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Third Times the Charm

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I felt like I needed to write something, since it’s been very quiet here for a while. When I launched this blog it was a way for me to share recipes that I love. It was so much fun putting everything together, taking mediocre photos, and sharing stories. But I started to feel restricted, so I re-branded. And I’m feeling like the re-brand was a bit half-assed to be completely honest, and I was getting bored. I was sort of walking in circles trying to figure out the best direction to go. I work full time as well, so I want to focus spare energy on something that I’m excited about and it was becoming a struggle.

The thing is, I’m tired. I’m tired of just sharing recipes, I’m tired of trying to get the “perfect” shot. I want so much more for this space. We’re not perfect, but we have fun together, individually, but more importantly honestly. So it got me thinking, if I want more for this space, how about making this space more. Duh! After talking to my husband, we agreed to take a leap and take this on as a family. Giving us a chance to share more about us individually, and together. My husband is into gaming and grilling and guy things. I’m into gardening, and cooking, and knitting and sewing, my son is a silly 4 year old who loves to review toys for us, and get in the kitchen and just have fun! I always ask myself, what DO you want to do when you grow up? I know I want to enjoy the little time I have with my family, write (almost literally) our story and share it with people who are interested. I want to celebrate the things that make us unique, maybe boring at times, but hopefully relatable to other people out there.

So, we are going to rebrand again. Third times the charm! If you follow me on social media, you might have seen me use the hashtag “Growing Up Morales”. Well…..Drum roll……  this is going to be our new brand! The blog, maybe a vlog, and definitely a whole lot of fun. We will have our separate spaces where we can share our interests but also document us “growing up” as a family. I hate the term growing old, although truly what happens, I prefer the concept of always growing up – personally, literally, as individuals and together. There will be a little of everything on here, so I hope that you come back to check it out. We do not have an official date in mind to official reveal everything, but we will share when we do! Follow me on social media as Live Everyday Fresh and follow us at #growingupmorales.

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Doughnut Muffins

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There has been a whole lot going on here the last few weeks. The blog has unfortunately taken a back seat because of this, but all very exciting, all very much puppy/rescue focused, and all for a later time. But, I feel like I am redeeming myself with these muffins. They are on the healthier side, I mean oat and whole wheat flour, and absolutely delicious because they taste like doughnuts. I happened to have a few apples and some oat flour that needed to be used up and had the exact amounts needed. Because things have been a bit fast paced over here I’ve been wanting simpler things to grab for breakfast or snack. I have to be honest, my diet as of late has consisted mostly of carbs and cheese, but I felt like I was diversifying by including some apples. Good news, I’m back on track with a varied diet, eating like a grown ass adult (I totally stole that from an awesome podcast I just listened to) and enjoying these delish doughnut like muffins.

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Cinnamon Sugar Apple Doughnut Muffins

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Doughnut Muffins

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the apples to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender and browned, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly. When cool, transfer to a cutting board and coarsely chop.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tine or line with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk to blend. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the melted butter, milk, yogurt and egg. Whisk until well blended. Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and fold together, just until incorporated and no dry streaks remain. Fold in the chopped apples.
  3. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each about 2/3 full (I did to the top). Bake, rotating halfway through the baking time, until the muffins are lightly browned and just set, about 20-22 minutes total. Let cool in the pans about 5 minutes, gently remove them from the pans and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To finish, melt the butter in a small bowl. Combine the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl and whisk until evenly combines. Dip the top of a muffin in the melted butter, then into the sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining muffins.

Notes

Recipe from Everyday Annie.

Granola Bark

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Anyone else need a breakfast or snack face lift? Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m craving easier and lighter foods. Thank you Jesus! My diet has largely included the beige part of the rainbow, you know, the one for whole grains, or carbs, like bread. Not that any of them are bad, at all. But the amount I’ve relied on for energy as of late should be criminal. But this healthy little recipe right here, is just what I needed to help me branch out. I’ve recently discovered how good apples with peanut butter and this granola bark broken up a bit is, as a snack or light lunch. The more obvious yogurt, fruit, granola bark combo is also divine. It’s super super easy to make. Seriously super easy. It also tastes amazing. Once it’s cooled, you just break it up into large pieces, like any other type of bark you would make, and enjoy! I love grabbing a couple of pieces to have in a pinch. Add this to your list of recipes to try. I highly recommend it!

