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Happy Memorial Day y’all!

Let me just say thank you to all the veterans, as well as current men and women who have/are still fighting for our freedom. Thank you for all that you do!

For the most part, I’ve been resting easy this past week.

Yesterday was super fun.

My cousin is in town with her husband and children from Arizona and I was thrilled to get to hang out with them yesterday.

We all met at my uncle’s house on the bay.

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It was seriously the most peaceful way to enjoy Sunday.

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This is my newest baby cousin Hayden Grace with her great grandparents.

Hayden and I became instant bff’s.

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I seriously wanted to take her home with me.

Of course I brought a delicious fruit crisp to the bbq.

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I said good bye to my great uncle at the beginning of the week.

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I know he is watching over me from the heavens.

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This is my younger cousin and I.

Pretty sure I was a freshmen in high school.

We were on our way to San Marcos to float the river.

It’s definitely one of my fave summe past-times.

Flash back.

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My cousin and our friend since Pre-K…last day of high school.

We are still pretty awesome.

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Just finished off this gigantic pancake today.

So so sad.

Pretty sure I smeared some of this stuff over it.

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Maybe once or twice.

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Pretty sure I stuffed that stuff into a whole bunch of stuff this week.

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Make this gigantic cookie today.

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I dare you.

MANGIA!!!

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Happy Good Friday y’all!

I’m ready to kick this no meat on Friday thing like a bad habit.

Just so you know…I actually stuck to my guns on most Friday’s by opting for tuna, grilled shrimp, or egg dishes like omelets and frittatas.

That is fighting the system right there.

I have “stickittothemanneosis”…definitely 🙂

What can I say? I love me some meat.

Anyway, I bet y’all are about ready to dive head first into some Easter candy, am I right?

Unless you are like me and already have.

Ummmmm hello Jordan almonds! They are just better when eaten around Easter even though you can probably eat them year round’.

I might be making that one up.

I for sure wish that I could get my Reese’s PB Eggs year round’. They are just sooooo much better than the regular cups.

I think there is more peanut butter in that egg.

Gets me every time.

When I was a child, Reese’s PB Eggs were all I wanted to find on the Easter egg hunt. That and of course, money…so I could buy more Reese’s PB Eggs. Duh.

On Sunday I will be celebrating Easter with my Dad’s side of the fam at my aunt and uncle’s casa.

There is going to be tons of shenanigans…including a slip-n-slide, Easter egg hunt, and probably a table covered with Easter desserts.

I will no doubt bring something decadent.

Let’s start this party a couple of days early.

Mixing coconut oil and coconut sugar together is therapeutic.

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It’s pretty much like double the coconut smell…they need to make a candle like this. Dear Bath and Body Works…

It just wouldn’t be Easter without neon-colored candy.

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These are chocolate covered sunflower seeds I picked up in the bulk section of Central Market.

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We went Chelsy style and put them in/on a cookie.

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Not just any cookie.

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A cookie packed with oats and coconut, made with a dark cacao powder, and spiked with espresso powder for a bit of a kick!

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How’s that for your Easter cookie?

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I’m pretty sure the Easter bunny would be hippity-hoppit-ing like a light speed jack rabbit all the way across town if you left him some of these out.

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That is, if you don’t  devour them  share with friends beforehand.

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You are definitely going to need a tall glass of milk with these.

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But then again, when do cookies not need milk?

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Now I want some Oreo’s…maybe a pizza. Is it Easter yet?

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Cacao Oatmeal Espresso Cookies
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 26
 
Gluten-free
Ingredients
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • ½ c. certified gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 c. + 2 T. certified gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ c. cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. fine sea salt
  • 2 t. instant espresso powder
  • ½ c. coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1 c. raw coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. pure Mexican vanilla extract
  • 1 T. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • ½ c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • chocolate covered Easter sunflower seeds, for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the coconut oil and sugar together until creamy.
  4. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, mixing until smooth.
  5. Add the coconut oil mixture to the flour mixture and combine until a dough begins to form.
  6. If the dough is still dry, add the almond milk to the dough and mix to combine. Fold in the coconut.
  7. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoons onto the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Flatten each cookie with the palm of your hand.
  9. Press 6-7 chocolate covered sunflower seeds into each cookie.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes.

 

 

MANGIA!!!