Saturday, June 25, 2016

Love is... Dairy-Free Almond Poppy Muffins {Recipe}

This morning I was thinking about to our courtship. When we fell in love and married, I had no food allergies. Then we had two children. I couldn't eat walnuts with the first. And dairy with the second. I thought things would improve after Heidi was born but instead the intolerance continued to get worse. And worse. And worse. To the point that even trace amounts of lactose in something will make me sick now. Lactaid pills are no longer effective. Every single item that I put into my body, I have to read the label first. If it contains any milk/dairy/lactose it is a no go.

The other day I was shopping with my mom at Costco. She bought some Almond Poppy Muffins. I have since wanted some almond poppy muffins. Costco's contains milk. I started looking at other stores. Practically all bakery things have dairy, even if it is just butter. I have continued to want almond poppy muffins.

Well today I realized that love truly does continues to grow. Our love when we were dating does not even compare to what it is today. I had heard others say that love grows but I didn't think they knew what they were talking about. I thought the love on our wedding day was real. But today... today... love was shown in homemade, dairy-free almond poppy muffins. Casey had to "invent" the muffins to make sure they were completely dairy free. When we were married, neither of us had ever even thought about having to make special food. And today he did it so willingly--even if it did take a large chunk of the morning to figure out.

And they were delicious. Almond Poppy Muffins at their finest!!


And here is Casey's recipe... written by him. The wording is just adorable!

[ ] 1 1/2 cups of flour
[ ] 2 egg yolks 
[ ] 2 egg whites
[ ] 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
[ ] 3/4 tsp baking soda
[ ] ~1/2 cup almond milk
[ ] 1/2 cup coconut oil
[ ] 1/4 cup oil
[ ] 3/4 cup sugar
[ ] 1/2 tsp salt
[ ] 2 tsp almond extract
[ ] 1 1/2 tblsp poppy
[ ] 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Makes 12- 16 muffins.
Preheat to 350°.
Mix well coconut oil, egg yolks, and sugar in one bowl.
Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds in another bowl.
Add milk, oil, to sugar, egg, and coconut oil mixture.
Spray muffin pan.
Fluff egg whites.
Combine wet mix to dry mix and add extracts.
Fold in egg whites.
Divide into muffin tin.
Bake for at least 12 minutes.  May need more until they turn golden.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Goodbye Decade of Decisions



10 years ago I entered the decade of decisions. TEN YEARS!! So much has happened and changed. And I have grown. It is interesting to look back to all the "milestones" in my decade of decisions. There are a few things... well one thing really that I would change every day if I could. But I can't. So forward I will go.


2006 -- High School Graduation
I was so sad to say goodbye to Casey!
He was my absolute best friend and I had no idea what would happen after graduation.
We went on a breakfast date before Graduation.
This meant more to me than words could even say.
And I cherished this during the hard times that would come in the next years.
Why did it mean so much?
Because I wanted more than anything to walk with Casey.
But it was totally random.
The guys were in a line in one tunnel and the girls another.
There was no way to coordinate this.

2007 -- The Year I Wish to Forget

Yes there are plenty of pictures I could post for this year. But I don't want to. It was a horrible year and some of the most painful moments I ever experienced. I learned a ton and was blessed so much a long the way. But if I could go back and change it, I absolutely would.


2008 -- SLCC Graduation

Because of the massive trials I went through the previous year,
this was nothing short of miraculous!
A.S. Degree of General Studies with Honors

2009 -- Best Day Ever

If it looks like I'm glowing, I probably am!
Remember how I was sad/ nervous/ scared to say goodbye to this
handsome boy at high school graduation?
Now we are best friends forever. Literally. All eternity.
Seriously. The Best Day Ever!

2010 -- BYU Graduation

I did it! Four years later...
My degree was really a 5 year degree.
And somehow I still finished in four.
16 credits a semester and summer classes is how.
I just love this picture...
I love BYU!
I LOVE Casey!!


2011 -- To Be A Teacher

Teaching is not for the faint of heart...
But I truly enjoyed it.
I loved watching when kids finally "got it!"

2012 -- He Named Me Mommy

We named him Devin.
And he named me Mommy.
Life was once again perfect.
My dreams were coming true.
I quit my job to stay home full time.
Full time mommy is not easy but so worth it!

2013 -- First Home

We bought our first home!
At the time, we thought it was our last home purchase.
We planned on staying here forever.

2014 -- He Named Her Best Friend

Best friends of these two would be an understatement!
This is still one of my FAVORITE pictures!
Devin's smile to see Heidi for the first time was as real as could be.
And he has never stopped loving her!
Heidi had a scary beginning!
But she is a fighter and she wanted to be here in our family so badly!
I'm so grateful she made the choice to stay!!! 

2015 -- First Brand New Car

You would think we have a picture of this. It was a big deal. We bought our first brand new car! It was so nice not having to share the car anymore as we also kept our older one. But... I sure can't find any picture. Haha. Signing the paperwork took forever!!!! And by the time we finally left the dealership, I think we were all just done.


2016 -- Second Home (and last...)

This has truly become home.
In every sense of the word!
I never would have dreamed that it would be "home" so quickly.
Two and a half months later...
This truly is HOME!
(And always will be!)
I just love these two!
And I'm grateful for the sudden change that happened earlier this year.
I never would have dreamed we would be here today.
But I love it.
And I would move all over again (even though it was a nightmare)
just so we could live here... live at home!

While I'm sure we will buy other cars and hopefully someday have another Little Love... truly my decade of decisions has come to a close.

GOODBYE DECADE OF DECISIONS....

Now I'm striving to follow Elder Hale's advice from Oct. 2007

After your decade of decision, go onward and upward.... Be faithful.... Be true. Rise up and be worthy.