After Workout Protein Smoothie

Meal Monday is a weekly post series on the subject of food. I’ll talk about my love for food to sharing recipes that I love cooking to food tips.

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Do you love drinking smoothies? Do you make a lot of smoothies at home? If so, I have some ideas for you!

Ever since I starting working out, I love blending my own protein smoothie couple times a week. My basic formula for my smoothie is the same, but each time it may be different. I use frozen/fresh fruit, plain Greek yogurt, honey, cocoa powder (sometimes), protein powder, juice, and water.

Below is my recipe for my protein smoothies.

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Featured: 3 Soups That Will Warm You Up This Winter

Meal Monday is a weekly post series on the subject of food. I’ll talk about my love for food to sharing recipes that I love cooking to food tips.

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Do you love making soup during the Winter? A nice warm bowl of soup is perfect on cold days. I love to find more soup recipes to add to my list of soups to cook. There are so many soup ideas on Pinterest and from other bloggers.

Below are several soups that will warm you up this winter.

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Decorative Leaves on Pumpkin Pie

Meal Monday is a weekly post series on the subject of food. I’ll talk about my love for food to sharing recipes that I love cooking to food tips.

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Last year for Thanksgiving I wanted to add decorative leaves from pie crust on the top of my pumpkin pie, but I didn’t do it. This year I decided to give it a try and I’m glad that I did. Have you ever added leaves (or other things) to the top of your pumpkin pie?

Making the leaves was very simple. I used the extra crust that came with the Pillsbury pie crust to cut out eight leaves with a cookie cutter. I drew lines on top of each leaf with a toothpick to give the leaves more details.

I’m going to be making another pumpkin pie within the next week or two and I’m going to have fun with adding decorative pieces of pie crust on top of my pumpkin pie.

Here is how to add decorative leaves on top of a pumpkin pie.

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Shrimp Stir Fry

Meal Monday is a weekly post series on the subject of food. I’ll talk about my love for food to sharing recipes that I love cooking to food tips.

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Are you a big stir fry fan? I sure am. I make stir fry for lunch at least once per week. I either cook a chicken stir fry or a shrimp stir fry. Both stir fries are quick and easy to prepare, which is great at lunchtime.

If you love shrimp and stir fry, you’ll love this shrimp stir fry. The flavoring is very simple – all you need is chicken bouillon (or chicken stock) and soy sauce.

As far as vegetables, I either buy a bag of stir fry vegetables or use what I have in my fridge such as, onions, carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms.

Here is my recipe for shrimp stir fry.

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Meat & Cheese Kabobs

Meal Monday is a weekly post series on the subject of food. I’ll talk about my love for food to sharing recipes that I love cooking to food tips.

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Do you need a fun idea for your kids’ lunch? I have a simple lunch idea for you. All you need is flat bread, meat, and cheese. You can use different meat and cheese each time.

Meat and cheese kabobs are very fun to eat. My girls, Katie and Sophia, loved eating the kabobs. I placed deli turkey meat and cheddar cheese on top of flat bread. Katie’s kabobs also had pepperoni on top of the turkey. I melted the cheese and then cut the flat bread into bite size pieces.

Here is my recipe for meat and cheese kabobs.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cake with Chocolate Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Meal Monday is a weekly post series on the subject of food. I’ll talk about my love for food to sharing recipes that I love cooking to food tips.

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Couple weeks ago was my daughter, Katie’s, 3rd birthday. I wanted to bake a cake for her birthday party. Last year for Katie’s birthday, I made her lemon raspberry cupcakes. So this year for Katie’s birthday, I wanted to bake something different.

I asked Katie what kind of cake she wanted and she told me, “Chocolate!” So I decided on a chocolate strawberry cake with chocolate strawberry cream cheese frosting. Katie loves chocolate and strawberries and cream cheese frosting is one of the best frostings.

I used the chocolate cake recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and added strawberries to the recipe.

For decorating the cake, I took letters to spell ‘Katie’ and the number 3 and placed them on the cake. I sprinkled pink sugar inside of the letters and number. Then I lightly sprinkled the pink sugar on top of the cake. I added celebration sixlets in pink as the top and bottom trim.

Here is my recipe for chocolate strawberry cake with chocolate strawberry cream cheese frosting.

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Green Olives Wrapped in Pepperoni & Turkey

Meal Monday is a weekly post series on the subject of food. I’ll talk about my love for food to sharing recipes that I love cooking to food tips.

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Do you need a new snack idea? Do you love snacking on green olives? I especially love snacking on green olives. My husband made a snack one night wrapping meat around a green olive and I thought it tasted really good.

This snack is very simple. All you you is need is several ingredients. You can wrap any kind of meat you want around a green olive. You can also add fresh mozzarella. We didn’t have any fresh mozzarella in the house when we made this snack, otherwise I would have added it.

Below is my recipe for green olives wrapped in pepperoni and turkey.

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Chicken Quesadillas with Toppings

Meal Monday is a weekly post series on the subject of food. I’ll talk about my love for food to sharing recipes that I love cooking to food tips.

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We all have days where we don’t have much time to prepare a meal. What do you normally do? Make a frozen pizza, leftovers, eat out, etc? There are times that I do eat out instead of cooking something. Especially if I have to go somewhere that evening, such as grocery shopping. But there are other times that I buckle down and say no to eating out.

I love to have options of meals to cook that are quick to prepare. One of my options that is very easy to make and doesn’t take much time is Mexican food. Some of my favorites are chicken enchiladas, chicken tacos/salads, and chicken quesadillas.

I add toppings inside of my chicken quesadillas. I love having the additional flavor to the quesadillas plus I’m also getting vegetables in my meal.

Check out my recipe for chicken quesadillas.

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Coffee Decor from Shoppe by Scout Mob

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Since yesterday was National Coffee Day, I thought today would be perfect to write a post about coffee.

I’m a big fan of coffee if you didn’t know that. I love coffee so much that the decor in my kitchen is coffee themed. I love finding new coffee decor for my kitchen.

I discovered Shoppe by Scout Mob. The Shoppe sells inspired goods by independent makers. There are many makers that contribute to the Shoppe. Each maker has a different trade. You can find out more about the Shoppe here. Have you heard of Shoppe?

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I was browsing Shoppe and I discovered they had a food and drink section, so I searched for coffee. You can get anything from coffee to coffee decor. There were several items that caught my eye.

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Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake

Meal Monday is a weekly post series on the subject of food. I’ll talk about my love for food to sharing recipes that I love cooking to food tips.

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 Do you love cheesecake? What is your favorite flavor? I’m a big fan of cheesecake. I’ve even had cheesecake as my cake for my birthday before. I love cheesecake that much.

When Fall arrives, I especially love pumpkin cheesecake. I have to get a slice of pumpkin cheesecake at Starbucks when it arrives. This season, I’ve already had a slice that I shared with my girls. I’ll definitely have more.

Usually around Thanksgiving time, I like to bake a maple pumpkin cheesecake. I get my recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

Below is my recipe for maple pumpkin cheesecake.

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