1. Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

    Chia Seed Pudding, Berries, and Granola Recipe on Fashionable Hostess

    Keeping in line with yesterday’s brunch post… I have actually been searching for something new to add into my breakfast repertoire, so as per usual I headed to my Pinterest board to find some healthy breakfast options. Clicking around to find the perfect recipe, I stumbled across this Refinery29 article about how “chia seeds are everywhere… packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, protein, and calcium.” So now that I was hooked on this superfood idea, I decided to craft my fun new breakfast, a chia seed yogurt bowl topped with an assortment of healthy accountrements. Read on for assembly…

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    So there’s the incredibly easy way to make this recipe, which is to go the store bought route, my favorite being The Epic Seed {a mix of greek yogurt and chia seeds – which can be bought at tons of local groceries}. Or there’s the home-made version, I love the recipe from OhSheGlows.com which consists of mashed banana, chia, and almond milk. For toppings, I pile on the berries, here blueberries and raspberries, and then some crunch to feel satisfied, like raw granola from the Juice Press.

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    I hope this healthy superfood inspires you to change up your breakfast routine!

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  2. Valentine’s Day Cookies

    Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes + Valentines Day Sprinkles on Fashionable Hostess

    Just last week I was featured on the Glitter Guide for a fun and easy Valentine’s Day activity… hosting a cookie decorating party {see the post here}. What I love about this idea is that it makes for a perfect night in whether you plan to spend it with your man or with your girlfriends. What I didn’t share in the post were my favorite recipes for chocolate cookies and home-made frosting so I wanted to take this opportunity to divulge. My go-to ‘made from scratch’ cookie recipe is from Cooking Light {and don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like it!} while the frosting is Betty Crocker {to be honest I was shocked they revealed the recipe on their site!}. Then all you need to make it Valentine’s Day perfect is gather an array of pink, red, and gold sprinkles! See single gals, Valentine’s Day ain’t so bad after all!!

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    Cooking Light Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened {I use “I can’t believe its not Butter”}
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 large egg whites
    • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips or Dark Chocolate Chips
    • Pam Cooking spray

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350°. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Combine sugars and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg whites; beat 1 minute. Add flour mixture and chips; beat until blended. Spray baking sheets with cooking spray and place dough balls. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans for 2 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.

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    Betty Crocker Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/3 cup butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
     Directions:

    In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk. Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. Once cookies have cooled, frost, sprinkle, enjoy!

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  3. Valentine’s Day Cocktail: Strawberry Gin Mojitos

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    I look for any excuse to drink girly cocktails, so Valentine’s Day will be the perfect opportunity to make one of my favorite recipes, a Strawberry Gin Mojito. Rather than following the norm of serving these in casual stemless barware, I suggest dressing them up in classy wine glasses {similar to mine}. I love them overflowing with strawberries and mint, and then the finishing touch, adding red and white polka dot straws. These cocktails will be a hit at any Valentine’s Day Party or for a girl’s night in!

    Strawberry Mojito Ingredients

    What you need to make your cocktails {serving size 1}:

    • 1.5 oz Gin {I love Perry’s Tot from a local NY Distillery}
    • 4 chopped strawberries {3 for muddling, 1 for garnish
    • 2 mint stalks {1 for muddling, 1 for garnish}
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
    • Diet Tonic
    • Limes for extra garnish

    Directions: Add 3 strawberries, 1 sprig of mint leaves and 5 cubes of ice to a shaker. Muddle. Add gin, lemon, simple syrup and shake. Pour over glass full of ice. Fill remaining with tonic. Top with 1 chopped strawberry, 1 mint stalk and straw.

    Thanks to Call me PMC for the recipe.

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    Serve the finished product alongside bowls of fresh strawberries and sliced limes, and of course a stunning vase filled with red roses. Cheers and stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day posts in my Holiday Entertaining Section.

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