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Christmas Decorating In Our New Home

Hello, everyone! My goodness it has been far too long. Things have been a whirlwind since we moved into our new home. My free time has been spent organizing, unpacking boxes, teaching online, keeping up with my toddler, and trying to get rest.

Things are settling a bit, and I adore our home. My little has room to run and loves her playroom. I love the openness of everything!

The day after Thanksgiving, we put on Christmas music and decorated. It was so much fun! K was dancing and laughing. In the midst of the hardships of 2020, this moment brought me pure joy.

We bought a new tree and stockings this year!
I want to add garland, but I do love the flowers on our new table!
We have more to do outside, but it’s a start!
My biggest blessing!

I hope you all are staying healthy and happy! I look forward to catching up.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

With love,

Carly

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Healthy Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

Hello, all! Happy hump day! I hope the week is treating you well. I am keeping busy with my active, fun toddler. The weather has been incredibly warm, but sadly the rest of the week looks chilly. I already miss the warm weather and outside time. On a huge plus, we get the keys to our new home a week from Friday! I have SO much excitement about it!!

Anyway…

Last week, I saw a recipe for healthier donuts. I barely had the ingredients I needed, so I decided to throw some together and hope for the best. Sometimes this fails miserably, but not this time. These donuts were so yummy!! We have already finished 2 batches, and I plan on making more today. They are mom and toddler approved!! Plus, K loves to help stir the batter.

INGREDIENTS:

*1 cup of GF (or regular) pancake mix. *1/4 cup of almond flour. *1/2 of a banana. *1/4 cup of almond butter. *2 TBSP of honey. *Almond milk. *Topping: 1 TBSP of melted coconut oil, 1 tsp of truvia or sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon.

TO MAKE:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 2) Meanwhile, mix the first 5 ingredients together. 3) Add in almond milk-a little at a time, until the batter is smooth. 4) Pour batter in a greased mini muffin tin (this makes 12 ) and bake for 13 minutes. 5) While baking, make the topping by mixing the sugar and cinnamon with the coconut oil. 6) Pour topping over your mini donuts (or muffins) and enjoy warm!

There you have it! Super easy, healthy, and yummy!

Enjoy!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday-My Favorite Eats This Week

Hello and happy Friday!! Did the time change throw anyone else off? The whole past week has been rough on me and my daughter’s sleep. My husband seemed unfazed though! I have been waking up incredibly early, and falling asleep early as well. I finally feel like my body has regulated. Last night I fell asleep at 8 and didn’t wake up until 6 this morning. I missed a class that I teach unfortunately, but my body needed it!

Moving on, let’s talk food. Starting off, I have to share my newest obsession. Weeks ago, I was at Sam’s Club and had a sample of these dried mushrooms. I didn’t know I would like them, but OH MY GOSH they are amazing!!!! I can’t stop eating them!

Seriously….go get these!!!

Moving on to some dinners…

Chipotle bowl, but I put all of my toppings on cauliflower rice that I made at home! YUM!!
Farmhouse Chili with homemade almond flour cornbread muffins. They were fantastic!
A huge salad from Core Life Eatery!
Chicken, veggies, and avacado over cauliflower rice.
Spaghetti Squash with sautéed spinach, pesto, cheese, and garlic. SO yummy!!

Now onto baking and breakfast…

Healthy cinnamon sugar mini donuts!! GUYS…this is my own recipe and it turned out amazing! I will share it soon!
Banana egg pancakes with almond flour, Criobru grounds, topped with melted coconut oil and almond butter.

Such a great week of eating!! I hope you enjoyed this lighthearted food post. Sending hugs to you all!!

With love,

Carly

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Outer Banks, NC Food Favorites

Hello, all!! We are having some unusually warm November weather here, which makes me so happy. Being able to get K outside to play makes a lot of difference! Thankfully it helps make me not miss the beach as much…well….sort of haha.

Anyway, this post is going to be about some of my favorite foods from vacation!

The first place we stopped was Hurricane Moe’s. We come here more than once every year. The food is delicious, and happy hour is unbeatable! The happy hour food menu is super tasty shrimp, tacos, and wings. I had a wonderful salad as well.

I devoured this meal!
Miss this already!

The best donuts ever come from a place called Duck Donuts. They have popped up in other states, but originally come from Duck, NC. They are so fresh and warm. It is something I just have to indulge in. K even enjoyed some this year! I don’t often let her eat this much sugar, but she loved it! Lol!!

Cheers! Donuts and coffee, Donuts and milk.

Rundown Cafe is another favorite for us! The portions are so big and everything is delicious.

Fresh fish sandwich without bread, broccoli, and my non-pictured coleslaw!

This year, my husband and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary at an adorable place called Collington Cafe. Everything was AMAZING. From appetizers to dessert, we were not disappointed!

A little wine before date night!
Isn’t it so cute!?
Bacon wrapped scallops with a terriaki glaze. Oh my goodness….mouthwatering.
Our mains were fantastic! Mine is on the left. A seasonal salad with butternut squash, a huge tuna steak, and fried brie. My husband got steak with crab meat on top, shrimp, potatoes, and vegetables.
Dessert was a blackberry cheesecake.

We also ate a lot at home! My favorite was a huge crabcake from Tommy’s Market!

That was all for this year’s favorites! I hope you enjoyed looking at all of these pictures. I wish I could have them all right now haha.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

With love,

Carly

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Our Outer Banks, NC Vacation-Fun Things We Did

Hello, all! We are driving home from vacation and my toddler is FINALLY sleeping so I have a little time to write. She has not been loving the car unfortunately, but thankfully we are almost home.

Anyway…we spent a week in an oceanfront beach house (with a hot tub). Going this late in the year is nice because it is not crowded at all, plus the house was quite a bit less expensive! Win!! Our weather had a wide variety. Some hot days, some windy, and some just plain chilly!

We had a ton of good food, but I will save that for another post. This one is going to focus on activities!

BEACH PLAY: On the warm days, we played on the beach. We made sand castles, found shells, and chased around our cute little girl!

She is such a beach baby!

WILD HORSE BEACH: OBX has a beach where wild horses roam freely. It truly is an amazing sight to see. We rented a jeep and explored the beach and neighborhoods.

The horses were beautiful!

JOCKEYS RIDGE: These are huge sand dunes that overlook the ocean and the sound. The views are incredible.

Carrying K up the sand dunes really worked my legs! Haha.

KITE FLYING: Baby K loved watching her daddy and grandpa fly the kite. It definitely picked up a ton of air because they did it on a crazy windy day!

I love this picture of K and my husband!

BEACH RUNS: I ran each morning while the sun was coming up. It was so relaxing!

I miss this view already.

HOT TUB AND CARD GAMES: Once K went to bed each night we typically enjoyed the hot tub or family card games.

Me and the hubs!

SHOPPING AND WALKING THE PIER: We walked the pier to Duck Donuts (which are the best ever), saw the horse statues, and did a little shopping on a chilly day!

I could eat her up!

We enjoyed vacation so much!! I am not looking forward to all of the laundry when we get home, but am ready to get back to our routine.

That is all for today! Have a wonderful week!

With love,

Carly