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Tonight’s book club was not so much about our past book, The American Wife, and more about celebrating Jody’s baby (who will be here in May!!). We had of the party essentials, including favors, cupcakes and a healthy dinner.

The table.

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Cookies made by Jen and I!!

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Trying to tie the book club into the shower.

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Napkins and hidden underneath the cute pink baby…

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Happy Easter! 🙂 hehe

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Cupcakes!

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Lots of sweets for Baby Addison

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Back to the healthy part of this…

My black bean/kidney bean dip with fresh veggies!

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Sarah’s warm wheat flatbread with parm and feta – AMAZING!

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Kate’s Strawberry Salad

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Natalie’s Apple Almond Butter with whole wheat tortillas – Great Idea!

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And somehow I missed the grilled chicken we made. Brady did a great job with the grilling and the simple/sweet marinate was perfect on it.

Balsamic Marinade

  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey
  • salt
  • pepper

Delicious!

I have a LOT of baby showers coming up so if anyone has any good ideas for hosting, let me know!!

🙂


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When you go out on Saturday night with people you don’t see all of the time, it is sometimes hard to actually catch up!  There are lots of people and it’s loud so you can’t really find out what is going on!  This is what happened on Saturday!  We met a few friends from college out at a newer bar in Columbus called Martini Park to celebrate Danielle’s birthday.  It was fun but we didn’t have a chance to chat and find out about a certain someone’s new love interest.  🙂  So we planned to do dinner at our house on Sunday night!

Since I was already making cookies for Brady’s sister, I decided to make some for the girls!!

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Kelly brought over an appetizer of light Brie cheese wrapped with with love, as she says!  It was delicious!!

For our dinner, I wanted something filling and healthy that felt like a Sunday Night Dinner! After sending a text to the girls asking them to choose between turkey lasagna, salmon or chicken.  Salmon was decided!  I did my Asian ginger/soy glaze and broiled the salmon.  I served it over wheat bulgar and a made up Asian veggie mix:  lentils ( I boiled for possibly too long!)  chickpeas, mixed veggies, water chestnuts and edamame.

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Dessert was also pretty thrown together and SUPER EASY!!

Berry Trifle (not served in a trifle dish because I have candles in BOTH of mine!)

  • 1 angel food cake prepared as box suggests
  • 1 packet of lemon pudding mix (I used sugar free)
  • 2 c. skim milk
  • leftover cranberry pineapple relish I made last week
  • lots of frozen berries!
  1. Make cake as directed.
  2. Make pudding as directed.
  3. Layer pieces of cake, berries and pudding.  I did two layers of each!
  4. ENJOY!!

More proof that Sunday Dinners are GREAT!

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After a relaxing day of working out, reading and getting ready for the week, we made Sunday Night Dinner #2. It was great because it felt like a Sunday, but it was actually Monday!  Brady’s parents came over and we had a nice relaxing dinner!  It was a great way to end the nice, long (5 day!!) weekend!

I wanted to try something different, so I made an easy, cozy, filling dinner that is similar to Shepard’s pie. I really don’t like the name Shepard’s pie which came from the lamb that is often used in this dish. Since this dish does not contain any lamb or beef only 99% fat free ground turkey, I will call it….Winter Pie. That seems to fit since this is a dish you would most likely only eat in the winter. We also had salad and homemade applesauce!

Winter Pie

  • 1 lb. of 99% fat free ground turkey (cooked and flavored with thyme)
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of green beans
  • 1 c. cauliflower
  • 1 c. chopped carrots
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. flour (I tried whole wheat, but it doesn’t thicken the right way)
  • 1 c. spinach and arugula
  • 4 large potatoes (boiled and mashed)
  • roasted garlic
  • 1/4 c. Fage 0%
  • garlic salt and pepper
  • thyme to season meat
  1. Cook meat and stir in veggies, broth and flour. Let simmer to thicken
  2. Boil potatoes and mash with garlic and Fage.
  3. Place cooked turkey/veggie mix in the bottom of a oven safe serving dish.
  4. Cover veggies with arugula and spinach.
  5. Top with mashed potatoes
  6. Bake to keep hot at 350 for about 30 min. or until ready to eat.
  7. Top with 2% cheddar if you would like!

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It was pretty good.  I would maybe add some more flavor to the turkey next time.

For dessert:

  • 3 large apples
  • 1/2 c. cranberry, pineapple, orange relish
  • 3/4 c. oats
  • spray butter
  • 1/3 c. almonds
  • 1/4 c. oat bran

Slice apples and mix in fruit relish!  Cover with oats, almonds and oat bran and spray with butter!

