White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn

White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn

Popcorn is good on its own, but the addition of white chocolate and sprinkles makes it birthday-week-worthy.

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I shared this popcorn with the third- and fourth-graders at my church, and they could not quit eating it!  I lost count of how many times I heard, “Can I have some more popcorn?”

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30 before 30: Four-Year Update

30 before 30: Four-Year Update

Before I begin, allow me to express my shock that I am twenty-four years old!  I feel old…but also young…sort of rickety…but also fresh… Can anyone relate?

Anyway…you’re here to read about the exciting things I did this year.  Here you go:

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Green Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Green Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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I wonder why some ice cream companies dye their mint ice cream green and other companies make white mint ice cream.  Personally, I don’t think the color affects the flavor–I love a few scoops of white mint ice cream from Breyer’s as much as I love a green mint Klondike bar.   This month, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make green mint chocolate chip cookie bars for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Mint Chocolate Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Smoothie

If you are only here for the recipe, you can find it below the next picture.  If you want to read about how I went a little mint crazy last fall, keep scrolling!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 overripe banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (optional)
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach (for the green color, optional)

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February Photo Challenge 2019

February Photo Challenge 2019

In December, I had the passing notion to take a photo every day in 2019 and post the photos to my blog.  I had seen other bloggers do this, so I found a list of 365 photo prompts, and I halfheartedly decided that I would try to take a picture every day in January.  To my surprise, I succeeded, and since I was already 1/12 of the way done with my unintentional 365-day photo challenge, I figured I might as well continue.

I feel the need to apologize for the plethora of Old Salem photos you will see this year (nearly 36% of the photos that I am sharing this month were taken in Old Salem).  My only hope is that all the pictures of handcarts, colorful doors, and archaic signage will make you love Old Salem as much as I do.

But I won’t apologize that four of the photos this month contain chocolate.  February is, after all, National Chocolate Lover’s Month.

P.S. – I am cohosting Fiesta Friday this week with Laurena @ Life Diet Health.  Head over to Angie’s blog to see a multitude of delicious recipes.

Simple Joy Saturday #51

Simple Joy Saturday #51

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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February 2019

Enjoyable Reads:

I kindly ask you to click the link above and review the flowchart at the beginning of the post.  It may change your life.

  • The Time Machine by H.G.Wells

I continued reading (or, more accurately, listening to) books on the 100 Books Bucket List.  Out of the 5 books I completed in February, The Time Machine is the only book that I can recommend.

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Forgive me for including two grammar-related resources, but if you consider yourself a snoot (syntax nudnik of our time), you will love Garner’s hefty handbook, which cheekily explains every grammar error you could ever encounter.

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Apricot Almond Butter Breakfast Bars

Apricot Almond Butter Breakfast Bars

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I never intend to stockpile nut butter; it just happens.  I buy a few jars of nut butter on sale.  Then my brother gives me nut butter as a present.  Then a friend hands off a flavored nut butter that she doesn’t like.  Then I win a giveaway.  Next thing you know, I’ve got 10 jars of nut butter and only one mouth to feed.  If you (like me) ever find yourself with an accidental stockpile of nut butter, bake a batch of these bars!

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