February 28, 2014

Creamy Berry Bonanza Smoothie (THM-S)

I am seriously addicted to milk kefir. To the point that I have limit myself to once a day. It's tart, creamy & best of all it's good for you. It has so much healthy bacteria that we need in our gut, it's even better than yogurt. If your not already hooked, you have to try it. 

I have tweaked a version of a kefir smoothie from the Trim Healthy Mama book. I made it thick & creamier.  In an effort to be healthier, I am going to, at a minimum, have 1/2 of milk kefir a day, I don't think that will be a problem due to my addition. 

Creamy Berry Bonanza Smoothie (THM-S)

1/2 cup Milk kefir

1/2 cup Kefir cheese, could use cottage cheese

1/2 cup frozen berries, I used strawberries and blackberries

1 Tbsp. Coconut oil

1 tsp. gr. flax


1 scoop whey protein powder, I use Swansons vanilla(which is sweetened with stevia)

Blend and enjoy!

To make kefir cheese is easy. Strain the milk kefir using a strainer lined with a coffee filter and pour in milk kefir, let it strain for 24 hours in the fridge. What you have left is milk kefir cheese and whey. This whey is not the same as the powdered whey used in the smoothe recipe above, that is whey isolate protien powder. This whey is liquid gold, in my opinion. I will post more on how I'm using whey soon. 

February 26, 2014

Our Christmas card 2013

I thought I'd post our Christmas card from this past Holiday season. I still can't believe I have a senior! Ahh..... 
What will next year's card be like having a college student? 
Things are a changin'!

February 22, 2014

Good Girl Moonshine

I have been making GGMS in big batches and keeping it in the fridge. That way it's ready to drink. I like to have simple things already done & ready to go. I do have to say I've built up my tolerance  for ACV! It can be addicting. 

I learned about this awesome drink from Trim Healthy Mama. 

P.S. My favorite benifit is that it can help weight loss. Also, I've read that it helps with inflammation among other things.  And, It is detoxifying, who doesn't love that!

Good Girl Moonshine

Makes: 1/2 gallon jar

1/2 cup Bragg's ACV (apple cider vinegar) 
2 tsp. gr. ginger
Stevia, to taste 

Add all ingredients to 1/2 gallon jar and enough water to fill the rest of the jar, stir. That's it! Give it a good shake, stir or twirl with a straw before you drink as the ginger tends to settle. 


February 20, 2014

6 months old cuties

This is such an adorable picture of Jasmine (upper left), my niece Scarlett (lower left), and my two nephews JJ (top right) and Carter (lower right). I believe Jasmine is 5 months in this pic! It's one of my favorites of her! My sister Elizabeth found these pictures and compiled all these cuties! Thanks, Liz!