We all love a good pumpkin spice latte right? Wouldn’t you love to be able to whip one up at home? It’s easier than you think! When perusing Pinterest the other day I came across a pumpkin spice latte recipe from Gimme Some Oven that produced a beautiful drink, but maybe went a step beyond where I wanted to go with it. Mama’s all about a good short cut. Ha! So, when I found a pumpkin syrup, I knew I was ready to tackle my own pumpkin latte. The aspirational recipe calls for making your own syrup. And if you’re up for it, I highly suggest you give it a whirl…It looks delicious!
If, however, you love coffee hacks as much as I do, I think you’re going to dig how easy this pumpkin latte is to make…Get ready to really impress your honey with some pumpkin goodness the next time you serve up a nice weekend brunch. I’m all about capturing as many fall flavors as I can this month and pumpkin is, obviously, tops!
2 oz. espresso
1 oz. pumpkin syrup
3/4 cup steamed milk
Mix together the espresso, pumpkin syrup and steamed milk in your favorite mug, then add the whipped cream and sprinkle some nutmeg on top. That’s all there is to it! See? I told you my pumpkin latte was super easy! You can always count on us for time savers…and for coffee too for that matter. We’re kind of obsessed…
Have you ever had vanilla almond butter? You can thank me later.
While my love affair with peanut butter spans over a decade, not everyone sees things my way. Here are some recipes to ease you in or to satisfy your obsession.
Peanut Butter Thai Sauce
To make a delicious sauce to make boring noodles exciting, gather these ingredients:
1/4 cup + 1/8 cup Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon Sriracha
Put all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan, whisk, and put the burner on low. Whisk sauce intermittently for 10-15 minutes or until sauce consistency is smooth.
Almond Butter and Roasted Pumpkin (squash)
This makes a great side dish or compliments a salad.
1 pumpkin or squash of your choosing
1 Cup of raisins or cranberries
4 Tablespoons Justin’s Maple Almond Butter
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cut your pumpkin into slivers (leave the skin on the pumpkin so that it is easier to handle after it bakes). Place them on a cookie sheet. In a small bowl, combine the EVOO and almond butter. Whisk into a light dressing and drizzle over pumpkin. Toss the berries throughout. Cover pumpkin with foil. Set the oven to 450 and let bake for 20 minutes or until soft.
Peanut Butter and Jelly SmoothieHere’s one especially for the kids. Makes a great snack or perfect breakfast.
2 Cups Almond Milk (or other milk)
1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter
1 Frozen Banana
2 Cups Frozen Berries
1 Cup Ice Cubes
Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate SpoonsTo make these adorable and tasty hot chocolate spoons perfect for any fall or winter party you will need:
Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter
Chocolate Shell Syrup
Fill your spoon with the butter of your choosing. Add the chocolate shell syrup to the top of the spoon to keep the butter encased. Add the sprinkles before the shell hardens. Display on a plate for guests to use in their coffee, hot cocoa, or just to eat right of the spoon!
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I’m stepping up to the grill! My husband is the master griller in the family, but every now and then I get inspired to play with fire! This is my go-to veal chop recipe that’s a crowd pleaser. I’m a fan of veal. It’s a succulent, tender meat that’s easy to work into your family’s meal plan.
If you’ve never had veal, there’s really nothing like it. It’s a luxurious, melt-in-your-mouth tender meat. My kids like the taste more than pork and steak, because it’s subtle and mild. And I must say I’m partial to veal chops. They’re easy to make and delicious.
I’m sharing my easy Grilled Veal Chop with Mango Salsa recipe. The success of this dish starts with the crown jewel: Cedar Springs Veal produced with care right here in the U.S. by family growers. Joined with ripe mangoes, fresh herbs from my garden and a few more fridge staples, this can be created in no time flat making it great for both a celebration or simply Wednesday night dinner after school, swim team practice and piano lessons.
This dish is bursting with freshness, thanks to the simple to make salsa. In fact, sometimes I make the salsa the night before, so all I have to do to prep the dinner is broil or grill the chops and make a veggie.
