Thanksgiving, 2015


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Thanksgiving at my parents’ is always nice. Every year, my Mom and Aunt cook some traditional dishes together and we serve ourselves, buffet style. We sit around the dining room table and share what we are thankful for.

Some things that I am always thankful for are:

Good health

Friends and family

My job

A great support network

The government for helping me out, financially (even though it’s not perfect, it does help)

A roof over my head and food in my fridge

Tonight, I bring to you a link to the spiced cider recipe that I posted three years ago. We enjoyed this warm, golden liquid with our meal this evening. It was served in a pretty China teapot.

(I don’t have a photo of the teapot right now. Just be sure to serve yours in a pitcher that can withstand hot temperatures.)

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

An Accidental Cider Project


On a crisp Fall evening, I decided to open the more-than-half gallon of apple cider I had been keeping in my fridge for the past few weeks.  It had been a good day, and I just wanted to relax with a refreshing drink at the end of it.  What came out of the bottle was a bit of a surprise to me. Continue reading

PB & J Bars from the Fat Witch Brownies cookbook, by Patricia Helding.


When I went to the Fat Witch Bakery in Chelsea Market, I had a PB & J Bar. It was heavenly!

I bought the two Fat Witch cookbooks. The books are gorgeous inside, with plenty of mouth-watering photographs of the finished product.

My PB & J Bars are out of the oven!

PB & J Bars

PB & J Bars from the Fat Witch Brownies cookbook, by Patricia Helding.

Be aware that every recipe requires a 9×9 inch pan, since that is what the author used in her apartment. (p. 2)

My apartment is smelling so good right now!

This Recipe Contains:
Peanuts (Chunky peanut butter)
Oats (Oatmeal)
Strawberries (Preserves)
Butter

NO Eggs!

Fat Witch Bakery Website

Additional Tags:
egg-less, brownies, bars, bakery

My Goodreads Review:

Fat Witch Brownies: Brownies, Blondies, and Bars from New York's Legendary Fat Witch BakeryFat Witch Brownies: Brownies, Blondies, and Bars from New York’s Legendary Fat Witch Bakery by Patricia Helding
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I went to the Fat Witch Bakery in Chelsea Market, I had a PB & J Bar. It was heavenly!

I bought the two Fat Witch cookbooks. The books are gorgeous inside, with plenty of mouth-watering photographs of the finished product.

I currently have PB & J Bars in the oven!

Be aware that every recipe requires a 9×9 inch pan, since that is what the author used in her apartment. (p. 2)

My apartment is smelling so good right now!

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Berry Happy Smoothie


Berry Happy SmoothieSo, I’ve been sick for two weeks now.  What started out as a standard cold turned into a sinus infection and the next thing I know, I’m spending a night checked into the fabulous five-star hotel called the “Emergency Room.”  The day I had started taking my prescription antibiotics was the night I took a trip in the ambulance.  I had been prescribed them the day before when I visited my primary physician.  I never had a sinus infection that caused a fever before and I was shaking so bad that I could barely dial the phone and had trouble breathing.  Thankfully, I was not having a reaction to the medication.

I had the Lap-Band surgery about four and a half years ago, so taking medication in its pill form can be difficult for me at times.  This is especially the case when they are horse pills like the antibiotics I am currently on. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, “horse pills” are medication in the form of tablets or capsules that are very large in size.  The large size of horse pills can make them exceptionally difficult to swallow.

It helps me to drink a smoothie while taking medication.  So today I made what I am calling a “Berry Happy Smoothie.”  This smoothie made me feel good while I was drinking it that I just had to post the recipe for my (and your) future reference!

The key to making this smoothie is the cottage cheese.  I know what you’re thinking, “Cottage cheese?  What!”  My mom questioned it too when I suggested she add cottage cheese to the one she made yesterday.  Cottage cheese is a thickener to a smoothie recipe.  If you don’t like the cottage-cheesy taste, you can add flavor extracts to it, such as vanilla.  You can also thicken your smoothie with xanthan gum.  You might find that in the gluten-free isle.

Bring a smile to your mood with a Berry Happy Smoothie!

Berry Happy Smoothie

  • Servings: 2 1/2-3
  • Time: <10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Berry Happy Smoothie

Berry Happy Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3/4-1 c Cottage cheese
  • 5.3 oz (150 g) Low-fat plain (original) or coconut blended Greek style yogurt, like Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries, strawberry preserves or red raspberry preserves
  • Fat-free milk or milk alternative
  • Ice cubes
  • Honey

Utensils

  • Blender
  • Drinking glass (tall)
  • Straw (optional

Directions

  1. Blend the cottage cheese using “pulse” until it is creamy.
  2. Add the yogurt and ice and continue to “pulse” until the ice is blended in.
  3. Add the fruit and/or fruit preserves and “pulse” until those are blended.
  4. Add the milk and honey.
  5. Add more ice if needed.

Learn many creative shake recipes that utilize cottage cheese as an ingredient!

Dashing Dish | Categories | Shakes

I have made the French Toast Protein Shake before and it was so good!

Time Traveller/Jet Setter


If I had a T.A.R.D.I.S.

With my time and space machine, I can travel to obtain the money I need and then travel down the coast to visit the most awesome people. From there, I will continue on to see the world.

Until I have that fabulous transportation piece, a job, and land or air travel will have to suffice…

What would you do if you had a time machine? Where would you go?

~Lily

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Learning About Recycling


When I was a little girl and living in Morris County,  my father would take me on the weekly trips to the local recycling center when the weather was nice. I remember how much fun it was to take out all the items from our trunk and toss them into  their appropriate dumpsters. These things were monstrous! This taught me, early on, about how to recycle. In school, I learned the importance of it.

In sixth grade, I chose Groundwater as my science fair project and my father helped me to build a  ‘working’ cave that would allow water to seep through the top of the ‘cave’ (made of clay and other things) and out the bottom of a storage basin. For this, we needed a mesh screen. So, to the recycling center we went for the parts we needed!

Take children to the recycling center. Educate them there. Collect a few items (clean them with a bleach and water solution) and do a craft. I know that people do this already with items in their homes, but if you really want to teach about recycling, you should go to the place where your recycling goes.

~Lily