Category Archives: Recipes

Absolutely delicious no-bake energy bites

Please make these today. They are amazing, delicious, wonderful, scrumptious. I’m kind of obsessed with them these days. After all, it’s hot. Who wants to turn on their oven to bake!?

No-Bake Energy Bites
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips; another alternative would be dried cranberries
1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
*Recipe borrowed and slightly adapted from here.




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Asparagus Crustless Quiche! It’s what’s for dinner.

Found a recipe on one of my new FREE e-books. Check out this website to get free e-books.

Asparagus, Red Pepper, Basil Crustless Quiche


1 tbsp butter

1 cup asparagus

1/2 cup red pepper

1 cup onion

2 tbsp fresh basil

1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

4 eggs

2 cups milk



1 tsp dried basil

Saute veggies in butter until onions are translucent. Place veggies in bottom of pie pan and add fresh basil and shredded cheese.

Whisk together milk, cheese, salt, pepper and dried basil until frothy. Poor over other ingredients in pie pan.

Bake on 350 for 40 minutes or until center is done. And, waalah, a delicious, asparagus crustless quiche to call your own.

What a great way to enjoy asparagus while it’s in season!

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Take your morning cup of Joe to the next level

I love my morning brew, how ’bout you? I have uncovered the best way to enjoy a morning cup of Joe, so lucky you that you stopped by. The secret is in the whipped cream.

Whip up one cup of whipping cream. When it’s good and fluffy add 2-3 teaspoons of honey, 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Put one or several dollops on your blessed hot cup of black coffee, and get ready to be in a very, very good mood.

You’re welcome.

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Crepe recipe

I’ve posted this recipe before, and I’m doing it again. These crepes are incredible…INCREDIBLE. Excuse me as I scream at you in all caps. The key is the toppings. I melt some butter, cut up 4-5 bananas, sprinkle lots of cinnamon on them, and they turn into a gooey delicious banana mess.

After I cook up the crepes, I top with ricotta mixture and bananas. Then, I eat and declare crepes the best breakfast food on the planet. Please do yourself and your family a favor and make these soon.

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A quick rundown

What I’m reading- Little Women, Active Birth

What I’m watching- Scott and I are going through an old school phase. Last week we watched Hook, this week I’m hoping Mighty Ducks makes the list.


What I’m buying- Just bought the most lovely, and hopefully warm pair of mittens from H&M. I figured mittens were the way to go this year in case I get fat fingers in the next few months!

What I’m making- This weekend, it’s pumpkin spice waffles. I’m also planning on making chili rellenos casserole soon, and a cabbage soup.

What I’m celebrating- My wonderful, amazing, handsome husband turned 30 this week! Once I get pictures, I’ll post on this. I managed to pull of a huge, no two, surprises!

Funny Hungarian moments- Recently one of my students asked me, “I heard Americans wash their hair everyday. Is it true?”

Pearl before swines moment- Yesterday, while buying a beautiful pumpkin at the market, I proceeded to tell the market man about all of the delicacies one could make with said pumpkin. And, as a response, he completely ignored me! Boy he doesn’t know what he’s missing!


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The case of this Monday

6am- alarm going off… too early. grrr. Why is it still dark?!

6am-7:20- the usual routine of drinking 1/16 of a cup of coffee, eating 2 eggs with pesto, reading, getting ready for my day, scrambling out the door.

7:25am- force my way onto the one little empty spot left on the tram wondering how I’m going to fit once this baby is 7lbs instead of 1.5 lbs.

8am- arrive at Bunge, a vegetable oil company I teach at. Today is a big day. Tour of the oil production lab. I get to wear a white mad scientist coat and goggles.

9:50am- stop at the grocery store on my way home. I pick up fresh bread, cucumbers, tomatoes, toilet paper, and cheese. You know, the essentials.

10:10am- second breakfast! Any other hobbits out there?

10:20am- laundry load #1, clean the toilet, do the dishes.

11:00am- off to the market! Load up on honey, dried cranberries, walnuts, and other goodies. Stop to buy fresh squeezed grapefruit juice…Yum! Stop to let older woman rub my belly and proceed to say, “Szia baba.” “Hi baby!” Then, she told me I look pretty pregnant. I decided I love her.

12:00pm- Home. Snack anyone? Laundry load #2. Nap time

1:59pm- wake up from nap. I used to sleep the entire two hours, but the baby is getting strong. The kicks wake me up so I’m constantly adjusting to soften the blows and to try to get the baby to kick out instead of in and on my bladder.

2:00pm- landlord and landlady show up. Bless them. They’ve brought us a very important document we’ll need to obtain our residence permit. All the immigration office will need now is a blood sample, a microchip inserted in our wrist, and $85,000- okay, not really…we hope.

2:25pm- laundry load #3. Off to make copies of blessed documents, to pick up paycheck, and buy fresh, raw milk. Yum. On my way out I see my neighbor Julie. She blows me a kiss and asks how the baby is doing. I decided I love her.

3:45pm- Home from errands. Starving for some strange reason. Sandwich time. Laundry load #4 time and dinner prep. I’m making an interesting cabbage-beef casserole for dinner that I enjoy. I mostly enjoy it because I eat it with sour cream. And, in my mind, anything with sour cream is the most delicious thing in the world these days.

5:00pm- Sitting here, reliving my day as I wait for my student to come at 6:00pm. Maybe she’ll stay for cabbage casserole dinner. That would be fun!

8:00pm- I’m sure I’ll be yawning my way through the next hour trying to be tough and stay awake a bit longer. I’ll get to hear about Scott’s adventures learning Arabic, Armenian and Persian today. I’ll find myself googling weird things like, “drooling during pregnancy”. And, if I’m lucky, I’ll get to read some of my book, “A Long Way Gone.”

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse in the my riveting life. Lifetime is going to make a tv movie out of it but we’re still working out the contract details.


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Thank you Fall

Fall is so reliable… it comes every year. And, every year, I’m happy to embrace it.

I usually like to celebrate by way of delicious food.

This year it was butternut squash soup












stuffed pork chops



cranberry spinach salad

Oh! And, not to forget delicious pumpkin pancakes.

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