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Today has been a good day.

I first caught an early morning showing of Julie and Julia.

I love you, Meryl!

I love you, Meryl!

I have not read Julie Powell’s blog or book but the movie intrigued me anyway.  And I loved it.  Especially Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Julia Child (granted, that’s easy because I have a huge crush on the woman and adore her craft).  Julie and Julia was exactly the right kind of movie for me to watch at this time in my life.  I am definitely in the midst of figuring some shit out (I’ve been having some “what does the far off future look like” thoughts rattling around my mind this week; I’ll blog more on that another day).  And my new interest in food, cooking, and nutrition.

Julia Child cooked with real foods.  Whole foods.  The woman adored butter, for goodness sakes.  And, from the little that I know of her, it appeared she often bought her food fresh and local.  She lived until 91 years of age – and her husband lived until 94.  Even with all that “evil” butter.  Makes one go hmmmmm….

Mastering the Art of French Cooking is on my soon-to-be-Amazoned list, that’s for sure.  Plus I’d like to read Julie’s blog from start to finish.

After coming home I shopped at Trader Joe’s (although held off on many fruits/veggies because I plan to hit the local farmer’s market on Tuesday) and then the family (husband, Z, and moi) went out for a picnic.  We are avid picnickers.  And this was the first picnic where I did not chow down on the bread.  Bread is a staple at our picnics – we spread cheese and/or tapenade all over the suckers.  This time, though, I was breadless.

And I felt fine.

Good stuff.

Once Z was down for the night, I indulged in my new addiction and ordered yet another yoga practice from Yoga Download.  Hip Opening Flow #3.  It was a nice one (short and sweet).  My only issue was sometimes I was confused as to what to do (even with the print out) and they also forgot 2 asanas (Camel Pose and Child’s Pose) on the print out as well.  But those little blips were minor details and I will definitely do it again.

After the practice I treated myself to a big purchase.  My mat is very old (7-8 years?) and has been showing its age for a while.  I decided to upgrade and get one of the best mats out there.

Manduka BlackMatPRO

Manduka BlackMatPRO

It’ll be here in a few days and I am so stinkin’ excited!  Eeeeeee!

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Snow Truffles

Snow Truffles

While hanging out with 3 of my good mommy friends the other day (one is gluten/dairy/sugar-free, the other gluten/sugar-free, and the third is sugar-free only) we were discussing the truffle recipe I made and had shared with them (the recipe, not the actual goods).  One friend suggested that they could be rolled in shredded coconut as well and voila, Snow Truffles were born!

I made these last night with Z.  She helped put the ingredients into the food processor.  Then she got to watch her inept-in-the-kitchen mother deal with a huge cooking boo-boo.  Silly me did not remove the seeds from the date first! <insert head slap here>

So I ended up removing the entire mixture and going throw it very slowly, identifying the seeds vs the large walnut bits.  Quite the chore.  But, when all was said and done, it was worth it.  The Snow Truffles aren’t quite as rich as the regular ones but still very delicious.  They slightly remind me of those chocolate donuts covered in coconut.  Slightly. 😉

The original truffles recipe can be found here.  The only difference is that instead of the 1/3 cocoa for rolling I used just over 1/2 cup shredded coconut for the rolling.

And they’re sugar-free, too.

Yummyness.

Yummyness.

These were delish.  Heavier than gluteny pancakes and a tad sticky but very yummy.  I made them with blueberries and melted Kerrygold butter on top plus drizzled on some agave syrup.

Good eatin’.  Z agreed.

I wanted to try out 2 sugar and gluten-free treats today.  I also made a French Bread that was no where near gluten-free but I did make it with agave syrup instead of sugar.

The French Bread recipe I got from here and have made it a few times in the past.  All I did was substitute 1 T and 1 t of agave syrup for the sugar and use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.  Z helped me…

Z kneading the dough.

Z kneading the dough.

and the whole family enjoyed the bread straight out of the oven with some butter.  Yum.

We also made the most delicious Peanut Butter Pudding – so rich and creamy.  Seriously good stuff.  The only change I made was to use plain, full fat yogurt instead of nonfat vanilla.

And the other incredible goody I made today was these truffles.  TO DIE FOR.  Seriously, just so much yum.

Now here’s my shameful secret – I made it with my food processor that I have never used but have owned for 4 1/2 years.  Please don’t tell my mother (especially since she shelled out the dough for it AND it was a gift I asked for!).  I was seriously pretty scared of the thing.  Now that I have used it, I see how foolish that that feeling was.  But it’s true.

Popping the food processor cherry.

Popping the food processor cherry.

Truffled hands.

Truffled hands.

The goody goodness.

The goody goodness.

Finding these recipes and loving them really help me mentally.  I have not been lamenting over the loss of sugar too much but just knowing I can have a wonderful dessert that I think is divine is reassuring.

I tried agave syrup for the first time tonight.  I made the almond cookies with chocolate frosting and they were delish.   A bisquit-like cookie, with a mild sweetness paired with the rich, sweet frosting.  Yum!

Felt barely sluggish this morning and it was probably more due to going to bed a bit late and being a Mommy at 4 in the morning.  I would say the only “detox” feelings left are the cravings which are not that bad.  I wonder when they will pass.

Breakfast was the same as yesterday and I later had a cheese stick for a snack.  Lunch was delicious – chicken sausages from Trader Joe’s, cherries, and goat milk brie cheese.

Yumminess.

Yumminess.

I also made the Primal Choco-Nutty Treats but have yet to try them (its in the fridge).

Melting the CO and chocolate.

Melting the CO and chocolate.

The mix.

The mix.

All in one container to save room in fridge.

All in one container to save room in fridge.

I plan to try them tonight.  I am also thinking they may be interesting with thinly sliced (or small pieces of) dried fruit mixed in as well.

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