Healthy No Bake Granola Bars

Thursday, February 27, 2020

With a goal to eat better in 2020 I went on a search for a healthy glanoral recipe. I tried a few and made two version of this; in theory you can combine any nuts and seeds to make the recipe.

What you need:
140 grams or 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
60 grams or ½ cup walnuts roughly chopped
40 grams or 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
40 grams or 1/4 cup chia seeds
40 grams or 1/3 cup Goji berries
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
10 soft dates pitted
4 tablespoons honey, liquid (or maple syrup for a vegan version)
3 tablespoons liquid coconut oil
50 grams or 1/3 cup blueberries

How to make it:
Toast rolled oats, roughly chopped walnuts and pumpkin seeds in a dry pan over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
Mix them well with chia seeds, goji berries and cinnamon and set aside.
Blend pitted dates, maple syrup or honey and liquid coconut oil until smooth. Combine dry and liquid ingredients and add pomegranate seeds.
Line a 17 x 26 cm (6 x 10 inches) or similar size baking pan with parchment paper and gently spread the mixture evenly across bottom.
 Press it down very firmly using the base of a glass. Chill the mixture in the freezer for at least 40 minutes, better 60 minutes until firm.
Lift the parchment paper and adjust the shape of the edges to your liking. Put into 12 bars with a sharp knife. 

If you want to give them as gifts: Wrap each bar in a parchment paper strip and decorate with a stripped string. Enjoy!

Bosnian Coffee

Friday, February 21, 2020

I think you all now that I gave a problem and drink WAYYYY too much coffee. All coffee is not created equal and Bosnian coffee is my favorite.  One of my favorite things about going back to Bosnia is all the amazing coffee I get to drink.

Bosnian coffee is often compared to Turkish coffee, is made and served in a džezva and brought over with ceramic cup (findzan), a dish full of sugar cubes and a rahat lokum. However for us that have a coffee addiction we drink the coffee with milk in the biggest cup available.

Bosnian coffee stars by adding boiling water to a džezva on the stove. 
(You can boil water in a džezva,  it's really up to you)
After coming to a boil, add sugar (if you like your coffee sweet) to the water, than add coffee  to the džezva and put back on the gas stove for a few seconds, allowing the liquid to boil yet again and create a thick foam.
If you are making coffee in a big džezva, spoon out some foam into each coffee cup before pouring coffee in it.

Easy Ways to Keep Yourself Accountable

Thursday, February 20, 2020

I have said to myself: 2020 is going to be your year. Every January most us make a commitment to ourselves to be the healthiest, happiest, and best us we can be this year! Sounds like a something a lot of us have said, doesn’t it? By time May rolls around many of fall of the best self-wagon, I know I sure did. Over years I have learned that it all comes down to accountability and have committed to start and learn to hold myself accountable to reach my goals and just because life got busy, or because self-doubt creeps in that I don’t quit. In March I set off to do some research, use April to see what would work (and what totally was one of those tips that didn’t do sh*t all for me) and landed on these things that have made a world of difference.

Here are some ways to how to hold yourself accountable:

Write it down and display it.
This is one common thing that everyone will tell you when they talk about accountability. Write your goals down, and I mean physically write down, not type on your phone/computer. There is something powerful having your goal written out, it has even more power when you have it somewhere where it serves as a reminder. I wrote my goals on a legal size of paper and stuck in on my closet door. Every morning I get dressed I see it. Vision boards, sticky notes on mirrors, word boards - whichever way you want to do it but have your goals be visible because there is no point of setting a goal you wont revisit, see or do anything about.

Make a detailed plan.
Goal without a plan is just a wish. It's amazing you want to be the best and most awesome you ever but unless you have some magical power (if you do, please call me!) to will your goals and achieve them you are gonna need a plan. And at that, not any plan, a well thought out detailed plan. If you don't know how to achieve your goal, read, research, listen to podcast till you can come up with a plan. For each of my goals I made a plan, typed it up on word, and than set follow up on each thing in that plan.

Plan for your goals and think of them like you’re scheduling an appointment or an important meeting.
This might be the most important appointment and one you want to keep. Weather is getting yourself to the gym, cooking dinners vs. going out, or whatever it might be, schedule an appointment with yourself. We keep so many appointments, weather for work or doctors’ appointments, so why not approach something as important and you and your goals the same. One of my 2019 to get my butt back in shape – so I book appointments on my calendar every day, set reminders twice for each of them. Yes, I'm human and I ignore some of those but more often than not, I work out. Because I set those as reoccurring appointments, I actually make other appointments around it. If you are not gonna put your goals first, believe me no one else will.

Reward yourself for reaching small goals.
For every goal you set – set sub goals within that goal. A lot of goals we set for ourselves are a long game, the results aren’t instant, they take time and it's hard to keep motivated knowing those things. By setting smaller goals within your big, ultimate end goal you are more likely to keep at it and keep going. I wanted to grow my Instagram, my goal was to hit 50K followers by year end but instead getting discouraged when things didn’t work (or because Instagram algorithm is killing me) I set a goal within that that would help me reach my year end goal. I started out by growing my following by 1% a month. I created a spreadsheet, and assigned first couple months ideas of how I was going to achieve that. Each 15th of the month I set an appointment with myself and review what work what didn’t – and celebrate things that went well.

