Luv What You Do

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Makeover Mess January 22, 2012

Filed under: Dessert,Snacks — Luv What You Do @ 3:44 pm
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So…a little over a year ago when I started Luv What You Do, I didn’t know much about picking a theme or background.  I picked something a little more colorful, set up my blog, and a year just flew by.  For a little while now, I have been wanting to spruce things up.  I spent this weekend looking through different WordPress options, trying some different themes, emailing strangers for help, and learning more about blogging backgrounds than I ever thought possible.

 

The final result…although I was shooting for a cleaner look, the themes that I liked had more narrow columns that affected the look of my pictures and some limited my options in fonts, meaning everything was printed in a tiny almost unreadable font.  Some themes were difficult to use in Windows Live Writer, which is the Microsoft program that I use to create my posts.

 

My ultimate decision after a few days of trial and a whole lot of error was to go back to my original theme.  Although I liked many of the other backgrounds better, I didn’t find a theme with as many options as this one, allowing me to change my fonts, sizes, and have really big pictures.  If I wanted to pay for custom designs, I would be able to have some more creative control, but for now, I think this level of blogging is where I belong.  I figure I can play around with the background color (it’s the only color I can change) a little bit and see if there is something that I like better than brown.  I figured I’d start with purple since it’s my favorite color and we can go from there.

 

The only bad news is that now there is a lime green background on my titles…not sure where it came from…not really sure that I like it, but after the headache of this weekend’s makeover, I’m just gonna go with it.

 

The good thing is that I was able to update my BEING ME page and fixed my menu so that my RECIPES are easier to find.  Luckily, it was a good snowy weekend to stay in.  There was plenty to watch on TV, and I kept the hot tea coming. 

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To snack on, I made these delicious Almond Butter Cacao Balls.  I got the Paleo recipe from a patient’s mom at work and I was excited to make a stash for my freezer.

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I combined all of the ingredients together in a bowl.  I used cacao powder instead of cocoa (which was what the original recipe called for) because it is a little more natural and a superfood.

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However, it is not nearly as sweet.  On its own cacao is bitter, so I typically use a banana in smoothies or cookies to sweeten it up.  I used the flat side of a spoon to mash in half of a banana. 

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I rolled the mixture into balls and stuck them in the freezer, but not before stealing a few tastes from my messy fingers.  The banana was the right answer for the cacao, and the balls turned out soft and delicious.

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This quick to make and easy to grab snack is high in protein and was easy to munch on while I was working away at the computer this weekend.  Thanks again for all of your patience during this makeover madness!

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Almond Butter Cacao Balls

 

3/4 cup raw almond butter

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut

14 g powdered cacao or 1-2 Tbsp coco powder

1/2 banana, smashed

1 tsp vanilla

 

-Stir all ingredients together in a blow until well combined.

-Roll into balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

-Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes.  Store in freezer in airtight container.

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3 Responses to “Makeover Mess”

  1. For the record, i like the green.


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