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I discovered this recipe off the King Arthur flour website and fell in love. It reminds me of a melt in your mouth cinnamon and sugar muffin I used to make for brunch about a decade ago in Chicago.

Good memories.

I tried to recreate that very muffin by under cooking it. I came VERY close to recreating them and they may just be better than original inspiration.

What are you waiting for, make these and let me know what you think!

Click here for 3 ingredient dinners, broccoli salad, chickpea dinner (my kids love) and Amy’s pancake we make on weekends.

Buttery Snickerdoodles

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
                3/4 cup granulated sugar
                1 large egg
                1 teaspoon baking powder
                1/2 teaspoon salt
                1 1/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour or King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

              2 tablespoons sugar
                1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, to taste

               

                To make the cookies:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
                Beat together the butter and sugar until smooth.
                Add the egg, beating until smooth.
                Beat in the salt, and baking powder.

  • Add the flour, mixing until totally incorporated.
  • To make the coating: Shake together the sugar and cinnamon in a medium-sized zip-top plastic bag.
  • Drop small (1″-diameter) balls of dough into the bag; a teaspoon cookie scoop works well here. Roll/toss the cookies in the cinnamon sugar until they’re completely coated.
  • Space the cookies at least 1 1/2″ apart on the prepared baking sheets. Use a flat-bottom glass to flatten them to about 3/8″ thick; they’ll be about 1 1/2″ in diameter.
  • Bake the cookies for 8 minutes (for soft cookies) to 10 minutes (for crunchier cookies). 

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Every morning we make pancakes! I use coconut oil to grease the pan and love all my kitchen gear especially my All Clad pots and pans – on sale!

Below is my recipe for maple flavored syrup for the kids, and cheaper than maple syrup.


1 cup water

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon maple flavored extract

Bring the water, white sugar, and brown sugar to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and stir in the maple extract; simmer 3 minutes longer. I love this recipe, let me know if you try it! My shop page is open 24/7! Happy Weekend!

I was searching the internet for a MAYO FREE broccoli salad. . .

My dad hates mayonnaise after getting sick about 20 years ago. Honestly, after he told me how he got sick, I started to hate mayonnaise too. The story goes, he ate a fast food burger and apparently the mayonnaise they used was not fresh. He was sick for days after and hasn’t had mayo since. I’m pretty excited that my search for the BEST mayo-free broccoli salad has ended. This recipe is adapted from this site. Here’s to trying new things. Hope you enjoy!

Note: I tripled this recipe for 9 people.

1 pound of broccoli (I like it chopped as small as you can chop it)

1/2 cup (salted) sunflower seeds

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1/3 cup dried cranberries (optional) I left this out, but it is a pretty pop of color!

For the dressing

1/3 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon honey

one medium clove of garlic minced

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Get two bowls out, one large bowl and one small one. In the large bowl, add sunflowers, chopped broccoli, onion, cheese and cranberries. In a smaller bowl, combine the dressing ingredients: oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, garlic and salt. Whisk until the mixture is well blended. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir until all the broccoli is lightly covered in dressing. If you have any self-control, marinate 20 minutes or even overnight in the fridge. 
5. Divide salad into individual bowls and serve. Leftovers will keep up to for 3 to 4 days in fridge, covered.

Cookie + kate suggests:

MAKE IT VEGAN: omit the cheese,

MAKE IT DAIRY FREE: omit the cheese, use maple syrup instead of honey

MAKE IT NUT FREE: use sunflower seeds instead of almonds

Let me know what you think? I think this will be a new favorite recipe in our house. Is it addictive? You betcha! The whole bowl was gone tonight! Bonus, it travels well if you need a yummy picnic food. Check out more of my recipes like blueberry muffins and puffed pancakes or search “foodie friday” on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

xx Shalice

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White dress // AMOR brooch // Tan dress

Tie dye lounge set under $60 // Tan Tunic – my reader bestseller // White tank

shorts // top (runs big) // 12.99 and 9.99 respectably!

Tank ($33) // Pants ($45)

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Mango Sale Favorites

Mango is having 30% off right now for Mother’s Day. I love Mango and you have seen me wear a lot of their classics like this knit cardigan. Maybe too often, ha! I rounded up some of my favorites below. Click the image to buy!

