Monthly Archives: January 2013

Paleo Double Layer Fudge= Heaven

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I told some people that I would post this today on my blog since it looked and tasted so delicious! Most of you know that I started Crossfit after Thanksgiving and since then I have completely LOVED it! I still enjoy running, but this seriously gives me a high everytime I walk in and keeps making me want to come back. 
I have since more results with this workout then I ever did with running. (Not that running is a bad thing). Crossfit includes TONS of cardio, but I love feeling strong in myself and my abilities! 
Anyways, after I started cross fit, they kept talking about the Paleo way of eating. I just ignored it until I started lifting more and doing more reps in my workouts and my body kept feeling tired. So, I looked into this way of eating and low and behold this is what my body was missing. I started eating Paleo about 2 1/2 weeks ago and I already feel better. I can see very few results yet with loosing weight or anything along those lines, but it is hard to see some things after only eating a certain way 2 1/2 weeks. 
 
I have found some delicious recipes from lots of people and websites and this recipe below is one that my husband made! It is so yummy and really hits that sweet tooth that I have but do not want to stuff myself with tons of valentine candy that is out right now! Check it out, try it and tell me what you think! 
This website came from http://paleomg.com/double-layer-fudge/. She has tons of great Paleo recipes on her site that are so delicious!! 
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Double Layer Fudge
Prep time:  10 mins
Total time:  10 mins
 Ingredients
  • 1 cup Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4-5 heaping tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • a handful of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips or your choice of dark chocolate chips
  • extra sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Add your coconut oil to a food processor. It doesn’t have to be melted so don’t you worry your little heart about melting it down!
  2. Then add your almond butter, unsweetened shredded coconut, vanilla extract, and honey and just a small pinch of salt.
  3. Mix all ingredients until fully combined.
  4. Pour half the ingredients into a bread pan and use a spoon to spread out evenly. It doesn’t matter what size bread pan you use. The smaller it is, the taller your fudge will be and vise versa.
  5. Place in freezer to harden.
  6. Then place food processor bowl back on the motor and add your cocoa powder. Add 1-2 tablespoons at a time, mixing as you go to make sure you don’t use too much.
  7. Once cocoa powder is incorporated in, add a pinch of salt, mix thoroughly, then pour your chocolate fudge on top of your now hardened light fudge.
  8. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and a bit of salt and place is freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Cut into chunks.
  10. Eat the chunks.
  11. Store the leftover chunks in the fridge.
 Notes
This serves either one person or a lot of people. You be the judge.   
 
Question: Have you ever tried a Paleo meal or are you more of a clean eater/no heavy meat? 

Happy 2013

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2012 was full of lots of ups and downs for my me. Here are just a few things that we were able to do in 2012. I am not going to go through the whole year, just a few highpoints that meant a lot to me!

In April, I celebrated my 25th birthday where my brother and sister threw me a huge surprise birthday party! The last birthday party that I can remember was when I was 12, so this was a very big deal to me!

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In April I was part of something called “The last Days of Christ.” I had a speaking part, which was very hard to do, but I was so blessed with the outcome of this!

 

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In May I ran the Merrell Down and Dirty Mud Run. I switched my training from half marathons to Adventure/Mud Runs! It is a blast and I love doing them.

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In the summer I ran the Winnie Wars Mud Run for the 5th time. It is a hometown race and I know the owners who put it on. I am the one on the left hanging on for dear life.

IMG_1016Also during the summer I taught swimming lessons. This was definitely hard, but it had it’s rewards! I truly have a passion for teaching kids how to swim. I was lucky enough to be able to teach 2 of my nieces some techniques as well!

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In August, Brian and I celebrated his 27th birthday with a weekend getaway. We went to his favorite place to eat, the Titanic Exhibit and we went and watched his first Broadway (The Lion King).

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In August I also started back teaching 2nd grade. We added another teacher this year for our 5th grade. I could not ask for a better team to teach with at a better school! I am extremely blessed to have this job!

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In May, Brian and I started to process of building our house! It was hard, fun, amazing, difficult, long, but most of all, REWARDING! I enjoyed the time we spent together making all the decisions. I have heard that this can make or break a relationship/marriage, but we actually enjoyed the process and we were able to close in October. Just in time for the holidays!

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I had a truly wonderful year! I am so excited to see what 2013 has to offer in my life! Brian’s family is below.

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We went to visit my aunt for the first time in a while and we took a big family picture! Lots of grandkids and kids later!

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DSC_0981We wish you a fantastic New Year and hope that your 2012 was as great as ours was!!