Weekly Wishes

weekly wishesSomething happened last week that hasn’t happened in a long time. I sat down and methodically planned out my goals and I achieved each and every one of them. Come to think of it, I don’t think that has ever happened! And I know what was different. I kept it simple. I made simple and meaningful goals that I really hoped to conquer, and then I just did it. I gave myself time for my blogging, my crafting, my baking, and most of all…the house, my daughter and myself.

Last week’s wishes:

  • Set up Heather as a partner on my blog (Ok, this one I’m still working on)
  • Finish my cork board
  • Write on my blog daily
  • Start my coffee can planter project
  • Make one recipe from scratch
  • Practice yoga once 
  • Update products on Sweet Mariposa

I was able to finish the cork board that I have seriously been kind of working on since Summer. It didn’t turn out perfect, but I still love it. And now that I have the hang of it, I see a lot more cork/chalkboards in my future! Even though it took a super long time, I loved working on it here and there and having a big project looming over me. Made it all the more wonderful when it was done.

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All done!

I gave myself a couple hours to write out my blog daily when my daughter was napping. I’ve gotten in the habit of writing the next day’s post the night before, but since she has been staying up later, that has been difficult. I figure that if I give myself one or two hours of doing things I love, I’m much a more pleasant person to be around. So it’s for the good of my family that I do this.

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And I started AND finished my coffee can planter today! I didn’t even know it was possible to start and finish something in one day anymore. Luckily, my daughter happens to have a loving and amazing grandpa who will spend any moment he can with her, so he entertained her while I got stuff done today. I’m really going to miss him when we move!

While I didn’t make all of the ingredients from scratch (ain’t nobody got time for that), I did make three – count that, THREE – recipes from scratch this week. I know! Crazy, right? I made some delicious cookies and coffee cake for the house and then some cookies for my friend’s birthday. I was kind of amazed by the Betty Crocker I was channeling this week.

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And I finally practiced some yoga! It had been so long and I needed a good yoga session. I did some restorative yoga with Erin Motz and DoYouYoga.com right before bed, and my back popped the moment I got down to stretch. That’s when I was reminded of how much I needed it.

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And finally, I got to listing Kandyce’s items on our Sweet Mariposa Etsy shop! I haven’t had much of a chance to promote our shop, but I’m hoping to do more of that in the future. We have 14 items right now, and we’re hoping to reach 20 soon! Now that I force myself to save a couple hours for myself, I should get a lot more done!

What I wish for this week:

  • Set up Heather as a partner on my blog – Still need to work on this.
  • Work on map tote – I joined a creative penpal collective but I suck at it. Really bad. So I still need to work on my gift that is long past due. I know, no more signing up for stuff for awhile.
  • Write article for Childhood Magazine – Now that the coffee can planter is done, I need to write the article and attach the photos. I’m so excited!
  • Make one dinner and one treat from scratch – As much from scratch as I can. We all have our limits.
  • Practice yoga twice – I need to keep it going and do one practice at night and one in the morning. I miss getting up and doing yoga every morning and I would love to get back in that routine.
  • Figure out a venue and date for the Vox fundraiser – I am planning a fundraiser for my favorite nonprofit, Vox. We are going to start restoring furniture with kiddos! We are in the works of planning a fundraiser/kickoff party so I need to work on the venue and date this week so I can start getting everything together. Hooray!
  • Start promoting Sweet Mariposa – Start posting on my social media sites and getting people excited.

Do you set goals for the week? If so, what are they? Join the Weekly Wishes link-up at Nectar Collective and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram and Pinterest to share and motivate each other!

This week at the weekly treat

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When I was pregnant, I went insane for Almond Joy and Mounds. It was crazy. I literally bought the Halloween bag of Almond Joy and kept them for myself. Luckily it was Halloween and I was super pregnant, so nobody dared question me. Then, when all the Halloween candy went on sale, I was in an Almond Joy/ Mounds wonderland.

When we went to the grocery store yesterday, I felt inclined to buy Mounds since I was starting my “bangin’ body challenge” today (more about that later), and I wanted to indulge one last time. While I was enjoying my moment of bliss, I was thinking of treats I could make with coconut. And here is what I found….