🙂  Yum!  It tastes like and apple crisp with a tart kick!

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Workout of the Day:

  • 3.8 mile run on the treadmill
  • 20 min. on the stair climber
  • chest, bicep and tricep weights
  • 20 min. of swimming

Overall, it was a great workout!  I had the time so I did more that usual it felt great.

Also, don’t forget about the Honest Foods Giveaway at Oh She Glows!

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** I had this ready to post last night, but it is currently -11 degrees and our cable went out last night!

I got the call last night that we didn’t have school today, and I was so excited! It’s amazing what happens when you are surprised by

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins (adapted from Cooking Light)

  • 1c. whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 1 tbs. baking powder
  • 1tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (I used Naturally More)
  • strawberry nautral preserves

Mix all wet ingredients (bottom list) together in the Kitchenaid and then add the dry ingredients. Fill muffin cups 1/2 of the way full and add a spoonful of strawberry perserves. Add the rest of the batter on top of preserves. Bake at 350 for 25 min. or until muffins have puffed up turned golden brown.

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Before the oven.

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Coconut Banana Bread (adapted from Cooking Light)

  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 c. 0% Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 c. roasted pecans
  • 1/3. shredded coconut (you could use unsweetened)
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Mix all top (wet) ingredients together in the Kitchenaid. Make sure the banana is well mixed and “smushed”. Add dry ingredients to the mix. Mix well. Add to small or regular muffin pans. Bake for 30-45 min at 350.

There is a glaze listed in Cooking Light where you mix lime juice and powdered sugar and a little water and pour it on the bread. I haven’t done that but I plan on it!!

🙂

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Tons of Treats

Last night we had our neighborhood holiday party! It was a great time! We started off with cold appetizers at one house, then moved to hot appetizers at another. After that the party moved to our house for dessert!!

We had a huge amount of delicious desserts!  I set up some things before the party started and people who were helping us brought stuff over.

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The dessert menu included:

  • raspberry bars
  • peanut butter bars
  • brownies
  • gingerbread cake
  • key lime bars
  • fondue with pretzels, strawberries, and cookies
  • truffles
  • fudge
  • cheesecake

So….the new year of healthy eating will resume TOMORROW!!

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Brunch with the fam is always a treat!  There is always tons of delicious food and of course great company.  This particular brunch was held at my cousin Cindy and her husband Tom’s house.  They live right up the street from my parents.

On the menu:

  • French Toast Strata
  • Cheese Strata
  • Spicy Sausage with Peppers
  • Crustless Quiche with veggies
  • Salad!
  • Juice and coffee

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Salad

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Set up

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More Set up

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Tom!

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French Toast Strata (recipe below)

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Crustless Quiche

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Cheese Strata

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Coffee Cake

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Sausage and Peppers

French Toast Strata

•    1 loaf whole wheat bread
•    spray butter
•    1 block of light cream cheese
•    ½ c. syrup or more for more sweetness
•    ¼ c. sugar
•    12 eggs or egg white (a mix of both)
•    1 c. skim milk
•    1 tsp. cinnamon
•    1 tbsp. vanilla

1.    Spray each piece of bread with spray butter
2.    Cut all pieces into small pieces ½ inch by ½ inch.
3.    Spray a 9×13 and add bread to pan
4.    Cut the cream cheese brick into small pieces and push into the bread so it is spread throughout
5.    Crack all eggs into a bowl.
6.    Mix eggs, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar and milk together.
7.    Pour mixture onto bread and cheese.
8.    Let soak overnight .  If bread looks dry in the morning, add a few more eggs and milk.
9.    Bake at 350 for an hour.
10.    Serve with syrup!

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A Christmas Dehydrator!

For Christmas this year, I got Brady (actually I got it for both of us) a dehydrator!  He wanted one to make beef jerky and I wanted one to make dried fruit and other treats like Gina!

To start, we made dried apples, oranges, kiwis, and bananas.  Brady also tried putting in some fillet, but we cooked it too long!  Then we made fruit roll up with 1 bag of berry medley from TJ’s.  Here is the overview…

img_2465img_2467Brady hard at work…after the CAVS game last night (notice the LeBron shirt!)

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Berry Medley Fruit Leather!!

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Does anyone have any good ideas and recipes for the dehydrator?!  I am so excited to use it!!

🙂

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