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Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread

I am a hypochondriac.

The first step is admitting it, right?


Literally every week I tell my husband I’ve got some sort of sickness/disease, and I’m 100% sure because at least 15 out of the 27 websites I checked said so. And let’s be honest, the doctors on those sites are LEGIT!

And then today, my daughter locked herself and the baby in one of our bedrooms so as I finally opened the door, she wam-bam slams the door right into my head.

Flashbacks of the movie Simon Burch went through my mind, because I’m pretty sure she hit my temple. I dropped to the floor dramatically as I sat silently holding my head. I waited a few minutes, only to hear my 3 year old laughing hysterically.

I survived. But barely.


This bread was the only thing that kept me from googling “what happens if I hit my head on the temple”, because we all know Youtube would pop up and THAT scene from Simon Burch would pop up, and then I would cry, and then I would call my husband and freak out, and then I would probably eat the whole loaf of bread in the corner of my closet watching the movie…crying.

Was that a run on sentence?


I didn’t google it thankfully, and I even shared this bread with the child that almost killed me. After all, that’s what any sensible person would do…


Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread
  • 3 c. flour, white whole wheat or unbleached white
  • 1½ c. pure cane sugar OR coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp. all spice
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 c. melted butter OR melted coconut oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c. pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ c. molasses
  • ⅓ c. water
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • 2 c. chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the oil/butter, eggs, pumpkin, molasses, water, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet to dry, and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Bake in 2 greased bread pans, and bake for 50-60 minutes. I usually cover the bread with a foil tent so the edges don't burn.
  6. OR, make 24-26 cupcakes and bake for 18-25 minutes, depending on the oven.




If you HAVE to google anything, google this bread. After all, the author is LEGIT!

White Bean and Chicken Soup

I know that I only have a few sentences to grab your attention, because let’s be honest. Reading blogs is all about visual. Pictures. Pictures. And Pictures.

So here goes nothing:

I had a dream that Christian Bale and I were eating soup on the set of Little Women, wearing old fashioned gowns. Not him. Me. I also carried a cute white umbrella over my should while he was wearing his batman suit.

Talk about fantasies right?

Long story short, we were eating this soup.

White Bean and Chicken Soup

Actually no. None of that happened. But I did watch Little Women this weekend and was reminded why I love find interest in Christian. (First name basis relationship, ya feel me.) I’m also married and love my husband. (Side note.) I beg him every day to grow his hair out longer and talk with a deep batman like voice and rent THE suit. He won’t do it.

Why? I don’t know. It’s football season, so he doesn’t really know what’s happening around him. Unless I show him a little ‘side nursing boob’, then pretty much I can get him to do anything I want.

Ahhh, marriage.

White Bean and Chicken Soup

So about this soup. It’s a chilly 70 degrees here in the desert, so of course our winter parkas have made their way back into our lives. I would say this is probably my favorite soup to date, mostly because it has a lot of my favorite, as well as my families favorite ingredients in it.

I guess you could say each ingredient holds a special place in each members heart, therefore creating the perfect family.

Now you really need to try it huh?

You see the white beans are for me, the chicken and the corn are my girls, and the green chilies and spices are my husband.

White Bean and Chicken Soup

I made Ambitious Kitchens Pumpkin Honey Cornbread Muffins to go along side, with a little honey butter, and BAM.

Perfect Sunday dinner.

All that’s missing was Christian…

White Bean and Chicken Soup

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White Bean and Chicken Soup
  • 2 TB. EVOO
  • ½ onion
  • 2 TB. chopped garlic
  • 3 TB. butter
  • 3 TB. flour
  • 1 c. milk mixed with 4 c. chicken broth
  • 2 cans cannelini beans, drain and rinse
  • 1 can navy beans, drain and rinse
  • 2 c. shredded chicken
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 1 c. frozen corn
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onions are cook on medium heat, while staring frequently. After a few minutes add the garlic.
  2. Cook until the onions are translucent, and then add the butter and melt it while continually mixing with a whisk.
  3. Next whisk in the flour. Whisk for about 1 minute, then mix in the milk and chicken broth.
  4. Then add in the chicken, chilies, corn, and seasonings.
  5. Let the soup cook for about 10-15 minutes on medium low heat.
  6. Eat immediately and enjoy!
  7. (Optional: You can whisk in a little greek yogurt to each serving to add creaminess. Make sure the soup isn't super hot, or else the yogurt will separate.You might have to adjust the seasonings.)


