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Love Potion

Our Harry Potter inspired Love Potion Smoothie:

1 frozen banana (secret ingredient)
Pineapple frozen
Mango frozen
Cherries frozen (adds the pink color)
Peeled orange (just throw that sucker in whole)
Vanilla almond milk
Coconut extract flavor
Chia seeds

The amounts always vary but the result is always delicious!

You’re welcome.


All Fruit Smoothie



Simple Coconut Milk Smoothie
2 cups coconut milk, from a box
1 medium frozen banana, sliced
1 cup frozen pineapple, chopped


If this is wrong, I don’t want to be right..

Wait, it’s not wrong, it IS right. I’ll just pretend it’s wrong then…


This is my breakfast and there is more than one reason that I’m using coconut milk. First, because it’s pretty yummy. Second, because it’s from a fruit. So my smoothie is all fruit and zero dairy.

I’ve been interested in digestion and how it works since my gallbladder liberation. I’m obviously not an expert but through some internet and library research I’ve discovered that the body responds differently to different types of food. Certain food combinations can reduce the nutrients’ that you absorb and the effectiveness of your digestion system. For example, fruit is very easy for your body to digest, but if you pair it with something like dairy, which stays in your system longer, the fruit can actually rot and be expelled as waste. If you separate the two foods, however, the fruit can be digested as fruit and not as diary. The book I’m reading even suggests eating only one kind of fruit at a time and then waiting 30 minutes before eating a different fruit. I’ve obviously ignored that suggestion with my delicious smoothie recipe but you get the idea. Even pairing fruits with vegetables can throw a wrench into the system. These probably aren’t things that someone with no indigestion would concern themselves with, but if you’re like me, and you are missing a piece of the puzzle (the gallbladder) it’s interesting stuff. I’m experimenting with combinations to see if I can narrow down the foods that give me trouble. My plan this week has been to only eat fruit from 8pm to noon to give my body the time it needs to digest and detoxify from the previous day of eating. So far, it’s been great. I feel better and less sluggish in the morning. And things are moving nicely, if you know what I mean. I’ve also been including a salad with lunch and dinner to increase my veggie intake. If you need more motivation (and I always do) this easy digestion diet can help you to lose weight. And I don’t mean the weight of the gallbladder leaving your body! Hehe, sorry, I  have a gross sense of humor.

Christmas Food

Christmas Eve fare included a baked ham, sides of many flavors, and chili!


Chipotle Turkey Chili from Cooking with all things Trader Joe’s

1 1/4 bl ground turkey
1 medium onion
1 Tbsp oilive oil
1tsp ground cumin
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
3/4 cup refried beans
1/2 cup chipotle salsa
2 Tbsp barbecue sauce

Cook the onions in the oil for about 5 minutes until soft.  Add the ground turkey (or beef) and cook until brown.  Add cumin and cook 1 minute longer (I didn’t have any!)

Add the remaining ingredients’.  Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.


My Sister made bread from frozen dough found at the store!  It came out really nice, and smelled heavenly!


Alex’s oldest sister, Debbie bakes for a week to prepare for her annual Christmas party.  Everything is amazing, my favorite though are the Mexican Wedding Cookies (the white round cookies in the center).  Every tin on the table has a different goodie on the inside!  It’s like a sugar coated dream!


My Mother-in-law’s legendary refried beans in the making.


Christmas dinner.  Red and green chili tamales, beans, salad, and croquets.


And… it’s gone!  I hope everyone had a nice holiday with family!

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