Roasted Seasoned Green Beans

Standard
  • Bag of frozen green beans
  • Olive oil (enough to coat beans)
  • Garlic salt
  • Italian seasoning

          Preheat oven to 450°.  In a gallon-sized bag, add green beans, olive oil, and desired amounts of seasonings.  Seal and shake the bag until evenly coated.  Spread out onto a cookie sheet, and bake for about 20 min.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Standard
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

            Mix together all ingredients, and use as a dip for tortilla chips.

Basic Smoothie Formula

Standard
  • 2 cups produce (berries, 2 bananas, melon, avocado, pineapple, pumpkin, spinach, etc.)
  • 1-2 cups ice or frozen fruit
  • 1-2 cups liquid (juice, iced tea, water, milk, etc.)
  • 4 tbsps. protein (nut butter, chia seeds, etc.)

            Blend together until smooth.

Grain-Free Coconut Choc. Chip Cookies

Standard
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 2 tsps. vanilla extract
  • A bunch of choc. chips (I used semi-sweet)

 

          Preheat oven to 350°.  Mix together all but the last ingredient.  Stir in choc. chips.  Roll med. sized chunks of cookie dough into balls, and place on a cookie sheet lined w/ waxed paper.  Flatten the cookies to about ¼” thick, and seal up the edges to create more cosmetic appeal.  Bake for 13-15 min.

Hot Pink Lemonade

Standard
  • 1 cup water (for boiling)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 ¼ cups lemon juice
  • 7 cups cool water
  • 2 cups ice
  • ¾ cup blueberries

            Boil the 1 cup water and sugar in a saucepan, on med. (stirring until the liquid becomes clear).  Remove from heat, and mix in lemon juice.  Pour 7 cups cool water and ice into a pitcher, and add the remaining ingredients.  Stir until the drink reaches the “hot pink” color.

Glazed Cinnamon Apples

Standard
  • 6 apples: peeled, cored, and cut into 8 wedges apiece
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsps. flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 6 tbsps. butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream

               Cover the crockpot w/ a liner; place apples inside; and drizzle w/ lemon juice.  Mix next 5 ingredients together; sprinkle over the apples; and stir to coat.  Drizzle w/ butter, and cover.  Cook on low for 3 hrs. or on high for 2, until apples are done.  Pour apples over vanilla ice cream, and serve immediately. 

Questions with Kayden

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**A week or so ago, I found a pin that had questions to ask your kids.  It was just Kayden and me home at the time, and I thought that his 5 year old perspective would be entertaining.  The results were nothing short of interesting…

  1. What is something Mom always says to you?—Wash your hands.
  2. What makes Mom happy?—When you do something she asks you to.
  3. What makes Mom sad?—When you say something mean to her.
  4. How does Mom make you laugh?—By saying something funny.
  5. What was Mom like as a child?—A good boy.
  6. How old is Mom?—Uh…30?
  7. How tall is Mom?—50 feet tall?
  8. What is Mom’s favorite thing to do?—Play with me.
  9. What does Mom do when you’re not around?—Clean.
  10. If Mom becomes famous, what will it be for?—Cleaning very good.
  11. What is Mom really good at?—Cleaning the whole house.
  12. What is Mom not very good at?—Cleaning up messes.
  13. What does Mom do for her job?—Buy stuff?
  14. What is Mom’s favorite food?—All the food she makes!
  15. What makes you proud of Mom?—That the whole house is cleaned.
  16. If Mom was a cartoon character, who would she be?—Anna
  17. What do you and Mom do together?—Help clean the house.
  18. How are you and Mom the same?—We’re almost the same age.
  19. How are you and Mom different?—You’re a little taller than me.
  20. How do you know Mom loves you?—She makes my bed.
  21. Where is Mom’s favorite place to go?—the beach