Granola Bark

Granola Bark

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 13x18 - inch baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cinnamon, oats, almonds, coconut, flax, chia, and almond flour. Stir to blend and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, water, vanilla, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Remove from the heat and let cool to a warm temperature.
  4. Once the maple syrup mixture is cooled, add the olive oil and egg white. Whisk to incorporate. Pour into the bow with the oat mixture and mix well with a spatula.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly across the prepared baking sheet. Use the bottom of a pot to press the mixture down firmly, compacting it. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown, rotating the sheet about halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning. During the 45 minutes, open the oven a few times to release steam.
  6. Leaving the oven on, transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let cool until the surface of the granola is crisp. If the surface is still tacky, return the pan to the oven and bake 10-15 minutes more, checking every 5 minutes to avoid over browning. Once cooles, break the bark into pieces and store in an airtight container.

Notes

Adapted from Everyday Annie.

Earth Day 2018

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Earth Day! Such an important day to celebrate. This year, Anthony’s teacher dedicated a week to learning about taking care of where we live. It’s all he talked about and I was super proud. His teacher does a phenomenal job teaching awareness, kindness, and taking care of the planet. All things that are super important! We kicked off our Earth Day celebration on Saturday. We spent a good amount of time outside in the afternoon. It’s been terrible weather here, like many places, so when we saw that glow outside, we ran out there to take advantage. Dare I say the Spring like weather has FINALLY made its return!

This year, I wanted to focus my Earth Day post on something special that we, as a family, are changing to make a difference right in our own yard. About two years ago, we had to remove a gigantic maple tree from our backyard. It was the saddest day because I absolutely loved that tree. We would sit under it, it provided so much shade, and then it provided carpenter ants. The tree was infested and it was losing its integrity. One good storm and it would have come down anyway. But, last year, we decided to replace the one tree with about a dozen fruit trees and some fruit bushes. We also planted a few lilac bushes and some other greenery. This year the focus has been on expanding our garden. Welcome Morales Family Farm! I feel like we could feed a community with what we are planting. Which is fantastic. I am beyond thrilled that my husband is getting into it this year as well. Usually it’s me planning it out, but this year it’s a family affair. I love Farm to table but there is nothing like yard to table. I love being able to go outside and pick right from our yard. It also tastes better. When I would cut up cucumbers for my son he would always ask “is this from our yard?” We even grew watermelon that was so sweet. Anthony would never eat it until we grew our own. Then he wouldn’t stop. There are other ways to garden, even if you do not have a ton of space. Urban gardens, container gardens, even an herb garden is a great place to start!

 

Dinky Doozies

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I cannot believe a week has already gone by, and I am just getting to this post now. There was nothing particularly difficult about the week, just super busy and I’m running on low. But, Friday’s and these cookies give me life. They are the cutest little snack. The name, I’m sure, made that super obv.  I made these over vacation with my son. They are easy and bite sized, so basically the perfect treat. Honestly the mini cookie would have been it for Anthony. While we were baking them he would sneak into the kitchen to grab two – one for each hand, clearly – and run into the living room like nothing happened. If I were to make a batch to keep as just a mini cookie, I would add in some mini chocolate chips. Just cut the potion of mini m&m’s in half and make up the rest with mini chocolate chips. Heck, do it if you intend to keep the cookie as is and sandwich that sucker up. I do think the element of a straight up chocolate chip is missing here a bit. One bite and you don’t miss it for long, but it would be a nice touch.

Dinky Doozies

Dinky Doozies
A perfect bite sized snack. These mini cookies are a colorful and fun treat, if the name didn't give that away already!

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, or a silpat mat. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside. With the electric mixer, or by hand, mix butter and sugars until thoroughly combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined. Add in the dry ingredients and beat or stir together until combined. Fold in the M&M's, with a wooden spoon.
  2. Roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball. Holding the dough with your fingertips - of both hands - pull the ball apart into two equal halves. With the torn surface facing up, place the dough onto the cookie sheets. Bake until the cookies are light golden brown and the outer edges start to harden yet the centers are still soft. About 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake!
  3. To make the filling, add butter to the bow of your electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on medium-high speed until smooth. Add the sugar to the bowl and whisk on low speed until incorporated. Add in the salt. Continue to whisk on medium-high speed until smooth. Mix in heavy cream and vanilla on low speed just until incorporated. Increase the mixer speed and whip until light and fluffy about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Pair up the cooled cookies by size. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a plain round tip. Pipe a bit of frosting onto the flat side of one cookie. Top with the remaining cookie and press down so the filling reaches the edges.

Notes

Recipe barely adapted from Everyday Annie.