Friday, October 13, 2017

Fun Food Friday- Healthy Cookies- 10-13-17

Can you believe it, two weeks in a row of Fun Food Friday!! :) So I have a major sweet tooth. I'd go as far as saying I probably have a sugar addiction. As in, if I have a sweet treat, I don't stop at just one, I very well can eat three or four. So I try to not have sweet stuff in the house or if I do, I just don't even eat a little. But I do really enjoy having a little treat, so I searched the internet and found a recipe for healthy applesauce cookies that I tweaked a bit and oh my, they are really yummy. You don't even realized they don't have any sugar or bad stuff in them! And my kids love them!! So I figured I'd share them with you in case you want a treat that isn't so bad for you (of course it still would be good if I only ate one and not three or four, ha ha :)). And these can totally be adjusted for what you like. I love Craisins and peanuts, you could do dark chocolate chips, raisins, whatever kind of nut you want, whatever you have in the house. And if you don't want to use pumpkin you can just omit it and use 1 cup of applesauce. I think adding mashed bananas would be yummy as well.

Ingredients: Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Crasins, Coconut Oil, Applesauce, Baking Soda, Oats, Honey, Wheat Pastry Flour, Peanuts (and I forgot salt)

My lovely baking assistants! (Don't let Jonathan's face fool you, he was very excited to help :))

First, into a mixing bowl add 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce...

1/2 cup pumpkin

1/4 cup melted coconut oil...

1 egg...

and 1/3 cup honey

Mix until combined

Then add 1 cup of wheat pastry flour...

1 cup of oats...

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (he had to look at the camera and smile while adding it, made me very nervous that he was going to miss the bowl :))

1/2 teaspoon of salt...

and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
Mix until combined

Then crush 1 cup of peanuts

Of course they all needed to take a turn doing this

They were well crushed :)

Add the crushed peanuts along with 1 cup of Craisins

And once again mix until combined. At this point you need to put the dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to give the whole grains time to absorb the liquids.

After 10 minutes scoop the dough onto baking sheets. The dough does not spread much during baking so don't worry about giving it enough room.

Bake at 325 degrees for 11-13 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheets for 5 minutes.
And then enjoy!!!

Healthy Cookies
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup pumpkin*
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 large egg
1/3 cup honey
1 cup uncooked oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup peanuts, crushed
1 cup Craisins

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl add applesauce, pumpkin, coconut oils, egg, and honey, mix until combined. Add the oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, mix until combined. Add crust peanuts and Craisins and stir. Refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes. Scoop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper and bake for 11-13 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets.

*you can omit the pumpkin and just use 1 cup of applesauce instead

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fun Food Friday- Wheat Pizza Dough- 10.6.17

It has been a super long time since I have done a Fun Food Friday! But in doing all these TERRAfit challenges I have discovered some yummy healthy recipes, so I want to share them with my teammates and figure while I'm sharing, some of you might enjoy them as well. Just because something is healthy doesn't mean it can't be yummy!
For this recipe the key is to use Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. I didn't even know such a thing existed until I saw a recipe on a blog that called for it, now it's my favorite wheat flour to use. You find it by the specialty flours (and my Walmart doesn't have it, I have to get it at a small grocery store here). Now I will be honest, if I wasn't on a challenge, I would do half wheat, half white flour :), but it still is good with all wheat, especially when you put lots of yummy toppings on top. So here is how I make it and what I like to put on it:
Ingredients: Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, Olive Oil, Honey, Kosher Salt, Yeast

Proof 1/2 Tablespoon yeast in 3/4 cup warm water for 10 minutes

In a mixer bowl add 2 cups wheat flour...

and 1 teaspoon kosher salt

With the mixer on add 3 Tablespoons olive oil...

and 1 Tablespoon honey

Add yeast/water mixture

And mix until all combine

Place in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray

Allow to rise for an hour (will about double in size)

This recipe makes one big pizza or 2 medium pizzas of 4 small pizzas :). I do four small (I pick two of my kids to get wheat crust, and they have yet to realize it's different :)).
I am not a fan of pizza sauce, so how I like to make my pizza is drizzle on some olive oil...

