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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Basmati Primavera

This one just looks interesting.
I really need to try this one very soon. 
Lots of great Autumn veggies and rice ... perfect together.

Perfect for those who love rice and hardy Fall vegetables.

Yield: 4
Serving Size: 3/4 cup


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsnip, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butternut squash, chopped
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme, minced

  1. In the base of the Microwave Rice Maker add water, salt, rice, carrot, parsnip, and butternut squash; stir to combine. 
  2. Microwave on high heat 5 minutes. 
  3. Continue to microwave at 50% power 10 minutes more. 
  4. Remove from microwave, let stand 5 minutes. 
  5. Transfer rice and vegetables to a large bowl, fluff with fork.
  6. Meanwhile in the MicroPitcher add butter, cream, garlic, and thyme. 
  7. Microwave on high power, 30 seconds, or until butter has melted.
  8. Pour butter mixture over rice; toss to coat. 
  9. Serve warm.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Stop ... Don't be Afraid

Sometimes we all need a reminder.
This one is one of those for us "constant" doubters.

You know who you are .. 
You doubt that you are "worthy".
You doubt that you should "like" something.
You doubt whether or not you should "do" something.
You doubt whether you could "be" someone.

You doubt because you are afraid of what someone will "think".

Well here is your reminder ....

Now make sure you print this one out 
and put it in a prominent place ...
On your refrigerator with your kids artwork.
On the bathroom mirror so you see it every morning.
By the coffee pot, so you see it when you can "see" in the morning.
In your car so you will see it before you leave for the day.

Anyplace where you will be reminded that it is not what they think or say .. its what you think that is most important

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cranberry Greek Yogurt Bark

I saw this on BistroMD and just knew I wanted to share with all of you, it just looked so darn good for this holiday season!

Serves: Approximately 12
Serving Size: 1.5oz


2 cups Plain Greek Yogurt
½ cup Roasted Pistachios, shelled and roughly chopped
¼ cup Dried Cranberries, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon Raw Cane Sugar (or sweetener of choice)


1. Separate out a small portion of pistachios and cranberries.
2. Add Greek yogurt, coconut sugar and remaining pistachios and cranberries to a bowl and mix.
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread mixture evenly.
4. Top with pistachios and cranberries
5. Allow to freeze until set then break apart into pieces before serving


Can add fresh herbs like rosemary for a different flavor or other spices such as cinnamon and clove.

I am definitely going to be making some of this for my family Christmas Gift Unwrapping table.

Oh and I wanted to share the Giveaway they are having!  
Check out these awesome prizes per their giveaway post.
If you enter .. Good Luck!  
I'd love to hear that you won, so come back and let us all know.

All winners & prizes will be randomly drawn 
at the end of the promotion 
on December 20, 2016. 

Samsung 40" 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016)
Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker
Be one of four to win a free week of bistroMD
FitBit Charge 2
$100 Nike Gift Card
$100 Starbucks Gift Card
Magic Bullet (12 Piece)
Kinzi Resistance Band Set
One week of bistroMD snacks

Monday, November 28, 2016

Pasta Salad - Warm for Winter

When I think of Pasta Salad I think of BBQs during the Summer, cold and crisp and awesome during the height of the heat.  
This one, with the "salad" moniker sounds really interesting for winter.  

Yield: 4
Serving Size: 2 cups


  • 3/4 tsp. coarse kosher salt, divided
  • 1 lb. bow-tie pasta
  • 1 small head radicchio, shredded
  • 1 small fennel bulb, sliced thin
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored, and chopped, ¼" pieces
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and chopped, ¼" pieces
  • 1/4 cup, plus 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • ½ cup bleu cheese crumbles


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Add water to the pasta maker maximum fill line. 
  3. Stir in ½ tsp. of the salt and pasta. 
  4. Microwave on high power 8 minutes. 
  5. Remove from microwave; drain, set aside.
  6. Meanwhile, on the UltraPro Oven Plate, arrange radicchio, fennel, pears, and parsnips in a single layer. 
  7. Drizzle with 1 tbsp. of the olive oil; sprinkle with salt. 
  8. Microwave on high power 3 minutes. 
  9. Remove from microwave. 
  10. Place UltraPro pan in oven. 
  11. Bake 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 
  12. Remove from oven; set aside.
  13. In a large bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, and remaining salt. 
  14. Stir in pasta, vegetables, and walnuts; top with bleu cheese. 
  15. Serve warm.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Deep Dish Apple Pie

This is definitely going to be a regular in my house if hubby has anything to say about it.
He is always asking for an Apple Pie ... and this one is so easy to make I'm sure he will be asking for it often.

Yield: 8
Serving Size: 1 cup

For the filling

  • 7 large Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled
  • 6 tbsp. chilled butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher salt
For the topping
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 sticks chilled butter, cut into pieces

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. 
  2. Cut apples into ½″ pieces.
  3. In the UltraPro 2-Qt. Casserole Pan mix together apples, butter, flour, cinnamon, sugar, and salt until well combined. 
  4. Microwave on high power 8 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the topping. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, and cinnamon. 
  6. Cut in butter pieces with a pastry blender, or rub butter and flour mixture between fingers until coarse crumbs form; set aside.
  7. Remove pan from microwave. Sprinkle topping evenly over top of apples. 
  8. Place pan in oven. Bake 12 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly. 
  9. Remove from oven; 
  10. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  11. Serve warm, or at room temperature. 
  12. Refrigerate, covered, up to three days.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Small Business Saturday Tomorrow

I just wanted to remind you that tomorrow is 
Small Business Saturday.
I too, am a Small Business person.

To celebrate, Tupperware has an awesome deal for you!

This is a GREAT deal if you are looking at any of the Ultra Pro pieces (I love mine .. microwave or OVEN or both!) and have shared some great recipes using some of the Ultra Pro pieces.  I'm sure I will be sharing more as the days go by.

Tupperware has a great deal for you, starting TODAY!

During Black Friday through Cyber Monday, online customers enjoy FREE shipping with each order of $75 or more. 
AND they will be adding some online exclusives at savings of 25% – 65%! 
PLUS, Black Friday through Sunday, online customers can add the Tupper Mini Salt & Pepper Shakers, and on Monday they can add a set of two Small Wonders® Bowls, for just $2! 

All offers are while supplies last.

I hope you will join in on the fun
and get some wonderful Tupperware

Thank you for your support.

Black Friday Weekend

Just wanted to stop into your little spot in the world, via this little window and say HELLO.  Hope you have all recovered from the Thanksgiving food coma!
Every year I say we will have less food ... and every year we have even more on the table.

I also wanted to let you know, if you didn't already know, from my Tupperware site you can get FREE shipping through Cyber Monday on all orders over $75!!!!

I know fantastic right??
Lots of great deals and you don't have to fight the crowds.

Sure hope you stop by and check out the great deals and get the FREE shipping.

Thanks for stopping ... Don't miss the Ultra Pro sale (unbelievable) for today.  You wont be disappointed.