Peach Pleasures via Sweet Peach Recipes

Peach Pleasures

Treat yourself to some sweet peach pleasures via sweet peach recipes! Peaches are sodium, fat and cholesterol free, high in vitamin A and have vitamin C.

Following are three delicious, yummy recipes for peach treats!

Peach Pleasures
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Peach Pleasures 1: Peach Apple Crisp

Canned peaches are available, sliced or in halves, packed either in sugar syrup or water. Apples are a good source of soluble fiber, especially pectin, which helps control insulin levels by slowing the release of sugar into your bloodstream.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

20 ounces canned sliced peaches, light-syrup pack, drained
2 medium apples, tart, peeled, sliced
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, chilled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 9 by 9 by 2-inch casserole dish.
  2. Combine peaches, apples, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl. Toss well and spread evenly in greased casserole dish.
  3. Combine flour and sugar in small bowl. Cut in margarine with two knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over fruit.
  5. Bake until lightly browned and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

4 Servings, about 1⁄2 cup each, plus 4 servings for another meal

Nutrition information per serving.

  • Calories 175
  • Total fat 5 grams
  • Saturated 1 grams
  • Cholesterol 0 milligrams
  • Sodium 57 milligrams

Freebie: Download Peach Apple Crisp Recipe in PDF


Peach Pleasures 2: Peach Cake

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 to 35 minutes

Ingredients:

29 ounce can sliced peaches, light-syrup pack, drained and chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons whole milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 8 by 8-inch pan.
  2. Spread peaches in baking pan. Mix remaining ingredients, except brown sugar and milk, together in mixing bowl; spread over top of peaches.
  3. Bake until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. For topping, combine brown sugar and milk in small bowl. Drizzle mixture on top of cake; return cake to oven, and bake 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Cut into 8 pieces.

8 Servings, about 2 by 2-inch piece each

Nutrition information per serving.

  • Calories 205
  • Total fat 4 grams
  • Saturated 1 grams
  • Cholesterol 27 milligrams
  • Sodium 171 milligrams

Freebie: Download Peach Cake Recipe in PDF


Peach Pleasures 3: Peach Crisp

To ripen peaches, store in a brown bag at room temperature. Ripe peaches can be stored in the crisper bin of your refrigerator for up to five days. See also: Peeling Peaches

Ingredients:

4 peaches (4 cups sliced)
2 tablespoons margarine
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice the peaches.
  3. Spread the peach slices on the bottom of the baking pan.
  4. Melt the margarine in a saucepan.
  5. In a small bowl, mix everything but the peaches. Stir until the mix is well blended.
  6. Sprinkle the oat mix on top of the peaches.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.

Recipe Note

Serve the peach crisp either hot or cold. To remove any peach fuzz, you can rub the washed peach gently with a paper towel.

Serving Size: Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
Recipe yields 6 servings.

Nutrition information per serving.

  • Calories 200
  • Total fat 4.5 grams
  • Saturated fat 1 gram
  • Trans fat 1 gram
  • Cholesterol 0 milligrams
  • Sodium 30 milligrams
  • Total Carbohydrate 40 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 3 grams
  • Sugars 22 grams
  • Protein 3 grams

Freebie: Download Peach Crisp Recipe in PDF

Fall Recipe Cards Free

Fall Recipe Cards Free

Fall is upon us – or darn close. In my neck of the woods it’s so chilly right now it feels like Halloween! That got me in the mood for some fall goodies and what is better than a fun fall freebie?

So… I have a couple of fall recipe cards free you can download right now and use as wish. Print as many as you’d like. Digital cards are great to have on hand. Spill something on one and you can print a fresh new copy right away.

The cards are in PDF files. Each PDF file is one page and contains two cards. So one page of paper will print out two cards each time you print it. It is recommended that you use card stock for the best results, but certainly any kind of paper you wish to use is fine.

The first blank recipe card – no lines – is adorned with a pumpkin and falling leaves and a soft autumn orange color.

The second is also in pretty fall colors with a fall “harvest” at the top featuring a pumpkin in the middle.

Both cards are totally free to download. Just click on the image of the one you’d like. Grab them both!

Fall Recipe Card One: Fall Blank Recipe Card: Pumpkins

Fall Recipe Card - Pumpkin
Fall Recipe Card – Pumpkin

 

Fall Recipe Card Two: Pumpkin Harvest

Fall Recipe Cards Free Pumpkin Harvest
Fall Recipe Card Pumpkin Harvest

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Free Picnic Invitations

Free Picnic Invitations

Free picnic invitations you can download and print and keep for those yearly picnic outings.

