Strawberry Banana (Apple juice) smoothie

So today for breakfast (after the apple & cinnamon oatmeal) I had a strawberry banana smoothie.

Yet another simple drink:

Blend to smooth consistency:

  • 1 cups of ice
  • 4 medium/large strawberries (cut in 1/2)
  • 1 large banana (cut in 4)
  • 4 oz. Apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

More or less ice depending on what you like (More for a bit grittier, and thick drink. Less for a thinner and smoother drink).

Great for summertime too, and another extremely easy drink in the Magic Bullet.

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Posted by on February 10, 2011 in Beverages



          Okay, so today I made a decent lunch that’s easy, nutritional, and delicious.

         The good old-fashioned peanut-butter and jelly sandwich.

          I had 12-grain bread with crunchy peanut-butter and red raspberry jam

          I also had a fresh apple, and cooked carrots sweetened with honey, and cornbread stuffing (from a box).

          I haven’t done a new recipe for today, but had to share that lunch to give some of you ideas if you’re looking for something healthy and good. The meal is around 990 calories in all.

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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in Misc


A Drink today! – Chaplain’s Cherry Chocolate

Okay, here’s something for everyone that takes a winter classic, and I added a summer twist.

If anyone out there is tired of the snow, or simply wants a chilling drink, give this a try…


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1.5 oz (or to taste)  Hot Chocolate mix
  • 1 Tablespoon (or more to taste) Grenadine (non-alcoholic) [can be found at Wal-Mart]
  • 1/2 cup Milk (I use 2%, but you can switch [1%, skim, etc.])
  • 2 Cups Ice
  • Blender


  1. Mix all ingredients together, I prefer to add milk last, but that’s my preference, I don’t know if it really helps anything.
  2. Blend until smooth (A Magic Bullet works excellent, and not only for making drinks!)
  3. May top with whipped cream and a cherry.

Serve immediately.

          What I love most about this drink is the slush chocolate taste with the hint of grenadine. As I post more recipes, I’m sure they’ll be including splashes of grenadine. Shirley Temple knew what she was doing! (For those of you who don’t know, a Shirley Temple is a non-alcoholic drink with ginger-ale and grenadine. Although it’s now usually served with sprite/7-up.)


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Posted by on February 8, 2011 in Beverages


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Strawberry-Pretzel Salad

As everyone knows, yesterday was Superbowl Sunday (yay). We all know the outcome, good game. I really know nothing about football, but none the less, I enjoy “watching” it.

For the family get together with the soon-to-be in-laws, I made strawberry pretzel salad.

A great dessert that’s cheap and easy to make. It takes less than a half-hour to prepare and about 1-2 hours to set.

Okay, here’s what you’ll need (for my recipe, which varies in amounts from others I’ve researched)

Note: Generic ingredients work just as well as brand-name products.

  • 16 oz frozen strawberries
  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • regular tub of whipped topping
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 6 oz box strawberry jello mix
  • 1.5 sticks margarine
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar

Makes about 15 servings


          Make sure you use frozen strawberries, thawed and fresh strawberries, when dessert’s ready only tastes like jello.

Don’t drop frozen strawberries in jello, it’ll splash and stain!

To start:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees(F)
  2. Melt Butter (microwave or stove top)
  3. Measure 2 cups crushed pretzels and dump in 13×9 (glass) baking pan.
  4. Add granulated sugar to pretzels
  5. Add melted margarine and stir all 3 ingredients well.
  6. Press firmly to bottom of pan and bake 8-10 minutes.
  7. Once out of oven, and the pan is cool enough, place in refrigerator to cool more rapidly while you…
  8. combine cream cheese and powdered sugar, use hand mixer to blend (or whisk, spoon, etc. to mix well), then add whipped topping, and blend as well.
  9. When pan is cool, spread creamed mixture evenly in pan atop pretzel crust.
  10. Place back in refrigerator.
  11. Boil 2 cups water and stir in jello mix. Add frozen strawberries to the 2 cups hot jello mix and stir until a thickness occurs.
  12. Pour jello-strawberry mix on top creamed mixture in pan and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.


Ready to Serve.


Posted by on February 7, 2011 in Food


Welcome to my blog!

       Thank you for checking out my blog! Hopefully, you find it  interesting and worthwhile. In this blog I’ll constantly be posting new drinks I’ve been mixing and creating, along with different desserts and recipes that I’ve added a personal touch on. Also  taking some of those simple recipes and “sprucing” them up with the littlest changes.

      Before that though, let me tell you a little about myself.

      I grew up in a small town. I have a niece born in 2007. She’s the cutest thing, and most times, inspires my cooking.

      I’m engaged to a wonderful women and getting married in June 2011.

      I’m currently attending IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) for English and Journalism and an emphasis in writing.

      Although I didn’t choose the awesome culinary arts, cooking, baking and mixing has always been a favorite hobby!

      To conclude: keep up with my blog and try the material I post. Let me know what you think too!

Any ideas for me to try? Let me know!

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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Misc


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Posted by on February 3, 2011 in Uncategorized