Homemade Peanut Butter


 We ran  out of peanut butter a few days ago (the kids freaked out, they love it) and I wondered if I could make my own peanut butter.  So I used my immersion hand mixer, and ended up with a kind of dry chunky peanut butter.  We were hungry however, and I really made a huge deal about how amazing it tasted, hoping the kids would be just as amazed as I was.  

They were, it worked.  But, I decided to try in again, this time with our juicer that states you can make peanut butter with it, so I thought I would give it a try.

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Inspiration Monday Party | Healthy Recipe Ideas

~Happy 2014!~
We are so excited to get our 1st 2014 “Inspiration Monday Party” started.
This is the place where your links are seen simultaneously on all four blogs at once..
all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.
For most of us, the new year usually brings with it the desire to get healthier.
Although that may mean different things to different people,
eating healthier is usually where we begin.
With that being said,
our features this week focus on healthy recipes.
We hope you enjoy them & we look forward seeing what you decide to link up this week.

 

big inspiration monday

 

Healthy Recipes
{Click on the links below to see the tutorial or recipe for each feature}
Key Lime Pie Recipe

 

Please keep in mind: – Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.) – Link up all of your creative fun, including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog. – Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties {Bummer, huh? But there are lots of specific parties out there just for these fun things!} – By linking up to Inspiration Monday you are giving the four blogs, listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.
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Frozen meals done right

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Lean Cuisine, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HonestlyGood #ad http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

Frozen meals have come a long way, they are nothing like what many of us remember.
A foil covered plate, lots of fat, sodium, and more fat.
So I was excited to grab an armload of these to stock up my freezer for busy lunches
and dinners while I was doing my weekly shopping at Target.  
We found some yummy options like Pomegranate Chicken, Pineapple Black
Pepper Beef, and Honey Citrus Chicken.  


Even my little picky eaters at home like these.  

 



I am always trying to maintain the balance between life and eating healthy.
I don’t have any magic secrets, it’s the stuff we know we are supposed to do.
Eat healthy foods.
Limit the intake of bad stuff.
Drink a lot of water.
Move.



I could do better in the moving department, but that’s a lifelong struggle for 
balance and time.  But I do feel good when I know I am eating healthy, and
my family is eating healthy.  When we do have a cheat-meal or day, you 
just don’t seem to feel bad, I feel like I have earned it!


One more reason that I like to stock up on Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals,
is their dedication to supporting local food banks.  Together with the farmers who
grow the vegetables used for their meals, they are donating vegetables grown to
local communities.  Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals can be found at Target.
What are some ways that you stay healthy, especially during the wintertime?

Pioneer Woman’s Sweet Watermelon Salsa

http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/
Last week my hubby came across this Pioneer Woman recipe, and we
have made and subsequently devoured three batches of it now.

Watermelon, peppers, red onion, cilantro, lime juice…
As we worked on it together, it struck me that getting
a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day
can be incorporated into our diets this easily.

We served this with gluten free corn chips and it was amazing.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP…
When it’s time for a snack I try to grab a light yogurt, a handful
or unsalted nuts, or some fruit.  But that does get a bit routine
after a while, and it’s nice to try something new!

I hope you enjoy this as much as we have, we have adjusted
it a bit to suite our tastes, but here it is exactly how she makes it.
Link to source here

Sweet Watermelon Salsa (PW Watermelon Pico de Gallo)
Makes about 12 servings

In a large mixing bowl combine the following:

1/2 of a seedless watermelon diced into small pieces
1/2 of a red onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 jalapenos seeded and finely diced
1 whole bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
Juice of two limes
pinch of salt

This keeps well in a sealed container in your refrigerator for up to a few days
(depending on how ripe the watermelon is.)  We like to serve this over
grilled chicken, or chop the watermelon in larger chunks for a great salad.

