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Hi Friends! It’s been a while since we’ve shared this space together. I’ve missed you all so much. And for my own self esteem, I’m going to tell myself that you’ve missed me too.
I guess I haven’t been feeling particularly motivated to create new recipes lately. Part of that is due to the fact that it’s as hot as Hades outside. All I want to do is sit down with a big spoon and half a watermelon in my lap. And I’m pretty sure nobody needs a recipe for that.
Also, I’ve just been feeling generally “blue” these past couple of weeks. And I find it hard to be creative when I’ve got a case of the “blahs”. But I think I’ve finally started to turn the corner towards a happier mental state. Last weekend I traveled to Minnesota to spend some time with the most awesome boss ladies that I know, and that definitely helped to lift my spirits. I’ll write more about our weekend together later on this month, but in the meantime, if you want to see what kinds of trouble we got ourselves into, you can take a peak at the hashtag #bossbabefestMSP on the Instagram machine.
The day before I jetted off to the Midwest, I made up a big batch of this Tropical Popcorn Snack Mix to take along with me. Because traveling is hard and stressful enough as it is. I don’t need to throw feelings of extreme hunger into the mix. And the stuff that’s available to eat at most airports generally isn’t the healthiest. My motto: never leave home without food and water.
Making your own snack mix at home is a serious must-do. Because not only do you have the power to control the overall levels of salt, fat and sugar in your recipe. But you also get to make sure you’ve got all your favorite ingredients represented. Personally, I find that store-bought snack mixes never have enough chocolate for my taste. So I made sure to throw in enough Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate Oven Roasted Almonds to satisfy my cravings. Oh and don’t skip the lime zest here. It totally makes this Tropical Popcorn Snack Mix pop!
Blue Diamond Almonds is the Official Snack Nut of USA Swimming. And I’m guessing the USA Swimming Team would never leave home without healthy snacks. Because you can’t be your best self when you’re hangry!
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Despite the oppressive weather this weekend, I temporarily lifted my “no oven” embargo to bake up a batch of these Blackberry-Chocolate Chunk Muffins.
And let me tell you, it was totally worth it. I may have gotten miserably hot and sweaty from cranking my oven up to 375 degrees. But a dozen moist, fluffy muffins bursting with fresh blackberries and chunks of dark chocolate is a force to be reckoned with. I just couldn’t say “no”.
I’ve been on a serious muffin kick lately ever since I made these Blueberry-Basil Muffins. To be honest, I had kind of forgotten about how much I liked homemade muffins. But they are leaps and bounds above those typical dense, softball-sized muffins that you find in coffee shops. And once you zero in on a base recipe that you love, homemade muffins are endlessly customizable. I’ve been making versions of the recipe from this book for a couple of years of now, often swapping out or adding ingredients. And whatever I seem to do to them, they always come out great.
Also, muffins are basically as close as you can get to enjoying cake for breakfast without actually eating a slice of cake. And I’m very down with that.