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What a Wonderful Weekend

Believe it or not I finally had an opportunity to do a little holiday shopping last weekend but since both of my sons are older, they don’t need much of anything so basically I just bought groceries. 

I did however, pick up a Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker for Malik and along with a white bathrobe that I ordered from Amazon that finished my shopping for him.  I didn’t know what to get Tayair and he adamantly told me that not only did he not want anything, he didn’t need anything.  I may go against his wishes and stop at Old Navy tomorrow to pick him up a pair of pajama pants and a sweater.

In addition to weekly groceries from Walmart SuperCenter I also picked up the ingredients for a Slow Cooked Chili and thankfully the store wasn’t as crowded as I had anticipated.  Fashion after Fifty I don’t wear jeans very often, but when I do, I like wearing ones of color and these red ones were perfect for a weekend shopping trip which by the way were previously purchased from Walmart.  Fashion after Fifty The multi-color scarf and over sized top were thrifted from Goodwill and the Blue Suede Booties were purchased many years ago from The Shoe Dept in the Exton Mall.  The purse was purchased from the Unique Freak, LLC when I attended the Meet the Greek event last month and it has my sorority letters on the side. #SigmaGammaRho


Sunday, I drove down to Bowie State University in Maryland to pick up Malik and as you can see from his face, he was definitely glad to leave and start his month long winter vacation.  starting winter college break

Friday I attended the #FridayFuelUpDE holiday party, check out my YouTube channel to see more pictures and food from this great party. 

Friday Fuel Up Holiday party Friday Fuel Up Holiday event

Speaking of food, I baked Chocolate Chip Cookies on Saturday night while watching the Democratic Debate and then once I got home from Maryland made the Slow Cooked Chili on Sunday – too many calories but both were very tasty!

homemade chocolate chip cookies Sunday's dinner

I do hope that you all had a wonderful weekend  and if we don’t get another opportunity to chat before Friday – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas

Cranberry & Orange Bread {Repost}

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Now that the holiday season is in full swing and cranberries are plentiful, I wanted to repost this recipe for Cranberry & Orange Bread.

Cranberry and Orange Bread avi

Cranberries are good for almost everything! They are great for people watching their carbs because they’re full of nutrition, fiber, and flavor without many carbohydrates. Half a cup of whole cranberries has 4 grams of effective carbohydrate, plus 2 grams of fiber, 1/3 of which is soluble.

Antioxidants: In study after study, cranberries are near or at the top of the antioxidant heap. They are rich in polyphenols, and have a lot of other helpful phytochemicals as well.

This Superfood has other health benefits including:

  • Prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections

  • In the GI tract, they help prevent bacteria from causing food-borne illness.

  • May help prevent tooth decay by discouraging bacteria and preventing them from “sticking”.

  • Prevention of the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which may help prevent atherosclerosis.

  • Improves blood vessel function in people with atherosclerosis.

  • Some studies show that cranberries can either raise HDL cholesterol or lower LDL cholesterol.

  • Cranberries may also have anti-cancer properties.

 This week’s Superfood Friday Feature is

  1. Cranberry Bread


Cranberry and Orange Bread

I added sweetened dried cranberries and orange zest to a box of Pillsbury Quick Bread mix for more nutrients and flavoring.  (check the link below for money saving coupons)

added dried cranberries and orange zest to box mix

I’m really happy that the holiday season is here because fresh cranberries are now plentiful.  

Do you have recipes for cooking with cranberries, and no, not the one that calls for opening a can of jellied cranberry sauce and eating it with a spoon…I know you’ve done that!  

cranberry bread

 Speaking of the holidays, check out my DIY Napkin Rings article that was published in Parade Magazine!

DIY Napkin Rings avi

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!