Black heels // Bow Flats // Cowboy boots and these ankle boots

Clutch (I prefer the black) // Earrings // Polka dot blouse

Knit cardigan // Pink cardigan // White dress

2 Days Till Mother’s Day

Use code shalicenoel for 15% off your CBD order 😉 I take their gels daily! Check out their mother’s day box with everything for an amazing bath spa night!

I was telling one of my readers, its been SO hard to get blog posts out lately with a toddler, homeschooling 4 kids, and a husband at home. Our mornings start with “whats for breakfast,” than I find myself cleaning up pancake batter everywhere, feeding Levi, stepping on pancakes on the floor, asking the kids if they did their English homework, etc. Than we do math and history etc. I make lunch, we clean up, I do some work, prep dinner, clean up go for a walk, watch an episode of The Middle, clean up, wash face, and hit the sack! All that to say, its been busier than ever. While you my reader is busier than ever, stores everywhere like Nordstrom are having crazy sales.

The FITNESS MOM

The GARDENING MOM

The HOMEBODY

The FASHIONISTA

The BEAUTY LOVER

Sales around the web: Elemis mothers Day event: Code RSMD20 20% off full prices through 5/10.

Friday Notes

by Shalice Noel

leopard top // sneakers // camisole ($25!) // faux leather leggings // bag

These pink birkenstock like sandals are back in stock!

This is the book we’ve been reading to the kids at night. The stories are so inspirational and encourage great conversation.

Do I use mascara primer, and should you use it too? Yes! Ever since I stopped getting lash extensions, I’ve been using lash boosters, taking biotin and collagen (to grow hair) and trying to get my lashes to look longer. I tell you, it’s hard being a girl sometimes.

I have $100 gift card from Nordstrom, how should I use it? See below some goodies I rounded up from the NSALE. My advice is, stock up on neutral layers that will stand the test of time and many trends. For example, a cute trench coat.

I’ve been making TWIX bars all week, just ask my kids. We ate them till our stomach hurt. GFDF! Now, I can’t wait to make these paleo pancakes. YUM!

My best friend is in Paris, I can’t help but wish I was there with her, booking the next table at the amazing cafe: Les Deux Margots.

I love this jelly peel. It literally makes your dead skin come off!

I’m day 3 using Biotin gummies for hair. So yum. Now, I need to hide them from Reid.

This is the color safe shampoo and conditioner I’ve been loving

Have you tried makeup melt? It’s clean beauty and so good. That’s it for now. The kids have VBS this weekend, yay! As for me, I’ll be running around DTLA beating the heat in a lightweight nursing friendly dress working on a fun project to come. What are you up to?

red hat // gray poncho // spanx faux leather leggings and moto version here 30% off // sneakers (these fit TTS)

teddy coat similar // sweater dress (I’m wearing a small) // tall boots

Ahh it’s my favorite day of the week, F R I D A Y! We are headed to Lake Arrowhead to enjoy the weekend, but first these moto leggings are on sale, and we’re making our weekend favorite puffed pancakes. Below are some favorites from hair accessories to swim suits for an upcoming trip to Mexico. Which are your favorites?

Tags: Poncho, What to wear, Teddy Coat,

Airport Style

by Shalice Noel
1. Tee
3. Cardigan (this cardi is like a hug)

4. Summer Fridays Mask

5. Joggers (I wore a small)

Whether you’re heading East or West Home, or staying in, you won’t be able to pass up these tried and true basics that work for airport style or pancake duty. I used these sunglasses while we were traveling since they actually stayed on my head during airport security with 7 people! I also love this face spray that comes in a travel friendly size to lock in the moisture. To fight dehydration, using a maskduring the flight is a must. As for luggage, we had the boys share a carryon bag from AWAY and the girls shared a carryon AWAY bag. This eliminated too many bags and avoided silly bag fees. More gift guides to prepare you for the holidays and forthcoming info on our family in Kauai. Stay tuned!

 

How I’m Changing the Way Our Family Eats

I’ve been giving some serious thought recently to the way my family eats. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always tried to make sure we eat a pretty balanced diet, but being pregnant, I was thinking about things I could do to stay even healthier until the baby is born (and after, of course).

It all kind of started when I enjoyed a Q & A with Kelly LaVeque, author of Body Love. I asked myself these questions about making changes to our diet, “How would it practically look?” and “Will my kids eat it?” Because sometimes it’s easier to plan and imagine how your family eats compared to actually implementing the change. But I’ve recently learned a lot about protein and fats and eating to sustain and turning off the hunger signals with the right ration of protein and fiber. This is great information, but how does this look with kids? You moms out there definitely know what I mean. I figured I just had to start making the changes and see which ones my kids were most receptive to.

