Monday, March 18, 2013


Avacado Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs!!

I the inspiration for these from I have been making Bacon Cheddar Deviled eggs for quite awhile. They are always a hit. When Skinnytaste posted a recipe for avocado deviled eggs I couldn't wait to mix it with my deviled eggs. And they were a perfect green appetizer for St. Patricks Day! And as a bonus I got to use my new egg serving platter that I got from Kohl's last week.



12 eggs 
1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 medium avacado 
4 slices bacon 
2 tablespoons finely shredded Cheddar cheese 
1 tablespoon mustard 

1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper


Place eggs in a saucepan, and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10. Remove from hot water, and place in an ice bath to cool. 

Meanwhile, place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. You can also wrap bacon in paper towels and cook in the microwave for about 1 minute per slice. Crumble and set aside. 

Peel the hard-cooked eggs, and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks to a small bowl. Mash egg yolks with avacado until smooth and creamy. (If the avacado is still a little stuff, you can microwave for 30 seconds before adding to the yolks.)  Add the remaining ingredients, using the salt and pepper to taste. Fill egg white halves with the yolk mixture and refrigerate until serving. The easiest way to fill the eggs is to load up a ziploc bag with the mixture, cut the top off of one end, then pipe the filling into the eggs. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Vacuum Seal Meat Labeling

Usually we buy a good chunk of meat when it's on sale, then use a vacuum sealer to prevent freezer burn.  When we remember, the bags get labeled with a sharpie, which eventually ends up disappearing somewhere in the freezer. Like socks from a dryer......... POOF just gone. Then finally lightening struck! Just tear off the label from the original packaging and stick it in the bag with the meat. Instant label!! It includes much more information too: how many pounds, date it was bought, and details cut info.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Apple Spice Glazed Scone - Low Calorie

This morning I was craving a sweet breakfast and needed  something quick and yummy. I started browsing one of my favorite blogs, I found this wonderful scone recipe. I didn't have all the ingredients but I had enough and what I didn't have, I could substitute. After figuring out the calorie count, it ended up being only 186 calories per scone! So enjoy two, and enjoy feeding your sweet craving!


  • 1/2 cup cold 1% milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • cooking spray 
  • 2 cups all purpose flour  
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp chilled butter (must be cold) cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups diced apples, peeled (I used Granny Smith and Red Delicious)

For the glaze: 
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp cold fat free milk (plus 1/2 tbsp if needed)


Preheat the oven to 375.

Mix the milk, applesauce, sugar, vanilla and egg in a large bowl.  Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to a food processor. Pulse until mixed. Add butter and and pulse until the mixture is grainy. Add the flour mixture and the apples to the milk mixture and stir until combine. 

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead just until it's not sticky, adding flour if needed. 

Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Lay dough on the cookie sheet and flatten until it's round and about half an inch thick. Cut the circle into 12 even wedges.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the edges are just turning brown.

Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes.

While the scones are cooling, mix all the ingredients for the glaze. Dip the top of each slice in the glaze and return to cooling rack. (Make sure the rack is over a cookie sheet to catch the drips). 

Let glaze set, then enjoy!