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Do you know what this weekend is?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Food Love | 7 comments

I am so excited for Sunday night. Are you?

I’m a super nerd. I know this. However, I’ve been marking weeks off my calendar in preparation of the new season of Game of Thrones. Those of you who know a bit about the story and follow my blog might be a little bit surprised by my obsession given the violence encapsulated in this story….but if you can get past that, the story line is addicting, the character development is fabulous and I am totally engrossed in the “what’s going to happen next” feeling I get as I watch it.

Not only that, but it is something that my husband and I like to do together. We love to get comfortable on the couch and line the coffee table full of yummy snacks as we discuss what happened in the last episode and make predictions about what will happen next. In the past we’ve even held a GOT premiere party with all of our friends, eating themed snacks in preparation for the show to air. Nerdy? Yes, but so much fun.

Premiere party ideas for Game of Thrones! #gameofthrones #GOT #excited Click To Tweet

So, if you’re wanting to throw your own GOT party let me recommend these incredibly yummy Lemon Cakes in honor of Sansa Stark. This was such an easy recipe and I loved both making and eating them. Especially eating them. Let me know what you think.

 

Game of Thrones Food| Sansa Stark's Lemon Cakes | www.lovetheeveryday.com

 

Do you have any TV shows to recommend that you love to watch with your spouse?

Power Souping Recipe: Weight Loss Goals | Power souping

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Food Love, Healthy Living | 9 comments

Juicing for a nutrient rich morning is yesterday’s news. Your favorite morning smoothie recipe? Gone too.

The newest trend in weight loss involves what nutritionist Rachel Beller calls souping. Power souping is the new big thing, it was even on ABC news this morning. I decided I needed to give it a whirl myself. I mean I love soup, why wouldn’t I love power souping?

 

Power Souping is the next big thing! #powersouping #weightloss Click To Tweet

So I decided on a kale based power soup (since that’s what I had on hand in my fridge) and since I was using a green base I decided to add other greens as well.


Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Cups of Fresh Kale (I used a Kale/Spinach Blend)
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1/3 of a fresh green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 tsps minced garlic
  • 1tbs chia seeds
  • 2 Cups vegetable broth (I used an organic one that I had on hand, but you could use your favorite broth)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan Cheese for garnish (optional)
Easy weight loss with easy ingredient Power Soup

I chose all organic products for today’s power soup. But you can certainly use whatever is in your pantry!

 

The process is just as easy as making your morning smoothie!

1.       Add greens to your blender of choice.

2.       Scoop avocado out of shell and into blender

3.       Add garlic, chia seed, green peppers, and salt and pepper.

4.       Add broth.

power_souping_broth

This is so easy, I can’t wait to try it again with other ingredients!

5.       Blend thoroughly. (I blended for two minutes)

6.       Pour mixture into sauce pan on stove. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until warm.

7.       Top with parmesan cheese. (if desired)

8.       Ok, let’s be honest, I topped mine with goldfish crackers because I’m a child.

9.       Yum!

Healthy little chia seeds make me happy!

Healthy little chia seeds make me happy!

 

Next time maybe I’ll toss in a jalapeno for a little more kick.

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I couldn’t resist the little goldfish crackers, but it would certainly be yummy with a big chunk of crusty bread too!

Or I was thinking of trying out a cold breakfast soup, maybe eliminating the savory spices and adding a banana, cinnamon and honey instead? What do you think? Are you ready to try power souping as part of your weight loss plan?


 

Do you have a favorite soup recipe? You can check out my other favorite soups here!

Day 2: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Compliment Someone)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Blog, Faith, Hope and Hugs, Packaged Love | 0 comments

Day 2: Offer up a genuine compliment…
and be prepared to graciously accept one too.

