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Fresh Pink Lemonade #Recipe


 It’s hot here on the east coast of the USA. One of my favorite ways to cool off in the summertime is to make a pitcher of fresh pink lemonade. The ingredient that puts the “pink” in this drink is cranberry juice. What are some of YOUR favorite chilled drinks for hot weather months? Leave a comment below.

Fresh Pink Lemonade

6 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
2/3 cup cranberry juice

Add all ingredients to a large glass pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over glasses of ice and garnish with lemon slices. Enjoy!

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6 Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat


The Northeast USA is enduring a heat wave with sweltering temperatures climbing above 100°. Here are 6 ways to stay cool in the summer heat.

1.     Block the sun. According to the Department of Energy, closing blinds and curtains can reduce the amount of heat that passes into your home by 45%.
2.     Give a squirt. Keep a spray bottle filled with water in the refrigerator. Whenever you feel overheated, give your exposed skin a thorough spritz. The chilled water is extremely cooling.
3.     Sip often and eat light. Staying hydrated in the heat is important because you lose body fluid as you perspire, so drink lots of water. And choose salads, which are easier to digest, over heavier meals, like steak, which leaves you feeling sluggish. Fruits and veggies contain more water and help keep you hydrated.
4.     Ice some rice. Fill a cotton sock with rice, tie the top of the sock in a secure knot, and place sock in the freezer. At bedtime, slip the sock of “iced rice” between your sheets and enjoy hours of cool comfort.
5.     Frigid feet. Your feet are very temperature sensitive. To cool your entire body, soak your feet in a bucket of ice water.
6.     Think cool. Relax and enjoy a book that takes place during cold weather. Beat the heat and save money at the same time by celebrating Christmas in July. I’ve marked down AN ALMOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS (regularly $3.99) and GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS LIST (regularly $2.99) to 99¢ each. These stories are sure to touch your heart and make you feel cool as a cucumber! 

How do YOU beat the sizzling summer heat? Please leave a comment below. 






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News Flash! #Route1Reads Features RECLAIM MY HEART - Thank you, @DELibraries

I am so honored to announce that Route1Reads.org is featuring my book, RECLAIM MY HEART, as part of their 2018 Reading List. This year's theme is "must-read romance" and my book is representing the state of Delaware. I am giddy with excitement!

I'd like to thank Patty Langley, Program Coordinator for the Delaware Center for the Book. She's from the Delaware Division of Libraries and she contacted me to let me know RECLAIM MY HEART is on the Route1Reads 2018 Reading List. She also said that copies of my book have been ordered and will be added to the Delaware Library Catalog. I am so pleased with this news! If you use the Delaware Library system, please check out my book. Happy Reading!



Cocoa Cake #Recipe for Dessert Lovers and #Foodies


My last blog post brought you a dozen or so snacks under 100 calories. Today, I present a decadent cocoa cake that is moist, delicious—and I’m sure—full of calories! Am I going to apologize? Absolutely not! Because that’s how I roll. :)

Moist Cocoa Cake with Peanut Butter Drizzle

For the cake:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1.      Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Lightly coat a 13” x 9” baking pan with cooking spray.
2.    Beat all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until combined. Do not over beat.
3.    Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Tap pan lightly on counter to remove any air bubbles.
4.    Bake 35-40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
5.     Cool before serving.

For the topping:

1/2 cup PB2
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoon honey

1.      Mix together the PB2, the water, and the honey until smooth.
2.    Drizzle over cake slices.

Note: PB2 is powered peanut butter, a great product that has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter. You can find it in your grocery store or purchase it on Amazon. If PB2 doesn’t interest you, simply measure out a half cup of your favorite peanut butter and thin it with 2 tablespoons honey.

I hope you enjoy this delicious cake!

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12 Snacks – 100 Calories or Less #HeathyEating #Wellness #LifeStyle


I attended a family gathering yesterday and I ate like a pig. So today, I’m trying to get back on track. Here’s a list of my go-to snacks when I’m focused on sticking to 1200-1400 calories per day:

1. 1 cup frozen seedless green grapes – 65 calories
         
2. 1/4 cup wasabi peas – 100 calories

3. 2 stalks celery (about 7” long) and 2 tablespoons hummus – 100 calories

4. 30 goldfish crackers – 100 calories

5. 2 tablespoons PB2 spread on 1/2 granny smith apple – 90 calories
          (PB2 is powdered peanut butter. Mix 2 tablespoons PB2 with 1 tablespoon water. Packed with flavor but very little fat.)

6. 2 Tablespoons PB2 spread on 2 stalks celery – 66 calories

7. 1/2 banana (sliced) dipped in 2 teaspoons dark chocolate chips (melted). Freeze! – 100 calories

8. 1/3 cup Greek Gods Vanilla Honey yogurt – 96 calories

9. 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon – 75 calories

10. Banana smoothie – blend 1/2 a banana, 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, and a handful of crushed ice – 100 calories

11. 2 pretzel rods dipped in 2 teaspoon yellow mustard – 77 calories

12. 1/2 cup steamed edamame (shelled) with a splash of soy sauce – 100 calories

And here’s one more for good measure:

13. 16 cherry tomatoes sliced in half, 1/8 cup crumbled feta cheese, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice – 95 calories

What are YOUR go-to snacks when you’re trying to get your diet and your weight back on track?

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