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Good Morning Luv-lies

Just a short post this morning.

Have some special things in store for the day- It’s that type of day 🙂

Love it when I get my workout in early.

  Done.

✔ Check.

Past tense.

The weather is great – it’s that kind of day!

Now, I’m having a breakfast dilemma….

Veggies sandwich OR Fresh veggie juice.

Juicy juice

Hmmmmm

Squeeze me

Stopped by one of my fav home shopping stores and picked up one of these cuties

Hand juicer

Can’t wait to use it!

So I guess that answers the question 🙂

Juice it is.

Fruits and veggies

So Luv-lies,

While I’m squeezing all of the  yumliciousness from this fruit, I’ve  Have a few fun facts to share with you about the benefits of this whole juicing thing.

* Okay, let’s start with the obvious.  Juicing fresh veggies and/or fruits gives you a reeeally tasty and NATURAL drink that is especially welcoming after a good workout.  No preservatives.  No sugar. For me, a no brainer. 

* I’m thinking that with all the natural-ness going on, I’ve got to be getting a ton of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and the likes.  You know.  All of that stuff that’s good for us that we didn’t want to think too hard about!  Now if you’re like me, then you scoop up all of the pull left behind. Because pulp equals fiber and (among other things) fiber equals a filing of fullness.  … Mindless eating be gone!

* I can have a good bit of my daily allowance  of fruits and veggies all at once. Yep. How cool is that?  One cup. No lugging tons of fruit around in my, already over packed lunch bag.  No more ‘used to be yellow’ brown bananas or bruised apples.  All in my ‘special’ cup. Which brings me to

* Beautiful cups. Loads of them!. All shapes and sizes. Just to show off my concoctions! I mostly like decorated transparent glass.  Love  the color of the juice peeking through.  Chillin’ on the balcony? Now that, that requires a mug.  More durable and sturdy.  Can’t see the fruity colors (unless I’m standing over it) so much but it’s sooooooo cute to look at

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It’s National Pound Cake Day!!! … Five Hyped-up Recipes You Shouldn’t Pass Up!

Happy Wednesday Luv-lies!

According to the weatherman, I’ll be stuck in the house, again, tomorrow due to another round of snowfall!

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Made sure that I picked up all of my comfort foods  today before hunkering down for tomorrow’s storm.

I’ve been trying to limit my snacking, especially while I’m snowed in.  I wonder why we snack much more when we’re stuck indoors?  Don’t you?

Well, today is National Pound Cake Day and although I won’t be celebrating it with a cake of my own, I feel compelled to give this simple, but delish dessert a #ShoutOut!

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This lip-licking version is made over at The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Here secret ingredient to assuring that it’s moist? … Pop!(Not sure what ‘Pop’ is? She’ll let you know when you hustle over there for the recipe)

Whenever I want to know the history of food, I always take a hop-skip and a jump over to John-Bryan Hopkins’  fun and information filled { not to mention the mouth-watering foods that are featured} Blog.

Although I know how the Pound Cake got its name, here are a few 3 Interesting  Facts from his blog:

* The British are said to be the creators of the Pound Cake

*  On your next trip to Britain, when ordering Pound Cake , you’re more apt to be understood if you ask for it by either ‘Sponge cake’ or ‘Madeira cake’

* When in Germany, order  Eischwerkuchen.  It’s very similar {in ingredients} to the Pound Cake

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 The traditional, seven ingredient Pound Cake recipe may suit you just fine.  But I have Five hyped-up Pound Cakes that you may not want to pass up.

1.  Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

 Two of my favorite things!  Cake! And. Blueberries!

‘Thank You’ *doing a perfect curtsy* to  Chef in Training – Nikki

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2. Pistachio Pound Cake

Never thought of putting pistachios in a cake, but… ohh lala

I’m Thanking  The Candid Appetite’s Jonathan Melendez for this

decadent creation!

pound cake pistachio

3. Rose Chiffon Pound Cake

I’ll take my roses any way that I can get them…

*another curtsy is order* to Kristina Gill over at DesignSponge for this beautiful slice of heaven

4. Marble Pound Cake

Okay.  I think that we can agree that ‘marbled’ anything is just plain good.

Always With Butter makes good on this one

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5. Lemon Pound Cake

Just two words.  Simple. Elegant.

via Sweetie’s Home

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So there you are.

You should be able to find at least one Pound Cake to eat with your favorite drink.

You might even want to try your hand at whipping up one of these beauties.

Although there are only seven main ingredients, take your time so that you won’t end up with a Pound Cake fail!

What’s your favorite Pound Cake?

Do Tell …..

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Friday {Food} Porn:: It’s Time to Feed Last Night’s Partying

 

Hey Luv-lies
Happy Second Day of the New Year!!!
The ball has dropped, the confetti is thrown, the champagne is popped, the kisses planted and the resolutions made!
Done. Done. And Done.

Rolling over on this second day of the New Year, I have two questions….

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… What’s for Breakfast?

One of the ‘Friends in My Head’ is an accomplished Chef … And so this is what is on the menu this morning

First up….

Yes.

You knew it would be first up on the menu.

What’s breakfasts without a delicious plate of fruit-infused stacked pancakes … stacked high?

Syrup please…

 

Second up… something a little lighter

A lightly toasted sesame bagel with a dollop of  dill flavored cream cheese topped with a slice of avocado and fresh dill….

#YUMLICIOUS!!!!

 

How About ….

… a large hot cup of  ‘jo, my laptop and a warm cozy comforter….?

