Monday, November 24, 2014

Key Lime Pie

Classic Key Lime Pie is easy to make and elegant. A must have for any occasion.

Key Lime Pie
When I was growing up Granny would always make Key Lime Pie along with about 8 different flavors for the holidays.
She was the ultimate pie goddess and her Key Lime Pie just happened to be my favorite.
If I spent the holidays with my Mom she would usually save me a couple slices in the fridge for when I came home.
I may or may not have been a little spoiled by her growing up.
I now make a Key Lime Pie for myself family every holiday in her memory.
Sadly this pie was demolished in about 2.2 seconds between the 5 of us so I'm looking forward to another slice at Thanksgiving.
Granny would always add a few drops of green food coloring which I choose to omit for the natural color of the limes but if you prefer a green tint to your pie feel free to add a few drops until you achieve your desired color.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum Cocktails

These are the perfect cocktails for over the holidays. Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rums  are guaranteed to warm you up. 

Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum Cocktails
10 days to Thanksgiving, are you ready?
I'm still in the process of menu planning.
Colt has agreed to join me in the kitchen this year and we'll be prepping as much as we can ahead of time to simplify the process.
Colt made these Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum Cocktails to help us warm up with the chilly weather we've been having.
They are a must on my Thanksgiving menu.
The batter can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, it only becomes better with age.
The Hot Apple Cider part of these drinks can easily be kept warm in a crock-pot for an easy to serve cocktail over the holidays.
These are sure to please! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Keeping Your Family Healthy With Balance And Mixify

With our kids getting older I find it important to teach them how to find balance in life.
I remember when I was growing up we only had whole wheat bread and all the other kids had white bread in their lunch box, and how badly I wanted white bread but Granny wouldn't buy it, so when I would go to my friend's house I would gorge on white bread whenever I could.
It taught me how important it was to teach my kids balance instead of limiting what they eat, and to try everything once.
I found in allowing the kids to occasionally enjoy candy, soda and other sweet treats in moderation. It prevents them from over indulging.
Moderation is key in achieving a balanced life style, not elimination.
We have also found it extremely important to teach our kids to balance video games, T.V. and Internet with exercise. It helps them keep their bodies healthy and strong.
Our kids love when we spend time as a family hiking, swimming, shooting hoops or just throwing the frisbee at the park. Activities don't need to be costly to enjoy and it's always fun to get out and spend quality time as a family or one-on-one.
It's amazing the things you might find when you're out in nature - like this deer hidden in the grass.
Can you see it?
         It offers a great opportunity to enjoy conversations with your teenagers about the things you saw.
The American Beverage Association has created a great program called Mixify to inspire teens to find a balanced mix of food, drinks and physical activities every day in ways that are totally unique to them because everyone, every family, and every day is different.
Mixify started when Moms across the country told America's leading beverage companies that they wanted the companies' support in educating their teens about balance, including fitting all foods and beverages they might enjoy, like soda pop, ice cream and other treats, while still achieving a balanced lifestyle.
Mixify was co-created with teens and includes features like opportunities to ask experts, including dietitians and personal trainers, for advice on how to fit balance into their busy lives.
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