Monday, February 20, 2017

I DREAM of bananas!

If you like banana bread, you're going to fall in love with this cake recipe!

Best Ever Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

1 1⁄2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 cups flour
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 cup butter, softened
2 1⁄8 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1⁄2 cups buttermilk

1⁄2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1⁄2 cups icing sugar

chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 275°F (135C).
Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
Stir in banana mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
Spread on cooled cake.

Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.

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Another low-carb fave!

For you low-carb lovers!!!

Amy Truong Zucchini Low-Carb Lasagna

1 1⁄4 lbs ground buffalo meat
1 medium white onion, chopped
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste, no salt added
1 garlic clove, minced (add more or less to suit your taste)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3⁄4 cup water
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs
1 1⁄2 cups cottage cheese or 1 1⁄2 cups ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (divided in half)
2 teaspoons flour
4 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
garlic-infused olive oil (to oil pans)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Oil pan with garlic infused olive oil. Fry meat and onions until meat is brown and onions are tender. Drain fat.
Return meat and onions to pan and add next eight ingredients (through black pepper). Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat. Occasionally stirring.
Beat egg in a small bowl.

Add cottage cheese, red pepper flakes, sriracha sauce, 1 cup of mozzarella and flour. stir unitl mixed.
Oil bottom of large lasagna dish with garlic infused olive oil.
Add 1/2 of meat mixture. Top with half of sliced zucchinis. Add all of cottage cheese mixture. Top with remaining meat mixture, followed with layer of remaining zucchini slices.
Top with remaining half of shredded mozzerella cheese.
Top with parmesean cheese.
Sprinkle with additional black pepper and red pepper flakes (optional).
Bake uncovered for 40 minutes.
Let cool for 30 minutes (to prevent watery run between servings).

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Picnic Favorite!

Picnic season is just around the corner so I thought it was time to share some of my favorite picnic recipes with you all!

Deli-Style Imitation Crab Seafood Salad

1 pound imitation crab (surimi), chopped or flaked (my KitchenAid Mixer rotor attachment with the slicing cone, made effortless work of flaking the surimi)
1 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish (or more to taste)
2/3 cup mayonnaise (or more to taste and consistency desired)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
1/8 teaspoon dill weed
Salt and pepper (optional - I didn’t need any)

Mix imitation crab, onions and pickle relish together in a large bowl. In small bowl blend mayonnaise, lemon juice and dill weed, then stir into imitation crab mixture, tossing gently but thoroughly to coat. Adjust seasonings and consistency as desired.

YIELD: Fills a 1-quart serving bowl (sufficient toppings for 8-12 entrée salads or sandwiches, or about 32 servings as a chunky dip or cracker spread.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Grilled Stuffed Pizza Burgers

Grilled Stuffed Pizza Burgers

2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped pepperoni (about 1 oz)
2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
1/2 cup pizza sauce
6 slices (3/4 oz each) mozzarella cheese, cut in half diagonally
6 burger buns, split, toasted
6 leaves lettuce
6 sliced fresh tomatoes

Heat gas or charcoal grill. In large bowl, mix ground turkey and salt. Shape mixture into 12 thin patties, each about 4 inches in diameter.

In small bowl, mix pepperoni, olives and 1/3 cup of the pizza sauce. Spoon rounded tablespoon pepperoni mixture onto center of 6 patties; spread slightly. Top with remaining patties; press edges together firmly to seal.

Place patties on grill; cover grill. Cook with medium heat 8 to 12 minutes, turning once, until thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 160°F (avoid inserting in filling). During last 1 to 2 minutes of cooking time, top each patty with cheese and rounded teaspoon of remaining pizza sauce, and place buns, cut side down, on grill; cook until cheese is melted and buns are lightly toasted.

To serve, place lettuce, tomato and patties in bottom halves of buns. Cover with top halves of buns.

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DIY Outdoor Movie Night - Tutorials Included!

The warmer summer months are fast approaching and if you're like me, you love movie nights and the outdoors. I thought it was time to bring the two together. Here are some idea's in case you feel like hosting your own outdoor movie night party!

