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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Gluten-Free Caramelized-Onion Pizza

Pizza just got a healthy makeover! This Caramelized-onion pizza is made on a delicious grain-free crust.



   Going gluten-free no longer means giving up your favorite foods. You can still enjoy delicious foods like pizza. This pizza has a chewy crust that is not only gluten-free but also grain-free. It is made with 8 simple healthy ingredients like almond flour, flax meal and cauliflower. Unlike other homemade cauliflower pizza crusts that you may have tried in the past, this naturally gluten-free crust looks and almost tastes just like a regular pizza crust made from flour. The caramelized onions and mozzarella cheese gives this pizza a taste that is out of this world.

  While I don't have to eat gluten-free, I choose many gluten-free foods as I find they taste better and can be healthier. I know that sounds weird as many years ago gluten-free foods were bland and boring. Not anymore as companies are using better natural ingredients to make their food taste good. One of these companies is Simple Mills. They make pre-made baking mixes for cookies, cakes, and bread made from real ingredients. They’re all gluten-free, paleo-friendly and dairy-free. Their pizza dough mix contains 8 simple ingredients like almond flour, arrowroot powder, flax meal, cauliflower, baking soda, oregano, cream of tartar and garlic. I don't know how they do it, but they use these ingredients to make a dough that is almost as good as delivery pizza dough. This pizza crust is one you can pick up with your hands and it will not fall apart. Oh, and the taste is amazing! 



Simple Mills also now makes these delicious crackers. These crackers are made with a wholesome blend of almond flour, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Just like the other Simple Mill products, they are also gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly. The grain-free crackers come in four delicious flavors like Rosemary & Sea Salt, Farmhouse Cheddar, Fine Ground Sea Salt, and Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil.
See the full Simple Mill's product line here: http://www.simplemills.com/


  My caramelized onion pizza does require some time to make it but it is not because of the grain-free crust. You simply add water, oil and apple cider vinegar to the mix and it combines into a wonderful dough that you can shape with your hands. My caramelized onions are what takes time as they have to be slow cooked for the great taste. Trust me, if you have never had caramelized onions, it is worth the time. 




           Gluten-Free Caramelized-Onion Pizza

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced and diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 Simple Mills pizza crust
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook onions with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to moderate and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 15 minutes more. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and deep golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Remove from heat and cool to warm, about 10 minutes. Onions can be cooked a day ahead of time, cool completely and store in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
While the onions are cooling, make your Simple Mills pizza crust following directions on the box. This box makes two crusts but I choose to make one large crust. Form the pizza dough on a lightly oiled pizza stone. Then spread the onions all over the dough. Sprinkle the rosemary all over the onions and then top with the cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes or slightly longer for a crispier crust. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.



Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Simple Mills; however all opinions and creative control were entirely my own

Monday, May 23, 2016

How To Reduce Wrinkles And Fine Lines Without Surgery #dynamicsonic

Hate those wrinkles and fines and want results without having plastic surgery?

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 What if I told you that there was a product that could instantly reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, would you believe me? Chances are probably not as I myself have a hard time believing this claim. Well, the product in this pretty bag does just that and more. This product can give you the benefits of an eye lift, without painful costly surgery. That sounds good to me as I don't have the money for surgery and I hate needles. Want to find out more?

 This product that I received in a pretty bag is called Dynamic Sonic Instant Eye lift  and I was amazed that it made my pesky fine lines less noticeable. No, it did not totally take them away but it sure did a great job of making them less noticeable. I did have slightly noticeable lines when I smiled big but when I was not smiling the fine lines were gone. My skin also felt tighter. I love that there are products to help me look beautiful. I love that I can look young!


  So let me tell you about this Instant Eye Lift that gives you the benefits of an eye lift without surgery. This serum contains Veegum which is a known ingredient that helps tighten and refine skin, as well as nourishing ingredients. One thing I notice right away was how soft my skin was after applying it. My skin also felt tighter and looked brighter. I think with make up this Eye Lifter will make those fine lines disappear and will make me look wonderful in pictures. This product was easy to use and required a small amount. I just applied a small amount of the product on my fingertip and lightly tapped and massaged into those pesky fine lines. I only applied it to one eye so I could see the difference. The product as first had a cooling sensation and then I could feel it tighten my skin. In 90 seconds I notice my skin looked brighter and the fine lines were almost gone. I smiled and still saw some lines. I then applied makeup to just the one eye and I noticed a big difference between the eyes. This product will be wonderful to use when I am going to get my picture taken, like in July at my son's wedding!


