Pumpkin-nana bread

This pumpkin-nana bread is the best of two fall favorites. Pumpkin spice & banana bread. Perfectly moist & perfectly balanced. With toppings like maple & salt glazed walnuts, mini chocolate chips & a few unexpected ingredients create this recipe.

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Serves:12 Baking time:40-50 min Prep:15 min Cal: its ok, you can have this occasionally ūüėČ

Ingredients:

1 can pumpkin puree

2 very ripe bananas

2 eggs

1.5 cups of flour

1 cup milk

1/3 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil or veg oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons sour cream or cream cheese

1 tspn vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a blender (I have the bullet blender) add the wet ingredients (pumpkin, bananas, milk,  sourcream, eggs, vanilla, maple syrup) & blend until fully combined.

In a bowl add your dry ingredients. Flour, sugar mix. Add baking powder & baking soda & mix. Incorporate the spices: nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ground cloves,salt & stir together. (Ahh, how I love the smell of these spices!) 

Pour the wet mixture slowly into the dry ingredients while using a hand mixer on low or using a whisk.

ADD the mini chocolate chips using aspatula fold them into the batter.

When combined together should be not too runny or too bready. *Add a tablespoon at a time of flour or milk to reach the consistency of pancake batter*

Spray your baking pan with coconut oil or cooking spray & add batter to pan.

*I like to top this with some extra mini dark chocolate chips & my maple glazed walnuts*

{Maple syrup & salt glazed walnuts}

I like walnuts for baking because they take on the flavors of the product & have a more mild flavor to pecans. I love pecans but it can be overwhelming for others especially those not so fond of nuts and you will be sure to share this with others! 

1/2 cup raw walnuts, 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup & pinch of salt.

In a non stick pan on high medium heat start to “roast” the walnuts until browned & start to smell nutty about 3-5 min.

Add the maple syrup to the walnuts. Fold in until covered with a spatula on the medium low heat allow to caramelize or until “candied”. Should take a few minutes.

Remove from stove top & sprinkle with pink himilayian salt or sea salt.

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Give it a toss & add to the top of the pumkin-nana batter!

Bake for 30 min covered with foil & another 15-20 without foil.

 

I’d love to see your creations! Tag me in your social media using #everythingunderthesun¬†

Best,

Nicole

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shortcut D.I.Y. mini Diaper Cake

Baby season seems to be all year round.¬†These diaper cakes are a trend in the¬†baby shower/ baby sprinkle department. . When looking for diaper cake tutorials it seemed that there were too MANY little steps that I just don’t have the patience for. What I did next was create a ‘shortcut diaper cake’ that isn’t too cumbersome to put together or take apart for the mama to be.

I wasn’t actually planning to post this one with each step by step image but its really simple if you follow these steps below!

Best part about this easy D.I.Y. is that you most likely have what you need at home and the cost is that of a small package of diapers. 

Materials: 

 

  1. 1 package of size Newborn Diapers, (about 40 diapers or less needed).  I used babyganics diapers because they are simple in print & white for the cake.
  2. Rubber bands- handful of thin & thicker ones
  3. 1Paper towel empty roll
  4. Your choice of ribbon/string/decor

Method:

  1. Take your diapers and start rolling them tightly from the ‘open’ part to the ‘folded’ part.
  2. Take the thin rubber band & loop around each diaper. (x5)
  3. Take your paper towel roll & the rolled diapers & line them up against the roll standing up. Use a larger rubber band to bind them together creating a first layer to the cake.¬† Do this for the first layer of each tier. 

    *For the bottom layer continue these steps increasing the amount until you get three layers. Not each diaper will need to be rubber band with the main layer. *You may need a larger rubber band for the bottom than the other top tiers.

  4. Second tier same method just create two layers.
  5. For the top layer use about a bunch of¬† diapers to make a ‘mini’ tier. Same method.
  6. To cover the rubber bands I used black & red ribbon to match the onesie I am putting as the topper for this cake! Simply with a hot glue gun securing the ribbon ends wrap each tier with the ribbon to cover the large rubber band holding the each tier together.

