Skinny Blueberry Power Smoothie

This deliciously simple and healthy post is being sponsored by Daisey Fresh featuring their incredible 100% Natural & Organic fridge filters.  All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING filters are mine.

So if you recall from my Strawberry Compote with Grilled Angel Food Cake Cubes I introduced you to a revolutionary new product created by Daisey Fresh. What they’ve created are these little filters (with holding cartridge) that suction cup to your produce and veggie drawers.  You place these biodegradable filters that are 100% organic and natural (which means no chemicals or foreign stuff getting into your foods) into your fridge and through some sort of genius magic they keep your fruits and veggies fresher up to 2-3 times longer than if you just placed them into the drawers themselves!  I know, right!  That’s awesome!

Skinny Blueberry Power Smoothie

This recipe is one that I make quite often especially in the summer months. Living in Pittsburgh we have 2 temperatures in the summer – 90F and 875% humidity or 85F with 875% humidity.  Even with ac it’s just too hot to cook and dare I say…eat. I know.. who am I?  I love to eat, we all do – that’s why you’re here.  Well okay unless your family then you’re obligated by blood. *wink*

Whether it’s for breakfast, post workout or because it’s too hot to cook, you will LOVE this smoothie!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – New Kitchen Hacks

Happy Tuesday TKW Family! Today I’m sharing with you a some new kitchen hacks on Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer.

When it comes to cooking and baking, we all look for ways to cut down on time, save money and ways to make things easier in the kitchen.

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Revive Stale Muffins – When a muffin goes a little stale simply sprinkle it with a teensy bit of water, put it in a paper bag and pop in a hot oven or toaster oven for 10-20 seconds.

Don’t Waste Lemons – When your recipe calls for just a Tbl or two of lemon juice, don’t waste a whole lemon.  Instead puncture it with a metal skewer, squeeze out what you want and cover it with plastic wrap.

Revive your limp veggies – Nothing is worse than grabbing a carrot and finding it has lost it’s crunch factor. Same thing with celery and potatoes.  To re-perk them up, simply put them in a bowl of ice water and watch them come back to life. This can take minutes to up to 2-3 hours depending on how big the veggies are.

Make extra/freeze for later –  When I make pancakes or waffles I always make extras that, once cooled I flash freeze then wrap individually storing in a freezer safe plastic bag. So on those mornings (or nights when I want breakfast for dinner) that I don’t have time to cook, I’ll grab a few out of the freezer, pop them in the toaster and in minutes I have perfectly fresh delicious pancakes and waffles!

Leftover coffee or tea – save it and pour it into ice cube trays.  Then when you go to make iced tea or iced coffee instead of putting regular iced cubes in the drink that tend to water it down, add the frozen tea and coffee cubes!

Dip it in chocolate and sprinkles!– To dress up any cheesecake (homemade or store bought) freeze it til it’s firm the slice it into cubes. Dip the cubes into chocolate and douse it with sprinkles!  Dress up any dessert in a pinch!

 

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Hey hey hey TKW Family! What’s shakin’ peeps?  So did you ever get in one of those ‘cranky pants’ moods but yet you really don’t know why?  That’s been me all week.  I’m always happy go lucky but for some reason this past week I’ve been uber cranky.  Maybe it’s from coming off of the prednisone *shrugs* or old age *quit shaking your head yes to that.. LOL*.  Or maybe it’s because it was so damn miserably hot and humid here in Pittsburgh. Dear GOD I don’t know how you people that live in the south handle it!  I love the heat – like I LOVE July and August in Scottsdale, Arizona but there’s little to no humidity. Yes I know, it’s hot and hot is hot. I get that but when you have asthma, humidity is hell on you. Plus when you have naturally curly hair.. well let’s just say nature hates you when it’s humid.  The scrungie is your friend as that’s about as sexy you’ll ever get your hair when it’s humid.

