National S'mores Day Recipes and Ideas

 
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Today is National S'mores Day. For national S'mores Day why not host a S'mores party with a S' mores bar. Our Raspberry Nutella and Chocolate S'more is so delicious and simple to make. Add it to the bar along with other toppings for your guests to choose from.

Nutella S'mores Recipe

  • Original marshmallows

  • Homemade or the best raspberry jam

  • Hersey's chocolate bars

  • Nutella hazelnut spread

  • Graham crackers

First, toast your marshmallow to the perfect melting point. See our directions here: The Perfect toasted marshmallow. Next spread Nutella, and raspberry jam on a square of graham cracker. Next place chocolate square on the top. Finally, add the perfectly warm toasted marshmallow. Top with a second square of graham cracker and press together. Enjoy!

Sweet Tip:

Be sure to have your cracker ready for the marshmallow so you can place the marshmallow on top while it is still hot so your chocolate will melt for the perfect S'mores.

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The Spa at Spruce Peak Stowe Vermont

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I love a good spa treatment and Spruce Peak (formerly Stowe Mountain Lodge) in Stowe has an amazing spa. From the incredible views from the relaxation room to the unique treatment options to the quality services, it's one of those spa's you don't want to miss out on when visiting the area. 

Most people think of Stowe, Vermont and think if either the stunning fall maple leaves or they think of skiing but I love Vermont year-round. Each season has something lovely to offer. One of the hidden secrets of Stowe, Vermont are the amazing spas. Stowe Mountain Resort has one of the best in the US. Let me give a little peek into what the spa looks like and my favorite treatment to get while you are visiting. 

My favorite treatment at the spa is their Rejuvenating Leg & Foot Ritual. I never knew spending 25 mins having your calves and feet worked could feel so amazing. The treatment is designed for relief after a long day of skiing but skier or just a snow bunny with your hot cocoa in hand this treatment will change your life forever and possibly ruin you for any other foot massage.

A couple of my favorite must try treatments include the Oxygen Facial and the Stowe Cider Uber Scrub.

Visit Spa at Spruce Peak in Stowe next time you are up that way. You will not be disappointed.

You Will Love This Easy Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Low Carb-Keto, Gluten Free, Sugar Free Friendly Recipe

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I loved ordering a tall hot drink and a slice of the Lemon Pound Cake at Starbucks but since needing to go gluten-free and keto I have been missing it. This low carb keto Lemon Pound Cake is the perfect treat for my Starbucks Lemon Bread cravings. It’s a super moist

Directions:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine sweetener, butter, cream cheese. and eggs. Cream together. Add vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and baking powder mix until combined. Then add almond flour. Grease a loaf pan. I use this coconut oil spray. Add batter to pan and bake for 35 min and test. The side will slightly pull away for the pan when done.

Once cooled mix together ingredients for glaze and drizzle over the top of your cake.

It’s such a delicious moist lemon cake!



Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Fireside Foodie

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup of sweetener (I use Swerve. I like the taste best for baking)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of almond flour ( this is the almond flour I use)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt ( I use pink salt in all my baking and cooking)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine sweetener, butter, cream cheese. and eggs. Cream together. Add vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and baking powder mix until combined. Then add almond flour. Grease a loaf pan. I use this coconut oil spray. Add batter to pan and bake for 35 min and test. The side will slightly pull away for the pan when done. Once cooled mix together ingredients for glaze and drizzle over the top of your cake. It’s such a delicious moist lemon cake!

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Cook time: 30 mins.

Total time: 40 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: Calories 152
  • Fat: 13.2g
  • Totalcarbs: 1.75

Pound Cake Glaze

Fireside Foodie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of powdered sweetener (I use the powdered Swerve)
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tbs of fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • Once cooled mix together ingredients for glaze and drizzle over the top of your cake.

Yield: 1

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.

