Saturday, September 20, 2014

Meat-free meals in your slow cooker

I think everyone's in the routine now that school is back in session - meaning there's less time for you to get dinner ready when you get home from work!  If you're looking for a way to save some money, eat a little healthier by have one or two meat-free meals each week plus get dinner on the table in a short amount of time-then I've got something for you!  Use your slow-cooker, crockpot or whatever you call it and try these
meat-free ideas found on the website www.splendidtable.org.  I do use my crockpot already for oatmeal (great for those rushed mornings!) and I'm anxious to try the enchiladas! I'll let you know how it turns out!



Friday, September 19, 2014

Ya gotta love Quinoa Cakes!

So I've been doing a LOT of canning, freezing and ... eating lately!  Some healthy, some not so healthy!  One of my favorite grains is Quinoa (KEEN-wah).  If you've never tried it before, give it a try today - use it in place of rice or pasta.  In fact here's a great recipe for Quinoa Cakes a healthy, vegetarian version of salmon cakes.  I think you'll be hooked on Quinoa once you try it!  Enjoy!



Quinoa Cakes

Friday, September 12, 2014

Make your OWN Pumpkin spice Coffee!



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Ok it's hard to say this - let alone TYPE it - but Fall is almost here!  And in my book, that means all-things-PUMPKIN!!  While I'm not a big coffee drinker anymore, I do enjoy a good latte.  My girlfriend Robin loves pumpkin spice coffee and came up with a super recipe that you can make yourself!  PLUS it's NOT loaded with sugar! (she doesn't like sweet coffee - but if you do,
 here is the recipe..   Here's the modified recipe:
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
1/2 t cinnamon
dash of ground cloves

 Robin says she put the mixture in a mason jar, shook it up and then put it in the fridge - tastes even better the next day I'm told!  Can't wait to try it!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Can you REALLY feed your entire family on $5 - YES!

I gotta tell you, I'm ALWAYS looking for ways to "stretch a buck" these days...aren't we all?!  I was watching "Today" and they told how you can feed your entire family on $5 and have some really yummy food - like Black bean & corn enchiladas, roasted chicken and more!  Check it out and save some $$!!

Erin Chase, Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb go over cheap meals on the TODAY show in New York, on Sept. 11, 2014.

Monday, August 18, 2014

13 Foods That Last Forever

A friend of mine was moving and had to clean out his pantry - believe it or not he threw away a few items he could have kept FOREVER!  Take a peek at this list - it might surprise you! Let me know if you would eat any of these foods after, say 5 years!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Sturgis Adventure! All I could say was - WOW!


 
WOW!  What a trip -8 days. 9 hours. 2442 miles. We love our biker friends: When it rains you put on rain gear. When it hails you pull over. When it's sunny you bask in it. When its windy you lean. You help someone in need and you always enjoy the ride! I have never been to the Black Hills of South Dakota before and it is beautiful! We stayed in Custer but rode to, through and around Hill City, Keystone, Deadwood, Lead, Rapid City, Sturgis and everywhere inbetween!  We saw the beautiful Custer State Park with the wild buffalo (those animals are HUGE), the 4 Presidents on Mount Rushmore, the stone carving memorial of Chief Crazy Horse that is still under construction, met the owner of the 'Buglin Bull' restaurant who has the same name as my husband...and saw bikes of every kind and color!  Hope you enjoy the attached photos...to quote my husband Brian, Life Is Good!

 Welcome to Sturgis!!

Our riding friends! 
 

  

 
Brian Boyer, the owner of the Restaurant 'Buglin Bull' in Custer South Dakota.

 If you look REAL Hard you'll see Mt. Rushmore over my shoulder!


 Bison - real, wild buffalo!! They are HUGE!


 You meet all kinds at the Harley Rally!  This guy's been here awhile at the Hitching Post!

 Celebrities of all kinds are here - even the Budweiser Clydesdales!

 Abe and I having a talk about Illinois presidents....
 Gotta get the rain gear on...don't you just love my purple outfit!  I felt like a little plum!


Security! Who let those girls in our picture?! The Full Throttle bar has a little bit of everything!


YAY! Home at last!
 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The "Hottest" movie trailer out there - Fifty Shades of Grey!

Oh my!!  If you've read the book then you know it's "steamy"...but that's nothing - check out the movie trailer for the hottest book around - Fifty Shades of Grey .  Valentine's Day 2015 can't come soon enough for me! ;)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Best Things to Buy in AUGUST

Well, it's about that time again - Back to School Shopping!  There's lots of deals and bargains to be had now. For instance anything to do with dorms - Linens, appliances, laptops, towels, organizers, plastic storage all on sale.....don't forget about clothes, specifically SUMMER clothes with the BIG discounts! Click Here for more August Deals and Bargains.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

6 Things we can do to be MORE Productive!

 Ever feel like you're just not getting enough done? Maybe you - like me - need a little help in figuring out HOW to get motivated!  Check out these simple things that Highly Productive People Do Every Day.

I know I can incorporate these into my daily life - watch out world, you're gonna be amazed at how much I am going to accomplish!


Friday, July 18, 2014

The Ultimate Shopping list of Super Foods!

 If you're trying to lose weight, you know to stay away from the processed foods and load up on the "super foods"...but just what ARE those foods?  I know Almonds are on that list along with Quinoa, Aramatha, Lentils and Apples -  but if you want to know what else you should be eating (and buying) check out the 50 Superfoods - The Ultimate Shopping List..thanks to the site Skinnyms.com!  Oh and you'll find some great recipes too!!



50 Superfoods- The Ultimate Shopping List