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Last weekend we went to a party on Friday night and then to the lake on Saturday morning. I wanted to bring something that was easy to make, would keep well in a tupperware, was not full of butter and oil, would fit my cousin’s GF needs and tasted delicious!

I thought about brownies – too rich, cookies – too time consuming for the few minutest I had, cupcakes – too messy to travel with and cake – no. I decided on a favorite treat of many…RICE KRISPIE TREATS!

To spice it up a little bit, I did two versions – classic and chocolate peanut butter!

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Classic Rice Krispies

  • 1 box Rice Krispies
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter

Melt marshmallows and butter until melted. Add cereal and put into a cookie sheet to cool.

Eat!

Chocolate PB Rice Krispies

Same as above recipe with 1/2 PB added to the butter/marshmallow mix. Add chocolate chips with cereal.

Enjoy!



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A Green Thumb

No not me, I would say my thumb is more like a yellowish green. It could turn green in time, but after what I did to my lettuce, I would not consider myself to have a green thumb yet! Although maybe a red thumb – I have done a good job with those tomatoes(proof in pictures tonight!!) In good time. 🙂

Nancy, from CFP, does in fact have a green thumb! The other day my mom went to work and found this…

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Everything fresh from Nancy’s garden!! Along with this there was a bag full of heads of lettuce! You can be sure I enjoyed much of this produce! Now if only I could do this….

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Italian Salad

This morning my mom and I woke up and had coffee before heading out on a run/walk. We went for about 4 miles before coming home to make smoothies. I was so excited for the smoothie, I forgot to take a picture!

Then we went and got pedicures! I love getting a pedicure! My feet get so gross and tough from running all of the time that it feels great to have them taken care of.

We left the salon and came home to a quick lunch of leftover ingredients.

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The salads contained:

  • spinach
  • spring mix
  • eggplant
  • zucchini
  • onions
  • parmesan cheese
  • hummus
  • tomato sauce
  • sprouted bread – that I tore up to make croutons

It was amazing!! Filling and flavorful.

After my mom left I ran to the grocery store to get some things for the weekend and came home to clean up the house and do laundry!

It has been a cloudy summer day so I didn’t feel bad not being outside the whole day!

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A Flat Out Good Day

The morning started with coffee, made by my mom. Her coffee is always better than mine. I think it is because I am not the one who makes it, but who knows!

Followed by blueberry banana mush.

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Served on a Flat Out Multigrain wrap with some natural pb.

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After breakfast I spent much of the morning holding my cousin’s 6 week old baby. Between staring at her and putting her to sleep, time flew! Then it was about time for lunch!

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First in salad form, then moved to another Flat Out. This mixture was DELICIOUS and contained:

  • lentil salad
  • spring mix
  • spinach
  • hot mustard
  • hummus
  • avocado
  • parm cheese
  • tomato sauce
  • sprouts

It was amazing!

After lunch my mom and I ran some errands and headed down to Columbus. We arrived in time for dinner which was inspired by MrsLC !

Healthy Hot Pockets made with veggies and phyllo dough! Recipe to come tomorrow!

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Balsamic Glazed Salmon

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Salad

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Fresh, Ripe Melon

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The messy hot pocket!

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The evening wrapped up with a walk with my mom and some supercharge me cookies from Dreena!

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So Good! Recipes tomorrow!

I am thinking I am going to need to take these with me on Friday when I leave for another fun weekend at the lake! This lake is in Michigan though, not my usual NY lake. Can’t wait!!

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When you pick as many as 30 pounds of fresh blueberries, there is no possible way you can eat them all before they go bad. And you probably should try it! So the best thing to do is freeze them to use later and throughout the year.

Frozen blueberries can be used for many things such as:

  • toss a handful of frozen blueberries into a smoothie for added antioxidants and flavor
  • mix with plain or vanilla yogurt, as they thaw they flavor the yogurt
  • use in muffins, coffee cakes, breads or scones
  • eat a handful as a low calorie snack
  • sprinkle over cereal
  • add to a fruit salad
  • use as mini ice cubes in a specialty drink

When freezing blueberries it is important that you take your time and make sure each berry gets frozen individually. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Pick your berries.
  2. Rinse them in cool water and remove stems or leaves. Make sure to pat them dry completely.
  3. Arrange the dry berries in one layer on a cookie sheet or baking dish. Make sure the sheet you are putting them on fits in your freeze and can be level. The berries should be able to wiggle a little so they are able to freeze individually.
  4. Place the sheet in the freezer, making sure it stays level.
  5. Once the berries are frozen solid, remove them from the sheet and store in containers that will fit in your freezer. The berries should be like marbles, not one big clump.  I prefer to use Ziploc quart sized freezer bags. These bags are large enough to hold a lot of berries but small enough to fit in many places in the freezer.
  6. Put the containers of frozen berries back into the freezer quickly, as the berries thaw easily.
  7. Use the berries! Take out as many or as few as you would like at a time. Make sure the whole bag does not thaw so they berries can’t clump together.

Picked berries:

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Freezing on the cookie sheet:

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Store in freezer bags:

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A Day at the Patch

Last weekend (I can’t believe it is already Wed.) was filled with water skiing, eating, running, picking blueberries and hanging out. My family was all at the lake and we lucked out with the weather.

Sunday afternoon my 3 aunts, mom, cousin and grandma headed to the blueberry patch to fill our buckets with delicious, plump blueberries.

A few pictures from the patch:

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30 pounds later, we left the patch!

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