Friday, August 3, 2012

Make your own healthy : Banana Protein Ice Cream

 How many times are you craving dessert and there's nothing "healthy" to eat?! This happens to me too often because I have a horrible sweet tooth. I crave dessert as soon as I'm done with dinner :( So I did a little experimenting and came up with this....

Banana Almond Protein Ice Cream

5 ripe Bananas - sliced and frozen in a ziplock bag for 2 hours
1 tbsp vanilla
1-1.5 cups Almond milk
1 tspn cinnamon
1 scoop Isopure (I used cookies n cream) - Zero Carbs :)

Take out the frozen bananas. Add all ingredients to the blender (start w 1 cup of almond milk, purée and gradually add to make smooth consistency). Voila! Healthy no guilt ice cream!

*Add some chopped almonds to it for some crunch :)


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cake Mix Cookies

Cookies! Oh how I love thee....
Cheap & Easy Cookies

Enjoy eating these light and soft baked cookies. Perfect for a gift to bring to a dinner party, for a friend, work or just for yourself :)

A plus with these cookies is that they are CHEAP! Thats my favorite :) Stock up the pantry when these items (Cake mixes and Cool Whip) go on BOGO or 10/10. I promise you won't regret it.

Experiment with these cookies yourself! See what you have in the pantry and fridge, set the oven to 350 degrees and get out your basics; which are:
  • 1 box Cake mix
  • 1 tub Cool Whip
  • 1 Large egg
  1. Preheat oven to 350'
  2. In medium bowl, beat cool whip, egg and cake mix until well blended. (dough will be thick and sticky) - I find it easier to use Kitchen aid mixer
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls into a bowl of powdered sugar and roll to coat OR right onto baking sheet (depends on the type of cookie you are creating).
  4. Place cookies onto parchment lined cookie sheet OR onto lightly sprayed non stick cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  6. When removed from oven, let cookie rest before removing or they will break apart
*Thats a total prep time of 5 minutes, bake time ~10 minutes = Total time 20 minutes after clean up :)


Depending on the cake mix that you have...

Here are some Cookie ideas -
  • Basic cookie - flavor of choice cake mix, cool whip, egg and roll them or sprinkle confectioners sugar on top of cookie ball.
  • Lemon burst cookies - lemon cake mix, grind some fresh lemon either into batter or on top of cookie
  • Birthday cake cookies - confetti cake mix, add colorful sprinkles on top of balls before baking
  • Double chocolate chip cookies - add chocolate chips to batter
  • Strawberry cookies - strawberry cake mix
  • Orange cookies - orange cake mix, grind in some fresh orange
  • Mint chocolate chip cookies- chocolate cake mix, add chopped fresh mint or mint chocolate chips, add chocolate chips
  • Chocolate peanut butter cookies - chocolate cake mix, 2 tbsp of peanut butter to batter and chocolate chips
  • Sweet and salty chocolate cookies - chocolate cake mix, crushed pretzels to batter AND/OR (if you dare) crispy chopped bacon
  • Cranberry vanilla cookies - vanilla cake mix, add dried cranberries to batter
  • Chocolate pecan cookies - chocolate cake mix, add chopped pecans to batter
  • Red velvet cookies - red velvet cake mix
ADD IN'S - chocolate chips, nuts, coconut shavings, fresh herbs, citrus grind, peanut butter, nutella, marshmellows, rice krispie treats, sprinkles, oreos, pretzels, crispy chopped bacon, chips, 1/2 cup pudding mix, kahlua and more! Be Creative :)

*Note* I have made different varieties of these cookies and sometimes the cookies came out flat and chewy after cooled OR puffy and light. This all depends on the cake mix.
If you have a cake mix that has pudding in it, they then won't go flat.
If you thaw out the cool whip slightly, its easier to mix.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentines Secret Message Gift

I came across this great idea for a Valentines gift to give your friends and family.
Inspired by the famous fortune cookies, these cute and chic meringue & chocolate cones are the perfect Valentines gift to give. You can never tell a friend or family member to many times how much they mean to you... why not write a small note and put that inside rather than a Valentines fortune? Just an idea....
So easy to do! All you need
ice cream waffle cones
melted chocolate
sprinkles (this is to put inside the cone, confetti surprise!)

This cute idea would ALSO be a fabulous addition to birthday parties, bridal showers, and baby showers :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Blue & Yellow Bridal Shower

Welcome to my yellow and blue inspired Bridal shower I hosted for my best friend Jasmin in her backyard. The shower was at her St. Augustine home on a sunny May day.

The ladies invited were asked to be dressed like going to the Kentucky Derby (since it was the actual day of the Derby) cute sundresses and big hats :)

I rented white garden chairs for $3 a piece that I decorated with white and yellow paper with each guests name on the back of the chair (for their seat cards). From each chair hung the guests favor cones. I handmade each cone making everyones different and filled them with an assortment of candies.

The table setting included silverware, mason jars decorated with blue ribbon, blue napkin wrapped with yellow tulle and a handmade MENU for each guest. I decorated the table with a light yellow polka dot tableclothe (bought from the fabric store) and a white runner down the center of the table. I bought dark blue pails that were filled with lemons and yellow pails filled with green and white flowers.

On the patio I had our game "Guess the Price", Thank You cards for Jasmin to send out to her guests who attended, Sandal Guest book and everyones Letter to Jasmin about their friendship and love advise on getting married.

