Sharing Recipe From Illinois Country Living Magazine

loveyourself I was looking through the magazine last night and saw a recipe I’d like to try. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Please Note: This recipe was taken directly from the magazine – including the site’s URL

 

 

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Curried Floret Salad

Ingredients

2 1/2 cup Fresh broccoli florets
2 1/2 cup fresh cauliflower florets
1-6 oz pkg. dried cranberries
1/4 cup vegetable oil – will substitute olive oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoons chives, minced
1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/3 cup mayo
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted


Directions

In large bowl, combine the broccoli, cauliflower and cranberries.

In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, brown sugar, chives, curry powder, soy sauce and garlic. Whisk in mayo until blended. Pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat.

Cover and put in fridge for at least 2 hours, stirring several times. Before serving, stir in almonds.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Again, here is the URL: http://www.icl.coop

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Grandparenting Tips and Chocolate

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Yes….I am, I am!! This grandma definitely is! Lol

Although, I associate myself with good grandparenting tips, skills and tricks….in that I hardly ever bring a bag of chocolates in our home or my grandkid’s home. Unless it is Christmas, my grandchildren’s birthday, or some other appropriate holiday, such as Easter.


Why, you ask?

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* I am highly addicted to chocolate. Enough said!

* You need to respect your kids enough not to bring on a confrontation/disagreement by bringing ANYTHING chocolate in their home or surroundings while the grandkids are present. Simple! ๐Ÿ˜‰

* Needless to say, (just as a reminder), DON’T eat chocolate in front of the grands! Some grandparents just don’t think!

* When it IS appropriate for a chocolate treat, get in a good habit of buying “dark” chocolate. Dark is much better for you, AND them!

* Brag to your grandchildren about healthy substitutes to chocolate, or (any candy). This can be fruit, veggies, raw or steamed. Kid-friendly dips, such as ranch and others. Cheese sticks or slices, (homemade) chicken nuggets, etc… Just as long as it isnt, bubble gum, licorice, cotton candy, or those sugar, sweet and sour worms! LOL

* When baking, use dark chocolate…such as the dark chips. Simple!

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I’m not saying your grandchild should NEVER eat chocolate! — See my 3rd sentence above; go for chocolate at appropriate times…or the (dark in moderation).

OK…this post is making me desire CHOCOLATE! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Can’t have that! Lol

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However, I think I got my point across! If not, and you have questionsYou can catch me Here

Have an awesome day! =)

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Low Carb Biscuit Recipe – Shared From a Friend

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By Lynn Terry: @http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/4275/low-carb-biscuit-recipe/

Actual Recipe From Lynn’s Blog

The Photos Below are Mine

 

 

 

I didn’t think they looked like Lynn’s…Wonder if they taste the same??


Ingredients

1 8 ounce bag parmesan cheese
1 cup Almond Meal
2 small or one very large egg
2 Tablespoons melted butter
Optional: Garlic Salt to taste – I did not have the garlic. I’m sure that one ingredient would have made them even more delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Directions

Mix ingredients well and chill. Roll small portions into ball then shape them as cheese sticks or biscuits โ€“ or you can make them smaller/flatter for โ€œcrackersโ€. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes if necessary. (Keep an eye on them and cook until golden brown on both sides.)

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For Details On Counting Net Carbs – See Lynn’s Recipe Page Here

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Be Good To Your Spirit, Mind, and Body During Stress – One Dozen Tips Plus

heart My very first tip (#1 Tip) is getting to spend time with my grandchildren. This Grandma gets to distress often; as the kids come over quite a lot. They live close by…which is awesome!!!! =)

LOVE Spending Time With My Grands!! <3 >3 (a heart for each one of them) Excellent stress reliever for ME!!

Stress can be down right deadly, if you don’t know how to deal with it. If you’re a negative thinker, then stress can be a nightmare for you.

Read the following tips with an open mind. We are all unique, and we are creatures of habit…(well, most of us) – The following stress relievers below may be just what you need if you’re going through grieving, depression, bad marriage, or relatively anything that is currently stressing you !

Make a List Of Your Own If You Have To

Here is mine…

1) Spending time with my grandchildren…LOVE, LOVE them with all my heart and could NOT imagine living my life without them. <3 Oh wait, I’ve already said that! ~ Well, it’s worth repeating!!

2) Don’t dwell on things that stress you. This can be truly hard sometimes. I know; as I’ve been there. When you’re not your best, make it YOUR mission to always try to do something out of the ordinary to efficiently distract you from your worries and stresses.