. I used the Eye Lift only on the left eye. Notice the line below my eye and how after the Eye Lift is applied it is almost gone and I even took the second photo closer up.



I even made a video to show you how it works. Watch this video and tell if you notice these things about Dynamic Sonic Instant Eye lift:

- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
- Tightens and firms skin while you feel it working
- Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles for an enhanced complexion
- Get instant results that last 6-8 hours

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                                     Like what you see and want more information?
Then visit the below links to obtain more information and get a free sample. I like that this company offers a free sample so that you can try it first before buying a full size product.
http://www.dynamicsonic.com/collections/shop-by-eye/products/instant-face-lift-acivator

Free sample link: http://www.dynamicsonic.com/products/free-eyelift-sample

Do you have fine lines and wrinkles? Would you like them to be less noticeable?

 #dynamicsonic #eyelift


"These opinions are my own and I received a sample of the above-mentioned product to facilitate this post."

Sunday, May 22, 2016

My Winning Video

A couple of weeks ago I won a contest for making a video with my kids. Hallmark channel has a contest, that a wonderful blogger told me about. The contest was to have your child make a video about why they love their mom. My sons made a wonderful video and we won $1,000! Here is our winning video. I am proof people do win contests. I some of my winnings to attend a blogger conference and the rest will be going to an amusement park visit.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Refreshing Low-Calorie Watermelon Slushie

The weather is getting warmer and a perfect time to enjoy a delicious watermelon slushie.



  When I think of summer I think of juicy watermelon. I just love eating watermelon as it is so refreshing on a hot day. I always buy the biggest watermelon at the store as it is such a good price. My family usually eats up all the watermelon quickly, but sometimes there are leftovers. I have discovered a perfect way to use up leftover watermelon I simply combine the watermelon in a blender with some ice and a zero calorie flavored water and I have a delicious low-calorie drink that is perfect for a hot day. I sometimes just buy watermelon so I can make this drink as it is that good. I love that this drink is low in calories and sugar-free but still full of flavor.



  My secret ingredient that makes this drink so delicious is a bottle of Blueberry Watermelon Cascade Ice. This naturally flavored zero-calorie drink is so delicious on its own but adds lots of flavor to my watermelon slushie. Not only is Cascade ice made with zero calories, but it also contains no sugar, sodium, caffeine, or gluten. The best part is that it comes in 20 delicious flavors so your taste buds will never be bored. These naturally flavored sparkling waters are great for hot summer days. Add fruit and ice to Cascade in the blender and you then have wonderful party drinks that are full of flavor. What flavor of Cascade ice will you make a refreshing summer drink with?

                                          http://www.cascadeicewater.com/

Here are some of my favorite flavors of Cascade ice. The Peach Mango has a delicious peach taste and the Coconut is great for low-calorie virgin pina colada. Just stick a some lemon slices in the Lemonade Cascade and you have a great lemonade.


                 Refreshing Low-Calorie Watermelon Slushie

                                              1 cup seedless watermelon chunks
                                              1/2 cup of ice cubes
                                              8 oz bottle of  Blueberry Watermelon Cascade Ice

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend to desired consistency. Pour in a glass, add a straw and enjoy. 



"These opinions are my own and I received a sample of delicious Cascade Ice to facilitate this recipe." 
                                               



    

Friday, May 13, 2016

Natural Homemade Honey Sunflower Seed Butter

This delicious honey sunflower seed butter is great for those with peanut allergies!


  My twenty-six-year-old daughter is allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts. The weird thing is she ate peanut butter sandwiches all the time when she was younger. It was a couple of years ago that she discovered her nut allergy. She had attended a party and enjoyed a brownie that contained peanut butter. She started to have an asthma attack, so she thought, and reached for her inhaler. She took her asthma medication and waited for it to work. When it was not working, my daughter then took some Benadryl, as her asthma is caused by seasonal allergies. The Benadryl worked and my daughter thought nothing of that attack until a couple of days later when she was eating a cake that contained peanut butter. She had another "asthma attack" and thought that maybe the peanut butter was the cause. My daughter stayed away from peanut butter and scheduled an allergy test. The allergy test confirmed that she was allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts. My daughter was doomed as she had to give up peanut butter. That meant no more peanut butter sandwiches.