It should come together & look like something like this! FullSizeRender (28)

I love to improvise, that is basically all my life is (even with lots of thought & planning) So I added some rustic string as a second layer, I created this custom tag using butcher paper & a sticker letter with a memo on the back & to hold the ‘I ‚̧ selfies’ onesie I used a ribbon & tied it from top to bottom.¬†

Be creative & adjust as you go! I was really fun trying this out for the first time & I see myself making these for future baby events! 

I would love to see your creations! Tag me using #everythingunderthesunblog & follow me if you don’t on socail media! Good luck!

 

Best, Nicole 

 

Credit to:

googleimages, babyganics

10 steps to AMAZING skin

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10 steps to amazing skin!

I was taught from a young age by my mom to take care of my skin. I had to start early as early as elementary school when I was told I have eczema. It was so severe I had to use prescription lotions and creams daily to just not have the appearance of rashes & white spots on my skin. This made me very insecure as I clearly remember in the heat of Cali weather wearing long sleeve shirts and pants to school. I was soo not cool. Like ever from 1-12 grade. So not cool. lol.

We are all unique with different varying skin types with varying degrees of dryness, oils, acne, blemishes, scares & redness we want to cover up or just wash with soap and water. If that works for you and you are glowing, good for you!

But here are my recommendations to starting YOUR own skin care routine that fit anyone’s skin care needs! This goes for women & men alike!

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Here are some ideas to add to your routine or give it that extra attention you may not have considered before… I’ve been doing it for 10 years now!

  1. TAKE OFF YOUR MAKEUP BEFORE BED, everyday!  I personally CANNOT fall asleep for the life of me until I get it off!! I love make up especially when its fresh and looks so on-fleek, but by the end of the day when the sweat, dust, dirt, and remainder of whats on is so settled into the crevasses of my face I just want to peel that layer off my face! Plus it gets all over your silk pillow (which I also recommend for sleeping. Its cooling effect & natural material do good to your skin)
  2. WASH YOUR FACE WITH A GENTLE CLEANSER & TONER. The holy trinity of routines. Many products will toss them all into a bottle and sell it to you. I recommend individual use. A make up remover, I love my Neutrogeana wipes or any makeup removing wipes. I even tested the dollar store wipes to Neutrogeana & they work equally great! They take off EVERYTHING including the eyeliner & mascara so well & fast!For my cleanser I use Benefit  & for Toner I love the Rose water by Mario Badescu. Find them all at Ulta Beauty!

     

  3. DIET: A consistent diet of lots of good foods like vegetables, protein, low sugar intake, no processed foods & treats have not only allowed me to lose 37 pounds in 7 months solely with diet and light exercise, of the 60 pounds I have lost since having my baby 9 months ago but the result that SURPRISED me the most was how much my skin improved! I have little to no redness, rare acne & IT GLOWS! No seriously though I am blown away at how good I feel! I will not stop this new commitment to healthy eating & living. 
  4. ONCE A WEEK DO A SKIN Microdermabrasion OR FACE SCRUB daily. I got my PMD microderm as a gift from my amazing sister who recommended & gifted to me (#sistergoals) and I LOVE IT! (V-log + review coming soon!) I have only used it a few times, once a week as they recommend, and it has tightened, toned, & removes dead skin & made my face glow! Before that I would use a face scrub twice a week for my skin to be fresh & taken care of!                              pmdpackage-285x300
  5. MOISTURIZE MORNINGS & NIGHTS¬†: Face neck & hands with a light moisturizer or in CC-cream, LOVE ‘IT COSMETICS’ for great coverage, glow & with SPF 50. I apply¬† in the mornings & before bed after removing make up also moisturize & liberally apply nighttime products to: FACE, NECK, CHEST, HANDS, FEET (they say that age is given away by your hands and neck the secret to elasticity is to keep it moisturized)¬†I pair my cleanser & cream with the same brand, Benefit cosmetics, I love the light scent & use before bed.¬†2287679
  6. For underarm & bikini area I started using this great product called “Tend skin” I bought it on Target online and it really helps with redness, razor bumps & eliminates irritation. I recommend using that an use Coconut oil occasionally to provide extra nourishment & for more smooth skin in those sensitive areas.416nCDr+hCL._SY355_
  7. Try to use products with as little chemicals and perfumes as possible. Your skin literally absorbs what you put on it. Imagine all those chemicals. You don’t eat your lotion but your skin technically does so you kind of eat what you put on it ? RIGHT?
  8. Use sunblock all year round! I mentiond lotion with spf, I have this CC foundation cream by “IT cosmetics” that I ABSOLUTLY LOVE! It is a moisturizing, SPF, foundation, illuminating product that I use daily & all year long. I go down a shade in the fall/winter and up a shade in the spring/summer. Got mine at Ulta.
  9. Eye cream is a must. Start young ladies! I have some dark circles that have appeared in recent time, all my babies (ALL 2 of them) keep me up late and up early for a few years now.¬† I use Mark Badescu eye cream same brand as the Rose water toner spray & I love it! (got mine at Nordstrom).~~~¬†¬†Just got my trail of EUPHORIA SKINCARE EYE¬† & FACE creams. I thought I’d give it a chance since this $150 value was only the cost of shipping. Its more a ‘gel’ than cream so it feels light & non- greasy. It goes on thick though so I would only recommend it for a night time regimen. ~~~
  10. TAKE YOUR VITAMINS! Its for your health, ph balance, for your skin. I take my mulitviatmin, fish oil & vitamins D, C & E.

