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Family Fun + 3 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Recipe

I started off my day by sleeping in.  Last night we all went to Sips for CF and I didn’t get home until about 12 am and then it takes me a while to wind down and actually go to sleep so I got into bed at about 1am.  I slept in until 9am!  I don’t remember the last time I slept that late.  I guess I am so used to getting up for work that my body just will not let me sleep in.  I woke up and had one of my homemade granola bars and a cup of coffee at about 9:45.  

My goal for the morning was to get the grass cut before the rain.  My grass cutting adventure today ended up being quite the disaster!  I started by adding gas and oil to the mower.  Apparently you really don’t have to add oil to lawnmowers after the initial oil is put in, but I didn’t know that.  The lawn mower started to smoke like crazy so I cut it off.  I then learned that too much oil can burn up the mower so I had to dump most of the oil out of the mower (oily mess!) until it measured at the right spot on the dipstick.  In my defense, I initially did check the oil but was measuring the oil that pooled at the end of the dipstick and did not notice that the oil was actually much higher.  By the time I got all of this fixed, the rain came so I didn’t get a chance to test the mower to see if it still works so I will give you an update on my next post. 

Elizabeth (my roomie) and I went to Urban Cookhouse for lunch and had a berry good salad and it was delicious!  The berry good salad has blackberries, strawberries, tomatoes, feta, and spiced/candied pecans with a vinaigrette dressing.   I added the grilled chicken to it and it ended up being a great choice!  The little orange rolls that they give you on the side of salads is amazing!   There is also a berry good wrap that is also good but today I decided to go for the salad and leave off the wrap.   I typically get a fountain diet coke, but since I am trying to avoid sodas, I went with light lemonade diluted with water because it was really tart.  

After lunch I ran by target to get some cookie ingredients to take to my sister’s house so I could cook dinosaur cookies with my nephew, Preston (almost 3 years old).  While I was at Target , I picked up a  venti skinny hazelnut latte from Starbucks.

When I got to my sister’s house, Anderson (8 months) greeted me with a smile and a squeal!  He really is the happiest baby I have ever been around.  He is such a loveable little guy!  When Preston got up from his nap, we made homemade dark chocolate using a recipe that I got from Kathleen and it turned out great!  

Use equal parts of coconut oil and cocoa powder + half the amount of maple syrup.  I used ½ cup of coconut oil and cocoa powder + 1/4th cup of maple syrup.  Then we started on the dinosaur cookies!  We made a huge mess but had SO much fun!  We used a cookie recipe from Elizabeth’s (my roomie) family recipe book and they turned out great!  Preston had a blast and that was the most important thing to me!  Preston was covered in flour from head to toe so he had to take a bath after our baking adventure!  

3 Ingredient Dark Chocolate

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  1. Mix all ingredients until well combined.
  2. Spread onto a piece of wax paper and allow to dry.
  3. Break it off into 2 inch pieces.
  4. Enjoy!

Had to make my weekly grocery store run and of course I went to my favorite shopping location…Target!  Here is what I got:  

I made a hearty, chopped salad for dinner.  It had spinach, tomatoes, green onions, blackberries, craisins, blue cheese, almonds, and light Ken’s Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing.  

For dessert, I had to have one of the cookies that Preston and I made earlier today.  The ones that I took home are the ones made with leftover dough so they are just round.  Notice the little fingerprint in the middle of the cookie.  Preston kept saying “it’s like playdough” so he kept poking at the cookies so this is not the only cookie with a little fingerprint in it.  

The finished chocolate!  

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