Friday, August 22, 2014

Chocolate Cereal (Paleo)

I have decided that if I want to continue blogging about our fantastic Paleo Meals I need to take some camera classes. Or at least invest in a good camera! Photos still don't do food half the justice they deserve!

Today I am going to share 'Against the Grain's recipe for Chocolate Cereal. This is my favorite snack and easy on-the-go breakfast. If I knew we are going to have a busy week, I will prepare this on Sunday. Warning: it does take a lot of time. If you have a dehydrator, it is a lot easier. If not, you can still use an oven. Just be expected to spend the whole day at home. Knock out some other chores while you wait on this to cook.

Chocolate Cereal

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw pecan halves
1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon golden flaxseeds
1 3/4 teaspoons sea salt, divided
1 cup honey
3 tablespoons raw coconut oil
2 tablespoon raw cacao
1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks (or more if you love chocolate!)

Place all the nuts and seeds in a bowl, add enough water to cover by 1 inch, and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover and let soak for 24 hours.

Drain the nuts and seeds and place on a paper towel to absorb the remaining water. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor and pulse the nuts until they're the size of oats.

Place the honey, coconut oil, cacao, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat until the cacao has dissolved. Add to the food processor with the cinnamon and remaining salt. Pulse twice to combine.

Pour the mixture into a bowl and mix with the coconut with a spoon. Turn the mixture out onto 3 parchment-covered dehydrator trays, spreading into thin layers. If using an oven, thinly layer on a parchment-covered cookie sheet.

Dehydrate at 120 degrees F for 24 hours, turning the granola with a spatula twice. The cereal may feel a little sticky but it will crisp up after cooling.
Place in the oven at 170 degrees F. Use a wooden spoon to prop the door open to let any extra moisture out. After 2 hours, carefully stir the cereal. Dry for another hour with oven door cracked open. Turn the oven off, shut the door and dry for another hour.

Transfer cereal to a wire rack and cool completely. Once cooled, stir in the chocolate chunks.

We have found that storing it in an air-tight container in the fridge helps it keep longer. Feel free to add any fruit into it as you would like! I love raspberries with mine. Rob loves to add coconut milk to his. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

When we moved to San Antonio, we wanted to do everything possible. After all we lived in Dallas for two years and couldn't tell you one exciting thing to do in the city. We have held up our promise well- Rampage hockey games, the Rodeo, visited lots of little towns around and now baseball. San Antonio has a MiLB lteam, San Antonio Missions. We stumbled across a Groupon deal for practically free tickets, so we have been going to a lot of games. 

When you drive up to Nelson Wolffe Stadium, you can't expect much. The parking lot has weeds and barely has lines for the spaces. The stadium is outdated, at least 20 years old. Our University of Arkansas Baum Stadium was 100% better than this. The Frisco Dr. Pepper stadium we went to had a swimming pool! 

We have been pleasantly surprised! First off, we sit 2 rows behind the vistor's box. These tickets are $12 and the most expensive! Can you believe that- such a steal! Parking is $5, but there are promotions nights throughout the week. We tend to go on Thursdays, $1 beer, soda, and hotdog night. Tuesdays are $2 night- beer, parking, and reserved tickets. I highly recommend an evening game. Sunday games are in the afternoon and it gets hot under the Texas sun! Bring a blanket so you don't have to sit on a hot seat if you go on a Sunday. 

The team has two mascots- Ballapeno and Henry the Puffy Taco. Oh my goodness, they are hilarious! They love to dance. Ballapeno's eyes come off too. They add a lot of fun and excitement to the games!

The best part about the games is the family environment it creates. Before the first pitch, young softball and baseball teams get to line the bases. These kids thinks this is the most awesome thing ever! You should see their big smiles on their faces! The National Anthem is sung by a local school choir and is the sweetest thing. Between every inning there is a game or contest that the fans participate in. Watching all the kids catch the fly balls or hope the players will throw them one, it's priceless.

Overall, we enjoy these games a lot! They play our home teams, NWA Naturals, and the Frisco RoughRiders. In fact, the Missions were the Texas League Champions in 2013. Hopefully, we can watch them bring home another title this year!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

California Dreaming

Not to long ago, I took a trip to Northern California to visit my sister, Hayden. My brother, Grant, met up with me in the San Jose airport. We had a long overdue sibling weekend. We stayed a couple days in Monterey. My favorite part was the drive on Highway 1 to Big Sur. The scenery was amazing!

We stop at an amazing restaurant for brunch. The food was so amazing, I would recommend it for dinner as well! They have a bakery up front. Grab some pastries or cookies to go and enjoy on your hike or drive. 

We also ventured out to Carmel-by-the-sea. It is such a cute town! I wish we had spent more time here. They have lots of wine tasting places, cute shops, and an amazing cured meats bistro we ate lunch at. 

We drove into the city to glance at the Golden Gate Bridge. I have always loved San Francisco and fell back in love again. 

The trip was relaxing. I had forgotten how beautiful Northern California is. Cannot wait to get back out that way!