Picnics can be a healthy family affair, a fun daytime outing with friends, or right in your own backyard. Commune with mother nature, get a good dose of fresh air and sunshine and enjoy the companionship and fun of a relaxed meal. All with a simple picnic.

When enjoying a picnic, you do want to make sure everyone stays healthy. In other words, you don’t want your picnic food to go bad. Check our article Picnic Survival on tips to achieve a food-safe picnic for all.

We also share some tips on Packing for a Picnic. Complete with ideas and tips for your picnics food feast.

Last but not least, you may also want to check out Picnic Pleasure: Then and Now. Whatever your reason for a picnic, it’s the the spirit, not the food, that makes a picnic special.

Free Picnic Invitations

To help you get your picnic plans off and running, we’re giving away a PDF of picnic invitations. The first page is the front of the free picnic invitation and the second page, the back. If you have a double sided printer and are familiar with using this feature, simply use the double-sided option and both sides will print.

No double sided printed? No problem! Simply print page one, turn your paper according to your printer’s specs and print the back of the free picnic invitation. You’ll get two invitations per page. Print as many as you need or want, keep the file for future use or share with friends and family.

It’s truly a total freebie. We haven’t done a Friday freebie in a while, so we’re putting the free picnic invitation into the Friday Freebie category, even though we’re a few hours early.

Hope you enjoy – and make use of – the free picnic invitations, because picnics can be a healthy, wholesome event for kids of all ages!

Download Your Free Picnic Invitations

Simply click the picture below. This image is the front of the invitation. The back of the free picnic invitation is beneath the front image.

Free Picnic Invitations
Free Picnic Invitations

 

Back of Free Picnic Invitations
Back of Free Picnic Invitations

Frosty Fruity Favs

Frosty Fruity Favs for Summertime Treats

Following are some of our most popular refreshing, frosty fruity favs and even a slushy for healthful and cooling summertime treats. I’ve also added a recipe card image if you’d care to download and print that way. Click on each “card” for a larger, crisper copy.

Chocolate Banana Pops Recipe

Servings: 8 bananas
Prep Time: 10 minutes

4 ripe, firm bananas, peeled and cut into half crosswise
1-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or white chocolate
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup toppings such as chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, grated coconut, etc.

Insert stick into the cut end of each banana.
Freeze banana for 1 hour or until solid.
Melt chocolate in microwave or over hot water.
Stir in vegetable oil until mixture is satiny and smooth.
Dip frozen bananas into chocolate, coating all sides.
Place toppings on a flat plate. Roll coated bananas over toppings. Serve.

Fruity Frosty Favs Free Recipe Card

Frosty Fruity Favs Chocolate Banana Pops Recipe Card
Chocolate Banana Pops Recipe Card

Easy Strawberry Frost

1 cup egg whites
6 ounces cold water or non fat milk
1/2 cup frozen strawberries

Blend at slow speed for 20 seconds.
Add one-half cup frozen strawberries.
Blend at high speed for one minute. Enjoy!

Frosty Fruit Favs Free Recipe Card

Frosty Fruit Favs Easy Strawberry Frost
Easy Strawberry Frost Recipe Card

Fruit Slushy Recipe

1 serving

Quick and easy, and additively delicious, this is a great, easy to make snack recipe for kids.

1 tablespoon chia seeds
1-1/2 cup cool water, coconut water, or juice of choice
1/2 to 1 cup frozen fruit of your choice
1/3 cup fat free evaporated milk
Spiced bananas, orange sections or cubed angel food cake

Add all ingredients to a blend and liquefy using the most powerful setting. BLend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Customize! You can use a blend of different fruits or stick to one kind. The possibilities are almost endless.

Frosty Fruit Favs Free Recipe Card

Frosty Fruit Favs Fruit Slushy Recipe Card
Fruit Slushy Recipe Card

Pomegranate Frost Recipe

Serves 6

Ice cubes
1-1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1-1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup each fresh lemon juice and fresh lime juice
1 bottle sparkling water
8 finely shredded mint leaves

Fill a pitcher half-full with ice cubes. Add the pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, lemon juice,

lime juice, 1-1/ cup sparkling water and the shredded mint; stir until well mixed.

Fill six tall glasses with ice. Pour the mixture into the glasses and serve immediately.

Frosty Fruit Favs Free Recipe Card

Frosty Fruit Favs Pomegranate Frost Recipe Card
Pomegranate Frost Recipe Card

Fruit Shake

Here’s a fruit shake that’s simple, fast and yummy. Also very filling in
the morning.

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup (approx.) frozen strawberries

Blend all ingredients in the blender. The frozen fruit makes it thick; there is
no need for ice. Try experimenting with different juices and fruits.