White Bean and Chicken Soup

Now, aren’t you glad you read that story? :)

Almond Butter Banana Bread (Coconut Flour + Almond Flour)

The word threenager is totally a thing. So is a man cold. So is exhaustion due to a teething baby.


These are just a few of the things that’s been going on in the Crazy People Household. (I wish I could have come up with something a little more clever than CPH, but rememeber…exhaustion.)

We also had our hot water heater break, followed by water damage and mold, followed by 15 loads of laundry, followed by..where was I? Oh that’s right! Exhaustion.


So banana bread huh? Yes. Because there are not enough banana bread recipes on Pinterest.

And because I’ve decided that if I post a ‘not so healthy recipe‘ of something, then I have to follow up with a healthy version of that same type of food. It’s ONLY fair. I haven’t thought of a clever name for this series just yet, but as soon as I’m not exhausted…

I’ll get right on that!




Grain Free Almond Butter Banana Bread (Coconut and Almond Flour)
  • 1 c. + 2TB. + 1 tsp. Almond Meal
  • ¾ c. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1¼-1⅓ c. mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
  • ⅔ almond butter
  • 2 TB. maple syrup, pure
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c. milk, or almond milk
  • 1 TB. chia seeds or ground flax
  • ¾ c. chocolate chips plus 2 TB. for topping
  1. In a bowl whisk together the dry ingredients, then set aside. (Not the chia seeds.)
  2. Ina separate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients. Gently mix together the wet and dry ingredients until incorporated.
  3. Then fold in the chocolate chips and chia seeds.
  4. In a greased bread pan, add the batter. Sprinkle the extra chocolate chips on top.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven about 45-55 minutes, depending on your oven!



The good news is my husband has fully healed, the laundry is done, the threenager is asleep, and the teething baby didn’t bite me while nursing tonight.

I’d call that a success if you ask me! :)

Happy Monday friends, have a great week!


Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies (Muffin Tops & Ice Cream Sandwiches)

Let me share with you the conversations that a household of girls might experience…

Healthier Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies (Muffin Tops)

Conversation between the 5 year old and 3 year old while getting ready for school in the bathroom:

5 year old: “Is Jack going to be at school today? Don’t you think he’s cute?! Is he your Boooooyyyyffrriiieennndd?!!!”

3 year old: “HE’S NOT MY BOYFRIEND! We are just friends! We are JUST FRIENDS!”

5 year old: “No, he’s your boyfriend. OOOOOHHH! You have a boyfriend! You have a boyfriend!”

3 year old:”(Inaudible screaming) Moooooooom! Tell Gia that Jack is just my friend. You can have boys and they can be friends, but not be boyfriends!! Mom, tell Gia!”

5 year old: “Boy friend! Boyfriend! Boyfriend! Boyfriend.”

3 year old: (More inaudible screams) “AHHHHHHHHHH!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!”

Baby: (Sitting and staring)

I’ll spare you the rest of that scene.


Conversation between the 5 year old, the 3 year old, and myself after school:

5 year old: MOOOOOM! I don’t have ANYTHING to wear. I have NO clothes! I just want a shirt that doesn’t have a print on it, but has pretty things on it! Can I wear one of Myla’s shirts?

3 year old: NOOO! Those are my clothes! (Starts crying) Don’t take my clothes! You are too big and they don’ts fit you! (Yes. Don’ts)

Me: Gia, you have plenty of clean clothes hanging in your closet. Go find a shirt in there, you aren’t wearing your sisters shirts. And why are you changing anyways?

5 year old: Ahhh! Why can’t you just let me do what I want?! All I want to do is have a cute shirt to match this skirt!

3 year old: (Crying. Loud.) DON’TS TAKE MY SHIRTS! THOSE ARE MINE!

End scene.


Conversation with the 5 year old, 3 year old, and myself:

Me: “Girls, I made cookies! Come have one and tell me about school today.”

Girls: (Grab cookies and sit down and eat)

Me: “So what did you do? What is one thing you learned?

Girls: (Eating. No response.)

Me: “Were you nice to everyone, and kind?”

3 year old: (Takes the last bite of her cookie.) ” Mom, I look like you don’t I?

5 year old: “No, you look like daddy.”

