Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Shake

What is a “skinny” shake?  I had never heard of a “skinny” recipe until I joined pinterest.com (shout out to my sister who got me hooked on Pinterest).   It means that the recipe has low calories, low fat, or is simply a healthier version of an original recipe.  I learn something new everyday.     🙂 I’ve been addicted to eating muffins for breakfast lately so I’m trying very hard to incorporate healthy meals and snacks for the rest of the day.  After all, bathing suit season is right around the corner. 😮 Here enters the pretty pink drink.  It’s my new best friend …

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Eggs in Hash Brown Nests

Happy Sunday!  I adore watching Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, on the Food Network because she has so many great recipes, like these Eggs in Hash Brown Nests.    She is an amazing photographer and I love visiting her blog to see her gorgeous pictures.  She inspires me to try new recipes and to try new things for my own blog, like how to style my food blog pictures. Today I’m serving up a breakfast for two using just two traditional breakfast ingredients.   You can’t get more simple than that. Eggs in Hash Brown Nests Recipe (Serves 1) Ingredients: 1 egg 1/4 cup …

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Springtime Mantel

It feels like spring is finally here!  It’s about that time to update my mantel decor and  I decided to go with a rustic springtime look.  I wanted to keep everything simple and clean and use objects that remind me of spring. Flowers are a wonderful reminder that spring has sprung!  I recently bought these faux peonies and I’m loving them because they look like live flowers.  Have you ever seen faux flowers that look plastic?  Pass.  I adore the height and drama that the peonies bring to the mantel. Then I added tall objects on the opposite side of the mantel in …

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Coconut Fudge Bars

No bake bars…chocolate…coconut…yup, I’m sold!  I’ve made these chocolaty treats a few times and they are always hit.  I mean how can you go wrong with sweet chocolate topped with crunchy coconut?     😉 Coconut Fudge Bars Recipe (About 32 servings) Ingredients: 1 cup butter (equivalent to 2 sticks of butter), divided for two steps below 2 and 1/2 cups honey graham crackers (equivalent to about 2 sleeves of graham crackers), finely crushed 1 can (5 ounce) evaporated milk 1 cup white sugar 1 (10 and 1/2 ounce bag) package of miniature marshmallows 8 squares (8 ounce box) Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate, chopped 1 cup …

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

My neighbors’ daughter recently found out that she has to follow a gluten-free diet for health reasons.  I’ve never baked gluten-free desserts before so she has inspired me to expand my horizons.  I have a tall order to fill to impress an amazing 8 year old girl! These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are really the quintessential representation of chocolate and peanut butter but in a gluten-free and flour-free way! Gluten-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Makes about 18 cookies) Note on the preparation time: The dough is chilled for 2 hours. Ingredients: 1 cup creamy peanut butter * 1 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 large egg 1 …

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