Vitamix!

Christmas has come early for us this year! Mom went ahead and ordered us an early Christmas present, something I’ve been wanting for a long time…a beautiful, top of the line Vitamix blender.

IT’S AMAZING!

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I’ve only used it a few times so far, but it makes the smoothest smoothies of all time. I can’t wait to use it for soups and other goodies all winter long.

In honor of my new toy, I’m reposting my favorite Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake recipe for you. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

Ingredients:
1/2 frozen banana (I pre-slice my bananas before freezing for easy blending)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling – just plain pumpkin)
1 cup milk of your choice (I use plain almond milk to keep calories and sugar down)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1-inch piece of ginger, roughly chopped
Very generous dashes of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice

Blend it all together, and enjoy!

 

Chicken Noodle Soup

For some reason, traveling between Florida and Ohio caused me to come down with a major cold. I had no voice for about a day and a half, and now, when I think it’s just about over, I’m having coughing fits at night and headaches in the morning. Major bummer, but ’tis the season!

As you may be experiencing something similar, I am hear to bring you my very tasty and so-simple-you-can-cook-it-while-you’re-sick Chicken Noodle soup.

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Chicken Noodle Soup (for your soul. makes a lot.)

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 large (or several baby) carrot, chopped

2 quarts chicken stock, low sodium

8 oz egg noodles (I use No Yolks)

1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped

Seasonings to taste: salt, pepper, basil, parsley, paprika, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce (my hubby likes to doctor it up with the spicy ones)

Directions

1. Coat the bottom of a large soup pot with oil. Add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrot. Cook for about five minutes, when the veggies are softening but not browned.

2. Pour in the chicken stock and bring it to a boil.

3. Add in noodles and reduce to a simmer for about five minutes.

4. Add chicken, and continue to simmer as you add the seasonings.

Doesn’t get much simpler than that! I like to let it simmer a little while just to get all the flavors melded. The noodles will soak up a lot of the stock, but that’s what makes it all so TASTY. Enjoy, and feel better!

 

Halloween Puppy Chow

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Okay, first things first: Do you call it puppy chow or muddy buddies?? I had never even heard of muddy buddies until last week…

Now that we have THAT out of the way, please, enjoy…

This recipe that I stole from over here at A Southern Fairy Tale is a great twist on classic puppy chow. Instead of peanut butter, it uses nutella (genius). But I must admit, I used a jar of nutella, and then a huge glob of peanut butter too. Everything else though, I followed the recipe.

For candy add ins, I actually found s’mores candy corns and they were AWESOME. I also threw in some regular candy corn, an “autumn mix” which included pumpkins and such, and then a bag of Candy Corn M&Ms.

I was pretty confident upon purchasing them that “Candy Corn M&Ms” were simply m&ms in candy corn colors. This was a false assumption. They actually have like, a  candy corn filling. And with all the other candy corns in the mix, it was just a bit too much. A bag of regular ol’ m&ms would have been perfect here. Alas, it looks pretty!

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Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bars

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With over 12,000 all-time views, this recipe is seriously like, the best thing I make. Even here in the Buckeye State, I have been told these are better than buckeyes…go try for yourself!

Originally posted on Megoirs:

This is THE BEST recipe I own, and you all are lucky I am sharing it with you…(don’t tell my grandma).

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Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bars

2 cups chunky style peanut butter
2 cups powder sugar
2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 stick + 1 Tablespoon melted butter
12 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips

Melt butter and mix with the first three ingredients.
Spread mixture into 13×9 pan.
Melt chocolate chips and spread on top.
Refrigerate for exactly 1/2 hour and cut into small sized bars (they are rich).
Keep refrigerated until you are ready to enjoy!

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Tasty Tuesday: Memorial Madness

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Before there was Pinterest, there was foodgawker (well, it still exists, but is less important). Back in 2009 when I posted this post, just after Memorial Day, I had no idea that the photo of my M&M Pretzels would go nuts. I got it on foodgawker, and years later, it spread out over Pinterest. Because of these social media pushes, this post has been viewed more than any other post – even my homepage!!! – with over 58,000 views. Heyo!

Originally posted on Megoirs:

It was an all-in-all successful Memorial Day. I realized that we had a cookout last Memorial Day, just after we moved into the house. Hard to believe it’s been over a year! Anyway, take a look at the goodies we enjoyed…

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Want to make these little delicious treats? Just melt Hershey’s kisses onto tiny twist pretzels (275 degrees, 3 minutes), remove, and immediately press a single m&m on each. Refrigerate until eating to make sure they are deliciously solid!

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See the iced tea I brewed? To try this flavored, yet unsweetened tea, just brew orange spice, orange pekoe, and lemon teas (4:4:2) in 1 gallon of hot water. Allow to cool and serve over ice!

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My dad’s famous pasta salad. Sorry, can’t give out this recipe…but with pepperoni, pepper jack cheese, and green chilies, it definitely has a little kick :)

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Chicken kabobs! A summer favorite. We also had burgers…

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The Lady and Sons {a.k.a. find Paula}

Last week, I got to travel to Savannah for work. Having never been there before, I made sure to research and plan out my free time in advance. I knew I wanted some of that good southern cooking, and I really wanted to see all the weeping willows and old buildings and all that good stuff! And what better place to start than Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons?

Honestly, I sort of expected it to be only so-so. I mean, don’t you think that somehwere as hyped up as “Paula Deen’s Restaurant” can’t really live up to expectations? Well, let’s just say my inner southern fat kid was NOT disappointed. I got the buffet (partly because I was indecisive and partly because it was one of the cheapest menu choices, and I’m on a limited per diem over here), which included, among other things, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn bread, greens, green beans, and mac & cheese. First plate was as follows: chicken, greens, a little pork, and a little cornbread. I told myself, “This isn’t SO unhealthy.” And when I finished, I was full. And I sat a little while longer. Thinking about mac and cheese.

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And so I may or may not have gone back to the buffet to make a small “dessert” plate of mac & cheese and sweet potatoes.

At that point, I became uncomfortably full. But whatever, it was worth it.

The restaurant itself was really pretty, and much bigger than it looked. Being a loner, I asked for bar seating which was all the way up on the third floor, down a random hallway, to it’s own little room. It was cozy, however as the photo below implies, I was definitely alone at the bar. Thankfully, with all the traveling I do, I don’t really mind riding solo. It makes me, like, mysterious or something, right?

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ALL of this to say, if you find yourself in Savannah, GA, do not be intimidated by the Paula. Go there! I didn’t get to see Paula herself, but the food definitely lived up to her reputation. Cheers!

 

A Soccer Breakfast {Followed By Napping}

Recently, my husband (and I, of course) has decided to become an Everton (a team in EPL soccer) fan. Because these games are played in EUROPE, they are often very early in Eastern time. Well this Sunday was a BIG one – 7:00 a.m. EST vs. Manchester United. So yes – we were up early and making a delicious breakfast for two, including scrambled eggs, bacon, and bagels with lox. I mean, YUM. Needless to say, we had fun but went back to bed…

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