DIY Outdoor Movie Night

1. Movie tickets - Go to a craft store and purchase tickets, the kind you use for raffles, and send them out with your part invites. Available here:

2. Concession stand - Create your own concession stand using a table and you can purchase all of your snacks at the dollar store. Set out all the snacks and drinks you will be using and allow your friends to choose what they would like to snack on during the movie. Tutorial here:

3. Seating - There are so many different ways to provide comfortable seats for your party guests. Anything that is soft, comfortable, as well as provides cushion and support. Tutorial here:

4. Box Cars - Have your kids create their own box cars for the drive-in movie. Tutorial here:

5. Movie Screen - Make your own outdoor movie screen and choose your movies that you will be playing. Tutorial here:

6. Movie Projector - Create your own movie projector to play your movies on. Tutorial here:

Here is another list of more great outdoor movie night idea's, tutorials included:

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Subscribe to an amazing new channel on YouTube

Do you love healthy recipes made completely from scratch? Then you need to visit and subscribe to my new friends YouTube channel. Amazing stuff he has on there. I look forward to sharing more of his videos in the near future.

Here are some amazing reasons to eat raspberries, recipe included!

Health Benefits of Raspberries

Organic raspberries are higher in antioxidants than non-organic, rich in Vitamin A, boosts immune system, has anti-aging benefits, is an anti-inflammatory, the rheosmin in raspberries can increase metabolism in fat cells, also helps with fertility & conception.

There are over 200 species of raspberries, rubus jamaicensis best to inhibit cancer, helps liver health, helps manage blood sugar levels, decreases risk of obesity, decreases risk of fatty liver, increases red blood cells, 1 cup of raspberries equals 63 calories, an excellent source of Vitamin C, excellent source of ellagic acid, high in fiber and maganese, red raspberries are highest in ORAC value.

Iced Raspberry Green Tea

3 cups of organic raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup organic sugar or raw honey
4 cups boiling purified water
2 family sized green tea bags
2 ½ cups cold purified water
extra raspberries for garnish
ice cubes from organic lime juice

1. In a large container combine the raspberries and sugar or honey. Use a wooden spoon.
2. Add 4 cups boiling water to the family sized green tea bags. Let tea steep for 3 minutes. Discard tea bags.
3. Pour tea over raspberry mixture & let stand 1 hour. Stir to dissolve sugar or honey.
4. Pour tea mixture through a wire mesh strainer into a 2 quart pitcher. (Discard the crushed solids, or save for another use, such as adding to a smoothie.) Pour the cold water into the tea. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Garnish with extra berries or lime, if desired. Serve over ice.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Game day eats - #1!!!

Looking for idea's on game day? You've come to the right place!

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

1⁄4 cup olive oil or 1⁄4 cup melted butter
24 large white mushrooms
12 ounces flaked crabmeat
4 tablespoons finely chopped onions
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup soft breadcrumbs or 1⁄2 cup dry breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
1⁄8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon garlic salt
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1⁄2 cup melted butter
1⁄4 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese

Spray a 9x12-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
Use an additional baking dish if needed.
Drizzle olive oil or butter in the bottom of the baking dish.
Wipe mushrooms with a damp paper towel to clean.

Remove stems, set aside caps and chop stems to add to filling.
In a medium bowl, mix crabmeat, chopped mushroom stems, onion, dry mustard, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, SOFT bread crumbs (fresh bread frozen and then shredded), parsley, red and black pepper, and garlic salt.

Mix well and then stir in egg and mayonnaise.
Use a small cookie scoop to mound filling onto each mushroom cap.
Melt butter and mix in garlic salt and drizzle over the filled mushrooms.
Mound a generous portion of the shredded Parmesan cheese on top of each filled mushroom. Note: For softer, melted cheese, you may want to use mozzarella cheese or brick cheese for the topping.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 425°F.
Best served hot.
Can be prepared ahead, refrigerated and then baked just before serving (add 7-10 minutes additional baking time).

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

4 Natural DIY Skin Care Regimens, That Won't Break the Bank!

If you're like me, you don't always have the money to spend on all those expensive beauty products that are available on the market. While a lot of them are effective, I don't always know exactly what ingredients are in those products.

