Saturday, August 31, 2019

Protein Bites

My version of a treat to help me, not eat straight chocolate chips, when I am craving chocolate.

4 scoops of chocolate protein powder (I use Orgain from Costco)
2 tbsp Honey
1/2 cup Sunflower Seed butter or almond butter or even peanut butter
1/2 cups Oats
1/2 cup  Coconut flakes
1/2 cup Milk (can use Almond milk)
1/4 to 1/2 cup Chocolate chips

Mix into balls and refrigerate.  Eat when you crave chocolate.

Monday, April 15, 2019


This is one of our favorite recipes!!!  We got this from the Crawford's during optometry school. 

Kabob Marinade
 1 1/2 cups  Oil
1/4 cup   Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 tsp Salt
1 tbsp  Pepper
1 garlic clove crushed
3/4 cup  Soy Sauce
2 tbsp  Dry Mustard
1 1/2 tsp  parsley
1/2 cup  lemon juice
1/2 cup  white wine vinegar

Pearl Onions
Pineapple Chunks
Beef - stew meat cubed works well
Chicken cubed

Mix marinade.  Prep all the veggies and meat.  Put the meats in one container and the veggies in another. You don't want to get the raw meat with the veggies.  Put marinade over each container.  Refrigerate over night.  We have found that the pineapple will take on the marinade flavor so strongly that it's to much so don't marinade the pineapple.
 When we grill these we don't alternate the meat and veggies on the skewer anymore.   This is because they all cook at such different times. Fill a skewer with just chicken or just onions or just pineapple.   To serve, just slid everything off the skewer into a pretty dish and serve it all together.

The marinade on the veggies I will save.  Dump it into a ziplock bag and freeze it.  We'll use it again one more time.   We throw out the meat marinade. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Chia Seed Pudding

I LOVE Mama Chia.  I can't seem to keep them stocked in the pantry.  Turns out my kids love them too.

I have been making this every single day.  We eat them as a meal or I will drink half of it to stop myself from eating M&M's and popcorn with the kids.   Take it with you in the car so when you're hungry you'll stop yourself from going to the drive-in for a quick pop, cookie, or burger. 

 It makes you stay full for a long time.  Why would it make you stay full, well, it's because it has a fiber, healthy fat, veggies, and protein.

Chia Seed Pudding

1 cup of Water
2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
2 Teaspoons of MCT Oil
1 scoop of your favorite Protien Powder, I have been using Shakeology

Mix everything together, let sit for an hour.  That's it!  I put everything into a shaker cup, shake, and put it in the fridge.  One hour later it's ready to go.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Egg Rolls

This recipe is from my Friend Erin.  She is an amazing cook who I have always aspired to be like.  I have a little red recipe book she made called, Holiday Baking.  It makes me happy just looking at it. 

These egg rolls felt time consuming the first time I made them.  But now I feel like it goes so quickly and I LOVE cooking up a double batch and freezing them for my kids lunches.  When my children were toddlers they would not eat chicken nuggets but they LOVED egg rolls from Jack-in-the-box.  How did we ever figure that out????   It is a because they loved this recipe so we thought why not try em.  Nothing beats a homemade egg roll.

Egg Rolls
16-20 egg rolls

½ lb ground pork
½ tsp salt
1 tsp corn starch
4 cups of shredded Chinese cabbage  (I buy the bag of angel hair cabbage)
½ cup chopped mushrooms (canned or fresh mushrooms work)
½ cup chopped green onions
½ cup chopped onion
1 tsp salt
½ tsp accent
1 Tbsp Sugar
¼ tsp pepper
16-20 egg roll wrappers

Combine and cook pork, salt, and corn starch.  Cool
Combine cabbage, mushrooms, and both types of onions.  Blanch in boiling water for 1 minute.  Immediately plunge into cold water.  Mix all ingredients together, added seasonings.  Toss to mix well.

Moisten edges of wrappers with paste mixture of 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons of water.  I often get lazy and just use water.  Most wrappers will stick together with just water.  The package the wrappers come in will tell you.  Place 1/3 of mixture into center of wrapper and fold edges in, sealing well.  You can double wrap if they see fragile or thin.  The wrappers I usually buy are not that thin.

Carefully place each egg roll into hot oil and cook for about 4 minutes, turning halfway through.  They may stick to the bottom, so use care when turning and removing from oil. 

Place them on a paper towel to drain the oil off. 
To keep them warm place in a warm oven while you finish cooking them.  Let cool for 5-10 minutes and eat.

