SuperButter!

As someone with eating issues – as in, there are a lot of foods that my body really hates and reacts strongly to – it is always exciting to find a new product that tastes good and is something I can eat.  Really – I have such simple desires……….food that I can eat.  🙂  Enter SuperButter.  First off, I love the name.  It’s like a superhero of food.  One of my favourite “butters” is Sunbutter, which is made of sunflower seeds.  This product ups the ante and uses sunflower, sesame and flax seeds.  Here is a quote taken directly from their web site:

 

We heard your requests and concerns from the beginning! SuperButter Premium Seed Butters are not only free of major allergens, but are also made in a facility that is free of peanuts, tree nuts (including coconut), dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. There is no chance of cross contamination – these eight major allergens are never allowed to enter our plant.

 

That makes me do a happy dance.  There is a guarantee that none of my allergens are in it, and cannot ever be in it.  Knowing this, my next step was to get my hands on some and taste it.  I was able to get all four flavours:  Original Creamy, Original Crunchy, Vanilla Bean and Chocolate.  My husband and I sat down with some spoons (many spoons – no double dipping here!), and tasted.

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Original Creamy – as stated, nice and creamy, and had a nice, nutty taste without having any nuts in it.

Original Crunchy – same flavour as the creamy, but with some texture.

Chocolate – hello, allergen free Nutella.  🙂  It’s almost a subtle hit of chocolate, but it’s definitely there.  Yum.

Vanilla Bean – probably the favourite for both of us.  You get the hit of vanilla taste almost as an after-taste, and then – hello vanilla.

Having assessed the product and found it much to our liking, I decided to use it in a recipe, so here you go –

SuperButter Drops

1/2 cup butter or margarine (whichever fits your dietary needs – both work fine)

1/2 cup non dairy milk (I used flax beverage)

1 3/4 cups sugar (I used organic)

1/2 cup cocoa powder (or cacao)

3 cups oats (make sure these are gluten free)

1/2 cup smooth SuperButter

Combine first four ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.  Boil for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Stir in oats and SuperButter.  Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.  Refrigerate until set.

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As you can see, these were lovely, and shining with chocolate goodness.  I haven’t been eating much sugar lately, so I found them a little sweet, but my husband assures me they are just fine.

Enjoy!

 

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The Entrepreneur’s 24 Hours

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day.

I am trying to ‘have it all!’ I have two beautiful, incredible children that fill my hubby and I with so much joy! They love each other, they have fun together and they are such good friends! While we have plenty of parenting moments that cause us to sigh and cry, we have an absolutely wonderful family.
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I have a thriving, exciting, and delicious business! I am constantly looking to innovate and find new ways to conduct my personal business and help service my customers, but I am also working with 300 team members to help them do the same. I love our team meetings, training and the creativity that is shared among members. And again, while the businessMompreneur2, like any, has bumps in the road and difficulties to overcome , this business is an incredible blessing. I have so many amazing opportunities to meet other entrepreneurs and business woman, earn incentive trips and awards. Most recently, I was chosen as 1 of the 20 finalists (out of 17,000 members) in the Mompreneur community. I cannot wait to see where this business takes me next!
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I love working out, playing volleyball, volunteering with events at my church, mentoring high school girls and being present in my community.

So, how does an entrepreneur, a businesswoman with a family, or a mom trying to homeschool, etc. – how do we accomplish what we need to do in our 24 hours? I would love to hear from you! For now, here are my thoughts on our time…

1. Network with like-minded moms or entrepreneurs
For myself, I know that I cannot do it all. And while I still try….I fail, and I have to come back to the reality over and over again that I will need help. I rely on my network to help me find events, give referrals, or even trade services! Just today, in fact, I had my friend Craig from Shineco Cleaning Services come over and help me with my carpets and stairs in exchange for some of my business services (aka. delicious tea!). We both had a service the other was looking for and we could collaborate with each other to get it done!
Ps. I highly recommend Craig, of course! He does professional work, is friendly and great to work with on the job, and the proof is in the pictures – check out his work!

2. Multi-task….wisely!
I am the queen of multi-tasking many times to my own demise. I will “multi-task” by catching up on my favourite show while working only to realize that I need to triple-check all my work because I am not paying attention. That kind of work is not productive, efficient or helpful to your business.
The kind of multi-tasking that works for me are things like:
-Exercising while listening to a company conference call
-Catching up with a friend while packaging tea samples
-Bringing samples and information while I do errands to share as I go
-Inviting team members to my parties to train on the job

3. Schedule what’s important
As much as it sounds very boring and ‘adult’ to ‘pencil in’ coffee with a friend or a date with your spouse, scheduling has been key to helping my business and life run successfully. I need to know exactly what my calendar looks like – when is my free time to play with my kids, when are my conference calls and coaching calls with team members, when is my personal time, etc.
Personally, I like my online calendar best – I plug in everything on my computer and it syncs to my phone. However, you may prefer a day timer and that’s great – do what works!
Now, saying this…I completely missed an appointment at my chiropractor’s this morning because I forgot to look at my calendar. So…yeah. Oops!

