Salty and Sweet

Everyone needs a little pampering now and again! Right?!

This weekend I scheduled a post test spring facial on Saturday (plus tea with my mom).

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And then Sunday morning, I met two friends from work for brunch before we cashed in our Groupons at the Salt Spa.  I’ve never been to a salt cave before, but I thought it would be fun to try.  We got a tour of the spa which has some interesting saunas and float pods.  Intrigued?  You can read all about the benefits of sitting/floating in salt HERE

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Then, we entered the salt cave for 45 minutes of quiet meditation.  Luckily, we knew in advance that were going to have to be quiet, which is why we scheduled brunch beforehand.

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There are a few different types of salt in the room plus the salt you inhale through the air.  The room is a bit chilly and as your blood pressure drops, your body gets cold.  I laid back in my chair and cuddled up with a blanket. I didn’t know what to expect of the quiet room, so I took some deep yoga breathes and tried to relax.  It was surprisingly easy and our 45 minutes flew by.  Afterwards, we had tea and chatted about food, supplements, and exercise.  I’m guessing that the spa is relatively new, and we were the only people there. The staff was friendly and it sounds like they have plans to make this an incredible and holistic wellness center.

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From Salty—>Sweet!  Can you tell what I made today?

After my girls morning out, I came home for lunch and grocery shopping with the BOY.  It’s been a long time since I’ve ‘baked’ dessert.  The BOY requested pumpkin pie with a crust from scratch.  Ummm No! 

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He settled for peanut butter magic cookie bars, which are similar to the original with a little PB mixed into the milk.

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My bars cooked while I did a little meal planning and spring cleaning around the house (while watching basketball of course).  What’s interesting is that I am extremely thirsty and every time I breath through my nose, it feels like I spent my morning at the ocean.  Except that it is super cold here (like we might get snow tonight), so it’s an odd feeling…a bit of a brain/body conundrum if you will.

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Other than that I chalk the salt cave up to a fun way to relax and enjoy some quiet time and even better when you do it with friends followed by tea in the meditation room : )

Have a SWEET night!

 

Meal Planning 3/22/15

Sunday: Slow Cooker Island Pulled Chicken

Monday: Apple Cinnamon Pork

Tuesday: Burger Night

Wednesday: Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Thursday: Ribs from Costco

Have you been to a salt spa?  Do you think you could do the floatation pod?

 

Peanut Butter Magic Cookie Bars

Adapted from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1-14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter flavored chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 oz. milk chocolate, melted, (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13” glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the graham crackers and melted butter. Pour into the prepared baking dish and press down firmly.
  3. In the same bowl you used to mix the base, combine the sweetened condensed milk with the peanut butter.  Pour evenly over the crust.
  4. Sprinkle the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut and chopped nuts over the milk/peanut butter layer.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and cool completely. Drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired.  Place in refrigerator for a couple of hours to chill to help with cutting. Once chilled, remove from refrigerator and cut into bars.  Store in air tight container or freezer.

Not into peanut butter…the original Magic Cookie Bars are still and always will be amazing!

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8 thoughts on “Salty and Sweet

  1. The spa sounds SO cool! I’ve never been to one, and I’ve actually never even heard of one, but it sounds like something I would LOVE to try. And those bars sound amazing – I love magic bars! Easy to make, and so so tasty. YUM!

    • It was funny because last night , the yoga magazine had a blurb about yoga in the salt cave. I think it might be an up and coming trend. Magic cookie bars really are the BEST! These are a fun twist. My coworkers loved them!

  2. That spa sounds awesome! I never thought about doing a whole spa day but wow that would be incredible haha. Even just an hour at a spa is a treat. THOSE BARS! Talk about a treat! I would dive headfirst into those 🙂

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