3) Workout – Exercise has helped immensely with my mood swings, depression, and stress. It gets my blood pumping; thus, making more oxygen flow to the brain and the rest of my body. Working out just makes me feel better in EVERY way. I think better, I get around better, and it also boosts my self confidence. I LOVE how I feel after a good sweat! =)

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4) Pray – Prayer is ALWAYS an excellent option to everything that we do, and everything we are going through. God consistently answers prayer. However, we may not like the time frame, or we may not like the answer received. The Good Lord knows what our needs (and wants) are before we even ask. For me, praying DOES relieve stress, although I need to spend more time doing it. =)

5) Eat right – Eating right is being very kind to your body, mind, and spirit. When eating the proper nutrients, you will be more productive, your mood swings will most likely level out. In addition, vitamins and minerals found in healthy foods help to lift depression. Eating healthy is essentially good for you in many ways, including stress.

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Side Note: I personally have found that eating bananas helps with my mood swings.

6) Live in an organized environment – If you’re like me, organization is an ever-growing process. That’s right, it never ends! lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although, I try every day. It makes logical sense that having everything in its place at all times will undoubtedly relieve LOTS of stress!

7) Walk and breath in, then breath out….slowly. Rinse, repeat! Enough said ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

8) Spend time with your favorite hobby. If you don’t have one, FIND ONE! I find jigsaw puzzles relax me. However, it seems that the only time I mess with them are on New Year’ s Eve. lol I also enjoy coloring. Have you noticed all the new coloring books (for adults, meaning not cartoonish) that are displayed in stores now? Well, I bought 3 of them. These are hobbies of mine. I also thoroughly enjoy my iPad time every evening. That in its self, is a huge way to get rid of stress for myself.

9) Start a blog; there are free ones on the web. If you have emotions, anger, or no confidence inside of you, writing about them can help you tremendously!!!! Or you can also buy a good-sized journal and just spend time writing. Gets you thinking outside the box. ๐Ÿ˜‰


10) Spend quality time with your spouse – If you are having marriage problems, and (who doesn’t, I mean, all couples go through their sets of problems from time to time). If you’ve never had a disagreement with your spouse, or gotten angry; you are among the very small population that (say) that their marriage is perfect. What’s my point? Start taking extra time to do things you haven’t done in a long time. Maybe it’s going to the show, amusement park, VACATION!!!? I like that last one; and who doesn’t love vacation? <3 Whatever the case may be, do it!

11) Move furniture around, or redecorate to change your environment. I’ve always been like that; in fact, I move furniture around (at least) once every 6 months or so. Just like my (built in) desk. I’m always wishing I could place it on the opposite side of the room. lol

I love change! <3

12) If funds allow, go on a vacation. Or at the very least, go out with a friend or relative and have a good time. It doesn’t have to be expensive to have a good time. If a vacation is NOT an option, go play cards with a couple, take a long Sunday drive, have friends over for dinner. Anything that gets you unfocused on your stresses.

Stress can do horrible things. Often times, it’s silent killer that can bring on a stroke, heart attack, or anything else that can result in death. Stress CAN do a colossal of things. Stress affects people in different ways. YOU just have to find your way around your fight or flight process responses, then go with the flow. Don’t let stress get to you!! Do something special for someone. This could be an elderly, your parents, brother, sister, or anyone that has certain needs.

Lifestyle Change

Sometimes, just changing your lifestyle can be a good stress reliever. If you’re not happy about something, change it. If your job is stressing you out, change that too! In fact, there are tons of jobs that can be performed at home. In the amount of time I’ve been working from home, I’ve come to the realization that work at home writing jobs are the easiest to find. Also, you can turn your hobby into cash by starting a business. There are some home businesses that doesn’t require a high start up fee; if at all.

One last thought…Go Shopping? However, don’t over do it and end up with 6 maxed-out credit cards! — Well, that’s a little over the top there! lol Shopping helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

Read through my tips above objectively. Open your mind and let things happen naturally.

What ways do YOU relieve stress?

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2 Low Carb Pizza Crust Recipes

cauliflowerpizzacrust Both Recipes Featured In Allrecipes Magazine

Since I’m eating low carb, I thought I’d share a couple of pizza crust recipes, made the “low carb” way, from Allrecipes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Recipe by: Alli Shircliff

Ingredients

1/2 head cauliflower, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 egg
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
salt and ground black pepper to taste

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Directions

Place cauliflower pieces through the feeding tube of the food processor using the grating blade; pulse until all the cauliflower is shredded.
Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 15 minutes.

Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until cooled, about 15 minutes.

Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat.

Stir Italian cheese blend, parsley, egg, garlic, salt, and pepper into cauliflower until evenly incorporated. Pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet; press and shape into a pizza crust.

Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

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Summer Squash Pizza Crust

Recipe by: Dawn Davis

Ingredients

4 cups finely shredded zucchini or yellow summer squash
3/4 cup all-purpose flour — Substitute With Almond Meal For Low Carb
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
salt to taste
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Once zucchini or summer squash has been shredded (I recommend a food processor) lightly salt the squash and transfer it to a strainer. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes and press all remaining liquid out of squash.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine squash, flour, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, eggs, pepper and salt. Mix well. Spread the mixture into a greased and floured jelly roll pan. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven.

Remove the crust from the oven and change the oven’s temperature to broil. Brush the top of the crust with oil, and then broil the crust for 3 to 5 minutes until the top is lightly browned.

Allow the crust to cool slightly and slide spatula underneath all edges and under the middle. Place a large baking sheet over the top of the crust and gently flip the crust over so that the bottom of the crust is now facing upwards.

Because it can be difficult to flip the crust smoothly, it may be necessary to cut the crust in half to facilitate the flipping of the crust.

If you want to omit the flipping stage, that is okay, but the crust won’t be as crunchy. Brush the top of the crust with oil and broil for another 3 to 5 minutes until the top is browned. Cover with toppings as desired.

Recipes above are credited to: www.allrecipes.comCopyright – All Rights Reserved

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The Best Way to Make Frosting for Valentine Cookies

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From The Prepared Pantry

Secrets to getting your grandkids to always beg for more! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

More Than Pretty Valentine Cookies

 

 

 

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Secret #1 is the flavor

We sell sugar cookie mixes that taste very good like key lime, cherry, lemon, and raspberry. The secret is in the frosting. If you put the flavor in the cookies, much of it bakes out. So we put most of it in the frosting. That makes them exceptionally good.

Secret #2 is the meringue powder

If you add a couple tablespoons of meringue powder to your frosting, it will dry with a shell on it–enough to keep the cookies from marring and sticking together. If you add more meringue powder, you have royal icing, the icing that is used to make the hard decorative flowers on wedding cakes.

More Sugar Cookie Tips…

Get the cookies off the sheet as soon as the pan comes out of the oven. Two bad things happen if you don’t. First the cookies stick. (You can get by with a very lightly greased pan if you remove the cookies immediately.)
Second, if you don’t take the cookies off immediately, they continue to bake on the pan. The become dry and hard.

If the bottoms of the cookies are brown, you baked them too long. They should be golden

Next On The List

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Check Out How to Turn Brownies into Brownie Pops in 15 minutes Here

Plus save up to 50% on these deals throughout the Prepared Pantry Site

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Trying Low Carb – Egg Broccoli and Cheese Scramble

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I’ve been thinking about doing low carb for so long.

 

 

 

 

 

All the while keeping in the back of my mind: “Gee, I love bread and potatoes!” ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL

Tried My First Low Carb Recipe

Egg Broccoli and Cheese Scramble – Approximately (6) carbs

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Ingredients

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1 tablespoon oil (will switch over to olive oil)
1 tablespoon of butter
3 eggs (too many, in future use 2 eggs)
splash of milk, did not measure
1 cup fresh/frozen broccoli (microwave for 2 minutes) – You can of course use fresh broccoli
1 cup shredded cheese (1/2 cup in scramble mixture and 1/2 cup on top)

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Directions

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Whip together eggs and milk. Set aside. Microwave broccoli on high for 3 minutes and set aside. Heat oil and butter together in small skillet, mix gently with spoon or whisk. Turn heat on low and add egg and milk. Add in broccoli and 1/2 cup of cheese. Cook until done and blended well. Place on plate and add salt and pepper to taste. Top with remaining cheese.

Delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

Drink Water

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It was so good, however, I didn’t finish it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’ll learn to adjust my ingredients and portions.
 

If you are experiencing with low carb, what do you usually have for breakfast? Looking forward to your comments below! (y)

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Bavarian Cream Pastry Filling

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By The Prepared Pantry Website ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember all those rows of cream filled cupcakes and pastries at your favorite bakery? This is exactly what your baker uses to quickly and easily make his pastries. With professional Bavarian cream, you can make the same pastries and filled cupcakes that he makes.

