Promised Recipe and More!

Well…I promised on my IG that I would post the recipe for these yummy power bites…and, life happened.

They look a little better now, since I squared them up. But, that’s what impatience gets you. That has been a sort of theme lately. Love is patient, kind, etc. Between CBS, Fruitful Year 2018 and church, the love chapter in 1 Corinthians has been front and center. And I’m flailing around, trying hard to be what scripture describes as love but…humanity strikes. Eeek. Chieftess of Sinners. Yeah.

*ahem* So on with recipes!

I used this spice recipe…it is a new favorite! What do you think?

I also made almond and coconut milk, and I’ll tell you it was so easy I don’t know why I waited. Oh, right. I thought I “needed” a big, fancy, expensive blender that begins with a “V.” Nope! Did it right in my reliable, inexpensive red Oster. The big fancy one isn’t even red. Who needs that negativity?

How I did this: I soaked 1 or maybe 1.5 cups of shredded coconut and sliced almonds in filtered water overnight in a mason jar. If you know me, I eyeballed it. I poured it into the blender, hit puree and let it make magic.

You do have to strain it. And really press out all the Yumminess that wants to stay. Here I am with my almond milk

And, in another wave of incredible brilliance that rivals Oz, the Great and Powerful, I actually used the leftover mush to make almond meal and coconut chocolate something or another. The almond meal was a 4 hour process, but simple. I spread it out on parchment lined baking pan and popped in in a 175*F oven and walked away. Checked it at 2 hours, it was still a bit wet. At 3.5 hours I turned up the heat to 275*F and it toasted up beautifully in 20-ish minutes. Here’s a before and after.

The coconut is probably best left unspoken, but I had about 3/4 cup of mush. I added 1 tbsp of Juice Plus Dutch Chocolate Complete and, well…I’ll eat it. Here, because it’s better, is a picture of MAG, also know as Dom. He’ll be a big brother in a few days.

That was his opinion of my coconut chocolate concoction.

Visit again soon!

Till then, bee blessed 🐝



Two for Tuesday, Vintagechyck edition

I have a million things I need to get done in an hour, yet, here I am! 😂

To proclaim the GLORY of God and miraculous healings!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

Not only has my blood pressure come down incredibly…I mean, from high 160/90’s to under 110/70. But…this morning I had an absolute God moment.

I felt as though a wave of peace fell over me, from head to toe. I actually was a bit scared. Since that happened, I have not had the slight background noise in my ears that I have had for so very long. I always associated it with my blood pressure. I never even told my husband about it! It was just “one if those things.”


God is a God of healing. Wonderous and mysterious at times. He took this from me. Period. It’s amazing.

Have a wonderful and miracle filled day 💙💚💙💚

Snowy Sunday Happenings

Really, the most important update is that it’s FOUR Sundays till the Daytona 500. 

So what does Barb do on a snowy Sunday at home with the grandkids? We watch Inside Out while making Salad-in-a-Jars!

That was the counter during prep. I made Maple Balsamic Vinagrette, Creamy Avocado Dressing, spiralized some carrots and zucchini and got my jars in line. I made 2 of each of the following jars. 

The idea of layering is that your dressings go first, then the solid veggies/protein. This way your more tender ingredients don’t wilt. Then add the lighter things, top with greens and seal. Here are the finished products:

I also needed a new batch of toothpaste. I began making my own a few years back. My teeth are very sensitive, and spending $5 on a tube just for me was silly. This recipe seems to work well for me. This time around I added a drop of Clove Bud oil since my bridge is giving me a few issues. #oldladyissues

I got all of this done before 10:30 AM. Now, the grands are playing with Lincoln Logs while I blog. #lifeisgood

I also made myself an essential oil sinus inhaler to combat this pesky scratchy throat. More about inhalers in another post. For now, signing off. Till next time, Be Blessed!

Barb aka Vintagechyck


New Paleo/AIP Pinterest Recipe

Chicken Sausage Poppers
I’ve been reading and pinning quite a bit from this blog and been wanting to make these little gems for a few weeks. Today happened to be the perfect storm of having all the ingredients, with a few variations of my own (of course.)

I used ground turkey and turkey bacon and switched the rosemary for thyme. I liked it. Just the right balance of sweet and savory. Perfect for breakfast or a quick afternoon protein boost. 

My grandson just told me “it tastes like a weird sausage.” Ah. Kids. 😒😂

That’s what’s happening around the Big Blue House this afternoon. Till next time, be blessed!



Happy 2018!

So, I surprisingly find myself able to blog. I guess something is or isn’t working correctly 😛😉

We’re almost 2 weeks into the new year. I have some fun plans and goals, and I hope to be sharing more on here. One thing I am doing with my online gang is A Fruitful Year. You can get some sneak peeks on Beth’s blog. I’m excited to be working through it. We’ll be using the hashtag #fruitfulyear2018 on social media if you want to keep an eye out. 

I was wondering what planner would replace my Uncalendar come July. I’m enjoying it, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get another, and yes, I was leaning towards “probably.” Then, low and behold…I WON A NEW CUSTOMIZED PLANNER FROM DAWN!!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. If you’ve been reading my various versions of this blog over the years, you know I’ve been following Dawn’s beautiful blog for a long time. She has the most wonderful homeschooling plans and links and her planning posts…oh my. I’ve always admired her beautiful handmade planners. And now I get to have one! I will keep you updated on that, believe me! 😉

My switch in health and wellness products is going very well. I am back to feeling better with paleo and Pilates, walking when weather permits, and balancing out my nutrition with Juice Plus+. What a change from my prior routine. So simple. I’m also delving into essential oils, there is so much to absorb, if you’ll forgive the pun. 

I am looking forward to blogging more regularly, with more of a focus on health and wellness. I find it more and more becoming a passion, and as I hit the big Double Nickle this year, I want to go in feeling my best! So as I learn, I shall share.

Till next time, be blessed

Barb 🌻 


I’m Sort of Locked Out…

Hi friends

I’m kind of locked out of this blog right now. I’m working on getting it straightened out. 

I’ll be back! 


15 Minutes…


If you are anything like me, you procrastinate.

There’s always something “else” to do.

Stop! Do you have 15 minutes? Then, get you booty on You Tube or pop in a DVD or go outside


Just 15 minutes a day makes a huge difference emotionally, spiritually and physically.

Stop reading. Get off the device, get on your mat, put on your running shoes, and get moving! You heart, mind and soul will thank you. 💜💪