Image belongs to The Midnight Baker

Image belongs to The Midnight Baker

Coconut Banana Popsicles from The Midnight Baker

Image belongs to Sunflower Supper Club

Image belongs to Sunflower Supper Club

Homemade Coconut Ice Cream from Sunflower Supper Club

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Image belongs to cooking ala mel

DIY Coconut Milk and Flour from cooking ala mel

Image belongs to The Daring Gourmet

Image belongs to The Daring Gourmet

Coconut Sunflower Seed Cookies from The Daring Gourmet

Image belongs to The Edible Earth

Image belongs to The Edible Earth

Coconut, Cranberry and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from The Edible Earth

This is a clean eating blog so all of her recipes are clean

I love finding all of these things you can make with one main ingredient. In one post, I got recipes for cookies and coconut milk, and more than that, I found a new clean eating blog. This is my favorite part of The Weekly Treat, not just finding new recipes, but finding new blogs and people.

If you love baking or are just getting into it, check out our Weekly Treat group for some recipe inspiration. Share your lemon and blueberry treats in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #lemonblueberry You can find more of my lemon blueberry inspiration on Pinterest!

This Week at the Weekly Treat

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So this week’s inspiration was pretty easy to come up with…4th of July! With this heat and Cecilia’s cousin on the way, we will probably not be able to BBQ this time around, but I’m pretty sure I will be eating yummy treats, no matter what happens.

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Mini Berry Cream Pies from Eating Well – This recipe uses whipping cream, nonfat greek yogurt and frozen phyllo cups. It says the recipe only takes about 15 minutes to finish, so it should be relatively easy to get done, and no baking is involved! Perfect weapon against this insane heat.

I have to admit something. I HATE greek yogurt. Crazy, right? I used to tolerate it until I got pregnant and then the smell nearly doubled me over, and I could no longer partake. So if I do go with this one, I’ll have to use regular ol boring yogurt. Womp womp…

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Red White and Blue Ice Cream Cupcake Cones from Love From the Oven – Whoooa. I can’t even explain how amazingly delicious these look right now. It’s literally a scoop of ice cream, a cupcake and an ice cream cone. I’m not normally a fan of ice cream cones, but I am a fan of anything that holds cupcakes. I would have to say that my sprinkling would definitely not come out like this – or anywhere close to this, to be honest – but hey, it’s worth a shot!

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Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels from Cupcakes and Cashmere – If you are like me, and love a little salty to be mixed with your sweet, then you are also swooning over these pretzels! They would also be cute treats to pass around if we end up at the hospital on 4th of July! (for Cecilia’s cousin of course, I’m not planning on any injuries)

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Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie “Popsicles” from Twig & Thistle – Apparently I’m on a serious chocolate-dipped kick right now! Which isn’t a bad thing at all. Except for that whole pesky diet thing. But like they say, holidays are designated cheat days!

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Tye-Dyed cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction – Now, I will have to say that I’m not usually a fan of making cake different colors. Don’t get me wrong, I will tye-dye the heck out of anything. Except baked goods. But once I saw that Sally did it on my most favorite baking site in the whole wide world, I figured it was OK. This might be something fun to try when Cecilia is a little older. I’ll probably like dying cakes a lot more when my baby is old enough to enjoy it.

If you love baking and want to add to our weekly collection, visit our group on Facebook. You can share your 4th of July treat pictures by posting them and using the hashtag #theweeklytreat on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Check out more 4th of July treat inspiration on my Pinterest page.

This week at the weekly treat

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I still remember my trip to Italy. I remember all the museums, Cathedrals, cafes and shopping. I remember the gondola rides, the wine, the alleys lined with all the beautiful architecture and clothes drying on clotheslines, swaying in the wind. I remember my dad and I lugging around our laundry, trying to find a laundry mat and I remember dancing atop one of our hotels. I remember searching all around for a gelato shop until we finally found one, and I remember Nutella.

Just like we get little cream cheese packets with bagels at any continental breakfast at any hotel in America, Italians get Nutella packets with every breakfast they are served. Now, I have bought numerous jars of Nutella since I made that trip over five years ago, and every time I do, I think of Italy. I think of my family that I visited there and I think of the way I felt when I saw the David. And I smile.

When I was organizing the pantry (for what feels like the millionth time) today, I was a little shocked and saddened that I didn’t have any Nutella. So to give me the kick in the hiney that I need to restock, I thought I would dedicate this week’s weekly treat to all things Nutella. And I learned that I can also incorporate peanut butter and pumpkin into my recipes, so I am a happy girl.

DSC_043322Homemade Nutella, from The Eccentric Cook

061Frenchy’s Best Nutella Buns recipe, by Le Chateau des Fleurs

IMG_00038Peanut Butter Nutella Cupcakes, by Your Cup of Cake

Nutella-Pumpkin-Bars-765x1024Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Bars, by Lemons for Lulu

IMG_0292-757x1024Easy Nutella & Caramel Brownies, from little kitchen, big bites

Have any Nutella recipes? Did you make any of the above recipes and want to share your experience? Please join our group The Weekly Treat on Facebook.