Blueberry-Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

I have had a lot of people asking me for the recipe of the smoothie I make every morning, and since I’ve figured it out down the exact number of strawberries, I can share it with you! First, an admission: I love slurpees. Love them. I love the cold, the cruch, the sweetness. I hate the calories. So, my solution for this was NOT to give up my indulgence, just to change it up. That is why I have these every day – I still feel like I”m getting a treat, but it is much healthier. Much.

Okay, so here is what I put in for ONE large smoothie:

1/4 cup frozen blueberries
3 frozen strawberries
1 small banana (or half a large)
1/3-1/2 cup milk (I use 1% – but you could use skim or even soy milk, which is very creamy!)
1/2 cup jammed full of baby spinach
1 tsp splenda if you really like the sweet, though it is very sweet on it’s own!

Calories: 150

That’s it! Blend it up and drink it down. Love it! Let me know what YOUR favorite smoothie recipe is!

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Homemade Screamer

This past Monday I was stuck for what to have as our Family Night treat. My tummy was itching for a screamer, but I didn’t know where to get one around where we live. Have you ever had a screamer? They might be known by a different name where you live, but they are a delicious mix between a slushie and soft-serve ice cream. OH HEAVEN! I love them. It didn’t take long to figure out that I could make my own at a fraction of the cost of buying one at the store.

First, buy your favorite flavor of slurpee…

My favorite slurpees are from Macs convenient store, but any kind will work. Now, I have a family of six, so we bought the biggest size to share out later.

Next, buy some plain soft-serve from DQ, McDonalds, wherever is closest and/or cheapest! Get it in a cup…easier to transport. However, the cone? yummo.

Now…. mix-o-ramma. Fill a cup 1/3 full of slurpee, then fill to the 2/3 mark with soft serve, then top off with more slurpee. Gently mix around and ENJOY!

This treat was SO delicious and so inexpensive. A big hit with the kids (and me… mostly me). Get out there and make a screamer before that weather starts turning!!


Friends and Food!

We were so lucky to be invited to see little Caleb being baptized. He is such a handsome guy! i hope he’s around when my girls start dating 😉 We were surrounded by MANY of Caleb’s relatives who travelled quite far to be there to support him. What an awesome sight! And what an amazing event to bring families together. We aren’t family, but we sure felt like it. The N family is SO sweet and made us feel like a part of their ‘group’. We are building such a great frienship with Sara and Ben, and their kids are so stinkin’ adorable.

Lately I’ve been really appreciating the frienships I’ve gained while living here. Some of them have happened in the blink of an eye. Others have taken time to evolve. All are so valuable to me. I have gone through very hard times in this last year – dealing with health problems, feeling emotionally weak, and at times – so separated from everything. It has been good friends and loving family members who have carried me through. It is just one of many blessings I am SO thankful for. Times are still rough for us – waiting on so many things that are out of our control, but there is still lots of joy to be had. And faith is a wonderful thing…it can lead me to walk into the complete blackness with the hope that there is a HUGE light waiting for me on the other side. So thankful for that.

I am also thankful for food. Maybe a little TOO much 😉 I had some of you ask me what the recipe is for the “Puppy Chow” that we had at my New Moon party. Well, folks, hold on to your waists because this recipe is so easy, and completely addicting. I’m drooling all over my keyboard as I type this.

Puppy Chow

box of Crispex cereal
2 cups choc.chips
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup margarine
2 cups icing sugar
  • Put icing sugar in large paper bag, set aside.
  • Put cereal in large bowl, set aside.
  • In med bowl, melt choc.chips, marg.,and peanut butter in microwave(2min).
  • Pour over cereal & mix gently coating all the cereal.
  • Dump cereal mixture into paper bag of icing sugar and toss to lightly coat.
  • Work quickly with all this,then spread out on lg cookie sheet to”set”

 I hope you go out and make some…like now! Then tell me how you like it! Soooo good.

And finally…
A great big THANK YOU to all of you. THANK YOU for your support. THANK YOU for your encouragement. THANK YOU for your humor. And THANK YOU for reading this blog. It is a form of therapy for me, a way to share and feel like I’m making a difference for someone, somewhere. I’m not a witty person. I’m kind of a jack of all trades, master of none. But you keep coming back! You don’t realize what a difference that makes for me. 
So, THANK YOU!!!!!