Skin Rx breakfast

Healthy summer eats
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Raw eggs shake from this week
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Half a diced papaya
Half a cucumber
1 tsp of lime juice
And mmmm FRESH!

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The sexiest apple butter you’ve probably ever seen

Slow Cooker Apple Butter
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Image….thought that would get your attention! 🙂  Can you believe 2.5 jars is all I got out of 3+ pounds of apples?? Backstory: So you might have heard that I went pumpkin and apple picking last weekend. Our trip to Warwick, NY was perfect upstate time with hayrides, tree climbing and rolling (carefully) down hills. Fast forward to me bringing back 15 pounds of apples and trying to figure out what to do with them. The first thing that came to mind was apple pie but I decided to start with something simpler instead and for me, simple means : crock-pot. I found this recipe from Cooks.com and tested it in my mini sauce crock-pot. I figured the fact that I couldn’t stop spooning it into my face meant it was a go for the grown-up crock. So what IS apple butter, anyway? Well, apple butter is basically slow cooked apple-sauce that becomes really concentrated by that process.

Since it was me and I’m more of a mad scientist than a cook, a few things went awry with this plan. Nothing major other than the fact that I didn’t have cloves so I didn’t use any and what should have been a 9 hour cooking job became 12 hours since I was stuck in a meeting. I almost expected  the apples to be burnt to a paste in the crock! Instead what I came home to was the warm (somewhat vinegary) smell of apple cider and cinnamon. When it’s cold because the sun has disappeared and you’ve worked a 12 hour day, coming home to that scent is enough reason to make this, trust me!

Review: 4 Spoons Up. Despite it being overcooked, there was still a lot of fluid in the pot so I just used my nut bag ( I do love typing that!) to strain the mixture. That left the buttery goodness  to put in my airtight jars.

Going bananas!

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Just tried the very simple recipe for banana soft serve and feel the new to shout it from the rooftops: it’s delicious! As a lactose intolerant person who also likes creamy, icy goodness in hot weather, this desert is super satisfying. All it takes are 3 frozen bananas, peeled and a food processor/ blender set on purée. The result is creamy, naturally sweet goodness. Now don’t get crazy: it is 3 bananas per serving. Bananas, as lovely as they are have about 100 calories, 14 grams of sugar and 27 grams of carbohydrates. Although, at less than 1 gram of fat per banana, they are much less fattening than ice cream this dessert will yield 300 calories and a whopping 81 grams of carbohydrates. Enjoy it!