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Chocolate Sunbutter Crisp Pops

This winter, we took the kids to see the movie Creed and it's been non-stop, all things Rocky since then. We have all watched & re-watched, every single movie over the past 2 months and even now, I’m sitting here with my daughter, watching as Rocky admits to Adrian that he is afraid to fight & lose everything shortly after Mickey's death. As always, Adrian ends up encouraging him, telling him that she believes in him which leads to a more intensely driven training sequence. Enter “eye of the tiger”……..

This is seriously such a great movie series (Rocky V included)!  

Do you know what else is seriously good?  Nestle Crunch candy bars, or at least they use to one of my favorites when I was younger.  Something about the sweet chocolate with crispy rice in each bite, had me running to the corner store to spend what little money I had as a kid.


Have you fallen in love with a Latte yet?

Maybe you like a caffè latte.  Bold coffee, mixed with steamed or scalded milk.

OR, maybe you are more of the tea latte, fan.  Rich, espresso-free tea with swirls of heated milk.

Either way, you can't really go wrong, however, I have a favorite and I typically never stray.  "Soy Chai Tea Latte, extra hot, no water, please".  It's like a drinking a little bit of Happy.

SO when I tell you that this post is NOT about a Chai Tea Latte, I'm kinda cheating on my first love because I'm going to share with you how to make a Matcha Tea Latte, right from home!

Now, I know what you are thinking, "make your latte at home, that's absurd.  I mean, do you see everything they have to do before handing us those cups filled with wonder from the Starbucks counter"? Typically, I would tell you how correct you are, BUT, you don't need any of those things!  Honest.

Sweet mango & mashed avocado is heavenly, especially with the added crunch of jicama in these delightful spring rolls. Spring Rolls I absolutely love looking out to my back yard through our bay window.  Although the trees are bare and the grass is brown, the site of beautiful red cardinals grazing off the bird feeder, all but makeup for the lack of color due to winter months. And although it is still a little chilly some days, the sunlight warms the room and reminds me that Spring isn't too far off. This sunlight, not only makes this the perfect sitting area for gazing, but it also makes this the perfect place for ripening those stone fruits not quite recipe ready.  The mango and avocado I recently purchased from the market have patiently been sitting on the table, just waiting for the sun to ripen & sweeten them up for the perfect recipe. Meanwhile, as the sun was doing its thing, there was this wonderfully, crunchy jicama just waiting to join the party as I had something wonderful in store for them. Mango Avocado Spring Rolls with a Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce.

Vegan Chana Masala is a dish you can easily master. Rich in deep, aromatic flavors & a little spice to entice your taste buds. Vegan & Gluten Free (also nut free)

If you could go out to eat anywhere, what type of restaurant would it be?  Does the thought of eating pasta make you smile? What about sitting at a table of endless chips & salsa?  Or would it be a special night out with a loved one sitting across from you, while dining on local, farm to table dishes? While I may enjoy each of those immensely, if I could go anywhere to eat, it would be an Indian restaurant.  And here are my reasons why ....
  • There are a TON of vegan and/or vegetarian options
  • The dishes are full of variety & aromatic flavors
  • They do "spicy" right!
  • chai tea, naan bread & masala (I could have just started with that one)
  • I haven't been able to make Chana Masala like they do.....UNTIL NOW

  I'm reminded recently that we are in the months of winter.   Up until now, Tulsa has had a fairly warm season and there hasn't been much need to run to those typical comfort foods. But now, I'm cold! I wake up cold, I turn on the little heater next to my desk to warm my toes, I keep a hot coffee with me most of the day (it's like a hand warmer with benefits). Because of that internal chill that is so difficult to shake, I'm starting to turn to soup and stew and chili  to warm myself and my family on the inside. This Sweet Potato Gnocchi did the trick!  Not only was it nice and hot, like most soups should be, but the combination was quite enjoyable. I never had gnocchi in a soup before but I wanted to do something other than topping it with pasta sauce (although that would be delicious as well).