Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bridgewater Farmers Market

Today was the grand opening of the Bridgewater Farmers Market.
Bridgewater is a small town just down the road from my house and I
am so excited that they now have a farmers market!
Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

The market is located in the new Generations Park on Main Street and it is
open Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until noon.
Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

I was most excited to see my new friends Hope and Amy and their new venture -
Mill House Kitchen.  They had the cutest display and delicious looking pies, scones,
cinnamon rolls, biscotti and more.
You have got to visit them at the market soon!
Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Here is a glimpse of my first visit to the Bridgewater Farmers Market.
You should go too!
Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA
Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

Bridgewater Farmers Market VA

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Almond Butter and Raspberry Smoothie

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield Organic and Target.
As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Have I mentioned to you lately how much I love summer?
I mean really - I LOVE it.
I love getting into the pool after a long day at work, mowing the grass (not kidding!),
picking cherry tomatoes off the vine on our deck, sunflowers, zinnias from my mom's
garden and eating fresh berries by the handful.
Summer is definitely my favorite season of all.

When the weather is hot and sunny I find myself craving smoothies even more than usual.
Smoothies are a refreshing, healthy way to refuel my body and they're a great way to
cool off too!

The flavor combinations are endless when making your own smoothie.
I love to experiment with different fruits and add-ins, but I always use Stonyfield yogurt
and almond milk to make them smooth and creamy.

We are huge fans of Stonyfield and I was so happy to hear they have partnered with
the Target Made to Matter program.  Target has chosen 30 wellness brands that
make natural, organic and sustainable products to help you and I live a better,
healthier life.  Just another reason to love Target!

Target will offer exclusive Stonyfield Organic Super Seeds and Super Grains yogurt.
The organic Super Seeds features nonfat Greek yogurt with flaxseed with your choice of
orange-cranberry, blueberry and coconut flavors.  Super Grains pairs nonfat Greek yogurt
with buckwheat and quinoa in delicious strawberry, maple and vanilla flavors.
They will be available in the next few weeks and I can not wait to try them!

Now back to my smoothie!
For my almond butter and raspberry smoothie I have paired frozen banana with
raspberries, almond butter, Stonyfield yogurt and almond milk.
It's refreshing and delicious!
Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Almond Butter and Raspberry Smoothie

1 C frozen raspberries
1 frozen banana
1 C almond milk
1/2 C Stonyfield Greek yogurt, plain
2 T almond butter
1/2 C ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Hamilton Beach Go Sport Blender

This post was created in partnership with Hamilton Beach
As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to ride bikes.
Hilton Head Island has wonderful bike paths and we ride every chance we get.
I love the carefree feeling you get riding a beach cruiser bike - it's so relaxing to me!
We bike to the grocery store, the beach, sight-seeing and sometimes when we
go out to dinner. Biking is such good exercise!

Last year my husband gave me a pretty blue bike for my birthday,
complete with a matching cup holder.
This year I added this cute wicker bike basket.
Now I can ride my bike through the neighborhood in style :)

Hamilton Beach knows how active we all like to be, so they designed
this awesome Go Sport Blender.  The 20 oz. sports bottle blender is
insulated to keep beverages colder longer.
Perfect for smoothies on the go!

Since the blender jar is also a sports bottle there's no need to dig through your
cabinets to find the right to go cup. Simply remove the collar blade and replace
it with the flip top lid.

The 20 oz. bottle fits most car cup holders, allowing you
to blend your smoothie and go!  Now I can enjoy smoothies on my bike rides!

The Hamilton Beach Go Sport Blender even matches my bike :)

Summer is here.
Get moving!
Ride your bike.
Drink a smoothie.

