Thursday, December 12, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
The snow! We really did get tricked our first year here in Missouri. Winter 2011 was semi-cold, really not that bad. It rained a lot and we had a few light brushes of snow. We were scared because we heard of all the ice storms and extremely cold weather. We were expecting Antarctica. When it was really mild we thought that was it and we heard wrong.
We really ate it last year. It snowed for a couple of months. We had to shovel the driveway many times throughout the week. We weren’t stocked up on anything. We didn’t have firewood, a snow shovel or driveway salt. Last year we learned our lesson.
So this year started already. Last Wednesday we had light now that immediately turned into a scary sheet of ice. I slid into traffic in the morning and into someone’s yard later that same morning. It was insane. But we’re on it! The second I got home I shoveled my driveway and laid out salt. We’re crazy stocked up on firewood. I had delivery come out and stock us up.
We woke to the snow rolling through this morning. We’re ready to stay in, eat good food, be warm and enjoy being stuck inside. Oh yeah, and every morning I woke up last week it was only between 1 and 4 degrees! I thought my weather bug was broken. I’ve never seen a 1 before. I’m pretty sure this year I might see my first -1. That will be crazy.
Friday, December 6, 2013
This is the time! Seriously, you have about 2 weeks where you can run rampant on the internet and get the absolute top unique gifts shipped right to friends and family in time for the holidays.
I was doing some personal shopping of my own for my side of the family earlier this week. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to get so I was perusing around every corner of the web. I found so many amazing things. Some of them I’m highlighting below for those looking for new ideas.
First and foremost, don’t forget about us! Milk & Honey Naturals has a really great assortment of hand packaged gifts. Aside from boxed, every single piece in the shop makes a perfect stocking stuffer from the solid parfum to the handmade soaps and solid conditioners. They are the perfect size for stuffing.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This tastes naughty, looks naughty and is SO GOOD! But it’s completely healthy and surprisingly low in calories. This recipe holds at around only 260 calories per giant full bowl serving. It’s super easy to make, will satisfy all of your Italian food cravings and if you’ve never cooked with spaghetti squash before, you’re in for a real surprise.
>>> Ingredients <<<
1 small spaghetti squash
1 cup of your favorite marinara sauce
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
>>> Directions <<<
Spray 4-10 ounce ramekins lightly with organic non-stick olive oil spray.
To prep your spaghetti squash, cut it in half lengthwise. When you open it up it will have the consistency of pumpkin and the seeds and overall look very similar to cantaloupe. Take a spoon and scrape out the cantaloupe like threads and seeds. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Some of the threads will stick and that doesn’t matter. You really want to get all of the seeds out.
Pop in the microwave and nuke for 10-12 minutes, or until the outside is softened and bendy. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Scrape out using a fork, all of the squash middle. My husband was completely amazed by this. It turns into spaghetti. Same look, size… everything. That’s why they call it spaghetti squash. It’s the best thing to happen to clean eaters since Stevia.
Put all of your “spaghetti” into a large mixing bowl. Add the marinara sauce, ricotta cheese and 1/2 a cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese. Pour evenly into the 4 ramekins. Top each ramekin with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
Pop into the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Voila! It’s cheesy, awesome and super good for you. Every cup you eat is 1-2 full vegetable servings, depending on how much “spaghetti” you got from your squash. Doesn’t get any better than that.