I am always searching for natural and healthy solutions that won't break the bank. After doing some extensive research, I finally found a few recipes that help specific skin types. I really hope you all enjoy these regimens. I'm definitely going to give one of these a try.

I'll write these recipes down for you all, in case you're unable to read the text in the image I provided. If any of you ladies give one of these recipes a try, please inbox me and I would love to hear how they worked out for you. I won't use your real name but if you could send me a testimonial about your results, that'd be great and I'll feature you on my blog.

If you would like to substitute all ingredients with organic options, then feel free to do so. These regimens have not been scientifically tested.

If you are allergic to any of these ingredients, please do not try using these recipes. If you would like to be more informed, ask your Physician before giving these regimens a try.

4 Natural DIY Skin Care Regimens

Treat Oily Skin:

1 Avocado
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 egg white

Combine ingredients to make a paste and apply to skin and then allow for the paste to dry. Rinse with cool water.

Dry Skin Treatment:

2 tablespoons REAL mayonnaise
2 tablespoons baby oil

Combine ingredients and the smooth on to your face, neck, elbows and any dry skin area's. Leave on skin for 20 minutes, then rinse well with water.

Remove Acne Scars:

4 teaspoons lemon juice
3 teaspoons plain yogurt
4 teaspoons honey
1 egg white

Apply to clean face and let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with water.

Dull Skin:

1/2 ounce organic apple cider vinegar
3 ounces mineral water (plain)
5 plain aspirin tablets

Dilute 1.2 ounces organic apple cider vinegar with four ounce of mineral water. Crush aspirin and add to the water/vinegar solution. Apply to skin for brighter, healthful looking skin.

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Chronic Illness is NOT about choice!

If you suffer from a chronic illness or know someone who does, I truly recommend that you read this article. After I was finished reading this, I honestly felt like the contributor was talking about me. I often get judged or criticized by people because they look at me and assume that because I'm young and I look healthy on the outside, that my body is normal like theirs. Unfortunately, that just isn't a reality for me and for many others.

We all have different obstacles we face in life, we never truly know what someone else is dealing with. But to assume you know anything about another person, no matter their circumstances, is absolutely wrong. And having an "invisible illness" does not mean it doesn't exist.

For me, I can sit here and tell people how much I struggle to even get out of bed and do the tiny little chores I do on a daily basis until I'm black and blue in the face, but it will never convince them until they personally go through it. Now do I mean I wish that on them? No, not at all. I would absolutely never ever wish that on anyone. I use to be a really healthy and super active person. I use to be able to get up early in the morning, be on the go non-stop all day and not even feel the tiniest bit of fatigue or that feeling like you're just too exhausted and could crash at any moment. But I no longer have that body, it's changed and I've had to learn to push through the best way I can and adapt to the new conditions in my life. I have had to learn to cope with my limitations and accept that I can't do everything that I use to do.

I often hear, "You're young, you'll bounce back." Honestly, that not only hurts me but that offends me as well. Age does not discriminate when it comes to illness, whether physical or mental. I have a 3 year old nephew, he has arthritis in one of his ankles and legs. He has to be on medication for the rest of his life in order to just be able to function. I have a 10 year old niece that is going to become completely deaf by the time she is an adult and has partial blindness. They are a lot younger than I am and they have serious health issues. So age does not matter! I know 80 year old's that are healthier than I am. It's different for everyone, but the one thing I can say, is chronic illness is becoming more and more real to those who deal with it and it's become a more frequent problem for many people these days.

So if you think we "choose" to be sick, I'm sorry but you're really delusional if you believe that. If you got a flat tire, how would you like it if I told you, "If you choose it, your tire will miraculously un-flatten and fix itself." You would look at me like I lost one too many marbles. The only thing anyone with any chronic illness asks is that people show them empathy and respect the fact that they are doing everything they can to cope with their circumstances. They never wake up and hope they're going to have a flare or suffer in pain all day. They don't think, "Oh when I get up tomorrow, I hope I get sick so I have an excuse and I don't have to do anything." In fact, we look at normal people and think; "I wish I could do everything that person does. I wish I could have all that energy. I wish I could do whatever I wanted to." So this mindset of it's all about choice, I'm sorry, that's a completely unrealistic way of thinking.

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