Wednesday, March 13, 2013


This is what my life sometimes often looks like.

I come home stressed and flustered (usually for no reason other than that I'm dramatic). Josh does something nice for me. And then I realize how silly I was being and make him hug me. He is the best. 

Oh look, it's a perfect example of Josh being a dream. The other night he brought me my favorite things in the world:
1. CFDC (caffeine free diet coke)
2. Panera!!!!! (my favorite meal of all time is Panera's chicken noodle soup with a French baguette. and an extra French baguette. whoops.)
3. Sweets and chocolate (this time in the form of ice cream. YESSS!)

What you can't see in this picture is that I'm about to shove my face! It was delicious. It's the little things that can sometimes just brighten the day.

Since we were in the kitchen and Josh still had one more day on the 30 Day Paleo Challenge - (I know I know, the update will be posted tonight when I get home from work. It's a goodie so prepare yourselves!) - so we decided to make some paleo sweets.

First Josh was pumped about making Paleo kit kat bars from this recipe at Autoimmune and You. It's a great resource.

(Note: It looks like this website no longer works... here are the ingredients!
1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
¼ cup water
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. strawberry puree (optional)
1/3 cup coconut flour

Strawberry Puree (optional)
2 strawberries
1 medjool date

Chocolate Covering:
½ cup Enjoylife chocolate chips
1 tbsp. coconut oil (solid))

We started out with the dough. Let me just say that I don't have a rolling pin at my apartment. But luckily I did have a bottle of wine for Josh to use. hah!

Between the kit kat bars and our second recipe we used almost a whole jar of this. DO NOT read how many calories that is. But don't worry, it's good for you and we were eating these snacks over time. :)

The second treat we whipped up was the Paleo Sticky Buns I had made before. I really think they are the best Paleo dessert I've made. I love them and will continue to eat them as part of my healthy diet.

These little guys are blurry but I just wanted to show you how the cooking session digressed...

This time I rolled the dough into balls with my hands and then placed them in the cupcake cups. I found it kept the dough together much better and they still cooked the same way!

All done! Now time to top them with the 'caramel' sauce. Swoon.

Ok back to the kit kat bars. I am realizing that this is a long food post. If you're bored, read this and then come back to me... because let me tell you, this recipe is just getting good!

If this dough looks a little burned to you, it is. But it was still delicious. The trick we ran into was that the dough in the middle wasn't done but the outside was burning. I think this was because the outside edges were thinner. Try to get the dough as evenly distributed as possible.

I was in charge of taking them off of the baking sheet VERY carefully. Some of them cracked so I just put both halves onto the wax paper to begin the magic.

COAT THEM IN CHOCOLATE!!!!! So freaking amazing.

Hello little guy. You look like a piece of heaven.

We put the wax paper back on the cooled cookie sheet and stuck them in the freezer to let them harden. They were just as amazing as they look and the crunch of the cookie inside was perfect. Paleo success. And no eggs! Amazing.

I mean right!?!?! They are delicious!

Also, sorry I'm not wearing make-up. I don't really believe it's necessary when baking in one's own kitchen. And licking chocolate off of your fingers. And spoons. And bowls.

P.S. Just because I love you all, look here for a swoon-worthy treat. Sorry I couldn't resist. haha.  HAPPY WEDNESDAY!


  1. Oh Panera, I love you!

    I really enjoyed your post yesterday. Your post gave an bit more of an insight about who you are and I love it. I feel the same way too sometimes, you're not alone. Even at my old age now (don't tell you the exact number) I feel like I need to change my career path though I love what I do. But change is so scary. I am not sure if those feelings ever go completely away. We need to meet for Happy Hour and talk girl!

  2. how long do you cook the dough and what degree?

  3. Hi Susan!

    I actually burned mine a bit. I would cook it at 350 degrees and check it every 5 minutes. It will start to burn fast! But you'll know it's done when it's golden on top and slightly firm to the touch.


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