Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Presidents’ Day

February 17, 2014 by  
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Remembering the courage and vision of past and present leaders, we honor and share the spirit of Presidents' Day together as a nation.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2014 by  
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Wishing everyone a day filled with fun and happy memories!

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

February 11, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
1/3 cup whipped cream cheese
1/4 cup small-curd cottage cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, plus more for topping
4 frozen waffles (untoasted)
1 to 2 tablespoons jam (any flavor)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more if needed
Ground cinnamon, for topping

Directions:
-Mix the cream cheese, cottage cheese and confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. Spread 2 waffles with the jam, then top with the cream cheese mixture; cover with the remaining 2 waffles.

-Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sandwiches and cook until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes per side, adding more butter to the pan if needed. (Adjust the heat if the waffles are browning too quickly.)

-Let the sandwiches rest 1 minute before serving. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and cinnamon.

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Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

February 8, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large bananas, mashed
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
6 oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Instructions:
In a large mixing bowl, beat honey, agave nectar, egg, vanilla, and banana until blended. Add flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and yogurt. Beat for 1-2 minutes until fully combined. Fold in chocolate morsels.

Grease cupcake tin with nonstick baking spray. Spoon batter into each tin (about 1/4 cup). Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 18-20 minutes. For mini muffins, bake 11-13 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for later use. ENJOY.
**For mini muffins, recipe makes about 36 muffins.

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Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon Poppyseed Dressing

February 7, 2014 by  
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Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
-6 cups of baby kale (pre-washed kind)
-2 cups sliced strawberries
-1 ripe avocado, sliced

Dressing:
-4 slices bacon
-1/2 cup mayonnaise
-2 tablespoons sugar
-2 tablespoons white vinegar
-1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
-salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:
Place kale, strawberries, and avocado into a large bowl and set aside.

For the dressing, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and drain bacon on paper towels. Crumble into small pieces and whisk together with remaining ingredients. Drizzle over salad and serve.

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Skinny Cookies & Cream Popsicles

February 6, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
4 Oz. Fat Free Cream Cheese, Softened
4 Oz. Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 C. Fat Free Milk (I used Mootopia)
2 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar
6 Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches, Crushed (I used WhoNu?)

Directions:
-Combine the cream cheese, yogurt, milk, and powdered sugar together in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy.
-Stir in the crushed cookies.
-Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold of your choice.
-Place in the freezer until set and frozen.
-Remove and enjoy!

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How to Make Awesome Peanut Butter Bars at Home

February 5, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
Natural peanut butter – 1 cup
Honey – 1 cup
Old Fashioned Oatmeal – 3 cups

Instructions:

  1. Put peanut butter and honey in a heavy saucepan and heat on low until thoroughly combined and becomes a liquid consistency.
  2. Mix in oats and stir.
  3. Press into a 9 x 9 inch pan.
  4. Cover and let set overnight.

*For gluten free, use gluten free oats.
*For clean eating, use raw honey.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield:: 12 bars
Rating:: 3.44 stars – based on 635 review(s)
Nutrition facts: Calories: 281 kcal; Fat: 12.2 grams;

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Superbowl Snack: Baked Brie Bites

January 29, 2014 by  
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You will need:
-2 sheets puff pastry, thawed but still cold
-1/2 wedge of brie (about 4 ounces), cold
-1/3 cup cherry jam (or any flavor you fancy!)
-1 large egg, beaten
-splash of milk
-coarse sea salt
-popsicle sticks (optional, they taste just as good without sticks!)

Directions:
Cut the puff pastry into thirds along the creases. Cut each panel into four pieces. They’ll be 2 1/4-inch tall and 3-inches wide. One sheet of puff pastry will yield 12 rectangles. Cut each rectangle in half. You’ll have 24 little rectangles that will create 12 little rectangle pockets.

Combine beaten egg and splash of milk. Brush 12 of the small rectangles with egg wash.

Place a popsicle stick halfway up the puff pastry and press in gently. Place a small sliver of brie (rind and all) on top of the egg wash (and stick). Top with about 1/2 teaspoon of cherry jam.

Take another square of puff pastry and press between your fingers to make the rectangle slightly bigger. Place puff pastry on top of the cheese and jam. Use a fork to press the edges together.

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place prepared brie bites on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with a touch of coarsely ground sea salt.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.

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Delight and Instruct: Four Smart Podcasts

January 28, 2014 by  
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Podcasts have become increasingly popular in the past few years, and today it seems that there's one for just about any subject. If you’d like to spend your time online in a more enlightening, educational way, these four smart podcasts are sure to delight and instruct.

99 Percent Invisible
You may think that a podcast about design and architecture wouldn't accessible to those who aren’t experienced architects, but 99 Percent Invisible will quickly change your mind. This show began as a tiny project out of a San Francisco public radio station, and it has since gained support from a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign and a nod of approval from This American Life host Ira Glass. With stories ranging the inner workings of big cities to seemingly small innovations like the automated telephone exchange, 99% Invisible will change the way you see the world.

Radiolab
One of the most popular podcasts available today, Radiolab operates like the best kind of science lesson for those who may not even be all that interested in science. Approaching broad themes such as colors, quicksand and ghost stories with a constant skepticism, curiosity and a whole lot of sound effects, Radiolab brings to light a wide variety of sides to every story. 

Freakonomics
Beginning as a book that has since spawned a podcast, a series of lectures, a blog and even a movie, Freakonomics is a radio show hosted by the team of economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner. The show explores the hidden sides of things like college degrees, environmentalism, sports, and much more.

The Moth
A radio show for the literary buff, The Moth takes a more traditional route and focuses on stories. Each episode focuses on one person, from musicians to writers to voodoo priestesses, and simply allows him or her to tell a story, in his or her own words. The Moth showcases love stories, sad stories and scary stories, but most important of all: true stories.

Greek Tortellini Salad

January 28, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
1 (20 ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 large cucumber, chopped
1 cup kalamata olives, pit removed and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the Dressing:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. Drain the tortellini and rinse with cold water.

2. Place the tortellini in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, red onion, and feta cheese.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir until salad is well coated. Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator.

Note- this salad will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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