Sparking Lemonade will be a huge hit with your guests, and its so easy to make. Serve it in campaign flutes if you want to get super fancy! You can even make the lemon concentrate the night before and add the soda water right before you  are ready to serve. Some other great recipes for Easter or any Spring-day brunch are my Asparagus & Hashbrown Egg Casserole (another super easy dish), or if you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth Cinnamon Bun Pancakes are also an excellent choice.

Lavender & Honey Sparkling Lemonade has the subtle sweetness of golden honey, tart and refreshing lemony zest, gentle floral notes, and the perfect amount of bubbly sparkle! This Springtime-inspired bubbly beverage is great for brunch! Healthy, and not too sweet, this delicious and beautiful mocktail will be a huge hit!

Happy Spring!

Lavender & Honey Sparkling Lemonade

Lavender & Honey Sparkling Lemonade has the subtle sweetness of golden honey, tart and refreshing lemony zest, gentle floral notes, and the perfect amount of bubbly sparkle! This Springtime-inspired bubbly beverage is great for brunch. Healthy, and not too sweet, this delicious and beautiful mocktail will be a huge hit!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Author Kelley

Ingredients

  • 6 lemons
  • 1/3 cup creamed honey (regular honey will work too)
  • 1 liter sparkling water
  • 2-3 tablespoons lavender sprigs

Instructions

  1. Juice the lemons, and remove any seeds. You should yield about 1/3 cup of lemon juice.

  2. Combine the lemon juice and honey in a high speed blender and been until honey has fully dissolved and the concentrate is frothy.

  3. Divide the concentrate evenly into 4 glasses, or pour into a pitcher. Sprinkle the lavender sprigs over the concentrate than fill the glass/pitcher with sparkling water. (you can either chill the sparkling water prior to serving or add ice if you prefer.

Lavender & Honey Sparkling Lemonade has the subtle sweetness of golden honey, tart and refreshing lemony zest, gentle floral notes, and the perfect amount of bubbly sparkle! This Springtime-inspired bubbly beverage is great for brunch. Healthy, and not too sweet, this delicious and beautiful mocktail will be a huge hit!

Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles

Slurp up these Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles and use a spoon to lick the bowl clean…That is how amazing this sauce is! Best of all this dish can be made in 5 minutes flat with a handful of simple ingredients. Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo, Vegan.

Slurp up these Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles and use a spoon to lick the bowl clean...That is how amazing this sauce is! Best of all this dish can be made in 5 minutes flat with a handful of simple ingredients. Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo, Vegan.

If you visit my blog often you may have stumbled across my other famous noodle recipes. Sticky Garlic Noodles and Crazy Good Peanut Noodles are my top two most popular recipes on my blog. I guess I have a knack for creating really tasty and addictive noodle dishes, and this dish is no exception!!

Slurp up these Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles and use a spoon to lick the bowl clean...That is how amazing this sauce is! Best of all this dish can be made in 5 minutes flat with a handful of simple ingredients. Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo, Vegan.

So I decided to create another finger-licking, can’t stop eating, swoon-inducing delicious noodle recipe! These Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles have the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and sticky. Consider this your warning: They are addictive! You will want to put this sauce on everything. I mean everything.

Slurp up these Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles and use a spoon to lick the bowl clean...That is how amazing this sauce is! Best of all this dish can be made in 5 minutes flat with a handful of simple ingredients. Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo, Vegan.

Zoodles are my go-to healthy noodles, as they are low cal and grain free, but if you prefer any other type of noodles, go ahead and sub those in. Rice noodles, wheat noodles, even sweet potato noodles would be amazing. This recipe makes one large serving (that you will not want to share), so make sure to double it if others are wanting to indulge.

Slurp up these Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles and use a spoon to lick the bowl clean...That is how amazing this sauce is! Best of all this dish can be made in 5 minutes flat with a handful of simple ingredients. Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo, Vegan.

Best of all, this recipe can be made in just 5 minutes! You do not need to skimp on big bright flavor when you don’t have time to cook. Top with some sliced chicken breast, tofu, pork, or beef to make a complete balanced meal. Toss in some spinach an other stir fry veggies to bump up the nutrients.

Slurp up these Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles and use a spoon to lick the bowl clean...That is how amazing this sauce is! Best of all this dish can be made in 5 minutes flat with a handful of simple ingredients. Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo, Vegan.

