I thought I was done traveling. But I’m not. Sadly, I had a family emergency back in Wichita last week, so I haven’t had much time to cook. Just to drive. Driving to Wichita takes something like 7-8 hours. Whoever invented road trips must have been on drugs or alcohol at the time. Because driving through Kansas is not fun. It has grass. Dirt. And wreaks of urine. I’m not sure why. I swear it wasn’t me though. I get nervous on road trips, so I drink a total of 8 ounces per 10 hours. Extremely healthy, but I’m definitely not the one that has to stop at all those creepy rest stops. Those things are the creators of scary movies. Not peeing there.

So road trips are boring, obviously. I brought snacks, which is a given, in hopes of keeping myself entertained. Food gives you endorphins, endorphins make you feel good, feeling good makes you feel like you’re having a good time. So I stayed pretty entertained. And I actually found some great food options on the way there. I made mini muffins from Health-Bent and brought with me some Steve’s Paleo Krunch, but I needed some real protein to keep me from eating constantly. So we first found a Qdoba and I got a shredded pork bowl with guac and pico and it lasted 2 meals. Awesome. Then on the way back home, we stopped on Subway and I got a salad. Did you know you can get any sandwich a salad? That’s pretty rad. The chicken didn’t taste real, but whatevs. Better than the Taco John’s option. I would have been a terrible traveling buddy if I ate tacos and tater tots.

Why does Subway smell so weird? The smell seriously sticks to my hair within 15 seconds of being inside Subway. It creeps me out.  I guess I smell like broccoli most of the time anyways. I shouldn’t hate.

We played some pretty interesting games on the road trip. Like finish my sentence. And would you rather. Out of the 16 hours total of driving, we played those games for a total of 35 minutes. So in all honesty, they weren’t interesting at all. But I’m really good at using cruise control now.

Have you ever slept on your arm wrong and woke and your arm is broken? Ok, that’s an exaggeration. But I did wake up the other day, after not working out for 2 days, and my shoulder is completely wrecked. It aches so bad. I mean, it hurts to turn a door handle. But not to snatch. What? I think I’m broken.

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Holiday Salted Peppermint Bark

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  • Yield: 6-8 1x




  1. Melt coconut butter and chocolate chips.
  2. Mix peppermint oil into chocolate.
  3. Pour coconut butter on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Pour melted chocolate on top of coconut butter. Use a knife to make designs in the coconut butter and chocolate mixture.
  4. Sprinkle with salt on top.
  5. Place in freezer to harden for 30 minutes or more.

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  1. Barbara says:

    YES! The “Would You Rather” game is, hands down, the most versatile and engaging activity when in a pinch. As a parent of 3 boys, we regularly play WYR while waiting for food at restaurants, standing in long lines, waiting, waiting, waiting. Our version involves lots of gross out topics and mentions of bodily noises.

  2. Samantha Thiessen says:

    So meanwhile in Canada, this chick made above said bark, except left out the peppermint. Then flipped over to your pumpkin pie bar recipe and made the maple roasted pecans and swirled them into the bark. I think I’ll call it Sanity in a Pan. And then gonna feed it to my gals doing 14.2 this morning. Thank you so much for the ongoing delicious inspiration Juli!

  3. Leona says:

    OH. MY. WORD. This is simply amazing. Thank you for your recipes!

  4. Christine says:

    Love this and I make these once a week with dark chocolate.
    Always good for a snack or to put out if friends stop by.
    Everyone I have served it to loves it and are convinced there has to be more INGREDIANTS than what I tell them.
    Thanks for all you do

  5. Jenna says:

    How much coconut butter do you actually put down on the pan? Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Julia says:

    THIS IS WHAT MY HOLIDAY DREAMS ARE MADE OF. I am in my third trimester and didn’t read the directions so I melted the coconut butter and chocolate together, but it didn’t take away from it at all. I committed the paleo sin of topping with Andes’ Peppermint Crunch in addition to the flaky salt –holy balls. Thank you, Juli!!!

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