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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I created some printables to share with you today! I am always on the look out for simple printables to add to a bulletin board, clipboard, or frame.

 

 

Sticking with my fondness for neutrals, woods, metals and textures, I went on the search for printables that would add a touch of Valentine’s day to our home. After searching Pinterest, I decided that designing my own would allow me to create them with a simplity that could be enjoyed throughout the year, not just for Valentine’s Day.

 

The printables can be a fun addition for Valentine’s Day because they are about LOVE, yet they are verses and quotes that are encouragement each day of the year. I think I will be leaving mine up indefinitely.😍

A fun tip to keep in mind when printing out printables is to utilize your scale setting in your printer’s settings. A couple of the printables that I  have printed off here I increased the size from 100% to 120% to fill a bit more of the space. Changing your scale will often allow you to change the size of the printables to fit in various frame sizes. However, don’t be afraid of the negative space (blank space). I think it draws the eye into the words.

Each of the printables have a touch of gold in them. I love how the gold ties in with the antique brass on the clip boards. My clip boards hang on a small wall as I head into my craft room, but it is also a doorway that we walk by frequently. I love that the encouraging words can keep me grounded through my day!

Happy Valentines Day Friends!

❤️Love One Another

❤️You Make My Heart Smile

❤️We Love Because He First Loved Us

❤️Do Small Things With Great Love

~Keep Imaging~

Dawn

  • Barb - February 14, 2017 - 6:58 AM

    I love that this tip is another quick and easy one for those of us who don’t have a lot of time for crafting and DIY. Thanks for the cute idea, not just for Valentine’s day, but year round!ReplyCancel

    • Dawn - February 14, 2017 - 12:23 PM

      These would look great in your beautiful home!ReplyCancel

As we welcome 2017, I wanted to share some ways to embellish your paper calendars. I just can’t completely make the shift to an online calendar. I add most (ok-some) of my appointments to my phone calendar, but everything gets written down on our family calendar that hangs inside a kitchen cabinet door. It is a central location that the whole family can refer to. I have always loved beautiful calendars. It goes with my love of pretty stationary,  paper products, and fun office accessories. I probably put more thought into my calendar than most, but I want to enjoy it all year long.  I refer to it daily, sometimes multiple times a day and I enjoy it much more when it is inspiring and pretty. Additionally, keeping it clean and functional is a must for me. I have learned over years that if my calendar is functional, pretty, and organized I do better with planning life and tend to not feel so overwhelmed with all of the tasks and events that can quickly fill up our calendars.

 

 

This year I chose the colorful 2017 Watercolor Calendar from Papersource. I am usually a neutral girl in my decor but when it comes to paper products, I love to play with color. Since our calendar hangs inside our cabinet door the pop of color doesn’t distract from our home’s neutral color palette.

I found some super fun package of stickers at Michaels in the planners section. Why should planners have all the fun? Bring on the festive, fun, playfulness, and celebration for my wall calendar!

I added some fun washi tape to mark days that each of the kids were off of school. I individualized these since each of the kids have different school calendars. The washi tape can easily be kept by your calendar to use as special events get added to your calendar.

The Seasonal Create 365 Stickers are probably my favorite. The package is full of lots of seasonal fun for each month.

Last semester I had quietly taken Miranda’s college planner when she was home and added some encouraging stickers to it. She loved it! It was encouragement through the semester and on the dreaded weeks with lots of TESTS. Funny little story –  it was one of her guy friend that noticed the stickers and appreciated them! I think the words were “I’m jealous of her planner”.  So this might even be a fun idea for our boys too 😊.  I was excited when I came across these super fun stickers for college/high school students. This could be a fun little thing to add to a college care package.



There you have it, don’t hesitate to add some “pretty” and “fun” to something that you use everyday!