How do you stay accountable?

OOTD - Teddy Cardigan and Green Dress

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Who doesn’t love a cozy sweater  for cold day?  Pair it with boots and a simple dress for the perfect day to night look.  This dress is simple and easy to wear – and I love that this olive green color will work in Spring too.  If you haven’t bought a new pair of black mid length boots yet for fall – I absolutely love these sock boots from Nasty Gal.

boots: Nasty Gal
Sweater: Nordstrom
dress: Shein
purse: Le Chateau 

TV Shows I Am Loving

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Locke & Key- This show is so good, I am not ashamed to say I binged watched it in about 3 days. It's Fantasy, mixed with drama and a touch of horror. To be honest it only took me 3 days to watch because I couldn't watch it at night or alone. I don't do well with horror but this show was so good I had to watch the premise is interesting. Three siblings move into their father's ancestral home and find magically keys that have amazing capabilities obviously there are evil forces after them. It's so good you have to watch it.
Goliath- This isn't a new show but I have a hard time finding shows that both my husband and I can watch together because he thinks everything is boring and dumb. I was scrolling through Amazon and watched the trailer for this show and it looked like something we would both like, and I was right. It's about a disgraced lawyer who takes on a case where his opponent is his old law firm, a law firm which he helped build. I'm on season one and i'm so happy there are four because I am so interested to see what happens next. 
The Circle- Okay so we all know I love a good reality show, i'm a sucker for it. I saw this on Netflix and it kept calling to me so I had to watch. It's a social media experiment, players are separated into apartments and never meet. Their only form of communication is a social media app called "The Circle" it's basically a blind popularity contest. Just watch it you have to.  
Sex Education- This show kind of confuses me what time period are we in? I mean the clothes look 80s but they all have modern technology aka smartphones. Besides that I think this show is pretty good. I mean not at all like my high school experience but i'm sure that's how others was. Anyway, it's pretty good a young high school student with a sex therapist for a mom teams up with a fellow classmate to dole out sex advice.
Fleabag- At first I didn't like this show but the more I watched the more I liked it, it's funny and I don't know messed up but the more I watched the more I laughed. I ended up flying through the second season. It's about a woman navigating through life in London after a tragedy. 

What are you watching? What should I watch next?

OOTD - Yellow Jacket

Monday, February 17, 2020

I love a statement blazer or a jacket, they add so much life and diversity to any closet. A good statement blazer is so chic. I picked this jacket up because its longer and I love the colors, its something I can wear all year round. Its easy to wear with your favorite pair of jeans, a t-shirt or over a pencil skirt and stilettos or if you are feeling daring and sexy wear a statement blazer with no shirt with your favorite statement jewelry. Today I paired it up for a more casual look.

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jacket: Simons
denim: Levis
shoes: Tommy Hilfiger
shirt: J Crew
purse: Marshalls

4 Great Ways To Improve Your Cooking Skills

Friday, February 14, 2020

If you love to cook, but you feel that you might benefit from improving your skills somewhat, then you are not alone. As it happens, there are many things that you might be able to do in order to ensure that you are going to get better at cooking, and it might be easier than you think to do so. As long as you are keen and dedicated to improving, following any of these steps is bound to help you out in some way or another. Let’s take a look at some great ways in which you can hope to improve your cooking skills today.

Try Out Different Cuisines
One of the best ways that you can improve your cooking skills is by trying to cook a range of different cuisines. There are plenty to choose from, and if you find - like most people - that you often end up going for pretty much the same ones, then you should think about widening your options a little. Whether that means trying your hand at a simple bok choy noodle stir fry or whether it’s a case of finally learning how to make pasta from scratch, you can be sure that this will help you to improve your skills greatly.

Take A Course
If you are really serious about getting better in the kitchen, then you might want to think about taking a cookery course in your local area. There are bound to be plenty of these that cater to the beginner or intermediate level home cook, and you will find that it is a great way to give your basic cooking skills a little something extra at the same time. What’s more, you will likely be able to have a chance to meet like-minded people and make it a social thing, so that’s something to think about too.

Watch Cooking Shows
You will be surprised how much you can learn from cooking shows. Chances are, you already watch them a little at least, but the more that you do so - and the more actively you watch them, in order to actually pick up tips and so on - the more that you are going to improve your skills in the kitchen. You might also want to think about subscribing to a number of cookery channels on YouTube - there are a lot out there that any home cook can learn from, and it’s something you can have on in the kitchen and simply follow along.

Go To Restaurants

While you can’t go in the kitchen to watch it all happen, you can learn a lot about cooking great food just by going to good restaurants with interesting menus. You can get a better sense of what goes well with what, you can brush up on your presentation skills by looking at how they present dishes, and you can even hope to copy some meals if you think you can figure out how they were put together. All in all, it’s a great way to get some ideas for your own cooking.