It adds up. Yes the cost of all the products us girls invest into our makeup, skincare, beauty all to please one another… you know that that is the truth. I’m here to encourage us to feel & look our best by taking care of ourselves. That you and I deserve to be pampered and treated to a skin care regimen. It amazes me just HOW HAPPY it makes me feel.

¬†I am the last one on the totem poll after everyone’s taken care of. To make the extra effort & energy in taking care of myself is not only investing into my well being but ultimately my families well-being. I am happier & healthier in fact because of it ¬†and they are as well. Sure I have weeks where I just don’t tend to my skin and myself but then I don’t feel good about myself. You are worth it and need to take care of yourself ladies!

(Do you have a skin care and wellness routines for your baby or tot? Check these previous posts : TOP Natural Products. BABY edition & 10 must haves for new Moms to find what I use for my babes.)

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Hi, I’m still here…exciting news & update

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Hi its been a while! I just wanted to update y’all with what I have been working on for Everything Under the Sun blog & vlog coming soon! I am excited to make a vlog for fun & upon request from others. It will include tutorials, cooking & baking snipits & daily topics from my P.O.V.

It was a busy end of summer season with many birthdays and events happening for our family. We just decided to stay off line as much as possible to take in the sweet moments.

BUT.. I have many blogs to post that are coming your way!

I have an update coming up for my fitness & diet journey that I am so excited to share with you, also A Beauty & skin care post, A look at on our family vacation where we conquered Disneyland & ‘how to’ do vacation with small kids, & as always the happiness of my soul cooking & baking recipes…healthy, mostly ;).

I have a lot to write down and refresh for my new ideas. My renewed inspiration is coming your way, so thank you for following Everything Under the Sun!

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Best, Nicole x

TOP Natural Products. BABY edition

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Tummy issues, teething, tantrums, difficultly sleeping & colds are all common situations we find ourselves dealing with our little’s as parents. I have come across many products some that work well others not so much. These in my option are the top must have natural products that ACTUALLY WORK!

I was astounded that when my child needed something for a common cold, tummy issues, teething, YOU NAME IT…. that when turning to my pediatrician for recommendations I was given a list of either over the counter medicines or even prescriptions!

Isn’t there some giant old dusty book in their possession that has NATURAL REMEDIES for these common problems? Not to say that there isn’t a place for medicine but I know as a mother I would rather try all else before going that route if there isn’t medical intervention needed.

I also had a problem finding a list compiled with some homeopathic recommendations for these common ailments. Some of these products are found ¬†online, at your local natural market or even at a Mom’s mecca… Target.

Here is what I keep around in my home pharmacy for my two beautiful daughters (2.5 years old & 7 months old)

(Note: ask your physician if your child can take any of the following listed. Be aware of the dose recommendations & usage of them. ALL personal review & opinion, this is not an ad. Although I would be happy to endorse these listed.)

Tummy issues

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  • Colic calm: I also have this on my blog post for¬†10 must haves for new Moms¬†! This stuff really works & calms your baby for sure. It helps with colic & tummy issues. Purchased on Amazon $19.