   I had my daughter in mind when I created this homemade Honey Sunflower Seed Butter. My daughter discovered sunflower seed butter at the natural food store and buys it once in a while for a splurge, as it is expensive. I wanted to make her a homemade Sunflower Seed butter that would taste just as good, if not better, and save her money. Being that I also have a powerful Ninja blender, my daughter does not, I set out to make my daughter some delicious Honey Sunflower Seed Butter. I wanted this spread to be all natural and taste like my daughters old favorite honey peanut butter. So I used this delicious 100% raw and unfiltered honey in my sunflower seed butter. Rice's Lucky Clover Honey gives my sunflower seed butter a great taste. My boys also love to use this honey in their oatmeal, hot tea, and on yogurt too as it gives incredible taste.



  The bees do a great job collecting the nectar from a variety of flower blossoms from 100% USA bee farms.The bees then deliver the nectar to the hives and work their magic so the bee collectors can collect the honeycombs. The honey is spun & extracted from the honeycombs. The sweet delicious honey has been prepared and bottled in Greenly Colorado since 1924. You can then buy this 100% pure & raw unfiltered honey at places like Walmart, Whole Foods, Costco, and many more retailers. Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey is committed to producing high quality, premium, raw, and unfiltered honey at affordable prices.

                                                             http://riceshoney.com/


      Natural Homemade Honey Sunflower Seed Butter

Yields about 1 cup

         INGREDIENTS

          3 cups roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
          1/4 tsp  salt
          1 tsp pure vanilla extract
           2 tbs Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey

    INSTRUCTIONS

Process the sunflower seeds in a high-speed blender (love my Ninja) for a total of 10-15 minutes, stopping every 2 to 3 minutes or so to break down the clumped-up mixture and scrape the sides a bit. If you don't have a high-speed blender it might take up to 25- 30 minutes using a regular blender.



After about 5 minutes, the seeds should start releasing their oil and the butter will finally relax and become creamy. From this point, you will want to let it run for 5 to 10 minutes until really smooth and creamy.
Now add the salt, vanilla extract, and honey and process for another minute. Transfer this delicious butter to a tightly sealed glass jar and store in the fridge.


"These opinions are my own and I received a sample of Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey to facilitate this post."



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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Running One Day At A Time

I am finally back to running!



It is hard to believe that I am running again. Three months ago I started my training to start running again after some injuries. See that post HERE. I knew it would take some time to get back to running but I am happy to say I succeeded in my goals and I am really enjoying running again. I love that I can run five miles without having to stop. I never thought I would reach this point but I took it easy with days of walking and running combined along with some great supplements. I also learned the importance of stretching, icing and wearing the right shoes.


   These cute shoes are the Mizuno Catalyst. I have never worn this brand before and I like the  way they fit. These shoes are lightweight and do a great job of supporting my feet, even my high arches!  I just love the way these shoes conform to my feet, like wearing a glove.


    I am loving these Fruit Me Up!  all natural fruit pouches for a healthy snack after running. I love that  they contain a full serving of delicious fruit! They also contain no added water or fruit juice concentrate and have 25% less sugar per oz. than most leading brands. Don't you love how the pouch matches my outfit? These fruit pouches come in many flavors. They even have ones that offer an extra Boost of nutrients like calcium, fiber, antioxidant Vitamin C and Omega-3 ALA in every delicious flavor combination. I just love the colorful pouches!



My next goal with my running is to start increasing my speed. Right now I am comfortable with just running five miles a day. I am thinking a couple more weeks of getting more comfortable with my distance before I try increasing my speed. Then I will do spurts of speed to get comfortable with the breathing. I might even register for a 4th of July race this year. My ultimate goal this year is to run the 5K race at the ShiftCon conference in December. 


 I am sure by then I will be back to my 8-minute miles. 

"These opinions are my own and I received a sample of Fruit Me Up! pouches and a pair of Mizuno Catalyst shoes to facilitate this post."
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