Category: Recipes(page 2 of 4)

New Traditions: Friendsgiving

For the last couple of years, my husband and I have talked about having a Friendsgiving, but it wasn’t until this year that I made it happen.

Since it’s Thanksgiving break, lots of our friends are out of school and work, so we settled on a day during the week to have all the mommies and kids over for snacks and crafts.

We made paper plate turkeys by:

1) coloring the paper plates brown
2) cutting out feathers
3) gluing the feathers to the back of the paper plate
4) hot gluing googly eyes
5) hot gluing a stick (if needed/ wanted)

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Then, the kids played outside on the playground/ with Legos, etc.

We had lunch of Chick-fil-a nuggets (because all kids eat those, right?!), broccoli cheese casserole, candied yams, pumpkin pie, veggie straws, Tee Pees, Corn Pops and more. It was potluck and all the moms brought a dish to share.

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BREAD! Recipes for Zucchini & Banana

I saw a video probably back in October for Death by Chocolate Zucchini Bread and thought, that is A LOT of chocolate. Not so sure how healthy it really is.

I had never made a zucchini bread, but any way I can sneak veggies into my kids (and hubby’s) meals, I’m in!

Hubby also just found out he has a fatty liver and has been on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Zucchini bread was one of the few things he said he could eat for dessert.

I also had a TON of chicken eggs that needed to be used and I read that breads are a good way to use them up, since most bread recipes call for at least 4 eggs.

HOLY MOLY! This bread is delicious. My kids don’t even notice the zucchini and eat it up for breakfast or we even eat it as dessert! It is SO GOOD.

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Recipe Share: Homemade Blueberry Muffins

With Emma starting preschool, breakfast around here has been hectic.

I’m not used to leaving by 8:20!

I had picked up some mini blueberry muffins from Publix, but I went through two boxes of them in two weeks!

So, to Pinterest I went and found a few different recipes that I liked.

I wanted to use whole wheat flour.

I didn’t have any plain Greek yogurt to use.

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So this is what ended up being my recipe:

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Homemade Granola Bars

Who does’t love a good granola bar?

My oldest daughter recently took a liking to them, which I was thrilled about!

They’re a healthy snack and one more thing she’ll actually eat! SCORE!

Except, I was paying $5 for 5 granola bars. Yikes.

And she would eat like one a day.

So pretty much every week, I was buying another box of granola bars.

I decided I wanted to try to make my own. How bad could it be? I had made granola before, so why not granola bars?

I scoured the Interwebs for recipes.

I wanted something with chocolate chips.

But still chewy.

Must be toddler approved.

I ended up using parts and pieces of a few different recipes. Here’s what I came up with:

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Recipe Share: Peach Jam

Back in May, we went peach picking at our neighbor’s orchard.

I spent a week cutting and pitting and freezing and cooking and baking peaches.

Last month, I decided I wanted to attempt to make Peach Jam. Usually, I make my strawberry jam in a bread maker, but it always comes out a little to runny for our family’s tastes.

So, this time, I decided to make it on the stove.

I attempted to make a no-pectin recipe, but it was looking too liquid to me, so I added pectin to it (following the directions on the pectin)

Here’s what my recipe ended up being:

One gallon-size Ziplock bag of frozen peaches (when I bagged them, it was probably 3-4 peaches)

2 1/2 cups sugar

Juice from 1 lemon

2 teaspoons fruit pectin

Cook down the frozen peaches, add sugar and lemon juice. Once all ingredients are melded in the pot, I poured into a mason jar and have been enjoying it on toast, PBJ and more!

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Chicken Treats For Hot Summer Days

As most of you know, I’m a new chicken mommy. We got 5 baby chicks for our girls (OK, they were for me!) on Easter.

These are them as babies:

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They stayed in a small rabbit cage until they were about 3-4 months old and it was getting a little crowded in there:

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Now, they live in their deluxe coop outside full time.

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In Florida. In summer.

The past few weeks have been brutal here (with real feel temperatures in the 100s- NOT KIDDING)

So, I decided to whip up some treats for them to keep them cool.

I took some corn and shucked it off the cob.

I put it in the bottom of a silicone tray (I think it’s supposed to be used for brownies lol) and topped it with water.

Then, I freezed them and got frozen corn treats for our girls! (Yes, they’re all girls now!)

*side note: we recently “traded” out our rooster for another hen. Meet Dory:

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They ate them right up!

Bonus: Our newest girl decided to lay eggs the day after I gave her these treats! Coincidence? I think not!

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I never thought I’d grow up to be that crazy chicken lady, but here I am, killin’ it:image

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Quiche with Leftovers


After we made our whole chicken, I used some of the left over meat, plus lots of veggies to make a delicious quiche I’ve been eating every day since!

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Here are the veggies I used:

Onion (diced)

tomato

brocolli

leftover corn (cut off the cob)

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All put in the bottom of a pre-made pie crust. Poke holes in the bottom of the pie crust first with a fork!

Then, in a bowl I whisked together 4 eggs and 1-2 tablespoons of whole milk (you could also use Half and Half).

Pour the egg mixture over the veggies in the pie crust.

Top with cheese! You could use shredded, but I just sliced some off the block of cheese. I used organic cheddar cheese.

Then I baked it in the oven at 400 for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

Whole Chicken Recipe

I have been dreaming about food since I was on the 3-Day Refresh.

I took out a whole chicken to cook on Sunday night and we didn’t eat it until Thursday night! LOL

For our chicken, I cooked it on a roasting pan with a rack (so it didn’t sit in the juices and got all soggy)

I wanted it to be crispy!

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Recipe: Coconut Oil Bulletproof Coffee

After being on the Refresh for 3 days (WITH NO COFFEE), I couldn’t wait to have my coffee the morning after…

When I first started drinking coffee, I was in college and it was Caramel Frappuccino (with extra caramel!)

After college, I drank it with creamer and sugar.

When I went “low-carb,” I used Splenda or another artificial sweetener.

After a few years,  I started going more organic and more all-natural, especially when I was pregnant, I became acutely aware that what I was putting in my body went right the the baby.

Here’s how I make my coffee every morning:

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10 oz. organic brewed coffee (I use our Keurig)

1 tsp organic coconut oil

1/2 tsp agave nectar

1/4 cup almond milk

Blend! And Enjoy!

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Cleanse: 3-Day Refresh Results

After having family in town, a bachelorette party, our anniversary, a wedding and the Fourth ofJuly, I had indulged quite a bit over the last couple of months…

and was feeling bloated and just all-around yucky…

Enter the 3-Day Refresh.

I had done it once before (successfully)

And failed miserably the time I tried to do it with my husband (eek).

I just finished the cleanse and here are my results:

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Didn’t think I’d give it right away, did ya? 😉

To get the results, here’s what I ate for 3 days:

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