10/22/17

Whole Wheat Oat Chocolate Chip Fiber Cookies



Lately I've been feeling like all food hates me and I've been trying to be more mindful about what I eat, which isn't always fun if you like cooking and food in general. But I've been doing my best to avoid some of the things that I think have been irritating my body more than others and I *think* its been helping.

Through paying more attention to what I'm eating, I've noticed that I really don't get as much fiber as I should, or rather, as I need. So I've started tracking how much fiber I get on a daily basis in an effort to increase my daily intake. It's honestly been eye opening to actually realize how low my daily intake was. I've made some simple changes that have actually been pretty easy to maintain so far!






Despite my need to be a bit more discerning with what I'm eating, I still like to cook and bake and this weekend I really felt like making some cookies. I decided to try making something a little different from my typical cookie recipe and made these fiber filled oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They're made with whole wheat flour and oats - two very high fiber foods. Each one of these cookies has about 1 gram of fiber - so eat a few - it's all good. :)

Since I'm also trying to avoid/limit my dairy intake (I think it's causing me more trouble than benefit...), I used my favorite chocolate chips which are the dairy free mini chips from Enjoy Life. These little babies are just so good and I love how when you use smaller chips, you get more chip per bite. ;)




These cookies come together super easily - this is a one bowl friendly recipe!! I didn't have the energy to bust out the mixer and did everything by hand. Just don't mix too hard. I ended up breaking a spatula... oops.


I love how these are lumpy little cookies - it reminds me of cookies my grandmother used to make that to this day, I haven't been able to replicate. Personally, I really like the texture of these. There's enough cinnamon that it's present in every bite (though I'd consider adding more), and the whole wheat compliments the oats well.





Fiber filled Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Makes about 30 cookies

You will need: 

1 1/2 sticks of salted butter (if you use unsalted, add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt to your mix)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup quick cooking oats (or whatever you have on hand)
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips

To make: 

-Start by preheating your oven to 375° and lining your baking sheet with parchment paper.

-In a large mixing bowl, combine baking soda, cinnamon, oats and flour.

-Add in sugars and combine well.

-Whisk your eggs and combine with vanilla, then add to dry ingredients along with your butter.

-Stir everything until combined well, and then add in your chocolate chips.

-Form your dough into balls and bake for about 10-12 minutes. They may seem too soft when you take them out, but they will harden as they cool! Allow cookies to cool on cooling racks - and be careful with the hot chocolate - I burnt the crap outta my finger making these. The things we do for love. ;)

If you make these cookies, I'd love to know so let me know in the comments!




10/21/17

10 Classic Must Watch Halloween Films

Today we're doing things a little bit different with a guest post from my sister Melissa. She's a Radio DJ and Halloween obsessive so she's put together a list of her top ten must watch halloween movies. Trust me - she's an expert on the subject!! Be sure to follow her on Twitter!!

October has come and gone faster than a witch’s broom. Which, if you’re like me can make you feel excited for Halloween and sad that month is almost over. Halloween is my favorite time of year - what better time to express your creative-side and decorate while shamelessly eating candy? Sure retail may allow that other holly jolly time of year to creep in earlier each year, but this witchy woman wants to get her tricks and her (chocolate) treats just a wee bit longer. Since Halloween is nearly upon us, here are ten movies perfect to put a spell on you this October 31st!




  1. Hocus Pocus
This is the absolute quintessential Halloween film. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker team up in this Disney icon starring as the Sanderson Sisters of Salem, Massachusetts as a new student makes havoc and resurrects the witches on Halloween night. The film also features NCIS star Sean Murray! #Nerd -The film blends comedy, song, and all the things that make Halloween our favorite holiday. If you haven’t seen this Disney film, it will leave you spellbound!




  1. Casper
He’s a friendly ghost - his uncles Fatso, Stinky, and Stretch? Not so much. But Casper soon encounters Christina Ricci’s character Kat and her quirky paranormal therapist father played by Bill Pullman and does his best to shield them from the antics of his prankster uncles. This classic brilliantly blends humor and drama and features some pretty iconic cameos. Don’t swear off all ghosts until you’ve seen Casper this Halloween!







  1. The Haunted Mansion
This Disney movie starring Eddie Murphy and based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name has everything - creepy mysterious butler? Check. Secret passageways? Check. Enough spiders to make Ron Weasley faint? Check. A dark and stormy night? Check. You’ll laugh and then jump in your seat so hold onto your popcorn when watching this classic!






