Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a blessed year!

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So it is time for our tradition of New Year’s Day breakfast food recipe!

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This recipe comes from the adorable Rachel Ray and the Food Network.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups of Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of Defrosted Frozen Strawberries or Juice
  • 1 Pint of Fresh Blackberries, Raspberries, or Blueberries
  • 1 Cup of Good Quality Granola

Directions:

  1. Layer 1/3 of the yogurt in the bottom of 4 tall glasses.
  2. Combine defrosted strawberries and juice with fresh berries.
  3. Alternate layers of fruit and granola with yogurt, until glasses are filled to the top.
  4. Serve immediately to keep granola crunchy.

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Thoughts after making:

This was delicious, just like donkey says, in fact so good, I forgot to take a pic!

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For more Rachel Ray recipes, go to Grilled Sausages, Potatoes, & Carrots with Salsa Verde

For more Food Network recipes, go to Roasted Carrots

For more breakfast recipes, go to Egg and Spinach Hummus Toast

For more New Year’s Day posts, go to Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

In other news, let’s have a quick year in review.

So in 2019 I published 111 posts!

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Cheers!

Out of those 111 posts, I’ve reviewed 63 mysteries. Which you should definitely check out.

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On the case!

And the following stand alone mysteries:

And the following short stories:

And the following Children’s books:

And the following little extras: 

With cooking I reviewed 47 different recipes:

Breakfast:

Drinks:

Soup:

Entrees:

Side Dishes:

Desserts:

Extras:

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This blog was viewed 30,068 times last year.

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The busiest day of the year was October 26th with 496 views and the post “Jughead Jones in The Giant Tonsils That Swallowed Riverdale” from Jughead Jones Digest

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The top five posts of this year were:

5) What to Do When You Run Out of Cupcake Liners from 2018

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4) “Apple Orchard Bars” from Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke 2016

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3) Wookie Cookies from 2016

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2) Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos from 2018

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1) “The October Game” from Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury from 2016

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So what will the next year hold?

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You’ll just have to follow me to find out!

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In other news, this year marks an important anniversary for mystery lovers. This year is the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Mysterious Affair at Styles and the beginning career of an amazing detective.

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Matcha Green Tea Blast Smoothie

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

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As tradition, we always end the year with a drink!

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This year it is a smoothie I borrowed from JaneAustenRunsMyLife.

Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tsp of Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 1 Cup of Milk (your choice)
  • 1/2 Cup of Plain Sorbet
  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of Ice

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients in blender and blend.

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Thoughts After Making:

It was delicious, just like the ones they make at Jamba Juice (but cheaper)!

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For more drink recipes, go to Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal Smoothie

For more smoothies, go to Apple Pie Smoothie

For more from JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Matcha Latte (Hot or Cold)

For more holiday posts, go to King Arthur Fudgy Brownies

For more New Year’s Eve posts, go to Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

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So be sure to drink responsibly! Unless you are making this smoothie-then drink as much as you want, LOL! Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve!

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Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal Smoothie

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Do any of you have Something Extra Raley’s Rewards? I do and I love it. Every three months you receive coupons to do with stuff you had bought; and for your birthday get a free cupcake, free box of cake mix, and a free birthday card.

FREE!!

Every now and then they give you a freebie item, and I got a free container of 1 lb of strawberries. I love starwberries, but they were very ripe and needed to be eaten ASAP. So what better way to do it then with a smoothie?

This comes from The Kitchen Paper.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries (I used fresh)
  • 1/2 Cup of Yogurt
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Uncooked Oatmeal
  • 1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • Strawberry slices to top the smoothie (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with strawberry slices or whipped cream.
  3. Drink immediately.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious! I highly recommend it!

For more smoothie recipes, go to Apple Pie Smoothie

For more drink recipes, go to Matcha Latte (Hot or Cold)

For more strawberry recipes, go to Strawberry Infused Water

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Happy Thanksgiving!

With all the cooking and baking and everything you will be doing today, why don’t you take a few minutes and make this smoothie for breakfast. Or make tomorrow before you do Black Friday shopping. I found this recipe on pinterest, but it originally comes from Shugary Sweets.

