Monday, July 22, 2013

Healthy Frozen Yogurt


Healthy Frozen Yogurt
Yield: Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
1 cup spinach
1 banana
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup milk

Directions:

1. Add all your ingredients to your blender and blend for 20-30 seconds. Turn your blender off and with a spoon or spatula, mix your ingredients together. You will overheat your motor if you don't do this. Continue to blend for 20-30 second intervals and mix with your spoon until it is all blended together. Serve immediately and enjoy!

I love making this for a healthy snack for the kids and I to enjoy on a hot summer day. It is completely guilt-free and is packed full of protein and vitamins! We love this yummy frozen treat in my house and I hope you will too!

If you wish to freeze this for later than pour into a popsicle  mold and freeze for about 8 hours. I will post a picture tomorrow of what that looks like! :)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Slow Cooker Lasagna


Slow Cooker Lasagna 
Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients:

1/2 box of lasagna noodles (9 noodles)
1 pound of ricotta
4 cups of your homemade meat sauce (I used my Bolognese Sauce recipe)
2 cups of shredded mozzarella


Directions:

1. Turn your slow cooker on low for 4 hours.
2. Pour half of your meat sauce in the bottom of your slow cooker (2 cups) and spread out.
3. Line three uncooked lasagna noodles on top of your meat sauce. Spread half of your ricotta cheese on top of the noodles.
4. Repeat step 3: Place another line of three noodles and spread the remainder of your ricotta on top.
5. Top with three more noodles in a line and pour the remainder of your meat sauce on top. Spread out evenly. You now have a three layered lasagna cooking in your Crock Pot!
6. Cover and cook on low for 3.5 hours. When there is thirty minutes left sprinkle your mozzarella on top of your lasagna and cover for the remaining thirty minutes. Serve immediately.



I made this recipe up on the fly. I am trying to come up with some recipes for this fall when school is back in session and we will be busy busy all day long. This is my first attempt at a slow-cooker pasta dish and boy did my kids devour it. My husband chowed it down as well. Overall, for a first time pasta dish in the slow cooker, I am super excited for it's ease and success!


Enjoy!




Thursday, July 11, 2013

Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese


Homemade Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese
Yield: Serves 6


Ingredients:

1 box of Penne
1 stick of butter
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground mustard powder
1 pinch paprika
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup shredded Munster Cheese
3 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese



Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, heated on low-medium (on a 2 or 3 notch) add your stick of butter and your pepper, mustard, and paprika. Let melt completely.
2. In a separate, large, saucepan fill with water. Add a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Heat on high and cover. This is for your Penne.
3. Add you flour to your melted butter and whisk flour until lump-free and smooth. Let the mixture come to a light golden brown color and will take 3-5 minutes. Make sure not to let it burn. Continue to mix very well with your whisk.
4. Add your box of Penne to your boiling water in the large saucepan. Cook for 9-10 minutes.
5. Slowly add in your milk with little splashes at a time. Mix very well while adding your milk in or else it will curdle. Your arm should start to feel like you are holding you 25 pound baby now as your are whisking with all of your might. This process takes 3-5 minutes to incorporate your milk properly. Your mixture should be slightly thick and white....looking almost like paste.
6. With little handfuls at a time, slowly add in your cheese. Keep whisking with all of your might or else your cheese will separate. Nobody likes a chewy cheese sauce. To reach the perfect cheese sauce yummy goodness it will take you about 5-8 minutes to add all the cheese in. Keep on whisking!!
7. Drain your Penne and in a large serving bowl mix together your Penne and your cheese sauce. Serve immediately.

This is a family favorite of ours! It is super unhealthy so we only eat it on occasion, but it is the only macaroni and cheese that I like. The irony, of course, is that no macaroni is involved. I hope you all enjoy and happy whisking! :)


Note: I am actually in the process of trying to loose weight and am using My Fitness Pal to try and help facilitate that. I plugged all the ingredients into the recipe builder and it told me that per serving this recipe is still under 500 calories. I honestly thought it would be more than that. It still is a heavy meal, but I am glad that it isn't as devilish as I originally thought. Plus, you get a super awesome arm workout while making it so that burns some calories! :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Vintage Car Party


Retro car cake on top of a tower of cupcakes!
Cake: Carrot with cream cheese frosting
Mini Cupcakes: Cookies and Cream
Cupcakes: Mudslide with custom toppers



Root beer floats



Tires: Doughnuts


Dipsticks: Chocolate covered pretzels 


Motor Oil utensil container 


Water-cars: Watermelon cut out in car shapes



Hot Dogs!


"Happy Birthday" Banner on top of the cake 


Mudslide cupcakes with custom toppers


Blurry cell phone pic that my friend snapped of the whole table. I completely forgot to take a picture of the whole table set up. Oh well! :) 





Cooper and his girlfriend checking out the main attraction: Vintage Mustang


Cooper next to Cooper tires!


Driving the vintage Mustang!


Cooper and his best friend in the photo-prop car cut out my mother made!


Singing Happy Birthday!



Drive in Movie Theater featuring Cars in our playroom!


Chloe munching on Popcorn and Oreos for movie snacks!


Myself and Cooper for present time!


Cooper loving all of his presents!


We had a lot of friends out of town for the Fourth of July weekend but we still had a pretty decent turnout for Cooper's 3rd birthday. We had lots of drinks, food, and good chatter going. The bounce house was set up in our bedroom, the movie was set up in the playroom, and the food was spanned out over the entire first floor. It was a wonderful third birthday for my car loving little man! Cooper and Chloe both had a blast! Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment below and let me know what you all think! :)

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