Total time: 5 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 207
  • Fat: 22
  • Totalcarbs: 0

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Fresh Grilled Pineapple & Strawberries with Maple Syrup

Vermont Inspired Recipes

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This delicious recipe is naturally gluten-free. It's perfect for everyone at your next BBQ. My mom loves grilled pineapple. I love the way the grill brings out the sweetness of the fruit and caramelizes the fruit sugars while still keeping a little bit of the tanginess. Serving grilled fruit kabobs for dessert while dining Al fresco is perfect. Drizzle some real pure Vermont maple syrup over the top and its heaven. Great for a light dessert. For a warm summer evening, another way to serve the fresh grilled pineapple and strawberries is to serve it over a vanilla bean ice cream then drizzle the maple syrup over the top for a fresh grilled fruit ice cream sundae. YUM

P.S.I use Butternut Mountain Farm pure Vermont Maple Syrup because my sister's sugar bush in northern Vermont contributes to their maple syrups. I know many of the maple producers in the area that contribute Butternut Mountain Farm and have visited Butternut Mountain in Johnson, VT. I know I am getting the best quality maple syrup from them. Their syrup comes from some of the most pristine mountains filled with wild beautiful sugar maple trees. I've walked the mountains. My kids have helped tap the trees where this syrup comes from and have helped stoke the fire on a chilly March evening in the wood-fired evaporator. 

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How to Grill Pineapple and Strawberries

  • 1 fresh ripe pineapple

  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries

  • 1 pint of real Vermont maple syrup- I use Butternut Mountain Farms grade A dark robust

Cut pineapple into large bite-size chunks. Remove stems from strawberries. Alternate strawberries and pineapple on skewers. This gives a nice contrast for the presentation. 

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The Best Potato Salad Recipe

 

Summer Salads Series

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My grandpa Bohman was born on the 4th of July. Every year the family would gather together from all over the country for a big birthday party and family reunion for grandpa's birthday at the Bohman farm. Ou reunions would include some of our favorite family recipes. We have a big family. I'm the oldest of 8 and my grandparents had 8 kids too. We are scattered from Vermont to Texas to Florida to Utah. It seems like everyone made it back for grandpa's birthday. One thing the Bohman's know how to do is cook. All of them. We had classics like baked beans, homemade chocolate cake, 3 bean salad and of course potato salad. Our classic potato salad recipe was always on the table. It will rival the best out there and is hands down better than anything you will get from the deli. We never had any leftovers. It's simple and delicious. Grandma Bohman cooked to taste and rarely used a recipe. This is my measured version that comes as close and you can to grandma's recipe.

KETO TIP: If you’re keto like me replace the potatoes with cauliflower for a low carb potato salad!

Best Potato Salad Recipe

  • 3 pounds of russet potatoes 

  • 6 boiled eggs

  • 1 medium onion

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup pickle juice brine

  • 3 medium dill pickles

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • salt & pepper to taste

Cube potatoes and boil until cooked. Cool. Chop eggs into chunks. Dice onions and pickles. In a small bowl mix together mayonnaise, mustard and pickle juice to make a dressing. In a large serving bowl add potatoes, eggs, onion, pickles, and dressing and stir. Serve chilled. 

Sweet & Simple Tip: To add a little kick to your potato salad add some chopped pickled jalapenos. 

 

Visiting Downtown Manhattan New York City

 
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Lower Manhattan has been revitalized. I last visited Lower Manhattan 6 years ago on a Sunday afternoon.  I saw only a handful of people in the area that day, was in Lower Manhattan. It had been a few years since 9-11 yet it was still empty downtown on the weekends. Last month I visited again and to my surprise, downtown is bustling with beautiful new hotels, new shopping, and new restaurants.

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Of course, the new One World Trade Center is now open and the memorial pools are open which I am sure has lent itself to the new visitors to the area. When looking up at the new One World Trade Center it looks almost like a ghost of a building reflecting the sky and very different from the other buildings in the area. At night the top tower is white and luminous.


One advantage Lower Manhattan has is it is situated right next to a large variety of good food. We stopped by Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle for some hand-pulled noodles and the best dumplings. The very best dumplings. Don't let the run down look of the building fool you. You will dine with local Chinese families, a roll of college students at the bar and some wise out of towners. It's a simple menu with authentic Chinese food. A large plate of dumpling is only Only $3!! Be sure to add some of the chili oil and the pickled radish greens that are set on the table.

