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Mrs V If you love Andes Mints then you will love this super easy recipe to m

  • 27.05.2018 23:47
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If you love Andes Mints then you will love this super easy recipe to make cookies or a cake. For the cookies you will use one box of Betty Crocker Devils Food cake mix, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 3 eggs and one package of Andes Mints. For the cake, you add water to the cake mix. We split the cake mix into three, nine inch cake pans and baked for 20 minutes. Placed 9 Mints on top of each cake, waited until they were almost melted and smeared the melted mint on top of the cake. We actually meant to make the cookies; however forgot we needed to leave out the water. Best chocolate Andes mint cake EVER! Most of you know I’m one that loves to make cakes from scratch but when friends are over and the kids want to have a pretend cooking show followed by making dessert at 8:30pm. You say, “sure, why not!” Making memories. ❤️ http://madieskitchen.com/2012/01/andes-mint-cookies/ @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #andesmints @tootsieroll @bettycrocker #cookies #cake #chocolate #dessert #baking

Mrs V Happy National Wine Day! Enjoy the weekend. Be safe. And always rememb

  • 26.05.2018 06:19
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Happy National Wine Day! Enjoy the weekend. Be safe. And always remember to do something nice for others. Just because. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion. I said good morning to a stranger walking by me today and they looked so surprised. Wave at your neighbors. Just be kind. And drink more wine! @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #tempranillo #justinwine #justinwinery @justinwine #reserve #reservewine #bekind #nationalwineday #memorialdayweekend #wine #relax #goodmorning #🍷

Mrs V Vacation has begun. Much needed let me tell you. Most of today was spe

  • 25.05.2018 01:52
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Vacation has begun. Much needed let me tell you. Most of today was spent working, oil change, smog check, buying a new pillow and got in a work out. But hey! That’s life. Last night while James took the dog to the vet at 6:30PM, Nico was already asleep and Madie and I got to work on this exfoliant we are trying to perfect. Recently my facial gal mentioned I should really use an exfoliant 1-2 times per week. I researched it and found the cost and ingredients. Figured I would rather make it myself so I know what’s really in it plus cheaper to make it myself. I’m using fresh lemons from our backyard, lemon zest, grape-seed oil, brown sugar, organic cane sugar, and lavender oil by doTerra. My skin has never felt so soft! I’ve been using it a few weeks now and see a huge difference. Lighter sun spots and my skin is glowing. In the shower wash off your makeup, rub in the exfoliant for about a minute, rinse and then wash with normal face wash. After shower use your toner, serum and moisturizer. I’m going to sell these 4 oz containers for $5.00 - covers the cost of ingredients and the container. I’m not doing this to make money. As we continue to age our skin is so important. Also fun time in the kitchen for me with Madie. The acid from the lemon juice helps even out your skin tone, gets rid of sun spots and softens dry skin. Then the brown sugar granules exfoliates the dead skin that sits on the top layer. Enjoy the holiday weekend! Be safe. @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #exfoliant #exfoliantscrub #facialscrub #lemons @doterra #brownsugar #sunspots #lavender #lemonzest

Mrs V Happy Saturday! I have a work event tonight. Epicurean event out at Wa

  • 19.05.2018 22:54
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Happy Saturday! I have a work event tonight. Epicurean event out at Warner Bros that I’ve attended and worked for 17 years. While the kids are napping, I’m packing up the car, getting myself ready, but figured I would post this recipe first. I always say you should freeze at least a dozen cookies worth of cookie dough so you have a backup if you realize it’s someone’s birthday last minute or you just want a warm cookie. Wrap the dough in Saran Wrap and place in a Ziploc bag. Label with the date. Some recommend only freezing for 6 weeks and some say even between 6-12 months. Defrost for in the fridge or lay on counter for 20 minutes. These are by far the best chocolate chip cookies! Top-ranked recipe named “Butter Flavored Crisco Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie” Ready in 30 minutes Original recipe makes 36 Servings Yields: 3 dozen 3-inch cookies Ingredients: 3/4 cup Butter flavored Crisco 1 1/4 cups Brown Sugar 2 tablespoons Milk 1 tablespoon Vanilla 1 Egg 1 3/4 cups All-purpose flour 1 teaspoon Salt 3/4 teaspoon Baking soda 1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used 1 cup + 1/4 cup Nestle Toll House Semi-sweet morsels) 1 cup Pecan pieces (I used 1 TBSP of chopped up pecan pieces) Preparation: Heat oven to 375. Cream butter flavor Crisco, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Blend until creamy. Blend in egg. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture, gradually. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop about 2 measuring tablespoons of dough 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. I like to roll mine in perfect balls. Bake at 375 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies (they will look light and moist) or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Immediately remove from cookie sheets and place on cooling racks, by using a spatula. They will continue to cook if you leave them on the hot pan. Note: if nuts are omitted, use 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #chocolatechipcookies @jm_smuckers #cookiedough @ziploc

