I love smoothies so very much!! I have one every morning before I dance!! And this smoothie is the perfect little sweet treat to get your morning started! It adds a little punch to your day!! This smoothie makes me think of the famous pink milkshake dump over Kenickie from Greese. Rizzo would not dump my pink smoothie!!
6 ripe strawberries
half of a banana
half a cup of raw roasted cashews (I like to use cashews that have been roasted and lightly salted with seas salt)
juice of one lime, freshly squeezed is always better
two table spoons of local honey
once you have all your ingredients together blend in a blender or ninja for 2 minutes!
makes two servings
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You may know or may not know, I love salads very much!! And since the springtime season (my favorite season) has started, I would like to share with you one of my all-time favorite salads! During the springtime mini strawberries and snap peas are the best at least in Colorado!! Snap peas add a great crunch and a little extra sweetness to this salad, that is why I like them!! Strawberries add color and sweetness too!! I love to have this salad before I dance because it has a lot of color in it which makes it perfect for spring!! And is not to filling which makes it nice to have right before dancing! Small but mighty!!
It is simple but sweet!!
Organic baby spring mix 2 cups(I like to get the box by simple truth, they sell all kinds of mixed salads only it is all fresh and in a giant box!! Perfect for those who eat lots of salad!!) They always have great deals on it too, you cant miss it!!:)
a handful of fresh mint
two perfect pinches of fresh thyme
about 12 large strawberries sliced however you please
1/4 cup walnuts chopped (or if your like me, throw in a little more because ya like things nutty:)!!)
1/4 purple onion finely diced
Strawberry Balsamic Dressing
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove
two tablespoons local honey
a pinch of sea salt
a pinch of ground white pepper
a little less than half a cup of extra virgin olive oil
To continue with my fall trend, I have decided to make a sweet autumn treat, pumpkin bread! I love everything pumpkin and thought that this pumpkin bread would be perfect to share with you all. This loaf smells so good when it is baking in the oven and complements a crisp fall day, as a sweet treat! This bread is so moist and when it is sliced open the pumpkin color is so vibrant! Let’s get started!
2 cups all-purpose flour (If you live at high-altitude, add an additional 2 tablespoons of flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 and 1/2 sticks of butter (room temperature)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 15 ounce can of 100% pure pumpkin, I like to use Libby’s (about 1 and 1/2 cups)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour your loaf pan.
In a medium bowl combine, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and all the spices together. I like to sift the dry ingredients using my little sifter, but if you don’t have one just whisk your spice and everything nice together! Set aside.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer or hand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. The mixture might look a little grainy, but that is just fine! Add pumpkin and beat well.
At low speed, mix in flour. Batter should be fluffy, thick, and orange of course! Turn batter into your loaf pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
Once your loaf is fully baked, let it cool in the pan with some tin foil covering it for 10 minutes. This will keep the moisture in as it cools, so your bread stays moist an soft!