Apple Pecan “Simply Fit” Cookies

apple pecan protein cookies

Growing up in Michigan, and being a first grade teacher, September meant apples… field trips to the orchards picking apples from the trees and filling wicker baskets… visiting cider mills and experiencing that first taste of the fall season… and making chunky homemade applesauce in the Crock pot filling our kitchen with a warmth autumn.

Now, I’m a homeschooling mom living on the sun coast of Florida.  Our farmer’s markets are filled with Michigan apples, but I think it’s time to start a new Floridian tradition in the Warren kitchen… and these vegan protein cookies are perfect for this new beginnings!


The Yummies:

· 2 cups of blanched almond flour
· 2 scoops Arbonne Gluten Free Vanilla Protein Powder
· 1 scoop Arbonne Fiber Boost
· 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
· 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
· 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
· 1/2 cup grape seed oil
· 1/2 cup agave nectar
· 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
· 1 cup fresh or dehydrated apples – chopped (add more if you like)
· 1 cup chopped pecans

The Artistry:

· Combine dry ingredients into a bowl. Add liquid ingredients to dry and stir with a fork. Add apples and nuts.
· Bake on a greased cookies sheet for 7 to 10 minutes at 350. Cool before removing from cookie sheet


The Bedtime Story for Women Entreprenuers



Leaders are Readers and Women Entrepreneurs

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”  

From a very young age, our children become wrapped in the habit of plopping on our laps to hear a bedtime story.  As parents, we understand the importance of reading to our children and opening up a world of adventure, character, and vital lessons.

This is truly one of my favorite times in our family day.  It’s a time to feel the warmth of our bodies huddled together as a story unfolds.  Giggles, gasps, and “ah ha” moments are preludes to sleepy eyes, yawns, and dreams of wonder.

This nightly reading ritual should extend to our own nightstand and pillowswhere a good book is waiting.

The books may look different as we grow older.  We have explored the pages of board books, “Lift the Flap”, poetry, Nancy Drew mysteries, Charlotte’s Web, and Harry Potter.  With each genre and style, the pages still embrace a journey of personal growth.  Within minutes we reach the end of the chapter or book, and we are changed in some way.

As a women entrepreneurs, it’s our responsibility to shape our mindset and success by learning more, doing more, and becoming more.  I encourage you to assume your role as a life-long learner. Invest in your personal development and cuddle up with a good book that will challenge and transform your thoughts.  Absorb the wisdom of the author and implement what you learn.

One idea discovered in a book can change the way you see yourself and your business.

One idea embraced in a book could transform your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

One idea implemented from a book could drive your business to remarkable success.

What books are on your nightstand?  “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown is highlighted, dog-eared, and waiting for me.

Live Beautifully!