Irish coffee for cold winter nights


irishcoffeeIt’s cold outside guys!  I really shouldn’t complain because I live in the south, but I don’t think  my own body temperature regulates very well because I stay cold once I’m cold!  Ah well, at least our heat is working now, yay!  Ok, here’s a great drink to warm you up this winter, Irish coffee.  Mix 1.5 parts Jameson Irish whiskey into a mug or glass of coffee and add cream to your liking.  Sit by the fireplace.  There now, isn’t that better?  Hope your week is off to a good start!

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Flourless egg muffins


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As you may know, I started this year out with a whole food cleanse which consisted of only fruits, veggies and nuts in an effort to get back on a clean-eating diet.  Not that we weren’t eating well, but a few extra sugars and floury products had slipped in to my cooking and I justified it by using whole wheat or organic sugars. But, we just didn’t feel as healthy eating them and truthfully I was sick of carrying around the extra 5 or so pounds I had gained since our wedding.  So we are placing way more emphasis on fresh veggies and fruits, proteins and healthy fats and less on the carby stuff like breads, pastas and processed stuff (thats what it is too, just “stuff”, not real food!)  We eat a lot of eggs now because they are a great source of protein and the essential nutrient choline. Choline is involved in brain and cellular health and helps reduce inflammation, which leads to disease.  In fact, one egg contains 26% of your daily choline! Also, if you don’t get enough choline, your body may not be getting enough of the B vitamin folic acid, which is essential to make new cells (+ very essential for pregnant women to prevent birth defects in their babies).

This recipe is easy and tasty so I’m a fan.

6 eggs// 1/2 lb cooked bacon// 1/4 C shredded cheese// 1/2 C chopped vegetables (onion, mushroom, broccoli, zucchini, tomato are good choices–I think I doubled the amount to a full cup of veggies too)

1// Preheat oven to 400

2// Beat eggs and mix in all ingredients

3// Pour the eggs into a greased muffin pan

4// Bake for 20 minutes

Three of these babies filled me up!

 

Make dreamcatchers


DSC_0093 DSC_0123 DSC_0125 DSC_0180 DSC_0181 DSC_0182 DSC_0185 DSC_0189 DSC_0190 DSC_0191So I haven’t been posting much this week, but I have been doing lots of fun crafty things, plus organizing my house and cleaning and all that you strive to do in the beginning of a new year.  It’s looking pretty good at this point but I still have a huge to-do list going on.  Here’s a craft I started on Xmas and found it to be the most fun, relaxing craft ever.  I loved making these dream catchers!

Supplies: wood beads// craft paint// feathers// metal rings or embroidery hoops// string// leather/suede cord or yarn// glue// lace

1// Wrap the cord or yarn tightly around the ring, glue a few spots to ensure it stays in place. 2// Take about 4 feet of string and start wrapping it in whatever zig zags or criss cross way you like. Or you could do this if you want to knot the string for a traditional dreamcatcher look.  I, however, like the crazy string look! 3// Slide your beads (I painted mine with metallic craft paint first) on the string while wrapping if you want or just tie them on later to hang pretty.  4// Paint your feathers with craft paints and glitter and tie them on to the yarn or cord however long you want them, about 5-8 strands. Knot them to the ring and Ta da!  I hung mine in our bedroom; after all, the point is to ensure we only have good dreams, right?

I plan to make some mini dreamcatchers soon with some old bangle jewelry I have, cute!

Our Christmas


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We made spinach and eggs  and a fruit smoothie for breakfast…

We got snow and stayed inside!


We made fresh orange juice mimosas…

My stepmom sent me a gorgeous leopard purse!

We cuddled by the fire (with no heat otherwise, brrr!) and I worked on a blanket…

We made pizza with what we had in the fridge…

I took a few snow snapshots….then we cozied up and watched some movies…What a lovely, lazy Christmas.  Thanks for looking! I love looking back after the holidays on how we spent our time because now we have to wait another year to look forward to it again:)

(Grown-up) Movie night 6 recommendations


Here’s some of my favorite movies from recent so if you’re stuck on what to rent, Netflix, or our new fave, Redbox, here’s some of my recommendations (I did study a bit of film in high school and college, yay!)

1// The Words starring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana is a beautifully moving story about a writer, his wife, an old man and his story.  I really enjoyed this drama, which rather surprised me, just based on the previews I saw. I’m glad I took a chance and rented it. It seemed like a very original story and had a good flow.  4/5 stars in my opinion!

2// Looper starring Joseph Gorden Levitt and Bruce Willis is an action/drama with impressive acting, I think, on JGL’s part, as well as some good CG.  Bruce is great as always.  A nice surprise was Emily Blunt’s character, I hadn’t realized she was in this film.  There were a few questions as to what played out in terms of the time travel stuff but it linked up well and I felt like a decent ending; not like I was left hanging.  4/5 stars for me!

