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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 ….  





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

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

21 REV


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! 



21 Day Fix Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup – PRINT


  • 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


  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!
    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
    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.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

OLW 2015 {SHINE}

Welcome 2015 and Happy New Year to all my readers!  

I started choosing a OLW (one little word) there years ago.  My first year I picked believe and last year my word was Create.  At the start of each year, I would always make a New Years resolution and for the most part it was always to lose weight, work out more, save more money.  I know I'm not alone in the breaking of resolutions but when I discovered the OLW concept it made sense to me because the one little word can work in so many different parts of my every day life.  

This year I picked SHINE ...... 

I want to SHINE more in my healthier life style choices 
- work out more,  achieve my weight goal 
I want to SHINE more in commitment to my blog 
I want SHINE more in my personal relationships 
I want to SHINE more in my business 
I want to SHINE more as parent 
- not saying maybe later but making time at the moment
I want to SHINE more in my personal development goals 

Do you pick a OLW or do you make resolutions?  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hot Foil Ham and Swiss Sandwiches

New Years is just a few days away and you will want to make these sandwiches!  They are so simple and perfect for feeding a crowd!  You can serve them as an appetizer or as part of the main course.  My grandma used to make these sandwiches and as a kid I never really cared for them but as an adult I love them!  They are something that I make every holiday season to keep on hand because they make for a quick and easy meal.  
After you wrap the sandwiches in foil they need to cook for about 20 min on 350 degrees.  The recipe makes about 16 sandwiches so whatever you do not plan on using you can freeze!  So these also can be made in advance and freeze until you are ready to use!! These sandwiches also make a great addition to  any party get together - so simple to make you will love them!  
1lb chipped chopped ham 
1 medium onion (chopped) 
1 stick butter (softened not melted)
2 full Tablespoons poppy seeds
4 level Tablespoons of prepared yellow mustard 
1  bag shredded swiss cheese 
hamburger buns or mini sliders - your choice

Mix all ingredients together.   Fill buns with mixture.  Wrap sandwiches in foil and cook for 20 min at 350 degrees.   If frozen bake 45 min but keep an eye on it after 30 min - oven temps may differ. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

School Memories

As September comes to a close what were your favorite school memories? Good Or Bad?  

When I think of back to school memories, I think of back to school supplies, football games, pep rallies, the crazy fashion of the 80’s , and sleepovers.  I always loved going back to school shopping for clothes and supplies.  I can remember spending hours organizing all of it and packing up my new back pack.

Elementary School memories – I just remember in 2nd grade gym class we learned to square dance.  Which meant we got paired up with a boy which was awful! I remember everyone hated it and at that age we thought boys were gross!  One of my favorite class room jobs when I was in grade school was to clean the erasers!  Can you imagine in today’s world sending a kid to clean and eraser?  I’m sure there would be some law suit against the school for putting a child in little room to turn on the eraser machine and inhale all that chalk dust!  Well just like everything else that wasn’t safety regulated in the 70’s and 80’s I survived!  I couldn’t wait to be the big 4th grader because in Gym class this year we go to ride bikes on the playground during Gym when we learned about bike safety.  We rode the cool bikes with banana seats!   Remember those bikes? 

Once, I got to Middle School and High School everything was about my friends, who you would sit with at lunch, what clothes you had and who was going to drive you to the mall on the weekend.  High School was pretty much the same minus the mall stuff – You know hanging with friends, getting your drivers licenses, who was having the party that weekend.   You know Important stuff! 

So let’s talk 80’s school supplies …

1. Trapper Keeper – Yeah, I owned a few of these!  Including the vintage denim  3 ring notebooks that I used to doodle all over!  Look familiar? 

trapper keeper       binder

                                                 images from pinterest

   2.   Reinforcements – haha!  Remember these little guys?  You know you had these in the pencil bag because you had to keep all of your papers tidy in your trapper keeper! 


        images from pinterest


80’s fashion- love it or Hate?

Reebok High Tops – I’m pretty sure my parents bought me several pairs during each school year because I wore them every day!

You know when you wore your Reebok high tops your pants had to be pegged perfectly and you had to have at least 2 pairs of different colored socks on!  What were we thinking?!  Yikes! 

reebok         peg your pants

                                                 images from pinterest


Jean Jackets & Fashion buttons -  I haven’t thought about all those buttons I collected in years but now after seeing this picture I wonder what happened to all of them?  Did you collect buttons for your jean jacket? 



Swatch Watch

I had a few of these and Yes I wore them all at the same time!  You know because that makes a ton of sense ;)


swatch watch

             images from pinterest


so what were your favorite school memories? 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

First Day of Fall


I can’t believe today is the first day of Fall!  It literally feels like we were just spending every afternoon and weekend at the pool and now we have officially entered into Fall!  You can definitely tell that Fall has arrived because here in Ohio we are waking up to crisp cool mornings in the 50’s.  My two favorite seasons are Summer and Fall and if you could classify Christmas as a season I would include Christmas but I’m really not a winter girl – at all but I love the holidays!

My Favorite 10 things about Fall are …..

 1.)  the change of weather and watching the leaves change colors

2)  Football – I love football season!  I’ve always loved going to football games and this year on the bucket list was to attend our Alumni Homecoming at the University of Cincinnati but that was last weekend and well we missed it because of work project deadlines.  So I will be adding that to next years bucket list!   In our house we are big Ohio State Fans along with our college alma maters of UC, Ohio University and  Youngstown State University. 

3) Back to School –  I love back to school!   I mean who doesn’t really like a fresh start?  Now that Lilly is older and she loves to clothes shop it makes back to school shopping fun!  Her favorite part is trying on clothes?!  <—I know crazy right?  A kid that likes to try on clothes?!    But then again who doesn’t love a few new outfits and fresh box of crayons! 

I have two mantles in the house and I always try to decorate them with a holiday theme so this month it was a back to school theme….  This week I’m pulling out the Halloween box and going to change the mantle …... Here’s a little of what I did for September for Back to School

{The Preppy Strawberry} Back to School Mantle Ideas

4)  Boots -  I love fall shoes!  I can’t wait to buy some new boots for this season.  I’ve already started looking just haven’t found the right pair!

5)  Leaves – well we live in  old neighborhood so we have lots of trees which means once the leaves start falling we have lots of leaves to pick up.  Not a job, I like but thankful we have riding mower that makes that job a little easier!  But one advantage is raking up a big pile for Lilly to jump around in!  Something, I always remember doing as a kid. 

One of my favorite pictures of Lil from 2008 – I feel like she was just 2 years old



6)  Cider and Donuts – We’ve already hit the fruit farm up for cider and donuts and this is one of my favorite weekend treats! 

7)  Pumpkins  – Every year since Lilly was little we’ve always gone to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins – so we will be going one weekend very soon!  Can you believe October 1st is next week?  

On another note, I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of “pumpkin food/drink craze “  Don’t get me wrong,  I will have  maybe one PSL during the fall season but you won’t see me over using the #PSL hashtag!  Don’t judge – I just can’t get on that pumpkin bandwagon!  

8)  Apple picking – This is something I’ve wanted to do but timing just never works out but this fall activity of apple picking is going on my bucket list for next year?  Have you ever gone apple picking?

9)  Halloween -  my favorite part of Halloween is decorating and helping Lil decide on this years Halloween costume.  This year if she sticks with her idea will be a unique costume!  Something she thought of all on her own and I don’t think it’s a very popular choice….. Only time will tell!


halloween doorREV


10.)  Fall Clothes – I’m a jeans girl and I love fall clothes!  An outfit like this would be something definitely you would find in my closet!




So what are you favorite fall activities? 



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