Ingrdients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Large Banana
  • 6-8 Ice Cubes
  • 6 oz Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1/2 Tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Tsp of Agave Nectar or Honey
  • 3 Tbsp of Milk
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

  1. In a blender combine pumpkin, banana, ice, yogurt, pumpkin pie spice, nectar or honey, and milk.
  2. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Serve with Whipped Cream and a pinch of nutmeg.

Thoughts After Reading:

I did not like it.

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It was not good with a weird aftertaste. Forget what I said in the beginning DO NOT make it.

For more holiday posts, go to Flag Cake

For more smoothies, go to Blueberry Earl Grey Tea Smoothie

For more pinterest recipes, go to Crock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa Chowder

For more pumpkin recipes, go to Harvest Pumpkin Scones

London Fog Smoothie

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I’m borrowing this recipe from my sister blog JaneAustenRunsMyLife.wordpress.com as she is an avid tea fan.

It originally comes from Pinterest, but the source site is unreachable.

Oh well

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Vanilla Yogurt (I used Greek Yogurt)
  • 1/3 Cup of Almond Milk (I don’t like almond so I used regular)
  • 1/3 Cup of Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 Cup of Crushed Ice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1 Teaspoon of Honey

Directions:

  1. Combine all and blend.
  2. Serve.
  3. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Thoughts After Cooking:

This was better than the Fauxccino as I think having the cup of tea added to it better than the ice cubes. It came out a bit watery so I really thinking combining the two would work best. It didn’t come out super sweet with the Greek Yogurt and regular milk, so I added French Vanilla Creamer to sweeten it up. Regular yogurt would have been a better choice, but I know for next time. The cinnamon was very strong too, I would have done way less-just a dash.

Otherwise, it was very good. And a great tea drinking method for the summertime.

For more pinterest recipes, go to London Fog Fauxccino

For more Friday the 13th recipe, go to Basic Hamburger

For more on London Fogs, go to How to Make a London Fog

For more tea recipes, go to Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

For more drink recipes, go to Strawberry Infused Water

For more smoothie recipes, go to Triple Green Protein Smoothie

B is for Blueberry Smoothie

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So I’ve decided to start the tradition of always posting on New Year’s Eve, and including one tasty drink recipe.

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So here we go!

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

 

So I have a few different variations I thought I would put out there for you to enjoy, whether pre-party, at the party, or post party!

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Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1 Cup of Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen
  • 1 Cup of Vanilla Yogurt
  1. Blend together!

Yogurt Free Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1 Cup of Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  1. Blend together

Greek Yogurt Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1 Cup of Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract or a splash of Vanilla Creamer
  1. Blend together.

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

  1. Choose one of the above smoothies.
  2. Puree a few leaves of kale in a blender.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I love smoothies, especially blueberry, and can drink them nonstop!

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For more New Year’s Eve recipes, go to Virgin Appletini

For more blueberry recipes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more drink recipes, go to Green Tea Frappuccino

For more recipes, go to Harlem Tea Room Cheddar-Thyme Scones

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

Green Tea Frappuccino

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Thoughts Before Making:

So while Annie Laurence, from Death on Demand, loves her coffee, I am not a fan. I like the smell, but not the taste; I’m a tea girl through and through. Yep, hot or cold I will always drink it.

But there is one other thing besides tea that I will purchase, a Green Tea Frappuccino. I got this recipe from Eugenie Kitchen.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Ice Cubes (Less than 10)
  • 1 Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons of Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Vanilla or Vanilla Extract
  • Xanthan Gum (Optional)
  • Whipped Cream (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pulse and blend on high until thorough
  3. Add whipped cream if you want.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I thought this was fantastic and just like the one you would get from Starbucks.

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The Matcha Green Tea is expensive, but much cheaper than buying the drinks from Starbucks as you get waaay more to drink.

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You can also substitute the ice-cream with custard, vanilla yogurt, plain yogurt, greek yogurt, etc. If it is plain or greek you might want to add more sugar.

But I thought this was soo good I have made it over and over.

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For more drink recipes, go to Virgin Appletini

For more recipes, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini