Spiced Greek Yogurt

I’ve got my brain working and thought up another recipe for fall. Instead of having cereal or a piece of toast or plain yogurt or nothing for breakfast, why not try some spiced yogurt? It’s full of protein and healthy fats. Here we go…

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Spiced Greek Yogurt

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Any Greek yogurt

Liquid sweetener (optional. Use if you want a sweeter yogurt.)

Ground ginger, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom, ground cinnamon (*use a pumpkin pie spice mix if you don’t have each individual spice or want the recipe to be a lot easier to make*)

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Mix together the yogurt and a VERY small amount of each of the spices, or a couple shakes of a pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice. If you’re using individual spices, take caution in adding only a VERY small amount. (If it’s overdone, the yogurt will taste similar to the smell of Hobby Lobby around Christmas and Thanksgiving. ) Add a dime-sized amount of liquid sweetener. I used agave syrup, but honey will give the yogurt a better flavor. Mix again and top with nuts. Enjoy!

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This is really simple to make, and if you want to have some in the morning before work or school, make a larger batch on the weekend and store it in your fridge.

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My Crazy Life

Ok. We just moved for the 3 billionth time, and have been going back and forth from our new house to the old house, cleaning every surface vigorously and loading and moving all the boxes that the movers missed. (They didn’t do a very good job. But that’s beside the point.) Now, we haven’t even unpacked the kitchen yet, (or anything else, for that matter) and in less than a week we are driving through the night to go to a relative’s graduation. Before that, there are two birthdays, unpacking, finding where stuff is, unpacking, deciding what to do with a giant cabinet that’s too tall for the house, unpacking, homework for online classes, and of course, we have to pack for the road trip. I kind of have to go into my happy fantasy place, and repeat the mantra, “Every little thing will be all right” like I’m Bob Marley or something. So keep your reality away from me.

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Oh well. Here is a quick recipe for sweet blackberry Greek yogurt. I actually made this for breakfast yesterday, so it’s perfect for a crazy lifestyle.

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Blackberry Greek Yogurt

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You’ll need:

1/2 cup 0% fat strained Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons blackberry jam (not to be confused with jelly, which has none of the fruit pieces)

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Stir the Greek yogurt until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of the jam. Stir. Add the remaining tablespoon. Stir again. Enjoy with sliced pears or topped with honey. Now hurry up and eat it before you are late for that class.

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I haven’t posted any photos, and I would post this one on the Recipes page if I had time to, but I have to go. It’s midnight.

Blueberry Breakfast, Photographs, and Minecraft

Hi there! Checking up on my blog for today’s technology. I decided to share a few photos of what my mom made for breakfast. You can find the recipe for the blueberry yogurt here. She’s still developing the blueberry scone recipe, though.

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Blueberry Chia Yogurt

1 cup plain yogurt

3 – 4 drops liquid stevia

2 tsp chia seeds

3/4 cups fresh blueberries

1/4 tsp almond extract

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Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients together except for blueberries. Carefully stir in berries a little at a time, making sure not to crush them. Enjoy!

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My mom is a wonderful cook. She makes an amazing pizza and a dangerous, very dangerous, mac-n-cheese. We have been known to eat almost an entire pan in one night. It is dangerous. But everything she makes is 100% gluten-free, vegetarian, organic, and healthy. The blueberry scones above are gluten free and they tasted great.

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My brother and I have been playing Minecraft lately on our iPhones, and I have him helping me work on a giant quartz palace. (In creative mode, of course.) Do you any of you readers play Minecraft? I know only one girl who plays it other than me. I have to warn you, I am not the type of girl who doesn’t get involved in dares, sword fights with metal poles, spitting contests, (oh yes) or wrestling matches. Yes, I have experienced those things more than once.That isn’t to say I don’t like girly things like hair bows, shopping, and clothes.

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I will be posting a DIY project either later today or tomorrow. Maybe a hair bow tutorial? Until then!

Bacteria

Although winter is almost over for most places, that doesn’t mean bacteria and germs and viruses and infections go away. No, they’re still there, lurking in plain sight on every surface. Lysol wipes, however much they are advertised and though you may swear by them, don’t remove all of the bacteria. Whether on your keyboard, mouse, light switch, earphones, door handles, table, cutting board, or behind that greasy oil jar, bacteria is everywhere. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t hate bacteria and germs. In fact, they are a very important part of our digestion. Some bacteria, such as live cultures in yogurt, are good for you. They also strengthen your immune system. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

  • there can be more bacteria on your cell phone than on your toilet seat.
  • try this: pour prepared plain gelatin into a small dish that you don’t mind throwing away. With a clean cotton swab, swab your cell phone (make sure it hasn’t been cleaned in the last 5 months.) Then wipe the side of the swab you used on hardened gelatin. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in a dark, warm place. Observe as colorful, organic-shaped little blobs appear over the weeks. ***AFTER YOU ARE DONE OBSERVING, TAPE LID ONTO BOWL USING A LOT OF TAPE. DISCARD BOWL IMMEDIATELY.***
  • you have more bacteria cells on you now than human skin cells.
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White blood cells, red blood cells, and viruses or bacteria

 

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