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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Design + Decor, Eat, Lifestyle, Recipes, RestErin StanczykComment
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

TREAT YOURSELF

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I'm sure we can all agree that temptations are running rampant around this time of the year between holiday parties and Grandma's baked goods. Treating yourself should be enjoyable, before, during, and after! Whenever I go to a holiday gathering, I don't show up empty-handed--instead, I use these festive times as an opportunity to take on a new challenge in the kitchen. I get the satisfaction of creating a new and delicious recipe, plus I don't have to worry about what to eat at the party! These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites are completely raw vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and they taste absolutely amazing!

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

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Caramel Apple "Cheesecake" Bites

These bite-size delights are full of raw, whole-food goodness, and they make for the perfect holiday treat! Honeycrisp apples, cinnamon spice, and ooey-gooey caramel drizzle make for a festive combo, and cheesecake made with raw nuts makes for a healthy dairy alternative!

raw vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, cinnamon-spicey + delicious

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

crust ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2/3 cup dried mulberries (or raisins)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 4 teaspoons water

method:

  1. Grind almonds in a food processor. 
  2. Add mulberries and ground flax and continue grinding.
  3. Add water and pulse to incorporate. Dough should hold together when molded and shaped, if not, add more water.
  4. Press crust into mini cupcake or tart pans, and place into freezer while making creamy, apple cheesecake filling.
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

apple cheesecake filling ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced, peeled apples (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 cup raw, soaked cashews
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

method:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Spoon the apple cream into each of the tart crusts, and place back in the freezer to chill while making the caramel apple topping.
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

caramel apple ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lucuma powder (optional)
  • 1.5 tablespoons raw almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 large apple, peeled and diced small

method:

  1. Whip all ingredients together except the apple to make caramel sauce. 
  2. Fold in the apple until evenly coated and place on top of the cheesecake tarts to serve!

 

note:

  • To brighten up your cheesecake bites, try adding pomegranate arils to the top of each! 
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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Feed Your Soul

EatMoveRest is all about finding balance between the three things we all do every day. To me, a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing home, or nest, is essential to overall well-being. There's nothing I love more than to get creative with the placement of special pieces throughout our home, especially around the holidays, and I very much consider the process not work, but Rest for my soul.

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

a white christmas

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor

Deck The Halls

We are Christmas elves, through and through! Dusty and I purchased our first home in the fall and moved in over Thanksgiving weekend, and immediately decked the halls for Christmas. We always feel that our humble abode is the most alive during the winter months, when we can embellish our surroundings with all of the decorations that made our house a home that very first year! 

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor

Have a sweet holiday

This holiday season, I pray that you all take the time to do whatever it is that gives your soul Rest--whether that be creating something with your hands, crafting a new recipe, going on an outdoor adventure, or simply spending more downtime by the fireside with loved ones. 

'Tis the season to practice self-love, self-care, and embody a spirit of Joy! 

I hope that all of you have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

 

See you in 2018!

 

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

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Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream: An Herbal, Antioxidant-Packed, Bouquet In A Bowl

Eat, Recipes, Food + NutritionErin StanczykComment
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Spring Has Sprung

April showers have brought on an abundance of promised May flowers! White tents are popped up in parking lots, brimming with leafy and flowering plants, bike paths and sidewalks are lined with the sweet scent of fresh blooms and treetops are aflutter with chirping birds and chasing squirrels. The farmer's market is in full swing and berries are ripe for the picking. 

The other night, the hubby and I were watching one of my favorite movies, It's Complicated, with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin, and I swoon every time I lay eyes on the dreamy, California home, garden, and bakery that Streep's character gets to call life. At one point in the movie, she mentions a bowl of Lavender ice cream, and the idea stuck with me.

Lavender makes the world stand still.
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LAVENDER

NICE CREAM

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Lavender Love

Lavender is known for it's stress and anxiety-relieving properties and its sweet scent evokes a calm and relaxed state of mind. On top of that, lavender can be used to heal minor wounds and burns, reduce acne, restore skin complexion, alleviate headaches, and aid in a restful night's sleep. For more on lavender its benefits, check out this quick, 3-minute video on NutritionFacts.org!

I'm a lavender addict--from dried sprigs sprinkled throughout our home, to essential oils wafting from my bed sheets to a calming cup of tea and a good book at the end of a long day. While at Open Harvest, our local co-op, I wandered through the herbal and supplement aisle to explore, as I often do. To my delight, I stumbled upon a large glass container of organic, dried lavender flowers, typically used for brewing your own tea. It was a 90-degree day, and all of a sudden, the idea of creating my own version of Lavender Nice Cream didn't sound half bad!

My cart was already lined with the obligatory assortment of berries that dominate my breakfasts and snacks, so I thought I'd use my favorite-of-the-moment, blackberries, to create the perfectly purple bowl of dairy-free, fruitfully delicious, Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | BLACKBERRY-LAVENDER NICE CREAM: AN HERBAL & ANTIOXIDANT-PACKED BOUQUET IN A BOWL
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Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream

Nothing says spring has sprung, like a cool, frozen treat combining two of the season's finest--fresh-picked blackberries and luscious lavender. This bouquet of flowers in a bowl will leave you feeling blissed out, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert!

raw vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, herbal, antioxidant-packed deliciousness

serves: 2 // time: 5 min

 

ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups blackberries
  • 4-5 frozen, ripe, freckled bananas
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 1.5 cups hot water

method:

  1. Place lavender into tea ball or sachet and place in tea cup. Pour hot water over top and allow tea to brew for 8-10 minutes.
  2. While tea is steeping, add frozen bananas and blackberries to high-speed blender. 
  3. Add anywhere from a splash to the entire cup of tea into the blender, depending on the thickness you prefer.
  4. Scoop or pour into bowl or glass and sprinkle with a dusting of lavender. Top with blackberries and other fruit of your choice and enjoy!

notes:

  • If you don't have dried lavender, simply substitute a lavender tea bag or a couple drops of food-grade, lavender essential oil.
  • You may also brew the lavender tea ahead of time and chill in the refrigerator.
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The Perfect Mother's Day Delight

Related Recipe:

Raw Vegan Blackberry Cheesecake (this recipe also tastes great with love + lavender added in!)

Spring is here, the berries are bright, the lavender is abloom, and most importantly--Mother's Day is around the corner! What better way to say I Love You to Mom, than with a sweet treat, made specially for her! Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there, and mom, I Love You! ;)

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DESIGNED FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE,

Erin

Erin Stanczyk