Happy 103rd Birthday Great Grandma!!!

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Yes you’ve read it correctly. Today my great grandmother has turned 103 years old.
She still maintains a house on her own, still cooks  and cleans. Her mind is still functioning perfectly. She is a funny something too LOL. The only problem she has is she is a little hard of hearing (which is expected) and she walks with the aid of walker.
She has lived through a time where blacks have been hung, burned, and denied the same rights as whites…and now she still lives through the second term of presidency of Barack Obama. She has seeb it all and then some.

What a blessing she is too my family and too this earth.

Happy Birthday Great Grandma! I love you!

Bacon, Onion, Mushroom Burger

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Ingredients:
Ground beef
Onion
Bacon
Onion soup
Lettuce
Mushroom
Chicken broth
Cheese
Buns

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Cook the bacon on the stove. Make it good and crispy!

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When your bacon is finished it needs to be crumbled. The way I do this is I put the bacon in aluminum foil. Then I ball up the foil. When you open the foil back up, the bacon is in perfect little bits.

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Next boil your onion soup. Make sure you stir so the mix doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

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Put your ground beef, bacon, mushroom (strained), and onion soup in a bowl

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Mix the ingredients…but be careful it’s hot

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Put the mix in the freezer for about an hour.

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I used a griddle to cook the burgers

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I put my boyfriend’s burger on a bun…but I wrapped mine in lettuce and added a little dijon mustard and ketchup.

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Yuuuum!!!
Happy cooking…and eating

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Healthy Strawberries and Cream Frapp

 

Jennifer at Peanut Butter and Peppers has come up with  a healthy version of the Starbucks Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino and it is DELICIOUS!!

 

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (I used sweetened)
  2. 1/3 cup strawberries, frozen
  3. 6 medium strawberries,fresh, roughly chopped
  4. 1 tsp, vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 tsp. stevia (one packet)

Instructions

  1. Freeze coconut milk in a shallow dish. Once frozen, leave on counter to thaw a bit or microwave for about 30 seconds until it’s thawed enough for your blender to handle. Just don’t overheat it.
  2. In a microwave safe dish add the frozen strawberries and defrost for about 45 seconds. Mash strawberries with a fork. You are looking for the juice of the strawberries.
  3. In a blender add coocnut milk, vanilla extract, frozen strawberries with the juice, fresh strawberries and stevia. Crush/blend until incorporated about 2 minutes.

So how does it line up nutritionally with the Starbucks competitor??

-Starbucks 12 oz Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino with non-fat milk, no whip:

Calories:  230

Fat:  0

Sodium:  190

Carbs:  53

Fiber 0

Sugar:  5

Protein:  42

 

-Jennifer’s Frappe 12oz:

Calories:  83.6,

Fat:  5.2

Sodium:  151

Potassium:  114

Carbs:  6.9

Sugar:  4.6

Protein:  .04

 

33 Super Cool Popsicles to make this Summer

1. Grapefruit And Strawberry Greyhound Poptail

 

Grapefruit And Strawberry Greyhound Poptail

“Poptail” is a fun way to say “cocktail in popsicle form,” which is a concept we can all get behind.

Recipe

  • 8 oz. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (about a 1lb grapefruit)
  • 12 oz. strawberries (about 12 medium strawberries)
  • 5 oz vodka

 

2. French 75 Popsicles

French 75 Popsicles

A classy frozen take on the French 75 (champagne, gin, lemon).

Recipe

  • 12 oz. of champagne
  • 4 oz. of cognac or gin (There’s a bit of debate over which of these should be used, although a reader has since noted that gin is the original ingredient, and cognac was introduced later. Either way, both are a good choice. I prefer gin, so that is what I used here.)
  • 4 oz. of simple syrup
  • 3 oz. of fresh lemon juice

3. Bloody Mary Popsicles

Bloody Mary Popsicles

Definitely breakfast-appropriate.

Recipe

  • 1 ½ lbs tomatoes (about six 2 ½ inch diameter in size)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon of chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup vodka

4. Blueberry Moonshine Popsicles

Blueberry Moonshine Popsicles

Bonus points if you brew the moonshine in your own bathtub.

Recipe

-4, 3/4 cups blueberries
-2/3 cup simple syrup
-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1/3 cup moonshine

5. Maple Brown Derby Cocktail Pops

 

Maple Brown Derby Cocktail Pops

A “Brown Derby” is traditionally made with grapefruit, honey, and bourbon. All inf favor of a maple syrup twist, though.

Recipe

-2 1/2 cups grapefruit juice

-1/2 cup pure maple syrup

-1 ounce bourbon

-few dashes of bitters

2 1/2 cups fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice (about 4 medium grapefruits)

1/3-1/2 cup pure maple syrup (depending on how sweet your fruit is)

1 ounce bourbon

a few dashes of bitters (I did about 6)

– See more at: http://www.hungrygirlporvida.com/blog/2013/03/22/maple-brown-derby-cocktail-pops/#sthash.JlVyZpbe.dpuf

2 1/2 cups fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice (about 4 medium grapefruits)

1/3-1/2 cup pure maple syrup (depending on how sweet your fruit is)

1 ounce bourbon

a few dashes of bitters (I did about 6)

– See more at: http://www.hungrygirlporvida.com/blog/2013/03/22/maple-brown-derby-cocktail-pops/#sthash.JlVyZpbe.dpuf

2 1/2 cups fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice (about 4 medium grapefruits)

1/3-1/2 cup pure maple syrup (depending on how sweet your fruit is)

1 ounce bourbon

a few dashes of bitters (I did about 6)

– See more at: http://www.hungrygirlporvida.com/blog/2013/03/22/maple-brown-derby-cocktail-pops/#sthash.JlVyZpbe.dpuf

6. Strawberry Champagne Popsicles

Strawberry Champagne Popsicles

Recipe

-1/4 cup water

-1/4 cup sugar

-2 tbsp lemon juice

-1 lb fresh strawberries

-1 cup sparkling champagne

7. Cucumber Honeydew Margarita Popsicles

Cucumber Honeydew Margarita Popsicles

Very cool.

Recipe

-1 cup honeydew juice
-1/3 cup cucumber juice
-½ cup tequila
-1 tablespoon triple sec
-1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
-1 tablespoon mint simple syrup
-3 large mint sprigs

8. Blood Orange Margarita Popsicles

Blood Orange Margarita Popsicles

Recipe

• 1/4 cup sugar
• 2 cups blood orange juice
• mineral water (such as Schweppes Agrum Blood Orange)
• 2 tablespoons Cointreau or other orange liqueur
• 1/4
cup (60ml) tequila
• Finely grated zest of 1 lime

• lime juice and wedges to serve
• 1 tablespoon sea salt flakes

9. Pinot Noir Blackberry Ice Pops

Pinot Noir Blackberry Ice Pops

Wine is great, but wine in popsicle form might be even greater.

Recipe

-4 ounces organic dark cane sugar
-1, 1-inch piece of vanilla bean, split lengthwise
-3-4 ripe or overripe yellow peaches
-7 ounces Sauvignon Blanc (2011 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc recommended)

10. Mojito Popsicles

 

Mojito Popsicles

Mint + lime + rum = a very good time.

Recipe

-2 cups prepared white rum
-1½ cups flattened club soda
-½ cup fresh lime juice

11. Watermelon-Mint Tequila Popsicles

Watermelon-Mint Tequila Popsicles

Recipe

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup fresh mint, torn coarsely

4 cups watermelon, cubed

juice of 2 limes

1/3 cup tequila

– See more at: http://www.hungrygirlporvida.com/blog/2012/07/16/watermelon-mint-tequila-popsicles/#sthash.o4qsVMsn.dpuf

-1/4 cup water
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/3 cup fresh mint
-4 cups watermelon
-2 limes (for the juice)
-1/3 cup tequila

12. Campari Citrus Popsicles

Campari Citrus Popsicles

 

Recipe

-1 cup sugar
-1 cup water
-3 cups orange juice
-1/2 lemon, juiced
-1/2 cup Campari

13. Berry, Lime, and Coconut Yogurt Pops

Berry, Lime, and Coconut Yogurt Pops

Recipe

-8 oz mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, etc.)
-juice of 1 lime
-3½ Tbspn sugar
-16 oz Greek yogurt
-1/2 cup + 2 Tbspn coconut milk (with cream)
-big pinch of salt

14. Orange Creamsicles

Orange Creamsicles

Always and forever.

