Category Archives: Recipes

Saturday Shares

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I’m just about to head off to do the Burpee Mile with Rita.  I’m a little nervous about how I’m going to do, but I’m going to try my hardest.  As for Rita, she is just amazing, so I know she will complete the mile, while proving that women can be fit and strong at any age! 

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April Showers Virtual 5K and Half Marathon is a special race to help raise funds for a special little girl.  She is a special needs child that is living in an orphanage in China, and she is 8 years old and will age out of the orphanage soon.  The adoptive family is hosting this race to help raise funds for their soon-to-be daughters adoption.  Please say you will help this family and little girl out.

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The Florida Beach Halfathon can be run on-site or virtually.  I ran their last virtual race, and the medal I got was amazing and huge!

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes…and guess what other ingredient is in them…Carrots!!  Can you believe it!?!  I cannot wait to give these babies a try.  However, I’m going to change one part of the recipe…They say to use premade/store bought icing.  That stuff is toxic, so I’ll make my own.

Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Chicken, Sweet Onion, and Applewood Bacon from Café Sucre Farine looks delicious.  I saw this and immediately wanted to try it since it is so different.  You should check out their other pizza recipes…they look absolutely yummy!

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Got crayons?  Who doesn’t!  Here are 35 Uses for Crayons! They’re not just for coloring!  Create crafty things, be artsy, and even do activities with crayons!

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She Rocks Fitness has come up with a circuit that will help tone your body. Go to her sight to get the rest of this Work It Off Wednesday workout!

Chicken Marsala Calzones with Caramelized Onions

We love making our own calzones and pizzas in our home.  I love it because I know there are no icky chemicals going into our food.  My son loves it, because he gets to create his own meal, and my husband loves it because, well, because he gets fed.  This recipe will make anywhere from 6 large calzones to 12 mini calzones.
Chicken Marsala Calzones with Caramelized Onions

I’m a big fan of chicken Marsala and caramelized onions, so one day a few years back I decided to turn it into a calzone.  It worked!!  I hope you enjoy these calzones as much as I do!

Before you see the step-by-step pictures I have posted to go along with the directions; I would like to take a moment to share something with you. I cannot roll out any type of dough into a circle. I’ve been making calzones, pizzas, and pies for more years than I would like to admit to, but I still cannot roll anything out into something that resembles a circular shape.  I really do not know why.  My sweet grandmother tried so many times to teach me when it came to rolling out pie crusts, but I could never roll my dough out into a circle.  I guess I’m an abstract artist when it comes to rolling out dough.

Chicken Marsala Calzones with Caramelized Onions

Ingredients:

  • 2 T Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 2 large onions sliced
  • 8 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms (regular mushrooms work just fine too)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3/4 c Marsala wine
  • 2 chicken breasts baked and shredded
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • salt
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Asiago cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • water to help seal calzones
  • 1 batch Pizza/Calzone dough

Directions:

Before you begin making the filling.  Make your calzone dough first.  It is a really easy and quick dough recipe to make.

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In a large sauté pan, add the extra virgin olive oil, sliced onions, sugar, and salt.  Allow onions to caramelize on medium-low heat.  This will take some time, so be patient.

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Once the onions have caramelized, add the mushrooms and cook until softened.  Then, add the garlic and cook for a few more minutes.  Once mushrooms are cooked, add the Marsala and cook until the wine is reduced and absorbed into the onions and mushrooms.

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When the wine has reduced, add the shredded chicken breasts to the pan, and combine with the mushrooms and onions.  At this point I like to add 1/4-1/2 cup more of Marsala (sometimes I just pour rather than measure).  I really like to taste the Marsala a bunch in this, but if you don’t leave out this last 1/4 cup.

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The filling for the calzones is finished, so remove the pan from the heat, and allow the filling mixture to cool a little bit while you get the dough that you prepared earlier.  You can make your calzones any size you want.  Just flour your working area and rolling pin, so that the dough does not stick.

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Take some of your dough, and roll it into something that resembles a circle (See what I mean about not being able to make a circle?)  Place some of your shredded Asiago  and Parmesan cheese in the center of the dough.

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Then place some of your Marsala chicken and caramelized onion filling on top of the cheeses.  Finally top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

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With a pastry brush, brush some water along the bottom half edge of the dough.  Taking the top half, gently stretch the dough and meet the top edge with the bottom edge, and press together to seal.

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Starting on the left side of your calzone, fold the left side up towards the top of the calzone.  It should look like the picture above.

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Then tuck the part of the dough you folded up, under the calzone.  Right now you are “really” sealing the dough, so that the inside cheese won’t leak out.

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Tuck and fold the dough all the way around the calzone to complete the seal.  I’m so sorry if I’m not explaining this in the best way.  I made these step-by-step pictures to help fill in where my directions/words are lacking.

