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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt ~ 21 Day fix

 

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Ok, so I like cookies, cake, candy , – I have a huge sweet tooth!  So in effort to make some healthy changes and choices this year I’ve started following the 21 day fix by Beach Body program.  If you are interested in more information message me and I will be happy to fill you in on the program! 

So instead of grabbing the cookies, the candy, the cake when I want something sweet I’m trying to have healthy choices on hand.  This one of my new favorite snacks and I’m counting it as 1 RED and 1/2 Purple container.  It tastes just like a frozen yogurt and helps satisfy that craving for something sweet!

 

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Print Recipe

Ingredients using 21 Day fix Containers

2 Red Containers of Plain Greek Yogurt

1 Purple Container of Frozen Strawberries

juice of 1/2  lemon

1 tsp honey

 

Ingredients using measuring cups

3/4 plain Greek Yogurt

1 1/2 cup frozen yogurts

Juice from 1/2 lemon

1 tsp honey

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Combine all ingredients in blender and and blend until smooth.  

 

Enjoy!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Easy Crock pot Lasagna

 

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This crock pot lasagna recipe is so simple and easy to put together it will be one you will make again!  Ok, so in my house sometimes for dinner we all eat something different but there is only 3 of us so I guess I’m Ok with that even though I swore I would never be a cafeteria!  Part of the reason is my daughter is super picky and well even though she LOVES pasta she will not eat lasagna!  Then there is me, I’ve cut out pasta out of my diet and I’m learning how to clean eat and well this is a challenge in itself!  But my Husband loves lasagna and I’m always looking for easy dinners to have ready for him!  Plus, this also perfect for his lunches during the week!   I was a little hesitant as I put this together in the crock pot how this was going to turn out well I  can tell you it’s fantastic!!  It tastes just like you baked it in the oven!! 

Print Recipe

  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 jars (each 24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lb. whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 18 ruffle-edged lasagna noodles (not no-boil noodles)
  • 1 1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Brown sausage breaking up any large chunks, until the meat is browned,  about 10 to 12 minutes. Add the spaghetti sauce and water and bring to a simmer.

In another bowl, stir together the ricotta, parsley, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Spray inside of crock pot with cooking spray.  Spread a thin layer of the sauce on the bottom of the slow-cooker. Cover the sauce with a single layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (about 3), breaking the noodles as needed to fit. Spread about 1/3 cup of the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Top with about 2 cups of the sauce, then sprinkle with about 1 cup of the mozzarella and 1/4 cup of the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Repeat the layers 4 more times.

I found this recipe over at Skip to my Lou but I used homemade sauce instead of prepared jar sauce. 

Easy Crock Pot Lasagna {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

Cover and cook on low according to the manufacturer’s instructions until the noodles are tender and cooked through, about 4 hours.

 

Easy Crock Pot Lasagna {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

 

 

Easy Crock Pot Lasagna {The Preppy Strawberry}

Turns out just like you baked it in the oven!  The cheese even gets brown on top – Yum! 

What are your favorite crock pot recipes? 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

We love laceez!

complimentary laceez were sent to me for review by mylaceez

Elastic No Tie Laces for kids ….. Sounds pretty awesome right? 

These laces are amazing see below for more info about where you can get Laceez for your kids shoes!! 

Laceez Review {The Preppy Strawberry} 

You heard me right  NO TIE ELASTIC SHOE LACES for kids!  I know,  I had you at no tie kids shoes right?  Well let me introduce you to laceez an elastic no tie shoe lace for kids.  Your kids might be able to tie there own shoes but I’m sure we’ve all had that one pair of kids shoes that you feel like you are constantly tying!  Every pair of Nike tennis shoes we buy  Lilly the laces never stay tied!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood in an aisle at the Grocery store or Target while we tied those shoes!!   It’s so Frustrating  and feels like I’m waiting 10 min just to tie shoes!  Well Laceez has solved that problem for us!  

 

Laceez Review {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

Laceez Review {The Preppy Strawberry}

Last week, Jason from Laceez contacted me about trying out some laceez for my daughters shoes.   Of course I said Yes!  We were so excited to try the laceez out that Lilly was keeping a close eye out for that package to arrive!  When it did arrive she had it ripped open in seconds and was holding a package laceez and was ready to switch out those Nike shoes laces.  Sorry, Nike we love your shoes but your laces never stay tied and have now been replaced with Laceez! 

Sorry,  the Nike Running shoes are a little beat up and not as pretty to picture as her sequin shoes but just to show you how I used laceez in her Nikes.  The only problem I had was Nike has these little loops instead of an actual eyelet so we tried lacing the laceez through the loop both times and it didn’t work very well ?!  So  I ending up skipping one of the loops and the laceez worked perfect! 