3 year old: “NOOOOOO! I don’t want to look like daddy!!”

Me: “Here, have another cookie.”



Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies (Muffin Tops & Ice Cream Sandwiches)
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1 c. coconut sugar
  • ½ c. melted coconut oil
  • 1 TB. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups. white whole wheat flour, oat flour, or unbleached white flour
  • 1½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. milk + 1 tsp. baking soda, mixed together
  • 1½ c. chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 375. In a bowl mix together the puree, sugar, oil, vanilla, and the egg.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour spices, and baking powder.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, along with the baking soda mixture, and mix until combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and using a medium cookie scoop, scoop the batter onto the baking sheet. Slightly press down the cookie a little.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  7. The cookies will resemble a soft pillow/muffin top texture!

Cookies adapted from here.

You don’t have to make ice cream sandwiches out of these cookies, but they are the perfect texture for them! I made the ice cream out of frozen greek yogurt ice cubes, and the recipe can be found HERE!


So what did we learn today friends?

Giving your kids cookies will shut them up.


Just kidding. I mean, kind of. Maybe for a second it will…


Conversation between my 5 year old, 3 year old and myself while tucking them into bed:

5 year old: (Squeezing my arm) “Mom, I just want to lay here and cuddle you. You are just the best mom.”

3 year old: (Reaching her arms out) “Hugs. Hugs. Hugs.” (Gives me a big hug) “Kiss. Kiss. Kiss” (Gives me a big kiss)

5 year old to 3 year old: (Hugging each other) “I love you little sister.”

3 year old to 5 year old: (Looking at her sister, then gives her a big kiss.) “I love you.”

Me: (Tears)

3 year old to 5 year old: “GIIAA, those are my pajamas!!”

Me:  “Is it too late for cookies?”


And ya know what…

I wouldn’t change anything.

THE Banana Bread

Chocolate chip banana bread is probably one of my favorite carbs.

Besides sourdough bread, restaurant bread, garlic bread, breadsticks…

Oh and cookies and cakes and muffins. Those are carbs too right?

THE Banana Bread

My mom would make banana bread ALL the time, and still does. Whenever I would visit her house with my girls there was bound to be banana bread somewhere stored on the counter. Or if she wanted to deliver a baked good to someone, it was always banana bread. That and chocolate chip cookies, which always felt like home.

I learned from her to always add cinnamon and other spices to banana bread, and never ever ever forget the chocolate chips. Now, when my bananas ripen on the counter I can’t help but get a little excited knowing what the outcome will be. Unless your husband throws them away because he thought they were ‘bad’. Don’t worry, he only did that once when we were first married. Oh the silly things he thought he could do in our early years of marriage…#whowearsthepants

(If you’re wondering who wears the pants, it’s our kids.)


Probably my favorite thing about this banana recipe is the amount of bananas. Some days we will have just 2 bananas, and others I’ll have a whole bunch go bad before we use them. This recipe calls for about 5 bananas, which I think is the reason why the bread is so moist! (Don’t you love that word?)

Make your kids mash the bananas while you prepare the other ingredients, and make this ASAP! You won’t regret it!


THE Banana Bread
  • 2½ c. flour (You can use white whole wheat, unbleached white, whole wheat pastry, etc.)
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. sat
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 5 mashed ripe bananas, about 2¼ to 2½ cups.
  • ¾ c. softened butter
  • 1½ c. pure cane sugar
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Spray a bread pan with baking spray.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Mash bananas in a small bowl, and then set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Next add the eggs one at a time, and then vanilla. Then mix in the bananas.
  5. Next slowly add the dry ingredients until incorporated, and then fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Add batter to the bread pan and bake for 60-70 minutes. If needed, add foil on top of the bread the last 30 minutes to avoid over browning on the top.

THE Banana Bread, via The Diva Dish

Now, this isn’t healthy banana bread, as you can tell by the ingredients. This is comfort food banana bread. The kind that you make for your kids after a long day at school, as you talk about what happened that day. Or the treat that bribes said kid to sit down and do the stinking’ homework.

Or maybe you survived bedtime with your kids, and you deserve a reward. Catch my drift?

THE Banana Bread, via The Diva Dish

By the way, if you can’t tell, these pictures may look a little different than my others. My DSLR camera decided to quite on my AGAIN, so I was using a regular camera. UGH. A REGULAR camera ;).


