Lemon Crumb Bars

Lemon crumb bars

Lemon crumb barsHappy Spring Everyone! Let’s talk lemon crumb bars!  I know that everyone doesn’t relate lemon to spring but guess what, I do!  If spring isn’t going to come in full swing I am definitely going to make it come alive anyway I can.  This cool creation of citrus flavors will absolutely have you coming back for more. I never thought I would care for a tart dessert but this lemon crumb bar right here had me throwing all those feelings and thoughts out of the window. If you think I am joking try these and let me know how you feel. I promise I won’t say, “I told you so!”

lemon crumb bar


Lemon Crumb Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
  • Crust
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • Crumb Topping
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ a stick of butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  1. Crust
  2. In a larger bowl, mix all ingredients until a crumbly dough is formed. Press mixture evenly in a lined parchment 13x9 dish. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  3. Filling
  4. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients well. Pour mixture over crust.
  5. Crumb
  6. Mix ingredients until a crumb is formed. Sprinkle on top of filling then bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely and then cut into squares.
Optional but recommended -Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


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Homemade Pancakes

homemade pancakesThere is nothing like having homemade pancakes on the weekend!  Like many of you, working a full-time job and having an endless list of to do’s is something we can never escape.  So with those circumstances, having something quick such as oatmeal or grits is always ideal.  When it comes to the “Mental Rest Mode”, AKA “The Weekend”, I get extremely excited about cooking for my family.  Usually when we wake up we are all starving and ready for some grub!  Often I don’t like to toot my own horn, but let me be the first to tell you, these pancakes pass the sniff test!  But don’t take my word for it.  Try them for yourself and let me know what you think.  Enjoy!

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Homemade Pancakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Heat skillet or griddle on medium heat.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk wet ingredients in a medium bowl.
  4. Combine wet ingredients in the bowl with the dry ingredients and gently stir until well combined. (DO NOT OVERMIX!)
  5. Pour ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface
  6. Flip pancake with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

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St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie

green smoothie

green smoothie


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know this holiday is all about corned beef and cabbage but what better day to share my favorite green smoothie. This smoothie is definitely festive for the occasion with its bright green color but most important it is delicious.

If you do decide to make this today I am sure you will not feel guilty :)

What is your favorite green smoothie combination? Please comment below.

green smoothie

St. Patrick's Day Green Smoothie
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 small ripe banana
  • 1 cup pineapple, frozen
  • 1 cup mango, frozen
  • 1 T flax seeds (optional)
  1. Add all ingredients in the order listed and blend until you reach your desired consistency.
If the consistency is to thick for you add a little water.


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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Strawberries and bananas together. Yummy! I came up with this Strawberry Banana smoothie one day when I had some ingredients that I needed to use before they went bad. I didn’t want them to go to waste so I threw them in my blender and VOILA I had breakfast within minutes. This smoothie is so easy and delicious.  Like seriously it’s so easy it can be done on a busy morning.  Give it a shot and enjoy!

What smoothies do you whip up in minutes? I would love to hear about them. Please comment below.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Serves: 1
  • ½ cup of water,skim milk, or almond milk (I used almond milk.)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 container (5.3 oz) of strawberry, plain, or vanilla greek yogurt (I used vanilla)
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
  • handful of ice(optional)
  1. Put ingredients in the blender in the order listed.
  2. Mix all ingredients in the blender until you reach your desired consistency
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 16 oz.


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Chipotle Vegetarian Chili

chipotle vegetarian chili

For the last several weeks it has been on and off snowing. I mean it has been sooo cold and windy. If there is one thing about me, it is that I do not enjoy cold weather one bit! Bring me the Florida sun to definitely put a smile on my face.   So, when the weather man said to prepare for another snow storm I immediately knew I needed to make a hearty comfort soup to keep warm.

I decided to make a vegetable chili. This dish is filled with flavor and will definitely fill you up. Feel free to add any vegetables you like.

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Chipotle Vegetarian Chili
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 T ground chipotle powder
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 T oregano flakes
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 T tomato paste
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans of diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 8.75 oz. can of corn
  • 2 15 oz. cans of black beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz. can of kidney beans, drained
  • 3 cups of water
  1. Saute onions in olive oil on medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and peppers and saute about 5 minutes until tender.
  3. Add seasonings and mix well.
  4. Next, add paste, tomatoes, corn, beans and water.
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes on low.
If you are not a fan of spicy foods omit the tablespoon of ground chipotle power and add another tablespoon of chili power instead.


What soups do you make during the winter months?  Please comment below.

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