It's a Celebration!

We have a lot to celebrate today, and I'm so excited to share it with you!

For the last few months, I've been dreaming of officially being a freelance writer. I love writing and have had so much fun updating this blog. I'm going to continue As Told By Amy, but I've also been working on pieces to submit elsewhere. It took two tries, but I am delighted to announce that a post I submitted to Her View From Home a couple of weeks ago is going to be published on their site! My post goes live this Sunday, and, over the next 30 days you're going to see me sharing the link like crrrrraaaaaazzzzzzzyyyyyy because, depending on how well my article does, there may be the possibility of becoming a regular contributor with them!! The cherry on top is that they also pay their contributors, so I will really be living the dream: staying home with my sweet girl while still contributing financially to our family doing something I really love doing. What could be better? Since they pay based on how many unique views an article receives during its 30-day trial period, go ahead and check out some of the other articles while you're there (and feel free to share mine once I give you the link!). 

You also may have noticed that As Told By Amy looks quite different. We decided that it was high time for an update. In all honesty, when I first started the page I was so excited that I just kind of slapped something together with the intent of going back and doing it right, but, you now how these things go. I became accustomed to how the page looked and just never figured out what I wanted to do with it, so things stayed the same. But, in light of most recent developments, we knew we had to do something about how this space looked. My incredibly smart and talented husband poked around and, in a matter of minutes, figured out how to do everything I wanted to do here! There are still a couple of tweaks to be made (namely digitizing the As Told By Amy logo you see at the top of the page since it's still pretty rough around the edges), but I really love the clean lines and all the changes! Feel free to explore and see all the updates! And, while you're at it, go ahead and subscribe! I really want this blog to take off!

Another obvious change is the addition of the photography portfolio. I'm just starting out with photography, but it's already one of my favorite things to pull out my camera, mess around with the settings, and capture beautiful moments that we experience. I'm hoping to be able to buy a DSLR in the next couple of months in order to really grow myself and the blog in this area. I can't wait to see how all of this unfolds!

In honor of all the wonderful changes around here, I did what any self-respecting American would do and made cookies. If you're looking for a healthy cookie that doesn't actually taste healthy, you need to check this recipe out. I'll post the variation I did below along with some tips of what I should have done because, as you can probably tell from the pictures, they didn't turn out very pretty. But, what they lack in aesthetics, they more than make up for in deliciousness, so you should still make them ASAP!

I more or less doubled the recipe, so it looked a little something like this:

Cowboy Cookies

3 cups almond flour

2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

2/3 cup oat flour (I should've done coconut flour here instead to help the dough bind better)

1 cup softened butter

6 eggs

1 cup Truvia

Splash of vanilla

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup chopped pecans

2 cups coarsely chopped 85% dark chocolate

Mix the wet ingredients. Add in the dry ingredients. Bake for 10 minutes at 375. Enjoy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (you decide for yourself if that's a joke or not...)

 

Thank you to everyone who has read or commented on my blog! Your encouragement has meant the world to me!