Archive for September, 2011

September 30, 2011

Think Pink

Happy Friday everyone! I’m ready for fall weather, apple picking, pumpkin carving and baking some yummy treats this weekend. Tomorrow is October 1st which means it’s officially Breast Cancer awareness month!

Football players will rock pink “accessories”, restaurants will serve you in pink shirts, comic strips will be printed in pink, offices will organize “pink day” at work and girls will sport a pink hair extension to show their support.

Was that enough of the word pink for you?? There are plenty of ways YOU can show your support too!

Click Here – Every click gives a free Mammogram to women. VERY easy way to make a difference.

Save lids on your Yoplait yogurts – For each lid that is that is redeemed this year, Yoplait will donate 10 cents to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a national breast cancer foundation.

SHOPPING – Who doesn’t love to shop? All of the items below give ALL or a percentage of the proceeds to Breast Cancer Research.

First Row (left to right):

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Lips for Life Novelty Tote, $5. 100% of proceeds are donated to theAvon Breast Cancer Crusade.

New Balance Lace Up For the Cure Shoes, $144.99. The company pledges a minimum of $500,000 to Susan G. Koman for the Cure®.

White + Warren Cashmere Zebra Print Wrap for Breast Cancer Awareness, $360. 50% of the profits will go to Woman At Risk in order to find a cure for breast cancer.

Second Row (left to right):

OPI Pink Shatter Nail Polish, $8.50. Throughout September and October OPI Pink Shatter will be on sale, and 100% of profits will be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Estee Lauder Limited Edition Jeweled Pink Ribbon Compact, $55. 20% of the suggested retail price will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Sonia Kashuk “Primping For A Cause” Curler and Tweezer set, $16.99. %15 percent of the purchase price goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Third Row (left to right):

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Collection Lip Color and Lip Gloss, $44. With each purchase, $10 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

KitchenAid Artisan Design Stand Mixer in Raspberry Ice, $400. The company pledges a minimum of $450,000 to Susan G. Koman for the Cure®.

Baba’s Berry Bowl for Breast Cancer Awareness, $75. 20% (or $15) of each sale goes to The Pink Agenda.

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Now that I’ve given you 11 ideas that will support this cause and make you feel great I suggest you get to shopping. Put that money to good use! 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!!

QUESTIONS: Are you participating in any Breast Cancer 5k/walk/run this month?

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September 27, 2011

Skinny Baked Potato Soup

After many indulgences and a big fall over the weekend I needed something comforting…but healthy!

That’s where “skinny” loaded baked potato soup comes in. I found this recipe here and adapted it to our liking.

Skinny Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potatoes, washed and dried
  • 1 head of cauliflower, stem removed cut into florets
  • 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened Almond Milk
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • heaping 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt
  • 10 tbsp reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 tbsp chopped chives, divided
  • 3 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
Directions
  • Peel potatoes, chop and boil until tender (about 12 minutes).
  • Drain potatoes and let them cool.
  • Meanwhile, steam cauliflower with water in a large covered pot until tender.
  • Drain and return to pot.
  • On medium heat, add vegetable broth, almond milk, potatoes and bring to a boil. Use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. Add greek yogurt, half the chives, salt and pepper and cook on low another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Ladle 1 cup soup into each bowl.
  • Top each serving with cheese, remaining chives, and bacon.

So thick, so creamy and so healthy.

This recipe makes a ton so you can also freeze it and save it for a lazy day. I might be eating for every meal today and tomorrow so we might not have leftovers…Sorry Adam.

I also realize men can’t just eat soup for dinner and call it a night – so we added a chicken breast to Adam’s dish.

2 meals – 2 people – 1 pot.

QUESTIONS: Have you ever used cauliflower in place of potatoes? It’s amazing that you can’t tell the difference!