Kale & Broccoli Salad

Hey yall!

This kale & broccoli salad is so easy to make! Only a few ingredients, a couple of minutes and you can have a huge bowl all to yourself. It’s packed with superfoods, nuts, seeds, and dried berries, and is so delicious. This salad pairs perfectly with my Maple Vinaigrette, which you can find here. It’s sweet, tangy, and goes great with the slight bitterness of the kale. 

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I made this recipe for Christmas, and it was so nice to have a healthy-but-yummy dish to have alongside the abundance of casseroles and cheesy ravioli (which we make ourselves! I’ll post the ravioli recipe soon!).  

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Kale & Broccoli Salad 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch broccoli, chopped 
  • 4 cups of kale
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbs unsalted sunflower seeds

Directions

Remove stems and roughly chop kale and broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Chop pecans if not pre-chopped (or use them whole). Toss kale, broccoli, pecans, and dried cranberries. top with sunflower seeds and maple vinaigrette. Note: I like tossing with the vinaigrette about 15 minutes before I serve it because the kale will soften in the vinaigrette. Serve & enjoy!

Gluten Free “Oreo” Balls

Hey y’all!

It’s the holiday season, and sometimes it can be hard to find a good gluten-free dessert recipe to have at parties. I found this recipe from Hello Gluten Free, and I’m making these to have on Christmas day! Oreo balls have only 3 ingredients: Oreos, cream cheese, and white chocolate. Sadly, original Oreos aren’t gluten-free, but gluten-free options are available! I used Glutino cookies, which have SUCH good chocolate flavor. I think these are way better than Oreos, which are mainly just sugar. If you aren’t gluten-free, you can totally use regular Oreos with this same recipe! I haven’t tried it with plain Oreos (disclaimer), but I’m sure it’ll taste good!

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Some things I noticed while making these:

The mix was pretty soft before rolling them into balls, so I refrigerated the mix in a bowl for 15 mins before rolling them into balls. This helped the mix to not stick all over your hands and turn into a gooey mess.

I used 33 cookies, but the recipe calls for 30. The last three I crumbled by hand and mixed into the bowl of already processed cream cheese and cookies to give it a little more texture.

Buy two packs of cookies! A pack only comes with about 20, so you’ll need the extra cookies unless you make half of a recipe. (Also means more cookies to eat plain… yes please!)

Buy two packages of white chocolate chips. I ran out of white chocolate about 2/3rd of the way through dipping the Oreo balls, so some ended up just being drizzled with white chocolate, then I used a little dark chocolate as well. They were pretty, but they needed more coverage.

That being said, let’s get started!

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Gluten-Free “Oreo” Balls from Hello Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 30 chocolate gluten-free sandwich cookies (I used Glutino)
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package white chocolate chips (I needed two bags)

Directions

 Step 1
Using a food processor, blend together cookies and cream cheese until smooth.
Step 2
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on wax paper, then set in the freezer for 30 minutes or so.
Step 3
Melt white chocolate chips and roll each ball in the melted chips to cover. Place on wax paper to cool and serve. Best kept in the fridge or freezer.

 

This recipe was taken from Hello Gluten Free’s Gluten Free Oreo Ball Recipe. For more information and tips on making these, check out the original post here.

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Holiday Movie Marathon Must-Haves

Hey y’all! ‘Tis the season to be freezin’, and what’s better to on a cold night than watch Christmas movies? In this post, I’m going to be talking about what I think is absolutely necessary for a SUPER FESTIVE Christmas movie marathon. Also, a recipe for hot chocolate & listing my favorite holiday movies if you need any inspiration!

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ONE.

Candles. Yes, I know, I’m just saying this because of my obsession with candles but WHAT is more festive than a winter scented candle making your house/room/apartment smell like snowflakes and happiness. just saying.

TWO.

Hot Chocolate. I make mine with almond milk, and hot chocolate is one of my favorite things (besides coffee. which I will most likely have instead of hot chocolate . don’t judge plz). And what’s a holiday movie marathon without hot chocolate? Cold, tasteless and not as fun as a movie marathon that has hot chocolate. Find my Almond Milk Hot Chocolate recipe here!

THREE.

Anything soft and fuzzy. Socks, pants, blankets, sweatshirts, or all of the above. As I said before, ’tis the season to be freezin’ and I’m personally not a fan of being cold while watching a movie.

FOUR.

A super festive holiday movie. A few of my favorites are

  • Elf
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • A Christmas Carol (2004 version with Kelsey Grammer As Ebenezer Scrooge)
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)

Stay festive y’all.

Much love,

Chloe

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8 

5 Last Minute (Inexpensive) Christmas Gifts…& Other Festive Things

Hey y’all! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means Christmas music, Christmas tree shopping, and gift shopping. In this post, I’m going to be talking about my holiday playlist, my family’s Christmas tree adventure, and giving y’all some last-minute Christmas gift ideas.

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First up, I want to tell you all a little about my family’s tradition of Christmas tree chopping. That’s right, chopping. We go to a Christmas tree farm, pick out the *perfect* tree, chop it down, tie it on top of the car, and drive an hour back home with a tree tied to our car. it’s casual.
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Next, I want to talk about my Holiday Playlist! And seriously y’all, it’s good. I found this album (ok fine, my sister made me listen to it), but I just had to share it! The Oh Hellos Family Christmas Album was released in 2014 and is my new music obsession. again, it’s casual.

Last but not least, I want to give y’all some ideas for those last-minute Christmas gifts!  It’s almost that point in the year where I have most of my Christmas shopping done, but still need a few little gifts for my friends. Here are 5 inexpensive ideas to finish off your Christmas shopping list. ( Just fyi, none of this is sponsored, I just really love Sephora and target. don’t judge.)

  • Sephora has some amazing little gift sets, some of which are under $15! Here is a set of four mini liquid lipsticks that are matte, long-wearing, and easy to keep in your purse or pocket!
  • For the skin care obsessed friend, here is a set from First Aid Beauty that comes with a priming moisturizer and “facial radiance pads” that exfoliate, tone, and brighten the skin. And, get this, the set is called “Once Upon A Prime“. Get it? Once Upon A TIME?
  • On to some non-makeup gifts, Target has the most adorable mugs (for that friend who can’t live without coffee. aka me).  Christmas mugs, monogrammed mugs, & mugs with cute/funny sayings? yes, please.
  • Of course, cute fuzzy socks are always a win. Is there anyone who doesn’t like fuzzy socks? No? I rest my case. ( Target and T.J.maxx have some really cute ones!)
  • Never underestimate the power of candles. Everyone loves candles, and they smell so good! Bath & Body Works has some really great ones.IMG_7559-1.JPG

Aaand that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this post & good luck with any last-minute Christmas shopping! Stay festive y’all.

Much love,

Chloe

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.”  Luke 2:11