Crunchy Italian Garlic-Roasted Broccoli

Growing up, my mom made dinners from scratch and she was always trying new things in the kitchen. She even catered for a while and her food is still some of the best I’ve ever eaten.

I’m so thankful to have been grown and fed fruits, vegetables, bean soups and lean meats, and all kinds of delicious, healthy food. And my mom’s food is so full of flavor, everything tastes great, especially the healthy stuff.

I always aim to please at my dinner table and when recipes turn out amazing, I can never wait to share them. So, here it is. My newest broccoli creation. The topping is crunchy and yummy and the broccoli is full of garlic flavor and has a nutty, browned coating because it’s baked. Yum.

Crunchy Italian Garlic-Roasted Broccoli

  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli, cut into small bite-sized piecesCrunchy Italian Garlic-Roasted Broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper

Mix the broccoli, garlic and 2 tablespoons avocado oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper and bake in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes.

In a separate bowl, add the rest of the almond oil and the bread crumbs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix again. Remove the broccoli from the oven and pour the bread crumb mixture over top. Bake another 5 minutes and serve.

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Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Give the people what they want! This phrase rings true from business to family dinners, alike. My hubby loves these cookies, and so do my Facebook friends, and you will, too!

My breakfast cookies are easy to mix together and quick to bake. They’re also sugar-free, delicious, and such a healthy start (or snack!) Enjoy!

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

  • 2 cups oatmealoatmeal raisin breakfast cookies
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or Vegan preference)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons water

Mix everything together in a bowl and heat the oven to 350 degrees. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, place the cookies and bake for 20 minutes. So good and so easy.

Recipe makes 12 cookies.

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What Happened to all the Resolutions?

I know, it seems I’m late to the game..but it’s not true! I’ve been thinking about and working towards my “resolutions” and goals already this year. But I have a question..

dodo-model-news-two-column.jpgDid anyone see resolutions made publicly this year? It’s almost as if resolutions are going the way of the dodo.

I mean, I know statistically we “give up” on the years goals before January is even over. Or we don’t want to make them because we don’t want to fail..but this is the thing. If you aren’t trying to better yourself, you’re getting worse.

I know it’s hard (and scary sometimes!) to make and set goals and keep them, it is for me. But I’m going to try anyhow!

Because resolutions don’t have to be life or death. Or if you don’t do it, you fail. Or if you miss one day, one time, one extra, then you didn’t do it right. No, that’s not the point of it.

~The definition of a resolution is the firm decision to do or not to do something.

~And the definition of resolve is to find a solution or to decide firmly on a course of action.

I like resolve better, instead of a set in stone, unmovable decision you can make a plan that remains flexible but with an equally great end goal.

So for me, resolutions are out and resolving to do things in my life, is in. Is it the same thing? Maybe. But I don’t mind a good plan of action.

I’m excited for 2018. A year better than the last and a year of moving forward. And I’m excited about the things I have chosen to resolve to do more, too.

This year, I resolve to:

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First, I want to pray more. My faith has grown stronger with each passing day and I want more. I’ve been reading my daily prayer book with quick devotionals, I downloaded a Bible app that sends me short devotionals each day and I’m getting caught up with my Cindee devotionals, too, and it feels good.

stretch more.

I want to do more yoga, too, but my stretching is so essential! Working and sitting a lot is so terrible for you. I love to stretch during shows or during an at-home movie. It feels so good to stretch after a workout, too. I’m aiming for 3 times a week.

eat better, more.

I love to eat healthy, so I guess I’m blessed with that. But I also love snacks, drinks, wine, cheese, and coffee…all things I should cut back on more. I did have a coffee this morning, but no wine last night. Getting better already, LOL.

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So, I recently tested for allergies and intolerances and it turns out, I’m highly sensitive to caffeine. I like tea and have drank coffee for years and like dark chocolate more then milk chocolate, too (dark has more caffeine.) Anyhow, I got this result less than a month ago and I remember feeling sad!

The first reason, I love coffee! And as a writer I feel it a right of passage, to brew and consume my morning cup. Plus, anyone who has had a caffeine headache (me,) never wants one again. But it turns out, I don’t miss it too much.  I had a tea a couple of days, a coffee a couple of days, and have had nothing some days. Yay! And knowing I shouldn’t have it motivates me not to, so it’s working out already.

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Nick really loves to read and while I do, too, it isn’t something I want to do for hours everyday. But the thing is, he does. I want to indulge him more in reading this year. I can read more and he loves to read together (but separate,) so I want to do that more with him.

So there you have it. There are lots of other things I want to do this year, more butt workouts, being one of them. (Did one today, yay!) And to be the best wife and friend that I can be, of course.

The thing is, there is plenty of time in the day, you just have to do it right. You just have to make it happen and fit in things when you can. And remember, small changes along the way make such a difference=) So, with that being said, go out and do it!

Hope 2018 is treating you well so far, and that you have resolved to do some awesome things with yourself this year, too. Please share and have a great day XOXO

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Oven-Roasted Diced Potatoes

I like potatoes and I’ve been wanting a new roasted potato recipe for a while. I tried this recipe tonight and it was so yummy and came together in no time.

Use parchment paper for clean-up that’s easy and quick. With only six ingredients, most of which are likely in your pantry, you’re gonna love this dish.

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  • 3 small baking potatoes, cut into diced-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/4 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon dried parsley

Grease a baking sheet with one tablespoon avocado oil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a separate bowl, combine one tablespoon almond oil, seasonings, and potatoes. Mix well to incorporate and pour the potatoes onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the potatoes begin to turn brown. Yum!

