Cranberry Orange & Almond Cookies


My little one loves, loves, loves to bake and at first it was very difficult for me. I like to bake, however baking with a three year old takes A LOT of patience, but the more I work with her the better she gets and shockingly it’s become a very fun activity for us. I try to make our baking as healthy as possible but sometimes you just gotta make the real thing. I have a delicious and amazingly simple chocolate chip cookie recipe from pinterest, that we make ALL THE TIME. This weekend we went for something a little healthier.

I found the original recipe here and adapted to what we had on hand. A little tip if you use the original, it mentions baking soda in the directions, but I looked over and over and couldn’t find it in the ingredients list so I just put the same amount as it called for baking powder. I am learning as I go with this baking thing but it seemed like that made sense and the cookies were good so I guess it worked out okay.

Cranberry Orange & Almond Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon each of baking soda & baking powder
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons orange juice
  •  Optional:Sprinkle of flax seed…I usually put this in all baked goods because it doesn’t change the taste and is good for you.
  1. Whisk in a large bowl the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, flax seed, almonds, and cranberries.
  2. Whisk in a medium size bowl applesauce, melted butter, orange juice.
  3. Add medium bowl to the large bowl and mix gently. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Use an ice cream scoop or whatever you have on hand to make cookies. I use an ice cream scoop for just about everything so that’s my go to for a good sized cookie.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Let cool and enjoy 🙂


Maybe it isn’t turning thirty that bothers me. Maybe it’s losing myself in motherhood. Maybe it’s the fear that I’m already gone, replaced by this ghost who’s voice will soothe my children’s memories, long after I’ve died.  — Lea Grover

So worth the read.



Creating a life of peace, joy and love.

January is officially over and I spent a lot of it doing the same thing I think most people do. Looking at my life, making to do lists, setting goals etc. This January was a little different for me. I turned 30 last year and it really changed something in me, not in the oh my gosh I am 30 mid life crisis sense, but realizing all that has happened in my life during the last decade.

I had several of what some  call “life events” during my twenties, I lost both my parents, a very dear friend, and closed a business I ran for 7 years. Now, ten years is a long time and that didn’t all happen in one year, but if you pretty much repress each thing as  it happens it makes for a pretty big shitstorm when you finally come to terms with it all. I wasn’t in denial I was for sure aware that it all happened, but I sometimes look back and wonder if I was really THERE. I have thought A LOT about what my story is and who I am in the last month and all I know is that I want  my world to be peaceful, joyful and loving  and to do that I need to BE peaceful, joyful, and loving. I definitely was not this when I had my breakthrough (a more positive word than what it really was,which was a breakdown). I was irritable, tired, and very short fused. On the surface I was happy, but I believe issues that have been shoved aside for a long time were starting to crack that happy surface.

I have tried really hard to not be what has happened to me, so hard in fact that I am realizing that’s probably what got me in this mess. In a way I haven’t really dealt with any of it because I didn’t want to be weak or too emotional because it would upset others or ruin a happy time. During a conversation with my aunt she made me realize I am what happened to me and it’s ok. What I have experienced makes me who I am and shaped me into the person I am today.

 If I am really honest with myself, I don’t think turning 30 triggered any of this, I think it all started boiling up when my father passed away almost 2 years ago. So the pot just recently spilled over, but it’s been boiling for a long time…2 years, or even 10 years. Anyway, it’s time to clean up the spilled water and see things for what they are and that’s just what I have been doing this month. Trying to clean up the mess of pretending everything is ok, because sometimes it just isn’t and that is ok.

I saw this a long time ago on pinterest and it made a lot of sense to me.



Inspiration Everywhere

It’s not going to turn out the way you thought…Kate Northrup

Do yourself a favor and give it a read. I think this is probably one of the best things you can learn. Sometimes we get so caught up in what our life is “supposed” to look like that you forget to see what your life really does look like. The universe must be trying to tell me something today because I also found this gem from my Daily Love email.

“Be truthful with yourself about the reality of your life” -Mastin Kipp

My Five Faves

My Five Faves


Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

This stuff is amazing. My mother in law gave this to me about a year ago and at the time I only used it on my hands in the winter. Just recently I read about how wonderful it is for your face. I started using it every night on my face and I can’t tell you how much I love it.


Just Dance Roanoke is a dance inspired fitness studio and it has been my saving grace for the last year. It is a wonderful way to stay fit and I love, love, love, it. I never thought exercise would become a hobby for me.


With the beginning of a new year I decided to read a book that had been on my reading list for a long time. I had heard such good reviews about The Happiness Project, but I could just never make the decision to get it. I am so glad I did. I love it so much I am getting copies for some of my closest girlfriends.


I bought a little number like this recently and I am kind of digging the plaid look. I recently saw a girl I know who is about to have a baby and she looked super cute in a white tee and plaid unbuttoned button up. I feel like it is a popular look right now, but I also think depending on how you style it, it can be pretty timeless.


This Banana Nut Bread from Craft-o-Maniac is awesome. I found it through pinterest and my daughter and I make it all the time. She LOVES it.