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My favorite spot to sit is Hudson Eats in Brookfield Place overlooking the Hudson River. Grab a hand-rolled wood oven baked Black Seed Bagel or go downstairs in La District an authentic French shopping district where culinary needs are simply met by walking around from one merchant to the other find cheese, bread charcuterie, and other items to bring back to your hotel or to a park to eat. This is how all mall food courts should look.

We stayed at the new Residence Inn- World Trade Center Area which is close and within walking distance from the museums, shopping, and food. Our room was equipped with a full-size fridge, microwave, dishwasher, dishes, coffee maker and basically anything you need to have a nice home base while in Manhattan. Key amenities include free high-speed internet, free breakfast, pet-friendly, and kitchen/kitchenette. It makes this hotel very family friendly and great for kids with special food needs.

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The beautiful historical building the Residence Inn-World Trade Center now occupies was once the home to American Gemstone of Jewelry. It's in the heart of the financial district. Be sure to know that rooms are center court facing, street view or river view. If you want a view towards the river and the World Trade Center grounds be sure to ask.

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Getting around the Downtown Manhattan area is pretty easy walking but if you want to pop over to Little Italy, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, watch a Broadway Play or Central Park don't be afraid to hop on the subway. The NYC transit system is easy to use and safe. You will be in the company of everyone from wealthy investment bankers to humble hotel housekeeping. It tends to be faster and more cost effective than a taxi. If you are driving into town valet parking is offered at the hotels or if you are lucky you can find a spot on the street. Be sure to watch the signs.

'til our next adventure,

April

 

This Easy Pie Crust Recipe Turns Out Perfect Every Time!

 

This Easy Pie Crust Recipe Turns Out Perfect Every Time!

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Easy Pie Crust Recipe

makes 2 bottom crusts or 1 bottom and 1 top crust

  • 1 1/2 cup of unbleached all purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup of room temperature butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons of cold water

In a food processor add all ingredients. Pulse on and off until blended and small pebbles of dough is formed. This can also be done with your hands.

Press dough together with hands. Forming a ball. Divide in two. Form into two balls; careful not to work the dough too much.

Place dough on a piece of parchment or wax paper tossing some flour over the top. Roll into a circle large enough to cover the pie pan; about 9-10 inches in diameter.

Place pie pan over the dough circle centering it. Flip the pie crust and plan over to put the crust into the pan. Press into pan. Using your fingers pinch the edge of crust to make a decorative pattern. 

With a fork prick holes to allow pie crust to vent while baking. Chill in freezer for 20 minutes then use as instructed in pie recipe.

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Maple Sugar Cinnamon Rolls

 

Vermont Inspired Recipes

Maple Sugar Cinnamon Rolls

for rolls

  • 2 tablespoons yeast

  • 4 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2 cup of warm water

  • 3/4 cup of warm whole milk

  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

  • 1/2 melted butter

  • 1 egg

  • 3 1/2-4 cups of unbleached flour

for filling

  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon 

for frosting glaze

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup of butter

  • 1/2 cup pure Vermont Maple Syrup - we use Butternut Mountain Farm

Using stand mixer add yeast, water, milk salt and sugar to mixing bowl. Mix slightly and allow the yeast to grow. 2-5 minutes.

Add melted butter and egg. Mix together. Using the dough hook add 1 cup of flour and mix. Allow to sponge up the flour for 5 minutes. Then slowly add one cup of flour at a time mixing until incorporated. Continue to kneed the dough on low for about 5 minutes.  The trick with dough is to make sure you don't use too much flour. The dough will be smooth but not too sticky and not too dry.

Spray a baking sheet and place dough into middle of pan then place in oven for 45 minutes to rise and double in size.

