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Lots of Eats… Not So Much Sleep

You know it’s going to be a long week when you already start off Monday sleep-deprived. All last week I did really well with going to bed at a decent hour and being fully rested. Then Sunday night when I was working on a group project from home, my teammates were just not responding via e-mail like they needed to. Since our decisions were due at 7:00pm I had to be at my e-mail constantly checking for a response from them. In the end only one of them e-mailed me back. *Sigh* This is why I hate group work.


Nevertheless, the decisions were in on time (Just 8 more rounds to go. Yippee!…). But that left me still at home at 7:00pm with a few more things to pack. Realistically I wouldn’t have gotten back to my dorm room until 10:00pm or later. And there was still another assignment I had to do for Monday…

So I decided to stay home, do my homework, and leave early Monday morning to be back in time for my 9:30am class. Those two hours were tough as I was extremely tired and I had to stop half way there because I was worried I was going to fall asleep. Never again (you can quote me on that one!).

Now I am typing up this WIAW at a ridiculous hour because I just got back from watching Divergent with a few of my friends. Yes, I already saw it last Saturday, but I rarely have time to do anything social because of all of my schoolwork so I decided that I would take a quick nap after my Accounting class… and gear up to watch the movie at 9:40pm. Yikes.

This is going to be a quick post today, and my posts will probably be staying sparse in the foreseeable future with more exams and group projects this week.

I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons, sharing all of the food I made on Saturday and Sunday!


One day for breakfast I made my dad a super simple stack of pancakes. 1 1/2 bananas + 3 eggs + 1/4 tsp baking powder. The texture was surprisingly better than normal and not quite as eggy as when I’ve made them in the past. They will never be quite as perfect as James‘s though 😉



I had every intention of going to church this Sunday, and was even completely dressed and ready to head out. Then my new medication from my doctor kicked in and basically left me tied to the house for the rest of the day. Fun. It’s kind of on-and-off with whether it sort of/doesn’t work. Anyways, I felt awful because I was supposed to help my mom with the nursery that morning. To make up for it, I cooked her lunch that was ready when my dad and her got home.

First I made a simple homemade BBQ sauce. No crazy ingredients here!

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

Adapted from this recipe


  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  •  2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a small pan and heat on the stove for a few minutes until ready to serve.


Then I forked a few sweet potatoes and microwaved them. While the potatoes were cooking I mixed a few cups of homemade shredded chicken and heated it up on the stove. To put it all together just slice open the sweet potatoes, fill with the BBQ chicken and voila!



These below are homemade plantain chips that I made in the microwave. Super easy and I’ll experiment a few more times before sharing the directions.


I already shared the recipe for my yummy Paleo Peppermint Patties. You need to make them STAT.


Over the weekend I experimented with one more dessert recipe. I made a pecan honey no-bake base, put a layer of homemade vegan caramel on top, and then a layer of homemade chocolate on top of that. It all tasted great but I think the caramel could be put to better use. More experimentation required! 🙂


And that sums up everything I made over the weekend! Off to get some ZZZs and I’ll catch you all later!


Questions for you:

Do you prefer group or single projects?

What is your go-to quick breakfast recipe?

Have you ever made your own condiments before?

Chocolate/caramel OR Chocolate/mint?

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Usually I make some witty attempt at a humorous/interesting opening for my posts. With recipes like the one I have today though, I like just cutting to the chase. This month’s theme for Recipe Redux is “A Play on Patties.”

While St. Patty’s Day will be over by the time The Recipe ReDux rolls around this month, we’re celebrating the ‘patty’ all month long. We’ve seen images of stacked patties go crazy on food photo sharing sites like; so stack ‘em up! Think healthy tuna burgers, potato patties, or veggie stacks.



While most people would think of hamburgers or a similar type of savory dish when hearing the word “patties,” my first thought was sweet. This should come as no surprise as I love dessert recipes. Peppermint patties in particular. After a quick google search I found a number of recipes and picked this one to adapt. You will notice that the center of the patties are not white like a traditional patty, but that is because I used coconut sugar as my sweetener of choice which is naturally brown. I promise it is just as pepperminty and delicious. Everyone in my family of mint/chocolate lovers agree.

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Dairy/Egg-Free, Nut/Peanut-Free, Paleo-Friendly

Makes 16 Peppermint Patties

Peppermint filling ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered coconut sugar*
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp milk (I used light coconut but any milk should work)
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint stevia (or use plain peppermint extract to taste- around 1/2 tsp)**

Chocolate coating ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp honey (use maple syrup to make vegan, or stevia drops to taste)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (or omit the honey and use carob powder)


  1. In a food processor combine the powdered coconut sugar, peppermint extract, coconut oil and milk until smooth. Dip your fingers in melted coconut oil to prevent sticking. Then taking heaping teaspoonfuls of the peppermint mixture and roll them into balls. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then press them into circles.
  2. Put the baking sheet in the freezer and let harden for about 45 minutes.
  3. Next take the coconut oil and honey and melt them in a small bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Mix in the cocoa powder until completely combined. Take the hardened filling patties and set up a station for dipping.
  4. To coat the patties in chocolate, take one patty and place it in the chocolate. Using a fork, flip the patty to coat the other side. Then place the fork underneath the patty in the bowl and lift, letting the excess chocolate drip off. Place the chocolate-covered patty back on the parchment paper (use another fork to push it off if needed).
  5. Put the patties back in the freezer until the chocolate hardens. Enjoy!

*How to make powdered coconut sugar: Place 1 1/2 cups of coconut sugar in a coffee grinder in 1/2 cup intervals and grind until it turns into a fine powder. If you don’t have coconut sugar, you can also do this same process with cane sugar or another granulated sweetener. Also, if you are able to tolerate it, you can just use regular powdered sugar. 

**Substitution note: While these are peppermint patties, any extract would work well in this recipe. Coconut, vanilla, orange, cherry, raspberry, strawberry… Whatever you like!

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties


Paleo Peppermint Patties


Don’t forget to check out all of the other participants who made fabulous patty creations this month:

 Paleo Peppermint Patties



Questions for you:

Are you a fan of peppermint patties? I usually hate the mint/chocolate combo but I LOVED this one.

What extract would you try? I think coconut would be amazing! Or even peanut butter…

What is your favorite “patty” food? Duh, these.

Have you ever made your own powdered sugar before? This was my first time and definitely not my last.