Grown Up Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe for Girls Night

Grown Up Hot Chocolate #SweetNLowStars

This weekend I’m hosting bunco and that means 3 things: laughter, big winners, and alcohol. And even if I can’t partake, I can still make it fun for the gals coming over!

Whoever hosts bunco is in charge of dinner for the girls but I always like to add a little something special as well so I’m making a big batch of hot chocolate to put in the crock pot and adding a bit of Godiva chocolate liqueur to make things a little more fun.

This is the perfect recipe to warm up on a cold winter day, or to keep the laughter going as we roll the dice and find out who will win the most buncos.  [Read more…]

Mocha Peanut Butter Banana Shake

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Mocha Peanut Butter Banana Shake with Baby Booster

I haven’t written much about my pregnancy… I guess it’s just flying by so quickly I haven’t gotten a chance. But I do have to say that this pregnancy is, by far, harder than the others.

The first few months were filled with nausea and than once that dissipated I was left with horrible heartburn after I ate anything. No, not just acidic foods or specific things. I got heartburn after every.single.piece of food I put in my mouth.

And now that the heartburn has finally subsided I’m left with the smallest stomach ever. Like seriously… baby girl grew enough that now she’s not giving me any room for food. So that leads me to alternatives to stay full and still eat nutritious meals that are tasty.

Mocha Peanut Butter Banana Shake with Baby Booster - ingredients

That’s when this delicious shake comes into play. I headed online to find a healthy alternative to my favorite meal replacement shake used pre-pregnancy and stumbled upon Baby Booster.

After a little reading and a few clicks, I had a package of their Kona Mocha flavor ordered and sent to me to try out. When it arrived they not only included the product I ordered but a few samples of their other flavors and a cool shaker bottle to use. Talk about a quick and easy way to get a nutritious meal!

Mocha Peanut Butter Banana Shake with Baby Booster - blend in magic bullet

I’m not one for just drinking something straight from the package instructions so I decided to add a few of my favorite flavors and create a whole meal that i could easily make in the mornings as I pack my son’s lunch.

No more waiting till 9am when I head back home from morning drop off to have a proper breakfast!

By adding 1/2 of a frozen banana, 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and some 1% milk to the Kona Mocha Baby Booster mix I had a delicious meal filled with 20g of Protein, ONLY 2g of Sugar, and all of my daily vitamins.

Mocha Peanut Butter Banana Shake with Baby Booster - blended

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Mocha Peanut Butter Banana Shake
 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup 1% milk (or unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 scoop Kona Mocha Baby Booster

Instructions
  1. Pour 1 cup of milk into your blender or Magic Bullet. Add peanut butter and sliced banana. Top with a scoop of Kona Mocha Baby Booster and blend.
  2. Pour into a cup, add a straw, and enjoy!

Mocha Peanut Butter Banana Shake with Kona Mocha Baby Booster

Now I not only can enjoy a delicious meal as we head out for drop off in the mornings, I’m also comfortably full for the morning until lunch.

Oh, and did I mention that Baby Booster is safe for pregnant moms (obviously), and nursing mothers as well as diabetics and those who are gluten free?

I can’t wait to be able to actually eat more once baby moves but for now I’ll stick with this quick and easy meal in the mornings!

What’s your go-to shake recipe for when you’re on-the-go?

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Drink Recipe

This pumpkin pie smoothie drink recipe was created as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie - a healthy, delicious way to drink pie #SweetNLowStars

Fall was in the air. For about a week. And then the high temperatures hit yet again. So in an effort to enjoy Fall without sweating to death I tested out a few pumpkin pie smoothie recipes to cool me down and still give me the pumpkin fix I was looking for.

Plus this smoothie is perfect as a quick breakfast for the kids. I threw it all together and blended up in less than 5 minutes! Much faster than pancakes or waffles.

With the natural sweetness of the banana and added guilt-free sweetness of Sweet’N Low I think I’ve found a winner with this one!

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Perfect for Fall: Spiked Apple Cider Drink Recipe with Spiced Rum

This post featuring a delicious Sweet’N Low inspired Spiked Apple Cider with Spiced Rum as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars

Spiked Apple Cider With Spiced Rum Drink Recipe  #SweetNLowStars

Even though it is still very much summer temperature wise here in Southern California, September has always meant one thing for me… apple season! It’s the time all of the orchards up in Julian and the surrounding areas open up so that the public can come up and pick baskets of apples to take home with them and enjoy.

