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Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Strawberry Country Cake

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Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
Prep: 30 min
Cook: 45 min
Yield: 2 (8-inch) cakes
Level: Intermediate

Ingredients
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
For the filling for each cake:
1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream, chilled
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter the bottom of two 8-inch cake pans. Then line them with parchment paper and butter and flour the lined pans.

Cream the butter and sugar on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. On medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, then the sou…

School Is Almost Out, But Life Is Still In Session

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It’s happening this week...Four kids from our group of close friends are being promoted from middle school to high school! Our group of kids met thirteen years ago, just as they were starting to eat solid food! A friend of ours organized play dates each week so our young kids could play, but also to give the parents a social outlet. Our playgroup broke up a few years after it began, but a few of us continued our own group and have supported each other through life’s happenings ever since.
Together, our group of now, four families, is about to experience the biggest phase yet! The kids worked hard and dedicated themselves to their schoolwork and learned social skills and lessons through everyday interactions with their peers. In what seems like an overnight phase, we went from raising babies, to having the kids now entering their most formative years.
I’ve seen some amazing videos of commencement speeches in the past few weeks and hoped to put together a list of videos to show my dau…

The Best Teas for Teatoxing That Won’t Cost a Fortune

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Article courtesy of doctoroz.com
Get the benefits of tea without buying into costly teatoxing products.

Teatoxing is a popular weight-loss cleanse that’s fueled by expensive, prepackaged products but the good news is that you can get the same benefits when you drink different types of tea on a regular basis. Naturopath Dr. Pina LoGiudice and integrative nutritionist Lynayn Mielke shared their top tea picks that can help with a variety of health concerns.

Beat Bloat
A popular ingredient in prepackaged teatoxes, milk thistle tea can promote healthy liver, gallbladder, and kidney function and as a result, lead to healthier digestion. Drink a cup of milk thistle tea up to three times a day.

Detoxify
Dandelion root and dandelion leaf tea can help clear skin and promote healthy liver and blood pressure function. Because this tea is bitter, you can add freshly squeezed lemon juice, stevia, or mix it with green tea to make it more palatable. Have a cup of dandelion root tea or dandelion leaf tea up…

Life is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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A Critic’s Choice

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There’s no shortage of people in my life that are extreme critics of all the happenings going on with other people’s lives and mine. In my opinion, I think they believe a way to help us change our behavior or patterns they disapprove of, is to shame us or criticize us into submission. The sad truth is that my inner critic sometimes agrees with those outside forces. Being criticized is almost a safe place for me, and as much as it hurts to be shamed or criticized, it’s a well-known feeling that I’ve lived with all of my life. Most of us have lived with criticism since we can remember, from our parents and family members, to teachers and influential people in our lives. However, chances are that they too lived with their parents’ criticism – I bet the generational chain goes back as far as we can count. It’s a common tool used to get us to engage in behavior change, but instead, it shames us into believing we’re not good enough no matter what we do.

I’ve met so many people that use criti…

The 28-Day Shrink Your Stomach Challenge Avocado Smoothie

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Recipe courtesy of doctoroz.com
This sweet, rich, and filling smoothie will shed those extra inches off your waist. Full of monounsaturated fatty acids (good fats), this avocado-based smoothie also helps banish the bloat.

The 28-Day Shrink Your Stomach Challenge was designed as a rapid weight loss program to get those extra inches off your waist before the summertime. The success of the plan lies in cutting out foods that make you bloat. Eating half of an avocado every morning is a great way to up your intake of MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids, a.k.a. good fats) to banish bloat throughout the day.

Yield: 1 serving
Calories: 391

Ingredients
1/2 avocado
2 tbsp cacao powder
1/2 medium cold banana
1/4 cup plain coconut milk

Directions
1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

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Chunky Egg Salad

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total Time: 28 min
Prep: 8 min
Cook: 20 min
Yield: about 4 cups (8 1/2-cup servings)

Ingredients
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
12 large eggs
1 stalk celery (with leaves), chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Serving suggestions: 8 slices country-style sourdough bread, sliced tomatoes, or salad greens

Directions
In a small bowl, soak the onions in cold water, for 15 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, with a tight-fitting lid, place the eggs and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover the eggs, remove from the heat, and set aside for 8 minutes. Drain the water from the pan and cool the eggs in the pan under cold running water. Peel the eggs and cut into sixths.

In a large bowl, mix together the onion, celery, mayonnaise, dill, mustard, lemon juice, an…

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

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Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence
Total Time: 4 hr
Prep: 25 min
Inactive: 3 hr
Cook: 35 min
Yield: 10 bars
Level: Easy

Ingredients
For the base:
Butter, for greasing
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
9 graham crackers
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs
2 lemons, zested and juiced
About 1/2 cup sugar, eyeball it
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions
For the filling:Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

For the base:Grease the bottom of a 9 by 9-inch baking pan with butter. Then place parchment paper over the top, pressing down at the corners. In a food processor, process the sugar, cinnamon and graham crackers until you have the texture of bread crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse a couple of times to fully incorporate. Pour into the lined baking pan and gently pat down with the base of a glass. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes until golden. When done set aside to cool.

