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Easy Holiday Punch

Easy Holiday Punch

2 Qt Cranberry/Mango Juice 2 Qt. Pulp Free Orange Juice 2 Liter 7 Up For Garnish 2 Mandarin Oranges 2 Limes 1/2 c. Pomegranate seeds 1/2 c. Fresh Cranberries Fresh Rosemary Sprigs In large punch bowl combine juices and 7 Up.  Add ice Then slice oranges and...

The Gift of Gratitude

The Gift of Gratitude

Gratitude, I think many of us if asked would say of course I am grateful for what I have but that statement doesn’t always play out in how we live our every day lives. Right? Yesterday, my husband and I went for a walk.  It was a beautiful fall day in the city of...

Zucchini Cookies

Zucchini Cookies

Zucchini Cookies   3/4 c. softened unsalted butter 1 1/2 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 c. grated zucchini 2 1/2 c. unbleached flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. chopped walnuts Mix all ingredients together.  Bake at 350 degrees on a...

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree

I know all of us have, at one point in our lives, sat in the shade of a large tree.  The canopy of branches granting us reprieve from the heat of the sun on a warm summer day. You can picture it, can’t you? But have you ever wondered , who planted this tree? Well, A...

Old Fashioned Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Old Fashioned Strawberry Pretzel Tart

INGREDIENTS FOR THE PRETZEL CRUST 2 c. crushed pretzels 1/2 c. chopped walnuts 3/4 c. (1 1/2 stick) melted butter 1/4 c. granulated sugar FOR THE CHEESECAKE LAYER 1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened 3/4 c. granulated sugar 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 C. heavy...

Lemon Pepper Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

Lemon Pepper Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

8 ounces Angel Hair Pasta 1 pound medium shrimp, cut into bite size pieces 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 6 Tablespoons Butter 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning 1 teaspoon Lemon Pepper Seasoning 3/4  cup  Fresh Parmesan Cheese...

Fill Your Kettle Before You Pour A Cup of Tea

Fill Your Kettle Before You Pour A Cup of Tea

 I have a story to share with you.. I love a good cup of tea. I was back in Colorado last week working at MOPS Headquarters - we had a lot going on and I was super busy. So after a long day, I still had some things to work on and I went to make a cup of tea. I was...

Sweet and Spicy Orange Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Orange Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Orange Chicken Ingredients 6 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil Sauce 1 1/2 c. orange juice - pulp free 1/2 c. chicken stock 1/4 c. coconut aminos 3 Tablespoons honey 2 Tablespoons garlic-chili sauce 1 tsp. garlic...

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Banana Bread Ingredients 1 stick softened butter 1 c. sugar 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas 1/2 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup chopped walnuts...

Spicy Fish Tacos with Corn and Radish Salsa

Spicy Fish Tacos with Corn and Radish Salsa

Spicy Fish Tacos with Corn and Radish Salsa Ingredients for Salsa 2 cups cooked corn kernels 1/2 cup diced red onion 1/2 cup diced radishes 1/2 cup diced green pepper 1 c. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine 1 Tablespoon olive oil Juice and zest of one lime 1 tsp....

Are you over watered?

Are you over watered?

Over watered - Is that really a thing?  Those of you who know me know that I love to work in my garden and take care of my house plants.  It is very common for me to have friends ask me questions about caring for plants so I wasn’t surprised when I received a text...

Easy Chicken Pesto and Linguine

Easy Chicken Pesto and Linguine

Easy Chicken Pesto and Linguine Preheat oven to 400˚F  Place chicken breasts in a baking dish, Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste Drizzle with olive oil Spread pesto on each chicken breast *( see blog for fresh basil pesto recipe) Layer sliced Roma tomatoes...

Fresh Basil Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto

Pesto Ingredients : 3 c. fresh basil leaves 1/3 c. pine nuts 1/3 c. grated parmesan cheese 3 cloves garlic, pressed 1/2 c. olive oil fresh lemon juice ( 1/2 lemon, squeezed) 1 tsp. Italian seasoning salt and pepper to taste Directions: In food processor or blender...

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

PEACH COBBLER Ingredients: 5 peaches , peeled, cored and sliced (about 4 cups) 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 Tablespoon lemon juice For the Cobbler batter: 6 Tablespoons of unsalted butter 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoon baking...

Peach Salsa

Peach Salsa

Peach Salsa 1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped into small pieces 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped  1 1/2 pounds of peaches, peeled and diced 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 1 tsp....

Life Lessons from Breast Cancer

Life Lessons from Breast Cancer

Fourteen years !  That is how long I have been cancer free.  A lot has happened in those fourteen years.  A lot of life… to quote a favorite song of mine from Jimmy Buffet - “some of it magic, some of it tragic, but I’ve had a good life along the way.” Lying in the...

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken An easy and flavorful chicken recipe.  Prepare the Rosemary and Garlic Rub first. Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped Rosemary 2 Tablespoons - Greek plain yogurt 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice 1...

A Legacy Only God Could Imagine

A Legacy Only God Could Imagine

  The melodic sound of the violin bow dancing across the strings has always been a part of my life.  The background music to so many memories.  It began when I was a little girl and I would sit and listen to my grandpa practice his violin for hours.  I would...

Positive and Impactful Leadership

Positive and Impactful Leadership

This Covid 19 experience…It is weird and uncomfortable and at times overwhelming.  It is freeing, it is comfortable and at times amazing.  Yes, that describes my life right now in the midst of this pandemic.  It has provided a wide range of emotion and experience.  It...

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