  1. Halloweentown
This quirky Disney movie is a guilty pleasure - go ahead and put this on and relish in its nostalgic Disney movie charm with the late Debbie Reynolds as the sweet and mysterious grandmother Aggie Cromwell, and Kimberly J. Brown as Marnie Piper. Don’t miss your chance to get on the bus to Halloweentown - it doesn’t come often!






  1. Nightmare Before Christmas
Is it a Christmas movie? Is it a Halloween movie? Who cares! This Tim Burton classic is a staple of both seasons for its nostalgic love for both holidays paired with the brilliance of Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman’s music. Get ready to sing along with Jack and Sally this Halloween - just be careful of Oogie Boogie and his bugs!





  1. Ghostbusters
The key to this Halloween masterpiece is the comedic genius married with being creepy. From the film’s very start in the New York Public Library with the iconic combination of Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman, the late Harold Ramis’ Egon Spengler, Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz, and Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore. Answer the call and watch Ghostbusters this Halloween - just don’t ever cross streams!





  1. The Universal Monster Movies
Frankly, it’s not Halloween until I’ve seen my monster movies - my Béla Lugosi in his iconic performance of Count Dracula, Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster and the Mummy. Honorable mention to Claude Rains’ portrayal of the Invisible Man and of course every monster needs his own companion with Elsa Lanchester as the Monster’s Bride in The Bride of Frankenstein. Check them out and get hooked on these Halloween classics!





  1. House on Haunted Hill
This 1959 film with horror icon Vincent Price is the perfect fusion of horror with a slight use of humor as guests are invited to stay in a haunted mansion for money. The drama that ensues makes the film perfect for those spooky Halloween nights. Get settled in for movie night and don’t look behind you whatever you do.






  1. Sleepy Hollow
This creepy and horrifyingly gruesome rendition of Washington Irving’s tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" will not disappoint. The film, also by Tim Burton, tasks Johnny Depp’s Ichabod Crane to solve the murders in Sleepy Hollow before learning there is absolutely no myth to the legend. Don’t let this Halloween pass without watching this Tim Burton classic or heads will roll!





  1. Nosferatu
Parodied in an episode of Spongebob this German silent film classic is the first depiction based on Bram Stoker’s iconic novel Dracula as Max Schreck portrayed Count Orlok, the terrifying vampire based on Count Dracula. This 1922 silent film classic manages to be scary without sound, but is even better with the dramatic Hammer horror score. Just be sure to keep some garlic and mirrors nearby when you watch this - just in case!


10/16/17

Lush Christmas Haul 2017

It's October. I know. But when I walked into Lush today, and saw that Christmas stuff was already on the shelves, I honestly couldn't help myself. I am a huge huge huge fall lover. I'm not looking to rush Christmas - in my mind, it's fall until Thanksgiving and then we can go full Christmas (that is not by any means an endorsement of Black Friday though - trust me). Anyways, when I saw the Christmas goodies I just had to pick them up because usually I end up missing out on some of the items I had my eye on so I figured there was no time like the present (ha, see what I did there??)






 Sleepy Body Lotion - $9.95
The first thing I'm going to talk about isn't actually a holiday item but it was one I had heard about from Amy Lynn Thompson and I'm a fan of anything relaxing that might help me get some zzz's at night, so I had to pick this up. I tried it on in store because I'm actually pretty picky about lotions and hate the kind that just make me feel sticky or greasy. This one didn't - I defintiely felt like it was there, but it wasn't too heavy or tacky. Since I bought it with the intention of keeping it on my bedside table, it's okay if it's a bit thicker. I grabbed the smaller size since this is my first try of this product but the smell alone is giving me high hopes! 


10/15/17

Easy Thirty Minute Bacon Ranch Potatoes



Potatoes. Boil em', mash em', stick em' in a stew... (points for understanding the reference!). I honestly really, really, love potatoes. I will eat them in pretty much, ALL their forms. I'm no stranger to roasting potatoes but I decided to try doing something a little bit different this time.


10/14/17

Witchy Woman: Halloween Nails



I'm going to be honest. I haven't been doing my nails all that often lately. I often have every intention of sitting down and giving myself a manicure but unfortunately whenever I do, my hands cramp up and I just can't bare it. But it's fall - it's October - and dammit, I want to paint my nails and be festive! So today I said screw it and I just did my best and I'm glad that I did. Sometimes it's the the little victories...