Coconut Bark with Dark Chocolate, Cranberries and Almonds

I love coconut and am always trying to find new healthier ways to enjoy it. This Coconut Bark is a simple, quick refreshing treat whenever you need a little pick me up. We just grab a piece from the freezer. My husband loves it too and it only takes about 15 minutes to make.
The rich coconut, smooth chocolate, tart cranberries and crunchy almonds are a satisfying combination.

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1/2 cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons raw honey, local if you can get it
1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup sliced raw almonds
Use organic ingredients whenever possible.

In an 8 x 8 glass dish, combine the melted coconut oil with the vanilla and honey and mix well. Then add the coconut and mix some more, then let sit for about 3 minutes. Since the coconut is unsweetened, this will allow it to absorb some of sweetness of the honey and the flavor of the vanilla. Then add the chocolate chips, cranberries and almonds and mix again.

Spread the mixture evenly across the bottom of the dish and freeze until it hardens. Then cut into pieces. Must be kept in the refrigerator or freezer.

Coconut is a delicious and nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It has tons of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as plenty of electrolytes.

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Where Dreams and Visions Live, Volume I Anthologies of the Heart

A new venture by author Mary Blowers to provide an audience for 38 authors, many publishing for the first time. Challenge your beliefs about Dreams and Visions in this anthology of short stories, essays, and poems. Check out Mary’s latest creation!!
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Easy, Healthy and Delicious for a Season of Busyness

Dianna Donnely:

Easy, healthy and great for those of us in a Season of “Having our Hands Full with Life!” Thank you “Adventures in Healthy Eating.”

Originally posted on Adventures in Healthy Eating:

Rolled oats mixed with chia seeds, topped with 1/2 of a banana, blueberries and cinnamon. The other banana half got some peanut butter on it before it went down the hatch 😎 • Open faced turkey/mustard sandwich on whole grain, carrots, cucumber & olives • Turkey burger, steamed broccoli and sautéed spinach with a side of Benson

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2015 Begins a Blessed and Fruitful Season for Family and Friends

I am in awe of God’s Perfect Timing and am excited to see where 2015 will lead.

I have been calling 2014 a year of rebuilding. Almost immediately after independently publishing my first novel, “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation,” on October 13, 2013, God began redirecting me on my path. I was entirely prepared to write my second novel, with the outline and foundation ready to go. All I need is the hours to spend filling in the details and I know that will come when it is time.
Volume 2 of the Rainbow Journals is titled the
“The Yellow Season: The Rainbow Revelation.”

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But as it happens so many times, God has had other plans for me this last year. In the beginning, I was a little resentful that my time was needed in areas of my life other than writing. Quickly, I leaned on my faith though and settled into a year of following paths that I never would have imagined 13 months ago. There have been several opportunities to assist family and friends with significant changes in their lives, all moving each of us into a season of appreciated blessing. The timing of all of these events is truly “God’s Perfect Timing.”
Today, I am moving the release date of “The Yellow Season: The Rainbow Revelation” one more time, but am confident “The Yellow Season’s” time is coming soon.

“Take Delight In The Lord and He will Give You
Your Hearts Desires.”  Psalm 37:4 NLT

 

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To the 10 Winners of a Signed Copy of
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The Perfect Cold Season Soup For Two

Soup1Cold Season Soup For Two 

This is one of my favorite cold weather meals and has it been unusually cold already here in the Pacific Northwest. Look in your fridge for any vegetables that need to be used up and toss them into the soup. These are the veggies I found in my refrigerator, but use whatever you have.

Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
2 TBSP Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 Carrot Sliced
2 Stalks Celery Sliced
1 TSP Ground Ginger
1/4 TSP Sea Salt
1/4 TSP Black Pepper
4 oz. of good quality ground chicken – already cooked
(I use my freezer just like my pantry and keep portions of already cooked organic ground chicken available for quick soups and other recipes.)
8 oz. Low Sodium Chicken Broth
8 oz. Spring or Filtered Water
1/3 Cup Frozen Peas
1 Small Zucchini Diced Large
1/2 Cup Baby Spinach Leaves Chopped
1 Large Roma Tomato Chopped

Heat 1 TBSP of the Olive Oil in a small soup pot over medium heat. Add the carrot, celery and a splash of chicken broth. Cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are lightly cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the ground chicken, ginger, sea salt and pepper and stir until combined. Add the rest of the chicken broth and the water and bring to an easy boil. Add the peas, zucchini and spinach, then cook about 3 minutes more. Add the chopped tomato at the very last second and add the remaining 1 TBSP of Olive Oil to finish, and stir. Enjoy with a slice of artisan whole grain bread.

Cooking lightly keeps the veggies a little crunchy and fresh tasting, while the simple seasoning of ginger and salt and pepper provides a little heat along with a clean taste. This easy soup will keep you warm and healthy on these cold weather days!

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ENTER to WIN 1 of 10 SIGNED PRINT COPIES of “The Gray Season”!!

Our Fall Season Giveaway ends November 30, 2014. Just in time to give this inspirational book as a gift for the holidays. Winners will be announced shortly after November 30th. This giveaway is available to readers in the US only. Go to Goodreads through the link below and enter to win your copy of “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation” – An Inspirational Spiritual Journey. Fiction inspired by real life.
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