Thursday, February 5, 2015

Banana Ice Cream

Tonight my 2.5 year old got out of the bath and asked me for a banana for snack. Well, our bananas just came in our bi-weekly farmbox yesterday and, they are still a bit green... 
Hungry toddler, no ripe banana = meltdown! 
Well, luckily, I keep some peeled bananas in the freezer for my green smoothies and I just so happen to have one and a half  left! Thank goodness my heart is screaming! I asked my son if he wanted banana ice cream instead? Much to my relief he nodded in absolute approval! Whew! Dodged another bullet today!  So, here is the recipe for a healthy, delicious, quick, mommy and child approved ice cream!

1.5 frozen bananas
3* tablespoons of milk

Blend in a good processor or blender until it resembles creamy ice cream. Add more milk if the consistency is crumbly. Top with fresh fruit, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, sprinkles, etc! 
Serve immediately. Serving size 3. :-)

Here's to dodging bullets today, ice cream makes everything better! Xx 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Harvest Flatbread

My family and I make flatbread for sure once a week. It's simple, easy, and delicious. I always make the crust from scratch but with this easy fail proof recipe, it's a go to favorite.

Note: I don't use corn meal but use Coconut Oil Pam Spray on the pan instead.

Next, top uncooked crust with a drizzle of olive oil, and any toppings you would like! This is a great meal to add any left overs you have lingering, veggies, apples, potatoes, greens, squashes, that have started to wilt or are ripe and ready!

Tonight's Harvest Flatbread was inspired by, hello Fall! Yippe! My family and I did our annual apple picking this weekend at the orchard so I HAD to add some apple to the mix! Mmmmm!

Harvest Flatbread:
-Add 1/2 a ranch seasoning packet to the crust dough when mixing.
-top flattened dough with olive oil.
-top with chopped Kale, pre-cooked sweet potato cubes, cubed apple pieces,  and grated mozzarella cheese.

Bake 400 degrees for approx. 20 mins.

We always like to dip our flatbreads in sauces. Ranch, bbq, marinara, Italian dressing, etc! Enjoy!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Pops

In search of a yummy Popsicle without any disgusting artificial ingredients, chemicals, and unnecessary preservatives for my 2 year old to eat this summer, I found nothing... So, what to do? Make my own of course!
We are past the 4th of July but here are my delicious, healthy, red, white, and blue Popsicles! We can continue the patriotism right?! Plus it's strawberry season here in Michigan so let's eat them while we can! 

Containers: Target


1/2 cup Fresh strawberries
1/2 cup Fresh Blueberries 
6oz container Greek Yogurt 
1-2 tps. Agave/honey/maple syrup

Blend each fruit separate from one another in a blender or food processor with 1-2 teaspoons of a sweetner of your choice until a smooth consistency. Either agave, honey, OR maple syrup. Sweeten to your liking. 
Next mix in a bowl the yogurt and sweetner.
Start to layer your smoothly blended ingredients into your Popsicle holder.
I started with red. Pour red into the tip of each container about a 3rd full. Next layer the yogurt, lastly layer the blended blueberries. Make sure there are no air pockets between layers so the pop can set up.
Place in the freezer for several hours until set.
When ready, take one 1 pop, one by one, run a little warm water over the outside of the container and wiggle the pop out. Enjoy!! Healthy, delicious, and toddler approved! :-) 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A Favorite Salad

I am a big fan of salads. That being said, they cannot be boring! I love the simplicity of throwing a delicious salad together, getting lots of vitamins and minerals, and taking bites while chasing a toddler around! 

My simple summery salad recipe:

Leafy greens. I prefer Kale or a firmer lettuce. (As much as you like)
Chopped avocado (about 1/4 avocado)
Sliced strawberries (about 3)
Seeds ( I like sunflower seeds and prefer Nature Box!) - today I used Honeycomb. I like several tablespoons.
2 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut.
Drizzle of olive oil
Drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Today I used Fustini's Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar.  

Don't be afarid to experiment with other fruits! Melon, grapes, blueberries! I use what I have on hand. ;-) 


Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Essentials

Spring has finally sprung here in Michigan so I finally got to take a trip to two of my favorite stores in Holland.
I felt it was time to add some new jewelry to my wardrobe and no better place than Spring Sweet.

My choices for this season and into summer are:
Golds! I feel like gold just shimmers well against brights and floral prints!
 1.) A long gold geometric necklace. Perfect for tanks and dresses.
2.) Gold half cuff bracelet for special occasions and date nights.
3.) Gold Triangle ring. An everyday statement piece.
4.) A peachy bib necklace for peasant tops, sleeveless blouses, and pretty dresses.

Next I popped over to Frances Jaye. Despite my urge to buy everything in the store for me, I picked up some super fun brightly colored socks for the Hubby! These will be super cute with loafers and a cuffed jean on him. Love some sunny yellow! 

Happy Spring!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Love my Lips

It's Valentine's Day in just a few short days! One way to spice up your current look is to have a set of luscious lips! 
First, exfoliate and moisturizer! My favorite duo? VSPro Smooth FX Lip Scrub and Balm. Find it online or in VS stores if they have makeup. 

Second, wear a fun sassy color! Here are some of my favorite picks for some poppy sweetheart lips! From pinks to mauves to reds, it's all about bursting with color!

From left to right, top to bottom starting with pink.

1.) MAC - Satin Pink Nouveau A20.
2.) Revlon Super Lustrous Shine - 801 Pink Cloud. (Sheer) 
3.) Revlon Super Lustrous Matte - 002 Pink Pout. 
4.) Revlon Super Lustrous Crème - 473 Mauvy Night.
5.) Revlon Super Lustrous Matte - 010 Wine Not.
6.) MAC - Ruby Woo AB0. 
7.) Revlon Super Lustrous Crème - 740 Certainly Red. �� 
8.) Revlon Matte - 007 In The Red. 

�� - #7 is probably one of my favorite red colors, especially for V-day. It's a good cool balance with a hint of blues so it will surly make those teeth seem a little brighter. I love the creamy texture as well, won't dry out your lips.

Whether you spend V-day with a significant other, your girl friends, family, pets, spread the love! Tell someone how special they are to you and how much you care about them! Love makes the world go round! 
Post your pouty lips on Shimmer and Charisma's Facebook! ��


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What's in a year?

Happy New Years Eve!

Okay as most of you know, I'm not big on making resolutions but rather solutions!
This year I'd like to take some time to reflect back on 2013. I have to admit, the thought of getting one year older or gaining another new year ahead excites me almost out of my skin! Like, really? I get to keep this life still? How lucky am I?! I feel so accomplished to have completed yet another year. Full of tears and cheers. Disappointment and success. Hatred and love. Disbelief and affirmation. The downs allowed me to cherish the ups even more. I said the downs before the ups to acknowledge the fact that it's not always peaches and cream but, there seems to be a rainbow at the end of every storm. I feel balanced, harmonized, at peace. I'm grateful to have what's in a year. Just enough time but not too much. Change in months, alterations to seasons, growth. The sun will rise and the moon will glow. That I am grateful for. 

2014 - 
Welcome! I'm looking forward to our journey! To accomplishing another year. To making memories and smiling so much it hurts along the way. I hope to each day become a better wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, daughter in law, sister in law, best friend, and mentor to the most important people in the world to me. I hope to inspire people. To make them laugh, smile, believe, and cherish. Here's to continuing my fitness journey and reaching new heights. Pushing myself to believe and act outside of my comfort zones. To being brave and confident. 
Aspire each day with me! Thanks to all of you for following me though another year. 
Cheers!! ����