Annnnnnnnnnnd to make matters worse the AC in my car is on the fritz.  Like it comes on… after I’ve been driving down the highway with the windows down in 90+ degree weather for 15-20 minutes. Thing is, Mr. Fantabulous said it’s an easy fix and that I should just go pick up a new car but honestly it’s just a car ya know?  I’m fine driving with the windows down…as long as it’s not raining then it sucks and I’m forced to drive with the windows just cracked and the wanna-be-ac on blowing warm/hot air.  Yeah, not cool man… HA!  Literally!

But yeah this past week wasn’t a good week for me. My emotions were all over the place.  I found out some pretty devastating news that is weighing so heavy on my heart and mind.  All I can do is pray and be strong for someone.  I can’t go into details as they’ve asked me to keep it private but all I can ask is if you can include someone who I love dearly in your prayers.Thank you!

What else? I’ve been busier than normal at work which, did you ever get to a point where it’s a bit overwhelming?  Kind of like you’re afraid you may be at max capacity?  That’s kind of how I feel but yet I love it, ya know?  I love being challenged. And I’ve been BEYOND furious with the granite people.  Trust me I CANNOT wait to go public with this sham of a company and call them out for their lack of quality work and flat out shoddy workmanship but for now, until this job is done done done and they are out of my house for good, I’ll keep silent. But trust me dear company, my millions of TKW Family member will be warned (as well as the BBB) about how horrible of a company you are. So no, I still don’t have a finished kitchen.

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Let’s see, what else can I whine about.. *love you guys!*  So get this.. it’s been +90F all week with I swear 875% humidity. Like I think the trees and grass was sweating it was so humid.  Well my darling Mr. Fantabulous says “Honey we need to start trimming back the bushes and trees.  They are really bad and I’m getting whacked in the face when I cut the grass.”  So wait.. you now complain about getting whacked in the face when I, 2 months ago when it wasn’t 875% humidity, told you that we should cut them back then???  Yeah so we go outside…to melt…and curse…and get stung/bitten by every godforsaken bug out there. 2 nights in a row we worked outside for about 2-3 hours.  We filled up our 4×8′ trailer 5 times and I pretty much sweated off 47 pounds both times.  My GOD….enough with the humidity. Are we done?  Pshh! HA!  If only.  Now he says “We only have about another 3 hours of work left to do outside.” which, in realistic time means 8-10 hours.  Trust me, one thing my darling Mr. Fantabulous cannot do is estimate time to perform a job.  Oh no no no no! Sorry baby, but you suck at that.

Saturday he decided that we were having a ‘date’ day.  Yeah, I’m vetoing date days from now on. I know so many of you love date days with your better half but let me ask you this…does your date day involve both Lowes and Home Depot and going up and down each and every aisle???  Yeah, thought not.  But it’s quality time I suppose though I have to admit, I do get a kick out of being there with him in those stores as he’s seriously like a little kid.  His eyes light up when he sees screws, nuts, bolts and power tools.  It’s kinda like me when I go to HomeGoods.  LOL

So today I’m chillin’ out and actually taking a day off from TKW.  I need some ‘me’ time which translates into “it’s too damn hot to cook or think and all I want to do is chill out in my princess jammies”. Love you guys!

♥ Monday –   Breakfast Makeover Sandwiches
♥ Tuesday – Skinny Chicken Burrito Bowl
♥ Wednesday – Sriracha Honey Buttered Crispy Baked Oven Fried Wings
♥ Thursday – Avocado Bacon Egg Salad Crostinis
♥ Friday –  French Bread Garden Pizza with Herbed Oil
♥ Saturday –  Chorizo Burgers with Cool Ranch Pepper Sauce
♥ Sunday – Grandma’s Old Fashioned Meatloaf
Dessert of the week – Chocolate Dipped Brownie Cups with Chocolate Mousse Filling

Healthy Power Yogurt Bowls with Fruit, Crunchy Granola and Flaxseed

It’s funny as this recipe if you will though I don’t really consider it a ‘true’ recipe as you’re just putting stuff in a bowl and eating it. There’s no cooking involved and let’s be honest, you really don’t have to be exact with your measurements but hey, it’s all good. I mean this is pretty awesome and a “recipe’ ANYONE can follow. It’s just yogurt, protein powder, fresh fruits, granola and flaxseed – not to hard but OMG it’s so delicious!