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Once you have finished creating your calzones, place them on a cookie sheet, pizza pan, or cooking stone.  Make sure the area is either greased, or you can sprinkle some semolina flour onto the surface (this is what I do).

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Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until the calzones turn golden brown.  As you can see, sometimes leaks can happen.  My son filled his with a bit too much cheese, but it still tastes great!
Chicken Marsala Calzones with Caramelized Onions

On the Menu

Here is the menu I came up with for us this week.  I’m trying 2 new recipes again this week!  Woohoo!  What is on your menu for this week?  Are you trying anything new?

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Monday:  I’m making my Creamy Crock Pot Potato Soup.  We are still in the middle of winter, and I love easy to make meals that will warm me up.

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Tuesday:  Spicy Black Bean and Rice Burritos by A Bitchin’ Kitchen.  I’m going to add some shredded chicken to our burritos in order to get some extra protein.  This is my new “pin” recipe to try this week!

Thursday:  My son is requesting grilled hamburgers, so we will have that with some sweet potato French fries and fruit.

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Friday or Saturday:  Parmigiano and Herb Chicken Breast Tenders.  This is my son’s favorite, and I always triple the amount of chicken I use, so that we can have leftovers.  Note:  Reheat leftover chicken tenders in the oven so they stay crispy!

Caramelized Onion Risotto

Sunday: Caramelized Onion Risotto by A Bitchin’ Kitchen.  I saw this recipe when I was linking up the the Spicy Black Bean and Rice Burritos on Bitchin’ Kitchen’s site.  I’m a lover of caramelized onions, so when I saw this recipe I had to put it on this weeks menu!   I’m guessing that we will have some grilled chicken and roasted asparagus to go with the risotto that night.

Saturday Shares

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The Love 4 Logan Foundation was created to inform the public of childhood cancer while generating revenue to purchase baby blankets, mobiles, and other items for babies in the NICU and those babies diagnosed with cancer. Through the foundation we are able to express our gratitude to those that helped our baby by helping other babies.

Right now there is a need for blankets.

Per Kortney: Hey friends & family! I am trying to get NEW FLUFFY (no thin flannel or receiving blanket) blankets together to send to Logan’s family to donate. PLEASE let me know if you would like to donate. These blankets can also be HANDMADE, but same rules, must be a warm, fluffy blanket. I found perfect ones on Amazon and they don’t cost much, but mean a lot to the families they are being donated to!

I am hoping for a few handmade blankets to donate to the children’s hospital where Logan was cared for. If you know how to knit or crochet I would be willing to donate the yarn! The blankets should be about 30×45, fluffy & warm. They would need to be ready in the next few weeks. Thank you!

If you would like to help with this amazing cause and/or if you know how to crochet or knit…or know someone else who does, please get in touch with Kortney at photoburpee@yahoo.com and use the subject line “Love for Logan” as soon as possible. Please share this with anyone and everyone!!

You can continue to follow Baby Logan’s journey on her Facebook page at Love for Logan. And most importantly, please continue to keep Baby Logan, her brother and her mommy and daddy and all babies affected by cancer in your thoughts and prayers.

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Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Burritos from Aggie’s Kitchen look beyond delicious!  I cannot wait to make these for dinner soon.

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Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies by Averie Cooks look so comforting and yummy.  I’m trying to incorporate more coconut oil into my baking, so I’m excited to give these cookies a try, and there is no butter or white sugar in this recipe.

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DIY Lavender Bath Salts from Heart, Love, Weddings is a perfect gift to make for friends or yourself.  Plus it is a great craft to get the kids involved in.  If you are reading dads…You might want to make this a Mother’s Day gift/project, or a great birthday gift for mom.  They also have recipes for Herbes de Provence Salt, Citrus Salt, and Vanilla Bean Sugar.

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Check out Amanda’s post about Understanding Muscle Composition on her blog Run to the Finish.  She does an amazing job explaining the need for strength training, and why you should not judge yourself by what the scale says.

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Food, Fitness, and Family has come up with a Lean Legs Circuit that will help tone your tush and legs up.  Go to her sight to get the rest of this Loving Lean Legs Circuit.



On the Menu

Here is our menu for the upcoming week.  What’s on your menu…anything new?

Monday:  Crock Pot Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin from C+C Marriage Factory is an easy meal that I have made several times.  My son loves it too, so it is always popping up on our menus.  I’ll also make some roasted root veggies to go with the meal.

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Tuesday: When I make my Healthy Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot soup I make a ton for the freezer too.  I’ll pull some out to thaw in the morning to go along with Panini sandwiches for dinner.

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner!!  My son has been requesting a breakfast for dinner night, so I figured Thursday would be perfect, since I have such a busy schedule that day.

