Friday, January 29, 2016

Cherry Chip Cheesecake Bars & Weekend Potluck #207

WELCOME TO WEEKEND POTLUCK!
So glad you joined us today...

AND..


When I share something worth sharing...again...

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, these fabulous bars
would be a special treat to serve your sweetie...or anyone else you love!
Cause they are SURE to love you more after enjoying them.  
Only 5 simple ingredients!

Cherry Chip Cheesecake Bars




Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...

The recipe with the most clicks was...


Taco Chicken Casserole by The Better Baker
(thankyouverymuch)

Recipes that caught our attention ~


Pineapple Upside Down Donuts by Tornadough Alli


Classic Beef Stew by Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish

Featured Hostess Recipe ~


Chicken Parmesan Casserole by The Country Cook

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

3 Scrumptious "Skinny" Desserts {Blast from the Past}

Not only Skinny...Simple too!
MMMM good!!





Very tasty...with fluffy cream cheese frosting too!!





Same wonderful ingredients...just lightened.  
Make layers - so easy. 







Friday, January 22, 2016

Cheesey Chicken Chowder & Weekend Potluck #206

WELCOME TO ANOTHER FUN WEEKEND POTLUCK!
We are excited to have you here....take time to look around...link up or just print or pin...but enjoy all the lusciousness you'll find here! Just be sure to go to the page at the link before pinning. 

AND...


When I share something worth sharing...again...

This is one of the very best recipes I make - ever!
Use frozen taters and mixed veggies if you're in a hurry.
Comfort food (& Company food) at its finest. 



Before we take a quick peek back at last week...

I want to welcome a new member to our team...Melissa from 
Served Up With Love has joined us!! She has been participating in our linky parties for quite some time and we are thrilled to have her coming on board. Don't forget...when you link at one blog, you're actually linking up at FOUR.

Recipes that caught our attention ~


Virginia Reel Apple Pie by Best of Long Island and Central Florida

Recipes that caught our attention ~


Baked Chicken and Dumplings by Cooking with K


Gram’s Devil’s Food Chiffon Cake by Big Rigs ‘n Lil’ Cookies

And, a personal favorite ~

Raspberry Nutella Mug Cake ~ fluffy chocolate cake with a molten center of Nutella and raspberry preserves...and best of all, it's portion-controlled and ready to eat in just a few short minutes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Raspberry Nutella Chocolate Mug Cake by Five Heart Home

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

3 Tasty & Healthy Beverages to Begin Your Day {Blast from the Past}

This easy 5-ingredient smoothie is very satisfying...
and named appropriately because it tastes like a creamsicle. 
This post also includes tips to help drop lbs....

Good-For-You Orange Creamsicle Smoothie




This beautiful blueberry banana smoothie is sweetened with honey and has almond extract. Use frozen blueberries and you won't have to add as many ice cubes.
Frothy and Filling and Healthy!

Blueberry Banana Flaxseed Smoothie





I 'heart' everything peanut butter!
You'll never know this tasty drink has cottage cheese in it.  It gets 'dissolved' in the blender....such a tasty start to your day. And NO sugar added!

Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie (no sugar added)


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Have you tried Chobani Simply 100 Crunch??

Hello all from the Sunshine State!

Hubby and I are enjoying our time in a warmer climate...lots of sunshine...soaking in Vitamins D and SEA.  ;-}

I am currently taking a break from new recipes at my blog, but couldn't resist the opportunity to participate in a Chobani program after being approached by their nice people. 

The idea is to promote their awesome Chobani Simply 100 products and to share ideas about starting off the year saving calories, increasing exercise, or whatever you do. 

I do LOVE Chobani yogurt - and these new Simply 100 Crunch products are perfect for me.  I am all about crunch, so having the yogurt and the crunch all in one package is right up my alley. Made with only natural ingredients, 
Chobani Simply 100 Crunch offers a guilt-free way to enjoy creamy/crunchy (my fav texture combo) healthy snack that leaves you full and your waistline intact. 

Being out of the colder weather, I am definitely enjoying walking every day in the RV park where we stay.  I downloaded the "Simply Walking" app, that counts my steps, how long I walk, and calories burned.  It's great!

And since I already downloaded "My Fitness Pal" to count my caloric intake, and to add my exercise, I feel like I'm really on track in the new year. 

Here are some simple ideas to help you burn 100 calories!

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Please please please click on this link to check out these awesome Chobani products so you can be looking for them on your grocery shelves to help you get started on the right foot to good health in the new year. 

Chobani Products

I love making smoothies with Greek yogurt for added protein.  Blend with a banana (I keep slices frozen ready to toss into a smoothie). Add some almond milk....peanut or almond butter, some fruit and blend away.  Always a great way to begin your day on the go. 

Thank you kindly to Chobani for inviting me to share more of their goodness!















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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Leader Enterprise - January 2016 - Crockpot Cooking





Crockpots and slow cookers use moist heat to cook food over a long period of time. Both are used to cook the same types of foods, and both produce the same delicious results. These wonderful small kitchen appliances even contain the same three components: a pot, glass lid, and heating element.


A Crock-Pot is a brand of slow cooker that gave rise to a type of slow cookers. But a slow cooker is not always a Crock-Pot.


Crockpots and slow cookers are great for cooking lean cuts of meat, which can sometimes be tough and dry.  After cooking several hours in liquid, lean meats become moist and tender. 

