Thursday, March 19, 2015

That One Time We Drove to Moab.

Who loves spring break?! (Pick me! Pick me!)

Last week we headed to Moab with our neighbors and Ty's sister Kassi for some hiking and to enjoy some glorious sunshine.

It was our first long-ish trip with our girls in the car. Somehow Jessie and I arranged things so that the dads would take the three girls in the van and Jessie, Kassi and I would drive over with baby Ralph. Guys. Driving with kids. Holy smokes. What we thought would be a quick little 5-6 hour car ride took us NINE HOURS and included, In-N-Out, a baby rash, a run into Target for medicine for said baby rash (which then resulted in new five dollar shirts, and shoes, and fox socks, along with the medicine,) attempted toddler potty stops along the side of a deserted road, a major sinus headache, and dinner in the most random restaurant you can imagine. It was eventful to say the least.

Our first day we headed over to Arches National Park.

Where we did a lot of this.

And this.

It also happened to be Kassi's 22nd birthday. So we celebrated with some "chocolate dessert" and chocolate cake

The next day we had big plans to get out early and hike to Delicate Arch... with two toddlers, two babies, two strollers, and two determined dads.

We pretty much felt like rockstars at the end of that hike.

The next afternoon we headed home grateful for a few days of fun in the sun. Thanks Moab.. we miss you already!

Friday, March 6, 2015

January // February Bittersweets

stuck in Chicago for nearly two days. 3 missed flights. back to school. putting away Christmas. sick for dayzzz. v-day tantrums. sick AGAIN.

joy school. finally making it home. new goals. finally feeling like we are starting to figure it out with two babies. balloons. birthdays. heart shaped pizza. raspberry sweet rolls. new bedding. target. bottomless fries. killler sales. late nights with friends.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Healthy Berry Streusel Bars

Allow me to bring you into a little family inside joke... So my sister-in-law once told us she hates cooked fruit.

Kassi beware....cooked fruit ahead...the delicious kind coated in maple syrup...but if that's just not your thing, you should probably just stop reading now. :)

But as for me?? Bring it on!

 Cause really (Kassi) who says no to delicious warm berries melted together into a jam....

..and cooked between layers of hearty oats and almonds??

Not me! Cause I eat this stuff for breakfast lunch and dinner!

Love you Kass... even if you don't love cooked fruit.

Healthy Berry Streusel Bars
Recipe adapted from: Sally's Baking Addiction

2 Tbsp. corn starch
2 Tbsp. warm water
2 1/2 c. mixed frozen berries
2/3 c. pure maple syrup, divided
1 1/4 c. quick oats
1 c. rolled oats
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. natural almond butter
1/4 c. melted coconut oil
1 egg
1/4 c. slivered almonds

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Line an 8x8 baking pan with foil with some overhanging on each side for easy removal. Set aside.

In a small bowl mix together corn starch and warm water until the dissolved. In a pot over medium-high heat add berries and 1/3 cup of the syrup, stirring often. Once the mixture has come to a boil remove from heat and add the corn starch water and stir to combine. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine quick oats, rolled oats, cinnamon, almond butter, remaining 1/3 cup of syrup, coconut oil, and egg to make the crust. Mix with a rubber spatula until all ingredients are well incorporated. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture for the topping.

Add the remaining oat mixture to your prepared baking pan. Press batter into the pan with a rubber spatula until flat and even. Bake for 10 minutes. (Crust will still look wet when you take it out)

While the crust is baking, in a small pan over medium heat add almonds and stir constantly until evenly toasted. Add the toasted almonds to reserved oat mixture.

Once the crust has baked for 10 minutes, remove it from the oven and carefully spread the berry filling over the top. Finally sprinkle the remaining oat/almond mixture on top. Bake for another 18-20 minutes.

Allow bars to cool. Using the foil remove from the pan, cut into squares, and serve.