35 Days of Favorites: Snacks!

This post is part of a series called “35 Days of Favorites”, in honor of my 35th birthday. You can read more about the details here

I love snacking.

My girls love snacking.

I am always looking for new treats to try, and we came across some awesome snacks this past winter….all in the form of balls:

Raw Cookie Dough Bites

Raw Coconut Macaroons (which I make into balls)

Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Cookies

All of these snacks are gluten-free and sugar-free.

They are super fast and easy to make, and I love it when the girls pull up stools and help me in the kitchen.


These treats are so delicious, you should try them all!

What’s your favorite snack?


I ate a whole can of chickpeas yesterday. I realize that’s kind of going overboard on the chickpeas, but I just couldn’t stop myself. I’ve found out about this new snack idea, and it’s just so good, and it’s healthy, so why not eat to my heart’s content, right?

Here’s how you make it: Open a can of chickpeas, rinse them really well, and mix them with a little oil and whatever kind of seasoning you like. Spread them on a cookie sheet and roast them at 350 for 30-45 minutes, stirring them around a bit in between. You know they’re done when they’re crunchy!

The rest of the family’s reaction to crunchy chickpea snack: Ben says, “I’d eat that.” Anika’s not really excited about them, but whenever Kaylia sees me eating them, she comes running over, saying, “Bite, bite!”


Still going with this week of pictures project!

And here’s our evening routine. Ben helped out with taking a bunch of pictures, and my favorite moment was when he said, “I keep taking so many pictures! I’m trying to get the light just right.” Yes!! Yes, you are. And that is how a person ends up with 96 pictures after one afternoon.

Anyway, here’s our evening routine, slightly different than normal, because Janna was over for a visit! She was on staff this summer, and was one of the girls that I met with regularly to pray and talk with and stuff. She came through our door last night, and it was like sunshine. She has the warmest, sweetest, most joyful personality you could imagine, and our home was blessed with her presence last night.


Anika playing paperdolls with Janna:

Dirty dishes after supper. Normally I wash them while Ben takes the girls outside to play, but he did them last night:

Kaylia eating food off the floor from supper:

Anika eating her night snack:

Getting Kaylia ready for bed:

Getting Anika ready for bed:

Ben making “Apple Stuff”. This is our night snack almost every single night. Calling it “Apple Crisp” sounds too formal and fancy for what it is, so we just always call it “Apple Stuff”. It’s basically sugar-less, flour-less apple crisp, and it’s terribly simple to make. If you’re ever over at our house in the evening for a visit, chances are good that we’ll offer you “Apple Stuff”!

Ben threw in blueberries and strawberries this time, just for a change:

I did not get a picture of hanging out with Janna once the girls were in bed. Too bad! Ben left to do homework in his office, and I had an extremely wonderful time talking with Janna.

After she left, I had a shower, and cleaned my sink. I love getting up in the morning to a clean, shiny bathroom:

And then I went to bed!

That’s our evening! With the addition of Janna.