 

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The laceez come in these cute little boxes and retail for 7.99.  These laceez would make a perfect gift or package topper, a great way to fill Christmas stockings, and well lets just say the Easter Bunny might be bring a couple pair of Laceez in her Easter basket.   Visit Laceez to check out all the colors and sizes available! 

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Look how cute this packaging is? 

 

Laceez Review {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

  Laceez Review {The Preppy Strawberry}

Here’s why we love Laceez!  

1.)  you can make any tie shoe into a slip on shoe

2)  they stay tied and snug on her foot

3)  safety- no more running with laces untied

4)  saves time – because now she can just slip on her shoes!

 

A little bit about Laceez

We started Laceez in 2013 to be a classic solution to a common problem: Make every shoe a slip-on, and look much better on your feet at the same time. We put together some prototypes, sought out some of the highest quality (and custom) elastic we could find, and began testing. Once we saw that it really worked, it was all in.

Everyone always wants the quick and easy slide on of a shoe but its just not practical to get that in every shoe that you buy. Nor can you get rid of those pesky laces always flapping around over your shoe.

Shoelaces come untied… Laceez do not. Shoe laces can often be an unsightly nuisance when the laces are dangling around all the time…Laceez give the appearance of a sleek, laced shoe.

Shoelaces can be inconvenient for kids and elderly, or people who just like slipping on their shoes and going…. Laceez no-tie shoelaces provide that slip-on convenience.

We hope you love our product and buy them with every new pair of shoes you buy. Our goal is to keep you and your kids happy and comfortable.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

Sugar Cookies are a favorite in my house so today I'm sharing with you my favorite sugar cookie recipe.   I’m not sure who originally passed along this recipe to me but it’s one that I’ve been making for years! 

The dough is perfect and so easy to work with especially when you are making cut out cookies!  

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

PRINT RECIPE – Click here

 

1 cup butter

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

3 tsp. vanilla

1 cup sour cream

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking soda

5 1/2 cups flour

In mixer, cream butter and sugar, and then add eggs and vanilla.

Add sour cream. Combine salt, soda, and flour, and add to mixture.

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe {The Preppy Strawberry}

Roll dough out on floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/3 thick and then use a spatula to lift cookies onto greased (I used Pam) cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 min.  You will want to keep an eye on the cookies the cookies might look like they still need to cook but you do not want the edges to start browning. 

 

Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 min and then move to the cooling racks. 

Cool cookies then frost

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe {The Preppy Strawberry}

Basic Butter cream frosting

1/2 cup butter softened

4 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp. vanilla extract or almond

1/4 cup milk

With a mixer cream butter. Beat in sugar and vanilla  Gradually add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Add desired food coloring.

 

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

21 Day Fix Shakeology Pancakes

 

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If you follow me on instagram you already know that this morning I tried something new with Shakeology.    I used my vanilla Shakeology in a recipe and I made pancakes!  Yes, pancakes on the 21 day fix and they were SO GOOD!   I’m trying to try out new things so I do not get bored eating the same things over and over again! If you know what I mean ….  

Enjoy!!

 

PRINT RECIPE

Ingredients

4 Egg whites

1/2 scoop of Shakeology

1 tsp sweetener - i used splenda but you can use whatever you have on hand

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions: 
Mix ingredients well

use non stick cooking spray on pan or griddle

flip pancakes after they begin to set - you will see bubbles start to form and this is good sign the pancake is ready to be flipped

top with a banana or natural nut butter.   I warmed a tsp of peanut butter and drizzled over mine

nuts - optional

1 1/2 RED

1 PURPLE (if you add banana)

1 BLUE (if you add nuts/ peanut butter)

1 tsp

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

21 Day Fix Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

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If you are following me on instagram you will know that I’m following the 21 day fix a beachbody program.  21 Day Fix is a nutrition and fitness program that makes losing weight so simple, anyone can do it. Easy-to-follow portion control and 30-minute workouts take the guesswork out of losing weight to help you see results fast—up to 15 pounds in just 21 days!  I’m just in my first week but I’m trying to plan ahead easy meals that will keep me on track!  Tonight, I made slow cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup which is perfect for busy days! 

Enjoy!!

 

21 Day Fix Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup – PRINT

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups veggie broth
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • ⅛ cup cilantro (fresh or that fun stuff in a tube)
  • 1 15oz can no salt added black beans
  • 1 10oz can diced  Ro-Tel tomatoes & Green Chiles
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp ground oregano
  • 3 medium chicken breasts

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat, add onion and garlic, stirring until soft, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add all ingredients to slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
  4. Remove chicken strips from soup and shred,
  5. Return to slow cooker.