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I’m not real sure which to pick…. but I’m leaning toward the coffee and comforter (don’t have to go to work this morning, so why get out of bed?)

What are your doing this second day of the New Year?
Do Tell…..

Oh Yes…. The second question?

Anyone have anything for this headache?

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‘Top Chef’ … for a moment

Hello Luv-lies,

Hope that your weekend was a relaxing one.

I spent most of the weekend lazy-ing around scouring through my many stockpiled magazines.   The mags run the gamut – fashion, interior design, business, science, catalogs (loads of catalogs) and, of course, food! (even more loads of these)!  Now, over the year (or three), I’ve taken to tearing out pictures of the most enticing recipes with inflated intentions to ‘some day [I’m going to] make this’.  My cyber recipe box consists of Pins and/or saves to the recipe section of my Evernote folder.

Just wanted to make this  quick Monday post.

When I  posted all of this deliciousness on Facebook, I got a good deal of requests to post the recipe.

Quinoa Stuffed Red Pepper

 

After an early morning run to the market where picked up all of this summer seasonal goodness, I recall one of those stowed-away recipes.  Didn’t use all of the goodies from the market run, just most.

Great 'Get' at the Market

* Those are oysters mushrooms in the lower left corner … got that question a lot too:/

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By the end of my ‘Top Chef’ cooking moment, I had this savory and flavorful little ditty:

Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Pepper with Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Sauce

 PEPPER

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This pic is of the finished Stuffed Pepper as it appeared in the recipe {along with the some of the individual ingredients}

Turkey & Quinoa Stuffed Pepper

And now for the Recipe…

 Don’t like or have Quinoa on hand?

You can use any kind of grains or rice.  This dish will love it!  Trust me.

 

While all of that is simmering, you can turn you’re attention to the making the ‘dish topper’ — The Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Sauce

So How’d  You Do?

Isn’t it Yumlicious?!

I’ll definitely be making this again.  Will you?

… do tell?

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Friday Food {PORN} :: Cupcake Lovers Day

Hello Luv-lies,
… and Happy Friday the Thirteenth!!

 In the world of Foodies, today is Cupcake Lovers Day!!!

Cupcake Magic

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love these tempting bite-sized miniature cakes!

The first batch of these ‘can’t eat just one’ dessert teasers were made in a teacup.

Thus the name ‘cupcakes’.

And although at times, they can be a bit challenging to eat,  the challenge is never enough to deter  our desire to savor their enticing flavor.

In honor of Cupcake Lovers Day let’s lift a cold glass of milk  *2%.  Of course*  to these little luv-lies that, I for one, can not get enough of!

~~~  I’ve taken the liberty of choosing  a few of these pint-sized Luv-lies to tempt you …. ~~~

 

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For you chocolate Luv-lies who also has a special place in your heart for Nutella, Jamie over at the mouth-watering blog,  My Baking Addiction,  whipped up the above delicious-ness from a chocolate cupcake recipe that is infused in the center with this ‘must have’ hazelnut flavored creaminess.  And. If that is not enough.

All of this lusciousness is topped off with the delightfulness of even more Nutella.  In a one-bite,  whipped buttercream taste!!! …. yessssssss!

Decadent.  Right?

Put on your food bibs, Luv-lies.  I’ve got just a little more eye-candy that will surely leave you with a tasteful drool….

Cupcake Collage

Resource:

~ 1 ~  Carole Flack

~ 2 ~  LeCup Cakes

~ 3 ~  Top News Recipes

~ 4 ~  Find My Way Back Home

What do you have to celebrate today?

… Do Tell …

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Drink Up!!!!

Hello Luv-lies, 

I’m not much of a water drinker *I know.   That’s not a good thing*.  So I’ve been trying to find different ways to get in at least the daily requirement of this must have goodness.

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I came up with this deliciousness !!!!
It’s chock full with lemons,  oranges, strawberries, blueberries,  ( the infuser has blackberries and cucumbers). And from my herb garden ( first time ever growing herbs ) –   spearmint and mint leaves ….

#Yumlicious !!!!!!
Any other healthy suggestions?
Do Tell. ….

{Post Update}:: 6/14/2014 @ 1620hrs
….. Hey Luv-lies,
I received this nice comment from someone near and dear to me, requesting that I post a pic of a better another bottle of this thirst quenching magic.
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Soooooo *drum roll puh-leaze* without further ado….
…..
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Friday Food {Porn}:: Decadent Eats

Hey Luv-lies!

It’s Friiiiii-Day!!!!!   That has to  mean ….

Friday Food Porn!!!

I’ve been on this journey to a healthier me.   It’s been a road of, among other things, self-discovery, self-control and self-appreciation.  There have been temptations *many. many. temptations*.  This is where the self-c0ntrol comes in…  You see.  I’ve learned that I don’t have to eliminate any of the delicious eats that I once over indulgenced.  It’s truly about control…. portion control.

With that in mind, Come.

Feast your Eyes.  My Food Porn.  At its most decadent.

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Who doesn’t LUV Chocolate?

Sign me up!!!!

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Boysenberry Sorbet.

Okay.

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Blueberry Ice Cream.  With a Hint of Lavender.

Yes. Lavender.

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This delight is ‘Pie in a Jar’

What’s in it?: Berries – Blue, Straw & Black.  Lemon Juice (just a little).

….and….

Brandy/Cognac.  Yes.  Brandy/Cognac.

Remember.  Portion. Control.  *and maybe a designated driver*

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Chocolate on a Stick

#Yumlicious!

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