August Favorites

Oh, okay, Summer I see what you have done there. You have done and gone straight to Fall. I guess I can be okay with this. I GUESS. So long as you promise to explode with pumpkin flavored everything (candles I’m eyeing you) and plaid styled clothing and lets not forget Halloween decorations galore. Can y’all believe August is over?? This summer flew by. I mean FLEW. Holy cow where does time go? Okay grandma stop ranting and get along with the post… If you couldn’t tell from the title we are here to talk about our goodbye to summer forever August favorites.

Princess taking over my parents bed... as per usual

Princess taking over my parents bed… as per usual

Home: Little miss Olive. We went home to NH in August and I got to see my giant horse of a dog. She hasn’t changed much.. still deathly afraid of the vacuum cleaner, still jumps (jump is a bit of a stretch..) onto your bed and takes up the whole thing if you leave your door open for one second, still begs for food by resting her head on our kitchen table (yes she is tall enough to do this. Oh how I’ve missed all her silly dogerisms.

Succulents

Some of our new succulents and some of our old ones that were taking over… pinky I’m talking about you

Also in home – new succulents! We bought some new succulents to add to our home when we were at Ikea (they have some awesome succulents) and also took the opportunity to re-pot some of our old ones that were taking over. Rose likes to propagate succulents by taking a leaf that has fallen off or plucking one off as long as it has visible roots and planting it in a new pot. She’s been doing it to all of our succulents so we shall see what grows.

Fitness Blender home pageWorkouts: Okay this might be an odd one but Rose and I both love (well as much as you can love a workout) using Fitness Blender for our daily workouts. They have easy to hard to my legs are going to fall off if I have to do another jump squat hard workouts that you can choose from. You can also choose how long you want your workout to be, which is great for me when I try and wake up early and workout. If you haven’t checked them out you should!

Me before you book coverBooks: As Rose mentioned in our June favorites, she read and loved Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Welp, you guessed it, I finally read it and lovedddd it too. From the description of the book I was kinda like ehh but once I read the first few pages I was hooked and whizzed through the whole thing.

The Nightingale book coverAnd while I was reading Rose’s recommendation she finally read mine and loveddd The Nightingale. Since we haven’t quite figured out how to share Kindle books we just literally swapped Kindles for the month.

Boyhood movie coverMovies: Boyhood. I know this movie has been out for a while but we finally got around to watching it and both loved it. The boy in it legit has the same voice/mannerisms/thoughts as my brother so it was amusing to watch for me and only slightly creepy. Regardless, go watch this and not be creeped out because you don’t know who my brother is.

Unreal_CandyCoatedMCFood: Unreal chocolate coated candy. Umm because it is too easy and I have to… these chocolates are UNREAL. But seriously these chocolates are sosoosoo good. Plus they are made with 100% real ingredients so you don’t feel bad when you go and accidently eat the whole bag in one sitting. Check them out – they make all sorts of different flavors and candies. We bought ours at Whole Foods.

M&M Monster Cookies

IMG_2763We are back with another fall/halloween inspired recipe for you! This one features an ingredient that seems to be quite abundant once the first signs of fall hit: pumpkin spice. At the food store, I eyed a new Chobani seasonal flavor in you guessed it – pumpkin spice! This yogurt is very spicey on its own but put into these delicious cookies there is less of a strong taste to it.
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These cookies were inspired by Yeah…Immaeatthat‘s healthier m&m cookies. We changed a few ingredients mostly based on the fact that we never seem to have eggs in our house. As a side note, why is it that when you buy eggs you never use them until they go bad, but when you decide to not buy any eggs you always need them? Or so that’s how it goes in our house. Instead of eggs we added more Greek yogurt and an extra dash of coconut oil. The added Greek yogurt definitely gave the cookies that unmistakable Greek yogurt taste, but it also made them more cakey as well. So if you don’t like the taste of Greek yogurt, then these cookies may not be for you. But, if you like pumpkin spice and m&m’s and everything nice then give these cookies a try!

IMG_2428We couldn’t resist buying these M&M’s when we first saw them at Target a few weeks ago. Since then we have been munching on them and adding them to our cookies. They are so delicious! I usually don’t like just plain M&M’s, but when they come out with any seasonal flavor, I gotta buy and try them all! Don’t even let me get started on the Easter carrot cake M&M’s… we’ll get there when easter comes around. We also bought, but haven’t opened, the candy corn flavor. I’m sure we will end up trying to feature those in a fun fall recipe as well.

IMG_2742 IMG_2744So instead of using plain M&M’s like the original recipe called for, we just had to sneak these guys in there. I mean how can you resist? Double pumpkin spice M&M cookies – too good to be true! Plus they are healthy enough to not feel bad after eating a lot of them in one sitting. Which may or may not have happened… Yum!IMG_2785

Okay, enough rambling about pumpkin spice flavored things. Now onto the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin spice greek yogurt
  • 2.5 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A splash of vanilla almond milk if the batter is dry and the ingredients won’t mix easily*
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin spice M&M’s (or if you are like us, just pour as much as you want in!)

*this batter is a more dry batter, so don’t add too much milk, just a splash or two to get everything to mix together

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 ºF. Also, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine all the dry ingredients (flour to baking powder) in a large bowl. Mix together evenly.

3. In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (greek yogurt to vanilla extract) and mix together.IMG_2705

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until a big dough ball forms. You may need to add a splash of almond milk at this point if the mixture is too dry and not combining.IMG_2708

5. Add in the M&M’s and mix together!

IMG_27096. Roll the dough into roughly tablespoon sized balls and place on the baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 7-10 minutes.

IMG_27207. Enjoy with some ghoulish friends!

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