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Whimsical Free Easter Graphics

Free Easter Graphics – An Easter Freebie!

A small but fun, whimsical collection of free Easter Graphics – sixteen in all. You can use these on any project you create. Cards, envelopes, documents, image enhancements, etc.

Included are Easter chicks, Easter eggs, Easter baskets & Easter bunnies!

These can be used on your print projects or for online use.

A simple, free image editor will re-size them nicely to suit your needs.

Totally free, use as you wish, but please, do NOT attempt to re-sell.

File size: 10MB, ZIP format

Download the Free Easter Graphics
Download ZIP file.

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Quick Pizza Recipe

Super-simple and super fast to whip up, this pizza is great for those hectic days when you want something homemade but don’t have the time to fuss. Make it healthy by adding your favorite vegetable toppings and using reduced fat cheese.

Quick Pizza Recipe on Printable Card
Quick Pizza Recipe

 

Quick Pizza Recipe Text

Quick Pizza Recipe: Top a pre-baked pizza crust with plenty of diced tomatoes, sliced fresh basil and shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese and anything else you have on hand you think you’d enjoy on your pizza. Bake as directed on package or until the cheese melts and pizza is hot.

Triscuit Crackers
Triscuit Crackers

Triscuit Mini Pizza

Here’s another idea for a super-quick pizza-inspired snack!

Top Triscuit Crackers with spaghetti sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with dried oregano leaves.

Microwave 12 at a time on high, 45 to 50 seconds or until cheese melts.

Variation: Add a dash of hot popper sauce before warming in the microwave.

Another Quick Pizza Recipe: Mini Mexican Pizzas

For quick and easy appetizer pizzas, top a whole-wheat tortilla with Cheddar reduced fat shredded cheese. Heat to melt cheese and top with salsa. To crank up your calcium, serve with a zesty yogurt dip. Mix plain yogurt, taco seasoning, cilantro and fresh tomatoes.

A Bit of Pizza History

The Ancient Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese. The Romans developed placenta. This was a sheet of flour topped with cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves. Finally, modern pizza originated in Italy as the Neapolitan pie with tomato. In 1889, cheese was added.

Foods similar to pizza have been prepared since the 6th Century BC, when it is said that Persian soldiers baked flat bread covered with cheese and dates on their shields.

Pizza Trimming Tips

Choose thin-crust instead of thick-crust pizza. Ask for less cheese, and choose low-fat toppings such as onions, mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables.

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Easy Potato Salad Recipe

Whip Up a Batch of Easy Potato Salad

Another potato salad recipe? Yep! Yes, there are as many variations to potato salad recipes as there are to pizza. But let’s face it, some take quite a bit of preparation time. The following potato salad recipe whips up quickly and tastes as if you fussed.

The secret is in Italian dressing. The wonderful blend of herbs and seasonings in Italian dressing add a whole lot of taste in very little time. Everyone has their favorite, but we prefer Wish Bone Italian Dressing. The offer a fat free variety, too. (Disclosure. We have NO affiliation with Wish Bone whatsoever.)

From the Wish Bone web site:

Want a really robust, full-flavored dressing? Try our improved Wish Bone Italian salad dressing, bursting with more herbs and spices. We took our original famous Italian salad dressing recipe, already filled with Italian herbs and spices, and then we packed it full of even more herbs, seasonings and flavors for an extra zesty boost of flavor you’ll love! No high fructose corn syrup.

Easy Potato Salad Recipe

Cook four, 5-inch peeled and quartered russet potatoes in water until tender, about 20 minutes. Cool.

Slice potatoes into a container and toss with 1/2 cup bottled Italian dressing. Refrigerate one to 24 hours. This allows the flavors to meld.

Before serving, toss with 1/4 cup  mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons sliced green onions and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. If your potato salad seems a bit dry, add a little more mayonnaise.

Note: To keep fat intake low, use reduced fat or fat free Italian Dressing and reduced fat mayonnaise.

Speedy Tip: You can also cook the potatoes in the microwave. Place them in a circle in your microwave. Cook on high for 8 minutes. Using a hot pad, turn each potato over. Cook on high another 8 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Let cool a while before slicing.

Free Printable Easy Potato Salad Recipe Card

(Click image to download full size card.)

Easy Potato Salad Recipe Card
Easy Potato Salad Recipe Printable Card

 

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Get FREE Strawberry Popcorn Magnets

Strawberry Popcorn Magnets

This contest is long gone. But if you love the popcorn magnets as much as we do, they are sold in pairs. Visit this page on our Bonanza shop!

