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Monthly Archives: March, 2012

Mango Banana Cucumber Mint Smoothie – for Vitamix blender or any blender

Last weekend I bought some fresh mint and wanted to try putting it in a smoothie.  I didn’t feel like researching different smoothies using mint, so I took a chance and threw some ingredients into the blender.  Luckily, it turned out quite wonderful.  I loved the addition of mint to the smoothie.  It made it …

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Chocolate Chip Chocolate Waffles with Fresh Strawberries

We bought a Gordan Ramsay waffle iron back in 2010 and never used it.  It’s been sitting in a box in the basement for over a year collecting dust.  When we bought it, I was very pregnant and not in the mood to cook breakfast for myself, or anyone else for that matter.  Then I …

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Olive Cheese Bread

A few weeks ago, I was watching The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network.  I don’t typically watch her show, but I think she has a beautiful blog.  On this particular day, she was making Olive Cheese Bread.  It looked so yummy that I knew I had to make it.  I made a few minor …

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Banana Pudding Pie

My daughter, Kayla, not only enjoys eating  bananas, but she has a thing for monkeys.  Her favorite stuffed animal is a monkey with a rainbow mohawk.  I am completely serious.  She sleeps with this monkey every night and drags it around the house.  She has recently discovered Curious George through books and TV, so this …

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Mixed Fruit and Cucumber Yogurt Smoothie – Vitamix Recipe, or for any blender

A couple weeks ago, I bought a bulk bag of big cucumbers.  I love eating cucumbers in the spring and summer.  There’s something about them that just says “refreshing” to me.  I make cucumber salads, cucumber sandwiches, and now I’m making cucumber smoothies. I’ve been trying to get my nephew to start drinking smoothies, so …

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Cucumber Banana Smoothie

With the ongoing warm weather here, I wanted to make a refreshing smoothie.  This is a no fuss smoothie that doesn’t take much effort. Cucumber Banana Smoothie Recipe – 1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or milk of your choice) – 1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt – 1/2 cup Cucumbers, peeled and sliced – 1 Banana, peeled and …

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Corn Beef, Cabbage, and Potatoes – Traditional Irish Meal

Yes, I know.  I missed St. Patrick’s Day.  It has come and gone, so you’re probably wondering why I’m even bothering to put up this post.  Well, the fact of the matter is, I don’t just eat Irish food for St. Patrick’s Day.  You can make it (and eat it) whenever you want.  There are …

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Whipped Strawberry (no bake) cheesecake …with a Wee Bit of Green for St. Patty’s Day

As the weird heatwave continues in the Chicagoland area (80 degree weather in March), I continue to avoid using my oven.  I was in the mood for a Strawberry Cheesecake on March 17th, but wanted to do something I wouldn’t have to bake and that I could add a little green food coloring to for St. Patrick’s Day.  …

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Triple Chocolate Pudding Pie

  I’ve been craving pie for the past few weeks, but was having a hard time deciding on one to make.  If we weren’t having a freak heatwave in the Chicagoland area right now, I probably would have just made a cheesecake, but who wants to use an oven when it’s 80 degrees outside (and …

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Cake with a Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

One of my husband’s favorite desserts is pumpkin pie.  I like pumpkin pie, but I like to see pumpkin used in other ways as well.  I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, and pumpkin smoothies.  In fact, I may just make a pumpkin smoothie tomorrow with the leftover pumpkin that I have in the fridge.  But …

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