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We hosted Friendsgiving at my house this year, I hope it will become a yearly tradition.

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We have a few young kiddos now in our circle of friends, so we asked everyone to come early around 4pm so we don’t keep the kids up too late.

We had a great time catching up with our lives, eat a ton of food, enjoyed a festive drink, ate too many desserts. Told funny stories and laughed hysterically, you know the kind of laugh from your belly? It was beautiful to see everyone laughing and having a great time. It was the best.

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Two of our friends are moving away, Evie to San Francisco and Irene to Hawaii. We will miss them dearly and I was grateful to have hosted this party before they went away.

Group picture Smile

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Cheers to our good health, our long lasting friendship and making the time to celebrate with each other!!!

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Here’s the food spread, everyone’s favorite that night was the beef stew with potatoes that Kat brought. Everyone asked for the recipe, but too bad, it was catered and a secret recipe.

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For our dessert, I made white chocolate cranberry cookies, candy corn cereal mix, nutella cheesecake and we bought the cupcakes and pie.

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Towards the end of the night, a few of us girls created an assembly like to stuff boxes and fill them with toys and knick knacks, these are going to be donated to toy drive for less fortunate kids.

 

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Thank you to Cris for taking a ton of pictures so I can have my alone time at the dessert table…..err I mean, doing my hosting duties :)

{recipe} no bake energy bites

It’s Thanksgiving week and the tis’ (the beginning of) the season for celebrations with family, social gatherings and plenty of food. Probably everyone is thinking of all the delicious food they will be eating on Thursday for Thanksgiving.

I love to indulge and enjoy every traditional food during the holidays, but when it is a normal work day, I pretty much eat the same things over and over to keep it simple and healthy. I have a few meals in rotation but I do like to experiment with different healthier treats to keep me from devouring a chocolate bar every afternoon when I crave sweets.

I have my favorite cinnamon tea that I drink all year long, but I especially love it during fall (so excited when I saw that Costco started carrying it too). I like to drink my tea and eat this energy bites at the same time. It’s sweet enough that it satisfy my cravings for sweets (without having to open my candy stash, which are reserved for really stressful days).

I will make another batch soon and keep it in the freezer for some healthy snacking in between all the holiday festivities.

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No Bake Energy Bites

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  2. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. I kept mine in a ziplock bag.

Notes for next time: use unsweetened coconut flakes, to lessen the sweetness. The honey acts as a binder, so I have to keep that in the recipe.

Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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{recipe} Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

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