 

Many great things tend to go unsaid. I realize that this is not some sort of major revelation or new age idea. I have obviously thought to compliment someone before, but I think we can afford to do it a little bit more regularly, giving compliments away for free. I’m suggesting we strive to stretch our boundaries a little and to venture out of our comfort zone to deliver a compliment that might make someone’s day. That’s not to say that we should be giving compliments when they aren’t earned. The idea is to honor someone by admiring something they have actually done well.

I made an effort to make sure to compliment my husband today. He works hard to provide for us and so often I take all the little things he does for granted. He truly makes my life easier in so many ways. Sometimes I don’t even notice when he makes sure to do things to help me or to take care of me. For instance, he never, ever will put silverware into the sink, he always lets it soak in a cup or a bowl if we don’t have time to put it into the dishwasher. I thought this was just because he is OCD about cleaning, but he mentioned to me recently it was because he was worried I would reach blindly into the sink and grab a knife. This seems like a tiny, insignificant detail of our mundane lives, but the truth is, it is just one of the many small ways he shows me that he loves me. I appreciate that about him. So my compliment, as cheesy as it sounds, looked like this: “Hey babe, I love how good you are at making me feel loved. Thank you. You are always so thoughtful.”

So give a compliment today. Something genuine. I believe in joy, and in spreading it.… Click To Tweet

 


 

 

Every day for the next 20 I’ll be sharing my efforts to spread and show love to others. I’ll share ideas and inspiration along the way. If you want to join please follow along on my Facebook page, stop in for inspiration on my blog and use the hashtag #spreadlovelikejelly in your social media to share how it’s going for you!#spreadlovelikejelly #choosejoy

Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love Yourself

 

Spread Love Like Jelly

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Counting Blessings, Faith, Hope and Hugs, Packaged Love, Thoughts and other stuff | 0 comments

This month when heart-shaped boxes of chocolate goodness are lining the shelves it seems like the perfect time to celebrate love in other areas of our lives as well.It doesn’t have to be the mushy, gushy romantic love either. But a celebration of love is definitely on the agenda for me this month.

I love my job, I love my dogs, I love my friends and family…but how often do I show that love? When do I demonstrate that love? How do others see Christ’s love through me?

I’m pretty sure that most often…they don’t.

I can be judgmental and short-tempered. I am quick to jump to conclusions and even quicker to condemn others for their actions. Especially if I am hungry.

I realize it is my actions, not necessarily my words that will lead others to Christ and I am striving to become a better follower of Him, and to be more like Him. I want others to feel compelled to be happier when they are around me, I want to be uplifting and I want to show the world that Christians are different. We have something special and I want to inspire people to ask me what that special thing is!

 

That being said I am starting a 20-Day Spread-Love-Like-Jelly campaign and I hope you’ll join me!

 

Every day for the next 20 I’ll be sharing my efforts to spread and show love to others. I’ll share ideas and inspiration along the way. If you want to join please follow along on my Facebook page, stop in for inspiration on my blog and use the hashtag #spreadlovelikejelly in your social media to share how it’s going for you!

I’m so excited. What is better than love? I love love. Stop back in and let me know how it is going for you.

 

Im starting a 20-Day Spread-Love-Like-Jelly campaign. I hope you’ll join me! #spreadlovelikejelly… Click To Tweet
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#spreadlovelikejelly 20-day challenge

Parent Teacher Conferences make me crave chocolate

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Food Love | 0 comments

THESE BROWNIES Oh. My. God. She calls them “I just got dumped brownie bars“, but I call them heaven. These are exactly what I need to get out of the funk I’ve been in! I’ve been meaning to start eating healthy and work on getting bikini ready for an upcoming trip to a hot spring….but instead: brownies. So check out Cheleas’s blog anyway, she’s the mastermind behind all things sweet and savory over at Gal on a Mission. She’s got all kinds of yummy goodness there; it’s the stuff dreams are made of.

 

 

 

Ok but seriously: This is the perfect ooey, gooey, decadent brownie recipe to get you through a bad day. Click To Tweet

Gal on a Mission Brownies that will cure the blues

Click HERE for the complete recipe and access to all her other awesome ideas!

Crockpot Sausage, Kale and Lentil Soup

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Food Love | 0 comments

I just love Crockpot recipes. There is something so peaceful in knowing that there is a batch of something yummy simmering away in the slow cooker while I’m at work. Coming home to a healthy and easy meal is one of life’s simple pleasures.

This week I made a really wonderful Sausage and Lentil Soup in my crockpot. It was a super easy week night dinner idea that made both my husband and I happy. I had enough leftovers to take to work for lunch the next day and it was even better the next day! It is also super healthy and filling,  so it’s a win-win.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 64 oz of chicken or vegetable stock. (I used Costco brand chicken stock)
  • 1 -can diced tomatoes
  • 1- can black beans (rinsed)
  • 2 Cups Dry Green Lentils
  • 2 cups chopped and de-stemmed Kale
  • 2 cloves diced garlic
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • about 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 lb. crumbled and cooked sausage, drain grease off first by cooling on a paper towel (use your favorite kind)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar

Sausage, Kale and Lentil Soup in the Crockpot | www.lovetheeveryday.comThis is so easy:

1. Place carrots, celery, garlic, canned tomatoes, canned beans, lentils, sausage, bay leaves, thyme, cumin, pepper, salt, and garlic salt into crockpot.

2.  Pour Chicken or Veggie Stock over everything and stir gently.

3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.

4. About 15- 20 minutes before eating add chopped Kale and vinegar to crockpot. Stir. Place the lid back on and allow to cook for those last few minutes to properly wilt kale.

5. Enjoy with salad and fresh bread. Or topped with a dollop of sour cream. Yum!

 

 

Be Gone Boring Chicken! Hello: Weight Loss!

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Food Love | 1 comment

 

In our house we are trying to make healthy eating choices this month. But, with my lack of self-discipline and both working 40+ hours a week we are really struggling! Also there are things like cookies and cupcakes that are constantly calling my name…

Chicken Meal Ideas www.lovetheeveryday.com


 

Getting Bikini Ready:

I want to be able to lose a little weight before my friend’s wedding at the end of the month. We are also planning a vacation in June so I’d like to be bikini ready before then. All that being said, we have been eating a whole lot of chicken lately. I’m getting so bored of chicken, so I set out to find some yummy chicken recipes that will make my tummy and my waistline happy.

We found fresh, new chicken meal ideas! #weeknight #dinner #weightloss Click To Tweet

 

Pineapple Chicken Quinoa Salad

I’m immediately drawn to recipes that are easy, or that use some of our weekly staples anyway. In our house we eat a ton of quinoa and so this recipe over at Layers of Happiness which combines my love of quinoa with a sweetly satisfying pineapple addition made me super happy. Jen and Emily have a bazillion more yummy looking dishes I want to test drive too! I can’t wait to try this one. And, it only takes about 20 minutes to make which is my kind of meal! This looks perfect for lunches!

Check this recipe out at www.layersofhappiness.com

Check this recipe out at www.layersofhappiness.com

 


 

Hummus Crusted Chicken

Then I stumbled across Sara’s blog which details her weight loss journey and her healthy lifestyle choices. I love this hummus crusted chicken idea, and although she chooses to make her own hummus in the recipe, for ease of weeknight meal prep I will most likely use the hummus we already have in the fridge. Yum!

Check out Sara's weight loss journey at http://saraestakeley.blogspot.com

Check out Sara’s weight loss journey at http://saraestakeley.blogspot.com


 

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Lastly, this week I’m going to give this Buffalo Chicken Chili a try. Tammy at Organize Yourself Skinny makes it sound so easy and so yummy! She’s also got a bunch of other ideas, tips and recipes for healthy living and is super inspirational!

I’m going to work on adapting it so that I can turn it into a Crockpot Recipe instead of one that I have to prepare when I get home from work. Although I do like the idea of making it ahead and turning it into a freezer meal as well.

buffalo chicken chili

Beyond Chicken Soup: How to Survive a Weekend When You’re Sick in Bed

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Family Ties, Food Love | 0 comments

I spent the weekend sick on the couch with strep throat. I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced such a terrible sore throat. Adults are not meant to get childhood sicknesses, my body did not like that! I thought I would love spending whole days curled up with hot tea and hours of Netflix stretching out before me…. But after a few hours I was stir crazy and bored. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the energy to move much, and felt terrible. It was a vicious circle. So I came up with these ideas to get me (and you) through a sick spell, or a rainy day…

  1. Plan your meals for the week by flipping through rarely used cookbooks and stopping on random pages. I have the most beautiful cookbooks, with hundreds of mouth-watering recipes for easy, week night meals…that I have never, ever looked at. WithPinterest and Google and a busy 40+ hour work week, who has time to flip through cook books when I can just type what I’m looking for into my phone andKAPOW there’s the recipe right in front of me? I loved having some uninterrupted time to fawn over the glossy pages and beautiful pictures in the cookbooks on my shelves.

  2. Write a letter to your favorite teacher. I recently received a nice note from a former student as she is about to graduate from college. She mentioned how I always made her feel special and she appreciated all the time I took to make sure she came to school, and how encouraged she was by my attitude and genuine concern for her well-being. This made me think about how much some of my former teachers meant to me, and how nice it is to get real mail in the mail box.

  3. Make your favorite “sick-time” beverage. For me, it’s a hot toddy, but you can skip the alcohol and just make a fabulous cup of tea too!

My hot toddy recipe of choice:

  • 1 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1 tea bag steeped in 1 cup of hot water (I used a plain black tea for mine, but any herbal blend would be good too!)
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ½ tsp ground ginger, or slice of fresh ginger steeped in hot water
  • 1 wedge of lemon squeezed, then steeped in tea
  • Stir with a cinnamon stick
  •  Mix all ingredients together. Drink. Repeat.

 

  1. Start a blog. Or Read a blog. Nothing hits closer to home for me than this. I love when people read my blog. So I spent some time spreading the love this weekend. Bloggers love visitors and comments, and new readers, and feeling important. (Maybe we are all a little self-centered….or maybe we just want to share incredibly helpful and interesting things with all of you!)

 

Here are my current favorite reads:

 

  • Oak and Oats: Where Elizabeth writes about all things adorable and happy and wholesome. She’s positive and cute and spunky and all the things that we here at Love the Everyday can fully support. Also she’s a fellow Colorado love and that hits close to my heart. Check her out.

 

  • Of course I couldn’t help but mention Kathryn at Singing through the Rain. She’s not only been super inspiring to me personally, and hundreds of other military spouses, but she’s also been supportive of my blogging and featured me as a guest blogger on her site a few times. (Maybe I’m a little biased, but I heart her). Aside from that she too has a newly found love of Colorado. (are you sensing a theme?)

 

 

  • My current guilty pleasure is to live vicariously through Brittany and Ryan over at In Some Places as they chronicle their lives as teachers in foreign countries. Someday perhaps I’ll get the nerve up to just chase that dream, until then, I’m going to read on.

 

  1. Lastly, I know this sounds silly. But watch your favorite childhood movie. I am not kidding, I curled up with my hot toddy, my blog reading list, my puppies and The Brave Little Toaster. I suffered through the weekend, but I loved these quiet moments with some of my favorite things.

 

What are your favorite ways to beat a sickness?

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Khaleesi’s Dragon Eggs (Scotch Eggs)

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Food Love | 0 comments

You may now call me the Kitchen Khaleesi.

I mentioned that I also made Dragon Eggs for the Game of Thrones Season 5 opening episode, in addition to my yummy Lemon Cakes. We were, perhaps, a little bit excited about the new season and are completely obsessed with GOT so we wanted to enjoy our all day marathon of the show with appropriately themed snacks. I think Daenerys Targaryen would be proud.

