Looking for a quick, easy and delicious muffin recipe. Here are two great ones. The easy part, you use Bisquick or your favorite baking mix for the “flour” which eliminates some of the measuring, ingredients, etc. These would be great … Continue reading
Need something quick for breakfast, a pick-me-up after working out or just a yummy, not-so-guilty treat? Try one of these. For me, the key to a really great smoothie, is freezing the fruit. It eliminates the need for ice, which can water down the smoothie.
Here’s how to freeze the fruit: Slice bananas, lay on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Once frozen, place in a zip top bag until needed. Same for capped strawberries (can leave whole), peaches, blackberries, etc. This method helps them not to clump together. Plus, it’s a great way to preserve the fruit for another use before it spoils.
Here are three of my faves:
Banana Cream Pie Smoothie
1 cup frozen banana (one large one)
1 cup vanilla lowfat yogurt
1/2 cup lowfat/skim milk,
2 Tblsp. crushed graham crackers, I use wheat germ/ground flax seeds
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Process in blender. Yields 2-1 cup servings. It is like a rich, banana milkshake.
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School is almost out, looking for some ways to say “thanks for a great year” to your child’s wonderful teacher? Some require a little planning ahead, and some you can run out and pick right up! Here they are:
- A summer tote bag filled with sunscreen, visor, magazine or novel and sweet & salty snacks,etc.
- Flowers: hanging pots or potted annuals for them to enjoy all summer
- Money or Money Tree
- Devotional or journal
- Baked goods: cookies, brownies, etc. (your favorite recipe or bakery)
- Canvas apron or captain’s chair with all the children’s hand prints stamped on it
- A scrapbook or memory jar: Have parents send in a picture of their child along with a favorite thing they learned or memory about “Ms./Mr. Teacher’s” class this year.
Always enclose a note from your child to the teacher thanking them for a great year, in their handwriting if possible.
Have a safe and happy summer!
This is one of my family’s favorites for this time of year. The crunchy romaine and the lemon are so refreshing. Here is a “healthier version” recipe for a delicious caesar salad. Hope you enjoy these 5 easy steps to a delicious meal!
Simply Caesar Salad
homemade croutons or a bag of Caesar style croutons, if desired
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (juice from 2 lemons)
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 2 days ahead. (Any dressing that’s leftover makes a great marinade for chicken, fish or shrimp.)
2. Rinse and tear or cut lettuce into bite size pieces. Place in a bowl and chill.
3. When ready to serve, combine lettuce and desired amount of dressing & croutons.
4. Add sliced, grilled chicken breast or grilled salmon fillet to make a heartier meal.
5. Eat and Enjoy!!