Top with grilled chicken and turkey bacon

Sprinkle on some mozzarella cheese (I find if I put the cheese on top instead of under the toppings, I use less). Bake pizza at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

While the pizza is cooking I combine a little mayo (I found this avocado oil mayo that is made from ingredients I'm able to have on my challenge!)...

With a little honey

To that I add shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and diced avocado (I didn't have so I used guacamole which was also delicious).

When the pizza is done, top it with the salad mixture

Oh boy, it is quite delicious!!!
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 TBS yeast
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp kosher salt
3 TBS olive oil
1 TBS honey
Proof yeast in warm water for 10 minutes. In a mixer bowl add flour and salt. With mixer on add oil and honey, then yeast mixture until dough forms. Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Roll out into crust, top with desired toppings and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Life With the Bussis'- 10.6.17

Life over here continues to be busy, I think that's just life with four kids, three of whom are still home everyday. :) But it's good.
These three really do get along so well and enjoy playing together

Anna was pretty excited that she got to ride in the car part of the cart since her brothers were more interested in pushing a little cart

Painting outside with our neighbor friends

They repaved our road which brought great entertainment to our children (not so much entertainment for the adults trying to get through on the road!). But they used a "Bessie" machine like on the movie Cars which my boys thought was awesome!

We had a really nice day last week (sunny and in the 60s!). I had planned to make applesauce that day but since it was so nice I decided it was a shame to sit in the house doing that, so I washed windows instead :). And I had some "helpers"

Anna mostly just drank my water :)

And since it was so nice we decided we needed to have a picnic lunch

And a picnic dinner

And have a fire

It was a great day!

Anna absolutely adores her Daddy (and the feeling is quite mutual, Steve just said to me the other day he's pretty sure she's figured out she can get away with almost anything where her daddy is concerned :))

Saturday morning was nice too (it rained in the afternoon), so we took a bike ride and played down by the river

Anna has taken on her brothers' love of throwing rocks

Micah and I challenged Steve to see if he could skip a rock over the little island in the river


All ready to ride back

David had said he wanted to ride the tag-along bike behind me. Unfortunately we didn't remember until we were at the trail that I had let our neighbor borrow the seat from that bike :). Thankfully David didn't mind just riding in the trailer with Anna
Someone from church brought us some Ollie Bollen, which the kids had for breakfast :) They're like donut holes, right?! :)
More fun with Anna's hair

She just is too cute!!

Monday was not nice, so we did make applesauce that day, 9 batches!

And then Tuesday we woke up to this! As you can see, Micah didn't mind :). Mommy however thought it was crazy to have to pull out the snow gear on October 3!!

Anna also didn't mind. I pulled out her boots, she looked at them and said "Cute!" :) This girls loves her boots!

I watched my friend's kids the other day and her daughter wanted me to put Anna in pigtails like her. Two little blondies in pigtails :)

Anna was very excited about her new necklace, bracelets and purse!

I played for Micah's chapel yesterday which was so fun, so I snuck a quick picture :). Love that he gets to go to a school where they spend time all together learning about God and singing praises to Him together and I love that I can be a part of that!

Anna loves playing with blocks at Kindergym (I think it's because at home her brothers don't leave any blocks for her to play with)

She also loved getting pushed around on the cart

The boys have gotten so much better at sitting and listening during the storytime! The story was on David and Goliath which of course David loved

Anna does pretty good too

My little monkies

I think the bubbles were their favorite!

And of course the parachute. Anna even got into it this time

Although I think Anna's favorite part is the singing at the end, she really got into that

My favorite part is just getting to spend quality time with my kids!!

It was nice again yesterday so the boys asked for a picnic lunch
Fun in the leaves!
Can you see the look of joy on Anna's face while chasing her buddy Deacon? :)

Once Daddy came I discovered where the boys learned to chuck leaves at each other :) They did not care about mommy's concern that they might pick up some sticks when grabbing the leaves and that could cause someone to get hurt. :)