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Sweet and Tangy Shrimp Salad

I enjoy making salads, but one of my complaints is all the chopping involved in preparation.  With this sweet and tangy shrimp salad, just sprinkle the ingredients; in a couple minutes you have a colorful and healthy salad, with no chopping needed.   And, I picked up all the necessities at Trader’s Joe’s market, even better with one stop shopping. You …

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Vitamix Gazpacho

Just chop, drop, and blend for this Vitamix Gazpacho recipe!     You will need for 4 servings: 4 large tomatoes 1 cucumber 1 green pepper 1 red onion 1 jalapeno pepper 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil dash of hot sauce (for a little more heat) salt and pepper to taste Coarsely chop all veggies.  Add …

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Sweet Beets

Here’s a super simple Sweet Beets salad for summer!  All ingredients can be found at Trader Joe’s grocery store. You will need: 1 package of butter lettuce 1 package of beets/ or 3 prepared beets, chopped  (I cheat and use beets steamed and peeled) handful of candied walnuts, crumbled goat cheese, crumbled champagne vinaigrette            Use …

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Breakfast Popsicles

What a great way to start your Saturday than breakfast popsicles!  These are the healthy kind, made with greek yogurt and fruit.  Super simple and only a few ingredients required. You will need (for 4 popsicles) 1 1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt 1 tablespoon milk 1 tablespoon agave sweetener 2 strawberries sliced 2 kiwis sliced The popsicle mold I used …

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Target Twins

Mother-daughter Target twins in Cherokee denim shorts.  Cherokee girls’ embroidered denim shorts are $14.99 from Target; an XS for her, and XL  for me.   The embroidered detailing is colorful, and the soft, light wash make them perfect summer casual shorts.                       My daughter is wearing  Target Circo Katrina flip flops, as you can see she …

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Aperol Spritz

One of my favorite summer drinks is the Aperol Spritz.  Light, refreshing and very easy to make. Ingredients are…. Aperol aperitif Prosecco Club soda Orange slices Everyone makes them a little different, according to taste.   My recipe is as follows; mix 1/2 cup Prosecco, 1/8 cup Aperol, 1 tablespoon of club soda, and garnish with an orange slice.  Serve …

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‘C’ is for Cookie

‘C’ is for cookie and that’s good enough for me!  My son’s 4th birthday is this Monday, June 29th; we are having a small celebration with family over the weekend.   These cookie monster cupcakes are a fun option for a toddler boy’s party.  You will need…. chocolate cake mix blue icing coconut (with added blue food coloring) large marshmallows …

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Hermes Mini Bow Tie

It is no surprise Hermes can design a whimsical little piece of silk the whole family can enjoy.   There are many creative ways to make a statement with this mini bow tie as seen below.   The mini bow tie is adjustable, just like the traditional version. First, some modeling photos….. my son, he is almost 4 years old, …

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Clothespin creations

A wonderful benefit to working with women is the many creative food recipes and art projects discussed at the office. My dental assistant showed me some clothespin creations the other day at work, which are a very easy and inexpensive  project for adults and kids.  All you need are clothespins and an clean, empty can of tuna (I used the …

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Arugula Mix

This simple Arugula salad has the perfect mix of spicy and citrus.   It is very presentable for guests and easy to make. For the salad you will need: Arugula lettuce Sliced Avocado Blackberries Marcona Almonds (Trader Joe’s offers Marcona Almonds with Rosemary that are delicious) Plate the salad and chill while making the homemade citrus dressing.   For the …

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