Look what you can make!

* Cream puffs
* Eclairs
* Bismarcks
* Cream filled layered cake
* Boston cream pie
* Stuffed French Toast
* Dessert crepes

And much more! Once you start, youll never stop. Baking will never be the same.
These are made for professional bakers so you’ll make absolutely scrumptious desserts and cupcakes just like the pros.

 

โ€‹We think more Bavarian cream filling is used for cupcakes than anything else. Every cupcake should be a cream filled cupcake. Its really easy. You can fill a dozen cupcakes or donuts in a minute!

Watch the video on how easy it is to fill cupcakes Here.

Expect to fill five to seven dozen cupcakes with a single package

It is so easy to use. Just clip the corner and squeeze what you need. Fold the corner, put a paper clip on it, and store the remainder in the refrigerator for up to six months. Unopened, these will last 12 months.

Because this is so inexpensive and handy and because you can make so many things with it, put several in your pantry. Your family will love what you make.

Add this to your cart and have it on hand for cupcakes and more.

From Dennis Weaver @ The Prepared Pantry

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Make Lunch Fast – Fun & Healthy For Your Kids! – For Grandmothers Too!

backtoschoollunchablesMake lunches super easy, fast and healthy for your little ones!…

 

 

The Ideal Resource For The Very Best and Affordable For Your School Aged Children and Grandchildren…

 

I love it and I know YOU will too! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Healthy Choices For YOUR Kids


 

Keep up a variety – Never boring, WITHOUT spending hours or big bucks. You get it all…fast AND easy – And, did I mention Healthy Choices?? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

This Little Resource Will Answer All Your Concerns and More!

* How do you make sure it is healthy for your kids?
* Hot lunch or cold lunches?
* What type of lunch box/bag is best for packed lunches?
* How do you keep up a variety without spending hours or big bucks?
* What about teens?
* And Much More.

—->> Includes templates you and your kiddos and grand kiddos will LOVE!

Find Out More Today (about making lunch fun, affordable, varied and FAST too)! ๐Ÿ™‚
School Lunches Made Easy

Tea with Tots

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A nice read by: Ashley Hardway

Of course Grandma can have fun with this too!

 

I donโ€™t know what it is with kids but a traditional English tea is always a fun favorite. I guess it feel like play time more than snack time to them. My kids and I love having tea time together. It gives us a chance to bond and talk and sample new foods and flavors we might not have tried before.

Here are some fun and simple recipes for tea time:

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First things first, the tea! I bought an inexpensive Chinese style tea set that is just the perfect size for little hands. Not only that but it opens up the conversation about different cultures and their traditions. The cups also do not have handles and are sturdier than the fragile English tea cups so that is a big plus.

We have tried many flavors of tea. The kid favorites seem to be fruit flavored. Peach tea, lemon tea, and raspberry tea are great. I like peppermint and chamomile because it helps them calm down and get ready for nap time! If you are careful to let the tea cool then there are no issues. We drink the tea plain or with a little honey for sweetness.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Tiny sandwiches are a lot of fun for kids to eat and for me to make. Although we sometimes substitute peanut butter and jelly or just jelly sandwiches, we do also enjoy an occasional cucumber sandwich. The recipe is easy. Just slice cucumbers very thin and then layer a few on your bread. On one side of the bread you can spread plain cream cheese or dice up some mint and mix it in for a tasty treat. Slice off the crust, cut into small triangles and serve!

Scones

The traditional English almost cookie is a little hard and crumbly but goes great with tea. They are not hard to make either.

In a large bowl combine:

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
ยพ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup of sugar

Cut in 4 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of shortening (I use Crisco). In a separate bowl combine ยพ cup of cream and one egg. Beat well and add to dry ingredients. Stir in a handful of dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries.

You can even use mini chocolate chips if you would like. Turn onto floured surface and roll until about half an inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 375 for 15 minutes. You can add extra flavor by including half a teaspoon of vanilla flavoring, lemon juice/zest, or orange juice/zest.

Having a tea with your kids is a lot of fun and does not have to be a lot of work. All you need is a creative spirit and a few minutes to whip up some tasty treats you can all enjoy.

About Author

Always curious, Ashley Hardway is constantly learning and passionate about sharing what she learns with others. Based in Houston, Texas, she loves to help families grow stronger, help their environments and communities, and keep moving forward! Check out NannyLady on Twitter to connect and find out more.