Cheesy Crock pot pork chops

Cheesy Crock Pot Pork Chops

Do you ever have one of those days when you look in your refrigerator and sigh.  That was my day yesterday.  I knew I needed to go grocery shopping, but I just didn’t have the energy.  So, I began looking through my refrigerator and pantry for something to make for supper.  Here’s what I found: Continue reading

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

3 Smoothies You Shouldn’t Miss!

I’ve been feeling so bloated, stuffed and heavy since I’ve been off this summer. It’s been fun, but it’s time to get back on track. I decided that what I needed to do is start a new regimen for when I go back to school, so I checked out the book More Smoothies For Life from the library.   This book talks a lot about how certain foods help you digest and get proper nutrition. And, of course, it has a lot of great smoothie recipes. Here are 3 you shouldn’t miss!
 Smoothies for Life  COCONUT VANILLA SMOOTHIE

This delicious shake was taken from the book More Smoothies For LifeIt has a deliciously tropical taste and keeps you full all day long.

  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  •  2 Tablespoons coconut oil

This was absolutely delicious.  My husband slurped this right down without even knowing how healthy it was.  :)

This smoothie tastes like an oatmeal cookie.  It gives you that great oatmeal fiber and like the first one, keeps you full all day long.

OATMEAL BANANA SMOOTHIE

  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed
  • 2 Tablespoons honey

Not only does this smoothie taste great, but the flax seed is helpful in keeping a healthy prostate for the guy in your life.

 Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
 Orange Vanilla Smoothie This last smoothie is an orangey, sweet drink that even your kids will like.  It’s packed with vitamin C and gives your day a real kick in the pants.

ORANGE VANILLA SMOOTHIE

  • 1 can mandarin oranges (drained)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup ice

Throw all of the ingredients into the blender and whir until smooth.  It’s really got to be almost fun in the mornings putting together these nutritious and wonderful tasting drinks.

I would highly recommend More Smoothies For Life.  Although I didn’t follow the recipes exactly, she provides great food information and also provides a nutrition label for each smoothie.  My plan is to drink a smoothie every morning and for lunch eat fresh vegies and an egg for protein and then a sensible dinner.  Here’s to better health–for ALL of us!

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Chocolate PB Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

If you’re looking for a smoothie that will fill you up and keep you that way for several hours, this is the smoothie for you.  It has the added benefit of chocolate and peanut butter and is packed with protein to keep you moving.  The recipe is made with protein powder, so depending upon the brand that you use, you may have a slight after taste.  To me it tasted like a chocolate shake, but my husband couldn’t get past the slightly bitter after taste.  However you feel about that, I do promise, you WILL feel full.  This protein packed shake has got it all!  I drank a cup of coffee with mine and it went perfectly with the chocolaty flavor. Continue reading

Blueberry Lemon Cake

Blueberry Lemon Cake

Need a good refreshing dessert for summer?  This may be just the recipe for you.  It’s dense like pound cake, with a light lemon flavor and filled with blueberries.  The crust is just crunchy enough without being tough, and well, we just couldn’t stop eating it.  I’ve seen a lot of recipes like it online, so I decided to try my own hand at combining the right ingredients with just the right cooking time for a flavorful result.  This is a long time in the oven though, so plan to be home for a couple of hours. Continue reading

easy lasagna

Easy Cheesy Lasagna

Other than buying lasagna from the grocery store, it doesn’t get much easier than this.  You don’t even have to boil the noodles and it comes out great every time.  You can start with our spaghetti sauce found here on our site.  If you use our recipe, add a cup of water to the sauce before starting the lasagna.  The same goes for bottled spaghetti sauce if you decide to use that instead.  Lasagna takes a bit thinner spaghetti sauce to leave room for the noodles.  In any case, whether you use our sauce or not, I think you’ll love this lasagna. Continue reading