Mrs V Long day on the road. This was calling my name. I try not to drink dur

  • 17.05.2018 04:54
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Long day on the road. This was calling my name. I try not to drink during the week but sometimes you just have to let your hair down. This is one of my favorite finds lately. A buddy of mine introduced me to it. Found this 4 pack at Vons. Born inside our nano brewery in Boston, Samuel Adams New England IPA is a medium-bodied, hazy brew featuring a big punch of citrus juiciness. The slight sweetness is perfectly balanced by the pineapple and grapefruit hop character, without being overly bitter. Clocking in at 6.8% ABV and a low 35 IBUs, the unfiltered IPA provides a burst of fruited hop aroma and leaves drinkers wanting another sip. http://www.samueladams.com/craft-beers/new-england-ipa @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #ipa #samueladams @samueladamsbeer #hazyipa #hazyandjuicy #beer #oneofthosedays #icecold #frozenmug @vons

Mrs V I hope Everyone had a lovely weekend. This recipe reminds me of the N

  • 15.05.2018 06:30
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I hope Everyone had a lovely weekend. This recipe reminds me of the Northwood’s Inn red cabbage salad! I could eat all of it in one sitting. And that’s prior to letting it set overnight. I found this on Allrecipes and instead of 2/3 red wine vinegar I used 1/3 cup. Perfect as a side dish or pot luck. Ingredients: 1/2 cup canola oil (vegetable oil) 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon white sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1 head red cabbage, cored and shredded Directions: In a bowl, mix the canola oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, seasoned salt, pepper, and onion powder. Place the cabbage in a large glass bowl. Pour dressing over cabbage, and toss to coat. Cover, and refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight, stirring occasionally. Drain before serving. Per Serving: 225 calories; 18.9 g fat;14.6 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 578 mg sodium. 6 servings per recipe. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/83727/red-cabbage-salad-ii/ @madieskitchen #madieskitchen @northwoodsinn #badash6weekchallenge #salad #potluck #redcabbage #redwinevinegar #quick #yum

Mrs V Being a mom can be the best and it can be the worst. For some of us to

Big Bear Lake, California

  • 14.05.2018 05:50
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Being a mom can be the best and it can be the worst. For some of us today is just another day. There’s no gifts. We wake up, make breakfast, change diapers, make food...just doing what we do. Over the weekend I just wanted to get some fresh mountain air, a good hike, naps, book reading, watching the kids sleep, plus enjoy some delicious food and wine. And that’s exactly what I did! That’s all I needed. Even if there were multiple melt downs, it’s never going to be perfect. I’m just thankful to be a mom. I’m thankful I can call my mom any time I want. This afternoon James took Nico to the hardware store and Madie helped me make dinner. She wanted to take a picture, so we did. I pretended to take a picture and instead made this video. It really captures her personality. Nico turned 1.5 years old last week. He got his first haircut on the 5th. And a few days ago started saying Madie. It’s adorable. He’s also teething a lot which is never fun for anyone. The photo in the left bottom corner is from “Fun sock Friday” at my favorite gym. I’ve finally started to find my rhythm between family, work and making a slice of space for “me.” Truly blessed. Just wanted to personally wish all the moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day! ❤️ @madieskitchen @nancybustle #madieskitchen #happymothersday #mom #hike #bigbear #badash6weekchallenge @aimeedeedarling #onedayatatime @badashlifts

Mrs V Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you to all the amazing teachers out

  • 10.05.2018 16:03
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Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you to all the amazing teachers out there! ❤️ Please share your gifting ideas and some of your favorite things you’ve received. Helps give the parents out there advice. We went with reusable Tupperware that the teachers can bring snacks or sandwiches in after they’ve enjoyed homemade lemon bars. Good read: If you’ve ever heard “grown-ups” talking about their work being unfulfilling or boring or lacking purpose, you will never experience that if you become a teacher! Each and every day, you will help more than you hurt, and you will make young lives better. When your head hits the pillow at night, you will rest assured that you have made the world a better place, heart to heart, human to human. Is it risky? Is it hard? Of course. It’s caring for young people. But it is one of the most invigorating and fulfilling things one can do with one’s life. And, to be clear, it is a life, a calling, not a job. Full article: https://www.collegexpress.com/interests/education/articles/what-life-teacher/what-being-teacher-really/ @madieskitchen #madieskitchen @target #lemonbars #teacherappreciationweek #gifts #homemade #teachers #madewithlove

