Congratulations Clay!!

Published on May 17th, 2013Written by Jamie Lee with no comments

Clay-Hooded

Gluten Free, Vegan Chocolate Dipped Macaroons

Published on January 13th, 2013Written by Jamie Lee with 2 comments

A friend of mine and I are five days into Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet. After all the holiday treats, we’re trying to get back on track (and hopefully drop a few of those cookie related pounds). So far I haven’t felt deprived of anything. Every day is filled with delicious food and the reminder to move, meditate, and really take care of myself in a holistic way. That said, I was wandering around the grocery store and came across some health food cookies. At $10 for a small bag of natural cookies, I wasn’t tempted to buy any, but I did start to wonder if I could make my own.

When I got home I pulled together some raw, unsweetened coconut, coconut oil, raw agave, almonds, vanilla, and sea salt.

Crazy Sexy Diet Macaroons

Since this was an experimental recipe, I just threw everything into a food processor and made some tweaks as I went along. Here’s the basics:

2 C Coconut

1 C Almonds

4 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1/4 C Raw Agave

1 tsp Vanila

1/2 tsp Sea Salt

You can add a little bit more salt or agave to taste. I blended these thoroughly in the food processor and then scooped them out in tablespoon sized balls. They could have been done here, or if you are on a raw food diet, you could probably put them in a food dehydrator. I popped mine in an oven at 350 degrees and just watched them as they browned. All in all they were in there for less than 10 minutes.

Gluten Free, Vegan Macaroons

As delicious as they were at this point, I wanted to take it up a notch. I melted two squares of Endangered Species Natural Dark Chocolate in the microwave and then I spooned in onto my delicious little macaroons.

70% Cacao Dark Chocolate

The cookies are pretty delicate because they don’t contain flour or eggs. At first I tried dipping them in the chocolate and while they stayed together, they did get a little squished.

Gluten Free Chocolate Macaroons

Despite their delicate nature, they are truly delicious and they’re good with or without the chocolate. Even Peter is really excited about them. I recognize that even though they fit the diet, they are still really high in fat. I wouldn’t eat the whole tray, or even eat them every day, but they are a great little gluten free, vegan cookie.

Try them for yourself and let me know what you think.

Two Years

Published on October 10th, 2012Written by Jamie Lee with no comments

Two years ago today Peter and I officially tied the knot. So far it’s been quite the adventure.

Peter and Jamie Lee wedding photos

For our anniversary we are trying to start three traditions. (I’m all about traditions.) The first is to make our wedding cake (the one that our friend Caroline made for us on our wedding day).

lavender buttercream wedding cake

The second is to give each other gifts from the list of traditional wedding gifts, except with a fun spin. This year’s gift is cotton. Peter already

Jamie Lee and Peter Wedding {This dog totally crashed our wedding photos. Wasn’t he adorable?}

The third is to have professional photos taken that represent what we’re doing at that time in our lives. This last one might seem a little bid ridiculous to some people, but Peter and I aren’t picture people. It’s easy to let our lives go by without documenting much. This blog has been a way to try to force me to slow down and document my life a little bit better, but as any of you know I tend to drop off from time to time, despite my best intentions.

circling the groom wedding tradition

We’re really excited about doing all three of these things!

An Apple a Day

Published on October 9th, 2012Written by Jamie Lee with no comments

We’re going to blame aging, but somehow adulthood has not been kind to my skin. I’ve been reading a lot about mixing apple cider vinegar in water and drinking it to improve the skin quality. After reading more on ACV, it claims to help everything from weight loss to cancer. I’m started on Sunday with 1 tsp mixed into a big glass of water. So far it’s not so bad. Let’s just see if I can keep it up. I’m holding my breath here for miracles!!

Apple Cider Vinegar for skin

 Has anyone else out there tried it? I’d be curious to know how it went.

 

Matching Ikea Off-White

Published on October 8th, 2012Written by Jamie Lee with no comments

Trying to match that slightly offwhite IKEA paint? Try Glidden’s Parchment White. Peter and I are taking on a DIY project and have been pleasantly surprised by how seamlessly it blends into our white IKEA Lack.

Paint that blends with Ikea White