Cooking for our family while on vacation

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Cream filled doughnut

We are vacationing in a beach house and are planning on eating in at least a few breakfasts & a few dinners.

Sometimes getting everyone ready after a day on the beach is exhausting.

Staying in means eating with swim suits on and wet hair; everyone lounging around the porch.

Since we drove we brought a few things from home:

Organic olive oil

White rice

Organic pasta

Italian tuna

Frozen butter

Our favorite spices

Shopping list when we get there:

Eggs

Bagels

Slice bread

Tortilla bread

Ingredients for salad

Avocados

Mortadella

Ground beef

Cream cheese

Slice cheese

Mozzarella ball

So what is on the menu?

Breakfast:

Bagels & eggs

French toast

Scrambled eggs

Toast & butter

Dinner

Spaghetti

Caprese salad

Tuna salad

Burritos

Guacamole salad

Sandwiches

And for dessert, we vote on the local coffee shop, doughnut shop and the ice cream kiosk since there is no calorie- counting on our vacation.

Have a relaxing and delicious summer 🏖

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Sending Sweet gifts for the Holidays

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Harry & David, cake pops are perfect for families with children

If you are mailing gifts to friends & family you know how much everyone loves a box of sweets and  chocolaty treats as a holiday gift.

Hete are some ideas:

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Popcorn factory, Holly plaid Merry Christmas box

 

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Neiman Marcus, Treat house Christmas delux, they are offering free shipping too.
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Vermont country, Holiday wreath
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Vermont country store, spice cake with rum
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Godiva, assorted chocolate
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William Sonoma, Whiskey pairing chocolate box

 

Apple Cider, hot chocolate, eggnog, Christmas punch

Bite size breakfast
Hot chocolate
Coffee flavors
Add condense milk, cinnamon, nut meg for more flavor

Traditional holiday drinks, to warm you up, and to celebrate the holiday season with friends & family.

here are our favorites:

Apple cider:

1- 64 fl .oz btl of apple cider

3 cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon whole allspice

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1/3 cup brown sugar

In s saucepan combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap allspice and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth, and drop it in, add brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and keep warm before serving.

Hot Chocolate:

3 cups of whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Kosher salt

6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cook everything in a saucepan over medium heat. Use peppermint sticks, marshmallows, or chocolate shavings before serving.

Eggnog

We really like Horizon’s eggnog, and we grate fresh nut meg before serving.

 

Christmas Punch:

This is a pretty drink, and we usually have mini lights & fresh Garland to decorate around it.

1/3 cup white sugar 

1 quart cranberry juice

2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice

3 tablespoons almond extract

1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale
Mix all the ingredients except the ginger ale, and refrigerate for a day. Before serving mix in the ginger ale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does Fasting work?

We hear from friends and coworkers that fasting is their choice of regulating their weight during this time of the year.

Does it really work or is it healthy it all depends on how fasting is done!!

When we consume Carbs, sugar and refined grains, they quickly break down into sugar, which our cells use for energy. If we are not active we store it in our fat cells as fat. But sugar can only enter our cells with insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas. Insulin brings sugar into the fat cells and keeps it there. If we don’t eat between meals our insulin level goes down and fat cells release sugar stored so we can move around and be active.

When we fast our insulin levels go down far enough and for long enough that we burn off our fat.

Studies show when we stop eating during the day is a key on losing weight. Eating between 7am to 3 pm, or 10am to 6 pm, and avoiding any snacking between meals      is the smart way to regulate our weight .

 

 

 

 

7 Ideas for holiday season decorating

You are entertaining for the next two months and trying your best to make your home more festive, inviting, and comfortable for your guests.

Invest little for a drastic remodeling with accent pieces you can move around easily,  and also creating a fresh look for you .

Heirloom Christmas Stockings
Christmas Stockings, on the staircase
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Warm colors with a contrast designs on accent pillows paired with throws.
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Classic Mies Daybed, more sitting space
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A festive corner, a tabletop Christmas tree

 

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For the Guest room, garland around the headboard & a tabletop Christmas tree
Fresh Christmas Door Swag
Fresh Christmas Door Swag indoor or outdoor
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Hanukkah table runner