Recipe

-1 cup orange juice (fresh or frozen)

-1 cup heavy cream or full fat coconut milk (you could also substitute melted/very soft vanilla ice cream)

-3 tablespoons honey

-¼ teaspoon orange extract

-½ teaspoon vanilla extract

15. Ginger Peach Popsicles

 

Ginger Peach Popsicles

Ginger adds a nice kick.

Recipe

-2 oz. fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced into thick coin slices

-½ c. water

-⅓ c. sugar

-2 ripe peaches, pitted and cut into chunks

16. “Firecracker” Berry Yogurt Pops

"Firecracker" Berry Yogurt Pops

I’m eating this popsicle for AMERICA.

Recipe

1/2 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered (1 1/2 cups)

1/4 cup sugar1/2 pound blueberries (1 1/2 cups)

1 1/4 cups low-fat plain yogurt

17. Dulce De Leche Lemon Popsicles

Dulce De Leche Lemon Popsicles

Condensed milk makes these smooth AND sassy.

Recipe

-2 cups of milk

-1 can of regular La Lechera or condensed milk

-½ cup fresh lemon juice (or lime juice)

-a little bit of lemon pulp

18. Pink Grapefruit and Rosemary Popsicles

Pink Grapefruit and Rosemary Popsicles

So very adult.

Recipe

1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1/2 cup raw unrefined sugar
1/4 cup filtered water
2 teaspoons roughly chopped fresh rosemary leaves

19. Peach and Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Peach and Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Recipe

-12 ounces Chobani peach non fat greek yogurt

-4 peaches, peeled

20. Blood Orange and Coconut Creamsicles

Blood Orange and Coconut Creamsicles

Recipe

-2 Cups unsweetened coconut milk, halved

-3 T. maple syrup
-1 Cup Blood (or other) Orange juice, freshly squeezed
-Sliced strawberries, toasted coconut, zest and juice of one lime

21. Sour Cherry and Vanilla Yogurt Pops

Sour Cherry and Vanilla Yogurt Pops

Recipe

-2 cups plain greek yogurt

-3/4 cups vanilla sugar

-8 ounces frozen sour cherries

2 cups plain greek yogurt

3/4 cups vanilla sugar, divided

8 ounces frozen sour cherries, defrosted, plus more cherries (20-30) for garnish

– See more at: http://www.hungrygirlporvida.com/blog/2012/08/10/sour-cherry-vanilla-fro-yo-pops/#sthash.GqOzv3GH.dpuf

22. Mango Lassi Popsicles

Mango Lassi Popsicles

Like a smoothie that found some backbone.

Recipe

-2 cups ripe mango, chopped
-1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
-1/2 cup milk
-2 Tbsp sugar
-BIG! pinch of ground cardamom
-big pinch of salt

23. Summer Berry and Mint Ice Pops

Summer Berry and Mint Ice Pops

Fresh!

Recipe

-1 cup raspberries
-1 cup blackberries
-1 cup sliced strawberries
-1/3 cup sugar
-1/3 cup water
-2 tablespoons lemon juice
-2 tablespoons finely minced fresh mint

24. Chocolate Fudge Popsicles

Chocolate Fudge Popsicles

The classic.

Recipe

-2 tablespoons  semisweet chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate
-1/3 cup sugar
-1 tablespoon cornstarch
-1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 1/4 cups whole milk
-Pinch of salt
-1/2 teaspoon (3 ml) vanilla extract
-1/2 tablespoon (7 grams or 1/4 ounce) unsalted butter

25. Roasted Sweet Corn Popsicles

Roasted Sweet Corn Popsicles

Creamy but vegan (made with coconut milk)

Recipe

-4 ears of fresh corn

-2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 tbsp agave nectar
-a pinch of salt

26. Avocado Popsicles

Avocado Popsicles

Sounds weird, but avocado is a great base for desserts.

Recipe

-1 cup water

-1/2 cup sugar

-2 small ripe avocados

-pinch of salt

-2 tbsp lime juice

 

27. Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

With cute little graham cracker bottoms.

Recipe

-8 ounces cream cheese

-¼ cup sour cream

-3/4 cup powdered sugar

-1/3 cup whole milk

-6 large fresh strawberries, chopped or ¾ cup frozen strawberries

-6 standard sized graham crackers

-1 tbs melted butter

28. Healthy Nutella Fudge Pops

Healthy Nutella Fudge Pops

Four ingredients, infinite win.

