Sunday, October 4, 2020


This is our favorite recipe for the crepe maker.

1 Cup Flour

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Milk

1/2 Cup of Water

1/4 tsp Salt

2 Tbs. Butter, Melted

Melt the butter.  In a blender add all the ingredients.  Put the flour in last.  If you add it first the ingredients won't blend.  Blend until smooth.  The blender helps remove lumps. 

Fill with favorite toppings- Nutella, Peanut butter, fresh fruit, whip topping, eggs, salsa, etc.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Breakfast Smoothie

This keeps you stay full for a long time.  It is a great meal replacement.  OR if you are craving a shake make this instead.  Waaaay less calories and it is delicious.  I took the picture after I drank most of it. 

1/2  large banana or a whole small banana
1 scoop protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
1 Tbsp cocoa powder (good for magnesium and flavor)
1/2 cup Milk or unsweetened almond milk
1/2 Tbsp natural peanut butter or almond butter
1 handful of spinach
5 drops of almond extract
1/4 cup of oats

Blending blender.  Once it is all blended up and smooth add ice till you get the perfect consistency.  You can add cacao nibs at the end or half a graham cracker for added texture. 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Protein Bites

My version of a treat when I am craving chocolate.  This helps keep my hand out of the chocolate chip bag. 

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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

White Dress Shirts

I have tried every brand of little boys white shirts in town. The Tom Sawyer is hands down the best one. My friend Kerry Blad Dorius told me about these awesome shirts and I was able to find them on Amazon. They run a little small so I had to order up a size. They clean better and come out of the dryer without wrinkles. I LOVE THESE THINGS.

Remember to SIZE UP if you get your little man one.                                  


 Both these shirts are straight out of the dryer.  The one on the left is going in the trash, the one on the right is the Tom Sawyer brand we love.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tart Cherry Pie Filling

When canning season comes I am always excited for those gadgets and recipes that make it easier.  This pie filling is one of the fastest pie fillings I have ever made.  My kids pitted all the cherries because they were all excited to use the NEW pitter.    I have seen these for sale at other places and this is the best price.


We have an Evans Bali Cherry Tree and this is it's 3rd year of fruit.  Birds ate every single cherry the 1st year.  We netted it the 2nd year, HUGE pain.  This year we decided to give scare tape a shot.  Just look at how many juicy cherries there are and the birds have left them alone.  I still can't believe that I have been able to get all my cherries.

 There has been up to 30 bird in the tree next to it, with a dozen underneath the tree.  The scare tape worked because they left the cherries alone.  After my search on the internet I learned that this tape works the best because it makes noise in the wind and the red color frightens the birds.


I have seen dozens cherry pie filling recipes out there.   Due to my limited time the day we were picking cherries I decided to do this and it's a home run!

Tart Cherry Pie Filling

12 Cups of Pie Cherries
3 Cups of Sugar
3/4 Cup of Cornstarch

Heat cherries in a pan till their juices start to run.  While the cherries are heating mix your sugar and cornstarch together in a bowl.  Once the cherries natural juices start to emerge add the sugar and stir.  Continue to stir on medium heat.  Stir for about 2 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved and it's thickened like pie filling.  Now you are done!  I told you it was easy.
*Cornstarch doesn't reheat well.  It turns watery and sorta separates so this is not an acceptable canning recipe.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sugar has many names

Sugar is in everything now days. You can find it in pizza, salad dressing, crackers, bread, Soups etc.  
In 2009, the American Heart Association released a statement on how much sugar to eat (rest assured, a little bit of sugar is OK.)
 Most women should eat, or drink, no more than 100 calories per day from added sugar, about 6 teaspoons. For men the cutoff is 150 calories from added sugars, or about 9 teaspoons. As a point of reference, a 12-ounce can of cola contains approximately 130 calories or about 8 teaspoons of added sugar.  This  only applies to sugars that are added to food by consumers or added during manufacturing (that means the sugar added to your crackers, cereal and other packaged foods counts). The naturally occurring sugar in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and dairy doesn’t count.  

 Here's a list of different names for sugar:

 1. Anhydrous dextrose
2. Agave
3. Agave nectar
4. Beet sugar
5. Brown sugar (light and dark brown)
6. Cane juice
7. Cane juice solids
8. Cane sugar
9. Cane syrup
10. Carob syrup
11. Caster sugar
12. Coconut sugar
13. Confectioners’ sugar
14. Corn syrup
15. Corn syrup solids
16. Crystalline fructose
17. Date sugar
18. Demerara sugar
19. Dextran
20. Dextrose
21. Dehydrated cane juice
22. Evaporated cane juice
23. Evaporated cane syrup
24. Evaporated sugar cane
25. Fructose
26. Fructose crystals
27. Fruit juice crystals
28. Fruit juice concentrate
29. Glazing sugar
30. Glucose
31. Glucose syrup
32. Golden sugar
33. Golden syrup
34. Granulated sugar
35. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
36. Honey
37. Icing sugar
38. Invert sugar
39. Invert syrup
40. King’s syrup
41. Lactose
42. Maple syrup
43. Maple sugar
44. Maltose
45. Malt sugar
46. Malt syrup
47. Molasses
48. Muscovado
49. Nectar
50. Pancake syrup
51. Panocha
52. Powdered sugar
53. Raw sugar
54. Refiners’ syrup
55. Sorghum
56. Sorghum syrup
57. Sucanat
58. Sucrose
59. Sugar
60. Superfine sugar
61. Table sugar
62. Treacle
63. Turbinado sugar
64. White sugar
65. Yellow sugar

*I got this list from

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Turkey Meat Loaf

Body Beast 

Turkey Meatloaf

I got this recipe from the Body Beast Workout Program.  I didn't have high hopes.  It surprised us.  This is our favorite meatloaf recipe now.  With turkey low in saturated fat it's also good for you and cheaper then beef right now.  I wanted to keep eating this and skip all the veggies at dinner.  You won't be disappointed.                         


  • 2 pounds of lean ground turkey meat
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (I used panko)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • ground black pepper to taste 
  • 1 cup of all-natural mild or medium salsa
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh chopped parsley(optional, garnish)

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine the ground turkey, salsa, whole wheat bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, sea salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Form into the shape of a loaf and place in a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.
  4. Bake on the center rake of the oven for 60-70 minutes until no longer pink in the middle.
  5. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 8 equal pieces. 
  6. This can be cooked in a crock pot for four hours on low.