Happy Weekend Friends! Treat yourself a little :).


Reality vs. Expectation

The other day I was walking with one of my mom friends and we were discussing some of the ‘crazy-ness’ that goes on in our every day life. Whether it be motherhood, wifehood, cleaning the house-hood…We talked about it all.

After the conversation I had this constant thought in the back of my mind that I couldn’t shake. I feel like I’ve always known this thought to be true. But convincing myself of it’s reality some days can be hard.

Just like me, this friend has a messy house. Just like me, this friend has crazy kids. Just like me, this friend has struggles and trials. Just like me, this friend eats ice cream. Just like me, this friend doesn’t have 6 pack abs.

Why do we have this ‘expectation’ that others have it/are doing it better?

Why do we believe what we see? Why do we believe what we read? And honestly, why have we become SO focused on things that are of little importance.

On a daily basis we SEE not only how the Jones’ next door are living, but we also see how the Smith’s in Idaho are living, as well as the Millers in California too. It’s no longer keeping up with the dang Jones’ next door, but now we’ve got to keep up with the neighboring states as well?! FU-REAK!

Trust me. We think ‘so-and so’s’ house is always clean. And that person never has to worry about money. Or her kids are dressed so cute, and so is she! Love the dress, hate her right? And I bet that mom is a fun mom, all my kids ever do is watch movies and play iPad. Oh look! Another romantic getaway for her and her husband! And COME ON, do those kids really like asparagus and eggplants?! Like seriously?

You guys. It’s not really that real.

It’s a filter of reality. It’s a filter of pretty things. And trust me, our eyes are just drawn to pretty, shiny, clean things! (Like clean kitchens! OMG! So hot.)

Part of living a healthy lifestyle, in my eyes at least, is not being drawn to the shiny, grass is greener on the other side aspect. It’s all about finding happiness in today, finding gratitude in what we have now, and realizing that although someone might look like they have it all, they don’t. No one does, and that my friends is ok. What fun is having a perfect life anyways?

I mean, isn’t it more fun to spend 45 minutes a night just trying to get 3 kids to bed?! Now that’s an adventure!

I won’t lie though. I love pictures of white kitchens and cute outfits. I’m a sucker for a dessert covered in sprinkles, kale salads, and running workouts. I find joy in these things, but we have to remember one thing…

It’s okay to find joy in these things, but it’s not the main source of joy. These things bring instant gratification but not everlasting happiness. Except I’m pretty sure dessert brings everlasting happiness…

Now, here is where it’s going to get real…Here is a peak as to what filters I could have used just this week:

photo 5

I recently finished decorating the babies room and it’s SUPER cute. I wanted to take a picture of the crib against the ‘THIS IS MY FAVORITE COLOR TURQUOISE” wall, and put it on instagram. The picture would have been cute, but I was having a hard time positioning it to where you couldn’t see my dirty laundry…Literally.

Bam, brick to face. Nothing wrong with pretty pictures of beautiful rooms, trust me. But what might look like a pretty clean room, is really hiding a week (or more) of laundry just begging to be taken care of. (I know you guys, laundry is of the devil. We’ve had this conversation before I feel like…)

But still. That wall color though…

photo 4

This one is pretty hard for me to post, being a ‘healthy eater’ and all. I was seriously about to post a picture of my lunch on instagram, but I had to move the Burger King Kids meals bags and milkshakes out of the way. Um…HYPOCRITE much?! “So you feed your kids shiz, and you eat healthy?!”


In that moment, yes. I make 3 meals a day for my family (expect my husband is only 2), and I rarely take them to fast food. BUT, we’ve done it. Do I hate it? Totally. But my kids love it, and it’s a treat to them. This particular day, my oldest had started her 2nd week of Kindergarten and needed a little pick me up/treat. We had construction guys in our kitchen and I didn’t want to go down and make 3 lunches, so I told them I would get them hamburgers and milkshakes. It was a fun outing for them! I had some of their milkshake and came home and made myself this lunch.

Of course you would have never have known the back story had I just ‘shoved’ the BK bags to the side…


I think I’ll end on this because well…

Love you friends!!


Lemon Roasted Broccoli

Wait what? Am I blogging? Are pigs flying?

(Check out the end of this post to find out why I was kind of absent!)


