Thursday, August 14, 2014


Good morning!! 

Day 11! Almost halfway done! 

Today's menu:
Breakfast - Fresh berries and yogurt 

Lunch- mini fruit and veggie platter

Dinner- tortellini and sausage with homemade red sauce. 

Snacks (if needed) -hummus, sugar snap peas, trail-mix

Water goal - 55 ounces 

Eat a healthy meal or snack, before doing your grocery shopping!! Going to the grocery store hungry is like a gambler walking through a casino, with a pocket full of money. There are just too many temptations. 

I always bring a healthy snack, too (just in case). If I feel a craving coming on, as I walked by a few not so healthy, things, I'll grab my snack. It usually helps... 

 AM/PM check in:
Stuck to menu.
Water intake for the day- 68 ounces.
Workout- 40 minutes of cardio. 20 minutes upper body.
Vitamins, check!

Grown up dessert...Cafe A La Chocolate yummy-ness!

What you need:
**3 cups mini marshmallows
**1/2 cup hot STRONG coffee (If you have an espresso machine that would work great. If not, double the amount of coffee you'd normally put in your coffee maker, but only add 1 cup of water. Save the second half for another recipe, or if you want to double this one)
**1 cup whipping cream, whipped (You can use whipped topping)
**1/2 teaspoon vanilla
**1 tablespoon sugar

In a large saucepan, combine coffee and marshmallows. On low heat stir until marshmallows melt. Cool mixture. Fold in whipped cream, sugar and vanilla. Pour into dessert dishes and chill until you're ready to serve.

Keep clutter at bay, tip of the day:

Keep items you use regularly easily accessible. It seems like a no-brainer, though it doesn't always work out that way. The fact is, if something is easy to get out, it should be easy to put back where it belongs. If you store the salad spinner in the back of your deepest, darkest cabinet, odds are you'll be less inclined to get it back where it belongs right away. Same goes for the toolbox or the curling iron; whatever it is you use on a regular basis, make sure its home is someplace you won't have to work too hard to return it to.

Repelling snakes...

Repelling snakes... 

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Three ways... 

Fox urine scent. You can find. Do it at any hunting department. Put a few drops around your yard. This will repel the snakes 

Human hair... Crazy, right? 
If you cut your kids hair at home, or your husbands, save the trimmings and sprinkle it around your yard. We repulsed snakes... Haha! 

Have a really bad case? Soak a few rags in ammonia, and put them in plastic bowls in areas that you have seen the snakes. You can even put them in all of the corners of your yard and block them from the kids by covering then with a few rocks.

SUPER easy Cannoli...

I love a good Cannoli, but they are time consuming, especially if you don't have a Cannoli mold.

If I want a cannoli fix, here's what I do...

What you need:
6 Cannoli shells (Store bought)
2 blocks of cream cheese, softened
1 small box of instant vanilla pudding (Prepared as per the Pie directions)
Powdered sugar

In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and pudding.  Once smooth,  transfer the mixture into a gallon sized Ziploc. Clip the bottom corner of the ziplock, and use as a piping bag to fill the cannolis. Once the cannolis are filled, allow to chill for at least 30 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving

Other options:
-Add 2 tablespoon of Nutella.
-Use chocolate pudding instead, to make a chocolate filled cannoli

-Drizzle with melted chocolate for a fancy, tasty treat.