Summertime Smoothies!

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Growing up in Florida, summertime meant swimming every day, popsicles galore, and delicious smoothies! My mom would always have a bag of frozen fruit in the freezer ready to be blended into the most amazing smoothie. All through college I always had a Magic Bullet to keep my smoothie obsession going. I have started to notice more and more smoothie recipes all over Pinterest. When it comes to making smoothies, I usually find myself throwing WHATEVER frozen fruit I have into a blender! I love Planet Smoothie and Tropical Smoothie as much as the next girl, but I absolutely HATE paying $5 for a smoothie…therefore I have found myself experimenting more and more. I buy my frozen fruit from Publix, or if I have fresh fruit that is not going to be eaten fast enough I bag and freeze that. I figured I would share some of my most favorite creations with you all.

Okay. If you are looking for a REFRESHING and FRUITY smoothie this is the one for you!

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Mason Jars are essential 

Ingredients: 

Frozen Strawberries- I use anywhere from 6-8 frozen strawberries 

Frozen Peaches- I use about 6-10 peach slices 

Unsweetened Almond Milk- 1 cup (more or less as needed)

Watermelon- a few chunks of fresh watermelon 

Honey- I use this as a sweetener. I just pour a little in (I would say about a tablespoon) 

Blend and ENJOY! The Watermelon really gives this smoothie that refreshing burst!

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smoothie at the beach…can life get much better? 

 Are you a brave soul ready to try a GREEN smoothie, that doesn’t taste too GREEN? Try THE DAISY (named after my good friend Daisy who taught me this recipe.

Ingredients: 

PB2 Chocolate- This is the best invention ever, powdered peanut butter chocolate powder (protein and fewer calories) I use 2 tablespoons

Kale: 1-2 Ice Cubes of Kale -> I blend my kale and then freeze the juice into cubes. 

Strawberries: Frozen 6-8 

Banana: I use one whole banana (you can also use half) 

Unsweetened Almond Milk: 1 cup (more less as needed)

Honey: 1 tablespoon  

Blend and Enjoy

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Smoothies are much more fun with bendy straws! 

Finally a classic…STRAWBERRY, BANANA, PROTEIN this is probably the simplest recipe ever.

Frozen Strawberries (or really any berry): 6-8 

Banana: One whole Banana

Protein Power: Any kind you chose. I use Whey Vanilla Protein 

Do you have a favorite Smoothie recipe??

 

Mason Jar Salads: The Perfect Lunch

Back to School means back to packing lunches…every day. Being a teacher means I am out my door by 6:45 AM each morning, leaving very little time to prepare a lunch.

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When I saw this pinned on Pinterest, I knew it was the PERFECT teacher lunch. I can prepare them all on Sunday night and they are good to go for the week. The best part of this salad? It can be made with whatever ingredients you want! I am pretty boring when it comes to salads…but you can get as creative as you want with these salads.

So how do you prepare these delicious salads? Follow these simple steps for a weeks worth of lunches! All you really need are MASON JARS and salad essentials!

1. Put the dressing of your choice at the bottom of the mason jar

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2. Next layer a vegetable. I used matchstick carrots and celery, because it creates a good barrier between the dressing and the rest of the salad.

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3. Add your meat. I have used chicken, but any thing could be used. The first time I prepared it I used deli meat chicken, and this week I used rotisserie chicken.

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4. Add any other ingredients.

5. Top with lettuce

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6. Seal the Jar

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7. Refrigerate and Enjoy!

Tips! If you like croutons on your salad, keep those separate or else they will get soggy. I have also found it difficult to eat the salad out of the jar. I tend to dump it out onto a plate, before eating.

I bought my Mason Jars at Michaels, but sure enough AMAZON has some pretty amazing deals! Click HERE to get 12 Mason Jars for $14! (I think I got 6 for around the same price!)

Adventures in Cooking: Oreo Truffles and Oreo Pudding Poke Cake

I have been living on my own for about 6 months now…and I have been learning a LOT about cooking! Of course, once I find a recipe I can cook  I tend to cook it over and over again. My favorite dinners? Chicken Pesto or Chicken Parm (both successfully cooked with no fires). This week one of the teachers from school is having a midsummer get together, and I volunteered to bring dessert (something safe!) I decided to make my favorite Oreo Truffles.

In college my house mom would make these for special occasions and they were always a big hit. I made them for a few potlucks, and not to brag, they were named “little balls of joy” by one of my classmates. This is literally one of the most FOOLPROOF recipes ever invented! If I can make these, you can too!

You need THREE ingredients 

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 A Package of Oreos

Block of Cream Cheese

Dipping Chocolate (I like the kind that comes in the microwavable container) 

Now it is time to get preparing!!

1. Crush up the oreos (I use a gallon size Ziploc to crush oreos without making too big of a mess)

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(crush them more than this…I am working with a poorly stocked kitchen therefore I used a ziploc and my hands) 

2. Mix crushed up oreos with block of cream cheese (In a big bowl using your clean hands mix everything together)

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3. Form small balls of the mixture

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4. Dip into melted chocolate

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5. Set chocolate covered balls of joy onto wax paper

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6. Refrigerate until ready to serve

7. ENJOY

Continuing with the Oreo Theme I decided to try Oreo Pudding Poke Cake. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it seemed VERY easy to make! I used the recipe from The Country Cook (click link to see recipe).

Basically, you bake a cake according to the box. Then with about 2 minutes left for the cake to cook, you start preparing your Jello. Get the Oreo Pudding (2 boxes) and mix with 4 cups of milk. Stir Stir Stir.

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The cake should be done, pull it out and poke small holes using the end of a wooden spoon. (I spaced mine about an inch apart). Then pour the pudding mixture over the poked cake!

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Apologizing for the blurry picture, it is hard to take an action shot with one hand!

Then pop it in the fridge for about an hour…And that is it! The recipe says you can add coolwhip frosting, but honestly it tasted PERFECT with out any! I did add a little bit of crushed oreos to the top.

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Both of these were a HIT! The pudding makes the cake so moist and delicious…I honestly think I will be making Poke Cakes from here on out…no messy frosting or dry cake!! The “Balls of Joy” are always a hit. Happy Cooking! 🙂