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Just What I Needed (MIMM)

Did you hear that?

I just did a silent scream of joy when I remembered that although tomorrow is Monday, I don’t have school.

Life is awesome.

That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been keeping busy or even sleeping in much later though. Case in point: On Saturday morning I woke up at 6:15 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. This morning I forced myself to sleep in. Until 7:00 am.

Ya. I know. I’m no good at this resting stuff that comes with vacation time.

I have been having a blast though, which is why I thought this post would be great to use for Marvelous in my Monday with Healthy Diva Eats.

Marvelous is… Homework-free weekends full of movie-watching.

Marvelous is… Sundays where I don’t have to worry about cooking for the upcoming week.

Marvelous is… Hanging out with friends Friday night. Two hours of table talk about college and life. And an introduction to Duck Dynasty.

Marvelous is… Getting a picture accepted to Chowstalker, the Paleo version of Foodgawker.

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Marvelous is… All of the fun things to do in the upcoming week.

Marvelous is… This Taylor Swift video:

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And this Adele video. Prepare. To. Laugh.

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Marvelous is… Weekend baking.

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On Saturday my mom requested that I make her a GAPS-friendly apple bread, and I happily accepted the challenge. She liked the texture of the banana bread that I made her last week (still need to post the recipe for that one…), but I didn’t have enough coconut flour to just exchange the banana with apple in the original recipe. Also, using only nut flour doesn’t always turn out very well without baking soda, and often falls apart, so I wanted to create a bread with a happy medium.

Thus, this grain-free apple crumbly bread was born. Chocked full of apples and whole ingredients, this bread is both crumbly and moist. Moist. Love that word.

Grain-Free Apple Crumbly Bread

Makes 1 9×5 loaf

Grain/Gluten-Free, Nut-Free and Dairy-Free Options, GAPS Friendly/Paleo, Vegetarian

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups nut/seed flour (I used 1 cup almond flour and 1 cup sunflour)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 large organic eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup organic ghee (butter or coconut oil would probably work fine too)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 small, ripe banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 small apples, peeled and chopped (about 1 1/2 cups, or 2 large apples)

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. After separating the eggs, place the egg whites in a food processor and blend until stiff.
  4. Add the egg yolks, ghee, honey, banana, and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
  5. Toss about two-thirds of the chopped apples into the dry mixture. Then pour in the wet mixture and combine well.
  6. Pour the bread batter into the loaf pan. Top with remaining apple chunks.
  7. Bake for 90 minutes or until it springs back when touched. (If the top starts to get too dark, cover with aluminum foil to slow down browning).

Recipe shared on: Fat Tuesday and Thank Goodness It’s Monday

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And now I’m going to finish watching a Mentalist episode on TV and get to bed. Hope you all have a marvelous Monday!

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What kind of things do you “silently scream” about?

Have you ever seen Clueless, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, or Duck Dynasty?

What do you think of the new trend of music videos?

Did you do any weekend baking?

Final Friday Confessions Before Spring Break

This post may seem a little random and rambling today. And that’s because it is. I have one more class standing between me and Spring Break and boy am I ready to go home!

To make this random post seem a little more organized, let’s do it in list format, shall we? Here are my Final Friday Confessions Before Spring Break.

Confession #1:

I’m sort of feeling lost on this blog right now. It’s not a feeling of “I want to stop blogging,” but more like a “What direction am I heading?” type of thing. Recently I have been posting a lot of recipes that I myself can’t eat. Part of me feels guilty for doing this because it’s like I’m advocating for food that I’m not eating myself. It makes me feel sort of like a hypocrite  even though I’m upfront about every recipe that I don’t try personally.

Confession #2:

Looking through my recipe page on this blog, I’m feeling very nostalgic about all of the food that I used to make. I have about a gazillion variations of microwave protein bread recipes and not much else, but it’s almost ridiculous how much I miss them. Oh, and peanut butter. This week I have been having a serious peanut butter craving. Melted on top of a crispy English muffin.

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Confession #3:

I have an internship interview on the Wednesday of Spring Break. I told this girl in the comments of one of her posts, and that’s when I realized that I hadn’t shared it on the blog yet. I don’t really want to say much else for fear of jinxing it, or whatever else could happen by posting things in a public space. All that I will say is that I have very mixed feelings about the whole upcoming experience. Excited. Dreading…

Confession #4:

Sometimes I feel like I’m alone in my thoughts. Then I come across a gif/meme on Pinterest and everything is better.

Cases in point-

 

Confession #5:

I just finished filing my FAFSA yesterday and my EFC was way higher than I expected. It’s one of those times where your parents are too “rich” for you to get financial aid, but not “rich” enough to cover all the costs. If my dad dies, Bill Gates, will you marry my mother?

Confession #6:

I’m liking this confession post way more than I should. It’s nice to get some of these thoughts out of my head and out in the real world. I suppose I should be confiding in my best friend or something, but you guys can be substitutes just for today, alright?

Confession #7:

Religion doesn’t come up on my blog at all normally, but today it will just a little bit. I’m Lutheran, which is broken off of Catholicism, and as such I celebrate Lent. If you don’t know what Lent is, it’s basically a time where you give up something for 40 days like Jesus did when he was being tested in the desert. In sixth grade I gave up pop for Lent and haven’t drank it since. The past two years I gave up refined sugar. This year though there was nothing I could give up in my diet that I hadn’t already. So, instead I decided to give up my negative comments about other people. I’ll admit it, I can be very quick to judge and criticize others. Thinking about it now, I talked snarkily about one of my teachers today. Completely unnecessary.  Overall though, I’ve been doing much better. I even gave up GOMI 100%. If you read GOMI on a daily basis, you should try giving it up for just a few days. I feel so much better without all of those negative thoughts floating around me. Monkey see, monkey do.

Confession #8:

I’m tired and should be going to bed now, but I usually just ignore these signs of fatigue and stay up late on the computer. As soon as I’m done with this last confession, I’m getting ready for bed. Over Spring break I really need to work on catching up on my sleep.

Confession #9:

I lied. One more confession. I promised a recipe from the teaser picture that I left you all on my last WIAW. Sorry, just not today. I also haven’t gotten to any of the comments yet, but I promise, I will soon.

Peace, love, and happiness… It’s almost Spring Break!!

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Do you have anything to confess?

Did you give up anything for Lent?

What is the difference between a Meme and a gif?

Edited to add this last final image from Pinterest. I hope it makes your day. It sure made mine.