Monday, September 30, 2013

Pineapple Chicken Quesadillas

Pineapple Chicken Quesadillas

These are a perfect blend of spicy and sweet in one. Delicious! 


3 Large chicken breasts 
15 oz pineapple chunks
3 green onions chopped 
1/4 tsp cilantro 
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp sea salt 
1/4 tsp parsley
2 cups mozzarella shredded cheese
8 whole wheat soft taco tortillas (they add sweetness) 
Few dabs of olive oil


Stove top
Frying pan 

1. Cook chicken thoroughly on stove top. When chicken is cooked, add pineapple (drain pineapple juices out 1st). 

2. Chop green onions and add to chicken along with all other seasoning ingredients. 
3. Heat frying pan with a few dabs of olive oil on med to low heat. 
4. Take a tortilla and fill half with the chicken mix and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on the same side. 

5. Cook until tortilla is lightly browned, flip and cooked until lightly browned on that side as well. 

Remove, cut, eat and ENJOY! 

Not your Grandma's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

            Not your grandma's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Nope...these are the healthiest version of a cookie I have ever made and actually enjoyed.

3 mashed bananas (the more ripe...the better)
1/3 Cup all natural applesauce
2 Cups steal cut oats
1/4 Cup almond milk
1/2 Cup raisins (I used 3 boxes of sunmaid raisins)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mixer (with stainless steel bowl)
Oven (obviously)
Measuring cups (wet and dry)
Measuring spoons
Tablespoon (for scooping cookies)
Cookie sheet
Cooling rack

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix all the ingredients in the bowl with the mixer.

3. Grease your cookie sheet.

4. Place 1 tablespoon of cookie mix onto the cookie sheet about 1-2 inches apart.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes (mine were finished in 16 minutes).

6. Cool cookies on a cooling rack...and ENJOY!

Peanut Butter Muppy Cookies

                                           Peanut Butter Muppy Cookies
(for those of you unaware...I call my dog a "muppy" because she is a mutt puppy aka "pound dog")

This is Lady...she is the princess of our household.
Peanut Butter Muppy Cookie Recipe:
1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Milk
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (unbleached)
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Items Needed:
Stainless steel mixing bowl
Elbow grease (aka "mixer")
Hands (to ball the dough)
Cookie Sheet
Oven (stating the obvious here)
Cookie Cutters
We used fun doggy shaped cookie can get these at Wal Mart in the "professional cake making" aisle for $2-3 I believe.

1. Mix all the ingredient in the stainless steel bowl with the mixer. We had a lot of laughs with this part because being the smarty pants I am...I decided to use just a regular stainless steel mixing bowl and not the TALL one that came with my mixer and when I turned on the mixer....well, the counter and stove had splattered dog cookie everywhere! (don't try this at home).  2. ball up the dough with your hands and flatten it out about and 1/2 inch thick.  3. make the cookie shapes with the cookie cutters you chose.  4. place cut out shapes on the cookie sheet (greased or ungreased doesn't matter).  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes.

These are also safe for human consumption, but according to my daughter (the natural born taste tester) you really don't want top eat these!

Hope you dog/puppy enjoys...we know Lady did. We made some for our furry neighbor as well!!!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Day I Fell Off My Wagon

Obviously these are Oreos. 

Why did I post a pic of them? 

Well, because my mood is so irate today that I just "angry ate" a whole fucking row of double stuffed shit...tasted GREAT and now I feel like shit, but this is what I do when I get aggravated/upset...good thing this doesn't happen too often. 

Now I'll go hang my head in shame! 

Just so everyone knows...sometimes you have those days where absolute shit happens and you just cave. This doesn't mean you just means you get to start again tomorrow. 

Or in my case, it means I need to learn to control my frustration in other ways than anger eating. 

Lord help me! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Peanut butter fruit dip

What you need: 

2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
1/2 C vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt
Fruit of your choice

Mix it all together and ENJOY! 

Hubby ate this with apple slices. 