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Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Cup Pie Recipe

 
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Post sponsored by Greek Gods Yogurt 


It's officially the beginning of the Holiday Season and Thanksgiving is coming up soon which also means it's PIE Season. Hooray for the Pumpkin Pie! and the Chocolate Pie and the Berry Pie and the Apple Pie and the Banana Cream Pie and the Peanut Butter Cup Pie and all the pies.

Our Peanut Butter Cup Pie filling is made of 4 simple ingredients and starts with thick rich cream and Greek Gods Greek Yogurt layered on top of a chocolate truffle bottom inside a dark chocolate cookie crust. It's so creamy and delicious you might find yourself wanting to eat it all. This pie will go fast so be sure to make a few to share. 



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Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Makes 1 Pie

For the filling:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream

  • 1 cup of Greek Gods Plain Greek Yogurt

  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

For the truffle layer:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream

  • 3 oz dark chocolate

For the crust:

  • 2 cups of chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs - about 12 cookies

  • 1/2 cup of real butter- softened

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Maple Milk

Vermont Inspired Recipes

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Not so much a recipe as a mix in idea, Maple Milk is a family tradition with my kids and my sister's families in Vermont. It's comfort food at it's best.

Did I tell you my sister and her family live on a mountain in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. They make the most amazing pure Vermont Maple Syrup. A while back my brother-in-law along with his dad and brother decided to put up a sugar house in the middle of a Vermont winter. If you know Vermont winters you know this is quite the fête. They wanted to get it up in time for maple sugaring season which is early Spring.

They collect the sap from some the most pristine woods full of old sugar maples. The area is so remote it is clean and free from water, soil and air pollutants. They stay up all night when the sap is running feeding the wood fired evaporator stove. The results is gallons and gallons of pure liquid maple gold.

Delicious Harvest Apple Pie

 
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Our destination for FALL this year is Vermont. Vermont is one of my very most favorite places on earth. Fall in Vermont means stunning colorful autumn leaves of the sugar maples, the smell of sweet wood burning in the fireplaces, harvest dances at the local town halls, harvest full moon walks, plaid flannel, men letting their beards grow out in anticipation of hard cold winters, crisp fresh apples, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, and a delicious harvest apple pie. When I lived in Vermont it felt like I was living in a movie. Everything you do in the small towns of Vermont is special unlike anywhere else in the world. Schedule a trip to Vermont and spend at least a week exploring the winding Green Mountain roads, little villages (yes they are called villages in Vermont), visit the local general/grocery stores, take a hike or swim in one of the many swimming holes of the fresh rivers. If you are there in the fall don't miss having a sip of fresh apple cider and an apple cider doughnut. Yes, it really does look like the beginning of Newhart even now in 2015 thirty years later and it's just as enchanting as the song Henry Mancini wrote for the show. Go ahead and listen. You will imagine yourself driving from small town to small town peeping at the rainbow of colors that cover the mountains this time of year.

I love this recipe for apple pie because it's a mix of both a pie crust and the taste of an apple crisp blended together in this delicious pie.  I use locally grown apples which always taste best and are freshest. I was blessed this year to have a wonderful heirloom apple tree that is a remnant of the apple orchards that use to cover the small town of Orem, Utah.

Did you know? Many of the variety of apples were lost during prohibition because they didn't want people to make hard apple cider so the trees were cut down. So sad but if you are lucky and in Vermont and find a wild apple tree along the side of the road go and forage for some of these tasty old varieties that have long since disappeared from all most everywhere. You never know it could be along one of the roads (Hazen's Notch Road) President George Washington sent the troops up to Vermont to build during the revolutionary war.

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Harvest Apple Pie Recipe

makes one pie


Pie Filling

  • 12 fresh apples

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

  • pinch of sea salt

Peel and slice apples in about 1/2 inch slices. In a large mixing bowl add sugar and spices and mix. Toss apples in sugar-spice mix. Set aside.

One Pie Crust Recipe

Pie Crumble Topping

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1/2 cup of unbleached flour

  • 1/2 cup of fresh cream butter

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

With a fork or your hands blend together ingredients until the mixture forms small pebbles. Set aside.