Mrs V Time for a healthy posting! I don’t know about some of you, but I h

  • 09.05.2018 05:11
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Time for a healthy posting! I don’t know about some of you, but I honestly needed a change. For the last 4+ years I’ve either been pregnant, nursing/pumping, pregnant or nursing every single year. Now that there won’t be any new bundles of joy coming our way, it is finally time to focus on me. I’m always the last one to eat in our household. I’ve realized I need to really start looking at meals for myself and getting back to prepping ahead of time or I won’t eat enough. On weekends and while kids are asleep I have to get it done. Easier to just heat it up. Since I don’t eat meat I’ve been looking for protein options besides fish. Here’s a healthy take on a veggie burger salad. No bun. Put a handful of cold spinach in a bowl. In a pan I sprayed cooking spray and on medium heat cooked the patty for 4 minutes per side then cooked the egg over easy, pinch or salt pepper, along with grilling the avocado a bit. Layer the burger on top of the spinach, then the slices of avocado, egg and drizzle the amazing Gringo Bandito or your favorite dressing. Can I say YUM? Use real beer or chicken as a substitute for the veggie patty if you wish. Of course the food is only half it. We need to find the time to incorporate good workouts. The gym, hikes, boot camps, hot yoga, Crossfit, dirt biking...Whatever it might be. Find what makes you motivated and do it. And don’t forget about hydration as well as sleep! I’ve stopped getting on my phone and email after 8/9pm. Depending if I’m traveling for work. It would stimulate me so much that I wouldn’t sleep. Shut it down! My phone is on do not disturb from 9pm - 6am. @madieskitchen @sprouts @gringobandito #veggieburger #badash6weekchallenge #avocado #spinach #overeasy #livegiveride #eatgoodfeelgood

Mrs V Hope everyone had a nice fun weekend. We had a busy yet fun weekend.

  • 07.05.2018 06:55
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Hope everyone had a nice fun weekend. We had a busy yet fun weekend. Nico got his first haircut and he didn’t cry once. We made 4 dozen empanadas and got in some quality time with friends and family. I lost my voice. The second time this year. No clue why. Perhaps allergies. Kids are down. Time to clean up and fold a little laundry. This mama is exhausted! Have a lovely week. For the empanadas, it’s a family friends recipe and I promised not to share with anyone. I can say I’ve done homemade dough and it is best but when you don’t have much time, you can try the simple Goya frozen pre-cut turnover pastry dough (Tapas Hojaldradas - Dough for Turnover Pastries). I buy them at Superior. The baby blue label is best. Fluffy, buttery, and tastes the closest to homemade dough. https://www.goya.com/en/products/frozen-ingredients/discos @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #empanadas @goyabrand @superiorgrocers #family #weekend #beef #pastry #cincodemayo

Mrs V Happy Cinco de Mayo! Madie and I got an early 2.5 mile in. Had a goal

  • 05.05.2018 21:46
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Madie and I got an early 2.5 mile in. Had a goal to take some pizzelles to our old neighbors until Madie realized there were pizzelles in the stroller. She says, “mommy I need a snack.” I told her we can have a snack when we get home. She says, “well I’m hungry; don’t you have pizzelles?” Tried my best to make her wait but she really wanted one. She also announces she has to go potty and we are at least a mile from home. Thank goodness for tons of trees and grass along our run. There’s always biscotti’s or pizzelles at our home. I gave some to our neighbor across the street and they liked them so much they bought a pizzelle griddle off Amazon. Super easy and fun meditation! This afternoon we are making empanadas and tomorrow I may attempt homemade wheat bread. Have a great weekend! ❤️ http://madieskitchen.com/2012/04/italian-pizzelles/ @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #pizzelles #italian #bakedgoods #griddle #littleredridinghood #yummy #anise @cucinapro

Mrs V My home away from home. Friday = fun sock day! Losing weight and feeli

  • 05.05.2018 08:45
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My home away from home. Friday = fun sock day! Losing weight and feeling great. @madieskitchen @badashlifts #badash6weekchallenge #socks #fun #workhardplayhard #gobigorgohome #chickens @nutrishopupland @uniconutrition #friyay