I’m using veal chops in this recipe. They’re a great cut for busy families because they’re easy to throw on the grill, bake, broil or pan-sear. (NOTE: Other veal cuts, like roasts, cutlets, shanks and ground, are just as easy to cook and have that same melt-in-your-mouth veal flavor.)
1 ripe mango peeked and cut into cubes
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 small jalapeno diced
1/4 shallot minced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Pinch of salt
1/2 lemon juice
Directions: Mix together in a bowl. Let flavors mingle. Leave in refrigerator overnight or prepare before putting the veal on the grill.
For Veal Chops
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Cedar Springs Veal Chops
Directions: Mix together the spices, mint and juice in a bowl. Transfer marinade to a sealable plastic bag and toss in chops or coat chops with marinade by hand.
Grill on medium heat until medium rare. Don’t overcook the meat–it would be a waste of a tasty cut of veal!
Serving: Serve veal warm off the grill or from the oven topped with salsa. I like this dish with a simple mixed green salad or sautéed greens.
Some of my family’s favorite dishes involve the fewest ingredients—this is where quality really counts.
Having focused on veal-raising for more than 45 years, U.S. Cedar Springs Veal producers have continuously put into practice the highest food safety standards; a proprietary, nutrient-rich, wholesome diet; and healthy living conditions. When it is responsibly and conscientiously raised, you can feel just as good about the source as you can about the taste.
Have you settled into your new routines or are you still struggling to find ways to get things done, but keep it all fun? (Sorry for the rhyme.)
Here are some great products and ideas that your kids will love, will keep you sane, and might even make the Pinterest boards.
Of course we want our kiddos to have a healthy start to their day. These apple spice pancakes are packed with fruit to provide energy all the way through to lunch. But you probably don’t have a whole lot of time to whip them up in the morning. If you make a large batch, they can live in the freezer for two weeks. To make them extra fun, we used these apple cookie cutters by Cookie Cutter Kingdom. They have tons of adorable shapes to choose from and come packaged in a sweet pouch.
We’ve talked about the P-touch by brother label maker, but you have really got to see it to believe it. There’s plenty of fonts and little pictures to choose from to make your labels stand out. (I added coffee cups to mine because, well, obviously.) And if you don’t know the brand poppin yet, you’re welcome. Their office supplies come in any color you can think of so getting organized is a breeze and oh-so-chic. These pencils from BIC are so smooth and come in snazzy new colors. Doling them out in twos or threes monthly will prevent them from getting lost or “misplaced”.
Craving easy breakfasts or after school snacks? Get this blender by Oster. It’s such a lifesaver. Because it’s designed for people on the go, you can turn the blending canister into a to-go cup! Plus, it’s BPA free and dishwasher safe. Here’s a quick smoothie recipe the whole family will enjoy:
One cup of ice
One cup of chocolate milk
A dash of cinnamon
A half cup of yogurt
We hope these tips, tricks and back to school breakfast ideas help you with your new routines. Happy fall!
Fresh fruit makes every recipe taste better. This quick and easy breakfast recipe was inspired by my recent trip with al fresco all natural to go glamping in Ithaca New York. Al fresco all natural gathered a team of bloggers to swap recipes and think out of the box about sausage.
Al fresco all natural had us all stay at the Firelight Camp in Ithaca. The grounds were amazing. Right on hiking trails and they had gorgeous amenities. Glamping is all about luxury. We had huge beds with exquisite linens. The bathrooms were a short stroll across the grounds. And then the cocktails started at 6pm and dinner was divine!
But the trip wasn’t just about playing. I teamed up with Pamela from MomDoesReviews.com to dream up some fun creations for your meals.
First we were tasked with shopping all the yummy fresh fruit and veggies on display. Then we got to work. We had 45 minutes to shop and create a breakfast. Here’s what we did!
1 ripe mango peeked and cut into cubes
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 small jalapeno diced
1/4 shallot minced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Pinch of salt
1/2 lemon juice
Directions: Mix together in a bowl. Let flavors mingle while you prep eggs.