Add pie crust to 9-inch pie pan. Be sure to prick small holes in the bottom of the unbaked pie crust with a fork. Add apple filling to the pan. Top with pie crumble topping. 

For the star fall decorative topping I tool a small cookie/pastry cutter added stars around the edge of the pie crust then made the star fall pattern starting at one side overlapping the stars then slowly spacing them further and further apart to get the star fall effect. This would also be pretty with a tiny maple left cookie/pastry cutter to make a windblown leaf decoration.

Place pie pan on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. The pie will be bubbling hot so use caution when taking out of the oven.

Sweet Tip: Let pie set up for a least 20 minutes before serving.

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Maple Sugar Walnut Blondies Recipe

 

Vermont Inspired Recipes

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When we visited Vermont for Camp Gathering-Vermont this past April we visited just at the end of the maple sugaring season.  A lot of people think of fall in Vermont and they think maple syrup but the maple sugaring season is in the very early spring when the days are warming up but it's still below freezing at night. This is when the sap flows.

To the warm flavor of real Vermont syrup still evokes a feeling of fall. My Maple Sugar Blondies are made up of the warm fall flavors including walnuts and the caramel flavor of a blondie. I use Butternut Mountain Farm's real Vermont Maple Sugar AND pure Vermont Maple Syrup in this recipe too. If you can't find it in your local store you can order it online on their website- Butternut Mountain Farm

We visited Butternut Mountain Farm in Johnson, Vermont and I assure it is some of the purest finest maple syrup you will buy.

Enjoy!

Maple Sugar Walnut Blondies

  • 1/2 cup of butter 

  • 1 1/2 cup pure maple sugar

  • 1/2 cup of grade A dark robust pure maple syrup

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 2 cups unbleached flour

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt butter. Add eggs, maple sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, baking soda, salt and nuts.

Stir by hand, Then mix in flour. Pour into 9x13 inch greased cake pan. sprinkle white

chocolate chips on top. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown and pulling

away from the pan on the sides. Cut and serve. I like to sprinkle a little bit of maple sugar over top and drizzle with a little bit of pure Vermont maple syrup right before serving.


Sweet Tip: Only mix by hand and be sure stir only to incorporate the ingredients and no more for best 

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A New Electric SUV? SIgn Me Up! Rivian

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Have you seen the RIVIAN SUV? Have you even heard of RIVIAN? Yes, it’s an auto maker and yes they are making some sexy all electric SUV’s and trucks!

As a designer myself, I am drawn to well design and good looking vehicles. RIVIAN has done an amazing job with the lines, shapes and colors of their R1T All-Electric Truck and the R1S All-Electric SUV. YES! ALL Electric!

For the typical SUV and truck buyer elevtric has not amounted to powerful in the past which kind of makes a eletric truck a bit of an oxymoron in concept. We will have to see what RIVAN has created here and see if it can stand up to the needs of the truck and SUV crowd. Here are the specs.

Rivian R1T All-Electric Truck Specs:

  • Range Up to 400+ miles

  • Acceleration 0-60 in 3 seconds

  • Payload 800kg

  • Towing Capacity 5,000 kg

Rivian R1S All-Electric SUV Specs:

  • Range Up to 400+ miles

  • Acceleration 0-60 in 3 seconds

  • Payload 800kg

  • Towing Capacity 3,500 kg

Look at that beautiful luxurious interior!

Look at that beautiful luxurious interior!

Ok, my long time followers know that when I test drive a vehicle one of the first things I look at is the gas mileage. That’s for several reasons. This all electric SUV has me so so hopeful that dreams do come true.

  • First, I hate paying the outragously high price for gas especailly when it hikes up during the summer adventure months.

  • Second, the less petrochemicals we use in our lives the better. Better for our health and better for our precous planet we have been given to care for.

  • Third, pumping gas is one of those chores I would rather not do.

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The Rivian and are only available for pre-order at the moment. Prices start at $69,000 for the truck and $72,500 for the SUV which falls within the Range Rover price point with a $1,000 down payment required.