Cinnamon Fruit Dip

What you need: 

1 C honey Greek Chobani yogurt
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 Tbsp raw honey 
Fruit of your choice 

I happen to like mine with apples! 

I made another version with Dannon plain yogurt and the above ingredient (honey and cinnamon) but ... It was great to start  in the morning when I made it, but when my daughter came home from school it was like soup...hmmmmm? 


Yogurt Dipped Strawberries

What you need: 

1 C vanilla Greek Chobani yogurt
Wax or parchment paper

Dip your strawberries in the yogurt, place them on the wax paper on the plate, place in the freezer long enough to freeze the yogurt. 

... REMOVE and ENJOY! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Blogs and Webpages...ohhhhhhhh my!

So, not too long ago I asked you what your favorite blogs/webpages were and I gave a list of mine. Mine have changed ever so slightly, but not too drastically. With every changing day we grow to love and respect more!

Here are some of my ultimate favs: (I told you things might change a little) 

100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake

Single Dad Laughing aka SDL by Dan Pearce

Pieces In Progress by Kate Mancino

Jenna Marbles by Jenna Mourey

Conveying Awareness with Jessica David by Jessica David

Feel free to take a peek at these. I like all of them for many different reasons. What are some of your favs???

Monday, September 9, 2013

What human foods are/aren't safe for man's best friend?

Dogs like special treats just as much as their human counterparts, but do you know what is safe and what isn't (toxic) for your best friend? 

You should always skip giving your dog table scraps. This will help nix of begging, weight gain and the possibility of poisoning you best friend. 

Making your own dog food or treats can be way more beneficial to man's best friend, but would you know what to use and what not to use? 

Of course I'm not a veterinarian so you should always consult him/her prior to introducing new foods, especially the human kind, into you dogs diet. 

Should your pet get ahold of something in the "don't" list, contact poison control for pets 1-888-426-4435

What got me interested in this was my dog who sits by me almost every morning when I eat hard boiled eggs and waits for her share. Was I unintentionally poisoning my own dog? 

Here's a list of "do" and "don't" eat table foods for dogs I have compiled off various searches. Just like humans, these "do" foods should be given in moderation (holidays, birthdays, special occasions). 

Apples (no seeds/core) 
Apricots (no pits)
Bran cereal
Broccoli (raw) 
Chicken (cooked, no skin/bones)
Chicken broth (no salt)
Eggs (cooked) 
Flax seed (ground/oil) 
Melons (no seeds) 
Orange slices (no peels/seeds)
Organ meat (giblets, liver, heart, tongue, gizzards)
Peanut butter (natural) 
Potatoes (mashed) 
Rice (brown/cooked) 
Sweet potato 
Tuna (canned with juices) 
Turkey (cooked/no bone or skin) 
Yogurt (plain/unsweetened/low fat/unflavored) 

Apple seeds
Bones (cooked) 
Bread dough (raw yeast) 
Coffee (ground/beans/brewed)
Corn cobs
Eggs (raw)
Fat trimmings
Fish (other than tuna) 
Milk (ice cream/dairy products) 
Moldy foods
Pits from fruits
Potatoes (leaves/stems/green peels) 
Tobacco/nicotine products
Xylitol (sugar free products/gum) 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fall/Autumn Bucket List

Each season that comes is a new chance to do some things we wait all year to do. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. 

1. Hike
2. Apple picking 
3. Bake apple pies and cobbler
4. Cookouts
5. Fires and s'mores 
6. Backyard campout
7. Hay ride
8. Pumpkin picking
9. Bake pumpkin pies
10. Roast pumpkin seeds 
11. Bake pumpkin bread 
12. Nature hunt
13. Drive-in movie night
14. Corn maze 
15. Pumpkin carving/decorating
16. Fall cookies
17. Picnic in the park
18. Mountain biking
19. Football
13. Wear hoodies
14. Make popcorn balls
15. Homemade soups
16. Stove top fall spice recipe for the house 
17. Movie marathon day 
18. Enjoy Turkey Day
19. Xmas shopping
20. Leaf art fun