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Today it is a huge privilege and an honor to share this space with Mary Beth Johnson. I first got to know Mary Beth through Instagram, when #theeverydayproject, went viral. (Click on the hashtag to explore some of the 87,000 + photos that have been shared). Because of her, we all started sharing our average “everyday photos” and we started seeing normal life as beautiful, and not ordinary. She has inspired me to be creative with my kids and to love this life we’ve been given, the good, the bad and everything in between.

Mary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she’s dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.

Thank you so much, Mary Beth for sharing with us today! We’re happy to have you here!
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If we were to meet in real life, you would find me in my skinny jeans and a plain tee, camera in hand. If you came over to my house, I would most likely be in the kitchen, cooking or baking something…for you.

I would tell you that my journey with food began in a big house in the woods when I began cooking for my large family as a teenager. 13 total siblings, to be exact. I wanted to learn it all…how to bake bread from scratch, roast a turkey for thanksgiving, and make cranberry bread in the winter. And it’s there that I learned something: the kitchen is a love language all its own. 

The process of making and creating art with ingredients, and giving it back to the people you love, gathering around the table and sharing stories. It is the pause to our fast-paced culture. A haven for traditions and memories.

 I’m still cooking for the people I love (mostly my four schooners and my husband) and although my life has gotten busier and fuller, I still relish the simple art of putting food on the table for my family.

I find that as a mother my needs are different when it comes to the recipes I’ll use over and over again. I have an insatiable sweet tooth and I’m always looking for healthy options that’ll satisfy my cravings, but give me lasting energy to boot. And with my kids constantly pestering me for snacks, it’s nice to give them something that I know is filled with wholesome ingredients. I keep these granola bars stored in the fridge and we pull them out at our 4pm snack time. These also make an excellent gift to a new mother on postpartum rest, or to a friend who needs a pick-me-up. I so hope you enjoy!

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CHEWY GRANOLA BARS
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup natural peanut butter {or sunflower butter}
  2. 2/3 cup honey
  3. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  4. 2 cups oats
  5. 2 total cups combination of coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds {or your own combination of nuts and dried fruit}
  6. Chocolate, chopped and sprinkled on top, optional
Instructions
  1. In medium size sauce pan, melt together peanut butter, honey and coconut oil.
  2. Remove from heat and add oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and coconut.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Press mixture into pan {I used a pan slightly smaller than a 9×13 and it was perfect.}, If you use a 9 x 13 you don’t have to fill it all the way, just spread to your desired thickness and sprinkle {while still warm} with chopped chocolate. {I like to press the chips in a little and sometimes I sprinkle with coconut flakes too.}
  5. Chill for 2 hours in fridge and cut into bars.
  6. When we’re not devouring them, we keep ours in the fridge so they’ll stay “congealed”. And you must know, these are divine with a glass of almond milk. Take it from me
Notes
  1. You can totally make this recipe your own, mixing in your favorite combinations of seeds, nuts, and dried fruit.
Adapted from Fly Through Our Window
Northwest Healthy Mama http://nwhealthymama.com/
bioMary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she’s dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.

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Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids’ school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.


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