Simplicity makes me smile!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Stork Bites Volume 2

Stork Bites Volume 2 is a great Cookbook. Baptist Hospital Neonatal Intesive Care created this wonderful book with all of our tried and true recipes inside. It was so fun to organize. I went through Morris Press Cookbooks which is a great company. They walk you through the entire project. Great Fundraiser! Give it a try with your special recipes. I may have to do one myself someday!Posted by Picasa

Flourless Chocolate Fudge Cookies

These Cookies are amazing. I heard about them at work from a few of my friends. The recipe came from Stork Bites Volume 2. I put them on my recipe point calculator. They are 2 points each for Weight Watchers.
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2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa ( I use callebut)
3 egg whites
1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
Blend together in a bowl. This will be sticky. Scoop with a 1 tsp cookie scoop and place on parchement paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool on pan. They will be shiny and crack on top. These cookies will satisfy the chocolate craving you have for sure. And they are kind of healthy....sort of! =) Enjoy!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Holiday Cheese Spread

Stuff this cheese in mini raw peppers, on a cracker, in a mushroom and bake or scoop it up with raw veggies. It is delicious! And colorful!
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2/3 cup Boursin Cheese Spread
2 teaspoons dried cranberries, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons green onions , thinly sliced

Place cheese in a bowl to soften. Chop cranberries and walnuts; slice green onions. Stir all three into the cheese  until well blended.
Roll into a ball and roll in dried parsley. (optional)

Red Beans over Quinoa and Kale

4 3/4 cups water
2 cups Quinoa,rinsed in a mesh sieve
1 onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 clove garlic minced
2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 bunch Kale, rinsed and coarsely chopped

~Cooking Quinoa (keen-wa)~
Bring 3 3/4 cups water to a boil.
Add rinsed quinoa, stir once and cover.
Cook on medium heat for 25 minutes. If any water remains, cook uncovered for a few minutes longer. The quiona should not be soggy. Remove from heat and let it sit covered for 10 minutes. Fluff gently with fork.
This can be made ahead and stored in frig. I love to store it in a bowl and serve it with anything as a substitute for rice.

~For the Kidney Beans~
Saute onion and bay leaves on medium heat in a sprayed pan for 5 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add garlic and bell peppers, cook for another 5 minutes, until peppers soften. Add the thyme, vinegar, beans and remaining 1 cup of water and cook on low heat for 5 minutes, until broth thickens.

~For cooking Kale~
Place coarsely chopped Kale with 1/4 cup water in a large covered pot on medium heat. Cook the greens for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until wilted and tender.
Serve on a plate layered one on top of the other.

This a great super food and filling recipe!
I will occasionally grill some chicken brats and add to dish.
Serves 2 to 4 people generously.
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Roasted Power Foods

I scrub the skins of the beets and sweet potatoes.
Quarter the beets and half the sweet potatoes. You can toss them in olive oil or not. Place them on a baking sheet. Roast for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Delish!
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Wonderful Face Wash

For oily skin...amazing!
I love this stuff. I use it every morning and night.
With my oily skin I am very prone to break outs and clogged
pores. This has a very mild scrub infused in the wash.
I really need that scrub to get the dirt and oil from my
pores. My skin feels and looks amazing. Its so soft after
I wash. As a woman in my 40's I don't want to break out anymore!
I bought it from www.midwestskincare.com
and it is about $25.00 for 8.3 ounces.
Well worth the money!
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My Favorite Nail Treatment

As a nurse washing my hands one million times in a 12 hour day, my nails are awful.
A suggestion from a coworker who uses this Nail Life Revitalizer.
I thought I would give it a try.
Well, here is my opinion...LOVE IT!
I apply it nightly right before bed.
Yes right before bed. It dries within seconds.
After a few days it will start to peel. So I remove it and apply a new coat.
How are my nails?
Stronger than ever!
And they grow like crazy!!
Highly Recommend.
Sally's Beauty Supply
Under $7.00
Worth Every Penny!Posted by Picasa

March of Dimes Fundraiser

Cupcakes and Cookies were on
the menu for my small bake
sale yesterday at work.
We had a very kind and
generous donation from
Dr. Haynes. Thank You!
For sale were chocolate cupcakes
with chocolate icing. Vanilla
cupcakes with vanilla icing.
White chocolate chunk cookies
and chocolate chip cookies.
The unit raised $98.00.
All going to a great cause!

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Have you Ever seen a happier smile?

Finally going sledding
Such a fun and cold day! I think Landon would stay in the snow FOREVER! Was his smile frozen? or he couldn't stop smiling? Maybe a bit of both.
Heading back soaking wet.

The anticipation on his face is beautiful.
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My Favorite Childhood Chip is BACK!!

I couldn't believe my eyes! I blinked twice and then ran over to the display.
Could this be real? Yes, it was my favorite childhood chip right in front of me.
I had thought about them many times since they disappeared.
In the same packaging.
Thanks Frito Lay!
♥ Sue
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Photo Editing with PICNIK


My daughter Aubrey has been editing her photos for over two years on this site. We figured it out together but I just didn't play too often with editing photos. Editing is where you can get super creative with your photographs.
Here we are at Opryland Resort and Hotel in front of the huge  Christmas Tree!
Photo one is just straight from the camera. Photo two I chose to "Winterize" the photo. This allows you to adjust to a brightness you like. You then press save and then you can make other changes as well. My second choice was "1960's" which rounded the corners and gave it the "old" look. This can be adjusted to the amount you want too!
Really Fun and Super Cool Free Photo Editing Tool.....Picnik♥

My all time favorite Soap for the past 22 years!!!

When I moved to Nashville in 1988 my first job was at The Green Hills Mall,

Crabtree and Evelyn.
I stayed there all through nursing school, 3 years. It is one of my favorite jobs.
I did everything from sales, merchandising, stocking and gift wrap.
I loved it!!
Goatmilk is one of the best sellers in the store. It will always be my favorite soap. I don't get it very often because of the price. But when I do it is a special treat!! The soap is triple milled which means it has three times the fat regular soap has and that is very moisturizing.  The scent is clean and it leaves your skin feeling hydrated. Your skin smells fresh and clean and so does the entire bathroom. I even save the box and put it in my lingerie drawer. Kind of like a sachet of fragrance for your clothes. Might sound weird but I love the smell!!
Right now they are on sale buy two get a third bar free. At $8.00 a bar that is a deal. Plus today I gave them my email address and they gave me a tube of lotion for FREE!!!
Goatmilk also comes in Bath Gel and Body Lotion!
It's a must try!!
Nantucket Briar is also a favorite of mine from Crabtree and Evelyn....that will be another day♥

Favorite Things

YUMMY Item of the Week!!
Flat Out Artisan
Fold It Flat Bread
Only 100 calories, 3 grams of Fat and 8 Fibers
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To the flat bread I added:
2 ounces of Boar's Head Cracked Pepper Turkey
1 thin slice of Boar's Head Aged Provolone
1/4 Avocado
Green Leaf Lettuce
Celery & Carrots
Filling and Delicious!