Directions: Whisk eggs, milk and salt and pepper together until frothy (makes your eggs fluffier)
Cut apple sausage into small pieces and sauté in cast iron skillet until browned
Add the egg mixture, cook until almost done
Add 1/2 cup of cheddar
Warm tortillas on grill directly or in a cast iron pan fill tortillas with egg and sausage mixture and roll into burrito shape.
This is an fun way to start the back to school year. It’s making the most of summer fruits and gives the kids a healthy boost of protein with the eggs and sausage. The mango salsa can also be made with peaches, plums or nectarines. Get creative!
Al fresco all natural sausage is a great option because it’s made with lean, skinless chicken meat. It has 70% less fat than pork sausage and is gluten free! You can see a ton of great recipes on www.alfrescoallnatural.com/recipes.
This is not a sponsored post. Travel to Ithaca was paid for.
About six months ago, I made the decision for my family and I to go gluten-free. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. For some people, gluten cannot be tolerated in their digestive system and can develop adverse reactions with many side effects that can be harmful. The hardest obstacle most face with gluten sensitivities face is having to deal with the struggles of possible cross-contamination when eating out.
While no one in my family actually have an allergy to gluten, I did find that after eating meals containing it, I felt sluggish and even bloated afterwards. I also read that by eliminating gluten from children’s diets, some benefits can help with focusing and attention spans, something I definitely wanted to try for my son who has some trouble paying attention in school.
Even though the best treatment for gluten sensitivity is to live a gluten free lifestyle, it is sometimes hard to achieve especially when dining out or away on vacation. I recently discovered, Glutagest, a dietary supplement that supports digestion of gluten-containing foods. Glutagest is a non-GMO, non dairy, animal and gluten free supplement that contains a probiotic strain. Their unique and patented Bifidobacterium longum ES1 targets and breaks down undigested gluten peptides as well as boosts your immune system to maintain a healthy balance in your gut.
When I know there is no way of avoiding gluten, I simply take 1-2 capsules of Glutagest 5 minutes before eating and then 1-2 capsules following your meal. When using Glutagest before and after a meal containing gluten, I get the same effects as if I were eating something gluten-free. I even tried the supplements with the ultimate meal containing gluten, pizza, and felt completely fine afterwards.
I also found Glutagest super helpful when we were traveling outside the country and could not avoid Gluten in any way. The one thing I suggest is that you must plan ahead when using Glutagest, as you need to take the supplements before you have something with gluten in it. Glutagest is a great alternative for those trying to maintain a gluten-free lifestyle and sometimes want to have the gluten without the side effects.
Glutagest is available without prescription and can be purchased online at www.Glutagest.com
Peanut butter has gotten a bad wrap in recent years, but if you’re not allergic to this delicious nut, it can be great source of protein, fiber, magnesium and potassium. In celebration of Peanut Butter Lovers Day today, we’re sharing some of our favorite peanut buttery snacks we love for our kids. Oh, and who are we kidding – we love them too!
[Note: We know that peanut allergies are real and can be life-threatening. As much as we love our peanut butter, many of these snacks and treats may best be enjoyed at home where you can be assured of who you are impacting.]
Did you know?
One acre of peanuts will make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he or she graduates from high school.
Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
Peanut butter even has its own phobia. Archibutyrophobia (pronounced A’-ra-kid-bu-ti-ro-pho-bi-a) is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
Make It: If you have a bit of time, there are lot of delicious and easy peanut buttery snacks you can make, bake or blend at home. For a classic snack, spread some PB on celery and add some raisins for a time-tested Ants on a Log or this easy peanut butter dip for apples, carrots or banana. Our kids love helping to make and eat no-bake energy balls that blend oats, coconut, honey, peanut butter and chocolate chips for a yummy treat. Try a recipe or customize it with your own favorite add-ins (Chia seeds? Raisins? Flax?) This Peanut Butter Banana Bread made our house smell amazing, but our kids are definitely partial to a peanut butter smoothie made with bananas, PB, a bit of honey, and your milk of choice. The recipe doesn’t call for it, but a little bit of cocoa powder thrown in is pretty amazing too!