 

  • Probionix Now this one I had to due some research to find a probiotic with BOTH¬†lactoferrin bifidumbacterin.¬†IN many other common probiotic supplements there is usually only one of these present. (Like Gerber Soothe drops) BUT for the best probiotic health after doing some research both of these natural¬†and good bacteria’s¬†are essential for your digestion and proper tummy care. Purchased on Amazon $30.

 

  • mommy’s bliss Gripe water: Commonly used and recommended for the gas your little may encounter. This ones a trusty product. Purchased at Target, $8.

Tantrums & Sleep

  • Magnesium roll on stick: Typically magnesium is to strong for application to skin but this company created a safe formula with aloe ¬†that is safe to be applied to skin either between the neck and shoulder or bottom of the feet for best results. Magnesium relaxes the muscles and tension. Often Naomi can’t stop moving her legs & this restlessness prevents her from falling asleep. By rolling this on the bottom of her feet its absorbed fast and within a few minutes she is calmer and then falls asleep. Purchased on Amazon $19.

 

  • Newton homeopathics Stress release Herbal drops ¬†A couple of these drops & they work like magic to help calm your child for either tantrums or restlessness etc.¬†I love this line of products. I use their skin care drops for my eczema and I believe it help as part of my vitamin consumption. Purchase at a natural market, $15.

 

  • siddha Temper tamer Spray¬†just as described its labeled. Temper tamer indeed. Irritability, Short temper & tantrums. This alongside the book “The Strong willed child” & we will be okay! We are in the thick of navigating this so called “terrible twos” thing that we just hope passes real quick..but when our options are running out and so is our patience with a grumpy fussy toddler we grab this product to save the day! (lol) ūüėČ I think I’m crying a little bit & laughing because its just so hard sometimes. Purchase at a natural market, $20.

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I just stand by this brand! Its easily accessible at nearly all common stores that sells kids products. Both the teething gel (comes in teething tablet form) & cold medicines are homeopathic and I see that they work for my girls.

  • Hylands teething gel or Teething tablets (not pictured), purchased at Target $8-$10.
  • Hylands cold &cough.¬†Purchase at Target, $12

                        Some extra toddler & baby care routine recommendations! 

Alongside those needed moments to treat your child, there is preventative care that is good to do daily. Here is what I do… find a multivitamin for your toddler and needed vitamin supplements for your baby.

Vitamins & supplements

Its good to have a daily vitamins for your little and this brand is also an easy access brand found at many retail stores & markets. My daughter doesn’t mind the flavor which I’ve heard some people talk about.

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  • Zarbee’s ¬†multivitamin also in gummy form!
  • Zarbee’s vitamin D drops usually pediatricians recommend that all children especially those nursing to take a vitamin D supplement which lacks the needed amount in nursing.

Skin care routine¬†I use one of the following Mustella, Aveeno eczema therapy or Burt’s Bee’s baby lotion as part of a normal routine for my girls. Mustella was more around the newborn phase, Aveeno for the dryer summer months & B.Bee’s in between. Most importantly that your child’s skin gets that moisture and hydration that we all need to create for a daily routine and rhythm. I like to apply after bath for best reults (next post I will share my skin care & beauty routine for overall healthy skin adult edition)

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                                                          READ THE LABELS!!!

Its good to do your homework when looking for ONLY THE BEST y for your families well-being and health. When I wanted to avoid those prescriptions we were told to give our 5 month old I went to find the right ingredients recommended for digestion & tummy health. It wasn’t easy and even the writing was so tiny to see but I found what I needed after taking the few steps to getting the right product for my baby.

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Nicole

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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Hold on. No bake cookies?¬†That are good for me? Well… everything in moderation but these are simple wholesome ingredients that make these a more guilt-free dessert!

They only add up to about 79 cal a piece!

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What I love most about them is that they take 5 min to make & only ONE POT to dirty up & help make them known also as¬†“boiled cookies”¬†… easy clean up, no baking required only a stove top and fridge required!¬†

Great for that dorm life while you can even microwave the base & add the dry ingredients! Its that easy! 

They are disappearing  from my freezer stash every time I make them! This is a SUPER EASY RECIPE! PLUS they are good for you!

They have been a hit around here & have become the summer staple we love! With my simple recipe can be your base to your own topping preferences with various nuts, seeds, nut butters & dried fruit the options are endless. I like to add crispy quinoa to give it a crunch factor!