Last year we were lucky enough to take a trip back East to visit my husband’s brother and his wife in Boston. While we were there we were able to head out to an apple orchard and continue our apple picking tradition while on vacation. It was quite fun and just as delicious of an adventure as it is out here (only a little chillier). [Read more…]

Virgin Strawberry Basil Margarita Drink Recipe

This week I made a delicious Sweet’N Low virgin strawberry basil margarita drink recipe as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars

Virgin Strawberry Basil Margarita Drink Recipe - a great way to bring summer flavors together in a delicious drink #SweetNLowStars

While summer is slowly coming to an end – omgosh! My kid is going to kindergarten in 4 weeks! – I want to enjoy all I can out of the fresh and flavorful summer flavors I love. And since I’m pregnant (did you catch my announcement?) I’ve been experimenting with a few virgin varieties of my favorite summertime drinks.

This weekend I decided to make some virgin margaritas. It’s the one thing I’ve been craving since finding out I was pregnant and I just couldn’t let it be. I went with the classic flavors at first but then I decided to use up some of the produce we had and made this delicious virgin strawberry basil margarita.  [Read more…]

Packing the Protein for Breakfast plus an Almond Coconut Granola Recipe

This post featuring an Almond Coconut Granola recipe is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Almond Coconut Granola Recipe

Over the years I’ve found that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. So that means that choices made at breakfast need to be smart ones.

Something I always need in the mornings is a good protein packed fuel to get me going for the day.

But that doesn’t mean I want to eat eggs and breakfast meat everyday so I’ve been searching for some other healthy alternatives to keep me satisfied. Quick to prepare is an added bonus! [Read more…]

Strawberry Lemonade with a Twist Drink Recipe

This week I made my Sweet’N Low Strawberry Lemonade with a Twist drink recipe as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #SweetNLowStars

Strawberry Lemonade with a Twist Drink Recipe #SweetNLowStars

Nothing says summer like a great refreshing beverage. And, in my opinion, it’s even better with a splash of alcohol. Especially when the new house doesn’t have a/c and I need something to cool me down quickly.

When we first looked at our new home I noticed the citrus trees in the back yard right away. At the time there was no fruit on the trees but two months have passed and the lemon tree is thriving!

As soon as I saw the gorgeous lemons on the tree I knew I wanted to make some homemade lemonade. Adding a twist made it even more perfect for summertime.  [Read more…]

Easy Summer Dinners: KRAFT Chopped Grilled Chicken Salad

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Easy Summer Dinners Kraft Chopped Grilled Chicken Salad

During these hot months the one thing I love are easy summer dinners. Meals that I can prep in advance and throw together in minutes for the whole family to enjoy as well as meals that are tasty and perfect for when we have company over.

We’re in the midst of moving right now but still want to have friends over so this weekend we kept things simple and made this delicious Chopped Grilled Chicken Salad. [Read more…]

Orange You Glad The Kids Are Asleep

Orange You Glad boozy drink with tequila and citrus

“Orange you glad?” Do you remember that saying from childhood? Maybe from a knock knock joke? I sure do. And I fondly remember it every time I sit down with this drink. Most of the time I’m thinking, “Orange you glad the kids are asleep?”

Now don’t get me wrong… I love my kids. But some days the countdown to bedtime is on as soon as my husband walks in the door. Other days the countdown to bedtime is on as soon as they wake up from their naps. But no matter what type of day it is, this drink can perk me up.

Because having that time to enjoy a drink after the kids bedtime means that I get to take a moment for myself before delving into the wonderful world of working into the night. And it brings me right out of a bad day with just a sip. We all need drinks like this in our lives.

(oh yes, working from home means I get to enjoy a drink on the job… just not excessively!)

And in a few short weeks when I attend SoFabCon I’d love to sit back with my friends and ask, “Orange you glad…” [Read more…]

Rueda Wine Dessert Pairing Idea

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Rueda Wine Dessert Pairing Ideas

As a mom I find myself getting more and more creative with what I’ll try together. Especially when I’m really craving something. So when I was sent a bottle of PradoRey Verdejo from Rueda Wines to try, I knew I wanted to find a great wine dessert pairing even if it was a little off the wall.

Whether it was luck or just coincidence, the same day I received my bottle of PradoRey Verdejo I also received an order of Girl Scout Cookies that my husband put in with one of our neighbors.

After quickly trying a sip of the wine I knew that the Samoas would be a perfect pairing with this white wine. [Read more…]



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