I love healthy, guilt-free dishes that taste sinfully good. These Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles pack a flavorful punch, but they are so very healthy.

Slurp up these Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles and use a spoon to lick the bowl clean...That is how amazing this sauce is! Best of all this dish can be made in 5 minutes flat with a handful of simple ingredients. Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo, Vegan.

And that sauce…… So good!

Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles

Slurp up these Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles and use a spoon to lick the bowl clean...That is how amazing this sauce is! Best of all this dish can be made in 5 minutes flat with a handful of simple ingredients. Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo, Vegan.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Kelley

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons agave (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon green onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot starch (optional)(or cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water)

Instructions

  1. Spiralize your noodles or cook your noodles and set aside.

  2. Add a dash of oil to a pan and sauté the minced garlic, ginger, and half of the green onions (optional) for 1-2 minutes over medium-high heat.

  3. Add the rice wine vinegar, coconut aminos (or soy sauce), agave (or maple syrup), and toasted sesame oil. Simmer and Reduce for 3 minutes or until thickened.

  4. Optional: If you want the sauce to be extra thick and sticky add the arrowroot slurry, mix well, and remove from the heat. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

  5. Toss the zoodles or noodles in the sauce. (If using raw zoodles you can leave the noodles and sauce over the heat for a few minutes to soften the zoodles.) Scoop them into a bowl and top with sesame seeds and remaining green onion.

Slurp up these Sticky Ginger Sesame Noodles and use a spoon to lick the bowl clean...That is how amazing this sauce is! Best of all this dish can be made in 5 minutes flat with a handful of simple ingredients. Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo, Vegan.

Hot Chocolate Dusted Almonds

These Hot Chocolate Dusted Almonds are so very addictive, so good thing they are super healthy and very easy to make! Made with only 3 ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes.

I Heart Chocolate. Dark Chocolate. Milk Chocolate. Chocolate-Covered/Smothered Anything! Chocolate is my true love:)

These Hot Chocolate Dusted Almonds are so very addictive, so good thing they are super healthy and very easy to make! Made with only 3 ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes.

I also love almonds, but chocolate and almonds is truly a heavenly match. Have you tried the Cocoa-Dusted Almonds from Trader Joe’s? Um, well, they are AMAZING! I had a slight addiction to them, and found myself polishing off the entire bag in a day! Oops.

These Hot Chocolate Dusted Almonds are so very addictive, so good thing they are super healthy and very easy to make! Made with only 3 ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes.

(Glazed with Agave)

I decided since I was going to single-handedly put Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almonds out of stock, I decided to make my very own. It would also save me some trips to the store to stock up on these addictive chocolatey nuts.

These Hot Chocolate Dusted Almonds are so very addictive, so good thing they are super healthy and very easy to make! Made with only 3 ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes.

Almonds are a great source of energy, and they are of my favorite snacks. I always have a stash of almonds hanging around the house, and grab a handful when I am feeling hungry or need a bump of energy. But plain ole’ almonds can get a little boring.

If you are in an almond snacking slump you must try this recipe. It adds a little dash of sweetness and burst of chocolatey goodness. You will be impressed!

You can whip these babies up in under 10 minutes, and it only takes 3 ingredients. That’s it!

These Hot Chocolate Dusted Almonds are so very addictive, so good thing they are super healthy and very easy to make! Made with only 3 ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes.

(HOT out of the oven!)

 

Hot Chocolate Dusted Almonds

These addictive sweet and chocolate roasted almonds will be your new favorite snack.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Kelley

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1 package hot chocolate mix or cocoa power
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder optional- to make them extra chocolatey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

  2. Toss the almonds into a bowl and mix in the agave. Stop to coat all the almonds evenly.

  3. Transfer the coated almonds to a parchment-lined cookie sheet and spread them out.

  4. Last them in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 8 minutes. Check them every few minutes to make sure they do not burn.

  5. Remove the almonds, and transfer them back to the bowl. While they are hot mix in the hot chocolate powder and cocoa (or just cocoa). Stir to ensure they are all coated evenly.

  6. You can leave them in the bowl to cool (some may stick together), or spread them back out on the parchment to cool.

  7. Wait a few minutes, them snack away!

These Hot Chocolate Dusted Almonds are so very addictive, so good thing they are super healthy and very easy to make! Made with only 3 ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes.