Final HEAB Post

by HEAB on August 1, 2017

It’s time to say goodbye friends.  My hosting contract is about to expire, and I’ve decided not to renew it.  Letting go of this blog makes me sad, but since I rarely post anymore, I’m having a hard time justifying the cost.  I started this blog back in 2008, and I put so much time and love into it.  I was hoping once the kids got older, I’d start writing again, but I feel like I’m more busy now than ever…preschoolers are a lot of work!  Perhaps I’ll have more time to write and create once the kids are all in school full-time.  Who knows?  Anyway, I wanted to let you know so that you could print off any favorite recipes, and thanks again for all the love and support you’ve given me over the past nine years.  I will miss this space and all of you.

Much love,

Heather

Elmington

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Snacking Grace

by HEAB on July 13, 2017

Hi!!! Long time, no talk.  I’ve had a few ideas for posts on my mind, and I’m finally sitting down to share.  Let’s talk about snacks.  They happen often at our house.  Seriously, our kids start asking for snacks about five minutes after we clean up breakfast and then every two hours thereafter until they are asleep…not until bedtime, because we sometimes hear, “I’m hungry” after teeth are brushed, books are read, and everyone is tucked in for the night.  I used to be really good about making homemade snacks, but I seem to be crunched for time lately and often find myself grabbing easy portable snacks for when we’re on the go. In an ideal world, I’d make everything from scratch and keep our freezer stocked with homemade granola bars, etc., but I’m trying to give myself more grace this year. So, I wanted to share a few of our favorite go-to snacks we’ve been enjoying this summer.

My favorite snack is a rice cake + almond butter.  However, have you ever tried giving a kid a rice cake in the car?  No bueno.  So lately, we’ve been relying on various energy type bars to keep the hangry monsters at bay.  Larabars were a staple in our house a few years ago, but the kids tired of their orange and brown snacks (cashew cookie and peanut butter bar flavors) after eating them everyday for over a year.  So, I stopped buying them, but Larabars made a comeback when I did Whole30 a few months ago (anyone else gain weight and not sleep on Whole30?  Just me?).  Anyway, I love the simple list of ingredients, and they’re always on sale for a dollar or less somewhere.  The kids are loving the chocolate chip cookie dough, and my favorites have always been Cashew Cookie and Cherry Pie.

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Snacks for Meadow Music.  We’re in Colorado at the moment, and the kids love Jeff & Paige!

Back in June, Chris and I celebrated our ten-year anniversary a few months early and spent a week hiking around Bend, Oregon.  Every morning, we loaded up on oatmeal at our hotel and then made sure to pack snacks and plenty of water for our daily hike(s).

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Sunblock, bug spray, and snacks.  Check.  Another discovery during Whole30 was the above RXBAR.  The mint chocolate is my flavor of choice.  When we hiked the Summit Trail around Smith Rock, we needed more of a dense energy bar and went with the Macrobars pictured below.  Their sunflower butter + chocolate bar is my favorite. These are pretty sweet but definitely gave us that boost of energy we needed for the last few miles of our hike.  They also make a great breakfast if you’re ever running late for school (much less messier than rice cakes!).

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We both agreed it was one of the coolest hikes we’ve ever done…

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And while in Bend, we of course had to enjoy some Picky Bars.  We celebrated the Summer Solstice with an early evening hike along the Deschutes River Trail.  These bars contain plant based protein yet don’t taste chalky, and I’ve loved every flavor I’ve tried.  Well done Lauren and Jesse!

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Another great hike if you’re in the area is Paulina Lake.  We did the seven-mile loop trail around the alpine lake.

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So, that’s what we’ve been up to this summer – a lot of hiking and snacking.  The kids are old enough to take on (very) short hikes, and we’re enjoying our time in Colorado together.

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Family friendly hike in Chautauqa Park in Boulder.

Nashville is home, but these mountains will always have our hearts.  When we go home, my goal is to get back into making more homemade snacks, especially since Hannah will be starting school three days a week in the fall.  There are several Larabar type bars/balls I want to make, and I want to start keeping a batch of these No Bake PB Bars in the fridge again at all times.  I also can’t wait to try these Coconut Fat Balls.  Any other recommendations for yummy on-the-go snacks that don’t crumble?

PS – You can recycle energy bar wrappers through TerraCycle.  My friend has an account with them, and she’s happy to send in our wrappers whenever I give her a bundle. That’s another reason I’d like to get back into homemade snacks – wrapper guilt.

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Lessons I’ve Learned Over The Last Six Years

February 5, 2017
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This past November, Summer turned six, and Hannah turned three.  Charlie and Katie are four and a half.  Can you even believe it?!? We celebrated Summer and Hannah’s birthdays with a pirate party… So, yeah, my four babies have morphed into four little people overnight, and I wanted to share several important lessons learned along […]

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Back to The Books

August 10, 2016
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Books.  Every spare second, I’ve got my nose stuck in one – just like years ago when I could not get enough of Laura and her calico bonnet, Anne Shirley with an “E”, and later on, the Wakefield twins and all members of the Baby-Sitters Club.  I read every book assigned to me throughout high-school and college (except […]

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A Natural Alternative To Goo Gone

April 11, 2016
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That sticky stuff left on glass after removing a sticker or price tag?  The worst, right? After cleaning up a jar the other day to use for flowers, I thought I’d share one of my favorite life hacks.  I think I read this tip on the Internet years ago – it’s no big secret, but […]

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Homemade Gift Wrap With Kids

December 5, 2015
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The kids are really into Christmas this year – FINALLY, and I could not be more excited!  They always enjoy Christmas, but this is the first year that they seem to truly understand the meaning of the holiday and all of our family traditions (although Hannah still likes to hide and hoard all the Advent Calendar inserts, but […]

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Dragons Love Tacos & Birthday Parties

November 22, 2015
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Yesterday, we celebrated Summer turning five and Hannah turning two (can you even believe it?!?).  Dragons Love Tacos is a favorite book around here, and we’d thought it be a fun birthday party theme.  Because who doesn’t love dragons, or for that matter a taco salad bar??? Still my favorite guac… And everyone’s favorite cashew […]

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Site Maintenance

October 9, 2015

Hey all, I have someone trying to fix a few kinks in my blog, and some old posts accidentally went out via email yesterday.  Sorry about that, and no, we’re not expecting again. 🙂 Thanks for your patience. -Heather

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Vegan Creamy White Bean Chili

August 28, 2015

We’re gearing up for fall around here (my favorite!) and made our first chili of the season tonight.  There wasn’t time to cook my own beans or get the crock pot going this morning, and so I came up with the following recipe using canned beans and gluten free flour as a thickener.  After taste […]

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No More Stinky Breath Hummus

July 6, 2015

Our kids like hummus, and they also like to crawl in bed with us first thing in the morning.  I love the early cuddles, but I do not love smelling garlic breath at 5:30 AM.  No thank you.  So, we stopped buying hummus in bulk at Costco and started making our own garlic-free version.  That […]

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