We just bought a dozen of these and they are adorable!

Strawberry Popcorn Magnets

In fact, these popcorn magnets are so cute, we wanted to share a couple. FREE.

You can ‘enter’ to win / receive on of these adorable kitchen additions two ways:

We are now running a monthly drawing for the remainder of the year 2013!

We have 6 more of these adorable strawberry popcorn magnets and invite you to enter. We are now only taking entries via the contact form.

We will draw a name on the last day of every month. Winners will be notified by email, so please make sure your email address is correct!

  • Drop us a line using our contest entry form and in the comments section just say, “I want that magnet!” 🙂 We’ll get details regarding where to mail it to only when you’ve been selected as a recipient.

Once we have received 100 entries, we’ll pick 2 at random. We’ll let you know IMMEDIATELY when you’ve been picked. We will  most likely know by tomorrow. (This won’t take long, so get your entry in!) When both have been claimed, I will post an update.

Important stuff for you to know:

We do not rent, sell or otherwise share your information with anyone. We HIGHLY value each and every person’s individual right to privacy. It is only used to conduct the process of the contest.

Motivation for Weight Loss Goals

Dedication and Motivation for Weight Loss Goals

There is a psychological factor that comes into play when you’re trying to lose weight. We like to compare it to the “rah rah” factor that you often need to succeed in sports.

Look at your weight loss goals as your own personal sporting event. Just as you need to know the rules of the game as well as the basics of performing that game in sports, you also need the right information regarding your diet to make it effective.

When you have all the tools you need, you can become an excellent performer in almost anything you try in life. One of these tools is the right frame of mind.

The right frame of mind will give you motivation, commitment, and the skills you need to overcome the obstacles that you might face along with temptations and distractions.

When you have the right psychological attitude toward your weight loss goals, you will make your weight loss can be a bit of fun, an easier task to achieve, and give you the ability to develop changes towards a healthier lifestyle that will stay with you forever.

Your mindset controls your behavior, actions, and thoughts. As people grow, they develop habits and associations that govern their life. Most of these habits are controlled by our sub-conscious and we are generally unaware of them. However, your subconscious could also sabotage your efforts – also while you unaware of them.

This is detrimental to weight loss goals.

Positively Dedicate Yourself to Your Weight Loss Goals!

The right mindset entails using various techniques and strategies to control your behavior by monitoring your thoughts and actions. When you obtain this mindset, you will be better equipped to replace the old habits and associations that formed your thinking in the first place with new and more positive habits that will enable you to lost weight and be happier while you do so!

Setting your weight loss goalsPut Yourself in the Right Mindset

Developing the correct mindset doesn’t occur overnight. It take a little bit of effort, but in the end, it is well worth the time and effort expended. You will have to monitor your progress and behavior. Sometimes it will be easy – at other times, it won’t. The good news is that there are some easy ways to begin to put yourself into the right mindset.

  1. Write your weight loss goals down – tell yourself what weight you want to get to. While you’re at it, write down any other personal goals you might have as far as your life in general. Since you’re undertaking something as huge as losing your extra weight, you may as well also focus your efforts on improving other aspects of your life while you have the motivation and drive.
  2. Be specific about what those goals are. When you generalize your goals, you are trivializing them. Your weight loss goals are important. Make them important!
  3. Assign yourself a deadline. You want to lose weight. You want to do it by Christmas, or your wedding, or the next class reunion. When you assign a deadline, you give yourself a goal to work for, and like we said, your weight loss goals are important!
  4. Make those goals measurable and achievable. Don’t try to undertake more than what you are capable of. If you need to lose 100 pounds, don’t expect to do it in a few weeks. Give yourself enough time to do it in a healthy manner. You could also try to break your weight loss goals down into easier increments. Tell yourself that you will lose 10 pounds over the next month. Then tell yourself the same thing the next
    month. Eventually, you’ll reach that goal and feel the satisfaction of being pounds lighter than you were before.
  5. Focus on those goals everyday. Post them on your refrigerator. Write them in your date book. Put a reminder on the visor of your car. When you focus on your weight loss goals, you will keep them in mind all the time. When they are first and foremost in your mind, you will be well on the way toward achieving them.
  6. Be committed to those weight loss goals – at all costs. There’s a reason why you want to achieve those goals. When you are committed, your weight loss goals become the focus of your mind and they will be much easier to realize.

Set Your Weight Loss Goals

Developing a psychology towards weight loss will help you achieve you goals and realize success. Aim high, push yourself to become the type of person you want to be and live the life that you want and deserve. We are not given the power of dreams without the power and ability to achieve those dreams.

It’s time to start – RIGHT NOW!

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