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a kitchen favorite. ziploc baggies.

Don’t laugh. This is quick and kind of ridiculous, but I think you should know about it. I am now in the know and do I dare say that I may {or may not} have ordered like a billion packages because I love them that much.

Remember the other week I shared my new jam? You know, my smoothie jam? If you want a delish smoothie recipe that hits the spot look here. And, if you are like me and it pains you to throw out that last bit of smoothie that doesn’t fit in the cup or doesn’t have any takers, read on. Seriously, read on.

The first question… where have you been all my life? Look at these amaze-ing inventions. Hello, genius.

Zipzicles are my new best friend. You can find them on Amazon and I am not lying when I say they are the smartest thing ever. Pour that leftover smoothie in, pop in the freezer and you have some ready for those kiddos when time is ticking.

Can you imagine the fun? Make your own yogurt squeezers for the little kids. Or, maybe some tasty poolside drinks for the big kids. Come on, it’s just too much fun.

Zipzicles, I thank you.

eat. enjoy. share.

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if you missed my other {morning goodies take a lookey loo. 
see something you like?

{buttnernut squash muffins}

{blueberry banana muffins}

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morning smoothie. my new jam.

Listen up, folks. I have a new morning routine and it involves a smoothie packed with everything good. I originally found the recipe on pinterest, but have shaken it up a bit because that’s what I do.

Let me start with it’s easy, simple and tasty without having to be filled with sugar. I am not one for eating the same thing each day, so this should be a good indicator that it really is darn good. I have started incorporating it into my morning each day and can now make it {even with my lil’ helper} in under four minutes flat. For a mama on the run, that’s fast. Oh, and did I mention that it has so many goodies in it that I don’t even think about lunch until it’s actually lunchtime.


{morning smoothie. one for the mini. one for me.}

morning smoothie.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 of a lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 cup cucumber, quartered
  • 1/2 of apple, diced
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Puree / blend for two minutes, or until completely pureed.
  3. Pour. Drink. Smile.
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Seriously yummy and it will fill you up without having those early morning cravings for something else. Blend it. Eat it. And then smile because you are just a little healthier and vitamin packed than you were earlier that day. You’re welcome.

eat. enjoy. share.

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if you missed my other {morning goodies take a lookey loo. 
see something you like?

{buttnernut squash muffins}

{pomegranate muffins}

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meet my new best friend. you’d like her.

I have a new best friend. I think you will like her. One of my besties, gregory, introduced us. She’s pretty great, but I’m not sure she knows I exist.

May I introduce you to my new bestie, Ali Larter. If I frequented the Hollywood Hills I just know we would be fast friends. We’d probably have lots of dinner parties and meet up at the local farmers market, or maybe catch up over a glass of white wine.

I got her new cookbook from my mother-in-law and I am in heaven. It is seriously the best. I literally read the entire cookbook from our drive from California to Washington front to back. It’s that good. I was drooling. My other half was drooling. And, I now determined to make every single recipe out of the book at least once.

Meet Kitchen Revelry, compliments of Ali Larter.

Not only is she adorable, but her cookbook is broken into months. She focuses on a different theme or menu for each month that is not over-the-top hard. I am already getting excited for hosting some delish dinner parties and get togethers just thinking about it. Imagine the fun. Maybe we should have Varsity Blues playing in the background?

I think you would love it about as much as I do. Get it. Read it. Cook it.

try. enjoy. share.

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did you miss other {yummy} related posts?
Take a lookey loo at what you may have missed before…

{barefoot contessa.}

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S’mores Pancakes. Spooky Breakfast.

We are all about the spooky, baby. You’ve heard about our spooky dinner and now you get to hear about a spooky breakfast. I seriously can’t get enough of it because I know that sometime in the near future my kids won’t be as excited about it anymore. Oh boo.

Spooky. Simple. SO good. What more could a girl ask for?

spooky smore pancakes

{you will need.}
mini marshmallows
mini chocolate chips
pancake mix
chocolate syrup for serving


{whip it up.}

 one. heat up your griddle nice and hot.

 two. mix up some pancake batter.

 three. pour pancake batter on griddle.

 four. sprinkle on some marshmallow and chocolate chips.

five. flip pancake.

 six. serve it up with some drizzled chocolate.


Maybe you want to add a spooky breakfast to your halloween morning. Or, maybe for dinner? A chance to make your Halloween a little bit spookier. Boo.

try. enjoy. share.

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Want some more Halloween ideas?
Take a lookey loo at what you may have missed before…

{free} spooky dinner banners

spooky banners with label

{free} printable Halloween tags 

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{yum} double trouble cookies
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healthy lasagna dinner. so sneaky. so tasty.

My kids love pasta. My husband loves pasta. Me? It’s not my favorite, but I absolutely adore that I can get everyone in my family to eat it. So I am always on a mission to make the boys smile with a plate full of pasta, without sacrificing the taste and veggies that I love. Mission accomplished. You will love {seriously love} this recipe. It is three things. Simple. Tasty. Healthy. Can I get a, ‘yes, please’.

Here’s the good news, you do not have to follow it to a “t”. {i hope that is the right saying. i have been known to make up my own.} You can add the veggies and things you already have in your fridge. That is what I do. But, if you are a recipe follower {nothing wrong with that} follow the recipe below. The family and the taste buds will thank you.


{ingredients… i usually use what I already have on hand, but it may require a trip to the grocery store.}

  • 6 cups pasta sauce
  • 1 package spinach lasagna noodles
  • 15 oz. container of low fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups low fat mozzarella
  • 1 cup parmesan
  • 1 package of Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 zucchini, peeled and grated
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasonings {or oregano}
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

{mix it up.}

{step 1} Cook Ground Turkey
Cook Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey until cooked through. Set aside.

{step 2} Prepare Ricotta Filling Mixture
In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, milk and egg and stir.
Add 1 cup of mozzarella, parmesan, thyme, italian seasonings {or, oregano}, pepper, grated zucchini.
Stir until combined.

{step 3} Prepare Marinara Sauce
In a medium bowl, combine the cooked ground turkey, marinara sauce, grated carrot.

{step 4} Prepare Lasagna
In a 9 x 13 pan, spread 1/2 cup sauce over bottom of pan.
Place one layer of spinach lasagna noodles.
Add 1/2 cup of ricotta mixture over noodles, spread evenly.
Cover with 1 cup of marinara sauce, spread evenly.
Place second layer of spinach lasagna noodles.
Repeat ricotta /sauce / noodle mixture two more times.
After adding final layer of sauce, sprinkle remaining mozzerella on top.

{cook it up.}

  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Cover uncooked lasagna with aluminum foil {spray with nonstick spray to prevent from sticking before placing over lasagna}
  • Bake at 375° for 45 minutes, or until bubbly
  • Remove foil from lasagna, increase oven temperature to 450°, cook for 12 minutes or until cheese is browned
  • Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes
  • Cut. Serve. Eat.

Nothing better than a healthy version of a good ole’ staple. And, I promise you it will be a real crowd pleaser. Give it a try. You just might not mind those veggies either.

eat. enjoy. share.

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