Are you guys mad at me? I hope we can still be friends, despite the fact that I’ve been THE worst. But I feel like, or at least I’m hoping, that we have one of those relationships that we can pick up where we left off. Kind of like I never left? Kind of like I wasn’t being a crappy blogger? Good. Glad we are on the same page ;).

I’ve had this Lemon Roasted Broccoli Recipe sitting on my computer desktop for a long time just begging to be shared! I usually make a version of this once a week, and I’ve played around with the flavors a lot too. So far, my kids AND my husband eat this every. single.time.

Like I said, it definitely needed to be shared!


Broccoli has always been a safe vegetable in our family, and if I want to feel like super mom I will whip up a batch and proudly watch my kids eat those little trees. Ignore the fact that they called the chicken I made disgusting, that’s not important.




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Lemon Roasted Broccoli
  • 2 heads broccoli, stems removed
  • Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Coat the broccoli with olive oil, just a few TB. until the broccoli is lightly coated.
  3. Sprinkle with a good amount of salt and pepper, and then the lemon juice.
  4. Bake in the oven for 15-25 minutes, tossing every so often. (Depending on how crunchy you like the broccoli, you can adjust your cooking time. We like it super crunchy!)


What’s the one vegetable your family enjoys eating?!



We’ve had a great and relaxing summer, as I hope all of you have! I’ve been learning the ropes with 3 littles, and each day brings new, exciting, AND crazy moments! Just recently, as in this week, our little baby started to sleep more solidly. (AKA that’s why I’m able to blog right now.) She falls asleep and stays asleep for longer than 30 minutes!! I also had my two older kids start school, so I feel like a whole new woman! I’m hoping I can maintain a better blogging schedule!!

Have a great week!



Find Joy In Today

As I laid in my bed Sunday night and reflected on the day, tears began to fall down my face. It was 11 p.m. and the baby was nuzzled up next to me. If she or I moved, she quickly searched for me to nurse  and then would fall back asleep in a matter of seconds. Uh oh. “This is going to be a long night.”

The day was not too drastically different than any other Sunday, except I didn’t go to church because the baby had come down with either a cold, or teething. Not sure which, but something was bugging her, so I decided it was best to stay home. “Maybe I’ll actually be able to straighten up a little, pick up the toys, start the laundry…”


As soon as the older girls left with my husband for church, I sat on the couch and immediately felt overwhelmed. Not just with the messy house, but with life. I began to feel like I was not on top of things lately.

I got up and began to collect the toys. They were everywhere. Like in every room and corner of the house. It can be annoying to be constantly stepping on them, but in a way I love it. I started to think about my two older girls and how forgiving they’ve been to me over the past year. Being sick and tired every day through the pregnancy, and now reliving the new born years, I haven’t been as attentive as I wish I could be. But man, they’ve become the best of friends (and sometimes the worst), and they’ve adapted really well. Seriously, I love them.


I didn’t get too far in picking up the toys when the baby seemed fussy/hungry/tired so I went up stairs to rock her. It was not an easy task but she finally fell asleep. As she laid there I thought about the million things I needed to do, and kept telling myself I could finish them just as long as she took a good nap. I laid her down, shut the door, and went down stairs. I peeked at the monitor and noticed two big eyes staring right at me. “Well, that didn’t last long.”

I ran back up stairs hoping I could put her back to sleep before she fully woke up. I scooped her in my arms and realized, yea she’s fully awake. But I continued to try to put her back to sleep hoping it would help. As I rocked her I thought about my family, extended, and how much I missed them and wished they were here. Having my husband gone so much for work is rough. (Don’t you hate bills?!) Not a week, and maybe even never longer than 2 days went by when I was younger that I didn’t see my cousins or my grandparents. I started to get sad about my girls and how they are lucky to see their family only every few months, and cousins are non existent, (and probably will be for a very long time.) “Arielle, stop being such a debbie downer!”


I got up since the babe decided 5 minutes was enough rest time and went back to the chores. I didn’t accomplish much due to the fussy baby, and before I knew it the rest of the family was home.

The day continued and then soon enough, it was time for bed. I tucked the girls in and laid the baby down. I cuddled up next to my husband, but once again that little bebe was wide awake and not happy. I pushed the piles of clean folded laundry off my bed, held my sweet baby in my arms, and got her back to sleep. That’s when the tears began to flow.

