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May 22, 2013

3-Steps to a Healthy and Delicious Summer Treat – Popsicles

Well summer is right around the corner and it’s going to heat up fast especially here in Dallas! My favorite go to treat in summer time is homemade popsicles.  My daughter absolutely loves them and I love not filling her full of artificial colors, flavors and high fructose corn syrup.  They are so easy to make and you can be super creative. A true popsicle mixologist! Here I’ve laid out popsicle making in 3 easy steps!

STEP 1: Choose Your Mold

Popsicle making is fun! But even more fun is enjoying a delicious healthy treat in the shape of a ladybug, rocket or even a jewel pop.  Tovolo has some of the most amazing and cutest popsicle molds on the market.  Another plus is that they are made of silicone and completely reusable. No need to worry about splinters in little fingers!

Tovolo

http://www.tovolo.com

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tovolo+popsicle

STEP 2: The Recipe

Super Simple Fruit and Yogurt Pops

Makes 6

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh (organic) blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and sliced bananas, mixed (or any fruit of your choice)
  • 1-1/2 cups (organic) plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
  • Popsicle molds but a dixie cup and popsicle stick will work in a pinch.

Directions

  1. Place the mixed blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, yogurt, and honey into a blender. Blend to desired thickness chunky or smooth.
  2. Fill molds as directed or if using paper cups fill 3/4 full cover with foil and push stick through center.
  3. Freeze 3 hours

For more how to and some phenomenal beautiful recipes. See TheSlowRoastedItalian.com

http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2013/03/Best-Ever-Simple-Easy-Healthy-Frozen-Treats.html

And 100daysofrealfood.com

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/06/07/cool-summer-treat-makeover/

STEP 3: Enjoy!

Its that simple! Now I mentioned above becoming a true mixologist when making these summer delights because you can use whatever ingredients you have in your refrigerator.  Another one of my favorites is coconut water and chunks of pineapple and kiwi and mint! So refreshing!! And there is such a thing called Poptails for us grownups but I’ll let you Google that one on your own!

Kathy

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May 22, 2013

Coffee Chats and Simple Facts

Morning-Routine

Stretching is best when muscles are warm, so consider jogging or jumping in place to wake up and get blood flowing to muscles.

morning-routine1 MorningRoutineCards1You know the drill… alarm goes off, you hit the snooze. Alarm goes off again, and you realize you’re ten minutes late and start brainstorming up-dos to compliment the “casual, professional outfit” you’re now putting together in your head. You run upstairs and start doing jumping jacks before you’re even completely awake. It doesn’t matter though–jumping actually masks the pounding in your head. After a set of fifty, you stop, grab a drink of water–rather chug as much as you can, not realizing the depth of your thirst. Okay, you’re awake. After you select your “upbeat” playlist, you hit the weights for today’s workout. An hour later, you’re in the shower, trying to not get your hair any wetter than it is. You justify not shaving because you’re wearing leggings today (part of the casual professional look you’ve designed in your head.) You complete a few deep breaths and realize today’s a pretty busy day. All good–you got your workout in, you feel stronger, and you can do everything! I love that feeling post-workout shower.

After packaging yourself into a sassy, just put together, yet stylish attire and putting the last hair pin into your up-do (just as the YouTube tutorial instructs,) you check your iPhone calendar to see what’s on tap for the day. A few meetings, a few errands, and a few reports needed by dinner time, which will be spent entertaining clients, so you better eat a snack before hand, so you don’t overindulged. This is truly the snapshot of the type of morning which usually fills my work-week. I’ve heard folklore about women waking up to quiet time, a reading nook of their home, and to a ceramic coffee mug full of a fine Cinnamon roast. Who are these women? I’d love to meet one some day. Meanwhile, a congested trail of thought continues to run through my mind as my Doberman jumps onto my lap to plant a wet one on my face. I can’t be mad. Besides my step-children, my fur-babies ( a word I swore I’d never use which taught me I should never again swear) are my only children. Unconditional love runs rampant among my Doberman, Maximus, and my Dachshund, Samson.
I immediately begin talking to my pups as I rub out the paw marks on my leggings and reapply my powder, and gloss. We have several songs we sing in the morning, but I’ll spare you for now, as I have another point to make with this blog. As I serve breakfast to the pups and to myself, I jot down notes for my day and sing one of our jingles. After we complete our morning routine, it’s time for me to trade my “pup-mom” hat in for my “business-woman” driving glasses. And I’m off to my first meeting of the day. Fast-forward five hours later, I’m “meeting fatigued” and returning to my home office for some reporting, blogging, and editing before sprucing up for the evening’s dinner. Alas, I am greeted by the most-grateful and loving pups that ever lived. I’m “guilted” into playing with them outside for a bit, ignoring my phone, emails, and followup items. Once we give adequate attention to each other, I hit the keyboard to close out my day and become entertaining again. The evening goes on without a hitch. Excellent conversation, new connections, amusing stories and ideas. Driving home, I start to replay the day, what I accomplished, and what will need to be tackled tomorrow.
As my head hits the pillow, I review my agenda book and see a note that is repeated several times throughout my agenda book. “Call Grandma Lucy.” I look over at the clock and it is 10:08 p.m. Grandma Lucy is a morning person, and probably half way into her second dream by now. Darn it. Another day lost, another conversation missed. I go to sleep, disappointed because I know I missed out. Grandma has the best stories. Her perspective is a refreshing change from the world my generation created, knows, and lives. She’s pretty funny too. She thinks everyone is too busy. “Too busy to talk on the phone,” she says. “I don’t like texting and emails. Oh but I do like that Facebook thing for the photos.”
On Tuesday morning, I woke up with a “thought hangover” about Grandma Lucy and my missed call. I decided to forgo my usual routine, grab a cup of coffee (in a ceramic mug) and dial Grandma’s number. She’s a morning person, and is probably up having her second cup of coffee at this point.
I drink my morning coffee out of a real, ceramic mug. It makes all the difference.

I drink my morning coffee out of a real, ceramic mug. It makes all the difference.

But what about my morning workout? My morning appointments? My obligations? They all got done… just a little later than usual. I brushed aside thoughts of being behind and late all day long, because I know I made Grandma Lucy’s day. I learned how attached to my routine I was, and it worried me a bit. It made me think about other missed opportunities I’ve had  because I was running through my day; hurried through my routine. My challenge for this summer is to implement: Summer of Daily Simplicity. A simple phone call. A simple cup of coffee. A simple hair-do. A simple kiss for my husband. A simple (and nourishing) breakfast. A simple prayer. The concept is that we overdo ourselves with schedule, routine, obligations, and eventual stress and health risks. With creativity and flexibility, I’ll get up earlier and slow down my morning routine . “But I have obligations, Lacey!” Indeed, and you can’t ignore obligations. But you can be creative, rearrange, and be kind to yourself when you don’t get it all done one day. If you just don’t see how, let’s chat. I have some suggestions. Be kind to yourself–you’re the only YOU we have. Grandma Lucy reminded me of that!
Consider what success looks like to you. Keep it simple and make it substantial.

Consider what success looks like to you. Keep it simple and make it substantial.