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Pear and Chai Spiced Coconut Ice Cream

Think  canned food can’t be on-trend and full of interesting flavor?  You need to try this Pear and Chai Spiced Coconut Ice Cream. It’s quick and easy when you use canned pears!

By posting this recipe, I am entering a contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits and Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes. I was not compensated for my time, but I did receive free samples of Libby’s fruits mentioned in this post.

I’ve got lots of canned foods in my pantry, and there are always a few cans of fruit in the mix.  Peaches, apricots and pears are my favorite, and I use all of them in my cooking and baking.  Just like frozen fruit, canned fruit is picked and packed at the peak of freshness, so it’s often better quality than the stuff that’s not quite ripe, or out of season at the grocery store.  Pears are such a perfect example.  One of my favorite fruits when they’re totally ripe and juicy, but when I need them, they’re often out of season, or hard as rocks.  Thank heavens for canned pears – always perfectly ripe, already peeled, and just as nutritious as fresh pears.   Continue Reading..

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Jerk Chicken

Canned peaches are the secret ingredient that sweetens up this spicy grilled Jerk Chicken.

I received free samples of Libby’s fruits mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe, I am entering a contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits and Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes. I was not compensated for my time.

I’ve always loved to cook from scratch, but I’m gonna share a little secret with you.  I like to take shortcuts whenever I possibly can.  I confess.  I buy things like Italian Seasoning and Pumpkin Pie spice mixes.  I can’t be bothered to make my own. I also stockpile Pillsbury pie crusts and the pizza dough from Safeway’s bakery because they’re way easier and no one except us will ever know.  Continue Reading..

Vegan Mocha Teff Breakfast Pudding

Shake up your morning routine with Teff breakfast pudding  – it’s made with a high fiber, high protein ancient Ethiopian whole grain.

Sometimes, when I’m looking at other bloggers’ Instagram feeds, or blogs, I get a little bit of breakfast envy.  Not only am I amazed at the variety of creative foods some people eat for breakfast, but also, I’m in awe of the fact that they could wake up and start cooking like that.  I pretty much eat the same thing for breakfast each day – overnight oats, with fruit, yogurt and nuts, because I can make a batch every few days and all I have to do is scoop and eat.  No smoothie bowls to decorate.  No avocados to mash for toast.   No eggs to scramble.  I like my breakfast to be easy.

So I’m pretty impressed with myself for stepping out of the box with this new breakfast recipe today.  Continue Reading..

Two Ways to Make More Money

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like the older you get, the faster the world moves?  Just when I think I’ve got it figured out, I run across someone or something that’s better, faster, newer or more slick.  If you work in marketing or social media, or if you maintain a blog, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  If you want to make more money (or if you just want to survive), you’ve got to invest in your career, so you can keep learning and keep up with the world around you.

SO,  I wanted to share 2 things that I use and love. One and can help you get better at blogging, and both will help you to earn a little more money.

Not like “I’m rich” money, but more like “hey I just had a new pair of shoes” money deposited into my checking account.   Every little bit counts, right? Continue Reading..

Boozy Mocha Nice Cream

Mocha “nice cream” with a shot of Irish cream liqueur is a quick and cool, grownup dessert.

Hello my friends!  Today is a good day to try a new dessert, doncha think? – and this one’s a grownup take on “nice cream”, the faux-soft-serve ice cream that’s made with frozen bananas instead of cream.  The Recipe ReDux is celebrating it’s 6th Birthday this month –  and everyone’s bringing bite-sized desserts to the party.  That way everyone gets to satisfy their sweet tooth, and try a few samples!  Hmmm…That actually sounds like a fun idea my next party.

Truth. I can easily go overboard with dessert if there’s a whole cake sitting around, but these individual, mini-sized desserts are just perfect.  It would be really awkward if I started digging into everyone else’s portion, wouldn’t it?  Plus, they’re kind of healthy, since they’re made from bananas, and a secret ingredient – avocados – which make this Nice Cream really taste like super-creamy soft serve ice cream. Continue Reading..

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