So, on a recent trip to Whole Foods, I put bok choy, kale, seed crackers, and yes, birthday cake into my cart. Because it’s all about balance, right? I want these changes to be sustainable, and cutting out all the foods my kids (ok, and me) enjoy definitely wouldn’t last long. I replaced the pretzels I’d usually buy with seed crackers and hummus or avocado, or I’ll make the Fab Four smoothie from Kelly’s book for snacks. Below is the “formula” for the smoothie:

#FAB4Smoothie: Protein (20g minimum) + Fiber (10g minimum) + 1 Tbsp. Fat + Handful Greens + 1/4 Cup Fruit + Superfoods + Liquid

I also learned about the adverse affects of heating up specific oils from the book, so I’m now making sure to use oils with a high smoke point like avocado oil or ghee, but I’m still using grape seed and olive oil for salads and dressings. What was especially helpful, though, was when I asked Kelly about my 8 year old who has daily sugar crashes. She advised I get her off the pancakes and syrup she loves and give her a vital farms egg, seed crackers with hummus or avocado, and the fab four smoothie. Kelly also suggested simply educating our daughter (and all of our kids) so she knows how to make these healthy choices on her own when she’s not eating at home.

Anyway, while we still have a ways to go, we’ve definitely made some positive changes that I’m really excited about. If you’re curious, here are some products I started using in my kitchen to nourish my family.

Vital farms eggs

Jillz crackers 

Avocado oil 

Cold press olive oil 

Primal kitchen collagen

Santa Cruz peanut butter 

Trader Joe’s Valencia Organic peanut butter 

What are some healthy changes you’re making or want to make in your life?

jumpsuit // heels similar // straw hat // his shirt similar // Photography by Felicia Lasala

After I had kids, I became a HUGE fan of holidays. When I learned today was President’s Day and no school, I felt like dancing in streets! We had a busy weekend of Reid taking the younger three kids to the Lake and I had the eldest here in LA. Fun but tiring! I can’t wait to eat pancakes in leisure without rushing, have plenty of time to wipe the syrup off the table, and sip my coffee. Speaking of sipping coffee, sit tight, pour another cup and check out some can’t-miss-sales from around the web!

NORDSTROM select styles on sale from $30 boots to discounted duffel bag

JCREW 40% off here are some of my favorites!

ANTHROPOLOGIE 40% off sale!

WESTELM 20% off with code PRESDAY

 As a reminder, my SHOP PAGE is always open, 24/7, and I’m recently pinning a lot for cabin inspo!

Happy Monday!

A-Frame Before Pictures

by Shalice Noel

Today, I’m sharing something a little different than fashion, the BEFORE and design plans for our A-Frame Cabin. A lot of you requested to see more so here it is as promised! We were there last weekend, and we were more than ever itching to get this cabin in working order! I’m already planning our long weekends there with slow pancake breakfasts, day hikes, and evening fire with s’mores. Read on!

The A-Frame is historically known as one of the most economical structures to build, which is why the shape has become popular for country retreats.  We’ve been eyeing the quaint but dramatic structures for a year now.  The one we ended up purchasing had everything on our list, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, loft and floor to ceiling glass.

The day we went under contract Reid and I started visioning the vibe we wanted for the space.  Other than the updated bathrooms, the interior really hasn’t been touched since 1969.  While we love to keep the design true to its’ history, that means different things to different people.  To Reid, this means keeping the authentic dark wood paneling and knotty pine ceiling.  I on the other hand, see white on white on white on white ….  Reid says the painted white stone fireplace would look like a marsh mellow.  Once my hair guy said not to paint the stone, then I agreed with Reid.  As the design unfolds, you’ll notice how we compromise.  Our intent is to design a space that brings LA glam to LA (Lake Arrowhead) retreat. The design will provide vertical wall space for artwork, move the kitchen into the sanctuary space of the living room and create amenities that will bring the families together.  If I could, I would wallpaper the walls in that overly chunky thick, knitted blanket that is everywhere on Instagram these days.

Stay engaged as we pour out our design process, kick into demolition and refresh this tired A-Frame back to its A GAME. Read more about our purchase here. What do you think?

XOXO friends

Shalice

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