~Keep Imagining~

♥Dawn

This is not an affiliated post – just me sharing things I enjoy with you. 😍


  • Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

    There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens

  • Barb - January 23, 2017 - 8:25 AM

    I love these ideas! Simple and fun, and adding so much joy and beauty to an every day task!ReplyCancel

I wanted to share this post before these beautiful Paper White Bulbs are gone…

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Evidence of Spring in the Inland Pacific Northwest doesn’t usually show itself until the end of March and the beginning of April. Even though there are not many signs outside that Spring is here, bringing it into our homes can add a bit of brightness and cheer to our days.
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I am, like so many, a BIG fan of Joanna and Chip Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper! After Christmas the Magnolia Blog shared a fun post on ideas to liven up our homes with real and faux flowers. Well, Joanna had me at the first glimpse of these fabulous faux Paper White Bulbs. However, I quickly realized that the Paper White Bulbs were out of my post Christmas budget. Well, then something fun happened last week – They went 40% off and I had seen a fun discount code in my Country Living magazine in which Joanna and Chip are featured this month.  Check out the fun article! Not only do they create magical spaces for families to call home, they treasure their family, their faith, and one another, making them that much more appealing to follow long with.

This is the simplest project…

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Material List:

  1. Order up the faux Paper White Bulbs (clicking on this link will take you to their site) before they are gone.
  2. I used a container that I already had. A basket would work well also. Your local craft stores, Home Goods, or TJ Maxx would also be good sources for container possibilities. If you don’t have access to any of these stores or feel like heading out to look this wooden bowl would be a great option.
  3. I purchased a piece of green foam from Michaels (with my 40% off coupon of course).
  4. I am particular when it comes to moss. I like the fresher moss that is soft, rather than dried, it gives the impression of being alive and real. After checking a couple craft stores, I found some at Hobby Lobby (again, don’t forget your coupon).

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Creating Process:

  1. Cut the foam piece or pieces to fill your container.
  2. The faux bulbs come with a stake at the base of the bulb that is easily placed into the foam.
  3. Cover the bulbs with moss.
  4. Enjoy!

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See, super easy with a great refreshing result! It maybe a bit obvious that I am anxious for the beauty and new life that comes with Spring!!♥

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As we live with bare trees and brown dormant grass for a few more weeks, I am going to be enjoying some fun refreshing greenery inside. Oh, I did see some robins in our trees a couple weeks ago. 🌳 Spring will be here before we know it. ♥

~Keep Imagining~

Dawn

**I was not compensated in any way for this post. All opinions are mine and I am just happy to share about products that bring me joy and I always love passing along a great deal!


Genesis 8:22 (NIV)

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”   So thankful for God’s promises and the amazingly beautiful earth that he has provided for us!

For those of us dear souls who have embarked on a restrictive diet in the name of health, whether it be sugar free, low carb, a Candida diet, ketogenic, etc., you know what I mean when I say, “I just want to have a tasty moist fluffy muffin to sink my teeth into!”  The freshly baked muffins at the grocery store often seem to jeer within their display cases saying, “neener neener,” making them all the more tempting. Oh how life can be so unfair sometimes…

So lets say that you are one of those people who would like to find a good chocolate muffin recipe that is moist and satisfying without all the sugar, unhealthy fats, and grains. I can absolutely relate! Many paleo muffin recipes have been tested in our kitchen without success, as they were either too dry, too dense, lacking in flavor, or a complete fail. But here is the good news, my recipe testing has lead me to creating this amazing chocolate banana muffin recipe that will not disappoint! So let me tell you a little about it and why I chose to incorporate specific ingredients.

For starters, the base of the muffins needed to be something that would retain its moisture after baking, while not leading to a mushy mess. Bananas and coconut oil are a great choice. Bananas naturally will lead to a tender product due to their water content and will add natural sweetness; a one-two punch! 😊 Next, I chose to use coconut oil over butter because muffins that use oil tend to be more moist than those that use butter as the base. Moving on to the sweetener, I chose to use birch xylitol because it provides the desired sweetness without feeding bad bacteria in the gut. Sweeteners are controversial in most diets, but sweetness is a major part of many recipes. It becomes a balancing act to find the sweetener that works for you and your diet. You can read more about the benefits and drawbacks of birch xylitol here.