What’s your favorite peanut buttery snack?
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Valentine’s Day is on Saturday this year which means you have no excuse for not having enough time to cook dinner at home. True, you could try to grab a reservation at a swanky restaurant with a zillion other people, choke down an over-priced prix fixe menu, and listen in on awkward conversations of the newly coupled (“So where did you grow up again?”) and the tensely married (“So are you saying you think my sister is pretty??!”) Orrrrrr….you could stay home. And save money. And cook a delicious meal for two just the way you like it. A dinner that begins, of course, with a fabulous and flirty (and simple) Valentine’s Day inspired cocktail. Read on…..
First, here are my rules for a fabulous Valentine’s Day at home:
1) Make it kid-less. Do a late dinner for two after the kids go down. Or swap some babysitting with some friends (you take them Friday, she takes them Saturday). Or put on a movie in another room and pay your oldest $5 to get his or her siblings to bed after the movie without bothering you. In other words, WHATEVER WORKS. As you likely well know, romance is easily killed by kids spilling milk, in-depth conversations about Minecraft or American Girl dolls, and tantrums that the chicken (wah!) is touching the carrots (wah!). Find a creative way to make dinner kid-less.
2) Divide and conquer: It’s no fun having one person do all the work – even if that person likes cooking. Instead enjoy the journey as much as the destination by cooking Valentine’s Day dinner together. Put the man of your dreams in charge of something he’s excited to take on (an interesting app? A fun cocktail? Lobster tail on the grill?) Cooking together provides lots of great opportunity for conversation, flirty banter, and suggestive looks while you cross paths across the kitchen.
3) Make an effort: Eating at home may seem like an excuse to dine in your yoga pants. Avoid this if at all possible. You can do that on Friday. Or Sunday. If you’re not going to get dressed to the nines just to stay in, do still make an effort in one area. Throw on a pair of heels or that dress he likes. Add a few extra dashes of perfume or those earrings he bought you last Christmas.
3) One wowzer dish – and keep the rest simple. Here’s a surefire recipe for a Valentine’s disaster:
Four new, super complicated recipes you’ve never made before + the stress of creating a perfect Valentine’s Day = a hot, stressed mess
Instead of trying to become Ina and Giada and Martha all rolled into one for one glorious night, choose one wowzer element (a show-stopping entree? A night-to-remember dessert? An amazing tablescape?) and keep the rest simple. Remember, no one looks sexy when they are stressed.
So in the spirit of a stress-free Valentine’s Day, I present you with three easy cocktails right on theme for this holiday of love: they are red, made with pomegranate juice (good for your heart), and (surprise, surprise) made with liquor which, in moderate doses, can enhance a romantic evening with that special someone. Plus, they each have ONE STEP, making them a win for getting your at-home, stress-free Valentine’s Day underway.
Kate’s Pomtini (serves 1)
2 pomegranate juice
1 simple syrup
splash of lime/orange
Pour first three ingredients into a shaker and add a squeeze of lime and ice. Shake until chilled and pour into a chilled martini glass.
Pomegranate Aperitif (serves 6)
2tablespoonssaba (can’t find it? Sub in aged balsamic vinegar)
Whisk pomegranate juice and saba in a large pitcher, then stir in Lillet and bitters. Pour into rocks glasses filled with ice; top off with club soda. (via Bon Appetit)
Lady in Red
1.5 ounce Maker’s Mark bourbon
1 ounce POM Pomegranate Juice
.5 ounce lemon juice
Ginger Beer (chilled)
Combine lemon juice, pomegranate juice and bourbon in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.Shake vigorously for a minute then pour over ice in a rocks glass and top off with ginger beer. (via Creative Culinary)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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We are ending 2014 on a healthy note after sampling some delicious smoothies from Tess Masters, aka the The Blender Girl and her new app “The Blender Girl Smoothies App.”
This includes an amazing assortment of high-quality, delicious recipes with gorgeous photography, and includes user-friendly features right your fingertips. One of our favorites is the interactive function that allows the user to consider what they “Feel, Need, and Crave” to “find their perfect blend” and visual cues that indicate specific benefits and attributes of each recipes (e.g. detox, weight management, alkaline, anti-inflammatory, protein rich, immunity boost, energizing, unsweetened, contains nuts).
