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Thursday, August 23, 2018

greek yogurt 52 ways: #39 watergate salad

greek yogurt 52 ways: # 39 watergate salad
You may remember that I have a project right now to make Greek yogurt 52 ways. After I completed my 52 sandwiches project some years ago, I needed a new project. I read Emma's Greek Yogurt: 4 Ways on A Beautiful Mess at that time and I was so inspired I made all 4 of her recipes that very week. She commented on how some of the recipes would be good as afternoon snacks or light desserts. I jumped on her light dessert idea as I have a major sweet tooth and I decided to try Greek yogurt 52 ways.

READ:: Greek Yogurt 52 Ways: #1 Strawberry Shortcake // The Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt

I've experimented with a few Greek yogurt dessert recipes within the past year during my inadvertent, blog sabbatical (that's what I'm calling it now because it sounds like I'm more sophisticated than I really am). The one I'm sharing today is a current favorite- a healthy twist on the Watergate salad. If you haven't heard of this "salad," it's traditionally made with pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, pistachios or pecans, marshmallows, and whipped cream. How it correlates to the Watergate Hotel, or more infamously, the Watergate Scandal, is not certain. There are multiple theories, but nothing conclusive.

All I know for sure is that this "salad" is delicious. The truth is I haven't had the real stuff. You know, like the one your grandma makes? Or the one in the deli at your grocery store? Because I haven't had the original, I am not comparing this recipe to anything. It stands alone for me and I really like it!
greek yogurt 52 ways: #39 watergate salad
First I mix in 1/4 of the box of sugar free pistachio pudding (that's 8 grams if you weigh your portions as I sometimes do) with a 1/2 cup of plain, Greek yogurt until they're well-blended. Then I mix in a 1/2 cup of drained, crushed pineapple without added sugar.
greek yogurt 52 ways: #39 watergate salad
Finally, I gently fold in fat free whipped cream.
greek yogurt 52 ways: #39 watergate salad
And that's it!
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 39 watergate salad\
I don't add marshmallows though that's how the real stuff is made. I have had it with the marshmallows and don't feel like they're necessary. But if you feel they're necessary, you can always add them, of course.

If you try a recipe I share, be sure to let me know! Use the hashtag: #greekyogurt52ways.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 39 watergate salad

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

summer manifesto 2018

Happy summer! It's been more than a year that I've shared anything here. I didn't mean to take such a long break. And rather than bore you with all the details or reasons as to why I haven't shared anything, I figured I would just jump right back in.

I created a summer manifesto for this year. And to be honest, I pulled up the document from last year, tweaked it a little for this year (I changed "2017" to "2018," for one), and called it good. What some call plagiarism, I call inspiration. ;)

Anyway, for my seasonal manifestos, I like to include a variety of fun, simple activities that celebrate the upcoming season. I refer to it when I want to do something fun on the weekend- alone or with my family. I also have a summer project that I do with my girls every year. This is our 6th year doing this; during their summer break from school, we aim to do one, fun activity every day. I didn't share anything here last year because I took an unintentionally long, blog break. 

READ: My Girls' Summer Break: 2016 2015 2014 2013

The activities in my manifesto are usually pretty simple. "Go the the library" is a favorite. My love for the library is real. Going to the library in the summer is especially rewarding because our library has a weekly, kids' and adults' summer reading program. It makes me very happy that my daughters enjoy going to the library and reading as much as I do. The manifesto activities can also be more elaborate. For example, one year we stayed at the colorful Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs for a few days.

If you need more inspiration, take a look at some of my favorite summer bucket lists / ideas out there:
Shutterbean's Summer Bucket List 2018The Frugal Girl's 2018 Summer Bucket ListWellness Mama's 2018 Summer Bucket List: Fun and Frugal Summer Activities.
summer manifesto 2018
(Click to enlarge... the list is also below!)

This summer I plan to:
  • Go to the library every week.
  • Make s'mores.
  • Read at least 15 minutes every day. 
  • Go to the beach.
  • Watch a movie outdoors.
  • Go to our local museum.
  • Read at the beach.
  • Go stargazing.
  • Eat watermelon.
  • Go on a moonlit hike.
  • Go to the drive-in.
  • Pain our nails in vibrant colors.
  • Set up a breakfast, yogurt bar.
  • Color.
  • Go hiking.
  • Print pictures for a summer, memory book.
  • Go night swimming.
  • Drink smoothies.
  • Work on a pretty backyard.
  • Play board games.
  • Watch a movie at the park.
  • Attend a fireworks show.
  • Play double dutch.
I've already crossed several things off (summer started last month, after all). What are you doing this summer? :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

summer manifesto 2017

Happy summer! I put a summer manifesto together again this year. I like to include a variety of fun, simple activities that celebrate the upcoming season in my manifestos. I refer to it when I want to do something fun on the weekend (alone or with my family). I also have a summer project that I do with my girls every year (this is our 5th year doing this). During their summer break from school, we aim to do one, fun activity every day.

Related: My Girls' Summer Break: 2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013

It can be as simple as going to the library (our local library has a weekly, kids summer reading program) or as elaborate as staying at the colorful Saguaro Hotel for a few days (SUPER FUN). Like last year's summer manifesto, I gathered inspiration from our past summer break activities. (I also used the list itself as inspiration).

If you need more inspiration, take a look at some of my favorite summer bucket lists / ideas out there: Shutterbean's Summer Bucket List 2017Popsugar's Summer Happiness Challenge; The Frugal Girl's Summer Bucket List, 2017; and The Everygirl’s 2017 Summer Bucket List.
summer manifesto 2017
(Click to enlarge... the list is also below!)

This summer I plan to:
  • Go to the beach
  • Visit a national park
  • Stick to "Frozen Treat Friday" 
  • Go to the library every week
  • Go on a picnic
  • Take an early morning walk
  • Read at the beach
  • Go on a moonlit hike
  • Go stargazing
  • Paint our nails in vibrant colors
  • Eat watermelon
  • Go to the drive in
  • Set up a breakfast, yogurt bar
  • Color
  • Blast the radio
  • Make s'mores
  • Go on a road trip
  • Go night swimming
  • Begin creating a pretty backyard
  • Go hiking
  • Watch a movie at the park
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Drink smoothies
I printed out my list as I always do and stuck it up on my fridge. What are your plans this summer? I'd love to know! :)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

march 2017 goals

march 2017 goals
At the beginning of the month, I look over my overarching goals/projects/resolutions for the year, and set monthly goals with those goals in mind. This year I hope to read at least 15 min. every day; exercise (and reach 10,000 steps a day); document our memories; declutter and "redecorrange" our homeeat mindfully (eat more greens + vegetables and eat healthy desserts); drink more water; embrace routine; and blog often.*

This month I'm inspired to:
  • Create a bedroom I respect
    • Our bedroom is a catch-all. It's bad. I want a bedroom that feels calming at the end of the day. I need to begin by decluttering problem areas.
  • Increase my reading time
    • to at least 30 minutes a day. I'm aiming to read both a life-enriching book and a book for fun at a time.
  • Clean out my inbox
    • I'm tackling 50 emails a day. Yes, I have that many. Some of it's junk, and it's overwhelming.
  • Go running
    • Rather than incorporating strength/interval training, I'm opting to run instead. I ran at a slow pace twice last month for 40 minutes at a time. I really enjoyed it. 
  • Look into a new album size for memory keeping
    • I need some more creativity in my life. I'm looking to change up my 2017 memory keeping album to inspire me. I think I'm actually going to get some memory keeping done this month.
*I blogged about each of those goals in more detail at the beginning of the year here: January 2017 Goals. I set monthly goals to get more specific with my yearly goals. There may be something inspiring me this month, for example, that won't work (or I'm not feeling) at another time of the year. I talked about my goal-setting process in more detail here: Goal- Setting: 2016

Monday, February 27, 2017

greek yogurt 52 ways: #38 banana split milkshake

greek yogurt 52 ways: # 38 banana split milkshake
I came across this banana split milkshake recipe from Yoplait a couple of weeks ago, and thought I'd hang on to the recipe until summer when it would make more sense to have a delicious, frozen treat. I didn't wait obviously. I just had to try it now. That's how I am with sweets. I have very little self-control when it comes to sweets. That's exactly why I'm doing this Greek yogurt 52 ways project. I need to have healthy dessert substitutes at the ready.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 38 banana split milkshake
For this milkshake I modified this recipe. Combine 1 cup of frozen strawberries; 1 banana (save a couple of slices for later); 1/2 cup of vanilla, Greek yogurt; and 1/3 to 1/2 cup of milk (I used almond milk). Blend until smooth and finally, top with whipped cream (I think the nonfat whipped cream tastes just as great), banana slices, and chocolate syrup.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 38 banana split milkshake
This milkshake was on point. Creamy and delicious. I think next time around I will freeze my own ripe strawberries to increase sweetness. Sometimes store-bought, frozen strawberries seem like they were frozen when they weren't quite ripe yet. At any rate, Juli, my toddler, caught me in the middle of making this milkshake and demanded her own cup. She sweetly demanded whipped cream and said, "I need a straw!" She really liked it. I did, too!

If you try a recipe I share, be sure to let me know! Use the hashtag: #greekyogurt52ways.

**I'm making Greek yogurt 52 ways. Read about why I'm doing this project right here and read about the health benefits of Greek yogurt right here. See all of the ways I've incorporated Greek yogurt into my dessert or breakfast so far here. I recently completed a 52 sandwiches project. Read more about that project here.**
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 38 banana split milkshake