Easy cookies

No egg, no flour

Good for breakfast or late night snack without the guilt

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What you need
Banana
Oatmeal
Cinnamon

Add ins: dried fruit , nuts , peanut butter , Nutella, flax meal,or chocolate chips

I didn’t measure but here is what I did

-mash banana
-add oatmeal probably 1/2 cup
You don’t want the mixture to be too dry and not to mushy .
-sprinkled some cinnamon
-sprinkled flax meal
-I also added a tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter probably could have used more but my lovely friend only left a spoonful lol

I put these in the toaster oven for 15-20 minutes
Prob 350 degrees

Depending on how you make it you can spread fruit jelly / jam, peanut butter , Nutella when done

Eggplant ‘meat’balls

This was delicious !! I love eggplant
Another winner.

I tried these 2 ways to see which worked better.
Baking : I liked the texture better especially when pairing it with pasta. The outside gets firmer .
‘Frying’ I coated the pan with some olive oil and just turned them .While these got a nice golden brown color they were softer.

what you need
Eggplant
Parmesan cheese
Egg
Garlic
Italian parsley
Salt & pepper
Breadcrumbs (I used Panko)
Olive oil
Tomato sauce
Zucchini if doing zucchini pasta or reg pasta

Here is where I based the recipe off of.

Here are the ‘meatballs’ as I put them on and when they were done.

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And on top of zucchini pasta

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I love these vegetarian meals because they fill me up , feel satisfied , and don’t make me feel heavy afterwards.

These would be good to make mini patties and dip in tomato sauce too.

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Vegetable barley – One pot dinner

Another goodie
I made this months ago but it was saved to my drafts.

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Vegetable barley skillet

Ingredients:
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 bell peppers, any color, chopped into small pieces
2 cups (1 container) mushrooms (white or baby bella), sliced or chopped
3 cloves (or more to taste) garlic, pressed or very finely chopped
1 cup uncooked barley
1-3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 box frozen spinach, (Or use fresh greens – spinach, kale, or swiss chard)
1 can small white or navy beans
1 – 2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in halves
1/2 cup (or more to taste) grated parmesan cheese

Cottonelle Summer Clean Care – Crowdtap

Cottonelle and crowdtap sent me some toilet paper and flushable wipes for their Clean & Fresh sampling.

#LetsTalkBums

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Cottonelle is definitely my favorite toilet paper brand . Their toilet paper is strong, soft, doesn’t fall apart, and get the job done leaving your bum clean.

I like that they sent me a travel pack of the flushable wipes for me and to share . I shared them with some friends who live how nice they feel, smell, and how they work for whatever you are using them for.

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When I opened my box from Crowdtap , I put them in my purse. What’s great about them is they are small enough to fit in a variety of size so purses .
When I went to the city for the Cottonelle event I brought them in the navy with red design to freshen up after walking around in 80+ degree weather. When I was working outside in 85 degree weather I had them in my brown purse, I used them to wipe sweat , freshen up, and to clean my hands after lunch. The grey purse I use often, so I throw it in there .

So what can you use them for beside cleaning your bum?
• cleaning hands especially when out and about
•freshening up either from walking around or after working out.
• cleaning up sticky messes
• my cat was sick and used these on her fur to clean her up
•cleaning your face it is BBQ time or even for cleaning kids faces

Last year when I participated in Cottonelle Clean Crew sampling they also sent me wipes.
I liked the design on the dispenser I received last year but I like that the upright one takes up less space.
The design of the dispenser keeps the cloths moist so they don’t dry out.

Pros:
•Easy to load
•variety of uses
•alcohol free
•gets you get clean & fresh

Cons:
•I did notice some wipes tear when pulling out from the resistance from the plastic opening where the wipes come out of.
• sometimes doesn’t continuously come out of dispenser.

Dispenser with 42 wipes starts at around $5

Refills (126 ct) starts around $6

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Older and new dispenser

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I actually use the older one for tampons and panty liners , perfect size.

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Now the toilet paper. I never realized how easy it is to do toilet origami.
So if you have guests coming , grab your cottonelle toilet paper and do something like this diamond or heart.

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It’s soft , strong , doesn’t break apart, or leave tp behind.
As you can see these ridges help get you clean and you don’t need a lot.

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And when you pair Cottonelle toilet paper with the flushable wipes , you’ve got the perfect cleaning duo.

Have you tried the Cottonelle clean care routine yet? It’s the perfect cleaning duo to stay clean & fresh.
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Whether you are taking a road trip, heading to the beach , park , or running errands ; I highly recommend the portable Cottonelle flushable wipes. They are great to have in your purse , gym bag, or car.

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*I received free products from Crowdtap for testing and review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

New summer dress

A couple of days ago I mentioned a great deal with Twice. I ended up buying this dress for $2.04!!!
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The dress fits perfect , it’s comfortable, I was worried about the color but love it. Very happy.
You should check them out , they ship REALLY fast too .

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Farewell Lexi

July 6th was a very sad day.
One of my furry babies took her last breath around 11am

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Let’s go back to September 2002.
I was 17 , already had D-O-G and Gizmo.
I worked at a tourist shop on the beach in Ft Myers FL. One of my co workers brought in her new pet , a striped orange kitten. I really wanted an orange striped kitten, asked her where she got him. I called but the lady gave them all away.
Shawn said why don’t we look in the paper and see if we can find an orange striped kitten. We found someone in Cape Coral . I remember on the way saying we don’t need to get another cat but Shawn insisted.
We pull up and go into the house.
They handed me one small kitten , she laid on her back and fit in the palm of my hand and let me rub her belly. She was so calm and laid back as she stayed for 12 years. They tried to gather the other kittens but I said she is the one.

We took her home .
I’m sure D-O-G hissed and growled at her but Gizmo wanted to be friends .

When we got her we were fixing up our condo (painting and tiling ). There was a small fold up ladder against the wall that I kept asking Shawn to take away. One day around 5pm were were watching tv . All of a sudden there was a slam. We both jumped up and it was Lexi. She was exploring , tried jumping on the ladder and it fell on her. All I saw was blood. Gizmo and D-O-G also ran to her and started smelling her. We took her to the emergency vet , where Shawn ended up yelling at them because they didn’t accept debit cards or checks.
She stayed over night and we picked her up in the morning . She had a slight concussion and bloody nose.
This is the moment she became spoiled and babyfied.

I would put her in her cat bed wrapped up and then place that on my bed next to me.
That’s probably why she loved to go under the covers.

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She was best to cuddle with in the winter , we kept each other warm and cozy. Sometimes she would try to lay all the way on my stomach but she was too heavy. She once topped around 18lbs!

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I would call her my little fatty , Lexi poops , poopy ( last 2 because she would grunt sometimes using the bathroom lol) and my little tiger cub.

Her favorite things to do was eat (obviously) , sleep, lay in the sun, and keep the boys in check.

Her favorite spots was by the window , on my bed or Shawn’s bed , and under the heater .

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Her best friend was definitely Gizmo.
When we first got her so many times we would hear a sucking sound . One time we followed the sound and Lexi was trying to nurse off of Gizmo and he didn’t care. Haha
Anytime she made a sound he would run to her and make sure else was ok.
She would sometimes lay on top of him … Like really on top and he didn’t mind at all. I would find them cuddling all the time .

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D-O-G and Lexi had a love hate relationship . He would sometimes take his anger out on her by jumping on her and fighting but made sure he did it in front of me. He can be such a bully!

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I would call her my little tiger cub because she her growl was so loud , it was like how is that big growl coming out of this small cat? She growled a lot at D-O-G

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But at the end of the day they loved each other .

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They were all great friends.

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My favorite thing was seeing them all chase each other through thee the house . It would be D-O-G , Gizmo then Lexi waddling in the back.

Another thing I loved was when Lexi would get all sassy and try to play fight with D-O-G.

She was great when traveling in the cat. She laid on my lap the whole way from Florida to Connecticut, Occasionally sit up and look out the window . The boys would be freaking out.

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She loved sitting or laying in the grass when we would bring them outside (supervised) especially when the sun was shining bright.

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Here is a funny photo Shawn took.
It was February ,the sun didn’t make an appearance in awhile. When it did we all took a spot, myself included. Shawn just thought I was sleeping but I was just soaking up the sun and warmth!

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When she started getting sick I was really worried but then she started to get better only to get worse.
I remember googling her symptoms which made it worse .

I didn’t know it but when I had Shawn call the vet they told him it sounded like liver failure and they would put her to sleep. She died the day she was going to the vet.

She was getting weak doing anything. Walking to get food , water or bathroom she would plop down like she walked so far.
She still jumped on the bed though which was hard for her to do healthy , do I had hope she was doing ok.
Day by day she got weaker, one night I put her on me because I was really scared of how sick she was getting . It was her favorite spot right by my side , halfway on my stomach . She looked happy. I woke up all wet , she peed . That isn’t like her at all. She peed herself a few more times during her last week. I ended up putting her on a garbage bag with a soft towel on top.
The whole week I stayed up or woke up often to make sure she was ok.
When she stopped eating like she normally does it made me sad. While feeding her shredded chicken ” Lexi please eat you love chicken and love to eat!”
The night before she died I didn’t remember he eating or drinking . I was freaking out. I went to Walmart to see if they had cat milk . Nothing . So I got a few of her favorite wet foods. She wouldn’t even eat it . Lexi looked at the food like it was garbage .I tried to think of a way to get her to eat. I needed a syringe. Shawn went to get one. We mixed the wet food and some water. I had to force feed her. I didn’t like that part at all. She was having problems swallowing or not wanting to swallow it but still did. She didn’t even lick her lips.

Saturday she seemed weak. She stopped walking. It was heartbreaking to see her try to walk and her back legs give out.
Then she couldn’t even stand . She would lift her head try to stand to walk and just throw her head down in defeat. It was like she was trapped in her body.

I think D-O-G knew . He stayed by her and slept next to her.
At one point Gizmo joined.

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Sunday morning she was really trying to move. In the mornings she would head to the window to lay in the sun. So I brought her over there. It was 8am . I didn’t have much sleep so headed to bed for a nap. I fell asleep looking at her making sure she was ok.
All of a sudden I hear a noise , not even awake and aware I leap out of bed towards Lexi. I see Shawn , he was starting to cry.
He said he was just petting her she let out a meow and a deep breath… her last breath. I started to cry. I took her from his arms .. Lexi ! Lexi! Please wake up . I was rubbing the side of her body hoping it would stimulate her and come back to life.
D-O-G and Gizmo also came over and smelled her.
Shawn went to find a box. I wished she would start moving.
I just cried and cried. I went through a half of a huge box of tissues .
The first few days were bad. Just had a big empty feeling . Crying on and off.
I will miss her cuddles . She was the one I would cuddle with when I was stressed or sad . So not having her in a situation where I would go to her for comfort, was hard.

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I’m not crying as much but I still am.
Little things like filling the water makes me sad. When the bowl was empty she would let me know by meowing repeatedly , waddling behind me to make sure I am filling it.

Looking in her spots and she’s not there.

Remember funny things she did.

Both of the boys seem sad too.
Here is Gizmo and me

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Gizmo and D-O-G have been laying together and in close range of me.
For the first few days they seemed sad.
Gizmo would check her spot behind the curtain by the window and her chair and seemed confused why she isn’t there.

It’s just so weird not having her. Almost like she’s just gone for a bit and will be back. I’m just glad she was in my life for 12 years . She is really missed . She was a great cat/ furry baby .

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Zucchini pasta with cannellini ‘meatballs’

I wasn’t sure what I wanted for dinner so I went to Pinterest .

I was thinking of making zucchini boats , maybe a turkey burger, Sothwest bowl. Nothing caught my attention. I was thinking of making zucchini pasta and turkey meatballs but decided I wanted to have a meatless meal.
I put in vegetarian and right as I was about to say forget it I came across
Cannellini bean vegetarian mealballs

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What you need::
2 zucchini for the pasta (I’m getting good use out of the spiralizer )

•1 1/2 cans of cannellini beans 15oz each
•1 red bell pepper (roasted)
•1/2 med yellow onion , diced small or grated
•2 cloves of garlic , minced
•1/4 c chopped italian parsley
•1 1/2 tsp dried oregano ( I used italian seasoning)
•1 egg
•1/2 c dried bread crumbs (I used Panko)
•Salt and pepper
• tomato sauce (I used Newmans Own tomato & basil)

First I roasted the red pepper
The red pepper gives the ‘meatballs’ a great flavor

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1: Preheat oven to 350, coat baking sheet with cooking spray / olive oil

2: Add beans, roasted red pepper , and onion to food processor or blender. Pulse until chopped and not smoothly puréed .

3: transfer to bowl and mix in garlic, bread crumbs, oregano, egg, parsley, salt & pepper until combined.

4: Form small meatballs and place on baking sheet evenly spaced.

5: Bake until firm to touch and are golden brown. About 20 minutes

6: While that is cooking use spiralizer to make zucchini pasta. Add to boiling water for about 5 minutes . You want a little bite to it .

7: In saucepan add tomato sauce until simmering. When ‘meatballs’ are done add to sauce and stir to coat them.

8: serve over your zucchini pasta . Feel free to sprinkle with Parmesan cheese

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