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I am a lover of my husband, adorable children, and last but not least food. I first started baking when I was just a little girl. My mom always had an amazing home-cooked meal on the table and she always encouraged me to help. Much of what I know has come from watching her in the kitchen. I used to love to pretend I owned a restaurant and cook things up for my siblings and their friends. Not much has changed :) Now my sweet husband and kids get to be my taste testers. I love exploring new ingredients and am always looking for the best of the best when it comes to recipes. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do. Through this blog I will share just a few of my favorite things- my passion for child development, my wonderful family, and my love for food :) Happy blogging!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Mango-Berry Salad

This is my latest salad creation. A friend of mine has been requesting the yogurt-mango dressing recipe from Zupa's so I thought I'd come up with something like it. YUM! You are going to love it.

2 pkgs. romaine lettuce
1/2 c. strawberries, chopped
1/2 c. blueberries
1/2 c. raspberries
1/2 c. mangos, chopped
1 1/2 c. candied walnuts
yogurt-mango dressing

Toss to combine & enjoy!

Yogurt-Mango Dressing

1 c. vanilla yogurt
1 c. chopped mango
1 tsp. lemon juice

Blend in blender or food processor. (I ended up using about 2/3 of the dressing)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Sisters Cafe: South Beach Muffins

I have made these muffins a few times now. They are so great and my husband LOVES them! They are full of all that's good for you too :) Enjoy!

Bowl One:
2 c. whole grain oats
2 ½ c. lowfat buttermilk
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 c. or one 6-oz bag of dried cranberries

Bowl Two:
2 ½ c. whole wheat flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/3 c. chopped walnuts
1 scant tsp. salt

Bowl Three:
2 eggs, beaten
2 c. sugar (or splenda, although I’ve never tried it)
4 tsp vanilla
2/3 c. canola oil

Preheat oven to 375°. Add bowl one to bowl three and mix well. Add bowl two and mix just enough to moisten. DO NOT OVERMIX. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for 20 or so minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with defined moist crumbs on it. Makes 2 dozen.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Maple Apple Blueberry Salad

YUM! This salad is amazing to me. I had something like it at Zupas recently. Zupas can get pricey.... so I thought I would come up with something I could make at home! This tastes almost exactly like it. You can experiment with the dressing but I will list the one I found at our local grocery store.

1 bag romaine lettuce
1 cup blueberries
1 granny smith apple (chopped)
feta cheese
candied walnuts (recipe below)
Maple Balsamic Dressing (I used Stonewall Kitchen's)

Toss to combine! Enjoy!

Candied Walnuts:

1 c. chopped walnuts
3 T. sugar
1 1/2 T. orange juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 T. sugar

Bring 3 T. sugar and orange juice to simmer in frying pan. Add walnuts and cook and stir until orange juice is absorbed & mixture starts to carmelize. Combine nuts with cinnamon & 1 1/2 T. sugar in a bowl. Toss to coat. Spread nuts onto lightly greased baking sheet and bake @ 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until sugar begins to crystalize. Let cool before adding to salad.