Every afternoon, I sink into my couch. I close my eyes, and I wonder what I have to do next? My living room floor looked like a camp dorm filled with random bags, shoes, and other people’s clutter. I deciphered that I needed a plan of attack.
I called my kids downstairs. I wrote a list full of chores and expectations. I set the timer, and I began scrolling through the Internet while they found the floor, counters, and the rest of the flat spaces that they covered in the remnants of their experiences.
I knew that was the moment that I needed to practice mindfulness.
I told my kids that would be in the dining room working on my summer learning goal to be more mindful in my actions and they asked if it is like when I say, “Mind your own business!”
Mindfulness is being aware of what is going on by paying attention and acting with a purpose in the present moment without judgment.
It is actually something you have to practice since we spend so much of our time thinking about what happened in the past and what will happen in the future, we often overlook the present.
I decided I wanted to be present. I was going to practice being in the moment by taking part in a mindful eating practice.
What is that?
It is when you really taste, savor, and enjoy your food. You only pay attention to what you are eating. You focus on the texture, smells, taste, and sensation of what you are eating. It is hard at first, but if you have the right food choice, it is easier.
I chose these Blue Diamond Almonds & Fruit varieties since they are easily accessible at Walmart, and their flavorful combinations are perfect for mindful eating.Continue reading
One of my favorite things about spring is getting together with family to enjoy the nice weather, each others company, and some sweet treats. While watching the news over the weekend I saw that our local berry farm was open for business and it was time to go pick some fresh berries! If you have one of these types of farms in your area I highly suggest you check it out. Nothing compares to the taste of a fresh berry right off the vine, trust me! And one of my favorite things to make with fresh berries is Weight Watchers Mixed Berry Cobbler Cake.
This Weight Watcher Mixed Berry Cobbler Cake Recipe is as sweet as a traditional cobbler while being weight watchers friendly. Can’t beat that right!? Plus its only 3 ingredients so it’s super easy to make. My daughter (who is 6) made the one below all by herself. If you love this recipe make sure to check out more of our favorite Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes with Points Plus.
My daughter begged for a huge bunch on bananas last week, with promises that she would eat every single one of them. Well, 6 days later, guess what? We had 4 very ripe bananas left, that were not going to get eaten. I hate wasting money so I had to think of something to do with them! It occurred to me that I have never tried to make banana nut bread!
Now I have to admit something, I am NOT a baker. I don’t have a fancy mixer (although I do stare at them longingly in the store..) and I love my cakes from a box. When I looked up banana nut bread recipes a lot of them called for “cutting in cold butter” and other things that just weren’t going to work for me, and I got to thinking that it probably doesn’t for a lot of other people either, so I wanted to share this Super Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe with you guys! It takes about 5 minutes of prep, and 25 minutes in the oven, that’s it!
I wanted to start canning my own sandwich spreads for my kids to lessen the cost of store bought and to give them better quality food so with peach season in full swing I thought, What better than Peach Butter? It’s a lot less sugar,no preservatives , and none of the “other stuff added”. Besides, you cant just buy a jar of peach butter like you do apple butter..so here we go!
First, make sure you have all the materials necessary for this project. You don’t want to get to a step and ..oops..forgot to get this!
I hope you are hungry and you want a healthy stuffed pepper because I have a treat for you. These are so good my kids ask me to make them. I know it is hard to believe but when you make them not only will you look like a gourmet cook but you will fall in love with stuffed peppers.
It gets even better not only can you make stuffed pepper in your oven. I will tell you how to make stuffed peppers in the Pressure Cooker.
These healthy stuffed peppers make a great quick dinner or a Freezer meal in a jiffy. I loved that I was able to use Jimmy Deans Sausage Crumbles. They really sped up my prep time and increased the flavor factor to an out of control “YUM!” Jimmy Dean was kind enough to send me free products coupons which were a good thing because I made several batches to freeze for those nights when I want something healthy and hearty but I do not want to actually “cook”. I am a pop it in the oven kind of gal. These also look amazing when you have a party and serve them. I am spoiling my secret sharing how easy they are to make especially since Jimmy Dean cooked the meat and that is usually the hardest and most time-consuming part.