 
\{fabulous places I party}

Monday
The DIY Showoff
Craft O Maniac,
Skip To My Lou

Alderberry Hill 
The Scoop @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Mod Vintage Life

Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
A Diamond In The Stuff 
Home Stories A to Z 
The DIY Dreamer 
The Winthrop Chronicles 
Today’s Creative Blog 
House On The Way
Clean And Scentsible-The Inspiration Exchange

Wednesday
Ginger Snap Crafts 
Southern Lovely 
Lil’ Luna  
Vintage Gwen
 http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/
The Blissful Bee 

Thursday
Live Laugh Linky Thursday 
The Shabby Creek Cottage  
House Of Hepworths 
52 Mantels 
Beyond The Picket Fence 
The 36th Avenue 
Stone Gable

Friday 

Gluten Free Bisquick Recipe

If you are following a gluten free diet, you know that it’s not always easy.
Baking and eating on the go have probably been the two most
challenging areas for me.
I have missed baking all of the things I used to enjoy, and I was thrilled
to find a recipe for homemade bisquick baking mix here.  I love to make
my own mixes for cooking a baking, but with the substitution of gluten
free flour.  This recipe is now one that those of us who are
following a gluten free diet can enjoy too!

Gluten Free Bisquick Baking Mix Recipe

Ingredients:
3 1/4 cups gluten free flour (I use King Arthur Gluten Free Flour)
1/2 cup of sugar or Splenda
1 cup dry milk powder
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and store in an 

airtight container for up to six months.  Use in place of  baking
mix in your favorite recipes, enjoy!

As always, thank you so much for reading & leaving me your awesome-spice comments 
and ideas, I really appreciate them! 
If someone you love suffers from Celiac Disease, or 
adheres to a gluten free diet, I would love for you to pass any of my gluten free recipes 
their way, or send them over to say hi!

{fabulous places I party}

Monday
The DIY Showoff
Craft O Maniac,
Skip To My Lou

Alderberry Hill 
The Scoop @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Mod Vintage Life

Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
A Diamond In The Stuff 
Home Stories A to Z 
The DIY Dreamer 
The Winthrop Chronicles 
Today’s Creative Blog 
House On The Way
Clean And Scentsible-The Inspiration Exchange

Wednesday
Ginger Snap Crafts 
Southern Lovely 
Lil’ Luna  
Vintage Gwen
 http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/
The Blissful Bee 

Thursday
Live Laugh Linky Thursday 
The Shabby Creek Cottage  
House Of Hepworths 
52 Mantels 
Beyond The Picket Fence 
The 36th Avenue 
Stone Gable

Friday 

Frozen Fruit n’ Yogurt Pops

Are you a sneaky cook? If you are anything like me you
are probably looking for ways to get your kids to eat more
fruit and vegetables.  I haven’t figured out a way to make
these with broccoli quite yet, but my kids gobble them up
when I make them these homemade
frozen yogurt and fruit pops.
I love to make homemade snacks so I can avoid ingredients
I don’t like, and save money on snacks all summer.

Here are the simple ingredients I use to make frozen
Frozen Fruit n’ Yogurt Pops at home.

Supplies:
Blender 
Popsicle molds that hold 8-12 individual Popsicles

Ingredients:
2 cups of organic vanilla yogurt
2 cups of fresh or frozen chopped fruit (blueberries, 
strawberries, mangoes, grapes, etc…)
1/4 sugar or Splenda
Splash of milk (1-2 T)
1/4 t. vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients on high or liquefy setting in blender
until smooth.  Pour into Popsicle molds leaving about 1/4
of an inch of space at the top of each.  Insert the Popsicle
holders and snap into place.  Set inside your freezer on a flat
surface and freeze for 5-7 hours or until frozen solid.

Remove pops one at a time from holder and enjoy!!
Until next time,

      

{fabulous places I party}

Monday
The DIY Showoff
Craft O Maniac,
Skip To My Lou
Alderberry Hill 
The Scoop @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Mod Vintage Life

Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
A Diamond In The Stuff 
Home Stories A to Z 
The DIY Dreamer 
The Winthrop Chronicles 
Today’s Creative Blog 
House On The Way
Clean And Scentsible-The Inspiration Exchange

Wednesday
Ginger Snap Crafts 
Southern Lovely 
Lil’ Luna  
Vintage Gwen
 http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/2013/06/wow-us-wednesdays-124.html 
The Blissful Bee

Thursday
Live Laugh Linky Thursday 
The Shabby Creek Cottage  
House Of Hepworths 
52 Mantels 
Beyond The Picket Fence 
The 36th Avenue 
Stone Gable