I know that I need to work-out, and I love playing volleyball, so I plug into my calendar specific times every day to make it happen. I don’t just rely on free time to pop up and allow me to go do this. My husband is my number one supporter and dates with him are so important to me! However, with our family, miscellaneous activities for both of us, his work and my business, if we don’t plan dates, they aren’t going to happen. Just last week, we were trying to find a time to do something very simple – eat food and watch TV – and we kept failing to make it happen! I had a fundraiser meeting one night, he had a migraine the next night, then I had volleyball…life goes by too fast to just hope that you can accomplish all that you want!

4. Make S.M.A.R.T. goals for both the short- and long-term
Have you ever come across the S.M.A.R.T. system for goal setting? If you haven’t,  you need to take a look at this video that explains it quite well.

When you have both short- (monthly) and long-term (yearly) goals, you can work daily with specific action steps knowing that you are on the right path to achieve what you want to achieve. When you work spontaneously, randomly or frantically, you will get exactly those kinds of results.

Random Actions = Random Results

It’s truly as simple as that.

We all know – 24 hours goes by in a flash. Days turn into weeks and weeks into months and we sit back and wonder –

Why am I not progressing in this area of my life?!

I did that recently. I looked at myself in the mirror and thought – have I given up? When did I stop working out? When did I stop making this a priority?

I have had two beautiful babies and my body does not bounce back well (weight-wise) from having babies. My pregnancies are amazing, I feel so incredibly healthy and I truly love the entire process. Afterwards, though, it can take a toll on my weight.  I love working out, playing sports and being active, but somewhere along the way as I had these babies, launched my business, maintained two jobs (for two years) and did all the mom and wife things, I stoblog4pped planning to work out, scheduling it in my day, or setting goals for my physical activity.
Ps. No more!! Thanks to an amazing challenge from our founder, Tonia, I am back in the habit and so happy to be pushing myself in this area! Follow me here and I will cheer you on in your own journey!
So, my question for you is this – what are your goals and how will you achieve them? How will you use your 24 hours a day to maximize the opportunities that you have?

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Breakfast Cookies II

I’ve posted a recipe for breakfast cookies before, but since then have been more fully exploring Enjoy Life’s line of products, and found something that fits seamlessly into these cookies, and ramps up the flavour and crunch.  These cookies are great because they have no sugar (unless you throw in the chocolate chips, like I do), and they are filling.  I find I only need one for breakfast – but then, I’m not  much of a breakfast eater.

So then, what is this new product I found to use in the cookies?  Enjoy Life’s Seed and Fruit mix – Beach Bash flavour.  It’s so hard to find this kind of a mix without warnings of “may contain nuts…..” .  It’s a yummy mix, and adds a nice crunch and texture to these cookies.

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4 roasted bananas

Let’s talk about roasting the bananas first.  Preheat your oven to 400* F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and put your whole, unpeeled bananas on there.  Put in the hot oven for 20 minutes.  Here is a before and after picture of the bananas:

 

So yes, the bananas will look like a science experiment gone wrong, and that is perfect. And bonus – the riper the bananas the better, so if you can find some discounted at the grocery store because they are “overripe”, go for it!  Let them cool, then continue with the recipe.

So now, mash the bananas and add:

2 cups of gluten free oats, large flake

1/2 cup Sunbutter

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/4 cup Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 cup (or more) Enjoy Life chocolate chunks or chips

Use 1/4 cup measuring cup and scoop out onto parchment lined baking sheet.  Use a fork to slightly flatten each cookie.  Bake at 350* F for 20 minutes.

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Cool, and store in the fridge for up to a week.  This recipe makes 12-14 cookies. Yum, yum.

 

Ranger Cookies

Today’s blog is inspired by…..my childhood.  I’ve always liked Ranger cookies, but wasn’t aware that the first time I had them was when we went on holidays as a family to Ranger Lake, in Northern Ontario.  Apparently I was either way more into the rustic lifestyle as a child, or forced to enjoy it by my parents, because by all appearances, this was quite….rustic.  Family lore has it that my Nana went to put on her shoe in the morning and there was a mouse in it.  Come to think of it, a psychologist might say that these kinds of early childhood vacations have ingrained in me my love of not being in rustic places to this day.  🙂

Anyway – to the recipe!  My hubby says this might be my best one yet.  I say he might be right.  These cookies were easy to make, and thanks to a new find in Enjoy Life foods product line, nice and crunchy.

 

Ranger Cookies

1/2 cup margarine

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 chia egg (1 tbsp. ground chia seed + 3 tbsp. water – let set into a gel)

1 tsp. vanilla

3/4 cup white rice flour

1/4 cup potato starch

1 tsp. xanthan gum

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1 cup Enjoy Life Crunchy Rice Cereal

1 cup rolled oats (make sure these are gluten free)

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

 

Cream margarine and sugars together.  Add in the chia egg and vanilla.

Stir the flours, xanthan gum, powder, soda and salt together.  Mix into the creamed ingredients.

Add cereal, oats, coconut and chocolate chips.  Mix well.  The batter will be thick.  Roll into one inch balls and arranged on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper).  Bake at 375*F for 7-8 minutes, until bottoms are browned.

Makes 3 dozen.

Eat.  Enjoy.

(As always, the more organic ingredients you use, the better.  I used organic sugar and coconut, and of course, the Enjoy Life products are “free from” foods, so no worries about allergens there!)