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Friday Favorites

This week seemed to last forever. I’m so glad it’s Friday because I’m in need of a weekend. Here are some of my favorites throughout this long week. 😉

One.


I made a lot of recipes this week that involved avocadoes and I cannot believe I haven’t shared this before. More times than not, I only use half of an avocado. I used to use plastic bags to store them in until my best friend gifted me this a few years ago. Smart girl. 😉 I’ve been using it ever since. You can buy it here and I also linked some ones I found below!

Two.

I don’t talk about essential oils a lot on here but I use them every day in one way or another. I listed some of my favorites above that I order a lot. I talked about some of the ways I use them, here along with some other ways I take care of myself throughout the winter months.

You can also use them to cook or bake like I did for my Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. 🙂

Three.In case you can’t get off the chocolate train now…these are a FAVORITE!

Four.I have been wearing my JND stacks almost every day for the last few months. They are so fun and I love that our wedding date is engraved right on the ring. You can read more about it the rings here and in case you’re in need of a new bag..go here!

Five.I love, love, love my Homemade Granola. It’s just so good and easy to make. You also may remember my Blueberry Crumble recipe that included Purely Elizabeth’s granola. This is my go-to granola when I need something quick and healthy. 🙂 I love her granola when it’s riding solo, with milk, or paired with yogurt. I normally buy any of three kinds below and I added them to my pantry items on my shop page for you to buy it there any time!

                       

Clean-eating Blondies

Clean-eating Blondies--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comOur weekend was slow and so relaxing to gear up for a busy week ahead. After church, I whipped up a batch of these clean-eating blondies and just might have to make another for Wednesday (a-hem Valentine’s Day) to keep all my other chocolate cravings at bay. They are quick to make and deeeee–licious! You will not be disappointed with this recipe and no one will even know they are a, “clean” recipe. Clean-eating Blondies--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Clean-eating Blondies--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Clean-eating Blondies--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Clean-eating Blondies--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips



What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. In a medium-sized bowl, mix all ingredients except the chocolate chips. Then, fold in the chocolate chips. The batter will be somewhat sticky and thick. That’s okay! Pour into the pan and evenly spread with a spatula. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden dark brown. Let brownies cool for about 10 minutes before cutting.


Friday Favorites

I feel like, “normal” weeks don’t exist around here anymore! ha! We had a delay on Monday, I was sick on Tuesday, and no school on Wednesday! It sure has been a whirlwind but I’ve gotten a lot of rest, reading and things done around the house. Blessing in disguise?

As always on Fridays, I’m talking about some of my favorite things from the week!


One.

HOME DECOR:

I updated my shop page! I added some home decor, staples in my wardrobe and more! I’m sure I’ll be adding some baby favorites once that time comes! 🙂

Two.

I was headed to the gym the other day and realized how much I love the yoga mat I have. I’ve had it for years and it’s held up so well. It’s basic and exactly what I need. There’s something about taking your own to the gym that is just flat out nice. You can click on the picture to see it.

Also, I shared this almost two years ago but this workout video is still one of my absolute favorites! It takes only ten minutes and only requires three and five pound weights. (I actually use five pound weights the entire time).

I sent it to my friend who works out consistently and she said how much she loved it (and how much of a workout it was)! 😉

Three.Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comI knew my smoothie game was strong but I didn’t realize how much I shared my obsession with all of you (which I love doing!) On Tuesday I listed all my smoothies at the bottom of my recipe for a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie, here! You’re welcome. 😉

Four.

I’ve followed Liz for several years now and loved her style. What I also love is the writing behind her style. I came across what she posted this week and cannot stop thinking about how true this is.

Five.Farm Fresh Hanging Wall Banner (similar). Farmhouse Scale ClockGalvanized Platter and Dome.

Shady Oaks Farm has become one of my favorite places to shop for home decor. I’ll add some more of my favorite pieces to the shop page as well. 🙂 Their stuff is gorgeous!

Six.
In case you were wondering about the zucchini bread in the picture above (or missed my post from Monday) you can find the recipe here!

Here’s to a weekend of n.o.t.h.i.n.g. planned! 🙂

 

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Zucchini Bread--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comComfort and clean ingredients are combined in this easy recipe. Zucchini bread is to the rescue on these winter days, friends! Snow is still falling, blankets are piled on the couch, and this bread makes the house smell amazing. Winter days aren’t so bad after all. 😉Zucchini Bread--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Zucchini Bread--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comZucchini Bread--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Zucchini Bread--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comZucchini Bread--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comGalvanized Platter and Dome: here.

Farmhouse Scale Clock: here.



 Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 cup shredded zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon


What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large-sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Stir together and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl combine all wet ingredients and whisk. Add to dry ingredients and whisk together. Grease loaf pan (I used butter) and pour batter into it. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.