Recipes found in the Blender Girl SmoothiesApp are accessible to all audiences, and each also offers educational and step-by-step “how-to” information about incorporating “super foods,” health boosts, unique ingredients and unexpected flavor additions profiles.
This includes recipes that incorporate natural flavors and sweeteners, while many recipes are also raw, nut-free, soy-free, corn-free and/or sugar-free. They also include different and fun smoothie recipes that incorporates fresh, unexpected and vibrant ingredients for incredible, exciting flavor combinations.
Check out some of these delicious recipes from Tess to inspire your healthy habits for 2015.
This is a cold-and-flu buster and potent detoxifier, all in one zesty cocktail! The bromelain in pineapple suppresses coughs and loosens mucus, while mint clears respiratory congestion, soothes sore throats, and alleviates nausea. The vitamin C in limes has antibiotic power, anti-inflammatories in kale and pineapple combat arthritis, and ginger boosts immunity, aids digestion, and adds a powerful zing.
1 cup (240ml) coconut water or water
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
3 limes, peeled and quartered
1 cup (25g) torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed)
1/2 cup (18g) firmly packed mint
2 cups (320g) frozen pineapple
5 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste
Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
If the world were ending, I’d make this decadent treat my finale. The incredible creaminess and blend of warm spices will make you weak in the knees. The boosters add an injection of protein and omega-3s—so you may feel a tad less cheeky as you head to heaven.
1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond milk or other nut, grain, or seed milk (strained if homemade)
1 cup (240ml) coconut water
1/4 cup (43g) chopped pitted dates (soaked, if using a conventional blender)
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of natural salt (optional, to bring out flavors)
2 medium frozen sliced bananas
1 cup (125g) ice cubes (optional)
Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
After the end of a long day of school and work and all of those activities in-between, I love the time to stop all of the busyness and have a delicious dinner with my family.
It isn’t always easy to make intricate meals though with exhaustion and time constraints where I like to serve the freshest and most healthiest food with quick shortcuts. One of our favorite quick and healthy meals is sautéed shrimp with whole wheat pasta and veggies. This quick the veggie part got even easier when I used the Kale & Red Chard gourmet vegetable salad kit from Eat Smart.
Essentially, this involved boiling the pasta water as I made a simple, yet flavorful sauté of olive oil, garlic, lemon, salt and pepper and the Kale & Red Chard gourmet vegetable salad kit and its stir fry sauce. This also included an incredible way for the kids to get a burst of veggies in the meal as the kit contained a delicious and unique combination of vegetables including broccoli florets, red chard, kale, snow peas and carrots.
In addition to this kit, the New Eat Smart Gourmet Salad and Stir Fry Kits also include other delicious varities like Sesame Bok Choy, Wild Greens & Quinoa, Roasted Yam Salad, Beets & Greens and more – all of which are packed with five to seven delicious and beneficial superfoods.
After the meal was done, we all loved how fresh, flavorful, and simply delicious the vegetables were as they enhanced the shrimp and pasta. Not only that but this is a super convenient and easy way to get a huge dose of veggies as well as a fun way to create new recipes using their sophisticated combinations of ingredients.
Shrimp Whole Wheat Stir Fry with Kale & Red Chard
1 box of pasta of your choice (I usually use a whole-grain one)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound of shrimp, cleaned
1 bag of Kale & Red Chard from Eat Smart
drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese, optional
Cook pasta as directed on the box. While the pasta is cooking, start preparing the vegetable and shrimp medley. Drizzle some olive oil on a pan, along with 1 fresh lemon and the garlic. Add in the kale and red chard kit. Let cook for 10 minutes and then add in the shrimp. Cover and let cook for another 10 minutes, stirring the combination periodically. When the pasta is done, mix in the veggie shrimp mixture and add parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and serve!
For more information including a grocery store locator and quick and healthy recipe ideas, visit www.EatSmart.net.
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