Top 5 Food Posts of 2015

Top 5 Food Posts of 2015

Happy New Years Eve!

Okay so I admittedly didn’t realize it was NYE today until yesterday morning.  It’s never really been all that of an exciting holiday for me and this year is no different.  Actually, while most people are toasting to a new year, I’ll most likely be in bed since I can barely make it up past 9:00pm these days!   We will probably stay home, get takeout and watch the New Years Eve celebration on Netflix while sipping on sparkling apple cider.   New Years Day we have big plans to take down our Christmas decorations and clean our house.  Which I’m both sad and excited about.  I love having Christmas decorations up but I’m ready to clean up and start the New Year fresh!

Speaking of the New Year, I thought I’d finish up 2015 with a short round up with my top 5 food posts from the last year.  I didn’t do as much recipe creating as I’ve done in the past but the few that I did do were definitely enjoyed!

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Paleo Thanksgiving Round-Up (from the archives)

So we had a bit of a rough weekend.  The Hubby’s Grandfather passed away recently so we were out of town for his services.  It was good to remember his life and lots of happy memories but not necessarily a fun way to spend the weekend.  On top of that I was feeling a bit under the weather with a little stomach bug so spent a lot of time lounging around watching Parenthood and not blogging.  So rather than getting a post done on some NEW Thanksgiving recipes, I’m pulling this one from the archives 🙂

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Day Trip and Wild Friends!

Day Trip and Wild Friends!

Happy Friday!

Hope you all had a wonderful week!  We had one filled with work and fun.

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Best foods for Fertility and the Two Week Wait

Best foods for Fertility and the Two Week Wait

Last week I posted about some natural ways I’m trying to boost my chance of getting pregnant and staying pregnant.  I mentioned I’d be following up that post with a few more detailed ones on diet, supplements and fitness.  So as promised here’s the first of the series starting with the best, the food! 

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Double Chocolate Plantain Cookies

Double Chocolate Plantain Cookies

Hi Friends!

Sorry for my absence yesterday.  Like I said this week is tough with a lot to do and of course as my luck would have it, The Love Nugget came down with his first case of pink eye.  Bound to happen right???  Anyway, the past few days I’ve had him with me 24/7 and he’s been pretty quaranteend.  With the exception of running errands and a stop at The Green Boheme for lunch.

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Blue Diamond Honey Dijon Almond Crusted Sole

Blue Diamond Honey Dijon Almond Crusted Sole

“This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds”

My son is a major snacker.  I’m not sure where he gets it from 😉

Okay I’m lying, I like to snack too.  Which is why we’re always stocked with healthy snacks when we need a little something between meals.  Some of The Love Nugget’s favorites are cheese sticks, fruit leathers, raisins, kale chips and of course, nuts!

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WIAW – Chocolate Peppermint Jello Jigglers

WIAW – Chocolate Peppermint Jello Jigglers

Good morning!

Just 15 more shopping days left!  Are you ready?  I took advantage of the early mall hours yesterday and did a little shopping while The Love Nugget was at school.  Too bad I didn’t get much for anyone else but myself…  What is wrong with me!?!  Although in my defense I desperately needed mascara, Lush shampoo and a new blouse.  Okay well maybe not that last one…

I did manage to get one gift yesterday so that’s a plus!   In all honesty, we don’t buy too many gifts for Christmas anymore.  Now that we have kids, most my family just buys for them and then we do gift exchanges with the aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.  The Hubby and I didn’t exchange gifts last year since we had just moved but are this year.  Luckily I was able to get most of what he wanted online so I didn’t even have to attempt to hunt anything down.  Definitely helps when you have a 3 1/2 year old!

Anyway, enough rambling about Christmas shopping let’s get on to what’s on todays agenda… Food!

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My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

Have you ever been in one of those kitchen stores where they pretty much have everything you could imagine needing in your kitchen and then some? Pineapple corers, banana slicers, egg steamers… you know, kitchen gadgets. I’ve had my fair share of kitchen gadgets over the years. Some of which worked and some that did not work.

Like the Quirky which sucks out the egg yolk out of a bowl…

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WIAW – Super Easy Apple Sauce!

WIAW – Super Easy Apple Sauce!

Hey there!

It’s Wednesday and I’m still joining Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday but today focusing on my LOVE for Apple Season.

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If we had an apple orchard I would probably live happily for the rest of my life.  Well that or a vineyard 🙂

I pretty much eat an apple everyday and ones that are freshly picked from the tree are so much better than those purchased in the store.

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Luckily we live in an area where there are apple orchards within driving distance  AND we make sure to visit at least once a year!

We recently took our annual trip up to Apple Hill to stock up on some forbidden fruit.

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We came home with more than we could eat by ourselves meant I had to do something with all those delicious apples!

So I whipped up a super easy crockpot applesauce to have on hand.  When I say easy I mean, toss into the crockpot and walk away easy.  Not to mention, delicious!

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ingredients

  • 10 - 12 apples, cored and peeled (I used a semi tart variety but a golden delicious or fuji would work great too!)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Chop peeled apples into chunks then toss into a crockpot.
  2. Stir in Cinnamon then toss in cinnamon sticks.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. If you want it chunky, just stir well with a wooden spoon until desired texture is reached.
  5. If you want it smooth, use an immersion blender to finely chop up the chunks or blend it in a blender until smooth.
  6. Enjoy!
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See what I mean, simple!  This made about three jars of applesauce but… they were all gone within a few weeks!  I’m telling you, it’s amazing!

 QUESTIONS – 

  • What’s your favorite fruit?  
  • Have you ever made applesauce?
Kids in the Kitchen #1 – Trail Mix

Kids in the Kitchen #1 – Trail Mix

When I was little I have fond memories of being in the kitchen with my family. From licking the batter off the spoon when making cake with my grandma to making monster toast with my mom there was a lot of time spent in the kitchen that I believe helped shape my healthy living goals when it comes to my family now.That and my education background motivates me to encourage other parents to allow their kids to help in the kitchen.

Which is why I’m starting a new series here on the blog called,

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