Menu Plan Monday, June 22!

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So I had good intentions of posting last week, but the post-VBS flu got us! Thankfully, it was short lived and we have a bit more energy around here this week!

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is mangos! My favorite smoothie is Mango Marriage Saver Smoothie and Mask! I love the cute name and the smoothie is delicious too. I’ve also made Mango Raspberry Jam from “Preserving the Harvest.” (It’s an older cookbook, so you might find it in your library!) I love it, but jam is not in the cards this year. There are some great recipes over at Celiac Family too! I can’t wait to try some of them!

So whoever invented Egg McMuffins did the world a great service! I am loving experimenting with different types. This morning was sausage, cashew cheese, and egg–delicious!

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Breakfasts:
Egg McMuffin
Make-Ahead Muffin Melts
Mango Marriage Smoothie
Chocolate Coconut Smoothie
Cherry (or blueberry) Banana Smoothie
Grain Free Cinnamon Rolls

Lunch/Dinner:
Broccoli Quesadillas
Leftovers/Sandwiches
Nachos
Vanilla Cinnamon Waffles
Vegan Mac & Cheese (recipe coming soon? I’m going to make-over my mom’s old recipe!)
Macaroni Salad with Tuna and lots of veggies
Out for our EIGHTH Anniversary! Woohoo!
Sticky Chicken in the Crockpot

Healthy Dessert: I have no idea actually. Maybe some cookie dough?

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

What Kind of Chapstick Do You Use?

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I am kind of chapstick fiend. As far back as I can remember I always had and lost many of those little tubes of fun smelling stuff! In fact, the above picture is the ones that I had in just ONE bag. Sad, I know.

I’m sure you all remember that I started selling Lemongrass Spa products a couple of months ago. One of their products is chapstick/lip gloss! I was so excited to try it, but a little nervous too because what if I didn’t like it?!

Never fear–I loved it! It is one of the smoothest chapsticks/lip glosses I have ever tried. In fact, I loved it so much I actually didn’t want to use my old ones ever again. Here’s what I have in my purse now:

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I haven’t had a lot of time to collect different colors, etc., but I love everything I have right now. And even better the ingredients are ones I can pronounce! Here is what is in my favorite pomegranate lip balm (pictured on the far right): Beeswax, (Theobroma Cacao) Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, (Prunus Armeniaca) Apricot Kernal Oil, Castor Oil, (Tocopherol) Vitamin E Oil, Phthalate-free Fragrance Oil, Pomegranate Seed Extract, Stevia (natural sweetener), natural colorant.
Exactly what I would use to make my own, but without the fuss!

What about you? What’s the ingredient list on your favorite lip products?

Simple Frozen Popsicles

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I missed posting my menu plan because of end of school crazies and Vacation Bible school fun! I thought I would stop in for just a couple of short posts this week though. First up a SIMPLE Popsicle!

I’ve tried making popsicles many different ways and times for the Princess. Some of them were more complicated, some of them were nasty, some of them involved breaking out the blender, some of them were rejected because they didn’t taste sweet enough…well you get the idea! And that’s before you get to the containers–its enough to drive a mother insane!

This past week I was in Michaels craft store and saw the above popsicle molds in their seasonal aisle. I thought these containers wouldn’t work any better than the ones I had at home, but being in a hopeful frame of mind I decided to try them.

My daughter loves flavored kefir, so I just poured some into the container and popped it in the freezer. SO SIMPLE! And amazingly enough–it didn’t leak, my daughter was able to easily eat it, and bonus–it kept her busy for a good half hour while I read to her!

So give it a try! The only thing that takes awhile is waiting for the kefir to freeze!

Real Men DO Eat Quiche!

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quiche 2I recently revamped this Quiche recipe to make it gluten-free and dairy free. I was a little nervous because it seemed like a big change, but other than having to cook it a bit longer, it turned out great! And it smelled so good that my husband who usually doesn’t like new things tried it and went back for more and then happily packed up the leftovers for lunch the next day!

Crustless Quiche

Adopted from this recipe

1/4-1/2 lb ham (Next time I’m going to try chopped shrimp!)
1/2-3/4 cup Dayia Cheddar Cheeze (I find Dayia stretches further then regular cheese, so I don’t need as much. I only used about 1/2 cup. Add more or less to your taste!)
1 cup onion, chopped
4 large eggs
1 cup dairy free milk (I used coconut milk because I wanted the end result to be richer, but I think unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk will work also.)
1/2 t salt
1/2 t dry mustard
a couple of grinds of pepper
dash of smoked paprika

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F for a glass dish (400 F for another type of pie plate.) Unless you plan on cooking this later!
Spray the 9 in pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
Sprinkle the onion and the cheese on the bottom of the pie plate.

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Whisk together the remaining ingredients except the paprika and pour over the onion and cheese. Sprinkle the paprika on top.

At this point, you can save the quiche and cook later or the next day! This is what I did as I had to work and my husband was in charge of cooking dinner. Just note you will have to cook it a bit longer!

Cook in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or cold! Enjoy!

I think next time I might try adding some spinach or broccoli to boost the veggie content!

Menu Plan Monday, May 25!

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Last week–maybe not as crazy, but still busy. I guess things will continue that way until school is done which won’t be for another week and a half. Swimming lessons are done though! I made it my goal to keep my fridge tidy and clean and eat up leftovers so I didn’t have much/any to throw out. So far I would call it a win. I had to throw out some food for the Princess, but I don’t let that count against my goal because she is still sporadic on how much she eats.

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is basil! I love basil and although it’s not on my list of things to make this week, I have a marinade for veggies that is so awesome. I found it when I wanted to have kabobs and I wasn’t eating meat and it is still my favorite kabob of all time.