 

This recipe was adapted from http://potentially-lovely.com/21-day-fix-slow-cooker-enchilada-soup/ I made a few substitutes

21 Day Fix  {The Preppy Strawberry}

How does 21 Day Fix work?
With the 21 Day Fix container system, you’ll learn how to create healthy portions simply and intuitively.

It shows you how to eat whatever you want, in the right amounts, so you can reach your goals fast.
No guesswork, and no calorie counting!

 

 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hungarian Walnut Cookies ~ A Cookie Challenge

Hungarian Walnut Cookies {The Preppy Strawberry}


If you follow me on instagram you already know that my husband presented me with a cookie challenge back in November.  Thanksgiving weekend, I was making my Holiday to do list making sure we made time for holiday baking.  I asked him what cookies he wanted me to bake and by that I meant what cookies do you have to for Christmas.  You know those cookies that your grandma always made or you always had as kid that really just mean Christmas to you. So he tells me that he loved these cookies his German Grandma made when he was a kid.  I didn't have much to go on and he did not have a name for the cookie only what they looked like and what was in the cookie.  So off to Pinterest and Google I went and 15 min later I came back with several images that I pinned.  So after his review of what he felt was close to the cookie he was talking about I added the cookie to the holiday baking list. But before that happened he tagged his comment about the cookies with "You will never be able to make them"  hmm?  Did I just hear you right?  I will not be able to make them right?  Oh game on!  He pretty much just meant that I would never be able to duplicate his Grandmas exact cookie.   Well I kinda figured that since I did not have her exact recipe but I was going to try my hardest to come close.    Well, I came close ..... like lets say 99% close and I'll take that as a win!  

The cookies were a hit and will definitely be on the Holiday Cookie list next year!  

What Christmas cookies are always must haves in your house for the holidays?  

The recipe below is one I found on American Heritage Cooking and the only change I made was I used powdered sugar after the cookies came out of the oven.  


Authentic Hungarian Walnut Rolls
Yield: 64 Cookies
These traditional Hungarian cookies have a sweet, nutty filling inside a flakey, rich pastry! While they are traditionally made at Christmastime, they are outstanding any time of year!
Ingredients
    For the Pastry:
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar for rolling
  • For the Walnut Filling:
  • ½ pound freshly ground walnuts (finely)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup of boiled milk
  • 1/8 cup melted butter
Instructions
    To make the Walnut Filling:
  1. Mix filling in a medium bowl using only ¼ cup of the boiled milk. The mixture should be thick.
  2. If the filling is not spreadable, use the rest of the milk. I used all of it. It will thicken as it sits.
  3. Note: You can make the filling ahead of time and freeze it until you are ready to use it. Just thaw at room temperature when you are ready to use.
  4. For the Pastry Dough:
  5. Sift flour and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  6. Beat the cream cheese and butter together with a stand mixer or a hand mixer until completely incorporated and creamy (3-5 minutes).
  7. Reduce the speed of the mixer and slowly add in the flour. I used 5 additions and completely mixed in the flour each time. The dough will be soft but not sticky.
  8. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and flatten each to ¾” thick. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until hard, at least 2 hours.
  9. Assembling the Walnut Rolls:
  10. Pre-heat the oven to 375°. Move the oven rack one setting higher than the center.
  11. Take one of the disks of dough from the refrigerator and lightly flour both sides. Spread granulated sugar on your pastry board or work surface. Place the dough on top and roll out pastry to 1/16” thick or as thin as possible. Most recipes say 1/8” but my Husband remembered them being thinner. Thinner is better. If you roll them too thick, the bottom will burn before the inside has a chance to fully cook and puff up. They still taste good but they taste so much better when properly rolled. Promise. Just trust me here.
  12. With a pastry wheel or sharp knife, trim the dough into a square and then cut the square into 16 smaller squares. My dough never rolled out into a perfect circle so I would just cut as many 1 1/2 “ squares a possible, saving the scraps for later.
  13. Place a dollop of filling in one corner of each square. I used ½ teaspoon.
  14. Starting in the corner with the filling, roll the dough around the filling from corner to corner, gently pressing down as you roll. Grab the roll on both sides and pinch as you bend the roll to create a crescent shape. Gently move it to a parchment covered baking sheet, placing the Rolls no closer than 1” apart.
  15. Repeat with all remaining squares.
  16. Sprinkle the middles of the Rolls with just a touch of granulated sugar.
  17. Bake 12-14 minutes or until the bottom edges are a golden and you can smell them. They should puff up slightly in the middle. With experience you can see when the dough is cooked. Let cool slightly on the pan on a wire rack and then move them gently to a wire rack to cool completely.
  18. Repeat with all remaining dough. Refrigerate and re-roll your scraps. Amazing.
  19. For a more traditional cookie, you can omit the granulated sugar and dust the final, cooled cookie with powdered sugar. I will warn you that it won’t be as divine.

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