• Tips

    5 Low Calorie Drinks for the Holidays

    One of the biggest rules with healthy eating is… don’t drink your calories.  However, with the holidays in full swing you might be temped to indulge and do some serious damage. Here are 5 low calorie drinks for the holidays. Sparkling Cranberry Water – Pour a glass of seltzer water and add a dash or two of low sugar cranberry juice. Garnish with fresh cranberries or lime wedges. Spiced Coffee – I love pumpkin spice lattes, but they can be calorie bombs. Add a few good shakes of pumpkin spice seasoning (or any of the following cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, all spice) to a mug of steamy coffee. Add nonfat milk…

  • Recipe

    Apple Butter

    I love apple butter and this recipe is incredibly easy and can be made in your slow cooker all day long. This is a simple and delicious recipe. 12 Large Apples, peeled and chopped 1 Cup brown sugar 1 Cup apple cider 1 Tablespoon cinnamon 1/4 Teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 Teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 Teaspoon salt 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract. Place apples in the crock pot. Mine filled pretty much to the top of my crock. Combine other ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup. Pour mixture over apples and give them a quick stir to coat the apples. Cook on low for 16 hours. Stir…

  • Oatmeal Berry Pancakes Recipe

    Oatmeal Berry Pancakes

    I like incorporating oatmeal into breakfast foods. Its a sneaky way to make waffles and pancakes healthier while still having the fun of weekend food. 1 1/4 Cups milk 1/2 Cup uncooked old-fashioned oats 2/3 Cup all-purpose flour 1/3 Cup whole wheat flour 2 1/2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar 2 Teaspoons baking powder 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda 1/4 Teaspoon salt 1 Egg 2 Tablespoons melted butter Blueberries and Strawberries Bring 1/2 cup milk to a simmer in small sauce pan. Stir in oats. Remove from heat and set aside. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Combine egg and melted butter in medium bowl. Stir in oatmeal mixture and remaining…

  • Recipe

    Pumpkin Muffins

    Welcome Fall with these great pumpkin muffins. Perfect with a steamy cup of coffee. 1 3/4 cups bread flour 1 Cup sugar 1 Tablespoon baking powder 1/4 Teaspoon salt 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 Teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 Teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 Teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, optional 1/8 Teaspoon ground cloves 1 cup pureed pumpkin, canned 1/2 cup milk – I used coconut milk 1/2 cup applesauce 2 tablespoons molasses Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a twelve-muffin tin. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, soy milk, oil, and molasses. Pour the wet…

  • Recipe

    Blueberry Peach Oatmeal Bake

    This Saturday I had a little time to put together breakfast and enjoy it as the rain was falling and a cool breeze was flowing through the house. I had some peaches to use so I decided to put them in a variation of my favorite apple oatmeal bake. Ingredients: 2 Cups rolled oats 1/4 Cup raw sugar (sub brown if you don’t have raw) 1 Teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/4 Teaspoon sea salt 2 Cups milk 1 Egg 2 Tablespoons melted and slightly cooled butter 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract 2 Extra large ripe bananas (almost black), sliced 2 Peaches, diced 1 1/2 Cups blueberries (prefer fresh…

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