Animals · Comfort Food · Crock Pot · Pregnancy · Soups · Vegan · Vegetarian

Chunky Lentil & Veggie Soup.

Hi y’all! Bryan and I are back from our Thanksgiving trip to Pennsylvania (we had a great time!).  Since we got home, I’ve been busy organizing, cleaning, working and cooking of course!  I have some really fun (and delicious) recipes to share with y’all in the upcoming weeks…

Are you ready? 

Pennsylvania was a brisk 27 degrees the first few days we were there so Bryan’s mom prepared bean soup for us – we joked that we rarely eat soup because it’s always so damn hot in south Florida, but when we came home, I craved a warm bowl of protein-packed soup.

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Animals · Comfort Food · Desserts · Popular · Recipes

Mummy Pops.

BOO!

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Did I scare you? 🙂 Teehee.  Happy Halloween y’all!  What does everyone have in store for this spooky holiday?  And more importantly, what is everyone dressing up as???  I love seeing how creative people can get on Halloween, so please share!

I have to work all day.  WOMP. WOMP.  But it should be fun.  I’m hoping clients come in dressed up.  I plan on going as a deviled egg – pictures to come.

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Animals · Appetizers · Comfort Food · Quick Meals · Soups · Vegetarian

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.

 

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Fall has arrived.  Yes, even in south Florida.

Don’t believe me?  Well, believe it because this week it dropped down into the 50’s overnight!  For you northerners, that probably doesn’t seem very fallish, but for us here in south Florida, it’s about as fall as fall gets.

And I LOVE IT.

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Animals · Appetizers · Comfort Food · Recipes · Vegetarian

Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip.

It’s been another busy weekend for me – Bryan and I went to the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game Friday night down in Ft. Lauderdale, and I’ve also been dog sitting again.  Meaning, I haven’t slept much and I miss my pups!  I love dog sitting but the overnight stays can be a bit brutal for me – I don’t always sleep well at other people’s houses, and the dogs I’m watching are usually missing their mom and dad so they don’t always sleep well either.  Making for a very grumpy (and sleep deprived) Mandy.

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Animals

Hurricane Irma.

Hey y’all!  It’s been quite the week here in south Florida and to say, “I’m glad it’s over,” is an understatement.

Two Words: Hurricane Irma.

We found out Hurricane Irma was most likely going to hit south Florida at some capacity about a week before she was expected to, so we did as much preparing as we could – we filled up our gas tanks, put up our shutters, bought some extra non-perishable food and water,and continued to monitor the storm’s track.  At first, she was set to hit us in Palm Beach almost head on as a Category 5.  I. Was. Terrified.  Hurricane Irma was my first hurricane – I’ve been through a few hurricane threats (Matthew) and several tropical storms, but nothing like Irma.

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15 minutes or less · Animals · beverage · Breakfast Foods · Dairy Free · Quick Meals · Recipes · Smoothies · Vegan · Vegetarian

Raspberry & Almond Butter Smoothie.

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Can a breakfast smoothie keep you full until lunch? Yes, a smoothie can be filling as well as wholesome, and this Raspberry Almond Butter Smoothie proves it.

Toast with any kind of nut butter and jam is one of my favorite go-to breakfast options, but sometimes I want something new.  What better way to change things up than by throwing the tart and creamy combination into a blender?  Throw in some healthy add-ins and you have yourself a powerful and healthy breakfast.

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Animals · Appetizers · Popular · Quick Meals · Recipes · Sea Turtles · Vegetarian

Baked Eggplant Parmesan, without the Parmesan 

I’m sure a lot of you are going to see the word eggplant and immediately stop reading this post…but wait! Before you go, hear me out. Eggplant isn’t my favorite vegetable either, it’s spongy and bland. But when you prepare it the proper way – like with loads of cheese, bread crumbs and marinara sauce – it can be rather tasty!

Poor little eggplant, just needs a little T.L.C…

Don’t we all?!

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