Oreo Truffles

No smoothie this time but if you need a holiday treat to take to a party, this one is easy peasy and super delicious!

oreoOreo Truffles

1 pkg. oreo cookies
1 pkg. 8 oz. cream cheese
1 lb. white chocolate candy coating

Put cookies and cream cheese in food processor Blend until a ball forms. roll dough into 50 balls. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Melt candy coating, dip balls into chocolate and place on wax paper to dry.

Very rich and delicious!

Cranberry relish and a wicked good smoothie

 

Are you ready for the holiday next week? Do you need to bring something and have no idea what to make? Or maybe you’re tired of the same old thing? Have no fear, here’s a cranberry relish recipe that is so tasty you’ll want to dish up a bowl and eat it with a spoon. 9944862_l

Cranberry Relish

12 oz bag cranberries, rinsed
1 or 2 oranges peeled and cut in segments (if large orange use 1, I use 2 mandarins or tangerines)
2 apples cut to fit in food processor
put all ingredients into food processor and pulse until desired consistency. I like it chunky so I don’t pulse long.
then add: 1 large can crushed pineapple in its own juice, drained
1 cup sugar

Mix and chill. stir every hour for 2-3 hours. best if chilled for several hours. You can make it the day before

P.S. It’s wonderful the next day as a smoothie base. Use 1/2 cup or 1 cup if you like it more fruity, add 1/2 c. yogurt or OJ, a handful of ice, a handful of spinach and blend – yum!

Just in time for Winter

I recently stumbled across a new cookbook that I had to share with you all. No, you don’t have to be a vegan or vegetarian to enjoy these meals but a few meatless meals won’t hurt -grins. Her book is geared towards using a small crockpot/slow cooker to make small meals for two. I’m not a huge fan of leftovers so this greatly appealed to me. I’ve tried out a few of the recipes so far, easy peasy and super-delicous! So if you’re looking for something new or a holiday gift, this one’s for you.

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Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You: More than 100 Delicious One-Pot Meals for Your 1.5-Quart/Litre Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester

If you have a small family or are looking for better-portioned vegan meals (that don’t force you to eat chili for a week straight!), Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You is the perfect resource for you. Featuring recipes geared specifically for use with a 1.5- to 2-quart slow cooker, you’ll find endless meal ideas that you can make with minimal effort and maximum taste. Just prep a few items the night before or morning of, and come home to a hot meal—or side, or dessert—the moment you walk in the door!
The little slow cooker is so easy to use that it makes cooking everyday a snap, so you can have a healthy variety of foods at a fraction of the cost of eating out. Inside, you’ll find a whole new world of food to fall in love with, from breakfast-y Pumpkin Polentato comforting White Bean Quinoa Gumbo to luscious Blueberry Lemon Cake. You’ll be amazed at what your little slow cooker can do! (description from Amazon).

An old-fashioned breakfast

Have you noticed it’s getting dark earlier and maybe  a bit chilly when you wake up in the morning? I adore this time of year when the leaves start to change and you can break out those yummy, cozy sweaters.

So get ready.

Turn down your thermostat to save some $ on your heating bill. Great reason to break out that warm throw or beautiful quilt and wrap yourself up while relaxing in the evenings.

Have your cat or dog sleep with you at night to help keep you toasty.

And…start your day off right. On Sunday, make a batch of steel cut oats for breakfast for the coming week. It’s easy. Use a slow cooker or rice cooker. My rice cooker has a porridge setting. Put in the water and steel cut oats and let them cook. My favorite is McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.

This is not the instant oatmeal you remember as a kid. Steel cut oats have a great flavor and are very filling. I like to add a bit of cinnamon and a few raisins or dried craisins or dried blueberries. Portion out the steel cut oats into your storage containers so all you have to do is grab a container and ziploc snack bag with your toppings (raisins and cinnamon) and you can heat it up at work. For those of you who like milk or almond/soy milk, you can add it to the oats as well – yum! It will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.

Get outside, take a walk and enjoy the fall day!

Recharging

Image 2I got together with a wonderful friend last night. She’s always up for anything and super creative. She’d seen an idea where someone painted on glass and wanted to try it. We got together, cranked up the tunes, poured some wine and let the creativity flow.

She’s a writer too and has a fun book with scary short stories and crafts available at Amazon. Give her a try.Image

It was so much fun. -grins. I’m starting on book 3 in my Shadow Walkers after coming off the holiday novella so it was a perfect time for great conversation, relaxation and recharging the well.

Cheers!Image 1

Orange Watermelon

wmHave you tried an orange watermelon? No it’s not a typo, I meant ‘orange’. Wandering around the farmer’s market the other day I noticed a sign for orange watermelon. I had to ask – “What’s an orange watermelon?”

The vendor gave me a sample and yum! The flesh is the same texture as a red watermelon and the flavor is not quite as sweet with a hint of melon taste. Mine was seedless. I noticed the rind was thicker than a regular watermelon but that’s fine, it composted just fine. Apparently this baby was developed in the 60s. First time I’ve had one and I’m a fan. It also made heavenly sorbet 🙂 I bet it would be good in watermelon gazpacho too. 

If you’ve never had one, try something new. By the way, I’m usually a laggard so if you all have been chomping away on these bad boys let me know how else you use them.

Have a great week!

Eggplant and social media?

photo-1Before I chat about social media, I’m having fresh corn, a tomato tart, and eggplant with breadcrumbs for dinner tonight after my foray to the farmer’s market. Oh, and fresh blackberries for dessert – yum! The eggplant, I slice, dip it in egg and shake it in a bag with some flour and italian breadcrumbs. Then fry it in a pan with a little olive oil. A great way to try eggplant if you’re not a fan.

sm2I’ve been thinking a lot about social media lately. Who uses it and why. It seems like today we’re all on in some way shape or form. As a writer who left corporate america, I find it a great way to connect with new folks when I need a break from work.

pBut at the same time, I tend to “go dark” for days or even a few weeks at a time. Where I have friends who check Facebook every time their phone dings. I have all sound notifications turned off on my phone and check in a few times a day. How often are you on social media, which one is your favorite and why? I know some of you like blogs since you’re here – grins.

I’ll go first. My favorite, hands down is twitter. I tweet about all kinds of stuff – the Walking Dead being a particular fave of mine.

smAt best, I’m a sporadic blogger. As you know, I have a website here for Wicked Green Smoothies and there’s another one for my writing.

Vine is fun to create short little 6 second videos like today when it’s raining.

Instagram is great for sharing silly pictures. You can follow me on Instagram if you’re so inclined.

I’m also on Pinterest where I post about healthy eating, products and styles I love, things inspiring the latest book and whatever else catches my fancy.

Last but not least, if you want to connect with me in another format than this blog, I’ve listed all my links. Oh yeah, I’m on Facebook as me, and under my author fan page.

Give me a shout out as to your fave and why. And if you like tomatoes, cheese & basil…tell me and I’ll post my tomato tart recipe.

Enjoy the weekend!