Fresh Fruit Ambrosia Salad

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed family time together.

We are still enjoying it through New Years’.

Here is the recipe for a yummy, healthy fruit salad we enjoyed Christmas Eve.

Fresh Fruit Ambrosia

Offering a nice change of pace from traditionally heavy holiday eats, Ambrosia is a fresh, clean dish perfect for cleansing the palette or finishing a meal. Plus, this easy treat can be made a day in advance to cut down on your holiday prep time.

You´ll need

5 oranges, peeled and sectioned

1 pineapple, cored and diced

1 ½ cups orange juice

1/3 cup shaved coconut

1 tbsp lemon juice

Combine orange and pineapple in a large bowl and cover. Refrigerate for one hour or more. Remove, add remaining ingredients and toss until evenly mixed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 8-10

Delicious!

This would be yummy for any New Year’s gatherings coming up.

Enjoy,

Claire

 

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Liquid Magic: Basic H2

I clean Only with non-toxic cleaners in my home.  You can read about that change in my life HERE.

I absolutely LOVE Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate.

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It is Safe, Powerful, Non-Toxic and Cost-Effective

No rinse, No residue, No streak formula.

It is super concentrated and from ONE bottle I get a window cleaner, an all-purpose and a degreaser.   One bottle of Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate  = over 500 16oz bottles of all-purpose cleaner!  It is a concentrate so you add your own water.  This means less waste and keeps the cost down.  I also use these.

Window/Glass

1 to 2 drops of Basic H2 + 16 oz water ….YES Drops!

All-Purpose

1/4tsp.  Basic H2 + 16 oz water

Degreaser

1   1/2 tsp Basic H2 + 16 oz water

I use this stuff ALL over my house…..windows, countertops, sinks, granite, floors, dusting, spot cleaning, cupboard doors, shampooing the carpet, the car….I even bath my dog in it and shave my legs with it. There are hundreds of uses for just one bottle of concentrate.

It is safe for all sealed surfaces.

It is safe for my children, too, which is the most important!

Basic H2 has been on the market for over 50 years!

Here is what just a few happy moms had to say about Basic H2………

I LOVE Basic H2. I run around my home with it looking for new uses and never cease to be amazed!   Missy

I absolutely LOVE Basic H, Scour Off and Basic G!! They are my go to products for everything I clean! I also love knowing that when I use these products, especially in my kitchen around food and my newborn son that they are natural, safe, and biodegradable! I will NEVER go back to toxic/chemical based cleaners ever again!   Jennifer

I love Basic H2! I use it on everything! I removed ink from carpet and wall paint from our clothes. It’s like liquid magic!  Kindra

Gotta say the Basic H2! I use it on my hard wood floors and when I set baby down so she can play with her toys I feel good my floor is cleaned with naturaly non toxin products!  Courtnie

Check out THIS post on  Jeneane’s  story of how she uses Basic H2 in her business.

 

What about you?  Ready to have your own Basic H2 story?

Have a Blessed Day!

Claire

 

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My San Diego Girls’ Weekend

When my sister-in-law, Rachelle  asked if I was free to go to her cousins’ wedding in San Diego, I nearly screamed YES at the computer.   A girls’ weekend away?  Hello?  You don’t have to ask me twice.  We were both long overdue for a ‘mommy break’ and ready for some girl time.

This is our hotel.

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It was located right by the naval base and had a beautiful walking path along the water.

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Rachelle is a dedicated and encouraging fitness enthusiast.  It was good to have her drag me with her outside and exercise.  You can see a picture of us on a hike at Sunset Cliff HERE.

The weather was 60 – 65 and cloudy while we were there, but this day it was mostly sunny.  We were outside enjoying it!  So much better than the weather back home!

Love the palm trees.

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Great Mexican restaurant.  Had lunch there one day.

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This gentleman serenaded us.  He was a charmer!

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Both Rachelle and I enjoy the local artist community and small businesses.  You can find such talented, interesting and creative people.  We met and talked with one artist for several minutes and learned some history behind his work.

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We also spent 2 days shopping!  Mostly ‘window’ shopping, but it was fun to wander, try on clothes and eat out.

This is the day of the wedding.  We got all dressed up, put on our heels, drank some wine and danced.  So much fun!

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So what about you?  Do you allow yourself a mommy break?  Or does guilt stop you?  I struggle with this issue a lot.  It’s like I have two voices..one is telling me that I shouldn’t need to do that.  The other says, heck yaTake a break and you will be a better mom and wife.  I just love to be with my family, but they sure don’t love to be with me when I am grumpy.

As moms, it seems we tend to take care of ourselves last.  The problem with this practice, however, is that you can deplete yourself without a way to fill up.  Do you ever feel as if you are running on empty?

Now, if I could, my dream mommy breaks would include monthly weekend trips and weekly trips to the spa.  A girl can dream right?  So since this plan hasn’t worked out so well for me (yet), I do have a few other ideas. 

1.  Early morning coffee, by myself.  This is almost daily for me.

2.  Rent and watch a ‘girl’ movie.  So fun!

3.  Meet with a friend for chitchat and encouragement.

4.  Take a nap.

5.  Date night with hubby.

6.  Get a pedicure.  I have a place close by that is only $20.  I go about every other month.  I be sure to get a BIG coffee, grab several of their magazines, and just sit in the big massage chair.  I usually sit there long after they are done just to enjoy the chair.  So refreshing!

7.  When my kids were little, I used to check them into the grocery play place and then NOT grocery shop.  Instead, I got something to drink, grabbed a bunch of magazines and sat down.  I know, genius right?  lol

These are just a few on my list that work for me.  We moms are all different and therefore our idea of a mommy break may be different.  The point is, the break for US is important.  I know I must sometimes even schedule these in or I won’t do it.  Sometimes it’s hard for me to turn away from my to-do list.  A mom’s job is never done….but it can lighten the load if regular breaks are taken.

So what about you?  What is your idea of a mommy break?

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Have a great day,

Claire

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How to Make Granola Bars

As a mom of 3 growing boys, I am constantly looking for different snacks that are filling, healthy and budget friendly.

I came across this recipe somewhere in web land and it has become a favorite here. 

Super easy and meets my personal goal of having less processed foods around.

Homemade Granola Bars

4 1/2 cups oats

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup honey

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

*Preheat oven at 325 degrees

*Mix all ingredients except chips

*One mixed, add chips

*Press into greased 9×13 pan

*Bake about 20 min. or until golden brown

*Let it cool and cut into bars

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Here they are fresh out of the oven.  The boys didn’t even wait until they were cooled off to dig in. So yummy warm!

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I also cut some into bars to freeze.  I put them into small bags to use in lunches.  This is all I was able to save from this batch.  I usually make 2 for my family.

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So, there ya go!  Give ‘em a try and let me know what you think.

Have a blessed day,

Claire

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