single jar berry jam!

A week or so ago, a friend and I took a trip to a “u-pick” farm with our daughters. We loaded the girls up in the car, and set out to have a fun day. When we got to the farm, I put Nori Luz into her carrier and off we went to pick some strawberries. This plan wasn’t well thought out, as I ended up doing what seemed like 100 squats with baby attached to me while grabbing strawberries. Luckily, the raspberries and blueberries were a little easier to grab. Regardless, I ended up with about a pint of both strawberries and raspberries and about 1/3 pint of blueberries, as they weren’t really ripe yet. When I got home, I washed my fruit, put the baby down for a nap and made some jam! I made just enough to fill a pint sized mason jar. I’m not sure if I didn’t add enough sugar, or if my blueberries were a little too tart, but I ended up with a refreshingly sour jam. The next morning, I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a train – my legs were so sore from squatting at the farm that I could hardly even walk. I felt so unhappy, but then I remembered that all the pain was worth it and hobbled down to my kitchen, and made myself some toast and jam and everything was alright.

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What you need:

  • 2 pints berries (I used 1 strawberry, 1/3 blueberry and 2/3 raspberry)
  • 1 cup sugar

Place fruit and sugar into a medium saucepan and cook over a medium flame. While waiting for a boil, mash down fruit with a wooden spoon or a potato masher. Once boiling, cook for 2-3 mins, stirring. (Be sure to taste the jam for sweetness, mine was tart, if too tart, add up to 1/2 cup sugar.)Remove from heat, place in jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. ENJOY!

cocoa dusted almonds!

As a new mom, I find it much harder to find time to bake treats and cook healthy meals. I often find myself snacking on candy to make it through the day. What I really needed to find is a healthy AND sweet tasting snack that’ll keep me going when I can’t find the time yet to make a real meal – these cocoa dusted almond do the trick. They’re refined sugar free and a great grab and go snack. THe best part, is they require very little prep work – your pretty much just mixing things together. Easy peesy.

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What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups dry roasted almonds
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp agave
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt

Put almonds into a bowl. Pour agave and vanilla on top and stir, to coat each almond. in a separate bowl combine cocoa, salt and cinnamon. Pour coated almonds into the dry and toss to coat. Pour coated almonds into a sifter and shake a few times. ENJOY!