Recap of Pie Recipes + A Cherry Pie Recipe – Oh La La!

It seems as if you’re usually more of a cake person or a pie person. I am a pie person. I could walk away from cake and never look back, but pie… that’s a different story. With that being said I’m Continue reading “Recap of Pie Recipes + A Cherry Pie Recipe – Oh La La!”


A quick wrap with red cabbage, havarti and hummus!

My latest addiction… lunch each day consists of a homemade wrap (Trader Joe’s) heated for a few seconds on each side –   Continue reading “A quick wrap with red cabbage, havarti and hummus!”

Snowed in? Clementine’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies a Ghirardelli recipe!

What do you do when you’re snowed in? Temps are low and you live in a tropical state that isn’t accustomed to getting below freezing temps coupled with inches of snow (5″!!) – well… you go through your recipes and see what you can make with what you’ve got. As luck would have it, I found this recipe in my file that I last made a million years ago, I noted that it was EXCELLENT. I don’t say that too often.

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Overnight Oats – endless possibilities!

Overnight Oats – I bet you’ve heard of them, they’re all the rage right now. There are an infinite number of variations – this is just one. I used frozen (thawed) mixed berries from Whole Foods – and WOW! This was like a berries and cream dessert with a little texture from the oats. Loved it! How nice to have breakfast with minimal effort! This time of year with the temptations of unhealthy eating and snacks galore it’s nice to take time to eat healthy in between outings – this is a quick and easy way to do just that!

I read an article about how to make a better batch of overnight oats – a good article from Bon Appetit (a beautiful magazine with fabulous recipes!!

I basically used the Wholefully Classic Overnight Oats (click HERE to view, print or save to Pinterest).

Next time I will add more milk just to see the difference – it was delicious!! I used Chia seeds, regular 2% milk and a quick dash of honey (not much at all). It was perfection! Fred and I split this and it was plenty for us.

Classic Overnight Oats

( – 1 large or 2 small servings

1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 heaping cup of rolled oats (I used Old Fashioned)
2/3 cup milk (regular milk, almond, soy, etc. whatever you like)
1 tablespoon of chia seeds (or ground flax meal)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Less than 1 tablespoon honey
Whisk the above ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Spoon into a jar with a tight-fitting lid (open mouth jars are idea – I think I used a pickle jar and it worked).
Closed and refrigerate 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
When you go to eat the oats, I put them in a bowl and added a splash of milk and more berries.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Delightfully Baked Apples – this is a quick and easy recipe – Apple pie without the crust!

Ready to pop into the oven!

I swear this is apple pie without the crust! I was craving an apple pie – but… make an apple pie, eat an apple pie. Probably not too good for the physique! So I scoured the Internet for recipes that were fairly healthy and this one fit the bill perfectly!

This recipe is by a great resource for recipes. This recipe comes together quickly, bakes for about 30 minutes (and makes your house smell amazing!) – We serve with a small scoop of ice cream. Really one half of a baked apple is plenty.

Click HERE to print the recipe from the website:

Fresh out of the oven!

Delightfully Baked Apples


2 large apples (use whatever you’ve got), cut them in half, remove the core/seeds

2 tablespoons butter (not margarine)

2 tablespoons brown sugar, Unpacked (can use less)

2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour (can use GLUTEN FREE)

4 tablespoons oats (recipe calls for quick oats, I only had Old Fashioned and they worked fine)

Cinnamon, just a dab (add more if you like, I did)


Oven to 350℉.

Cut apples in half, remove seeds and core

In a small bowl combing the butter, brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon – then spread the mixture on top of the apple halves (I spread with my fingers right to the edges) – sprinkle with more cinnamon if you like.

Place on a cookie sheet (I covered mine in foil for a no-cleanup option) – bake for 30 minutes.

Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream if you like!

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The BEST and Most Beautiful Christmas Cookies Ever!

These cookies have been a holiday tradition as long as I can remember. We had such fun making these. My mom and dad did all the hard work, we got to decorate – we had to decorate each one individually. Take your time, make it nice, don’t do it quickly (or heap a pile of frosting on top just so you can eat it, hee). Same with the tinsel, remember tinsel? One strand at a time! I think tinsel started out fun and then tested my patience, ha ha…

Click HERE to print the recipe as shown above!

From what I remember we had a reindeer, a Santa, a snowman and a Christmas tree cookie cutters. If you don’t have a cookie cutter use a glass and decorate them like ornaments! Right now I only have a Christmas tree cookie cutter, it’s my favorite and I haven’t seen another that I like as much (that won’t burn edges, etc) There are so many ways to decorate them! You can limit your colors, like I did, or have a plethora of colors and make them REALLY different!

Let the artistic side in you come out, make that wonderful “Grinch”  green, mix your yellow/blue food coloring to achieve the different colors!

This recipe makes quite a few, but they are so good they are in danger of becoming extinct rather quickly!

Merry Christmas!  🎄 Catch you back here tomorrow!

Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Bowl with Dried Cranberries, Walnuts and Bleu Cheese

I came up with this “recipe” after I had roasted a lot of veggies for the week. We had them as sides, and I was trying to think of something different to do with them. This was amazing. One note: Bleu cheese goes a long way, so remember, you can always add more! The caramelized taste of the roasted veggies, with the addition of the kale, chewy dried fruit and crunchy walnuts were an amazing combination!

Many of my “recipes” aren’t really recipes, they’re more of a guideline – Feel free to experiment with different ingredients or vary from what I have written. This recipe is also something that can be made (mostly) ahead, then heat and assemble the bowls.

This recipe includes roasted veggies (click HERE for a great guide on roasting veggies), cooked quinoa (Trader Joe’s frozen packet that you microwave is amazing – perfect for 2 with a little left over)! I also sauté  the kale, I wash it, dry it,  and add to a non-stick pan with a wee bit of olive oil, cover the pan and add a wee bit of water to help it steam – keep taste testing, once it’s at the consistency that you like, turn the burner off and transfer to a bowl. Chop the dried fruit, nuts. Once you have everything ready it’s time to add to a bowl. Add quinoa, roasted veg, cranberries or cherries, nuts, a wee bit of bleu cheese – this is remarkably good AND good for you!

Click HERE to print the recipe as shown below… I can’t wait for you to try it!

Roasted Veggie & Quinoa Bowl

Quick & Healthy Recipe  – Serves 2 people


●  Roasted Vegetables (see note*)

●  Kale, chopped and sautéed

●  Blue Cheese, crumbled

●  Quinoa, cooked (see note**)

●  Walnuts, chopped

●  Dried Cranberries or Cherries, chopped

1. Roast vegetables: I used onion, carrots, parsnips, turnips and sweet potato – change it up so it doesn’t get boring!

2. Saute the kale by adding washed/dried kale to a non-stick skillet with a little olive oil. After a few minutes cover the pan and add a little liquid (chicken broth or water is fine) – keep taste testing until it’s to a consistency you like.

3. Cook the quinoa. You can make it according to package directions or buy frozen that you zap in the microwave..

4. Chop walnuts, and dried fruit.

5. Plate – Add quinoa to individual bowls, top with vegetables, dried fruit, walnuts and bleu cheese.


*Roasted vegetables: see link below for tips on how to roast veggies. I basically cut into pieces (the smaller the pieces the quicker they cook), add a little olive oil, S&P in a 400F oven about 30 minutes (depending upon size).

**Quinoa: Trader Joe’s (or similar) frozen cooked quinoa is a real time saver, and perfect if there are just one or two of you!

Catch you back here tomorrow!