Mrs V Hello from windy Barstow! Camping with our friends. Kids are napping,

  • 28.04.2018 20:42
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Hello from windy Barstow! Camping with our friends. Kids are napping, husband doing the Toys for Tots Poker Run. If I’m lucky I will get some riding in as well today. I got a little in yesterday. Hit a good number of whoops to get a quad workout. With that said, I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a few weeks now. My mother in law has been going through old recipe books and pulling out what she wants to keep. This recipe she pulled out and handed to me, saying she’d love it if I could make it sometime. Of course I’m always up for the challenge. I read “Prune Cake” didn’t know what to think. I’m sure some of you are reading this thinking what I was thinking. Will this actually be good? The answer is yes. The answer is actually 100% YES!!! It’s seriously one of the best cakes I’ve ever tried. I also researched it and found a similar recipe. I used 1/3 chopped cashews, vegetable oil and Karo syrup. The other calls for corn syrup, no nuts and canola oil. I love Ree Drummond’s little note “Now throw in the mashed prunes. And if your honey walks in as you're completing this step, shield the bowl with your body and stir quickly. What he doesn't know won't hurt him...” Please take the time to make this cake. You won’t regret it. We delivered slices to all the neighbors. One neighbor asked if they could have more. The kids also thought it was quite amazing. Have a wonderful weekend y’all. ❤️ https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/inys-prune-cake-with-buttermilk-icing-recipe-2048993 @madieskitchen @slashxranch @foodnetwork @reedrummond #prunecake #cake #camping #friends #madieskitchen #homemade #madewithlove #pokerrun #livegiveride #sleepingbeauty #barstow

Mrs V When you are going camping for the next few days...I had a big busine

  • 27.04.2018 06:52
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When you are going camping for the next few days... I had a big business meeting in BH today. Good couple hour commute there and a few hour commute home. Kids are down so I’m packing and prepping. I know I won’t eat the best this weekend but I can eat some healthier dishes and so can the kids. @madieskitchen #cauliflowerrice #tofu #protein @badashlifts #badash6weekchallenge @slashxranch #pokerrun #dirtbike #camping

Mrs V Howdy! Happy Wednesday. Since I don’t eat meat (only fish), I’m a

  • 26.04.2018 05:50
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Howdy! Happy Wednesday. Since I don’t eat meat (only fish), I’m always looking for things to eat with more protein. Sometimes I don’t always have the time to make everything feel scratch, so I was excited to find these vegetarian hi-protein veggie burgers at Trader Joe’s. Every Hi-Protein Veggie Burger is made with a pea protein blend (from yellow peas, blended with black beans), combined with brown rice flour, onions, and seasonings like garlic, sea salt, and black pepper. I enjoyed it on top of butter lettuce with avocado and it taste delicious! NUTRITION FACTS: Servings per container 2 | Serving size 1 burger (113g/4oz) | Amount per serving: Calories 260. Total Fat 13g (17% DV), Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 480mg (21% DV), Total Carbohydrate 12g (4% DV), Dietary Fiber 4g (14% DV), Total Sugars 0g—Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV), Protein 26g, Vitamin D 0mcg (0% DV), Calcium 40mg (4% DV), Iron 6.9mg (40% DV), Potassium 0mg (0% DV). @badashlifts #badash6weekchallenge @madieskitchen #madieskitchen @traderjoes #vegetarian #veggieburger #highprotein

Mrs V Mommy night! Hubby out of town. Picked the kids up from school and hea

Cable Airport

  • 21.04.2018 06:48
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Mommy night! Hubby out of town. Picked the kids up from school and headed straight to the airport. My happy place. And slowly making it the kids happy place. There’s just nothing like it. Park, watch, enjoy, repeat! Oh yeah...pajama day at school. Hope everyone has a good weekend. ❤️ @madieskitchen #madieskitchen @cableairport #momlife #upland #cableairport #kid #fun #love #watching #planes #planeslanding #dumdum #pajamaday #friday #itstheweekend #priceless

Mrs V I hope Everyone had a good weekend! We were busy. Had a very nice turn

  • 17.04.2018 07:12
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I hope Everyone had a good weekend! We were busy. Had a very nice turnout for Ride for Kids on Saturday. That afternoon my sister in law and I did a Goat Yoga class that was tons of fun. I’ve been wanting to post what I did for the adults on Easter. With so many kids now, we didn’t do the Adult Easter Hunt. But they did get a bottle and a scratcher. I also have this question on my mind. Can you go to sleep at night with dishes in the sink? Be honest. It’s 9pm in Cali. Do you have dishes in your sink now? Will you wash them before bed, do them in the morning or do them when you get around to it? Just a curiosity thing. http://madieskitchen.com/2014/04/easter-beer-wine-hunt/ @madieskitchen @lavieilleferme @calottery #easter #adult #lottery #scratchers #beer #wine #rose #drinkresponsibly

Mrs V Yesterday was extra special. The SoCal Dual Sport Ride for Kids event

  • 16.04.2018 00:03
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Yesterday was extra special. The SoCal Dual Sport Ride for Kids event yesterday raised over $45,000! Glad we went out and had our raffle in the morning. That afternoon my sister in law and I got to check Goat Yoga off our bucket list. An early Mother’s Day gift. Now we need to get some goats and check that off our bucket list. @madieskitchen @lismval @hotyogaclaremont @partygoatsla @kiethhuff @buddypercin @pbtf_events #pediatricbraintumorfoundation #charity #livegiveride #socal #goat #yoga #rideforkids @curethekids #madieskitchen ❤️