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It’s Friday! Favorite Product Review–Ezekiel Sprouted Bread

It’s Friday! Favorite Product Review–Ezekiel Sprouted Bread

Friday is always a great day, right?  Well, I hope so, even if it looks super dreary here and we might have to stay inside for most of the day.  That is not a good thing, staying inside equals cranky kids, more so, cranky mommy!  […]

Friday’s Favorite Product Review–Siggi’s Kefir

Friday’s Favorite Product Review–Siggi’s Kefir

Heeeeey!  It is Friday!  Where is the week/summer going?!  I can’t believe we are more than half-way through June and the fourth of July is only a few weeks away, wow!  Well . . . years ago I used to always include a post on […]

Spicy Pepper & Edamame Salsa

Spicy Pepper & Edamame Salsa

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Hey friends!  As summer is in full force with swimming pool, sleeping in, bug bites, playing in the dark, grill-out parties and  smores, the kids and I are off to a pretty good start!  The summer fun is happening but still struggling to find that perfect schedule for me.   I love having the kids home but I really cherished my “free time” while they were in school – even if it was only for a couple of hours.  Just so you know mommy is drinking plenty of iced coffees to survive, ha!  I really can’t complain but I’m sure many moms are with me, eh?

To keep the summer fun going, I have the perfect fresh salsa recipe to bring at your next party!  This is a great way to get in your veggies for the day – so nice to find something different than a salad.  I am getting burnt out on salads . . .this salsa is so amazingly good  – I can’t stop!  The other day I had leftovers of this salsa and decided to have this for dinner!  I took a plate and made a layer of tortilla chips then added a nice sprinkle of shredded cheese, popped it in the microwave for a bit and then piled on this Spicy Pepper & Edamame Salsa!  Dinner, done!  It was awesome – more than awesome, wink, wink!

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Is this not the best idea ever?!  Frozen “fresh-like” herbs!  You mean I don’t have to throw away the last bunch because I didn’t use all the fresh herbs!  Hy-Vee has a new line of frozen herbs, not sure all the varieties but from memory I think they have garlic, basil and a couple more.  I really love them and super easy to use.  They are a bit hard to find in the store so be sure to ask when you are in the frozen aisle!

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I was very surprised to see how easily they come out for being frozen.  Just pinch a little and sprinkle out!

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I love Mrs. Dash’s line of salt-free seasoning packets!  There are so many varieties and some of my favorites are meat loaf, taco and beef stew – double yum! 

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Juice a lime and mix in the seasoning, no oil required! SO. MUCH. FLAVOR!

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Dice up 2 green peppers, 1 yellow and 1 red – Just buy a four-pack and that is the base for this great salsa!

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Add some green onions, corn edamame and mix all together!  WOW!  Perfect pair for a grill-out!

 

Spicy Pepper & Edamame Salsa

Ingredients

2 green bell pepper, diced

1 yellow pepper, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 cup shelled edamame

1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed

1 lime, jucied

2 tbsps green onion, chopped

1 1/2 tbsps Mrs. Dash fajita seasoning, (may add 2 tbsp if you like the heat)

Preparation

In a bowl, mix together peppers, edamame, corn and green onions.  In a small bowl juice a lime and mix in seasoning. Pour mixture over vegetables and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and serve! 

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Turbo-Charged Guacamole

Turbo-Charged Guacamole

Ahhh . . . raise your hand if you like guacamole?  Me!  And if you have never tried guacamole like some of my family members, well . . .maybe you should try it because you might be missing out on an amazing dip!  So, yes, […]

Pack a Perfect Lunch!

Pack a Perfect Lunch!

Hey friends! Love this idea of packing lunches because usually I graze for the entire day and then at about 3 p.m.  I am ravenous and pull out leftovers from the frig or make a giant plate of nachos and try to get in some […]

Mango Mimosas!

Mango Mimosas!

 

Hello friends!  As spring has sprung and windows are open . . . ahh . . . yes, the spring we have been waiting for, I wanted to feature a simple, yet amazing little drink I came up with awhile back.  This little drink would be perfect in celebration at a shower, the morning of a wedding or just plain ole’ anytime.  I shared this drink with friends at a bonfire the other week and it was tasty as ever! 

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Instead of the regular OJ, I was in search of finding a different juice.  I was looking in the juice aisle at the store, reading labels, looking at ingredients and was not finding what I wanted.  I was thinking something like a mango juice but all I found was a nectar with other flavors and of course some unwanted added sugar in a variety of juices – not 100% juice, bummer!   So, onto plan B . . . then I thought about the bag of frozen mango in my freezer, ah-ha!  I said to myself “Why not just puree the mango with some water and make my own nectar/juice, eh?” 

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Well, fortunately my plan worked and I will have to say this is one of my favorite drinks and I have made this many times. Generally about about a one to two ratio of water to frozen mango.   Here is the champagne that I used for the drink.

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Cheers!  I love those little fingers reaching for her own mango puree drink.  It is a good idea to make extra mango puree because the kiddos always see the yummy drink and want some too!   May add some sparkling water for the kids drink or just the mango puree/juice is delicious by itself! 

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I will have to say frozen mango is one of my favorite treats/desserts!  And by using frozen mango it provides a refreshing cool element to the champagne. As for mangoes, they are a rock star fruit and packed with essential nutrients Mangoes are a good source of fiber, vitamin A, folic acid, vitamin C and high in potassium.  Woohoo, go mango!

Mango Mimosas

Ingredients

2 cups frozen mango chunks

1 cup water

1 bottle chilled sparkling wine or champagne

Preparation

  •  In a blender puree mango and water until smooth.
  • To make by the glass fill glasses about 1/3 full with the mango puree and then add the wine or champagne.

Enjoy!

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Calling all coffee addicts! How To Make Your Own Coffee Shop Skinny Latte

Calling all coffee addicts! How To Make Your Own Coffee Shop Skinny Latte

If you are anything like me, you go crazy about coffee!  I think coffee has become indeed a new hot trend and what is even better  is the fact there are a bunch of studies out there telling us that coffee may help prevent some […]