Sorry, I butterflied on you – I never did finish my first thought. LOL So as I was saying, it’s funny how this recipe and other ‘bowls’ like this have become the latest ‘thing’ on Pinterest and 99% of the other blogs out there. Sorry but fruit, yogurt and granola in a bowl isn’t a new thing. I’ve been eating this ever since I was little and I’m old… LIKE REAL OLD. LOL Okay fine the new thing – flaxseed. Adding flaxseed all of a sudden took a 1970 dish and made it relevant and ‘new and improved’ (as she says in her best infomercial voice). LOL

Berry Grape Power Yogurt Bowls
Flaxseed – what it anyway? To me it’s tasteless, looks pretty much like sesame seeds and if you spill it, it’s a PITA to clean up (trust me, I know!) But this itsy bitsy little thing packs some pretty awesome health benefits! So when I decided to make this Healthy Power Yogurt Bowls with Fruit, Crunchy Granola I had to add flaxseed to the mix. Not only is it visually awesome in the pic but it’s great health benefits to the dish!
Take your boring cup of yogurt and make it beautiful & delicious!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – How to store corn on the cob

So if you’re like me, corn on the cob is one of the perfect summer foods. It’s iconic for cookouts, back yard bbqs, carnivals and just because it’s a Thursday night. Corn on the cob is simple and unpretentious yet probably one of the best things in a garden. It’s great as-is but nothing, NOTHING beats a roasted ear of corn with loads of butter and salt – have to have salt. Now when it comes to fresh corn on the cob, it doesn’t have that long of a shelf life once it’s picked off of the stalk. For peak flavor it should be eaten within 24 hours. Yeah, that doesn’t happen in my world.

While I live in countrybumpkinville, we do not have a farm nor grow veggies. Simply put I work waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much to grow a garden. Trust me, I WISH I had time to have one…someday. So I have to rely on farmer’s markets to get my corn. Truth be told, that’s about the only thing that I like about where I live – the abundance of farm-fresh veggies. But with that you aren’t really sure how recent the produce has been picked. Now granted you can check it out but unless you picked it, you don’t know. So with that you need to either eat it that night or learn how to store it to have it last a few more days. That’s what ou’ll be learning on today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer! Today I’m sharing with you how to store your corn on the cob to keep it as fresh as possible.

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Growing up, we grew rows and rows of corn. While I’m not sure of the names of the corn but Dad grew 2 types – yellow butter corn (that’s what I called it because it was the color of butter and you really didn’t need butter on it as it was so sweet) and bi-color. I can remember when it came time to pick the corn Mom would give us each a big laundry basket and tell us to go head up to the garden to pick the corn. Now normally I loathed working in the garden because it was well, dirty and there were bugs. I’m sorry but those tomato worms were (and still are) the WORST! They are some prehistoric looking things!

We’d pick bushels upon bushels of corn and would have a huge cookout that night with family and friends. However corn was one of those things that, once picked, you really couldn’t let just set out. Thankfully we had a large fridge because whatever we didn’t cook up Mom would store in the fridge. If you left it set out, the corn wouldn’t go bad over night but it would lose it’s flavor and wouldn’t last more than a day or so.

You see if you store corn in the fridge the coldness helps retard the chemical breakdown that causes it to lose its sweetness and ‘freshness’. Now that doesn’t mean you can leave it the fridge for weeks but it does mean it’ll last 3-4 days in there.

So to store your corn, bring it home WITH THE HUSK ON, wrap it loosely in a paper towel and place in a plastic bag (not sealed up). You do not want the bag to create moisture as it could cause the corn to spoil. Now I’m not a fan AT ALL with boiled corn. It’s gross and you lose the sweetness of the corn by making it waterlogged. Wait, you add sugar to the water? Um.. if you didn’t boil the corn you wouldn’t have to add sugar. Think about it.

Instead roast it; husk on. Yes husk on. Whether you grill it or oven roast it, leave it on. Check out the ONLY way I will make corn on the cob.

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