Friday 

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie {sharing this recipe at the diy dreamer}

Hi everyone!
I am so excited to share one of my favorite
 (and healthy!) treats with you today.  We all are busy,
and it is so easy to grab a fast snack that isn’t always very healthy.
But, in five minutes you can throw together a yummy, calcium-rich
snack that you can feel good about.  I have found a way to sneak
in a couple extra servings of fruit with the kids this way too, and
they think they are having a milkshake…
I am sharing this recipe at thediydreamer, come on over and see how I made it!!
Connect with twelveOeight

Thank you for making something yummy with me today 🙂
xo, Tanya
  

My Favorite Bruschetta, And Losing 3 Pounds This Week

Hi everyone!! Tomorrow will be the 4th week of Pretty Things, I cannot wait!
And, I am moving the favorite features to Monday so when you link up, you can check out the weekly features too, easy! See you at 5pm PST Monday to party 🙂

~My Favorite Bruschetta, And Losing 3 Pounds This Week~

 

the idea…
I began shopping the outer area of the grocery store a couple weeks ago,

and I have lost 3 pounds. And I have not been hungry,
 otherwise I would never stick with anything. 
Much to my surprise my shaky low blood sugar episodes have disappeared,
and I have more energy.  Did I mention I lost 3 pounds in 7 days?
I know right? And without exercising.
Not that I didn’t want to, but with sick kids, rain, ice, blah blah blah…
Getting out was hard.  But eating clean was not, that I have control over.
As I experiment with changing my diet, of course I want to lose weight. 
 But I want my energy back, I want to feel good again, you remember how that felt?
 
getting real…
I want to heal my gut issues and not be able to remember the last time
my Fibromyalgia decided to flare again. 
 I want to have the energy to not just keep up with my kids
but be a healthy, fit mom.  
I want to feel good again, and I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 
I can see how this will work, and I am excited,
 really excited to take control and say no to a few things that are bad for me. 
And yes to lots of fresh, clean, whole foods that were created for me to eat. 
Experimenting with my tolerance to carbohydrates and
filling my refrigerator with the rainbow. 
Will I ever have chocolate again, of course. 
 Will I consume it and other high-sugar foods in the amounts I have the past few years?
Not if I want to keep feeling this good. 

honesty…

So that’s my admission, my name is Tanya, and I am addicted to sugar. 
 But I don’t have to feed the addiction, I can make better choices, one day at a time. 
Did I mention I lost three pounds this week? Sorry I am just excited!!
 
 I missed my Bruschetta that I used to make when I went gluten free last year
So this is the version I came up with.  While I have dramatically reduced my grains recently, I will occasionally treat myself to a few gluten free corn chips to dip in this, and oh how I could eat a whole dish of it.  Cucumber slices are a great alternative to chips too.

 

Here is how I make My Favorite Bruschetta.  Healthy fats are good for us (more on that later), and actually aid in the digestion and weight loss/weight control process.  That’s good news!!

 

My Favorite Bruschetta
makes about 8-10 servings
 
Gently blend together in a medium mixing bowl:
6 good sized Roma tomatoes, diced
3/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes (packed in oil-preferably olive oil) finely chopped
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
4 t. minced garlic
1/2 cup of finely chopped fresh basil
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1/4 t. ground pepper
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
 
Preheat your oven to 400* and spread the mixture in an 8″ x 8″ baking dish and bake for about 10-15 minutes.  Once the edges are bubbling and it smells amazing. 
 
I like to serve with Juanita’s Gluten Free Corn Chips, or you can serve on any cracker or baguette if you are not avoiding gluten.
 
Prepare for it to be devoured and have the recipe handy, people will love this.  Your house will smell like the Food Network just came thru and whipped a little something up for you and your family.
 
As always thank you so much for sharing your ideas, feedback and kind words with me each week. 
There would be no twelveOeight if it weren’t for YOU!
 
Hugs & Blessings
xoxo, Tanya
 
Don’t forget to link up and get down with your bad self
every Monday night at 5pm PST
Your creativity is amazing!!!

  

 
 
Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties