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Do You Believe In Magic?

 

 Today I am sharing a video that just warms the cockles of my heart.

First, every UPS carrier I have ever known has been wonderful, kind, helpful, fun, and competent.

Second I love young children. That is why I taught first grade. They are the coolest human beings on the face of the earth!

Put the two together and you have magic.

From KRDO TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Featured Recipe        Egg Muffins

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Today’s recipe is a bit of magic too. These delicious little morsels are easy to make.

You can eat them for breakfast, but also for lunch or dinner.

You can make enough for a week and grab one or two on the way to work or school for a no-cook breakfast that is certainly better and healthier than drive through breakfast meals…….and a whole lot cheaper too!

Plus, they are perfect for children to help out in the kitchen too. They can use any ingredients they like.

Not only are these easy to make you can use up lots of leftovers. Since I am single I often have leftovers to deal with. These egg muffins are perfect for leftover anything.

I especially like that I can use left over fresh herbs that constantly lurk in my fridge!

I found this lovely and very creative recipe on Facebook a month or so ago. I assume that the Facebook page – Deserve Better Fitness – and the authors – Karen van Wyk and Sandra Fahy – are the original creators of these muffins.

Low Carb Too!

In addition to being delicious I especially like these muffins because they are low carb.

From Deserve Better Fitness Facebook page:

Sometimes you want a hearty breakfast that you can eat on the go or throw in your bag to take to school or work. Usually the most portable of breakfast ideas are carb and sugar loaded. These tasty breakfast egg muffins are a great alternative and can be made in advance! You decide what meat, cheese and vegetables you want to put it in making the combination possibilities endless. And since you make a bunch in advance you have ready to go breakfast options all week.

I love these. They are filling and so much healthier than your muffins, bagels, donuts, and whatever else you grab with your morning coffee.

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Just one caution – Use only cooked meat be it bacon, [Prosciutto or pancetta would be heavenly.] ham, chicken, whatever. I have used left over chicken and left over pork chops in these muffins. I have yet to use beef, but it is on my list.

Crumbled bacon is really divine, as is pancetta in these muffins. Another good add in is cooked and crumbled sausage.

Their egg muffin recipe uses ingredients I do not care for. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it with just about anything. So that is what I did. I used what I liked and I used up leftovers.

Leftovers have never been so delicious!

This is what I used today

Red and yellow peppers

Chives

Green onions

Carrot

Zucchini

Tomato

Mushrooms

Shallot

Ham cubes

Leftover roasted potatoes

Left over broccoli

Swiss and Cheddar cheese

Eggs

Salt and Pepper to taste

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You will also need eggs and salt and pepper. See directions below on how many, since it varies due to what ingredients you use and how high you fill your muffin cups. I give a suggestion in the direction for how to estimate the number of eggs you will need.

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You will also need at least one (1) muffin pan.

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Here is what you do:

Preheat oven to 390 F.

If necessary lightly grease your muffin tin. My muffin tin does not need grease but if I had to use it I would use spray oil.

Wash, dry, and chop, slice, and dice what ever foods you are going to use in your egg muffins. Make the dice as small as possible. I shredded the zucchini.

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How Magical is this for most families? Cuts down on the, “I don’t like that,” Syndrome.

Place the ingredients you want into the muffin pan. Another cool thing is that you do not have to make all of the muffins with the same ingredients. Each person can have the ingredients they want and like.

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Add some cheese on top if you so desire. I put cheese in some muffins and not in others.

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Beat your eggs adding salt and pepper to taste.

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NOTE:  The Facebook recipe does not say how many eggs are needed. For a 12 cup muffin pan I start with 7 eggs – one egg for every two cups – plus 1 more egg. I had to use three more eggs today.

The number of eggs changes depending on how many and how much goodies you pile into the muffin cups.

Ladle or pour beaten egg mixture on top of the goodies.

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Place in the pre heated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until muffins are light brown, puffy, and the eggs are set.

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Let muffins cool for a few minutes before removing from the muffin pan or cups. Also, insert a toothpick to make sure the egg is cooked through.

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If any of the eggs spilled out of the muffin cup – as they often do – just cut the over flow off and eat them. At least that is what I do.

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Loosen the muffins gently with knife if they seem to be sticking to the pan. I have never had any problem getting the muffins out.

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If you have leftovers or are like me just single you can store these in a plastic bag in the fridge for about a week. I have not tried freezing them.

Eat immediately or let cool completely and store in plastic bag in refrigerator or freezer. They can be reheated in the microwave.

I have never frozen them. So I can’t tell you how that goes.