You will need:
2 lbs of your favorite pork sausage (we used a local hot Italian sausage for ours.)
6 hard-boiled and peeled eggs
1 egg slightly beaten
2 cups bread crumbs (we used panko because I love them)
1 cup flour
Salt, pepper, spices to taste
Olive oil


 

Dragon Eggs | Scotch Eggs | Easy Game of Thrones Reciepes

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Divide the sausage into 6 equal parts and pat each into round flat disc. (Think: small meat pancake.)

3. Dip each peeled, hard-boiled egg in water and then lightly coat in flour.
4. Place each in center of meat patty and wrap patty entirely around egg, encapsulating it in sausage. This takes a little finesse. Make sure to pinch the meat together so that it completely encloses the egg. Once it’s completely wrapped you can press the sausage firmly around the egg to make sure that there is no air between the egg and meat layers. Squeeze firmly to ensure that the sausage stays in place during cooking.

 

 

Scotch Eggs, Dragon Eggs, Game of Thrones themed food

5. Then, roll each sausage ball into the flour coating. (I seasoned the flour with seasoned salt and pepper first).
6. Then dip the sausage ball into the beaten egg.
7. Roll the sausage into the bread crumbs.

Scotch Eggs. Dragon's Eggs, Party Food

8. Place on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake of 30 minutes. (Turn once during baking.)

9. Once you remove them from the oven, if they are not crisped to your liking you can toss them into a hot frying pan with a tablespoon of olive oil to brown the outside. This leaves the coating crunchy and yummy.

10. Serve hot or cold with mustard or your favorite dipping sauce. Yum!

 

Scotch Eggs, Dragon's Eggs, Game of Thrones Inspired Food

Lemon Cakes for Sansa Stark

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Food Love, Quick Meals, Snacking | 0 comments

The Game of Thrones season premier was last night and being the nerds that we are, we celebrated in style. I made Lemon Cakes in honor of Sansa Stark’s favorite treat. We started the afternoon with a marathon of all the Season 4 episodes, drank dark beer and red wine and prepared our snacks for the day. We also made and devoured DRAGON EGGS! Which were a big hit with the boys.
Here is my layered Lemon Cake “recipe”. I did not make this from scratch, instead just modified several boxed mixes to make them my own. So easy!
I started with a paper cup lined muffin tin and a box of Krusteaz Lemon Bar Mix.
Following the package directions I mixed the lemon filling and pressed the ready-made crust mix in equal portions into the bottom of each muffin cup. After the crust on the bottom baked slightly I added lemon filling and let that back for a while too. Then the last layer is a lemon zest infused white (boxed) cake mix. After this bakes these sweet little treats form three cute layers and are seriously yummy!

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You will need:
1 box Krusteaz Lemon Bar Mix
½ Box of your favorite white cake mix
Zest of 1 lemon
Vanilla Extract
Eggs
Water
Vegetable Oil
Paper cupcake liners

1 HEAT oven to 350°F. Place paper cupcake liners into TWO 12-cup muffin tins.
2 STIR together water and eggs (according to package) until well blended. Add lemon filling mix and stir with a whisk until smooth. Allow to sit while crust is baking.
WHILE THIS IS HAPPENING: Also mix together ½ of your favorite white cake mix, according to package directions. (Use ½ of oil, water and eggs required to make full box). I added 1 Tbs of lemon zest and 1 tsp of vanilla extract to this.
3 PRESS crust mix firmly into bottom of each paper liner. Bake 5 minutes; crust will be pale.
4 STIR filling mixture again and pour over hot crust. Bake 5 minutes or until filling begins to solidify. Remove from oven.
5 ADD One large spoon full of mixed cake mix over the top of hot lemon filling. Don’t be worried if the layers mix together a little bit, the cake mix will rise to the top. Put back into the oven for 5-8 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

For ease of removing from paper liners, chill 1-2 hours. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 24 lemon cakes.

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