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Archive for 11/01/2012 - 12/01/2012

Welcome Christmas

Friday, November 23, 2012

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Pinterest love.....I could spend hours on there and come up with so many ideas for the holidays.  The issue is finding the time to actually implement all of them.  I did come across one this year that I knew I just had to put my spin on.  We have a space on our porch that just calls for something festive and I always struggle with just the perfect thing.  So, I spent a few minutes hours on Pinterest and found a super cute welcome sign that was made using chalkboard paint.  I love the look of writing on chalkboard, but I do not really have the most consistent handwriting.

I got to thinking about it and decided to download some free chalkboard fonts and decided to just make mine on the computer first.  Then I simply just printed my creation off on a transparency....this way I could just "copy" the letters and didn't have to depend on my own penmanship. =)

Breakfast on the Run

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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In the mornings I sometimes feel like I am lucky if I can get out of the house with matching shoes on, let alone to eat breakfast.  In order to get my protein as well as have something that is easily portable I usually end up making a shake.  Some days I like a fruity shake other days something with a little chocolate.

My go to shake is a sweet combination of peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate.  I have recently found the PB2 at our local grocers and it comes regular and in chocolate.  This is a major score because I can get two tablespoons of this for only 45 calories! I know that is crazy when it comes to peanut butter, even the natural ones.  So, run out today grab some PB2 and make this crazy good shake and not feel bad about it at all.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
 Makes 2 servings

Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Monday, November 19, 2012

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Oh how we love hummus!  It is great by itself, in a wrap, as a dip, the possibilities are endless. Not to mention the so many ways you can personalize it and make it just the way you like it.  There are times that I like to buy the store bought stuff, but honestly it takes absolutely no time at all to make it at home.  The plus side of making it at home is that you can make it so many ways and know exactly what is in there. 
Our favorite standby is the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus; I have included the recipe below.  Feel free to try it out and experiment to make your own specialty.  Add some chipotle powder, maybe some sun dried tomatoes, or even some spinach and artichokes.  Let me know what your favorite is!

Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
 Makes approx 12 servings