Green Monster Smoothie

It’s a new year, time to start it off right.  Diets aren’t usually my thing.  But as the days get colder I always find myself craving fruits and veggies, so a change in diet is a yearly habit.  After all the indulgence over the holidays, lighter meals and snacks are a welcome sight.


This smoothie is perfect for a light breakfast on your way out the door or an afternoon snack.  Light, refreshing, and so green! The color is what inspired the name.  I can just picture a fuzzy monster, like the kind in a Pixar film, drinking this on their way to work.

Just four simple ingredients make this easy to whip up and won’t weight you down.  The kale adds nutrition and allows the pear to take the lead a the main flavor.

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Hot Coco Recipe

Alright guys, this weekend it hit me:  I have less than two weeks to finish getting gifts, wrap them, and mail most of them.  EEK!

How did it get to be the middle of December?  Why is it going to be in the 70s this week?  I know I’m below the Mason Dixon line, but I’m not that far south.  Just last year I woke up the day after Christmas to a blanket of snow.

Well, even though the weather seems a bit confused, the calendar says it’s the time of year for cuddling up in front of a crackling fire with a warm cup of cocoa.  There is nothing wrong with store-bought cocoa.  But if you want to treat yourself or your loved ones then you can make your own.

Rich, chocolaty comfort in a cup.  That’s what this cocoa is.
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Vanilla Cupcakes with Whipped Raspberry Butter Cream Frosting

I spent a good part of the baking.  And I was perfectly fine with it.  In addition to these beauties I made pizza dough and finished up the cupcakes I posted yesterday.


These cupcakes are dense, hearty vanilla treats.  Topped with a light whipped buttercream they are wonderful for a sweet tooth.  I love this recipe, the raspberry gives enough flavor without overwhelming the vanilla cake.  However, this is the first thing I’ve baked that R has not liked.  All the more for me then.

Both cupcakes I made for our housewarming were a hit.  While we had less people than we expected, it was a good night and gave us the motivation to get the apartment finished up.

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Garlic Chicken Crepes

I’ve been holding out on you, my beloved readers.  I made this recipe over a week ago and have been keeping it all to myself.


These crepes are so simple, and the batter will keep for a few days in the fridge.  Which is how I ended up having this as breakfast/lunch three days in a row.  I sliced up some garlic chicken sausage, but variations would be easy to do by changing sausage and the seasoning in the sauce.

First start with the crepe recipe:

Basic Crepes

2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon oil
dash of salt

Beat eggs.  In a large bowl combine all ingredients, beat until thoroughly combined.
Heat a lightly greased small pan.  Remove from heat.  Spoon 1/8-1/4 cup of batter  into the pan, as batter hits pan gently tilt the pan to distribute batter evenly.  Return to heat and brown on one side.
Flip onto paper towels and repeat until you have the desired number of crepes. (Remaining batter can be kept for a few days if refrigerated.)

Cook sausage according to packaging.  Slice and place inside crepes while warm.  Fold crepes around sausage.


Garlic Butter Sauce
(good for 3-4 crepes)

2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon sage

Melt butter.  Add garlic powder and sage, mix.  Pour over folded crepes with cooked sausage inside.  Enjoy!