★ chocolate peanut butter balls ★

★ Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls ★

I have mentioned in my previous post, I am much more of a baker than a cook, I also do enjoy something sweet especially with the lack of sleep I currently have .. but it should be healthy!!

I am calling these chocolate peanut butter balls healthy because I do not use any sugar,  no butter, no syrup and no flour. It is just a few natural ingredients, literally rolled up into one  –  little protein balls!

Makes 20

INGREDIENTS

  • 225 gramm organic, raw, unsalted peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave nectar)Salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons almond meal
  • 115 gramm chocolate, semi-sweet or bittersweet
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place peanuts on a baking sheet and roast approximately 5 minutes, pulling them just as they turn golden. Allow to cool.
  2. Put peanuts in a high powered blender and mix until smooth and oils release. Add honey and salt and process until desired taste is reached. Place peanut butter in a bowl and add almond meal, adjusting the amount until the mixture is combined and begins to form a ball. To get the mixture to further set, return to freezer for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove peanut butter from freezer and use two melon scoops to place dime size balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place sheet in freezer until set, about 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and if balls needs shaping, roll between hands.
  4. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a microwaveable safe dish and stir.
  5. Break the middle tines of a plastic fork and use to roll the balls through the chocolate until fully coated. Place balls back on pan. Once finished, return the pan to the freezer until the balls are fully set.
  6. If there is leftover chocolate, you can double dip some of the balls for a thicker, fuller coverage.
  7. Serve immediately or store in the freezer.

Bon appetit!

 

★ iconic mum – jacqueline k. ★

As a preemie mum I am caffeinated by the story of the beautiful First lady, who was mum of a stillborn and a preemie. It is terrible what she had to go through.★

Jacqueline LeeJackieKennedy Onassis (née Bouvier, (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Jackie and John had four children; Arabella was a stillborn in 1956, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy was born in 1957, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. was born in 1960, and in 1963, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, a preemie (over five weeks early), died two days after his birth. 

Jackie’s preemie story:

On August 7, 1963 Jackie went into labor and gave birth to a boy, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, via emergency Caesarean at nearby Otis Air Force Base. His lungs were not fully developed, and he was transferred from Cape Cod to Boston Children’s Hospital where he died of hyaline membrane disease (now known as respiratory distress syndrome) two days after birth. Jacqueline had remained at Otis Air Force Base to recuperate after the Caesarean delivery; President Kennedy went to Boston to be with their infant son, and was present at his death. Jacqueline would later say that her husband cried after Patrick’s death, a departure from his lack of emotion at the passing of their stillborn daughter years earlier and that she was stunned, hoping that the ordeal would change him as a person. The First Lady was deeply affected by the death, entering a state of depression afterward and it had an impact on her marriage. Upon their departure from Otis Air Force Base, she and her husband were seen holding hands, an unusual public gesture for the couple. Secret Service agent Clint Hill recalled their having “a distinctly closer relationship” following Patrick’s death. Press secretary Pierre Salingeralso believed that the President and First Lady had been brought closer by the passing of their last child.★1164c2581a10fcc5be3ad0583aab1df8ef8baa46047c558829d18064951563ca3cfbdb3893247f7e1af02d84748f570b (1)3ea225859179ea5071a82e479580c607e621dc4586fd14fc717dd207215cbaa31fbe7abccc50179678793cfe6524b9011c375f57b9724f9c8ad0efadb209eb8cdf599966085dff725b337ce1abfa20779caf7c83031a503e58af05314f61a8b3831deaca26703df6549425aed42bfa2ead4f28cdb79308f6863cdc0a060ecf34a20746f5d9602659d287f09862f5baf303280ff12691b42d93be0c80ccc76456

★ tassel girland ★

One of my favourite items, that you can find as well on the style spread for toddlers, is the tassel girland! It is great to add some fun in the room of your little one or just as decoration for the next kids party.★

You are caffeinated by this DIY idea? So get crafty….

materials

1. Take one piece of tissue paper (1 piece will make 4 tassels).  Fold it once lengthwise, then once widthwise, and one more time widthwise.

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2. Cut little strips (this is your fringe) leaving 2in. of uncut tissue paper on the top.  Then unfold it once and cut down the middle. 

*make sure the “top” (2in. uncut portion) is on the fold . . . you will see why.

*If you have trouble cutting through all the layers of tissue, like I did, feel free to unfold it once and cut.  
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3. Take one of the halves and unfold it again, you should have 2 sections.  Then take the second halve and unfold it again.  One of them will need to be cut in half lengthwise to make 2 more sections.  You should end up with 4 separate sections.

* This is a good time to plug in your hot glue gun.

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4. Take each section one at a time and roll the center portion.  Make sure to not let the fringe get tangled as you roll.  It helps to gently run your fingers through the fringe as you roll.  Next, twist the center (the unfringy part…it’s a word…sure), till it looks like the last picture.
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5.  You’re almost there!  Take your tassel and fold it in half twisting the sides in opposite directions until it makes a little loop at the top.  Put a dot of glue from your hot glue gun on the spot indicated, and twist the two sides around each other. 

* Make sure to hold the glued portion together for a couple seconds to allow it to dry.  

Lastly, string and enjoy!

* If you are using something bigger than twine to hold your tassels, you will need to glue your tassels around it.  I made the tassels separately because I knew my twine would fit through the holes.

