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DIY Spinach Ice Cubes For Smoothies

Crazy easy, saves time, money AND replaces the need for ice cubes in your smoothies. Love this idea!

My favorite smoothie recipes.

Things I WANT: Prepara Oil Mister

I’m not a big fan of cooking sprays, which is why I LOVE this idea! You can even create your own flavored oils by infusing dry herbs, spices, sun dried tomatoes, nuts, and more right in the mister itself.

And the wishlist keeps getting longer, lol.

Olde Thompson Spice Rack
Spices are healthy eating kitchen ESSENTIALS!  You need ‘em. Trust me.
Healthy eating takes practice, and eventually gets hella easy. But it’ll be harder to adjust your taste buds to the “clean” side if everything tastes bland. Load up on some of the spicey basics slowly: pick up a new one everytime you’re at the grocery store or get a starter kit (even walmart sells them).
Basic Spices (feel free to add more in the comments)
Basil
Oregano
Rosemary
Paprika
Cayenne
Cinnamon
Bay Leaves
Chili powder
Ground cloves
Ground cumin
Ground ginger
Curry powder
Garlic & onion powder
Tumeric
Dill weed
Nutmeg
Thyme
Vanilla extract
Black pepper
Sea salt
My personal top 6 would be oregano, rosemary, ginger, dill, cinnamon and curry powder, but start where you’re comfortable (or at least with the ones that don’t sound scary to you, lol).
If you’ve got a birthday coming up, it’s not a bad time to ask for a fancy spice rack! Cause that’s what grown up’s do, you know. :) 

Olde Thompson Spice Rack

Spices are healthy eating kitchen ESSENTIALS!  You need ‘em. Trust me.

Healthy eating takes practice, and eventually gets hella easy. But it’ll be harder to adjust your taste buds to the “clean” side if everything tastes bland. Load up on some of the spicey basics slowly: pick up a new one everytime you’re at the grocery store or get a starter kit (even walmart sells them).

Basic Spices (feel free to add more in the comments)

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon
  • Bay Leaves
  • Chili powder
  • Ground cloves
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground ginger
  • Curry powder
  • Garlic & onion powder
  • Tumeric
  • Dill weed
  • Nutmeg
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla extract
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt

My personal top 6 would be oregano, rosemary, ginger, dill, cinnamon and curry powder, but start where you’re comfortable (or at least with the ones that don’t sound scary to you, lol).

If you’ve got a birthday coming up, it’s not a bad time to ask for a fancy spice rack! Cause that’s what grown up’s do, you know. :) 

GEFU Spirelli Spiral Cutter (a.k.a my new BFF)
Veggie noodles are the BOMB. Cooked or raw, they’re awesome in “pasta” recipes and salads.
I have a feeling this just made the top of my wish list, lol. WANT. HARD.
Cutter deets here.
How to spiralize veggies without a cutter via Oh She Glows

GEFU Spirelli Spiral Cutter (a.k.a my new BFF)

Veggie noodles are the BOMB. Cooked or raw, they’re awesome in “pasta” recipes and salads.

I have a feeling this just made the top of my wish list, lol. WANT. HARD.

Cutter deets here.

How to spiralize veggies without a cutter via Oh She Glows

Someone asked the other day how to tell if your eggs have gone bad without cracking them open to find out! Here ya go!

This is particularly useful if you don’t see a best before date or you’ve just passed it (most eggs are fine up to a week past their date, sometimes longer).

No more pan stealing for my friends!

Aren’t these the BEST?

A Girl And A Glue Gun is one of my new favorite crafty blogs, and I’ve gotten all kinds of inspired from clicking around her site. I don’t have a lettering cutter (yet), but I do have some old stencils and a head full of ideas. This craft doesn’t require much time (you should see the amount Etching she did in just one day), but it’s a whole lot easier to do if you already have some of the materials on hand. If not, here’s a list of the items she used. 

Cricut Cuttables Vinyl Transfer Tape 4 12-Inch-by-24-Inch-Sheets

Cricut Expression Personal Electronic Cutter

Armour Etch 10 oz Glass Etching Cream

Pyrex Easy 4-Piece Value Pack, Red Plastic Covers

See more faboosh ideas and instructions on how to make your own D.I.Y baking pans here.

Warm Bacon Spinach Salad with Feta & Poppy Seed dressing! This was my dinner last night, and it was AMAZING. It’s packed with protein & a crunchy, delicious take on a cold salad fav!

Nutritional Info: 291 calories, with a whopping 17.4 grams of protein and only about 9g of carbs. Makes a great lunch, or post workout meal.:)

Warm Bacon Spinach Salad with Feta & Poppy Seed dressing

  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 4-5 white mushrooms sliced thinly
  • 1/4 medium red onion sliced thin.
  • 1 medium tomato (or 5-10 cherry tomatoes) sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 slices turkey bacon, cooked & chopped.
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
  • Poppyseed dressing (or balsamic vinegar)

Directions

Cook bacon and set aside. If baking, place in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, turning once (or until crispy). Place on paper towel to absorb extra oils.

Heat a pan over medium heat, then add onions with a drizzle of olive oil. Wait 3-4 minutes, tossing once, then add mushrooms with another few drops of olive oil. Toss together until coated, and cook until the onions become slightly transparent and the mushrooms lightly browned. Lower heat.

Separately, slice and chop tomatoes, cucumber and spinach. Add 2 cups of spinach to mushrooms and onions over low heat. Toss for 30-60 seconds then remove from heat. Chop remaining cup of spinach to add over top.

Place warm spinach salad in serving bowl. Add one cup of fresh spinach, the tomatoes and cucumbers. Top with crumbled feta, chopped bacon & 1-2 tbsp of dressing.

Quick Poppy Seed Dressing (you can choose your own, or use balsamic vinegar if you choose). This is enough dressing for 2 salads (and I omitted the extra olive oil on mine): use it sparingly! A little goes a long way.

  • 1 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

This salad was yummy (to say the least), but also really simple to make. Stick to lean, low sodium cuts for the turkey bacon and don’t overcook the spinach (just drop it in to warm it and remove from heat when it turns a brighter shade of green). This salad is full of flavor, so go easy on the dressing!

Feel free to add other ingredients for a different feel: avocado, sunflower seeds, almonds, shredded carrot, watercress, arugula, and clementines can give this salad a boost (orange zest is a great dressing alternative). Play around and find your perfect salad!

I love funny kitchen gadgets & accessories. It takes all my willpower not to go nuts when I see something that makes me smile. Whether or not you get them for yourself or as gifts, funny kitchen gadgets are always a hit AND can be quite useful.

They won’t make you a better chef on their own, but we tend to use stuff we like more than stuff we don’t. A few funky gadgets in your kitchen might motivate you to spend more time prepping & cooking, which is key for those of us trying to live a little healthier. If you’re just starting out in the kitchen, they might even encourage you to invite the friends over to show off!

Here are some of my all time favs…

16 wicked tools for kitchen time fun.

1. Silicone Guitar Flipper Spatulas

Thought these were adorable. They come in a few colors and are perfect for rocker chicks and dudes alike.

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