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Superfood Berry Smoothie

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

I’ve made a few changes to my weekly routine that have had a significant effect on my energy level and general feelings of happiness.  I’m now exercising almost daily and immediately after the kids go to school.  I’m spending a few less hours plugged in or online each week.  And I’m eating breakfast regularly!  Or I should say, drinking breakfast regularly.

I’ve never been a big breakfast eater, which all nutritionists will tell you is a very bad thing.  (Weekend stops at IHOP excluded!  Come to me hash browns… )  In the past, I was content each weekday with a big ol’ mug of coffee until about 11 a.m. when I suddenly felt starving and grouchy.  Bad Kate, very bad!

We’ve all read how important it is to jump start your metabolism in the morning, so I started making smoothies in the a.m. and they’re now a big hit around the house – I crave them, Matt loves them, and the kids slurp them down too.

superfood berry smoothie

 

One of the challenging things about a daily smoothie craving is keeping the fresh ingredients around, and also the assembly, it takes effort!  I saw at the market that Jamba Juice sells individual smoothie packets and I’ve purchased them a few times but then I decided I wanted to make my own version at home where I could control the ingredients and have them ready to go each day.

 

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White Chocolate Mint Fudge

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

I love to make sweet little bites for our Christmas party every year, those tiny little morsels that guests can grab and I don’t have to worry about slicing up portions and serving them formally.  One guaranteed way to satisfy guests’ sweet tooth is with a little fudge, and this is my white chocolate mint version.  It’s less sweet than most fudge recipes and tastes more like cheesecake.

The addition of mint extract gives it a wintery flavor but you can edit it out if you prefer pure chocolate.  It’s incredibly easy to make and it’s one of my favorite treats to serve guests during the holidays!

white chocolate mint fudge recipe

To make this white chocolate mint fudge, here’s what you’ll need:

3 bags 11 oz. white chocolate chips

1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

6 oz. lowfat cream cheese

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

nonstick spray

green icing (optional)

8 x 8” glass dish or metal pan

 

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Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers – 20 Recipes!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Today I’m cooking up a turkey and we’ll be bringing a Thanksgiving meal to Great Grandma Verna tomorrow (she’s 103!) but we’ll keep most of the turkey at home to use over the next week.

For our official Thanksgiving feast, we’ll get together with friends and family at my Aunt’s house tomorrow.  I’m always looking for new ways to use leftover turkey and I rounded up 20 scrumptious looking recipes, a few of which I’ll definitely try.

20 leftover turkey recipes

 

1.  Turkey and Mushroom Risotto

turkey and mushroom risotto

 

2.  Turkey Potato Soup

turkey potato soup

 

3.  Turkey Pho

turkey pho

 

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