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Spring Break Has Sprung…

We left school Friday afternoon with smiles on our faces.

Spring break has sprung…

We headed to straight to  Cherry Berry.  It’s a self-serve frozen yogurt bar. 

We weren’t the only ones who wanted to kick off spring break with frozen yogurt.

You fill a cup with your choice of frozen yogurt (they have a dozen different kinds) and add as many toppings as you like.  They have things such as nuts, crushed graham crackers, m&m’s, marshmallows, oreo cookies, coconut, chocolate chips, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi and so much more.

You have to be careful because they charge you by the ounce.  After you fill your cup with goodness, you place your cup on a scale and pay 39 cents per ounce.

I was hoping that they would offer a dairy free option.  There was a poster on the wall that listed several sorbets that Cherry Berry offered, but this location had none.  I asked one of the employees about it and they said they will be receiving “valencia orange sorbet” on March 20th.  (Which by the way, has 90 calories, 0 g fat, 22 g carbs, 0 g protein)Yea!

So I filled my cup with blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, coconut and walnuts.  Yum!

My kids filled theirs with the usual “kid favorites.”

Happy kids…

Empty Bowls!

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A Kind Tulsan

My 6-year-old son was needing some new athletic shoes, so I took him Sunday and bought him a great pair of Nike’s.

He was so happy (it’s funny how new shoes make people of all ages a little happier.)  Sunday evening when he was wearing them around the house I noticed that he was limping.  I asked him why and he said his ankle was hurting.  His shoe was rubbing against that little bone on the outside of your ankle, (I’m not sure what it’s called.)  So, I planed to go on Monday after school to Trippets, a great little Tulsa shoe store and buy him a new pair.

While we were in the store, the nicest gentleman helped us.  He was somewhat older and had the best sense of humor.  It was obvious that he loved his job.  So, as I was looking around I told him about the shoes that hurt my son’s feet.  He went to the back and came back with a small heel shaped pad.  He said that sometimes you can put these under the shoe insert at the heel and it will slightly lift the heel which alleviates the pressure on the ankle bone.

Brilliant!  I had never heard of such a thing.  I told him that I had the Nike shoes in my car because I was planning to return them and he asked me to bring them in.

REMEMBER:  I DIDN’T BUY THE SHOES AT HIS STORE, and he knew this.

He put in the insert, put the shoes on my son and voila!  Happy kid.  Happy mom.

I thought it was so nice of this man to help us out.  He wouldn’t even charge me for the inserts.  I wish I knew his name. 

Before leaving my daughter scored a new pair of sandals and I left feeling like I will now be a loyal shopper at Trippets.

The people here are another reason why…

Toasty house=toasted cereal

Today in Tulsa it looks like this…

Too cold to go out anywhere. I opted to stay inside where it’s nice and cozy and make homemade cereal. I adapted this recipe from Bendan Brazier’s book “Thrive.”

Toasted Apple Cinnamon Cereal

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Combine the following ingredients in a bowl.

1/2 apple, diced

 

 

1 cup oats

 

1/2 cup diced almonds

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup protein (I used Vega vanilla chai protein)

1/2 cup unhulled sesame seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground stevia leaf

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup hemp oil

1/4 cup molasses

2 tbsp apple juice (I used apple, kiwi & strawberry juice because I wasn’t paying close enough attention at the store!)

Mix all ingredients well.  Spread on a baking tray lightly coated with coconut oil. 

 Bake for 1 hour.  Let cool.  These can keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients:

1/2 apple, diced

1 cup oats

1/2 cup diced almonds

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup protein

1/2 cup unhulled sesame seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground stevia leaf

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup hemp oil

1/4 cup molasses

2 tbsp apple juice

DRUMROLL…

I thought it was delicious!  My kids and husband tried it and all three gave it a thumbs up!  This recipe required quite a few ingredients, but well worth it.

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