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valentine dessert cups {allergy friendly dessert recipe}

these may-i-say adorable dessert cups are a primal/paleo and allergy friendly dessert idea that you can make any time. i have to be honest, although the layered cups look so pretty, i was happily eating the oh-so-simple cherry chia layer by the spoonful from the blender.  maybe for breakfast.  which is ok, because they’re actually very good for you.  (you might, too.  i won’t tell.)

 

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i think these would be a wonderful gift for a friend – the jars are wonderful to use for all sorts of things after (buttons?  pretty paper clips?  more desserts?).  and because they have their own lids, you can make them early in the day and serve when you’re ready.

 

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sometimes i don’t feel very paper-crafty, but i loved making the pretty watercolor tags for these.  i am sharing them today at skip to my lou!  click on over for a super simple tutorial and a free printable – a perfect last-minute gift for your sweeties.

 

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are you a last-minute-gifter?

 

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one tip from the trenches: i found that with the chia (or was it the coconut? the gelatin? i’m not sure!)  the texture wasn’t as pleasant the next day, so i’d recommend devouring these beauties the same day.

 

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do holidays bring out your inner artist?  what’s a favorite project you’ve created?

 

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recipe below!

valentine dessert cups {allergy friendly dessert recipe}
 
Ingredients
  • cherry layer:
  • 3 cups frozen cherries
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • coconut layer:
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1¼ teaspoon grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. For cherry layer:
  2. Place cherries, honey, almond extract, and chia in a high-speed blender.
  3. Add up to ¼ cup water if needed.
  4. Blend until cherries reach a thick "sherbet" consistency.
  5. Set aside.
  6. For coconut layer:
  7. Whisk gelatin into 1 cup of coconut milk, and allow to sit for 5 minutes to "bloom."
  8. Gently warm the mixture in a small saucepan over low to medium heat just until gelatin has dissolved, whisking frequently.
  9. If needed, strain mixture.
  10. Stir in honey, vanilla, and remaining milk.
  11. Carefully spoon cherry mixture into 4 clear glass containers until ¼ full and chill in freezer for 10 minutes.
  12. Once mixture begins to set, carefully spoon a layer of coconut mixture onto the cherry mixture, and chill 15-30 minutes.
  13. Repeat, finishing with coconut layer.
  14. Cover containers and allow to set in refrigerator for 1-4 hours.
  15. Serve and enjoy.

 

 

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Christmas to-do’s {free Christmas printable list}

i love to-do lists. if only i could consign myself to keep them all in one place, streamlined, and not on ten different notepads scattered amuck, i know this would bring such joy to my dear man and efficiency to my own self.  i’m working on it, i promise. for now, i’m aiming to keep them all in one central place – that being my big giant pretty three ring binder-of-everything. a designed this free Christmas printable “to do” list to help me focus. i thought you might enjoy it, too!

 

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because if it’s pretty, it’s more fun to use, right? and if it’s fun to use, i might actually get. stuff. done.

 

yes, i know it’s not quite Thanksgiving.  i know there’s to-do stuff for that, too.  but for me, i’m already getting highlighted catalogs of boy’s adventure stuff handed to me by hopeful sons.  i’m still in my lil’ cottage by the sea, and working myself up to finding joy in decorating when it isn’t my dream home (really, girl – be thankful for this precious little space where memories are being made and closeness of heart is inevitable!!  keep it together!)  and for me, making lists of wishful things is part of celebrating the holiday, and part of the joy of being in the moment.  maybe it’s that way for you too.  do you have a favorite Christmas tradition?

 

click here to get your own full-size copy of this Christmas to-do list.

 

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give thanks… {free thanksgiving printable}

i saw a quote recently that said thanksgiving is the perfect time to recognize all we have, and all that others don’t have.  ouch.  because let’s be real; unless i’m the only one, usually we’re busy noticing all we don’t have, and seeing all that others around us, do.

 

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i have a dear friend who has walked through an extended time of not seeing dreams come true.  of begging God for answered prayers and seemingly seeing none.  at least not the answers she’s hoping for.

 

i know what that’s like.  i’m a dreamer, and for almost every day i live, there’s a dream that doesn’t come true.  it’s no cinderella life.  but when i pay attention, there is a fairy tale being written.  it’s one about a girl who came from broken, who swept the figurative hearth, dirt on my frock and daydreams in my head.  and i might not get the fairy godmother and the ball gown, but i do get to dance, when i listen for the music.

 

i’m working on hearing that music.  on seeing the blessings, not just when they’re obvious (and right now, i’m in a shower of obvious ones), but when they’re hidden.  like the days i get to stay in my jammies and listen to acoustic guitar on my pandora station, drink hot tea and listen to the giggles of my littles, and soak in the hugs of my big kids.  or the days i just can’t get out of my jammies and the kids are all grumpy (ahem, their mother never would be), but i still get the awesome privilege of being with them.

 

my friend teased me about having a perfect life, because on the surface recently, things look pretty good.  i’m thankful she can tease, because it’s all too easy to focus on things like small rooms or mismatched furniture and let them steal my joy… and when our heart-friends call us out with humor, it hurts good.

 

and i’m thankful for my Prince, who rules over this little life, and who brings me gifts greater than glass slippers.  even when those gifts sometimes look like less than perfection.

 

if you, like me, sometimes need a reminder that this life is art, and that in thankfulness we can appreciate it, here’s a free thanksgiving printable for you (click to go to download for full size).  but you might want it for all year round.

 

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