A couple things to consider before using xylitol:

  1. It is poisonous to dogs and cats, so keep it out of their reach!
  2. If you are someone with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), irritable bowel disease, Crohn’s, small bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), or malabsorption, xylitol is probably not the best option. Xylitol is composed of fermentable carbohydrates that can lead to worse symptoms for people with gut dysfunction.
  3. Xylitol should be consumed in relatively small quantities.
  4. Birch xylitol is superior to xylitol made from corn, which has the possibility of being contaminated with GMOs and chemicals from the extraction process. Here is the brand I recommend.

Now let’s move on to the dry ingredients. This is where grain free recipes can get tricky. The goal is to produce a product with a texture similar to its gluten-containing counterparts, which is no easy task! Oh how I miss gluten some days! With some trial and error I have figured out that if a recipe calls for large amounts of coconut flour, odds are that the baked good will be dense and suck all of the saliva from your mouth… Not what I would like to happen when I’m trying to enjoy a treat! I’m smiling as I write this because I can remember my dad tasting some of my more disastrous creations and trying to not laugh, choke, or spit out the muffin I had made. 😬 Poor Daddy!    On the bright side, I now can produce a muffin that won’t leave my family with a dry mouth! The key is to use more almond flour than coconut flour, but just enough coconut flour to absorb some of the excess liquid in the recipe. If there is someone in your family who is allergic to almonds, cassava flour or tiger nut flour would make a great substitute.

Lastly, what makes this recipe so special is the use of sour cream. Our family has the holy grail of banana bread recipes (that I will be sharing in the near future) which has sour cream in it. I think that it is the sour cream that takes that recipe over the top, so why not incorporate it here?

I hope that you enjoy this grain free muffin recipe as much as my family does! Happy baking!

Moist Paleo Chocolate Banana Muffins (click on the title for a printable recipe)

Prep Time: 15 minutes Prep Time; 18 minutes Cook Time; 33 minutes Total

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium super ripe bananas, mashed with a fork (if frozen, defrost in microwave)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup xylitol (preferably birch xylitol, not corn)
  • 2 organic eggs, room temperature (if eggs are cold, run them under warm water for a minute to bring to room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup organic cocoa powder
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup organic sour cream, room temperature
  • optional: 1/4 cup paleo friendly chocolate chips (Enjoy Life, Lilly’s, Bulletproof)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin tin with twelve muffin liners.
  2. In a large glass bowl, mash the bananas until most of the lumps are gone (if bananas are frozen, microwave for 30 seconds before).
  3. In a small glass bowl, melt the coconut oil until completely melted and clear. Pour into the large bowl with the bananas. Stir with a spoon.
  4. Add the xylitol to the large bowl and mix.
  5. Crack two eggs, that are at room temperature, into the large bowl and mix.
  6. Add vanilla extract and stir.
  7. In a medium bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together until no clumps remain.
  8. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl with the wet ingredients and mix well (do not worry about over-mixing because there is no gluten in this recipe).
  9. Mix in the sour cream until combined and add in chocolate chips, if desired.
  10. Bake for 18 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. If using chocolate chips, be careful not to confuse the melted chocolate with underdone batter.
  11. Cool the muffins in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove the muffins from the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  12. Place into an airtight container and store in the fridge up to five days, or in the freezer up to two months.
  13. Enjoy~ We love them slightly warmed in the microwave!
  • Jo Lee - February 7, 2017 - 7:58 PM

    These look delicious. What could I use in place of Xylitol?ReplyCancel

    • Dawn - February 11, 2017 - 4:13 PM

      They are yummy!! You could use coconut sugar or regular sugar- both would be they same proportion. Let us know how they turn out with a different sugar. 🙂ReplyCancel