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March 21st, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

You know by now we love the taste of peanut butter and chocolate!  A perfect match.  We also love smoothies.  This quick-start breakfast or mid-day pick-me-up is loaded with good stuff like vitamins and protein; PLUS the great PB & C combo.

Combine milk, non-fat Greek yogurt, banana, peanut butter and a just a pinch of chocolate for this tasty beverage your whole family will love.


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie


1 cup milk

2 cups non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

2 ripe bananas

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (more for garnish optional)


Place all the ingredients in your blender and cream until smooth.  Pour into cup and swirl a little more chocolate syrup if you like.


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February 14th, 2014

Raspberry Hot Chocolate with Nutella Whipped Cream

Raspberry Hot Chocolate with Nutella Whipped Cream


Happy Valentine’s Day!  We hope you have a fabulous day and enjoy the people you love.

This Raspberry Hot Chocolate with Nutella Whipped Cream is a truly delicious and decadent way to celebrate!  The little touch of raspberry in your hot chocolate is heavenly – especially when combined with the trade-mark hazelnut flavor of Nutella.  The combination is a sweet experience  to share with someone you love!


Raspberry Hot Chocolate with Nutella Whipped Cream


2 cups half and half
1 (3.5 ounce) really good chocolate bar
3 teaspoons raspberry beverage syrup (such as Torani)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons Nutella
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
chocolate curls and/or fresh raspberries for garnish (optional)


Heat half and half until it almost reaches a boil.  Add chocolate and stir until melted.  Blend in raspberry syrup and pour into cups.

To make the Nutella cream, whip cream with Nutella and powdered sugar until soft peaks form.  Spoon into raspberry hot chocolate.  Garnish with chocolate curls and fresh raspberries if desired.



January 27th, 2014

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

You really just have to love banana- they are kind of amazing; you can get them year round, you don’t have to cook them, they are sweet, delicious and come in their own biodegradable packaging!

Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium {ever get those dreaded leg cramps at night- yikes}.   Since bananas contain a whopping 400-plus mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium, they may help prevent high blood pressure and build better bones.  Throw them in the blender with some old-grain oats , yogurt , fat-free milk, and a touch a honey and cinnamon for a delicious and healthy way to start your day.


Banana Oatmeal Smoothie


1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 banana, halved
1/2 cup fat-free milk
2 teaspoons honey
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


In a blender, combine oats, yogurt, banana, fat-free milk, honey, and cinnamon; puree until smooth. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Everyday Food,  November 2008


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January 3rd, 2014

Green Monster Smoothie

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to eat healthier, or to maybe eat more fresh fruits and vegetables?  I have heard a few statistics on those that set new year’s resolutions and actually keep them.  I have yet to hear one that impresses me.  It seems that the majority of resolution setters do not meet those by the end of the year.  I must admit, I probably fall too often into the category of not achieving my resolutions.  But this is my year to break through that barrier.

So if you are trying to eat healthier this year, this smoothie is here to help you.  This smoothie is packed full of protein and it tastes delicious.  I love smoothies’ they make me feel so healthy.  Plus they are so easy to make, throw everything in the blender and hit the button.   A Green Monster is a great start to any day.

Green Monster Smoothie


1 banana
1 Tbls. peanut butter
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 cup almond milk (or use whatever milk you have on hand)
4 cups fresh spinach
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
handful of ice
1-2 tsp. chia seeds, optional


Place everything in your blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

December 16th, 2013

Gingerbread Spice Syrup {and Printable Tag}


I’ve been having a good time this year coming up with some creative and fun ways to say Merry Christmas without a lot of baking and fuss.  The main reason is that I haven’t had use of my kitchen this month.  Really?  Who remodels their kitchen in December??  In my defense, I really thought all this would be done weeks ago {Big Sad Sigh}.  Here’s a little peek into my world lately.  I can’[t wait to have my kitchen back.  I’ll share an updated finished  photo soon I hope!



Recently a friend asked how early I had to get up in order to cook, take photos and get my recipes on Caramel Potatoes.  It really doesn’t happen that way . . . I haven’t even been able to make dinner for some time.   Knowing this was coming up, I made up my Christmas goodies in November and then just schedule them for later.  {Yes, our families always get their holiday favorites a little early}.

Now back to this yummy syrup . . .  I found this recipe here and it looked so yummy I knew it would make a great fast and easy holiday gift.   This Gingerbread Spice Syrup adds the wonderful flavor of Christmas to lattes and hot cocoa.  You’ll also love it on pancakes, waffles, and French toast.



Use the printable tag below to wrap this up and share it with your friends!


Gingerbread Spice Syrup


1 1/2 cups water

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 tablespoons ground ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


Combine all ingredients except the vanilla in a medium saucepan.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, then turn heat down slightly and simmer until slightly thickened (to about the consistency of maple syrup), about 10 to 15 minutes. Swirl the saucepan as necessary to help the sugar dissolve, but don’t stir.

Once thickened, turn off heat and add the vanilla.

Cool, and then pour into a lidded glass jar for storage.

Makes about 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups.



Download the Printable Gift Tag Here



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