Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 TB vanilla
  • 1 11oz bag chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir into the wet ingredients. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir for about one minute. 2. Add vanilla and chocolate chips and stir until combined. 3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop cookies on by the spoonful. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Chilled Cream of Broccoli Soup

This is a super easy and refreshing soup recipe I discovered that tastes delicious chilled for the summer or I have eaten it warm too.

Ingredients:

6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth                           1 1/2 pounds of broccoli florets (2-3 crowns)

2 bay leaves                                                                   1 cup half and half

1/4 chopped fresh basil

Combine the broth, broccoli and bay leaves in a large saucepan and set the pan over high heat.  Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, until broccoli is tender.  Remove the bay leaves and puree with an immersion blender or regular blender.  Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the half and half and basil.  Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.  When soup is no longer hot, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator and serve.

Mocha Iced Coffee (Low Calorie)

On a warm day there is nothing like a mocha iced coffee.  I tried this calorie free recipe and loved it!  I thought I would share it with you.

Ingredients

1 cup coffee of choice 2 cups ice
1 pinch of vanilla powder
1 teaspoon NuStevia Cocoa Syrup
Stevia is a calorie-free sugar substitute derived from a South American plant. It has recently become popular in America because it is said to be healthier than artificial sweeteners.

Iced Coffee Latte Pops

Now that the temperatures are getting warmer outside, Its fun to make a delicious cool treat.  If you’re an iced-coffee lover you’ll enjoy these latte pops, which are creamy because of the Greek yogurt.  You can whip them up in 15 minutes.  They contain 6 grams of protein per serving with only 95 calories.

Ingredients: serving makes 4 pops

1 cup 2 percent plain Greek yogurt                           1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee

3 Tablespoons agave nectar                                       1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder          1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon

Puree all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.  Pour mixture into freezer-pop molds, stopping about 1/2 inch from the tops.  Freeze until firm, about 6 hours.  If you don’t have freezer-pop molds you can use 5-ounce paper cups.

 

 

Spinach Strawberry Salad

Now that the weather is warmer, I start craving fresh delicious salads.  This is one of my favorite salads I like to make and bring to family gatherings.

Ingredients for the salad

6  oz. of baby spinach                                                      2 cups of strawberries, sliced

1/2 of feta cheese, crumbled                                            1/4 cup sliced almonds

2 slices chopped purple onion

Ingredients for the dressing

3 TBSP of olive oil                                                            1 TBSP of balsamic vinegar

1 dash of salt                                                                    1 pinch of black pepper

In a bowl combine ingredients for the dressing and whisk together.  In a separate salad bowl add your spinach, strawberries, feta cheese and sliced almonds.  When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the spinach salad and mix together.

Enchiladas Verdes

Every now and then there is nothing like having enchiladas for dinner.  This is a family favorite recipe that I hope you will enjoy.

Ingredients:

2 whole chicken breasts                                                     1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped

1 onion, chopped                                                                 1 tsp. salt

8 oz. of cream cheese, softened                                          1 tsp. black pepper

12 (soft taco size) flour tortillas                                             2 cups of cream

6 fresh tomatillos                                                                   1 egg

1 cup Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded                              3 jalapenos

Poach chicken I small amount of water, cool, de bone and shred.  Save broth.  Beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup of cream.  Add onion, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and chicken set aside for filling.  In a blender, place tomatillos (husked and sliced in half), jalapeno (stems, seeds and veins removed), 1/2 cup of reserved chicken broth, and cilantro.  Puree mixture in blender and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, pepper, egg and 1 1/2 cup cream; blend.  To assemble, heat tortillas in microwave until soft.  Fill each with chicken filling, roll and place seem side down in casserole dish.  Pour tomatillo sauce over all of the rolled enchiladas and sprinkle with Monterrey Jack cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until bubbly around the edges.

How to Keep Cut Flowers in A Vase Fresh Longer

When you purchase cut flowers, a lot of places will give you a small packet of flower preservatives along with them.  These work very well for helping your flowers last longer.  But you also have things at home that work well too.   Adding three teaspoons of sugar (brown or white) to two tablespoons of white vinegar will make the perfect stay fresh for longer remedy. Simply add this mixture to the vase, fill it up with warm water (the way you would usually fill it). The sugar will work on the stems, keeping them strong and healthy, while the vinegar will prevent the growth of bacteria which would usually grow and then attack your flowers.

Adding a quarter of a teaspoon of plain household bleach to 800ml of water will also keep your flowers fresh for longer. The bleach will fight and prevent bacterial growth, meaning that your flowers are less likely to wither due to disease, thus keeping them alive and fresh for longer.

Aspirin works well as a flower preservative too.  Simply crush a single aspirin and add it to the water before putting your flowers in. It will prevent bacterial growth and keep your flowers looking as beautiful as ever.

Another alternative to aspirin that would also do the job would be a vitamin tablet. Simply use as you would with the aspirin.