So, why am I sharing this (pretty personal) day with you?…Because Monday, even though it wasn’t much more of a different day, was much better. And here’s why.


Sunday night as I held my baby right up next to me, trying so hard not to move, I scrolled through my phone. I happened to come across a blog post from In The Head of AL and it was exactly what I needed to hear.  I’m going to take a quote right out of her post. Here is what she said…

‘Love where you are. A perfect reminder when things are hard to not spend your time looking ahead pleading for things to be over and things to be different. But just to stop. Stop looking backwards. Stop yearning and waiting forwards. Today, where you are right now, is a joy. Because today, right now, is the best place to be. Because happiness does await us in this day. Because His blessings and promises are here, right now.’

Bam. Like a ton of bricks right to the gut. I had spent practically my whole day being sad. Being frustrated about things in the past. Being overwhelmed with how I wish certain things were different because if they were, life would be totally easier right? I had totally avoided the Joy that I had THAT day. I missed it. I had overlooked the tremendous blessings that I had in that moment, and my friends, I have SO many blessings. So many things currently to be thankful for RIGHT NOW.


I had a messy house, but I so quickly forgot that I HAD A HOUSE, that we OWNED thanks to the extremely hard working husband I have! We are free from worry because of him! There were toys everywhere, but I didn’t focus on the fact that I had three beautiful daughters of god that were healthy, smart, creative, and beautiful. Each ‘mess’ resembled a time where they sat together and played. The baby was fussy and not sleeping, but I was holding my baby. A baby that I was able to have, a baby that was healthy and growing. A baby that has brought so much joy and togetherness to our family.

It’s easy to look past what we have and focus on things we wish were easier or different, but let me tell you…It’s easier to find the blessings we have now. There are so many things to find Joy in today.

Monday was so much better, and I was so much happier. (Including my family)

Find Joy in Today.

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

Have you ever been to a Cold Stone? Do those even exist anymore?

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

Besides paying an arm and a leg for a scoop of ice cream, cold stone was THE place to go way back when. There was one right by my house and a lot of times all the cool kids would be like, “Let’s meet at cold stone?” In my mind I was thinking, “Hell to the yea!” , but what came out was, “I mean, sure yea that’s cool. If ice cream is your thing.” I couldn’t let people know my TRUE love of food, although the size of my JLO booty might have said otherwise…So I had to play it cool.

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

Founders Favorite.

I can still remember the taste to this day. Cake batter ice cream, soft and rich brownie chunks mixed with caramel and chocolate sauce. It’s definitely a girls night/stress eating/my boyfriend just broke up with me kind of ice cream.

And to think they rejected my application to work there…

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

This ice cream I made doesn’t taste anything like a Founders Favorite. You’re welcome.

I really do want to re-create/health-ify that ice cream some day, but for now there is this Blueberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Ice Cream. Waaa Waaa. (Way to sell that one Arielle.)

It all started when Jessica from How Sweet It Is shared her Blackberry Chip Ice Cream which sounded and looked delicious! I knew I was going to make it for our Fourth of July Party! Then the night before I completely spaced and hadn’t purchased any of the ingredients. What’s new?

So I searched through the fridge and realized I had multiple containers of plain greek yogurt and a ton of blueberries. Light Bulb!

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • 4 cups plain greek yogurt ice cream
  • 1½ c. blueberries
  • 2 tb. water
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • ¾ c. pure cane sugar*
  • heaping ½ c. dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • *If I were making this for myself I would be fine with ½, but greek yogurt can be pretty tart so if you are making this for a crowd I would keep the sugar at ¾ c. You could also sub a liquid sweetener to taste, but it will change the taste a little. I haven't tried this with coconut sugar, but it's a possibility.
  1. In a food processor, blend the blueberries and water until pureed.
  2. using the back of a spoon, push the mixture thorough a fine strainer to remove all of the skins.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, vanilla, blueberries, and chocolate.
  4. Let cool in the fridge for about an hour.
  5. Make your ice cream in your ice cream maker according the makers instructions.
  6. Serve immediately or freeze in the freezer.
  7. If it's frozen in the freezer, allow it to thaw for about 15-20 minutes before serving.

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

Greek yogurt ice cream might be my new favorite thing! Can you imagine all of the flavor possibilities and combinations?!

Maybe, just maybe, there will be a Founders Favorite Greek Yogurt on here some day…