MEMORIES7's SparkPeople Blog MEMORIES7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Red Velvet Santa Hats Hello Sparkfamily, I think that we all made it through Thanksgiving now on to...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted sweet cream butter, well softened <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1 (2-layer) package red velvet cake mix <BR> 1 tube white decorating icing <BR> 1/2 c flaked coconut <BR> 24 mini marshmallows <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR>... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:16:33 EST Maple Barbecue Pulled Chicken Hello Sparkfamily, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to ALL and to ALL a HEALTHY one! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c ketchup <BR> 1/2 c maple syrup <BR> 1/4 c apple cider vinegar <BR> 2 Tbsps Worcestershire sauce <BR> 1 1/2 tsps garlic powder <BR> 1 tsp dry mustard <BR> 1/4 tsp cayenne <BR> 1 (38-ounce) package boneless skinless chicken breasts <BR> 12 sandwich buns <BR> 1... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:13:36 EST Gingerbread Woodland Animals Hello Sparkfamily, The holiday season is upon us so do not forget to add these to the goodie table! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted sweet cream butter, softened <BR> 1 c granulated sugar <BR> 1/4 c molasses <BR> 1 large egg <BR> 2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 1 tsp baking soda <BR> 1 tsp ground ginger <BR> 1 tsp ground cinnamon <BR> 1/2 t... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:22:26 EST Cast-Iron Chicken Nachos Hello Sparkfamily, How many of you have and use cast-iron cookware? If so then...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> One 13-ounce bag tortilla chips <BR> 2 Tbsps olive oil <BR> 1/2 small onion, finely chopped <BR> 1 1/2 tsp chili powder <BR> One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed <BR> 2 cups shredded leftover chicken <BR> 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese <... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:17:11 EST Creamy Chicken And Mushroom Phyllo Rolls Hello Sparkfamily, Looking for something yummy for lunch or dinner? Well look no further then these! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Filling~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsps butter <BR> 2 bacon strips, chopped <BR> 5 ounces small white (button) mushrooms, chopped <BR> 5 ounces field (flat) mushrooms, chopped <BR> 6 green spring onions, chopped <BR> 1 Tbsp grain mustard <BR> 4 ounces... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 13:50:47 EST Toasted Hummus Hero Sandwich Hello Sparkfamily, Lunch today is...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 French Baguette, cut into fourths and split lengthwise <BR> 1 (10-ounce) container roasted garlic hummus <BR> 1 c roasted red peppers, drained and sliced <BR> 1 c artichokes hearts, sliced <BR> 1/2 medium cucumber, thinly sliced <BR> 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced <BR> 1 c loosely packed spinach <BR> 1 Tbsp extra virgin ... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 13:40:53 EST Coconut Chicken And Rice Casserole Hello Sparkfamily, It is so, so sooooo good! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsps oil <BR> 1 1/2 cups minced onion <BR> 1 1/2 cups diced red bell pepper <BR> 1 Tbsp minced garlic <BR> 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice <BR> 1 1/2 cups chicken broth <BR> One 14-ounce can lite coconut milk <BR> 1 Tbsp red curry paste, or to taste <BR> 3 cups shredded cooked chicken ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:29:35 EST Teriyaki Chicken And Edamame Rice Bowls Hello Sparkfamily, The internet has been a bear today but I have faith that I can present this recipe and thought of the day to you with a flash so...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsps vegetable oil <BR> 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces <BR> 1 10-ounce package, about 1 1/2 cups edamame, thawed <BR> 1 small red bell pepper, d... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:10:14 EST chicken With eggplant, peppers And tomatoes Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner tonight is... Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 frying chicken, about 4 pounds, cut into serving pieces <BR> 1/4 c olive oil <BR> 1/4 pound diced cooked ham or cured ham such as serrano or prosciutto, optional <BR> 2 large onions, sliced or coarsely chopped <BR> 1 pound Asian eggplants, unpeeled, or 1 globe eggplant, about 1 pound, peeled <BR> ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:34:51 EST Italian Herb Crusted Roast Hello Sparkfamily, The internet would not let me post my recipe and thought of the day yesterday so without further ado...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsps dried Italian seasoning <BR> 1 tsp garlic powder <BR> 1/2 tsp paprika <BR> 1/2 tsp fennel seed <BR> 1/2 tsp ground black pepper <BR> 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, if desired <BR> 1 Tbsp oil <BR> 1 chuck r... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:37:05 EST Mama's Collard Greens With Bacon Hello Sparkfamily, I will be fix'in my collard greens tonight and as always, dinner is at 6pm sharp! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 tsps olive oil <BR> 6 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped <BR> 2 large cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1/8 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper <BR> 2 Tbsps cider vinegar mixed into 2 cups water <B... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 12:24:46 EST Salmon Tacos With Lime Cream Hello Sparkfamily, We are having taco night! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 tsp chili powder <BR> 1 tsp cumin <BR> 4 frozen salmon fillets, thawed according to package directions <BR> 1/2 c sour cream <BR> Zest and juice of 1 lime <BR> Eight 6-inch whole wheat tortillas, warmed <BR> 1/2 c salsa <BR> 1 avocado, cut into wedges <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 13:12:33 EST Cheddar Beef Skillet Panini Hello Sparkfamily, Want something simple, yummy and healthy for dinner? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 slices bread <BR> 2 tsps horseradish sauce <BR> 2 to 4 slices roast beef sandwich meat <BR> 2 slices sharp cheddar cheese <BR> Fresh spinach <BR> Softened butter <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Spread 1 slice bread with horseradish sauce.... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:47:55 EST Cinnamon Snails Hello Sparkfamily, Invite a few friends, mix up your favorite tea, and enjoy one of these! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3/4 c butter or margarine, softened <BR> 3/4 c packed brown sugar <BR> 1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon, divided <BR> 1/4 tsp baking powder <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1 tsp vanilla extract <BR> 2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 1 Tbsp granulated sugar <BR> 1 sli... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:58:40 EST Gluten Free Fusilli Salad In Citrus Yogurt Dressing Hello Sparkfamily, How 'bout a healthy salad for dinner? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 (12 ounce) pkg Gluten-Free Fusilli <BR> 1 small cucumber, diced <BR> 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, each halved <BR> 1/4 c finely chopped red onion <BR> Citrus Yogurt Dressing <BR> Juice of 1/2 orange or 1/4 c orange juice <BR> 2 Tbsps olive oil <BR> 2 cloves garlic <BR> 1 Tbs... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:04:17 EST Make-And-Go Southwest Breakfast Sandwiches Hello Sparkfamily, Looking for a yummy breakfast idea? Look no further, I have you covered! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 tsp oil <BR> 4 Eggs <BR> 1/4 c shredded cheddar Jack cheese <BR> 4 multigrain English muffins, split, toasted <BR> 1/2 c black bean chipotle calsa <BR> 1 tsp finely chopped fresh cilantro <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 18:05:49 EST Sweet Potatoes With Chili Orange Glaze Hello Sparkfamily, Woohoo I am here! Bad, bad internet I say! BAD!! The last recipe and thought of the day that I presented to you was on Oct 27 so without further ado...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1/3 c maple syrup <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 c fresh orange juice <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 2 pounds sweet potatoes, sliced horizontally into about 1... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 20:23:01 EST Crispy Baked Tilapia Hello Sparkfamily, Can you believe it! My internet has come to life! So...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 (24-ounce) package frozen tilapia fillets, thawed as package directs <BR> 1 c crushed cornflakes <BR> 2 Tbsps shredded Parmesan cheese <BR> 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper <BR> 2 Tbsps milk <BR> 1 egg <BR> Tartar sauce or cocktail sauce, if desired <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:29:21 EST Po' Boy Fish Sandwiches Hello Sparkfamily, Yum! Take a peek! <em>370</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 8 frozen battered fish fillets <BR> 1/4 c mayonnaise <BR> 2 Tbsps thousand island dressing <BR> 6 to 8 drops hot sauce <BR> 4 hoagie rolls, toasted <BR> 2 cups shredded lettuce <BR> 1 tomato, thinly sliced <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Bake frozen fish as directed on package. <BR> Meanwhile, mix mayonnaise, dressing and hot sauce; set aside. <BR> Place 2... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:31:08 EST Blended Berry Froyo Hello Sparkfamily, Are you ready for this? Take a peek! <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt <BR> 1/2 (10 ounce) package frozen strawberries <BR> 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Combine all ingredients in food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. <BR> <BR> Top with additional fruit, granola or grated dark chocolate, if desired. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:55:20 EST Thai Chicken Dinner Wraps Hello Sparkfamily, If you love asian food, try on these for size! Take a peek! <em>53</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 package crispy chicken tenderloins <BR> 3/4 c Asian salad dressing <BR> 2 Tbsps peanut butter <BR> 1 1/2 cups cabbage coleslaw mix <BR> 1/2 c shredded carrots <BR> 4 flour tortillas (8-inch), warmed <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Heat oven to 400. Bake chicken strips as directed. <BR> Meanwhile, mix dressing and pean... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 11:17:40 EST Apple Pie Smoothie Hello Sparkfamily, We all love a SMALL piece of apple pie right but I bet you never had this! Take a peek! <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 apples, halved, seeded and quartered <BR> 3/4 c low-fat vanilla yogurt <BR> 1 Tbsp brown sugar or other sweetener, to taste <BR> 1/2 tsp apple pie spice <BR> 1 c ice cubes <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Place all ingredients into your smoothie/blender in the order listed and secure... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:26:47 EST Quick Meatball Lasagna Hello Sparkfamily, Well it is another beautiful day! I hope that you are having a healthy day:) Here is something that will stick to your ribs! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 9 lasagna noodles (about 1/2 package) <BR> 30 frozen fully cooked meatballs <BR> 1 (8-ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided <BR> 1-1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided <B... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:26:11 EST Butternut Squash Soup Hello Sparkfamily, Squash is so, so good for you right? RIGHT! Take a peek! <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 medium butternut squash, about 3 pounds <BR> 2 Tbsps oil <BR> 1 small onion, chopped <BR> 3 cups chicken broth <BR> 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream <BR> Dash ground nutmeg <BR> Dash cayenne <BR> Toppings, such as sour cream, croutons and pumpkin seeds <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut squas... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:56:52 EST Barbecue Hickory Cabbage Hello Sparkfamily, I just love cabbage and one of the ways that I fix it, well you are just going to have to...Take a peek! <em>369</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups hickory wood chips <BR> 1 (2 pound) head green cabbage <BR> 1/4 tsp black pepper <BR> 1/8 tsp salt <BR> 2 links hot turkey Italian sausage (about 6 ounces) <BR> 1 1/2 cups chopped onion <BR> 2 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced <BR> 1/4 c barbecue sauce <BR> B... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:32:39 EST Curry Pumpkin Soup Hello Sparkfamily, I would guess that it is soup season in your neck of the woods so...Take a peek! <em>471</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 Tbsp canola oil <BR> 1 small onion, chopped <BR> 2 cloves garlic, chopped <BR> 2 tsps curry powder <BR> 1/4 tsp ground coriander <BR> One (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) <BR> One (13.5 ounce can) light coconut milk, well-shaken <BR> 2 cups vegetable broth <BR> 2 tsps light brown sugar <BR> Kosher sal... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:24:57 EST Beef Stew With Mashed Potato Ghosts Hello Sparkfamily, Everyone likes homemade beef stew right? But have you ever tried it with these? Take a peek! <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 pounds (about 3 large) russet (or Yukon Gold) potatoes, peeled <BR> 2 cans (18.8 ounces each) chunky beef stew <BR> 1 c frozen peas, reserving 8-12 peas for eyes <BR> 4 Tbsps butter <BR> 1 c half and half, warmed <BR> Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:50:35 EST Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce Hello Sparkfamily, It is holiday season already and look at what I have for you! Take a peek! <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (3-pound) bag gala apples, peeled, cored and sliced <BR> 1 c apple Juice <BR> Juice of 1 lemon <BR> 1/4 c sugar <BR> 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon <BR> 1/4 tsp ground cloves <BR> 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Place sliced apples in slow-cooker. Pour in apple and lemon ju... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 17:54:57 EST Chicken And Pea Empanadas Hello Sparkfamily, Can you believe it, my internet is still working! So I have a yummy favorite to present to you today! Take a peek! <em>53</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, or water, or a combination <BR> 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breast <BR> 1 Tbsp vegetable oil <BR> 2 cloves garlic, chopped <BR> 1/2 medium onion, chopped <BR> 1 tsp kosher salt <BR> 1/2 tsp ground cumin <BR> 1/4 tsp dried oregano <BR> 1/8 tsp ... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 14:12:41 EST Sweet Potato Pie Hello Sparkfamily, My internet has been totally messed up and I think they have finally got it fixed! (I hope)! So without further ado, take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 ounces butter, softened <BR> 2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes <BR> 2 cups granulated sugar <BR> 1 small can (5 ounces, about 1/2 c plus 2 Tbsps) evaporated milk <BR> 1 tsp vanilla <BR> 3 eggs, be... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 15:34:10 EST Stuffed Bell Peppers Hello Sparkfamily, Do you realize the health benefits of bell peppers? Well, eat'em up! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 6 bell peppers, mixed colors, halved vertically and seeded <BR> 1 c quinoa <BR> 2 Tbsps oil, divided <BR> 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed <BR> 2 cups chopped fresh vegetables, such as summer squash, carrot and red onio <BR> One 15.5-ounce ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:42:25 EST Bacon And Egg-Stuffed French Bread Hello Sparkfamily, I am so behind on my recipe and thought of the day blog's thanks to my internet! You all have been so patient and I am so thankful for that! So I had better get this done before it goes out so without further ado, Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 pound (about 8 slices) bacon <BR> One 14- to 16-ounce loaf soft french bread* <BR> 1 c colby jack shre... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:02:58 EST Spinach Salad With Pears, Pomegranate, Blue Cheese And Pecans Hello Sparkfamily, Just a salad for me this eve! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 to 6 cups baby spinach leaves <BR> 1 pear, thinly sliced <BR> 1/2 c blue cheese crumbles <BR> 1/2 c coarsely chopped pecans, toasted <BR> 1/2 c frozen pomegranate seeds <BR> Balsamic vinaigrette <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Divide spinach among 4 salad plates. Arra... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:24:44 EST Warm Pasta Salad With Roasted Sausage And Vegetables Hello Sparkfamily, If you love pasta,...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 c balsamic vinaigrette, divided <BR> 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces <BR> 1 small summer squash, cut into 1-inch pieces <BR> 8 ounces asparagus spears, cut into 2-inch pieces <BR> 1 package spinach & garlic chicken sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces <BR> 8 ounces rotini, uncooked <BR> ... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 12:11:38 EST Slow Cooker Chili Garlic Wings Hello Sparkfamily, My internet has been giving me fits today but I am not letting it get the best of this gal! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 Tbsps brown sugar <BR> 2 Tbsps chili powder <BR> 2 tsps salt <BR> One 48-ounce package frozen chicken wings, thawed according to package directions, drained <BR> 1 medium garlic bulb, separated into unpeeled cloves <BR> ... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:26:14 EST Bread Soup With Cilantro, Garlic And Poached Egg Hello Sparkfamily, Soup's on, dinner at 6pm sharp! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 Tbsp minced garlic <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1 c chopped fresh cilantro <BR> Pinch of red pepper flakes, optional <BR> 1/2 c olive oil <BR> 3 thick slices coarse-textured peasant bread, crusts removed, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (about 6 cups) <BR> 4 eggs <BR> 3-4 cups chicken stock, optional... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:44:01 EST Steak And Baby Potato Kabobs With blue Cheese Yogurt Dipping Sauce Hello Sparkfamily, Get up off the couch this evening, fire up the grill and...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound baby red potatoes <BR> 1 pound Steak, such as New York strip or top sirloin, cut into 1 1/4-inch chunks <BR> <BR> <BR> Blue Cheese Yogurt Sauce <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/4 c plain Greek yogurt <BR> 1/4 c mayonnaise <BR> 1/4 c crumbled blue c... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:38:28 EST Fruit ~N~ Cream Float Hello Sparkfamily, Let's cool down with one of these! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 scoops ice cream, such as vanilla bean or strawberry <BR> About 2 cups 100% juice, such as orange, berry or grape, chilled <BR> About 2 cups sparkling water, chilled <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Scoop ice cream into tall glasses. <BR> Divide juice among g... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:33:14 EST Shrimp And Avocado Dip ( 8/16/2015 ) Hello Sparkfamily, You know that I was so SWAMPED yesterday that I forgot to present to you my recipe and thought of the day! Well without further it is! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 (16-ounce) package frozen fully cooked salad shrimp <BR> 2 Tbsps olive oil <BR> 2 Tbsps fresh lime juice <BR> 1 tsp ground cumin <BR> 1 medium avocado, chopped <BR> 1 small ... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:58:54 EST Egg, ham And Cheese Potato Skins Hello Sparkfamily, If you love tater skins, you are really going to love these! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 medium russet potatoes <BR> 3 large eggs <BR> Salt and freshly ground black pepper <BR> 2 ounces Canadian bacon, diced <BR> Nonstick cooking spray <BR> 2 Tbsps shredded sharp cheddar cheese <BR> Scallions, chopped, for garnish <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Di... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:35:06 EST Cranberry Orange Scones Hello Sparkfamily, Join me for a cup of tea and a scone! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 cups plus ¼ cup all-purpose flour <BR> ¼ c sugar, plus extra for sprinkling <BR> 2 Tbsps baking powder <BR> 2 tsps kosher salt <BR> 2 tsps grated orange zest (2 oranges) <BR> ¾ pound (3 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced <BR> 4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten <BR> 1 c ... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 23:37:48 EST Honey Mustard Chicken Snack Wraps Hello Sparkfamily, A little bird told me that you are look'in for a quick and healthy snack! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 12 frozen honey-battered chicken breast tenders <BR> 2 Tbsps honey mustard <BR> 2 Tbsps mayonnaise <BR> 6 flour tortillas (6-inch), warmed <BR> 1/2 c fresh spinach leaves <BR> 1 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directio... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:22:52 EST Buffalo Chicken Salad Hello Sparkfamily, It is a great day for this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 package frozen buffalo-style chicken breast bites <BR> 1 (9-ounce) bag romaine lettuce salad (about 6 cups) <BR> 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes <BR> 1/2 medium cucumber, diced <BR> Ranch salad dressing <BR> 1/2 c blue cheese crumbles <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Heat oven... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:38:42 EST Orange Blossom Mini-Muffins Hello Sparkfamily, It is a beautiful Wednesday and I am heating up the kitchen and baking bread and muffins! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 tsps plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided <BR> 3 tsps finely shredded orange peel <BR> 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 1 1/2 tsps baking powder <BR> 1/8 tsp salt <BR> 1 beaten egg <BR> 1/2 c milk <BR> 1/4 c butter or margarine, melted <... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:40:37 EST Crunchy Chicken Nugget Tacos Hello Sparkfamily, Taco's for dinner but not just any taco! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 package frozen Chicken Nuggets (about 36 nuggets) <BR> 1 package corn taco shells (12-count) <BR> 1/2 c sour cream <BR> 1/4 c salsa <BR> Shredded lettuce <BR> 1 c shredded Cheddar cheese <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Heat oven to 400. Arrange nuggets on tw... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:26:50 EST Classic Caramelized Onion Pot Roast Hello Sparkfamily, Well as you know by now dinner is at 6pm sharp so I will see you then! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c sliced onions <BR> 1/4 c beef broth <BR> 2 Tbaps balsamic vinegar <BR> 1 Bottom Round Roast (about 2 pounds) <BR> 2 tsp steak seasoning <BR> 1 tsp dried rosemary <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Place onions, broth and vi... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:36:05 EST Fresh Tomato Salsa With Cilantro And Onions Hello Sparkfamily, It is time to take a stroll out to the garden and and return to my kitchen to make...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped <BR> 3 garlic cloves <BR> 2 jalapeno chiles, coarsely chopped <BR> 1 small onion, coarsely chopped <BR> 1 Tbsp canola oil <BR> 1/2 c chopped fresh cilantro <BR> 1/2 c chopped onion <BR> 2 Tbsps... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 16:43:33 EST Grilled Salmon With Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon, And Oregano Hello Sparkfamily, I fixed salmon for dinner and I bet I only got a 1/2 a bite! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/3 c good-quality extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 1/4 c coarsely chopped fresh oregano <BR> 1/4 c fresh lemon juice <BR> Four 8-ounce salmon steaks (or substitute halibut steaks or swordfish steaks) <BR> 2 Tbsps vegetable oil <BR> 1 Tbsp minced garlic <BR> 1 lemo... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 23:09:19 EST Garbanzo Salad With Basil Vinaigrette Hello Sparkfamily, Did you get your beans today? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Salad <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 5 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas) -- if using canned beans, drain and rinse <BR> 1 red (Spanish) onion, finely chopped <BR> 2/3 c pitted black olives, chopped <BR> 1/2 c chopped parsley <BR> 2 tomatoes, finely diced <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Basil Vinaigret... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 09:28:34 EST Red Potato Salad With Green Beans Hello Sparkfamily, One of my picnic fav's! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes <BR> 1/4 pound green string beans, stems removed <BR> 2 Tbsps finely chopped shallots <BR> 1 1/2 Tbsps whole-grain or Dijon mustard <BR> 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar <BR> 1/2 tsp kosher salt <BR> 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper <BR> 3 Tbsps olive oil <BR> 2 Tbsps c... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 10:58:37 EST