Recipe of the Week: Holiday Cranberry Sauce

imageI may have gotten the love of cranberry from my family! I can never imagine a holiday meal without having cranberry sauce on the table. It has been a tradition for me and personally I love it! I always love making FRESH cranberry sauce because it is SO Easy and is WAY Better than eating the canned version. It is quick, easy and holiday dish favorite that is great to share!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 4 cups (1 12-oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Optional Pecans, orange zest, raisins, currants, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.cran

Directions

1 Pour the cranberries in a colander and rinse and clean them.  Go through and throw out any bad cranberries.’

2 Add water and sugar in the pan on high heat and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar.

3 Add the cranberries to the pot and let them  boil. Reduce  the heat and  let it simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries have burst.cran1

4 Once the cranberries have burst you can leave the cranberry sauce as is, or dress it up with other ingredients. You can add a half a cup of chopped pecans with a few strips of orange zest.

You can also add raisins,currants, blueberries , cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice. I would only add a tiny sprinkle of spice to start and add as you go.

5 Remove  your sauce from heat. Let cool completely and chill. Then place the sauce in the  the refrigerator in a bowl. As it sits in the refrigerator it will thicken and become ready to eat!

 

 

 

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Recipe of the week: Meatloaf #Whole30Edition #Week4

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So I am on Day 28 of my Whole 30 journey! I can honestly say that I feel truly great! I really had a lot thoughts where I didn’t love how I looked and felt. I knew if I wanted to improve something that I needed to work hard for it. With being on Whole 30, I have consistently been working out about 6 days a week. Like I said I have been doing weekly weigh in. Technically your not suppose to weigh yourself till the end. I knew I couldn’t resist so I just made sure to monitor it weekly.

Update 1 #Day7 ( November 1st, 2015)- Lost 3.5 Lbs

Update 2 #Day14 ( November 8th, 2015)- Lost 2.5 Lbs

Update 3 #Day 21 ( November 15,2015) – Lost 2.5 lbs

Update 4 #Day 28 ( November 22,2015)- 1 lbs

I will do one final update after I wrap up on Day 30, to talk about my experience. Thank you guys for following along!

 

Xx,

Ida

 

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Ingredients

  • For the Meatloaf: 
  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 med onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • For the Topping:
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. In a large bowl or mixer combine all meatloaf ingredients.
  3. 3. Place meatloaf mixture into a greased pan. (I used 2 bread pans)
  4. 4. Bake for 1 hour or until inside is no longer pink.
  5. 5. Remove from oven and top with the tomato sauce and Italian seasoning mixture.
  6. 6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

 

Wedding Wednesdays : Creative Centerpieces #PartTwo

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With one of the most important days to come, you are probably planning everything to the “Tee”. Every bride wants their special day to have details to stand out. We are going to go through some ideas that may go with your theme!

 

Happy Planning!

Sweet Display Centerpiece

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Displaying your favorite sweet, can let everyone get to know more and about you and your groom! Sharing is caring!

Gift box/Favor Display

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This display can kill two birds with one stone. It is a way to use your favors to your guests but recreate the display the art of giving with your centerpieces.

Medical Glassware Centerpieces

 

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Maybe your love your love for science or you and your loved one met in through a medical experience or passion for it. Its a great way for your guests to acknowledge that!

Fruit & Vegetable Centerpiece

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This may be a way to display your love for the season or show if you and your loved ones are health nuts. There are many ways to use fruit and vegetables in your favor!

Lanterns and Candles

CP3Using Lanterns or candles are your centerpieces is a popular alternative choice!It is a great way to light up the room!

Wedding Wednesday: Alternative Centerpieces to Flowers #PartOne

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Everyone wants their day to be special and unique! I have heard from several brides to be that they are looking for some alternative centerpieces from just flowers. So, I decided to see what ideas were out there. Here is a Part one of inspiration to give you more ideas on what to do for your special day!

Happy Planning!

Harvest Planting

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With the Fall amongst us, here is a great way to display those neutral color scheme that is playing in your fall wedding!

Autumn Leaves

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Here is a great alternatives that brides have used to create a fall themed wedding! That will give the ultimate ambiance of fall.

Gift Boxes

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You can use some centerpieces for favors too! This is one way brides have given back to their guests in a unique way.

Favorite Novel Display Centerpiece

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This is a perfect centerpiece look especially if you are having a vintage wedding! Grab your favorite novels, or you can get books at a local bookstore or thrift store ( to save). You can also go to Michaels and grab decorative books to display this look!

Recipe of the Week: Pesto Chicken Bake

After a long day at work, you want to to come home and make something fast and fulfilling. This chicken pesto bake is a dish that is savory and flavorful that everyone will love! It is also a low card and gluten free dish!


(Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and fresh ground black pepper for seasoning chicken
1/2 cup basil pesto (I used my homemade Basil Pesto with Lemon, but you can use purchased pesto.)
2 oz. (1/2 cup) grated low-fat mozzarella cheese

Instructions:
1.)Preheat oven to 375F. T Cut each chicken breast lengthwise into 2- 4pieces depending on the size.
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2.) Spray your baking dish with non-stick spray, then spread 1/4 cup basil pesto over the bottom of the dish.

3.)Lay chicken strips over the pesto, then spread about  1/4 cup more basil pesto over the chicken.

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4.)Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil & bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes

5.)When chicken is cooked through, remove foil and sprinkle chicken with 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese.

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TIP: Serve hot.  You want to use flavorful juice  to serve with rice, couscous, or quinoa to soak up the juice. Just spoon the juice over the chicken.

Wedding Wednesdays: Top Wedding Trends of 2015 #PartTwo

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This year there is a lot of wedding trends that are arising that are new or ones that may be revisiting from the past. This time period requires a lot of planning  and organization. Here are some applications that you can use on your mobile device that can make this process easier and give you peace of mind. Happy Planning!

1.)The Knot Wedding App.

Its a terrific wedding planning application that can service you in a variety of ways. From finding the perfect venue in your budget, caterers, photographers and etc. This application is vital for planning and it comes with a great countdown to your big day!

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2.) Task Rabbit

This application is helpful for delegating and tasking things to others. It is an application that also helps with figuring out where certain things are done at and where to go for it! There are going to be so many little things to do. Make sure it doesn’t fall through the cracks.app1

3.)Tourist Eye

Here is an application to help you scout out the perfect honey moon destination for you and your spouse! Trying to figure out the best place to go that season, within your budget and have all the activities   that you want to do. Try this application to make that planning process easier for you!

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Strawberry Mango Tropical Smoothie

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Here is a Spring time smoothie that is a MUST Try! As it begins to warm up, sometimes you just want to kick up your feet and relax.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1 mango, skinned and chunked
  • 5 strawberries

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Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

  • You can also blend one fruit at a time to create a “Layered” Smoothie!

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Now make that smoothie , kick your feet up and relax yourself with some tropical soothing music! 🙂

Enjoy!