3// Beasts of the Southern Wild starring a super cute Quvenhane Wallis who was only 5 when she landed this part.  She is very inspiring as a little girl who has to deal with a very sick father in the middle of the woods, what they call the “bathtub”.   Dwight Henry, who plays her father, who was a hurricane Katrina survivor and owned a bakery in New Orleans near to where the film company was located and where the directors would go eat.  I love that he had never acted before and could bring such experience and heart to a role that most of us could never even picture ourselves in.  I give this movie a 5/5 for capturing the human heart and soul so vividly (sorry for the mushy stuff here!).

4// The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version) starring Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace does the book justice, which is usually not the case.  The american version is well done but not quite as full as this version.  If  you’ve read any of the books, which are long-winded but really good, and liked them,  you’ll enjoy the movie.  There are actually 3 movies, one for each book, and I just finished reading the second book, “The Girl who played with fire” so I’m excited to see the 2nd movie.  I rate this film 4.6/5 stars because the actors really captured the book characters perfectly as to how I imagined them, and the movie doesn’t leave anything out of the story.

5// Ruby Sparks starring Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan is a quirky love story with a great cast of characters and actors.  This is also about a writer but has an interesting twist to the story, literally.  I don’t want to give the plot away but I think you should watch this film! A 4/5!

6// The Help starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (who won an Oscar for this role) is almost better than the book!  I loved this film and after reading the book I want to own this movie, which is saying a lot because I rarely buy movies anymore (except for the JRR Tolkein series:)  I love time pieces and this is felt like a true gem of one.  5/5 stars!

Have a great weekend!!

Creamy broccoli cheese soup


DSC_0041 DSC_0040 broccoli cheese soupMy cleanse is over (officially!) but I plan to continue to eat detoxifying foods on a daily basis.  One of those foods is broccoli, which I rarely cook because the Mr. doesn’t like it much. Thank goodness for this recipe I found for broccoli cheese soup, he loved it!  I actually made this before my cleanse but I’ll make it again because it is super delicious and easy to make.

Ingredients: 1 C almond milk// 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese// 1.5 C fresh or frozen broccoli steamed// 1 chicken or veg bouillon cube.

//Blend all ingredients together in a blender or processor and serve!  Oh, and we aren’t afraid of cheese because it provides good fat and protein, just don’t eat too much;)

I’m so excited to keep trying new healthy recipes this year, my motivation is high!  The 3 day cleanse was definitely a great idea and I highly recommend researching and finding a cleanse that you can do safely and healthily.  There are so many illnesses and diseases that can be prevented with a healthy, whole food, diet and the cleanse helps you get started. Of course, you can eat cleansing and detoxifying foods daily without doing a cleanse.  Most of these are vegetables, so I’ll be experimenting with lots of veggies in recipes I’ve never tried. I’ll keep you updated with my favorites!

Whole fruit apple carrot juice


This colorful smoothie has 4 whole carrots, peeled// 1 apple, de-stemmed// 1/2 C water// strawberry garnish *add a slice of ginger for extra health benefits. DSC_0030 DSC_0026 apple carrot juiceToday is Day 3 of my cleanse and I’m having my second smoothie of the day.  I feel fine, good even.  I stopped feeling hungry yesterday as the smoothies are very filling.  My headache stopped also which I think was largely due to my lack of caffeine.  One cup of green tea with my breakfast smoothie and I’m good to go.  I’ve been sleeping very well.  I’ve been reading my Clean eating (awesome vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free recipes) cookbook for ideas of what to cook after my cleanse so I stay on track.  I’m also going to start planning a garden so I’m going to read up on good veggies to plant here.  I’ve been wanting to do this forever!

So what after the cleansing period?  While I’m not going to be a vegetarian or go on any “diet”, my goal is to continue to eat lots of veggies, whole grains and no refined or processed grains as much as possible, no refined sugars, less liqueur and more wine (happy face), nuts, and plenty of proteins.   I’m also committed to a regular exercise regimen of which currently I workout with my husband every other day and then walk the dogs on off days. I’m really excited to start this year off so healthily, it feels really good!!!

How are you guys doing on your new years resolutions?

P.S. If you want to do a cleanse, I highly recommend watching Joe Cross’s documentary “Fat, sick and nearly dead” first for some great information and motivational stories.  A couple great detox smoothie recipes I found were from Dr. Oz; I really liked the ingredients he used in them like coconut water, almond butter, cucumbers, kale (click for some great nutrition facts/cooking methods) and pineapples.  I plan on doing this cleanse several times a year as part of my regular diet.  It makes so much sense to clean out your insides every once in a while.