Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Four Letter Words...

Do you ever feel like this?

I think it's funny, really.

I'm a full time, homemaker and these are my daily chores,
well not the diet thing, but most everything else.

I'm choosing not to like them, maybe I'm rebelling a bit?!
Just kidding...

Dusting... really?!  Actually I don't mind dusting, 
if we haven't been having major dust storms.

Ironing... I don't iron!  I don't like to iron!
I have actually burnt clothes before
so, I choose not to iron.
For the safety of myself and my clothes!

Cooking... that is a must have thing, right?
I do like to cook, but not when it's in the 100's outside.
It tends to get a little warm in the kitchen. :)
That's when the crock pot comes in handy!

Mending... sometimes, so this one really doesn't effect me.

Baking... Yes, please!  I LOVE to bake!
If I could live on cookies alone,
 I would BAKE all the time!

Diets... definitely don't work for me.... 
someone says the word diet and I gain 5 pounds!
Does that happen to any of you too?

I hope I made you laugh....
 If so I did my chore for the day!

Enjoy the Simple things!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Simple Ice Cream Dessert...

This has got to be one of the easiest desserts I have ever made!

All you need is:
1 bag of Oreo Cookies
1 one quart of soft vanilla ice cream

Place your Oreo cookies in a large zip lock baggie.
Crush them up with your rolling pin.

Spread them out into a 9x13 baking dish.

If your ice cream isn't quite soft,
mix it with a mixer.
(I used my Kitchen Aid)

Now carefully, spread it over the crushed cookies.

I had frozen strawberries in the freezer,
but feel free to use fresh sliced strawberries.

Layer your whole or sliced strawberries 
over the top of your ice cream, 
gently press them into the ice cream.

Can you see all the yummy layers?
Now, place your covered pan into the freezer until it firms 
back up and the ice cream is frozen once again.

Cut into squares and enjoy!

This is a perfect summer dessert.

We actually eat this year round. 
 It's highly requested for Birthdays!

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing day!

Hugs and Blessings,

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gluten Free Brownies...

One of my dear sweet girlfriends has gone Gluten Free
and I have been trying to learn and create some new desserts 
that she can enjoy when she comes for a visit.

She had made these brownies awhile back and asked me to try it.
Well, I just loved it!
I mean who can go wrong with Chocolate!!
And ,when she told me it was a Gluten Free Brownie
I was just shocked at how yummy it was.

So, if any of your ladies out there are Gluten Free
you have got to give this recipe a try.
And if you aren't Gluten Free, you still need to try it.
It's that delicious!

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

1/2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips + more for top
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
1/4 c. + 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
2/3 c. sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan or an 8x8 pan.
 Dust your greased pan with 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder.
Melt chocolate chips in microwave. 
This will take about 90 seconds or so. Stir.
Pour black beans and the melted chocolate
 in a food processor, blend until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients and continue
 to process until it's all smooth. 
Scraps the sides of bowl if needed.  
Pour into prepared pan. 
Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.
Bake for 25 minutes until top is slightly
 cracked and center is set.
Cool for at lest 30 minutes before cutting.

I will tell you these are a rich brownie!
Eat these with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Shh...Quiet Time

We all need to have quiet time, don't we?

I am, in general a very quiet, keep to myself kind of gal.

I think it's important as moms, wives and women in general
to have quiet times through out our busy days.

If we don't, we feel agitated and worn out.

My life is very busy. 
Trying to raise three boys keeps me
 on my toes at all times!

So.... if you can only imagine or have had this experience, you know
when the house falls silent, you need to worry....

I have come down after quiet time and found
 some interesting messes over the years.
I have found all the cabinets in the kitchen open, 
food on the counter.
Sometimes they were experimenting with food.
Toys scattered everywhere!
Older brother setting on his younger brothers. 
 Hogged tied on the ground.

And, I needed quiet time, WHY?!

I do think that on occasion.
But could you imagine if I didn't take 
10 minutes to my self what the outcome 
of my day would be?

Pure and udder Chaos!
 Nope, I choose quiet time and I do keep
 one ear and eye open
just in case...

Take time for yourself today!

Hugs and Blessings,

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Coffee Time...

Doesn't this just say it all?

I love my Coffee in the morning, in the afternoon
Anytime really!

I had a friend tell me that
" life is too short for a bad cup of coffee!"

Gosh... ain't that the truth!

So... I went and bought me a coffee bean grinder
some amazing coffee beans
and I now make me a fresh cup each day especially
when I need that energy pick me up.

And what goes better with a cup of coffee?
A good book and quiet time with the Lord.

Ah, yes....

Life just doesn't get any better.....

I hope you "Take time to smell the Coffee" today!

Hugs and Blessings,

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I Love Muffins...

Good Afternoon Friends!

I haven't been blogging for awhile 
and I thought I better get something posted.

I haven't felt very well, so if you could all say a prayer 
for me that would be much appreciated.


Now, for a wonderfully delicious Muffin Recipe!

I Love any type of muffin, sweet or savory.

This muffin is one of my all time favorites,
because Rhubarb is only in season for a little while.
And, I happen to get a few cuttings from mine this year.
So... I made Sugared Rhubarb Muffins.

I hope you give them a try.

Sugared Rhubarb Muffins
1 c. white flour
1 c. wheat flour
1 1/4 c. sugar, divided
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 c. milk
1/3 c. canola oil
1 c. fresh or frozen rhubarb, chopped

In a large bowl combine the flours, 1 c. of the sugar, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, beat the egg, milk and oil.
Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fold in the Rhubarb.
Fill paper lined muffin cups about 3/4 full.
Sprinkle with remaining sugar.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a 
toothpick near the center comes out clean.

Cool for about 5 minutes before removing the muffins to a cooling rack.
Makes: 1 dozen muffins

Mmm..... don't they look yummy?!

Have a wonderful Day!!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Smoothies, Anyone...

Good Morning All!
It's time for our morning Smoothie!

Who wants one?!

I try to make at least 3 smoothies a week for my guys.
They are light and refreshing
and rather filling too...

Especially if you add in some protein powder.

Now, you can throw just about anything you 
want into your smoothies,
but our favorite around here is:

Fresh or Frozen Strawberries,
Bananas, Orange Juice, Protein Powder
and of course Ice!
*and every once in awhile I will add in a carrot or two
 or a handful of fresh spinach leaves,
 for an extra vitamin boost!*
But, that's a secret, don't tell anyone!

Now put it into a blender or a Nutri-Bullet and
 blend until you reach your desired thickness!

Now you can enjoy your liquid energy, 
vitamin packed smoothie!

Have a wonderful, cool day Friends!


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