I am so excited for spring to come! The last few days here have been very spring-like and sunny.
It is hard to believe that just a few days ago we had a foot of snow and today it has nearly all melted away into large puddles begging to be splashed in by little feet.
I also can’t believe how fast winter went by this year! Usually winter seems so dark and dreary and drags on forever, but this year I was so busy with my little baby, homeschooling and baking my afternoons away that it all just seems to have flew by.
I always get into a baking kick during the winter months. Always. It keeps me sane and we always love to cuddle up on the couch and share a plate of warm cookies together on dark winter nights. It is a tradition around here. Cinnamon buns are also enjoyed warm from the oven and we often have soup for supper with homemade bread.
Now that it is getting warmer out and the sun is shining brightly again, I can feel my urge to bake dwindling away as I gravitate once again toward more fresh produce. During the summer months we always love to eat tons of fruit. Blueberries, strawberries, cherries and watermelon are our favorites. We spend every moment we can outside walking, at the park or at the beach or even just sitting under our big willow tree reading books. I can’t wait to enjoy this summer with our little Serafina.
I also can’t wait to plant a garden again! 🙂
Last year we planted out first ever vegetable garden and it was fantastic to have fresh vegetables right outside our window.
It was also so great for the girls to get involved and see where our food comes from.
This year I am once again looking forward to beans, corn, carrots, peas (for pea smiles) and lettuce.
I also want tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, peppers, onions and garlic too. We are also going to maybe try a strawberry patch for the girls as well, since they love strawberries and are the two biggest Strawberry Shortcake fans.
Since it is not officially spring yet, I am in between baking and not baking. Today I came up with a healthy recipe for No Bake Almond Cranberry Oat Bites to ease myself out of my baking habit and still satisfy my sweet tooth.
No-Bake Almond Cranberry Oat Bites
Makes 10 bites
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup chopped almonds
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1/3 cup crunchy almond butter
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Combine the oats, flour, dried cranberries, chopped almonds and ground flax seed together in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add the almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla and mix until combined. You may have to get your hands in there to get everything thoroughly combined.
- Roll the mixture into balls a little smaller than a golf ball.This is easiest to do with wet hands.
- Store the balls in a container in the fridge.
I processed 1/2 cup whole roasted almonds in my food processor for a few seconds to create the chopped almonds. The chopped almonds add a nice crunch to these bites.
We actually ate all of these already and so I just made more to have for tomorrow. They are so yummy and really energizing.
Today I went for two walks. One in the morning with just the girls and it poured rain on us. When we got in we had to have a warm bath and put all of our clothes in the dryer. We spent the afternoon watching BBC Life documentaries cuddled under blankets waiting for the rain to go away.
My second walk was this evening with my hubby and the kids. It was sunny and dry and absolutely beautiful! I am so grateful for those moments we get to spend together and talk. It is pretty much the only time that we get ‘together’ since we are always surrounded by children and one is always crying about something. I am glad that we both care about our health and enjoy eating healthy and exercising, it makes for a happier home for sure!
Have a good night! 🙂
We’re both feeling the Fever ;-)! I got outside into my flower beds yesterday – wonderful! But back to baking today. Hey, we gotta have bread, right??
I was wondering: where do you live? It looks like Maine perhaps? Ps. I love your blog. It is inspiring to try and live a more holistic life with my family, where appreciation is the key ingredient. Thanks. also your recipes are nice and we usually are able to whip up one at least once a week. you’ve encouraged me to get my girls together in the kitchen to make them where before I was stressed out with my fear and control issues. Jenn
Nope, we are in good ol Manitoba Canada. We get pretty intense winters, but it makes spring and summer that much more exciting! Thanks for your comment Jenn! 🙂
Spring is in the air. The geese returned today! It’s hard to believe that just a few days ago we were 23 degrees colder than today.
Those cranberry almond oat balls look really good. I will have to try them.
Made the cranberry almond oat balls ( but I’ve been referring to them as cranberry balls around here, sounds much less appetizing than your description). Anyways, made em first thing this morning and they did NOT dissapoint! I doubled the batch, gave some to a new mommy down the street, and ate the rest! Sooo good! Thanks! I will be making these all the time!
Yay! I just made a variation on them that I will be posting soon! They are so delicious! Glad that you liked them! 🙂
You must live up north because where I live we barely saw winter. As far as snow we only saw a few flurries. Not that their weren’t cold days, because we got some of those. Now we been getting some days near 80 degrees. It’s good you’re kids are learning how to be gardeners. With your own garden at least you can be sure they are grown without chemicals, and getting them straight from your garden they have more vitamins verses ones that come from different places and brought to the market. I wish I can plant a garden but since I live in the city and have to worry about rats, local stray cats, and nieghbors that might not be so nice, I can’t. I can always look forward to the farmers markets that will be opening soon.
Yep, we are pretty far North, but this winter was very mild. We still got to go out walking nearly everyday and got a lot less snow than normal. I love to know where my food came from, so having a garden is great for that reason.
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I made these almond cranberry no bake cookies this morning and they are delicious! I had never tried almond butter before and it really gives the cookies a different taste.
Thanks for your comment Trish! I am glad that you enjoyed the recipe. We love almond butter! 🙂