Food

I love cooking and baking.  I also love sharing recipes along with some of my favorite foods and snacks!

12 Days of Blogmas. On the Ninth Day of Blogmas.

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        Day 9 – Christmas Question and Answer I thought it would be fun to do a little holiday Q&A for you to get to know me and my love for Christmas!  I will leave a blank set of questions below in the comments and I would love for you to fill it out and share your answers and don’t forget to tag me, I would love to see!  1. What is your favorite thing about Christmas? Everything! the lights, sounds, smells, shopping, wrapping, decorating, movies, music, baking…I LOVE it all!  2. Favorite Christmas song. Away In A Manger 3. Favorite Christmas movie. Elf 4. Favorite Christmas CD or Album.  You can never go wrong with the N’Sync Holiday Album, but I also love the Panatonix Christmas albums 5. Favorite Christmas Memory. Getting engaged in front of the Disneyland Castle on Christmas Eve. 6. Favorite Tradition. Getting dressed up to go to church on Christmas Eve and coming home to have spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. 7. Favorite New Tradition. Baking cookies for Santa with my two little cousins. 8. Do you open presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?  Kevin and I open one present together on Christmas Eve and everything else is opened on Christmas Day. 9. Have you ever had a white Christmas? YES!  My family went to Aspen with some close family friends and we all spent Christmas together in the snow!  It was magical! 10. What is on your wish list? Peace love and Happiness for all…and maybe a…


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12 Days of Blogmas. On the Seventh Day of Blogmas.

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        Day 7 – My Top 10 Tips for Surviving the Holidays!     It is the most wonderful time of the year!  The sights and sounds of Christmas are all around us.  We are surrounded by so much laughter, joy and food…lots and lots of food.  For me Christmas is my favorite time of year, but has also been one of the most challenging time of year to stay committed to my health and fitness goals.  In the past I have completely deprived myself from enjoying anything food related around the holidays.  I stuck to my food plan, and wouldn’t even allow myself one bite of a Christmas cookie.  To be honest, this really made me sad to feel that way.  On the other hand, I have also allowed myself to REALLY indulge and that only left me more miserable than before.  Over the years, I have found a healthy balance of not completely depriving myself and at the same time not going completely overboard.  With Christmas being about a week away, I thought I would share my “Top 10 Tips to Surviving the Holidays.” I am hoping that by sharing my tips, I can help you not stress over the parties and gatherings that you go to, but go in confident that you can enjoy yourself while still keeping your health and fitness goals in mind.      Tip 1.  Exercise – It is important get a good workout in, not only to burn some calories but to start the…


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12 Days of Blogmas. On the Sixth Day of Blogmas.

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       Day 6 – “Healthier” Christmas Cookie Recipes.   There is nothing more wonderful than when your whole house is filled with the smell of fresh cookies baking in the oven.  Especially during the Holiday Season.  For a while now Kevin and I, have not only been on the hunt for good and healthy recipes, but for healthier dessert recipes as well.  After trying many recipes, some that we have loved, and some well…we haven’t loved as much, today I am sharing two cookie recipes that we have recently fallen in love with that are perfect for the holidays.  I know that the holidays can be a very hard time to stay on track and not over indulge, with all delicious holiday sweets and treats around.  However I do find that it is important to allow ourselves to have treats once and a while and not deprive ourselves.  If you can find a healthier alternative to some of your favorite holiday cookies it can help make your treat a little extra special.  Hopefully you will feel less guilty when having an extra cookie or two.     As a side note these are not necessarily “healthy” cookies but may be a healthier alternative to a traditional recipe.     Also a huge thank you to Kevin, for actually baking these for me.  Even though my arms aren’t quite up to the task of my normal holiday baking this year, I think Kevin did a pretty great job at making these delicious cookies!   With that being…


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12 Days of Blogmas. On the Fourth Day of Blogmas.

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       Day 4 – Warm and Cozy Slow Cooker Recipe   Last week I was wanting something warm and comforting.  It was really cold, wet and rainy outside and nothing sound better than snuggling up under a blanket with a Christmas movie on TV and a nice big warm bowl of chili.  I came across this recipe from House of Yumm, which sounded great and was just what I was looking for.  We had all of the ingredients so we decided to give it a try.  I love how they use lean ground turkey to keep this a more healthy recipe.     This recipe made it easy for us to have a home cooked meal while I was just home from the hospital, recovering from surgery.  Kevin was able to throw everything in the slow cooker, turn it on and 6 hours later dinner was ready. Recipe Crock Pot Turkey Chili  Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 6 Hours Total Time: 6 Hours 15 Minutes INGREDIENTS 1 pound ground turkey 2 garlic cloves minced 1/2 yellow onion chopped 1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce 1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomato 1 7 ounce can of diced green chiles 1 15 ounce can of kidney beans (drained) 1 15 ounce can of black beans (drained) 2 tablespoons Chili powder 2 teaspoons cumin 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon brown sugar   Toppings (optional) sour cream, cheese, green onion INSTRUCTIONS   1. Add the ground turkey,…


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