One of the games I had everyone participate in was "Guess the price". I bought an arrangement of different spices, chocolate and sauces that the bride-to-be guessed how much the basket was worth and everyone else had to guess what the bride guessed the basked was worth.

The cocktail for the shower was Jasmin's mother in law's Mojitos and my southern sweet tea lemonade (spiked)

When I sent out the invitations I also sent out this "Fill in Letter - to the Bride to be". Each guest brought this with a picture of the bride and themselves on the back.

Which says:

Dear _______,

It's been ____ Years that we've known eachother and if I remember correctly, the first time we met was _________________________________. We've shared so many ____ times together. But my favorite memory of you has got to be __________________________________. I think you and ___ are perfect for eachother because ____________________________________________________. If I could give you one peice of advice on marriage it would have to be _______________________
_____________________________________________. I am so happy for you and wish you much love and happiness as Mrs. _______ _______.

With Love,

Your name

A special and unique touch for Jasmin's guestbook was to buy her some cute sandals in which each guested signed the bottom of the shoe.

Our lunch was simple and beautiful

Spinach Salad (recipe below)

Mini Cornbread muffins (Jiffy recipe off of box)

-added cream corn and glass of pimentos for color.

Zuchinni wrapped pork tenderloin

-zuchinni was sliced thinly (on mandalyn), pork tenderloin was bought marinated in italian flavors and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces and wrapped in the zuchinni and baked til ready.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese (recipe below)

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded Italian shredded cheese mix
3 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pinch paprika

Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.
In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. (for a little surprise I added a little dijon mustard) Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.
Sprinkle with a little paprika.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Serve.

Spinach Salad

6 slices crumbled crispy bacon

2 hard boiled eggs chopped
1 pound fresh spinach

Dressing: ( Make this in the blender )

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon chopped green onion
2 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 Tablespoon chives

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared Mustard
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 ice cube or a little water

Mix the salad dressing ingredients in a container, shake well and chill. ( I use the blender and refrigerate it -- it is best to make a least several hours before serving or a day ahead if you can so the flavors can develop more fully. ) Pour dressing over the spinach, bacon, and eggs just before serving, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper if desired. Toss well and serve. The dressing keeps well for several days in the refrigerator. Serves 6 to 8.

The bride to be was smiling and enjoying every minute of the shower :) I'm so glad you loved everything!

And dessert.....

My mom came up with the best idea for dessert, she made by hand German individual berry fruit cakes (Frucht Kuchen) with hand whipped sweet whipped cream.

To finalize the shower I had everyone take memorable pictures in the backyard with this frame

The End!

The music playing at the shower was Melanie Fiona's album

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A moment of your time

It means so much when one takes the time to send a quick email, thank you card, and/or write a testimonial when one is pleased with the service or product ordered. Today, spend a few moments browsing the webstores’ testimonials that you support.

Testimonials help businesses improve their service as well as their products. Testimonials also help new, browsing customers decide that based on prior customers’ experiences, they can count on an excellent online shopping experience.

So, start a new habit and share your thoughts!

How to Facebook your wedding!

You’re young, getting married and want the world to know. You’re incredibly busy. And you really love Facebook.

Sound familiar?

It should. There are lots of brides-to-be in your position. At first it sounds like a hoot: picking out that first song, tasting cakes, choosing a venue. But add in endless seating arrangements, organizing who wants chicken and who wants fish, and the stress of hoping everyone remembers to RSVP? And the fact that you are still working a full-time job and going out for Friday night cosmos with the girls? Makes you wish you could just do just about everything on Facebook, doesn’t it?

Now you can!

Facebook is great. All the news you want to share zipping out into the internet so everyone is up-to-date with what’s going on. And now this very same dissemination of information is possible for your wedding.

Imagine asking your guests what songs they want to hear on the dance floor or talking to your bridal party all at once.

I’ll give you a second to pick yourself up off the floor…

It’s a Nice Day for a Facebook Wedding

Chances are you have a personal Facebook account already – one you check anywhere between once and 47 times a day. You’ve already updated your Relationship Status to “Engaged,” and it is certainly feasible to use your personal profile to help manage your wedding plans. But with a Facebook Page dedicated entirely to your wedding, you won’t have to perform a major profile overhaul to keep all the wedding info in line. Anyone who “Likes” your wedding will be updated via their News Feed whenever you make changes and add new content. Plus, you can make a Facebook Page really, really cool.

Click here to learn more!

Good luck and Happy Planning!

Bridal Registry - Must Read Tips!

Here are some important tips for completing your Bridal Registry:

Be sure that your registry is listed under both your name and your soon-to-be husband’s name. You will both have family, friends and acquaintances who will not know the other’s last name.

If you do not work from home, put the shipping address as your parents’ home or a close friend who does work from home so your packages don’t sit on the front porch.

There are a couple bulk registry websites that allow you to list items from multiple stores, this really comes in handy when you’re expecting gifts from around the country as not all locations have the same stores.

You are able to add any item from any store into one list. They also offer a iPhone barcode app that lets you scan items into your list when you’re out and about.

You are able to add any item from any store into one list.

You are able to add any item from any store into one list.

Another Tip: Make sure to remember to put your registry information on your Wedding Website!

Have any other great wedding registry tips, please comment below
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