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BBQ Rub Baby Potatoes

I love to have lots of vegetable sides with my lunches and dinners (well, breakfast too!) I’m always testing new things and coming up with and mixing different flavors together. I have really been loving a BBQ dry rub with things like potatoes, on chicken and even in  homemade BBQ sauce.

When this turned out to be delicious, I was excited but not surprised. The flavor reminds me of summer and is easy and quick to prep, and cook.

BBQ Rub Baby Potatoes

  • 2 1/2 cups baby potatoes, halved
  • 3 teaspoons dry BBQ rub
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix everything together in a bowl and transfer to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes and enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Honey Maple BBQ Sauce

My favorite burger is topped with bacon, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and BBQ sauce. Yum, my mouth is nearly watering just thinking about it.

But you know what I don’t love? All the preservatives, chemicals, and additive extras found in conventional condiments these days. Sigh.

So, being me, I make my own! Not only do homemade condiments taste better because they’re fresh, but they are also full of goodness and nutrition!

This recipe for my Honey Maple BBQ Sauce can be made and eaten in the same day. And better yet, if you store it in a large mason jar, it will be ready to grab from the fridge for use any day!

Honey Maple BBQ Sauce

  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1/2 can tomato paste (3 ounces)garlic
  • 1/8 cup molasses
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke

Combine in a sauce pan over medium low heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

This sauce is a hit with a little bit of heat and a little bit of sweet! Let me know what you think and enjoy!

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Everything That’s Great About an Afternoon Tea

Is an afternoon tea the stuff of old movies and royalty? Or has it been perfected just for our fast-paced, caffeine-loving generation?

I love the extra pep a cup of tea gives you and all the vari-teas. (Haha, clever huh?) And drinking tea is super healthful, too.

Reasons to Drink More Tea

  • Tea is full of antioxidants, and keeps you young, from the inside out. Antioxidants also help protect against pollutants.
  • Tea is a hydrating drink. Did you know that? The common thought that tea dehydrates you has been debunked.
  • Tea is naturally calorie-free. Not only is it full of great stuff for you, it’s not full of empty calories. Win-win!
  • Herbal tea is naturally caffeine-free. Especially at night time, this tea provides the antioxidants you love, sans caffeine.
  • Other teas contain caffeine. But in comparison to coffees 95mg of caffeine per cup, tea has only 26 mg.

Tea Tips:

  • Teas, coffee, and spices are all of the heaviest fertilized products. The healthiest tea is organic tea.
  • Steep according to directions to avoid a bitter taste.
  • If you drink tea with caffeine, limit your consumption to five (1-cup) servings a day. However, with caffeine-free tea, you can feel free to indulge in six to eight cups a day.
  • And of course, here’s one of my favorite tea recipes, it a reci-tea!

Black Spiced Tea

  • 1 black tea bag
  • 6-8 ounces hot water
  • a large pinch of cinnamon powder
  • a large pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoons honey (or Vegan preference)
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon/lime

To a mug, add water and steep the tea bag according to package directions. Honey is heat sensitive, so let your tea cool a bit before you add it. Then finish with the lemon, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.

This recipe is from my first book, Everything’s Better with Cayenne Pepper. Check out my other books, too, and watch for more to come!

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Everything That’s Great About an Afternoon Tea

Is an afternoon tea the stuff of old movies and royalty? Or has it been perfected just for our fast-paced, caffeine-loving generation?

I love the extra pep a cup of tea gives you and all the vari-teas. (Haha, clever huh?) And drinking tea is super healthful, too.

Reasons to Drink More Tea

  • Tea is full of antioxidants, and keeps you young, from the inside out. Antioxidants also help protect against pollutants.
  • Tea is a hydrating drink. Did you know that? The common thought that tea dehydrates you has been debunked.
  • Tea is naturally calorie-free. Not only is it full of great stuff for you, it’s not full of empty calories. Win-win!
  • Herbal tea is naturally caffeine-free. Especially at night time, this tea provides the antioxidants you love, sans caffeine.
  • Other teas contain caffeine. But in comparison to coffees 95mg of caffeine per cup, tea has only 26 mg.

Tea Tips:

  • Teas, coffee, and spices are all of the heaviest fertilized products. The healthiest tea is organic tea.
  • Steep according to directions to avoid a bitter taste.
  • If you drink tea with caffeine, limit your consumption to five (1-cup) servings a day. However, with caffeine-free tea, you can feel free to indulge in six to eight cups a day.
  • And of course, here’s one of my favorite tea recipes, it a reci-tea!

Black Spiced Tea

  • 1 black tea bag
  • 6-8 ounces hot water
  • a large pinch of cinnamon powder
  • a large pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoons honey (or Vegan preference)
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon/lime

To a mug, add water and steep the tea bag according to package directions. Honey is heat sensitive, so let your tea cool a bit before you add it. Then finish with the lemon, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.

This recipe is from my first book, Everything’s Better with Cayenne Pepper. Check out my other books, too, and watch for more to come!

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Homemade “Everything” Seasoning

I have something to tell you and you’re not gonna like it. We’re not allowed to have a grill at our place. I mean, there are grills we can use on the property, but we don’t get there very often and it’s really just not the same.

But, don’t think that keeps me from making burgers, no way! Skillet burgers (almost always with bacon for us) are quick and easy to make. This everything seasoning is perfect for these burgers.

Not only is it good for burgers, it’s also great as an all-purpose seasoning and I especially love it in hamburger dishes.

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  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon course black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coarse red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coarse garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Combine everything and store in a sealed container.

Tip: For meats, use 1 tablespoon per pound of meat.

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