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Friday: Soba Noodles with Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce is my one new recipe “pin” to try this week.  It looks like this one will be a winner!

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Saturday:  Purim is on Saturday, so you can bet that there will be some sugary baking going on.  I’ll make some apricot and blueberry Hamantaschen.  Hamantashen are a buttery fruit filled pastry that is quite yummy!

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Sunday:  Pineapple and Shrimp Fried Quinoa from Closet Cooking.  This is also a new “pin” recipe!  Two new recipes in one week…I rock!! 

Saturday Shares

It is FINALLY the weekend!!  Woohoo!!!  Time to sleep in folks!  Once you get settled in with your cup of coffee and the sleep out of your eyes, I hope you enjoy all the shares I have for you today.

Spring-Challenge

Run to the Finish is hosting a Spring Bootie Buster Challenge for the first this year!!  The Won!challenge will run from March 4th to April 21st.  You know I already signed up for it!  Plus ALL PARTICIPANTS will be receiving a pair of Lock Laces!!  I did the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge, loved it, and took away so much from it.  Not to mention some totally awesome Oakley workout clothing that I won (see picture to right).  I highly encourage you to join me in the Spring Challenge.  You will find yourself more motivated than ever to stay healthy and fit.  When you sign up put down that From Florida to North Dakota sent ya!

Check out these recipes for homemade gummy bears without all the chemicals.  Taralynn has come up with several gummy recipes that I’m dying to try out myself.

The picture really says it all, but what it doesn’t say is that these Strawberry Baked Doughnuts only have 1 tablespoon of butter in the whole recipe and no oil!  Mary Quite Contrary Bakes has a winner here!

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These Blueberry Yogurt Cookies by La Fuji Mama look yummy and healthy.  This recipe uses Greek yogurt and NO butter or oil!

Glowing Science - Rainbow Eruptions

I’m a big fan of things that glow, so of course I pinned this fun kid project as soon as I saw it.  Glowing a Jeweled Rose has a great project for you and your kids with the Glowing Rainbow Eruptions.  If you have a black light it is even cooler!

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I am a follower of the Food Babe, and I am so thankful for all the research she does to help keep the rest of us informed about what is actually in our foods and drinks.  One post I point people to is the Low Calorie Beverages Will Kill You Before They Solve Obesity article.  Please read it.  It will open your eyes to a lot of ingredients that are in your beverages and foods.  What did you think after reading her article?

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Itz Linz has a great full body workout that consists of 10 exercises with 15 reps each.  The above pic is only part of the workout, and to get the rest of it you have to go to Linz’s blog and fall in love with her #15 Full Body Circuit Workout!!  I’ve done this workout several times myself.

On the Menu

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I’m sitting here at the Minneapolis airport at 8 pm hoping and praying that my late night flight to Minot has not been canceled due to this wonderful storm circling around Minnesota and North Dakota.  All the flights to Fargo have been canceled, but I have high hopes for my flight…at least I think I do.

Since I have a long layover, I figured I should work on our menu for this week.

Monday:  Turkey Breast Meatballs as subs or with pasta.  I’ll let hubby and son choose which.

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Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken from Six Sisters’ Stuff.  This is my one new “pin” recipe to try this week.  It looks yummy and easy to make!

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Wednesday:  Easy Barbeque Crock Pot Beef Brisket…This is my own recipe that is a family pleaser.  I also know that I’m making two Crock Pot meals back to back, but I’ve got a majorly busy week ahead of me, and I’m going to need easy go-to meals.

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Thursday:  Ah Valentines Day…I really have no clue on this one for dinner.  I’m still thinking about it, but in the words of my aunt, “Life’s too short.  Eat dessert first.”  Therefore, I’m making either a decadent buttermilk chocolate cake or molten heart chocolate cupcakes.  These are both new “pins” that I’ve never tried before.  I’m not sure which one I’ll make…I’ll let my little man decide.

Friday or Saturday:  Fish Tacos!  I know I’ll be craving some summer food after my short trip to Florida, and what is better than fish tacos!  This is my own recipe that uses tilapia, and I make a radish and mango salsa/slaw to to with it.

What is on your menu?  Are you trying anything new?

Saturday Shares

I’ll have more on my Florida travels for you next week (aerial yoga was amazing and I cannot wait to share the pictures with you), but today is Saturday, so that means Saturday Shares!!!  It is time for me to share my internet finds with you!  I hope you like them, enjoy them, are moved and motivated by them.

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Remember that virtual Bacon 5K Race I shared last Saturday?  Well part of the “bacon challenge” is to eat bacon after or during your run, jog, or walk.  Everyone is posting different bacon recipes on the Facebook page for the race, and this maple bacon cupcake recipe is my choice!

