No matter how old I get, I show no signs of outgrowing my love and adoration for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These days they are served up on toasted gluten free bread with unsweetened peanut butter and all-fruit jam. As I was making up smoothies this week, I got to thinking that a Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie would taste pretty good. I was SO right!
Oh how I love smoothies. They make filling breakfasts and they taste amazing. However, I draw the line at anything “green.” I prefer to chew my veggies, thank you very much. Instead, I opt for protein filled “dessert” type smoothies like this No Bake Chocolate Cookie Smoothie with oatmeal and peanut butter!
- 1½ Tbsp unsweetened peanut butter
- ⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 4 cubes ice
- 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa
- 1 Tbsp real maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp gluten-free oats
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
Have you noticed healthy foods sound more appealing if they have a dessert in the title? Case in point: would you rather drink something entitled Rabbit Food Healthy Drink or Carrot Cake Smoothie? Exactly. You will totally understand, then if for the next few weeks, I throw some healthy smoothies at you with desserts in their names like today’s Peach Cobbler Smoothie.
In about a month and a half, my family is having its first family reunion. We settled on Galveston for the location. One of my brothers lives in Houston, so it is close enough that we can pop over to his house if we need anything important, you know, like a slow cooker or griddle. I am very excited to spend a week with my whole family. There is just one problem: I need to lose a few unwanted pounds that I have gathered since January. Continue reading
Yogurt has long been a healthy food, but now Greek yogurt has taken over. With a huge amount of protein, vitamins, minerals and less sodium than regular yogurt, sales of Greek yogurt are booming. The yogurt section of my local grocery stores have gone from being 90% regular yogurt to being at least 50% Greek. There is even Greek yogurt cream cheese! So with all of this new commerce, it is only fitting that there is now a The Greek Yogurt Cookbook: Includes Over 125 Delicious, Nutritious Greek Yogurt Recipes
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One of my standby gifts to make (probably every 2 or 3 years) is Mint Hot Chocolate Mix. I rename it every so often just like any manufacturer to make it seem new (i.e. Mint Truffle Cocoa, Candy Cane Chocolate etc). I usually put 2 cups of mix in a quart size bag and put that bag in a Holiday fabric bag that I have sewn & tied with a ribbon with a direction tag attached. It is really easy and not too expensive. Continue reading
We were given a can of Stephen’s Citrus and Spice Wassail mix for Christmas one year. All four of my boys adored the stuff. Every time I turned around, one of them was asking if they could have a cup of it. Needless to say, it didn’t last very long. Now, being the frugal person that I am, I will be making it from scratch. Continue reading
When I was a little girl, we lived in Thailand. I was too young to take quinine to prevent malaria, so my parents invented this drink using quinine water. My dad called me “peanut,” so the name they chose for this concoction was the Peanut Pizazz. I had no idea that it was preventing a disease. I just knew it was a special drink named after me and it was DELICIOUS!! My parents continued to make it for me long after we returned to the states Continue reading
This is one of my favorite drinks to serve during the holidays. My kids beg for it as soon as November hits and would drink it until spring if I’d make it that often. Sometimes I add orange juice to the cider, resulting in a wassail type of drink. The spices work in cranberry juice, too. Continue reading