Healthier Hot Cocoa

fit-momma-2-fiveThis morning it was only 63 degrees in our house! I think it is time to turn the furnace back on!

The kids LOVE having a warm cup of cocoa on those cold mornings, but I cringe at the ingredients in those little packets you can buy at the store. So I came up with a healthier version for them to enjoy!

Healthier Hot Cocoa

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1/8 tsp salt
4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla

Combine the cocoa powder, sugar, and water in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat. Continue to whisk together until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add the milk. Stir in the vanilla. Continue stirring until it is warm. Do not boil.

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Crockpot Hearty Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE everything about Fall! ¬†The colors, the smells, wearing comfy sweaters and slippers, anything pumpkin, and stews! ¬†There is something warm and comforting about having a stew slow cooking all day in the crock pot. ¬†The aroma that fills the house is so inviting! ¬†Yes, I am a stay-at-home Momma, but my days are very busy with homeschooling the older three and trying to keep the younger two out of trouble! ¬†I love a quick and easy meal that is complete and healthy for my family! ¬†I know you will love this one too! ¬†Sometimes I add a little cabbage to the stew…it reminds me of the Beef Stew my Grandma and Mom made when I was little. ¬†Of coarse, we always had Grandma’s amazing dumplings too! ¬†Sorry, no dumplings today!

Crockpot Hearty Beef and Butternut Squash Stew serves 6, approximately 1 1/4 cups each

1 1/2 lbs. raw lean beef stew meat, boneless cut into 2 inch cubes

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

4 cloves garlic, crushed

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 cup low-sodium organic beef broth

1 bay leaf

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. black pepper

2 cups cubed butternut squash

Add the ingredients to the crockpot in order listed. ¬†To cut the butternut squash easily, I microwave it for about 2 minutes just to get the outside a little bit soften so I can chop it easier. (So I don’t chop off my hand!) ¬†Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

21 day fix:  1 green, 1 red

Fall in the Air

With fall in the air and winter not far behind, I have been busy making some infinity scarves. They are perfect for anyone in the family! I love that they are stylish with any outfit for you and I love whether you choose a circle infinity scarf or a button one it is great for the kids! They will not fall down or loosen up around their necks as they play outside. With the cold winds we get here in Colorado, these are perfect to help keep those little necks warm all day long!

I am doing a giveaway on my facebook page Kuddlebugz Threadz

Also, if you are looking for the perfect gift be sure to get your order in soon! Looking to buy a few scarves for Christmas gifts? Get your order in today! Order 3 or more for 15% off and 6 or more for 20% off! The more you buy the more you save!

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