When you are scared just climb into bed with me.


Happy Monday! Only four days left this week  and I am going to be counting down till that blessed Saturday when I can go back to the Co-Op and get more veggies for a fraction of the price of a major grocery store. Even though the last time I was at the  co-op was 2 weeks ago we still have some stragglers hiding in the back of the fridge. What are you suppose to do with those straggler fruits? Sometimes I am so at a loss they get fed to the puppies  when they are too soft for my liking.  Not last night though I had a revelation a few weeks ago and when my sweet tooth struck with a vengeance.  This sweet tooth met the apples that have been rolling around the bottom drawer of our fridge to make the most delightful apple crisp.

Really the star of the show is the crust. The Apples were delicious, they were thinly sliced and mixed with one key lime, 3 tsp sugar and a hefty amount of cinnamon.

But the crust I could eat raw for days and would probably taste well as an Elephant ear. I started with 1 cup of  Pamela’s Gluten Free Flour mixture.


 Then I added 2 Tbsp of Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter and a dash of salt.

 I then mixed this with my fingers until there were little flour covered almond butter nuggets filling the bowl. I then mixed enough water into the dough so it could easily be rolled into a ball then  using my rolling-pin I rolled it into a flat round big enough to be placed in a small ramekin, then repeated this to the second ball.

I then shaped the dough to fit the ramekins and backed at too hot for approx. 15 minutes.  Really it did end up being too hot and got well done

I then layered the apples and topped with crumble.

I again baked it at too hot and turned out a well done pie, but it was delicious. The crust has such an interesting taste it almost reminds me of honey nut Cheerios though with a stronger smokier flavor.  The recipe for the Almond butter can be found on Edible Perspective’s blog and I would recommend trying it out. Since we I made this in August we have not eaten any store-bought nut butters.

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Monday and continue to have a  great  week.

Cinnamon, Sugar and Lime Juice

Penny Lane


Happy 2011! I don’t really know how I feel about this being a new year, on one hand I am disappointed there is now only one 0 in the date I had become accustomed to writing the year like this 2o1o, now it will look like this 2o11. This is not as pleasing to my eye, but I guess I will get over it.

Most of all I am just surprised that we are to July already. It seems like I just went back to work and now we are headed for the end of another school year. As thankful as I am for the end of the end of the school year it fills me with trepidation to know that I will have 2 months off without a paycheck. But really that is still 5 or so months away so I am trying to put that to the back of my mind and focus on today.

I have terribly big plans for today, the first day of January 2o11.

1. Grocery Shopping (even though Traders Joes is closed :()

2. Underwear shopping. *done*

3. Goal Board (I am very excited about this, crafts and writing my goals down Huge Win!)

4. Clean (yeah for starting the new year off right)

5. Day 6 of the Chalean extreme program. I am working towards getting the Turbo Fire, but right now I am loving using “heavy weights” (heaviest I go is 10lbs and that is a stretch right now).

That is my plan for today, maybe interspersed with some Wii play and some Netflix. Gotta love being able to watch all those cancelled programs I never got around to watching.

Well those are my plans, I hope your plans are everything you want it to be!

Happy New Year and Sparkly Cider
Penny Lane

Ok so it is the end of the day and I have been sitting here thinking about posts and if I had anything. We didn’t have a terribly eventful day, pretty much everything I had planned fell through and I remained at home all day.  Does that sound like I am complaining? I don’t mean to because I actually thoroughly enjoyed my whole day.

I woke up  and took the pups to the dog park and had the whole place to myself until about 8:15 then Poe’s Girlfriend showed up and they romped and played until they could barely walk to the cars.

When I returned home Grandma was watching a Christmas movie so I joined her with that and started cooking my brunch (I didn’t eat until 11am, oops) I then decided to try out the Wii fit and wasted an hour of time “working out”. The dogs were a little scared and chose to find comfort in each others paws.  They had another cute pose but as soon as I got my phone out they moved. Dang them the cute poses are always lost to curiosity. After I had played with the Wii for a bit we watched  How to Cook  Life


There is also a book of the same title and it is classified as self help, but I found it very interesting. The chef Edward Espe Brown was so calm and shared some very great tidbits for life. One of my favorite sayings was a good meal is prepared by a joyful cook. He also talked about how we force so many things to happen in our lives and often force people into seeing out way when if we were to take care and time we could get the same result. I would really recommend this it was an interesting watch.

Well I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday, but I am off to finish Robin Hood Men in Tights and find a book to read.

Merry Christmas, Candy Canes, Hot Cocoa and Peppermint Bark

Penny Lane

 So this is what the last few days have looked like in the desert. Rain, it has rained so much the streets are flooding and the typically dry dusty underpasses have water moving through them so swiftly men were out measuring the water today when we went out.

I have really been enjoying the rain and overcast sky, it makes me feel like I am at home in Seattle. But there are a few things that I had forgotten about overcast days. First it is hard to tell what time it is, yester day I left at 10 am and was thinking it was closer to 4. As someone who has horrible internal timing I really dislike not being able to see where the sun is to track my day.  Second I have not wanted to do anything.  I have bundled myself up at home with my homemade chai from (never home)maker.


I have also been taking advantage of a new membership that has allowed me to learn that there are many many bad


I am hoping that tomorrow there will be a little sun so the puppies and I can enjoy a little hiking, but until then I am going to enjoy some Chai Tea and a little

Until later have a wonderful day,

Penny Lane


I hope you found your way from my previous blog address without any difficulty.  I have been thinking about moving for a few months, but hadn’t wanted to change addresses because if I had begun to build  a few followers I didn’t want them to get frustrated or confused with a sudden change.  In the end I decided to make this change because it is what I wanted to do and I felt like I needed to have a fresh start with a new blogging direction. As the end of yet another quarter came to an end I realized how horribly I had been balancing all parts of my life.


I realized how unhappy I had become with writing my blog, so much so that I didn’t want to write anything. After pondering this fact and mourning the loss of this writing outlet I realized why I no longer wanted to write. I had placed myself into a genre of blogs but was not focusing on everything that makes me a healthy person.  From the time my finals finished till the time I decided to start this new blog was the wheel of health that I learned about while taking one of my many classes for a Certificate in Drug and Alcohol counseling I never pursued.

Like  many times before I began to forget about  a portion of my wheel.  The portion I most commonly forget is the spirituality and the relationships. I generally get so busy with other portions of my life I no longer make time to read scripture or to spend time with friends that does not include work or school. Also by writing only on working out and what I cook and eat I was bored.

So to help with this boredom I decided to clean the slate, though I decide what I do and don’t write on my blog I felt like I was locked into writing about my food life since that is what I had originally started writing at New GF Life. It was going to be all about my journey through Gluten free eating, but I am more than just a gluten-free eater as I shared with a child we all wear many labels.  I label myself as a woman, a supervisor, a cook, a student, an aspiring healthy eater, an aspiring workout guru (ok not guru but I don’t want to be a gym rat), a woman of God, and many more labels than I have time or energy to name. So  this is where a new blog address comes in.  Balancing Life and Love is where I am going to share all of my labels and be able to write more than weekly about what is going on in my life and where I can share my healthy living journey.  So I welcome you to a new adventure for 2011 to  Balancing Life and Love. 

Love and Sugarplums

Penny Lane


You found me. I am currently hanging at the dog park waiting for rain and getting some much needed movement for the dogs.

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