You will need the following ingredients for your very own quick, healthy, and easy to prepare meals. Yes, you can freeze this just put it together and do not cook it until you are ready to eat it.
1 bag of Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles or sausage
2 cups of Spanish rice (cook it according to directions on the box, can, or bag)
5 Bell Peppers with the seeds removed
Salsa ( I used Peach Salsa)
Cheddar Cheese or a Mexican blend
Cut the pepper and remove the top
Remove the seeds from the pepper
Add the Spanish rice that you cooked per the recipe on the box, bag, or can
Now add in the Jimmy Dean Sausage crumbles….. and pretend you cooked for hours..
I add in a mango salsa but your favorite salsa will do nicely
Another layer of our secret ingredient the Jimmy Dean pork sausage crumbles
Another layer of the Spanish rice
Add another layer of salsa and then fill your dish up 50% of the way with water. This will help keep the peppers tender. I put in a tablespoon of olive oil into the water.
Bake for 20 minutes and then bake the cheese until it is melted.
It is hard to imagine these tasty ingredients created this gourmet meal in minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat the peppers with olive oil and pour in some water into the pan to keep them moist then roast in a baking dish about 20-25 minutes just until cooked thru. Remove the peppers from the oven and allow to cool until you can handle them.
If you chose to freeze them do so before cooking, then you will then need to do the above instructions, but you will have to cook them for an additional 10 minutes.
*Remove from the oven and top with fresh cilantro
This is how you make stuffed peppers in the Pressure Cooker.
*** Use your stuffed pepper recipe and follow these cooking instructions.
Place 1 cup of water in the bottom of your pressure cooker make sure that your pan is in there. I know a lot of people forget that part and ruin their unit. Then place a steamer or ramekins in the pressure cooker.
You will then place your stuff peppers in the Pressure cooker.
If your pepper is stuffed with precooked meat, then you will cook them for just 5 minutes.
If your stuffed pepper has uncooked hamburger meat in it, then you will need to cook your peppers for 15 minutes with a 10-minute natural release. Natural release means to open the vent and let your stuffed peppers sit in the pot.
I found that the ramekins help the peppers keep their shape.
These are a couple of my must-have accessories for your pressure cooker.
Now that you have two ways to make healthy stuffed peppers. You will need to know What Goes Good With Stuffed Peppers
Around here one of the surest signs of summer is when one of the kids comes back into the house with a purple face and purple hands! That is when I know the mulberry tree is loaded with ripe fruit and summer has arrived! So here are my Mulberry Recipe Ideas.
I love that my kids will always have the memory of climbing into the mulberry tree and eating their fill of berries in the warm sunshine. I love eating them myself. Usually eating berries from the tree is about all we ever get to do with the berries. There have not been an abundance of berries in year’s past. But for some reason, the mulberry tree this year is loaded with berries. Big beautiful black mulberries! More than we could ever eat! So I tried to figure out what to do with all these berries. First I attempted to make jam. Let’s just say that did not turn out the way I expected. Moving on…everyone I talked to about mulberry recipes suggested that I make muffins. So I dug my favorite muffing recipe out and gave it a shot! Yes! Success!
The muffins were moist and delicious with just the right amount of sweetness. In fact, they were so good I made 3 more batches and will freeze them for an easy breakfast all summer long!
I am sharing my favorite all time muffin recipe. You can make any variety of muffins starting with this basic recipe. For the mulberry recipe I reduced the amount of fruit to 1 cup. Mulberries are bigger than my typical add ins (blueberries or chocolate chips) amd they also have more seeds.
Basic Muffin Recipe:
1 13/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like your muffins
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mulberries, remove stems, rinse, and sprinkle with a little sugar
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners
2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, slat, and nutmeg. In a second bowl whisk together the milk, butter, egg, and vanilla.
3. Add fruit or any other add ins to the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine with as few strokes as possible.
4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup to 1/2 to 2/3 full.
5. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 min. Brush with melted butter and serve warm.
Make a mulberry yogurt parfait. Layer vanilla yogurt and mulberries and even granola if you like.
Make mulberry smoothies. Blend up mulberries, strawberries, and bananas with vanilla yogurt to make a quick healthy breakfast. Mulberries are full of antioxidants and vitamins.
Got Mulberries? Now you know what to do with them!