Recipe

-3 frozen bananas

-1 tablespoon cocoa powder

-1/2c choc-hazelnut butter or nutella

-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

-tiny pinch salt

29. Apricot Rice Pudding Pops

Apricot Rice Pudding Pops

Recipe

1 cup whole milk
-3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. canned unsweetened coconut milk
-1/4 cup heavy cream
-1 lemongrass stalk, tough outer layer removed, thinly sliced
-1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
-1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
-3 tablespoons short-grain rice (such as arborio)
-1/4 cup 1/4″ pieces dried apricots
-1/4 cup sugar

30. Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles

Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles

Recipe

-2 cups very strong French roast coffee, hot
-1 – 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk, divided
-3/4 cup heavy cream
-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

31. Carrot Cake and Almond Butter Popsicles

Carrot Cake and Almond Butter Popsicles

Creamy and vegan thanks to almond butter + coconut milk.

Recipe

-4 large carrots

-3/4 cup canned coconut milk
1/4 cup almond butter
-Juice from 1/4 a lemon
Cinnamon, Ginger, Salt
-Sweetener of choice

32. Creamy Coconut-Maple Ice Pops

Creamy Coconut-Maple Ice Pops

Coconut really does make the best popsicles.

Recipe

-1 can coconut milk

-1/3 cup maple syrup

-1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes

-tiny pinch cinnamon and salt

33. Cookies and Cream Popsicles

Cookies and Cream Popsicles

This feel so right.

Recipe

-14 chocolate wafer cookies

-1/4 cup  superfine sugar

-1/4 cup water

-1/2 cup sour cream

-1/4 cup whole milk

-1 cup heavy cream

-1 tsp vanilla extract

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Salted Caramel Rice Krispy Treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
Salted Caramel:
1 can condensed milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sea salt flakes
Rice Krispy Treats:
2 tbsp butter
1 packet of marshmallows
6 cups rice krispies

 

 

Combine the brown sugar, butter and condensed milk on a medium heat until boiling. Turn down the heat to low and stir continuously for 5 minutes until the mixture is thick and golden brown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn off the heat, then stir in the salt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, melt 2 tbsp of butter in a pot. Once melted, add the marshmallows and stir until they melt down and resemble a cream.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the salted caramel mixture and stir over the heat until both mixtures are fully combined and silken, before adding the rice krispies and mixing until they are well coated.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, transfer to a tray and press down evenly.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool in the refrigerator then cut into squares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So quick. So easy. So need to go to the gym now.
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Bucket List

Go grape stomping

Own a muscle car

Ride an elephant

See a Cirque De Soleil Show

Swim with dolphins

Ride a camel

Visit the White House

Hold a baby Tiger

Participate in La Tomatina in Valencia, Spain

Take a Coast to Coast road trip

Ride in a helicopter

Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower

Get married to and spend the rest of my life with a man that makes me happy

Eat pizza in Italy

Visit pyramids in Egypt

Swim in Tahiti

Visit Dubai

Gamble in Las Vegas

Go on a cruise

Go on an African Safari

Celebrate New Years in NYC

Take a picture with a celebrity

Get a tattoo

Give blood

Scuba Dive

Send my mom on the Vacation of her choice

Visit Paris during Christmas

Watch the sunrise in a foreign country

Eat a bug in Japan

Take picture in front of Hollywood sign

Visit Mann’s Chinese Theatre

Go to a concert

 

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Chickadee Deviled Eggs

This was the cutest little recipe to me!! It’s from Alison Artisan 

This would be perfect for Easter or a baby shower!!

 

Ingredients:
12 eggs, hard boiled and peeled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp yellow mustard
1 tsp salt and pepper
1 carrot, peeled and julienned (for the beaks)
3 black olives, diced small (for the eyes)

 

 

 

Cut the eggs horizontally when the eggs are standing tall. Cut them about 2/3 tall instead of cutting them in half. It makes them look more like little shell caps that way.

 

 

 

Using the mini muffin tin helps a lot! Put the filling in a small zip sandwich bag with the corner snipped off.

 

 

 

Tiny bits of olives for eyes and little triangles for the beaks from a carrot.

 

 

 

  If you have to take these somewhere, put a sheet of wax paper over the top then another layer of cling wrap. If you are going far, put the tin in a cooler over ice.

 

 

 

Lastly, make them look cute…put them on lettuce leaves (get the shreds to make them look like the eggs in Easter baskets). Or you can just leave them in the muffin tin!
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