If you ask me I would rather spend my money on a good adventure vehicle like this than an oversized house! Downsize your house and upsize your adventurous side!

Go check it yourself here ;

RIVIAN R1S All-Electric SUV & RIVIAN R1T All-Electric Truck

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The Best Broccoli Salad Recipe with Bacon!

SUMMER SALAD SERIES - LOW CARB GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS

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Broccoli Salad is one of those favorite foods you see at potlucks, picnics and summer bbq’s. It’s great with grilled chicken or steak or even alone. It’s easy to put together and gets even better when you make it the night before and allow the flavorys to marinate together. It’s definatly one of our favorite family recipes we share at get-togethers.

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SWEET LIFE TIP: Rather than fry your bacon on the stove top place the bacon on a baking sheet and cook at 375 degrees until crisp.

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Simply the Sweet Life

Broccoli Salad Recipe

This recipe can be doubled or even tripled for a large group.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups broccoli
  • 1/2 medium size red onion
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar - for low carb use natural sugar substitute such as erythritol
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries - optional

Instructions

  1. Chop raw broccoli into bite size pieces.
  2. Cook bacon and allow to cool. The chop into small pieces
  3. Chop onion into small pieces.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together mayonaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper for dressing.

Yield: 4 Servings

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.

Total time: 15 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 317
  • Fat: 26g
  • Totalcarbs: 17g
  • Dietaryfiber: 3g
  • Protein: 6g

Tags: Broccoli, Salad, Bacon, Recipe

My Mostly Natural Migraine Protocol

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*I am in no way a doctor I am simply sharing what works for me. Please talk to your doctor and even get second and third opinions if you are suffering.

For me, migraines start very suddenly in my late 30’s. I literally didn’t know what was happening. My first migraine looked like a stroke. Half my face was numb, I was having a hard time talking and then came the kaleidoscope flashing lights and a blurry blind spot in my vision. Luckily my sister was nearby and she called my mom to tell her what was happening.

My mom calmly said I think you are having a migraine. Your aunt gets them.

I was never even much of a headache person up to that point so why did this suddenly happen to me? It took me 3 years of suffering, tons of major migraine drugs and days of suffering skull crushing mirgaines followed by my head pounding migraine hand over headaches before I figured out what was causing my migraines.

My migraines all started when I started drinking diet soda pop with artificial sweeteners and eating sugar-free treats with artificial sweeteners.

I had no idea that artifical sweeteners could do that to you! But for me I am very sensitive to them and haven’t eaten them before the migraines started so I had no idea. It took be 2 years after I stopped eating artifical sweeteners including aspartame and sucralose for them to completely leave my body and to stop having migraines!!

Robert H. Shmerling, MD Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing said in his article, Could artificial sweeteners be bad for your brain?, “ a study has raised the possibility that artificial sweeteners in diet beverages may increase the risk of dementia and stroke.” I am in no way surprised by these findings. I’ve had more than one CT scan that has shown progressive white matter damage from what they think is a result of my server migraines. I was also told my neurologist that because of my migraines I'm at a high risk of stroke.

Through trial research, I found a few things that are tried and true techniques to help minimize the pain and suffering during a migraine.

It’s my personal migraine protocol. I’ve only had one migraine in the past 2 years and the last one I had was very minimized and did not need heavy prescription medications to manage the pain.

Let call it my personal Sweet Life Migraine Protocal. It’s a mostly natural way I have found to help calm down a migraine.

This is what I do.

 
 

My *personal Sweet Life Migraine Mostly Natural Protocol

NOTE: I do these with the first onset of a migraine - when I start getting blurry vision even before the kaleidoscope lights.

  • I eat a 1/2 teaspoon of salt - pink salt or another unrefined salt is best but if I don’t have immediate access to them I use table salt

  • I chug one 16 oz bottle of room temperature water - purified filtered water is best

  • I rub pure essential peppermint oil on my forehead, back of neck, ears, and bottom of my feet.