A salad in which we eat lots of leftovers

A salad in which we eat lots of leftovers

My Produce delivery!

My Produce delivery!

My dessert last night!

My dessert last night!

My organic produce delivery was awesome! I can already see more veggies creeping into my diet. I used a chef salad as a way to finish up some leftover green beans and some frozen bread cubes plus some mushrooms I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with! And what better way to start off the week then a Chunky Monkey Milkshake with chocolate syrup? Oh and the Double Chocolate Almond Butter Blender Muffins? A huge hit!

Sunday
Breakfast:
veggie omelet, coffee
Lunch:
olives, pretzels, ham, pickles
Dinner:
hamburgers, sweet potatoes, corn

Rest of the week
Make Ahead Muffin Melts
Pink Panther Smoothie
Pancake (using gluten-free flour blend)
Waffles

Dinner:
Potato chip fish with sweet potato rounds and beets
Copycat Chipotle Beans and Rice didn’t get to this last week!
Tuna Fish Apple Salad
Quinoa Salad
Quesadillas
Pizza, salad
Leftovers!
Cucumber salad as a side dish any number of times minus the radishes just because we have TONS of cucumbers in our garden right now.

Healthy Dessert: Chunky Monkey Ice Cream! Making again only with this chocolate sauce instead of chocolate chips

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Menu Plan Monday, May 18!

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Last week was CrAzY! For some reason when I was planning the menus I forgot that the Princess had swimming lessons. Not a huge deal, except they are right during when I would usually prep dinner. So, I wasn’t home to cook dinner one day last week, but I still had to figure out and cook ahead/leave instructions to cook and some of the things on my menu were not make ahead/leave instructions friendly. I did get to the Quiche and hope to post the recipe later this week! Also, this week is crunch time when it comes to grocery budget. That means I searched my cabinets and fridge and figured out what I could make without buying a lot of new stuff!

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is chives! Chives are one of the herbs that I managed not to kill. That is until dearest hubby decided to plant something new in my dead herb garden and dumped it out. Yikes! I haven’t replaced it yet, but I love it in eggs. I’m excited to try some new things with it!

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One of the exciting things I got to do this weekend was clean my fridge! Notice the empty space in the bottom drawer? I’m actually getting an organic produce delivery TO MY DOOR! I’m so excited since I had to miss the Farmer’s Market this week. Plus anytime I don’t have to go to the grocery store gets something like three giant pluses in my book. Also in case clean fridges don’t excite you I included a Princess picture. We went to a Super Magical Princess and Superhero party last night and had a grand time!

Sunday
Breakfast:
veggie omelet, French toast, coffee
Lunch:
chicken, sweet potato tater tots, green beans from the garden (steamed!)
Dinner:
popcorn, pickles

Rest of the week:
Eggs (Probably Egg McMuffins)
Tropical Smoothie Didn’t get to this yet AGAIN, but I froze the fruit this weekend so it will happen this week!
Flourless Double chocolate Peanut butter Blender muffins (sub some almond butter probably!) Hoping to get to this!
Waffles

Dinner:
Spaghetti and meatballs (zoodles for me, gf pasta for the Princess, regular pasta for hubby) Had this tonight!
Southwestern Veggie Wraps I’m hoping to get to this
Copycat Chipotle Beans and Rice
Celebration Dinner for the end of Swimming lessons probably at Chick-fil-A
Pancakes, maybe sausage
Pizza, salad
Leftovers!
Cucumber salad as a side dish any number of times minus the radishes just because we have TONS of cucumbers in our garden right now.

Healthy Dessert: Chunky Monkey Ice Cream! I’m going to make this again because it reminds me of actual ice cream and it is summer hot here in Florida already and I want ice cream like every day.

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Lemongrass Spa: Body Spritz and Aromatherapy, Oh My!

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My collection of Body Spritz!

My collection of Body Spritz!

I always loved a good body spritz. Perfume has always bothered me, but body spritz was a entirely different thing. A few years ago I noticed that my body spritz was getting older and smelling like alcohol. I decided to switch to something more natural.

I had a natural spray I was using, but I missed the fruity smell of my previous body spritz. Not only does Lemongrass Spa offer a wide variety of different scents, they have some sparkling kinds (just a light shimmer) and the choice of small or large bottles. I chose several different scents in small bottles so I didn’t get stuck with something I didn’t like that much.

I loved all the scents I chose. I was also surprised to discover that it is a great hair detangler! The Princess was thrilled as she hates having tangles in her hair. Other customers have used it to replace car fresheners, febreze, mineral makeup setter, and silk flower cleaner!

One of the first things I got rid of when I started my natural journey was my Lysol. I knew it wasn’t good for me or my family (I would spray it regularly to make the beds smell fresh when I changed them) and I needed something to replace it stat as the smells that Lysol used to cover up were not pleasant ones. I found a book in the library and it had an easy essential oil disinfectant spray. It had about 4 different essential oils in it including peppermint and lavender plus vodka and distilled water, so it was fairly easy to whip up. I still keep it in my bathroom today!

aromatherapyIn spite of still loving my disinfectant spray I decided to start trying the aromatherapy sprays from Lemongrass Spa. There’s one scent called Balancing Act and some days that exactly describes my life! It is supposed to reduce stress and PMS, alleviate depression and calm an anxious mind, and with continued use reduce water retention and hormonal imbalance. I have only been using it for a short time and after the first spray I felt amazing. The anxious feelings didn’t completely go away, but I felt like I could take a deep breath again. Spraying it in the room reminds me of a warm breeze on a summer afternoon and the complete relaxation and lack of cares that comes with that. I can’t wait to try some of the other aromatherapy options like Purifying Tea Tree, Citrus Refresher, Lavender Relaxation, and Mint Revival!