5 on Friday

One of my favorite blogs, Carolina Charm always does a 5 on Friday. It’s just a quick list of 5 fun things each Friday. I can’t promise that I’ll do it every Friday, but I thought I’d do it today with my favorite easy breakfasts.

One. This morning I’m enjoying for the second day in a row a yummy fruit smoothie. Leah loves these too and on mornings when a heavy breakfast doesn’t sound great, smoothies (protein shakes as Leah calls them) are an easy breakfast.

Smoothie, coffee and a very unstaged glimpse at our morning…Leah’s watching her episode of Daniel Tiger and drinking her milk while I get some stuff done.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie: Blend together 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries (frozen work great!), 1/2 cup spinach or kale, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder and 1 -2 cups unsweetened almond milk. You can also squeeze in a teaspoon of honey if you’d like. Continue reading

Low Cal Dark And Stormy

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Low Cal Dark And Stormy
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1.5 shots Mount Gay Rum Or dark rum, or if at a party whatever rum they have
  • 1/4/1/2 lime, juiced Depending on taste preference
  • 1/3 can Vernon's Diet Ginger Beer Or any diet ginger ale
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1.5 shots Mount Gay Rum Or dark rum, or if at a party whatever rum they have
  • 1/4/1/2 lime, juiced Depending on taste preference
  • 1/3 can Vernon's Diet Ginger Beer Or any diet ginger ale
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients and pour over ice. Enjoy! But not too fast, these pack a punch!
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Ginger Snaps

photo cred goes to the original poster of this recipe: piebirds.org

Photo credit goes to the original poster of this recipe: piebirds.org


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Ginger Snaps
One of my all time favorite holiday cookies, there are many versions of this cookie but I really love this recipe and get tons of requests for it each year.
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1.5 cups canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
White Chocolate For Dipping
  • 2 10-12 oz packates white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shortening
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1.5 cups canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
White Chocolate For Dipping
  • 2 10-12 oz packates white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shortening
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Combing sugar & oil, beat in eggs. Stir in molasses.
  2. Combine dry ingredients & gradually mix into wet ingredients. Mix well until combined.
  3. Shape dough into ¾ inch balls, roll balls in sugar and place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until cookie springs back when touched. Under bake rather than over bake to ensure a chewy cookie. Remove to wire racks to cool.
White Chocolate
  1. In a double boiler or microwave melt chips and shortening until smooth. After cookies are cooled, dip ½ of the cookie into the white chocolate and place on waxed paper to dry.
Recipe Notes

These can be frozen once the white chocolate is cooled.

Originally posted on Piebirds.org

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Best Recipe Pinterest Board

My friend is always making the best recipes. Every time we have “Family Dinners” with our friends she makes something healthy and delicious and most of the time it’s simple. So now when I need some meal inspiration I check out her Pinterest board of recipes that she’s made and loved. So I asked her permission and so I’m letting you in on my secret…Claire’s Pinterest recipe board. You’re welcome. Continue reading