For the filling:Add cream cheese, eg…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Snow Pea-Radish Slaw

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total Time: 15 min
Prep: 15 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

Directions
Thinly slice 1 red onion and 1 bunch radishes. Soak in ice water, 5 minutes; drain and pat dry. Whisk 4 teaspoons rice vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon each dijon mustard and sugar in a bowl. Whisk in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil. Add 8 ounces thinly sliced snow peas, the onion and radishes. Season with salt.

Photograph by Antonis Achilleos

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The Lovely Benefits of Taking Mother’s Day Back

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The Compassion Collective is a non-profit organization that describes their efforts to take back Mother’s Day in their website as, “In May 2016, The Compassion Collective came together to honor the original spirit of Mother’s Day, uniting our communities in care for motherless children in the United States and abroad.

Mother’s Day was not created by Hallmark, but by a revolutionary warrior for peace. Julia Ward Howe — abolitionist, activist and poet — was the founder of the original Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Tired of war, tired of tribalism being valued above the lives of the vulnerable, her pain became her mission. She called out for revolution and she called this revolution: Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day IS about Love. But it’s not about commercial, comfortable love that snuggles up and stays home—it’s about love that throws open the door and marches out of our homes, beyond our fences and neighborhoods and into the hurting world to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort…

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives

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Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Total Time: 55 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive: 5 min
Cook: 40 min
Yield: 6 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Quinoa Salad: 4 cups salted water or vegetable stock
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2 cups quinoa
16 spears asparagus, trimmed
Olive oil, for brushing
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup pitted nicoise olives
4 ounces aged goat cheese, shaved
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves

Directions
For the vinaigrette: Combine the vinegar, honey and mustard in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil and blend until emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste and pulse a few times to incorporate.

For the quinoa salad: Bring the salted water or vegetable stock to a boil and add the thyme. Stir in the quinoa, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and …

Chris Powell's Coffee Shake

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Recipe courtesy of doctoroz.com 
Yield: 1 serving
Calories: 225

If you overate yesterday, reset your system over the next three days with Chris Powell's 3-Day Flush Plan. Fuse together your breakfast with your morning cup of coffee for this delicious shake recipe. The protein powder in this shake will help you stay full throughout the morning.

Ingredients
1 cups black coffee
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp coconut oil

Directions
1. Pulse ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve over ice.

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Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Mint Julep Granita

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
A granita is essentially a fluffy, fancy snow cone. This is an adult-friendly, super refreshing version inspired by a cocktail.

Total Time: 11 hr
Prep: 10 min
Inactive: 10 hr 45 min
Cook: 5 min
Yield: 6 to 7 (1-cup) servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup bourbon

Directions
Special equipment: a 3-quart (9-by-13-inch) glass or metal baking pan
Put 6 or 7 glasses in the refrigerator to chill.

Cook 3 cups water, the mint and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a medium bowl, pressing on the mint with the back of a spoon to extract all the juices. Let cool completely, or chill over an ice bath.

Stir in the bourbon, and pour into a 3-quart (9-by-13-inch) glass or metal baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap, and freeze overnight.

Scrape the surface of the ice with a fork in long,…

Mom’s Changing Roles As Children Grow Up!

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As Mother’s Day approaches, anxiety starts to creep up for some people I know and for me because we have less than amicable relationships with our moms. Creating and keeping healthy relationships with women is the toughest task I’ve ever taken on, and it’s especially harder with our mother’s and mother-n-laws. There’s always contention about living a separate life, power struggles, jealousy, and old wounds that have never healed. I recently chatted with a friend about the difficulty we have establishing ourselves as individuals, especially when our mother’s (or in-law’s) still want to have control of decisions in our lives. The more they try to gain control of their adult kids’ lives, the more we rebel, which leads to them punishing us for our rebellion. This process hurts each of us to our core -- they inflict new wounds and reopen old ones.

This topic came up last week because of my friend’s mom “punishing” her for not wanting to take a mini-vacation with her. The mother cut off all …

Raspberry Tiramisu

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Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
Total Time: 3 hr 20 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive: 3 hr
Yield: 8 to 12 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
1 cup seedless raspberry jam
6 tablespoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
1 pound mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
28 soft ladyfingers or 2 (12-ounce) pound cakes, cut into 3 by 1 by 1 1/2-inch pieces
3 (1/2 dry pint) baskets fresh raspberries (about 3 3/4 cups total)
Confectioners' sugar for serving

Directions
Stir the jam and 4 tablespoons of the orange liqueur in a small bowl to blend.
Combine the mascarpone and remaining 2 tablespoons of orange liqueur in a large bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream, sugar, and vanilla in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Using a large rubber spatula, stir 1/4 of the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture to lighten. Fold the remaining whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture.

Line the bottom of …

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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