Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Strawberry spinach salad

It has been quite warm in our neck of the woods, making it feel less like spring time and more like summer is already here!  With the warm weather, I seem to crave more fresh produce and light satisfying dishes. 
A new favorite fresh dish at our house is this strawberry spinach salad that makes a great side salad or a main course with some grilled chicken. 

For the salad combine:
-fresh spinach leaves
-sliced strawberries
-almond slivers
-crumbled feta cheese
-Newman's lite raspberry walnut vinaigrette

Serve up and enjoy!  No need to even fire up the oven. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spring time berry smoothies

Lately I have been hooked on berry smoothies as a morning booster!  While the convenience of having someone else make it for me at a smoothie shop is enticing, the cheap-o in me hardly ever actually goes to a smoothie shop when I know I can make it at home for a fraction of the price! 
These smoothies I've been making are a great breakfast on the go or even a treat for the fam.  Here's the scoop on how I make them (this is a single serve recipe of about 16 oz).
-Dannon light & fit vanilla yogurt 6 oz cup
-About 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
-5 or so ice cubes
-About 6oz of zero sugar added cranberry-raspberry juice.
Blend these all together until you get the consistency you desire.  Add more juice if you want a more liquid smoothie.
Serve up and enjoy! 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hope you had a hoppy Easter!

This last Sunday wasn't just a celebration for Easter, our family also celebrated my mom's birthday.  The combined celebration included dinner, an Easter egg hunt, presents, desssert, and playing at the park (mom's favorite). 
Bright Spring colors, especially mom's favorite--green,  inspired the table setting. 
Vibrant colored Easter eggs were used at each place setting for name cards
Sugar cookie Easter eggs
Ths kiddos enjoyed the tree fort in our backyard after hunting for Easter eggs
Me & my momma!