Tips for using your crockpot: 

Check that your crockpot is the right size for the recipe you're making.  I own a small and a large, but I know others who have several different sizes. 

Make sure your crockpot is at least half full but no more than 2/3 full so foods cook safely in the given time range. 

Cut slow-cooking vegetables, like carrots into small pieces. And quick-cooking veggies, like zucchini or sweet peppers, into larger pieces. 

For most crockpot recipes, you don't need to stir. Stirring can even be harmful because a crockpot cooks food with low heat, removing the lid can drastically reduce cooker's interior temperature. 

When you lift the lid or stir or add ingredients, replace lid as quickly as possible, especially when cooking on low heat. An uncovered cooker can lose up to 20 degrees of heat in as little as 2 minutes. 


CROCKPOT ROUND STEAK AND VEGETABLES 

5 medium pieces round steak 
3 or 4 medium potatoes, chunked
about 1 cup of 2" carrot pieces
(larger sized mini carrots work fine)
1 oz pkg dry herb and garlic soup 
(or onion soup)
1/4 c. water
1 - 10.75 ozs. can cream of mushroom soup
1 Tb. A-1 Sauce, optional

Place meat in slow cooker; top with veggies. 
In medium bowl, combine dry soup mix, water, canned soup and A-1; mix well; pour over vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

CREAMY CROCKPOT MACARONI & CHEESE 

1 (8 ozs) box macaroni (cooked el dente, drained)
3 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
2 ounces Velveeta, diced, optional
1 lg (12 ozs) can evaporated milk
2 c. whole milk
1/4 c. melted butter 
2 large eggs, beaten well 
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt (or less)

Grease 3.5 quart. crockpot. In large bowl, combine all ingredients, (using 2 c. cheddar cheese); mix well.  Pour into prepared crock. Cook on low for 2-1/2 - 3-1/2 hours. Because I was home, I stirred it about every hour, but you don't have to.  About 40 minutes before time is up, sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese over the top and let it melt. 

This dessert is definitely one of my favorite crockpot desserts.  I love that it uses canned peaches.

CROCKPOT PEACH CRISP 

3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. quick oats
1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
fresh grated nutmeg, optional
1/4 cup butter, softened 
2 large (20 ozs.) cans peaches, well drained

Spray the inside of the crock or butter it. Stir together brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon and nutmeg. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or 2 forks until the mixture is crumbly.

Place drained peaches in the prepared crock and stir 1/2 the crumbs into the fruit. Top with the rest of the crumbs. Before placing on the lid, I like to cover the crock with 2 paper towels, then add the lid. It keeps the moisture from falling on top of your dessert but this step is optional. Cook on low for 3 - 4 hours. (Check at 3 hours) Unplug and allow to stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Gooey Grapes & Weekend Potluck #205

  WELCOME TO WEEKEND POTLUCK!
It's not only so good to have you here...it's great to BE here too!

AND...


When I share something worth sharing...again...

 This tasty snack is healthy, and keeps well in the fridge for up to a week...
but seriously, it won't last that long.  Mixed with cream cheese and sour cream, this dish will surely tickle your taste buds. 


 

Please be sure to go to the recipe page before pinning...

                       Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...

The recipe with the most clicks was ~


Restaurant Style Mexican Rice by Mirlandra’s Kitchen

Recipes that caught our attention ~


Seafood Salad by South Your Mouth


And, a personal favorite ~

Hot Chocolate Floaters ~ little cups of chocolate make fun and tasty receptacles for marshmallows, whipped cream, or your favorite hot cocoa toppings! | FiveHeartHome.com

Hot Chocolate Floaters by Five Heart Home

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

3 Creamy, Comforting & Filling Soups {Blast from the Past}

I've had so many raves over this one I couldn't begin to count.
Once you've tried this one, you'll want it again and again.
VERY popular recipe in my collection...



You'll never know it's a 'lightened' recipe....so delicious!





Oh so tasty, so creamy and fills you right up!








Friday, January 8, 2016

1-Minute Healthy Deep Dish Cookie & Weekend Potluck #204

WELCOME TO WEEKEND POTLUCK!!!!

I'm here and having a great time in Florida. 
Excited to be able to share in Weekend Potluck 
in the new year! Hope your new year
has been a good one for you!

A delicious treat any time of day....with oatmeal, peanut butter, flax seed meal, yogurt and more...microwave...no left overs!





Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...

The recipe with the most clicks was ~


Recipes that caught our attention ~



Raspberry French Toast Casserole by Easy Peasy Life Matters

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

3 Tasty 'Healthier Choice' Oatmeal Dishes {Blast from the Past}

I really should buy stock in Quaker Oats!  I LOVE eating and using oatmeal in recipes.  It's good for you, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite ways to enjoy it....

This cake is OAT-rageously wonderful!  It can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacktime! Soak the oats overnight and the recipe has no refined sugar or flour.  I'm wild about having dessert for breakfast! 

(dairy, egg, gluten and sugar free options)




This has been a very popular recipe adding oatmeal for fiber.  You can't even tell it's there, but it's good for you, and it's filling. Substitute peanut butter for nutella if you so desire. It's all wonderful!

Nutella Banana Oatmeal Smoothie




With agave, Greek yogurt, dried fruit and more...no need to feel guilty
eating these for breakfast!!! Another NO refined sugar/flour recipe! 

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies