Detox Crockpot Cabbage Soup

Hi guys! I am back from a week long vacation in Sea Isle City, NJ… and let me just tell you… all I did was eat, drink, and spend a lot of time just sitting on my butt with my family. It is always so nice to sit and relax, snack all day, with a nice, cold drink in your hand… but coming back from all that is very tough. Not only was I a few pounds over my normal weight but I also came back with a nasty summer cold! I can’t complain though… because our vacations are the best and only happens once a year where everyone is together.

So let me get into it…our week started off getting back on track and having a little bit of a detox day! Nothing better than fighting a cold off and at the same time cleaning out my body! Check out my Detox Crockpot Cabbage Soup below….

Final bowl of soup!
  • 1 package of baby carrots (you can cut these or keep whole)
  • 1 package of frozen green beans
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 2 onions
  • 1 head of Cabbage
  • 1 can of red kidney beans (I used 2 because my family loves beans)
  • 1 28oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 3-4 pinches of salt & peper (fit to your own tastings)

So because this is an easy crockpot recipe, I will just write in the paragraph what to do – add all of the chopped vegetables… carrots, celery, green beans, and onions.

Veggies!

After this, rinse and drain the kidney beans in a seperate bowl and then add them to the crockpot with the chopped up cabbage.

Cabbage and Beans

Next, add in the can of crushed tomatoes, beef broth, and the water. Then add spices and mix it up. I cooked this on high for 5 hours – basically until the carrots were tender and then just kept it on warm so it wasn’t cold before we ate it.

And that is all you have to do! It is quite a simple but HEALTHY type of dinner that will (not kidding) clean out all the toxins and also, help with a nasty summer cold! This is also amazing as leftovers for the week or even if you want to freeze this for a later date, it is a good freezer type of meal too. Since I will be doing a lot of traveling coming up…the soon to be husband always loves having freezer meals already prepared for him when I am gone.

Other things to add to soup: you could throw this over noodles of your choice, you could add some hot sauce to make it a little spicier, you could try it with vegetable stock instead of beef, you could try it without the water for a thicker type of “chili” soup… and lastly, you could try and add some Worcestershire Sauce.

If you guys have any other type of meals, snacks, smoothies, juices, etc. that you make to help detox, let me know! I am always looking for a good clean out to make sure my body is keeping those toxins away!

Easy Monday Dinner

Hi guys! Coming at you with an easy quick Monday dinner that we just had.. so I am currently very full but also very excited to share this easy meal with you! Tonight, we had a lot of wedding planning, financials, and all that jazz to go over so it was so nice to have a YUMMY meal that didn’t take all day to cook. I made some TBLTs (Turkey Bacon Lettuce & Tomato) with some homemade Mac N Cheese with stewed Tomatoes! MMMM!

Not the best picture, but this is what the meal looked like.

So I will first start with the stewed tomatoes because this was the easiest.. I normally make these homemade but today I went with the canned stewed tomatoes and spiced it up (just a tad). I warmed the tomatoes on the oven and then once bubbling hot – I threw in a tablespoon of flour to get a thicker consistency. After that, I then added a teaspoon of sugar just to get a sweeter taste… this was by far the easiest part of the whole dish (because I used a can…) But ok… next with my homemade Mac N Cheese recipe! I love experimenting with different cheeses so I never have the same outcome everytime. So here we go with this easy recipe…

  • 1 box of elbow macaroni pasta
  • 2 cups of Milk (I used whole)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 block (OR MORE) of cheddar cheese – Today, I used a block of sharp Cheddar and a half block of Pepper Jack with a handful of shredded Mozzerella
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cook pasta according to directions on the box
  3. Heat Milk in microwave for a minute or so – it needs to be warm!
  4. Melt butter over the oven. Once melted slowly put flour into the melted butter (WHISKING) so it creates a RUE.
  5. Once the rue is a smooth consistency, then slowly pour in your warm milk continuing to whisk it while pouring.
  6. After that is starting to look fully mixed, add in all your cheese and allow it to melt while whisking.
  7. Once pasta is cooked, dump into a 9×13 greased pan (I used non-stick spray)
  8. Then once all the cheese is melted – pour it over the pasta in the pan and then mix so all noodles are evenly covered.
  9. Then add salt & peper to taste to the top
  10. Then bake in over for 20 miutes!
I added a cheese blend to the top as well! Sometimes you can add bread crumbs, crackers, bacon, etc!

After this cooked for 20 minutes, then I started my Turkey Bacon in the oven. I just lined a cookie sheet with tin foil then placed Bacon on top. I put the oven on broil and moved the rack to the top so the Bacon was closer for a nice CRUNCHY piece of Bacon. It really depends on your oven for how long you cook Bacon. Mine took about 8 minutes for it to turn crispy from the broil cooking method. I would recommend keeping the oven light on so you can keep an eye on it because cooking it this way could turn to pieecs of burnt Bacon quick!

I then just cut up some tomatoes and letuce to complete off my TBLT sandwiches… I used a beef tomato and some Romaine lettuce!

YUM

So that is all we had tonight for dinner. We ate in about ten minutes and my soon to be husband had two plates which always makes me feel good! I never know what to make on nights we have a lot to get done and feel bad not making dinner for him! Any other quick and easy dinner recipes you can send my way so I don’t always have to rely on a good old BLT?!

Thanks guys! Looking forward to sharing more recipes with you this week since I am going to be trying out some new things in our new kitchen

Homemade Guac

FIESTA FRIDAY is finally here! Nothing better than ending the LONG work week with some homemade Guac, some tortillas, and a nice Margarita!

Let me just tell you this… my Guac is different every time I make it. So I will just tell you guys what I did this time around…

2-3 ripe Avocados 🥑

Half of a White Onion

1 Jalapeño – I like the seeds in it and all 🌶

Handful of Grape Tomatoes 🍅

Teaspoon of minced Garlic

One FULL juice of a Lime

A pinch of Salt and Pepper

So to be truthfully honest, I just threw this all into a bowl and smushed it together…nothing pretty. I like my Guac a little more chunky too as you can tell above with almost whole tomatoes in the mix.

In our household, we (more so me) can eat Guacamole everyday or even a dip with a nice crunchy chip. If I go out to a restaurant, you better bet I am getting extra Guac on the side (even if its an extra $4.00). Anyways, we love experiencing different types of Guacamole. Sometimes we throw some Pineapple, Mango, goat cheese or even herbs like Basil and Cilantro in it to spice it up!

Let me know how you enjoy your Guacamole, what you eat it with, or even another dip I should try!

Trip to Saint Augustine

Our first visit to Saint Augustine

Our first trip to Saint Augustine was amazing! I would highly recommend to include this little city in your plans if you ever need a place to stop on a trip to Florida. Saint Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied city in the United States! When I say this town is amazing, I truly mean it; from the bright colored homes/buildings, the small shops, the beaches, the history, everything. I told my soon to be husband this would be a town I would love to retire in! (SO LONG AWAY) The picture above is Flagler college which is BEAUTIFUL.. I wish I went here for college after getting the chance to walk around and learn about the campus.

There are so many shops, old restaurants, places to go sight seeing, and much more here. I would highly recommend going to a beach bar for a bigger lunch/dinner instead of planning a meal in the town… whether it is The Conch House (view below) with a little bar on the water or Beaches that the whole outdoors is entirely on the intercoastal. I think this is a good ending spot to a long spent day in this amazing town.

The Conch House – sitting in the tiki huts for lunch.

I took my soon to be husband to Saint Augustine for a birthday exploration surprise (he is very into exploring new areas…). We got the chance to walk down Saint George Street which is a cobble stone pathway filled with people walking up and down, jumping into restaurants and little stores. One cool bar to go to is called Prohibition Kitchen; it has an amazing (HUGE) soft pretzel with beer cheese and some pretty cool drinks with live music daily. Another pretty cool place to go is called Sangrias, where they make their Sangria in front of you! I, of course, wanted to try something small at every little store which made our time walking this street a lot longer than we planned… but this is the reason we didn’t have a sit down meal because I was a little full from snacking all day!

Saint George Street – popping in for a Lime Mojito popsicle from The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops.

Another place that we got to explore was the Castillo de San Marcos (picture below) – which is a fortress in Saint Augustine. The fort was not only so historic to even be near but it had amazing views of the city and the views of the water were just steps away. When we took the tour inside of the fort, it was $15 per person… it could of changed but I would highly recommend including this little stop before heading out since it is filled with rooms of historic information to read up on… and because it is a cool place to say you got to explore!

Lastly, we just took a trip down to the ocean since we were so close to it… I know some might pass this portion since the town has so many things to go explore over the beach but I will say the ocean here is SO PRETTY. The sand was so white and if you looked closely, you could find little shark teeth along the shore line! The beach was not really that crowded.. but we did also visit here in April so not the Summer months yet for the tourists. The water was so blue with the sun shining bright! I would HIGHLY recommend this town.

Let me know some cool places you have explored before… give me some ideas for our next exploration adventure!

Banana Bread

Quick Easy Banana Bread
  • Three to Four ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar (I reduced it to about 3/4 cups)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt (I used Pink Himalayan Salt)

Alright – So this is what I did and it turned out AMAZING….

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with the racks set on the middle option! I used a 4×8 inch loaf pan and buttered it before I started preparing the mixture!

In a big mixing bowl, I melted the butter first and then I added the ripe, unpeeled (OBVIOUSLY) bananas. I smashed up the bananas in the butter with a wooden spoon. I added the sugar, baking soda, and flour into the mixture. Then in a small dish, I beat the egg and vanilla together before adding it to the big mixing bowl. I threw a pinch of salt in (more than a pinch)… then mixed all the ingredients together until it was a “lumpy” wet mixture.

I poured the mixture into the loaf pan and threw it into the oven for an hourish… (I added 5 minutes after an hour) To check to see if it was done: I put a knife into the center to make sure when I pulled it out, it came out clean! Once it was done, I allowed the bread to FULLY cool until I removed it from pan.

To do next time: I feel like we always have left over Bananas that turn soft way too quick! So next time I try this recipe… I might include some chocolate chips, nuts, or maybe even some cinnamon!

How we have been munching on it: Honestly, this is very good just plain! But if you want to spice it up a bit, we really like warming it up in the microwave then throwing a scoop of Vanilla ice cream in it. Or even throwing some butter over it – so unhealthy I know.. but a great way to utilize your left over soft bananas!

Let me know what you guys would add, substitute, or even ways you would eat your old soft bananas!

My First Blog Post

Hi guys!

My name is Danielle and I am just a twenty six year old trying to share my life with all of you! I moved states away this year with my soon to be husband who I have been dating for seven years! So not only did we pick up and move to a whole other state but we got engaged, bought a home, and learned how to live with each other all within less than ONE YEAR. STRESSFUL but very rewarding for our relationship!

I decided to just start a little page to share my experiences in life as a twenty-six year old who has done more in the past year than I have my whole life! Man, will I tell you some days are a struggle without family or friends… But one of the best things is learning the little things in life that I never realized my parents, family, and friends taught me… cooking, cleaning, bills, relatinships, experiences… I could go on forever.

So mainly this page is for me to share things I learn on my own, experiences I share with my soon to be husband starting a new life of our own out here, maybe some recipes I have tried that we do and sometimes don’t like… and a lot more.

Stay tuned for more!