Here's one of my favorite smoothie recipes.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Grain-Free Blueberry Muffins

I wake up pretty early during the week to make it to work on time,
but on the weekends I love turning off the alarm and sleeping in.
Best feeling ever!
Grain Free Blueberry Muffins

This past weekend I did manage to get up in time to make it to our local
Farmer's Market before all of the blueberries sold out.
We love fresh berries around here, so I was excited to buy some local organic
blueberries.  I love them on my oatmeal and in smoothies.
Grain Free Blueberry Muffins

Since it was the weekend and I had extra time I decided to try a new blueberry
muffin recipe.  I've been been seeing a lot of grain-free recipes on food blogs that I
follow and was intrigued so I decided to try making grain-free blueberry muffins.
Grain Free Blueberry Muffins

I love to experiment with recipes so I already had almond and coconut flour in my pantry.
I love not having to run to the store when making a recipe!
Grain Free Blueberry Muffins

The muffins were delicious!
The blueberries were sweet, slightly tart and pop in your mouth.
I didn't miss the grains at all!
I'm definitely going to try more grain-free recipes in the future.
Give them a try and let me know what you think.
Grain Free Blueberry Muffins

Grain Free Blueberry Muffins

1 cup almond flour
1/4 C coconut flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 T coconut sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 T coconut oil, melted
1 T butter, melted
2 T maple syrup
1/2 C almond milk
1 egg
1/2 C fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
In a large mixing bowl add almond flour, coconut flour, salt, baking soda,
coconut sugar and cinnamon, whisking to combine.

In a small bowl add vanilla, coconut oil, butter, maple syrup, milk and
eggs.  Whisk until well combined.  Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix
with a wooden spoon.  Fold in blueberries.
Using a large cookie scoop, add batter to each muffin cup.
Bake about 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool in pan for about 10 minutes before setting the muffins on a rack
to continue to cool.

Yield - 8 standard size muffins

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Purely Elizabeth

What did we ever do without social media?
I mean really - how did we find out about stuff?

I participate in most forms of social media, but Instagram is my fave.
I love to escape into Instagram land every chance I get.
So many pretties, delicious eats, great ideas and new products.
Purely Elizabeth

Instagram was where I first discovered Purely Elizabeth.
I can't remember the exact post, but some how I found out they made granola.
Freakin' awesome granola!

Good for you granola full of ancient grains, oats and seeds with chewy dried fruit,
organic coconut sugar and organic coconut oil.
I was on a mission to find this granola goodness.
I put it on my Whole Foods grocery list and a few days later I was in granola heaven.
Oh my is it good!

I used the Blueberry Hemp Ancient Grain Granola as a delicious crust for my
Upside Down Cheesecake in a Jar. Best idea ever!
So much better than graham crackers!
Purely Elizabeth

I was recently given the opportunity to try a few more of their products and now
I'm an even bigger fan of Purely Elizabeth!
The past few mornings I have started my day with Ancient Grain Granola and
Puffs cereal.  I'm not much on cold cereal, I'm more of an oatmeal kind of girl,
but this cereal is so delicious! It's a sweet and salty blend of granola with hints of
sea salt, cinnamon and milk soaked puffs.  So good!
Watch out oatmeal, I may have to cheat on you some mornings :)
Purely Elizabeth

I also tried the Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix.
After dinner I always need a little sweet treat, so I was super
excited to make the cookies!

Purely Elizabeth Cookie Mix is super easy to mix - you only
add 3 simple ingredients (coconut oil, applesauce and vanilla).
I used my cookie scoop to drop the cookie dough onto a silpat
lined cookie sheet and in 12 minutes they were perfect!
Purely Elizabeth
You can also skip the baking part and eat the dough straight out of the
bowl if  you're into that kind of thing,
Which I totally am!
Purely Elizabeth Cookie Mix

Since it was like 100 degrees yesterday I decided to make frozen yogurt cookie
sandwiches with some of the cookies.
An excellent idea if I do say so myself!
Purely Elizabeth Cookie Mix

Every now and then I find a new brand that I believe in and love.
Purely Elizabeth is one of those brands.

Connect with Purely Elizabeth here, here and here.

Disclosure - I was sent Purely Elizabeth product to sample and review. 
I was not compensated for this post and as always, all opinions are my own.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello Monday

Hello to my happy place.
Hello to the place where all is right with the world for me.

The place where I grew up.
The place where my mom and dad live, work, farm.
Hello to the place that will always be home.

Take a peek around.
I think you'll like it too.

Happy Monday!
Have a great week my sweet friends!



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