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Spaghetti Squash Noodles with Thai Peanut Sauce from Family Fresh Cooking is my new “pin” of the week that has me intrigued.  The recipe looks delish, and I’m always looking for a healthier or cleaner version to my favorite Thai meals.

Out of the Box Food blog offers fresh alternatives to processed kid food, and they have another winning recipe with this corn dog recipe.

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The Frugal Village has posted a ton of great at home kid recipes for moon sand, flubber, sidewalk paint,  window paint, play dough, tub soap paint, finger paint and more!  These recipes make for a cheap and fun way to have fun and create with your children on winter days when you are stuck indoors.

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Team Cancer Crushers of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training of South Florida is hosting another virtual 5K, Cinco De Miles 5/5/13 Run/Walk.  Right now they have a discount code available for a limited time.  Use code 15EARLY to get 15% off!!  The medal above looks pretty amazing too!

Since I was traveling and leaving the hubby at home and in charge of everything, I put together a “home management” binder for him in case of an emergency.  Here are the sites with free printouts that I used to put together my own binder.  Just click on the picture to go to the blogs they came from.

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IHeart Organizing no longer has her pintables for free.  Instead I used her examples from her etsy shop to create my own pintables, since I didn’t need everything she had and wanted to add some categories of my own to spreadsheets.

On the Menu

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This weeks menu will be short, since I’m heading to Florida Wednesday morning!!  Woohoo!  Warm weather here I come!!!

I offered to make extra meals for my husband and son, but Bill said he would do all the cooking on his own while I’m gone.  Still, I will stock the fridge with a ton of sandwich meat just in case.  Plus I’m sure there will be a night of breakfast for dinner while I’m gone.

I’m making two large meals on Monday and Tuesday, so the boys will have a lot of leftovers.

Monday: Crock pot Chicken Tacos  This is my own recipe based off of all the other variations on Pinterest.  I just throw 6-8 chicken breasts into the crock pot, coat them with my taco/fajita seasoning mix, add a 1 1/2 cups of fresh salsa, and cook on high for 4-5 hours.  It will literally fall apart. The great thing about this chicken recipe is that it can be turned into enchiladas or quesadillas too!

Tuesday:  Italian Goulash from For the Love of Cooking.  This is my one new recipe from Pinterest for the week.

Goodies for the boys while I’m gone:  Over the Top German Chocolate Brownies from Nancy Creative.  These are TO DIE FOR!!

What is on your menu this week?  Anything new?

Saturday Shares

Unbroken

I finished Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand!  Our book club met last Monday to discuss Unbroken, and everyone absolutely loved it!  This book has made my Must Read Before You Die list.  This story truly showed what, “The power and strength of the human body and mind and soul can handle in extreme situations.”  You will find yourself immersed in the Pacific War and unable to let go.  There is love, forgiveness, trials, and heartache.  Hillenbrand does an amazing job capturing Louis Zamparini’s life in her latest novel.

The American Heiress

For next month our book club is reading The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin.  I read this novel last summer, and I found it to be a nice summer read.

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Looking for something fun to do at home with your kids? Domestic Charm has come up with a great Glow-in-the-Dark Slime recipe that will allow your kids to be creative without spending a bunch of money! All the ingredients can be found at your local craft store too!

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It is winter and freezing cold here, so one can never have enough soup.  One of my favorite food bloggers, Country Cleaver, came up with this 40 Clove Garlic Soup with Parmesan Croutons recipe, and it sounds divine.  It will be on our menu as soon as I get back from Florida!

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Valentine Peanut Butter Hearts and Coconut Hearts from The Sugar-Free Mom.  These special treats are dairy free, gluten free, and diabetic friendly!

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Homemade Cheez Its from Cooking a la Mel! They’re super easy and you only need four ingredients (including salt). No dyes, nothing artificial and the recipe uses whole wheat flour.  This is a recipe I make quite a bit in our home.

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Inaugural Virtual Bacon Challenge and 5K! This is a virtual run and bacon challenge from March 8, 2013 through March 17, 2013. The cost is $30.00 for adults and children and includes a fantastic FINISHER MEDAL!!!!!! This is a great chance to involve children and get them interested in something ‘outside the box’!!! Participants will complete 3.1 miles over the 10 days and eat 3 pieces of bacon while doing so (if you break up your run, you don’t need to eat bacon every time you run….although it’s bacon, why not??)  Proceeds go to the The New England Aquarium’s hands-on, traveling education programs.

Menu planners and grocery shopping lists are a great way to help you plan out your groceries and healthy/clean eating for the week. Below are some great free printable planners you can use. Just click on the planner to go to the web site to print it out!

Grocery Shopping Printable List

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Shopping List