To freeze, place them on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer.  Once they are frozen  put them in a Ziploc bag.  The kids wrap them in a paper towel and microwave for 1 minute to warm them for lunch. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Zoo in DC has limited parking so I suggest finding an alternate way to get there.  We took Ubers there to save time.
Cultural Tourism DC: - this is a great site to see what's going on around town, and there are usually all sorts of free things to check out.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - Air and Space Museum: - while it's a short drive out of town, it's an absolutely incredible museum that includes a Space Shuttle, Concorde, and all sorts of other amazing things. Well worth the drive, and when the kids are tired of walking around or if it's rainy it's a nice one to visit. No charge, just pay $15 for parking and you're all set.  Parking is free after 4:30, but it is only open till 5:30 so you won't have much time there. *One of our family favorites

Kennedy Center Millenium Stage: - free performances every day at 6pm.

Museum calendars: Don't forget to check out the calendar of events for the Smithsonians: - and also the

going on.

Eastern Market - great place to visit on Saturday:

Washington DC Temple - it's closed for renovations for TWO YEARS (!) but they have a great visitor's center and beautiful grounds. It's probably a 30 minute drive off rush and an hour at rush hour though.

The Basilica: It's the largest Roman Catholic church in U.S. and super pretty:

Washington Nationals: Check to see if baseball is on while you're here, and if you wanted to go to a game the new stadium is great:

And if people need a little DC break, a fun little half-day trip would be to drive out to Annapolis, Maryland. With good traffic it's about an hour, and it's a very pretty historic area and you could tour the Naval Academy

Other things you may want before you come:

 Other things you may want before you come:
1. SpotHero app - this will show you parking garages around the city and how much they are (and you can just pay on your phone).

2. Uber app - depending on whether you decide to drive everywhere, or if you're just out walking and everyone can't take another step and you need a ride back home to rest. You'll probably want to have it on a couple of phones since you'll need two cars for your family, but it's likely to be cheaper and quicker than Metro (which is about $2.50 each) for short trips not during rush hour.

3. Parkmobile app - I think all DC street parking uses this app so you can pay instead of using a parking meter (you can pay with cash or credit card when you park as well, but this app is easier).

4. Capital Bikeshare - - DC has lots of "bike share" services where you can check out bikes by the hour and ride around. It's a great way to cover some of the long distances on the National Mall without breaking a sweat.

Sugar Cookie Bars

These cookie bars can be made and out of the oven in 30 minutes (this doesn't include frosting them) 
Whenever I need a home run recipe I call my friend Wendy.  She always has the best recipes.  For some reason, I burn cookies all the time now.  I get busy doing things and don't hear the timer.  (mine is quiet) 

Sugar cookies are delicious but a time commitment.  This is a quick way to satisfy the sugar cookie craving.  You'll also be a hit at every party you take these to.

Sugar Cookie Bars
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups of  sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 tsp, vanilla
5 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp lemon or orange zest

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs and mix well.  Add vanilla.  In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and stir with a whisk to combine.  Add to wet mixture just until combined.  Spread on the bottom of a greased baking sheet (8 x 13 jelly roll pan)  OR we have grown to like the thickness of the cookie bars with a 10.5 x 14.75 cake pan.

Bake 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  Until toothpick comes out of the center clean or it's a golden brown color.  They won't look done so the toothpick test has worked the best for us. 

Cool Completely and frost.

1/2 butter softened
4 oz. cream cheese softened
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract  ( I LOVE 1 tsp almond and 1/2 tsp vanilla)
1/4 tsp salt
4 cups of powdered sugar
5 Tbsp milk
3-4 drops of food coloring

Combine butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.  Add vanilla and salt.  Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk a little at a time and mix until smooth and spreading consistency.  You may need a little more milk.  Spread over cooled cookie bars.  Sprinkles are always a good idea. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cinnamon Bread

This recipe is one that Melissa created.  It's so good you can count on people being so impressed with it they'll want the recipe.

Follow the basic bread recipe found HERE

Once the bread is mixed you have a few options.  Option 1 - Add 2-3 cups of mini cinnamon chips or Option 2- add 1 1/2 cups of cinnamon chips and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.

I have gotten my water to hot so the dough was over 93 degrees.  This will cause the chips to melt. The bread taste better if they are not melted so be and sure to not have your water to hot.

We prefer Prepared Pantry's cinnamon chips found HERE.