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Bon appétit!!!
Cost

10 eggs                       $1.24

Red pepper                  $0.33

Yellow pepper               $0.33

Chives                         $0.05

Green onions               $0.36

Carrot                         $0.16

Zucchini                      $ 0.67

Tomato                       $0.25

Mushrooms                 $0.30

Shallot                        $0.16

Ham cubes                 $0.30

Leftover potatoes         ——-

Left over broccoli         ——-

Swiss & Cheddar         $0.36

Total cost = $4.05
Cost per muffin: $0.34

Quote of the Day

It is always important to remember that we all have magic inside us.

J. K. Rowling

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True Confessions

 

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I have a confession to make.

I have an addiction.

I love pistachios.

I have no self control when it comes to pistachios.

None. Nada! Zero!!!

I stand at my kitchen counter and just eat them mindlessly one at a time.

I like to eat them au naturale.

I think pistachios are good on just about any and everything.

They are great as a topping on any fruit, pudding, or ice cream.

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thCAE1P0KCThere are pistachios cookies, cakes, biscotti, and cheese puffs.

There are pistachio appetizers, soups, and salads.

There are beef, chicken, pork, and even seafood pistachio recipes too.

There are even pistachio pizzas.

I think it is safe to say that America has a love affair with pistachios.

I know I cannot get enough pistachios.

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The Skinny on Pistachios!

thCAJJDDSWHumans have been eating pistachios for over 9000 years.

However, recently they have become a super star!

Pistachios are good for you!  Yes. Pistachios are the new health food. These divine nuts contain only 3-4 calories a nut. Because of this they are often called the, “Skinny Nut.” And here, I always thought I was the skinny nut.

The shelled pistachios are often recommended since having to open them slows down how fast you consume them.

They are heart healthy.

They are high in the B vitamins and iron. They also contain potassium and magnesium

A real dynamo health food.

I eat them simply because they taste so divine.
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Featured Recipes Nutella Quesadillas and Nutella Bruschetta with pistachios

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After my confession I know it is a big surprise that I share a few ways I use pistachios.

Plus I had to use them with that divine spread, Nutella.

Oh My!!!!!!!!!!!!

These are easy as easy can be.

These are delicious as delicious can be.

These can be served for any meal, (YES! Even breakfast.) dessert, or midnight snack. They are great after school snacks too.

Heck – just make them any time you want!!!!!

Use any fruit and toppings you like.

These are a great way to use up fruit.

These are great recipes for kids to make too!

Nutella Quesadillas

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This is what you will need for each quesadilla:

Quesadilla
Nutella
Fruit of your choice
Pistachios
Cooking spray

Optional – Marshmallow Fluff

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Here is what you do:

Spread some Nutella on one half of a tortilla [any size).

Optional – Spread a bit of Marshmallow Fluff on top for an even more decadent quesadilla.

Top with sliced fruit – I used strawberries and kiwis. Kinda looks like Christmas, doesn’t it?

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Place pistachios in a baggies and crush with a rolling pin.

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Then sprinkle some pistachios on top.

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Fold the empty side of the tortilla over the side with the fruit.

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Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray.

Place the quesadillas in the pan and cook 2 minutes on each side or until tortillas are lightly browned and crisp.

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When done cut each quesadilla in half to make 4 quesadillas or into three wedges to make 6 quesadillas.

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Bite in and enjoy.

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Nutella Bruschetta

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This is what you will need:

French bread
Nutella
Strawberries
Pistachios
Cooking spray

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Here is what you do:

Slice the bread on the diagonal. Slice the strawberries.

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Lightly toast the bread. Then slather the toast with Nutella.

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Place the strawberries on top.

Sprinkle with pistachios.

Serve for breakfast.

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Bon appétit!!!
Cost
Each Nutella Quesadillas

Quesadillas $0.09
Nutella $0.53
Strawberry & kiwi $0.34
Pistachios $0.41
Cooking spray $0.10

Cost for 1 = $1.47
Each Nutella Bruschetta

French bread $0.23
Nutella $0.53
Strawberries $0.23
Pistachios $0.41
Cooking spray $0.10

Cost for 1 = $1.50

Quote of the Day
Pistachios aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
Anonymous
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Fun Holiday Food Ideas

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Today I share some fun and very creative holiday dishes I found on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. If there was a specific website I could find for a picture I have given it attribution. There are no formal written out recipes; just ideas you can copy or perhaps awaken your creative side and hatch something new and different.

Have fun!

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From Quirky Momma on Facebook

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NOTE: The dish below looks like it has creme cheese in it. I do not see that ingredient in the first picture with ingredients.

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NOTE: I tried the recipe below and it really does work. However, once you really begin to smell the vanilla aroma turn the oven off or  the liquid hardens and ruins the aroma.

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The picture below is From MyFridgeFood.com

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NOTE: I am not sure what each of the ingredients are in this cute cupcake.

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I found the picture below on Pinterest. This tree is made with Reese’s large and small peanut butter cups and a Hershey’s Kiss on top. Then green  icing and sprinkles were added.

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Wishing you and your family a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

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