May 31, 2013

Lilac White Ghirardelli Chocolate Recipe

Lilacs are one of my very favorite flowers and I'm always sad when the short blossoming time comes to an end. Last night I searched for ways to preserve the amazing scent of lilacs and came across some interesting recipes using lilacs. I remember tasting a lilac flower as a kid and thinking that it was sweet, like honey. Today I created my own recipe celebrating lilacs using Ghirardelli white chocolate and fresh purple lilacs.

To prepare the lilacs, just dip the cluster into cold water and swish around a bit. I chose unsprayed lilacs from my yard, so I only needed to remove the dust from them. After allowing them to dry, I pulled the flowers from the stem until I had a nice dish of petals. You must make sure that there is no green at the end of each flower or your chocolate will taste bitter! You just want the petals!

May 21, 2013

Beautiful, Informative, Life Changing! MINDFUL LIVING by Miraval {Book Review}

This book could be called "A Guide to Living A Beautiful Little Life."  

I consider myself to be quite knowledgeable when it comes to living mindfully, eating right, and having a healthy lifestyle. I was completely and pleasantly surprised to learn a TON of new things from this gorgeous book from Miraval - the luxury spa and resort in Tucson, Arizona. 

May 17, 2013

5 Favorite Rhubarb Recipes - #1 Grandma Alma's Custard Rhubarb Pie

My Grandma Alma was an awesome cook - especially when it came to baking. She didn't cut corners with sugar and didn't dream of making a "low-fat" version of anything. I guess that's why everything tasted so good.

This recipe calls for half & half - and trust me - it's worth the splurge! It makes a wonderful custard that blends beautifully with the rhubarb to really taste better than you can imagine!

My sister made this every year with my boys when they were little and they'd sing "Be-Bop-A-Re-Bop Rhubarb Pie" from "A Prairie Home Companion" while they made it. Except when he was really little my youngest used to pronounce "rhubarb" more like "bwoo-barb". Great memories! GREAT PIE!

May 16, 2013

5 Favorite Rhubarb Recipes - #2 Shirley's Rhubarb Muffins

I love to have something sweet for breakfast in the morning. Of course I'm hungry again right away, but muffins, cookies, pastries - all are my favorite things to eat in the morning.

The goal is to try to find recipes for sweets that are not TOO sweet and have a bit of nutritional value. I'm not saying that these muffins are a picture of healthy eating at its finest, but with a little bit of fruit and a few nuts I think I could probably do worse.

I do know that they are a tasty way to start the day!

May 15, 2013

5 Favorite Rhubarb Recipes - #3 Shirley's Johnson's Rhubarb Bread Pudding

Nothing beats the comfort of warm bread pudding on a rainy spring day, and I love this recipe from my neighbor Shirley. It's a nice, custard-y bread pudding that is fab with a bit of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Shirley and Gordy (or as we sometimes call them "Shorty & Girly") are great neighbors. Always friendly and ready for a chat over the fence. Plus you've got to love a neighbor that says any cucumbers that grow on your side of the fence are yours!

May 14, 2013

5 Favorite Rhubarb Recipes - #4 Grandma Stella's Rhubarb Crisp

My name is Teri... and I am a crisp-a-holic. When I make a pan of rhubarb or apple crisp, I cannot stop eating it! I'll eat it for breakfast, I'll eat it for lunch, I'll eat it for a snack - until it's gone. I truly cannot help myself!

I love this rhubarb crisp the best, perhaps because it's the one that my mom used to make, but it could also be because of all the buttery sweetness!

May 13, 2013

5 Favorite Rhubarb Recipes - #5 Rhubarb Sponge Pudding

One of my very FAVORITE rhubarb recipes in anticipation of being able to harvest some soon!

This recipe may sound difficult, but it's actually not bad. Any extra effort is completely worthwhile when you taste this fabulous springtime dessert!

May 10, 2013

Would you give up your privacy for a $2 Target card?

photo credit: opensourceway via photopin cc
Would you grant a phone app permission to record audio and video without your knowledge? Have you already? 

Today I was going to download an app on my phone called "shopkick" where you get rewards for shopping. Target said they'd give me a $2 gift card for downloading and using the app so I thought I'd give it a try. Now I thought google and facebook were bad when it came to granting access to private information, but you have got to see this list of things that this app wanted me to allow access to! Head on over to "Your Business is My Business" to see the photos and the list of things they want to access.  App Permissions - How much is too much?

May 9, 2013


Flush & Be Fit - A gentle detox! from
Renew Life Flush and Be Fit, 14-Count
Flush & Be Fit from Renew Life is a wonderful product that I have used several times in the past to do a gentle detox, and it's part of my spring cleanse this season. I love it because it makes me feel SO good when I take it! Like the packaging promises, it really does increase your energy and improve your feeling of well-being.

May 6, 2013


One thing that I'm doing this spring as part of my DETOX program is the SPRING DETOX PLAYLIST of yoga routines from Gaiam TV. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Gaiam TV. It's only $9.95 per month and you can view unlimited yoga and workout videos on your computer, your tv, (if you have a roku or apple tv box) your ipad - wherever you are!