Muffins!

These are not healthy, but mighty tasty!! I am having some girls over for a Saturday brunch… My Lucy as I prepared the muffins!

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I found this tasty treat from:: http://velvetlava.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-am-now-in-muffin-loop.html?m=1

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Granola bites– again!

I have made these before, well I actually make them about once a week. A very healthy homemade snack!

What you need:
1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cup flaxseed
1-2 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1 cup add-ins (optional– chocolate chips, dried cranberries, nuts etc..)

What to do:
Mix it all together, lay out as thin as you desire on a flat pan and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
Once they have hardened, flip the pan upside down and remove the mixture.

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Cut mixture into bite size bars.
Store in the refrigerator.

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I had a helper 🙂

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Enjoy!

Easy homemade salsa

Who doesn’t love chips and salsa?! It is one of my favorites! Again, store bought is full of preservatives that our bodies do not need… So I make it myself. Plus the amount of money you save is pretty unreal! It cost me less than $5 to make a huge bowl, probably 1/3 of it would fill a normal store bought jar of salsa which is about $3-$5 depending on the brand!

What you need:
6 Roma tomatoes
1 onion
8 cloves of garlic
1 bunch of cilantro
1 jalapeño
1 Anaheim chili
1 can diced tomatoes
1 pinch of salt

What to do:
Mix it all together! I used a chopper and chopped each item and then combined it all together in a large bowl.

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Apple and banana cupcakes with Greek yogurt frosting

This was from valentines day.. Little treats for her little party. My Lucy did approve, after all she is the taste tester!

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Frosting:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup powder sugars
1 tsp vanilla

Cupcakes:
1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
½ tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt

What to do:
Mix up frosting and put aside in the refrigerator to keep cool.
In a mixer blend all other ingredients.
Pour into lined muffin tins. (I used mini tins)
Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until done.
After cooling frost and top with fresh strawberries or blueberries!

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Quick party menu

Our conversation this morning:: “hey honey they are coming over what are you going to make?”

Plans for tonight were to go out to dinner, come home. I did not have to cook, or plan a meal. Grocery shopping was done… Well about noon that changed! So what do we make on short notice??

Pulled pork BBQ sandwiches
Buffalo chicken dip
Brownies

What you need:
5 pound pork roast
1 bottle BBQ sauce
Buns

4 chicken breast
Franks hot sauce
1 8oz block of cream cheese
Ranch dressing

An old fashion box of brownies 🙂 add eggs, oil, and water. Good to go!

What to do:
Light up that slow cookers! Toss in the meat, cook on low 6-8 hours, on high 4-6 hours. (Of course check to be sure it is done)
After fully cooked, shred and mix with BBQ sauce. Serve on buns for a tasty sandwich!

Buffalo chicken dip:
Boil chicken breast until fully cooked.
I put it in my mixer (best way EVER to shred chicken) and add buffalo sauce. Remember the more you put, the hotter it is. I’ll let you measure that!
Transfer chicken mixture into a baking 8×8 baking pan.
Next, mix cream cheese, ranch (just enough to add flavor and make it creamy). Layer mixture on top of the chicken.
Top with cheese.
Bake at 350 until heated all the way through.
Serve warm with chips or crackers.

Enjoy!!

A little Italian on my mind..

Well Italian with a little Mexican that is… Here is our week!

Here is the menu:

Breakfast:

Granola bars

Mini Quiche

Lunches:
Turkey and cheese sandwich– I premake about 5-7 sandwiches with turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Leave the dressing off so it does not get soggy! Put them in baggies and they are ready to go for the week!
Old fashion PB&J– put in the freezer and by the time they are ready to eat, it is still cold but thawed!
Avocado & cranberry salad

Dinners:
Green chili burritos
Turkey meatball sandwiches
Baked ziti
A fun snack:

Corn chips

Grocery list:

Dairy:

butter

eggs

half and half

cottage cheese

Deli:

shredded cheddar cheese

crumbled goat cheese

crumbled feta cheese

lunch meat

sliced cheese

1 package shredded mozzarella cheese

parmesan cheese (fresh is the best)

Produce:

1 potato

basil

parsley

1 bag of spinach

1 yellow onion

1 small tomato

2 avocados

5 garlic cloves (I buy a jar of minced garlic so it does not go to waste)

dried cranberries

pine nuts

fresh fruit–always easy to cut up and add to each meal

Frozen:

Box:

bread crumbs

1 penne pasta

Can:

1 green enchilada sauce

1 Ortega chilies diced

1 refried beans

2 tomato sauce

1 diced tomatoes

Sauce:

salsa

ranch

peanut butter

jelly

honey

Meat:

1 package breakfast sausage

1 pork shoulder

1 pound ground turkey

1 italian sausage

chicken breast (if wanted for salad)

Baking:

flaxseed

oatmeal

vanilla

chocolate chips

sugar

cornstarch

Spices:

Olive oil

salt

garlic powder

pepper

red pepper

oregano

Bakery:

corn tortillas

flour tortillas

hoagie buns

Off to cook!

Lucy herself… She seems to be bored with cooking. Reading will do!

Enjoy!

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Corn chips

Chips… One of my favorite snacks! I love chips and salsa or guacamole. Chips can be expensive and high in salt and preservatives so why not make your own! It is actually easier than I thought.

What you need:
4-6 corn tortillas (or flour)
Olive oil
Salt

What to do:
Brush the top of the tortillas lightly with olive oil
Piled side up stack the tortillas and cut into triangles
Arrange on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt
Bake for 12 minutes

Enjoy!

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