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★ hyperrealism by ©lee price ★

Lee Price is a painter who creates super photorealistic self-portraits that touch a very fragile topic – woman’s relationship with food.

The paintings show her and food in intimate and private settings. The pictures of the painter, getting excessive with food that is considered indulgent, forbidden, or comforting. Her works addresses the intersections of food with body image, addiction, and unabating desire. I am caffeinated by the artist, who is brave enough to “talk about” this sensitive subject.

Lee Price a caffeinated woman!

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Interested? Check out her website: www.leepricestudio.com.

★ kiddy trench coat ★

Charlotte loves her trench coat... an iconic style essential that is just perfect when the weather gets cooler.

trench coat (noun): a usually long raincoat with deep pockets and a belt

It is a style essential for adults and kids. A trench coat is a raincoat made of waterproof heavy-duty cotton gabardine drill, or leather, or polin. So it is the perfect item to wear in autumn. The classic versions come in various lengths ranging from just above the ankles (the longest) to above the knee (the shortest). 

It was originally an item of clothing for Army officers (developed prior to the war but adapted for use in the trenches of the First World War, hence its name) and shows this influence in its styling. Traditionally this garment is double-breasted with 10 front buttons, has wide lapels, a storm flap and pockets that button-close. The coat is belted at the waist with a self-belt, as well as having straps around the wrists that also buckle. The coat often has shoulder straps that button-close; those were a functional feature in a military context. The traditional color of a trench coat was khaki, although newer versions come in many colors.

The classic trench coat is from Burberry … but there are plenty of other brands out there!

Get inspired by the looks below:

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★ preemie life ★

It is difficult to explain the journey with preemies, the emotional roller coaster ride over months. One of my reasons for blogging is that I would like people to better understand this journey.  However with regards to this topic it is most probably more healing for me as it is educating the rest of the world ;)!

However, I can’t help but still wish for the original goal. If I would have to sum it up in a list of things that I wish people knew about prematurity and being a preemie mum, these are my big ones.★

★ premature babies are not just smaller versions of full-term babies

premature babies are born sick. By referring to where they stay as the “NICU” as one word, it seems that many people forget that the last three letters stay for Intensive Care Unit. Prematurity, regardless of gestation, presents serious long and short term health and development concerns.

Every premature baby’s storys different★

your’s sister’s best friend’s cousin may have had a 22 week preemie who is now an Olymic athelete…or maybe she is “just fine” now, but does not predict the outcome of any other preemie. Preemie mums concerns and fears for their childrens immediate and longterm are real. Pondering on those concerns will not change anything, but if you just brush your concerns under the rug, you are not  being honest, or do not understand the risks of children born too early.

There is nothing magical about two★

being born too soon is not something that is outgrown. Medically speaking, once a child past their due date, are a “former preemie”. However that does not mean the baby has caught up and many do not catch up at two or ever. Most of the time it takes up to six years or even forever!

Washing your hands is really easy★

just do it! It is the most effective way to prevent the spread of illness and disease.

I am sensitive★

the emotional toll of prematurity is significant. You may mean no harm when you are complaining about your last weeks of full-term pregnancy or try to tell me that I am over- protective of my babies, however those are only reminders to me that you don’t get me or my experience. That makes me feel lonely and sad and a whole slew of other emotions that I have not figured out yet.

I am not amazing★

I do not deserve to be on any parenting pedestal. Some days I am a great mum, some days I pray that I did not just screw up my kids for life. The tasks on my job description  for mum may look a little different from many other’s but at the end of the day, I am just doing what I need to do, to give my kids their best chances.

Trust me, that is what you would do, too! xx

★ foreword – foody ★

I have to make a confession: caffeinatedmum is NOT a great cook! But I think it is important to eat right!

My husband is French and therefore he is very particular with food. We have agreed on following designations, he is the Executive chef and I am the Pastry chef, that means I am responsible to satisfy the sweet tooth in the house.

Therefore caffeinated recipes are simple, sweet but healthy!

Guten Appetit/ Bon appetit!

 

★ hyperrealism ★

★ “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life★ 

Pablo Picasso

According to the one and only Pablo P. caffeinatedmum would like to introduce you one by one her favourite artists …. kicking off with a serie of artists, who represent the modern art style, “hyperrealism”, that has developed since the early 2000s. “Hyperrealism” is a genre of painting and sculpture resembling a high-resolution photograph. “Hyperrealism” is considered an advancement of photorealism by the methods used to create the resulting paintings or sculptures. 

  1. Omar Otiz – oil on linen

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2. Paul Cadden – small drawing pencil on paper

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3. Diego Fazio – charcoal pencil

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4. Ron Mueck – sculpture, mixed materials

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Is it also fun to you? Stay caffeinated …more to come! xxx

★ hyperrealism by ©josep moncada juaneda ★

Today I would like to introduce the realistic artwork of Spanish artist Josep Moncada JuanedaThe first painting has become one of my all time favourites.

How caffeinating are his paintings?★

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Josep Moncada Juaneda was born in Mahon, Menorca in 1967 and trained as a painter at the Massana and Llotja Schools of Art in Barcelona under Rafel Jofre and Isidre Manils. He has participated in group exhibitions in Barcelona, Madrid, Menorca and Mallorca, earning first prize at the Festes St. Bartomeu, Ferreries (2001) and was voted ‘favourite artist’ at the Premi St. Antoni, Menorca (2003), when he was also awarded a scholarship by the Talens España.

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