  • I get a hot pad and hold it at the bottom of my neck ( I have a sock filled with uncooked rice that I microwave for 2 minutes)

  • I take 600 mg of IBuprofen ( the non-natural part)

  • I alternate sipping on a caffeinated beverage and another 16 oz bottle of water until the water is gone.

I have used these things to help alleviate some if not most of the pain from excruciating migraine pain and averted the nausea and vomiting that has inevitably followed.

For those who suffer, I am so sorry. I have been there and I hope you find relief very soon xo -April

Easy Hummingbird Food Recipe

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It’s spring time which means the hummingbirds are coming back. Every year my grandma would hand a hummingbird feeder so we could watch the hummingbirds from her kitchen window. I carried on that tradition with my kids. Now that they are grown and off to college I look forward to the days I feed the hummingbirds with my future gandkids just likemy grandma.

Hummingbird food is really a simple recipe. It consists of sugar and water. You boil the water to make sure it is clean and pure for your hummingbird friends.

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This is a basic plain sugar syrup. Do not use food coloring. The hummingbirds will love their freshly made nectar.

Info for feeding hummingbirds:

Hummingbirds eat the most during the early morning and about a half an hour before dark so it's best to check on your hummingbird feeder just after dinnertime.

Humming birds are drawn to the colors red and orange. To attract them to your yard plant bright hues of red and orange flowers. It's also good to make sure your hummingbird feed has red on it too.

A few good hummingbird friendly flowers are petunias, lupine, lilies, and bee balm in shades of reds and oranges.


Hummingbird Food Recipe

Simply the Sweet Life

This is a simple recipe for your favorite hummingbird friends..

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups water

Instructions

  • In a pot bring water to simmer. Add in sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cool then place in your hummingbird feeder.

Yield: 5 cups

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Total time: 15 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 773
  • Fat: 0

Tags: recipes, hummingbird food

The Most Delicious Springtime Stuffed Tilapia Recipe

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It's springtime and the stores are full of great deals on fresh asparagus.  Asparagus is not only delicious but good for your body.  It's a wonderful high alkaline nutrient dense vegetable that's low carb- keto friendly and of course gluten-free making it a great food for almost everyone.

When I was growing up my Grandma Bohman grew a patch of asparagus just outside her garden gate.  It's a tall wispy plant with little green berries on it when it goes to seed.  I use to love running my hands through it as I walked by.

I love fish and tilapia is a beautiful mild white fish that pairs well with some many flavors.  I love finding new tilapia recipes.  For this recipe, I put together some colorful and flavory veggies that are easy to find this time of year at the market.  I topped it with a lemon garlic sour cream sauce.  

Stuffed Tilapia Recipe

serves 2 - can easily double

  • 2 Tilapia fillets

  • 1 Lemon

  • Marinated artichoke hearts 

  • 1 Red, yellow or orange sweet pepper

  • 2 Cloves of fresh garlic

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Pink Himalayan salt or sea salt

  • Bamboo Skewers

  • 1/2 cup of pure sour cream 

  • Pinch of dried garlic granules or garlic powder

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Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Gather your ingredients then slice your sweet peppers in thin slices. Snap off the ends of your asparagus and peel your cloves of garlic. For my tilapia, I get this fresh frozen tilapia fillets that are individually wrapped.

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Layer a few pieces of asparagus, a few sticks of sweet peppers, a piece of artichoke heart and one clove of fresh garlic. Top with red pepper flakes and pink salt.

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Roll the two ends of the fish together overlapping slightly and hold together with your bamboo skewers. If they are too long just snip off the end.

Drizzle a little avocado oil in the bottom of your pan then lay tilapia fillets in pan and drizzle a nice amount of avocado oil over the top. Top each piece of tilapia with a lemon slice. Bake in a 375 degrees oven for about 20 minutes until fully cooked.

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In a small bowl add 1/2 cup of sour cream, a pinch of dried garlic granules, 1/2 teaspoon of pink salt and 2 pinches of red pepper flakes to taste. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon on top and stir until completely mixed.

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Serve with a generous spoonful of lemon sour cream sauce. It's the perfect light yet filling spring dinner.

 

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