Time: 5 min                                                Calories: 79                                                  Servings: 12

Ingredients:

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup Old Fashion Oats

1/4 cup coconut oil

3 TBS cocoa powder

1/4 maple syrup

3 TBS shredded unsweetened coconut

1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings:

 

1 tsp Hemp seeds

1 TBS shredded coconut

METHOD:

  1. IN a medium sauce pan add your coconut oil, peanut butter & vanilla. Stir on medium heat until the ingredients melt together & are simmering. Bring the stove to a lower heat.
  2. Add the coco powder and stir in until all incorporated without any clumps.
  3. Add in the dry ingredients, the oats, shredded unsweetened coconut, crispy quinoa, hemp seeds, walnuts etc, (whatever your heart desires).IMG-0566
  4. Remove from heat & stir.
  5. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper using cookie scoop. Scoop in rows (makes about 12). Press down with scoop to flatten & top with extra coconut shreds & hemp seeds.
  6. Place in fridge or freezer until solidified. Store in freezer & ENJOY! unnamed (20).jpg

 

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Step by step Crispy Cauliflower Crust

IMG-8687This cauliflower pizza crust will fool you for the real thing! Only 5 ingredients to the perfect crispy, yes CRISPY cauliflower crust! This recipe stands out from other because its less ‘eggy’ & less ‘soggy’ as I’ve read many people complain including myself about with similar recipes. (Side note: my husband can attest to this but I do not like soggy food of any kind) The component that binds this all together is a favorite non-dairy cheese I love to cook with. GOAT CHEESE! Particularly chevre with herbs. One package of goat cheese (8 oz) to two cauliflower heads is the secret to the CRISPY CRUST. I fooled my family with when telling them its not your average pizza crust!

This recipe makes 2 crusts! Use one & freeze the other! 

We love to have family pizza night! Its defiantly a family favorite we can eat any time of week. ¬†I’ve experimented with many recipes and now have made my own variation of the best cauliflower crust I’ve tried!¬†

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Here are the step by step instructions for the crust.

Ingredients:

2 heads of Cauliflower

2 eggs

1 8oz package of chevre herb goat cheese

3 cloves of garlic chopped

Salt & Pepper

Method:

  1. Make cauliflower “rice”
    • You can buy this at Trader Joes (2 packages of cauliflower rice) or two ¬†large cauliflower heads.
    • To make your own you need two heads of cauliflower. Washed, dried, few pulses in processor until it looks like rice.
  2. Boil the “Rice” until soft
    • Tip: add salt to the water (a pinch or two) & roughly chopped garlic cloves. They will soften and give more flavor to the cauliflower. It will then blend in with the cauliflower to add a layer to this garlicky¬†herb crust!
  3. Drain the water into strainer cheese cloth.
  4. Transfer into cheese cloth. (MOST IMPORTANT STEP!)
    • LET COOL a few minutes in freezer or fridge.
    • STRAIN ALLLL THE WATER OUT! Put some elbow grease into it. Lots & lots of squeezing making the cauliflower as dry as possible. THIS IS CRUCIAL!IMG-0031
    • Your cauliflower should be soft enough to be able to mold and not an “aldente”texture. Otherwise it will be chunky in the crust and not blend well with other ingredients!
  5. In a bowl add the dough, the goat cheese, some salt & pepper, & your 2 eggs.
    • Mix mix mix! Don’t be afraid to use your hands to incorporate this very well so you have an even texture.
  6. On a baking sheet lined with Parchment paper take half the dough into a ball and spread into a circle or square shape about 1/2 cm thick and spread even!
    • Try not to squish too thin or it can fall apart. EVEN SPREAD IS BEST RESULTS. About 1/3 ¬†centimeter thick.
    • Take the other half & place in plastic wrap. Freeze for next time!
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 min.
    • Each oven is different so keep an eye out!¬†
  8. It should be golden brown and when poked with a toothpick clean & a crispy texture!

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There are dozens on topping combos! I love to add a drizzle of tomato sauce, arugula, bell peppers, caramelized onion, and very light amount of mozzarella & Parmesan. Also bacon wouldn’t hurt! This combination was what I had in the fridge at the time. I seem to love cooking with whats at hand. So many unexpected ingredients make some creative & tasty meals!

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Cut & serve!  It withstands the test of holding it without ingredients falling off and it tastes nothing like cauliflower!

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