I think this is the first time I’ve ever blogged on my lunch break, but here I am at my desk, eating my lunch and trying to find time to get this post up. I’ve had no time to blog when I’m at home. Friday night consisted of buying painting supplies at Home Depot, making salmon tacos, and drinking my favorite Hanna Sauv Blanc. After relaxing for a bit it was time to hit the hay. Saturday wasn’t much different and included taking Ryder to the vet, sanding down our master vanity, priming it, painting it a couple coats, grocery shopping, and relaxing shortly before starting all over again on Sunday. Sunday morning we cleaned our condo, I made these balls, we went back to the new house after a quick stop at the hardware store and started all over again with countless tasks on the house. My parents stopped by late Sunday afternoon and assisted with a couple projects before taking us out to dinner. Once home we were exhausted and there was no way I was coherent enough to produce anything worthy of posting.
This time in our life of living at our condo and spending every weekend day at our new house will be coming to a close soon – thank god! Our condo closes on March 30th, so we have to move out the weekend before. It’s looking like we’ll be staying with my parents for a good two weeks before our hardwood floors will be finished. I’m telling you, the next 4 weeks can’t come soon enough.
I’d like to say that the weeks have been flying by, but somehow they really haven’t been. The weekends sure fly by because we’re go, go, go! but the weeks have been dragging on slowly. I know all the work we’re doing there will be done soon. I’m just SO looking forward to enjoying the hard work we’ve done there. Though, I’m sure even then I won’t be able to stop thinking about other projects that still need to happen while we live there; i.e. landscaping (STAT).
Besides constantly working on our house, I’ve been trying to still eat healthy. I’d be lying though if I didn’t include that we’ve been eating out more than I’d like on the weekends. Perhaps once we’re all settled we’ll think about doing another Whole30, but then again, we’ll probably want to enjoy our work with a beer on the couch in our new living room. I’m still cooking Monday-Friday practically all paleo meals and sticking to my way of healthy eating, which includes these 10 a.m. snack balls. I’m constantly coming up with new ideas for snack balls. These once came to me after I made the apricot almond balls. I love coconut and thought it’d be delicious to add some dried mango and pineapple to create a tropical taste. It totally worked because David and I love these. The pineapple rings are sweetened (unfortunately…) so the balls are plenty sweet. I may have processed these nut balls a tad too long because they were a tad oily in my warm fingers, but it’s just the natural oils from the nuts, so no need to be grossed out by them! David said the texture reminded him of cookie dough (if you process them too long). I hope you’re not getting tired of these type of snack ball recipes because I have another one in mind for next week! Happy Monday!
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup dried mango, torn into pieces
- 1/2 cup dried pineapple, torn into pieces
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
- In a food processor; dump in almonds and cashews. Pulse until finely chopped.
- Add in mango, pineapple, coconut, salt, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon citrus juice. Process ingredients until it comes together to almost form a ball. You may need to add an additional tablespoon of citrus juice.
- Measure out 1 tablespoon balls and line on a baking sheet. Freeze for at least an hour before serving.
- Lasts in freezer in a ziplock bag for up to a couple weeks.
- While rolling out balls they may be very oily due to how long you need to process them.
- Makes about 15 balls.