Homemade Red, White and Blue Ice Cream

I’m still down in Mexico, I return on the 21st, and I leave you with one last goodie to cool yourself off this summer. Enjoy!

Ice cream is by far my favorite treat. Especially when it has Reese’s cups in it. However, as I’ve cut back on sugar, the ice cream I can get when I’m out is now far too sweet (including the Reese’s). Therefore, I just make my own.

Homemade Red, White and Blue Ice Cream (Makes about 6 cups)

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This naturally sweetened ice cream will be quite refreshing on a hot summer’s day.

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cream
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • generous pinch of salt

1. Whisk the egg yolks with the vanilla for at least a minute.

2. Add the cream, coconut milk and regular milk and whisk to combine.

3. Make the ice cream per your ice cream maker directions.

4. While the ice cream is churning, add your berries with a little bit of coconut milk to a blender and puree.

5. When the ice cream is almost done, add your pureed berries. When the ice cream has reached desired consistency, remove from maker and enjoy!

Note: if you’d like to sweeten it, add your favorite sweetener to the eggs and whisk together.

Tuesday Trainer

I’m excited to announce that I finally got back on board with Tuesday Trainer this week! Before I left on Friday, I took a few minutes to film my move and upload it. Although I probably won’t be able to view the actual workout until I get back, I’m very excited about this week’s theme (and will probably need the workout after a week of feasting in Mexico :)).

To check out my move, head on over to Lindsay’s List and check out this week’s workout!

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Hungry Farmer Egg Muffins

While I’m off playing in Mexico, I thought you might be interested in seeing some new recipes I’ve created. Enjoy!

As you might know, I’m a farmer’s wife. That can mean a lot of different things to people, but the main thing it means to me is that I have a very hungry man to feed every day. Not only do I need to feed him, but I need to feed him well. He needs to get filled up in the morning so that he has enough energy to work until lunch. That means a bowl of cereal for breakfast isn’t going to cut it (especially since he could easily consume 5,000-6,000 calories a day and still never gain a pound!).

Since I’ve been eating more Swiss Paleo-ish, I’ve come across quite a few recipes for different versions of egg muffins that have tons of protein and fat, which is exactly what my honey needs to fuel his hard work. I decided to whip something up with the ingredients I had on hand and this is what I came up with.

I made these muffins a few weeks ago for the first time. Since then, I’ve made it another two times, changing the recipe a little each time. I don’t really like to measure things, so this is all sort of an estimation. It’s also a super adaptable recipe, so just throw in whatever you have!

Hungry Farmer Egg Muffins (Makes 12 muffins)

This nutrient- and calorie-dense breakfast is sure to fill you up and fuel whatever you have to tackle for the day.

  • 1/2 to 1 lb breakfast sausage, cooked
  • 8-10 eggs
  • 1/2-3/4 cup cream or milk
  • chopped spinach
  • salt and pepper
  • cheese
  • potatoes- optional
  • coconut oil

1. Grease your muffin pan if necessary.

2. If using the potatoes, grate them into thin strings and saute in coconut oil or butter. Season with salt and pepper and place in the muffin cups, filling only about 1/4 of the cup. Bake for about 5 minutes at 350. Feel free to grate a little cheese over top of them.

3. Whisk the eggs with the cream or milk. Add the chopped spinach and seasonings. Add grated cheese if desired (it can add different flavors depending on what type you use, which is nice to change it up a bit).

4. Once your egg mixture is all whisked together, add the cooled sausage and mix again.

5. Pour egg mixture into cups and bake at 350 until they puff up and are no longer jiggly.

6. Let cool, then transfer to a sealed container and store in the refrigerator.

7. To heat up, I recommend cutting each muffin into four pieces and then microwaving for 45-60 seconds.

Another variation: leave out the potatoes and use the cooked sausage with cheese on top as the “crust.” Then pour the egg mixture over top and bake.

What’s your favorite filling breakfast?

“Knee deep in the water somewhere…”

I absolutely love Zac Brown Band. My honey proposed after one of their concerts, and we played the song “Toes” as the last one at our wedding as a little send-off for our honeymoon in Mexico.

And now, one of their newer songs “Knee Deep” will serve as this year’s send-off song as we are headed to Mexico for the week!!!

That’s where my honey and I will spending the next week :)

Last year, our friends who got married came back from their honeymoon and said they bought a timeshare. They asked if we wanted to vacation with them next year somewhere, and of course we said yes! So technically, this trip has been a year in the making. We are so damn excited to go relax and not worry about anything for a little while (except if the tide is going to reach our chair…).

We are heading up to Baltimore tonight because we are flying out of BWI tomorrow morning. I haven’t started packing yet and am sort of dreading it. I’m only taking a carry-on, so we’ll see how I’m able to fit everything in there. I think my honey is going to have to give up some of his suitcase space for my shoes!

While I’m away, I’ve actually set up a few posts for the week (shocking, I know), so check back in on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday (maybe another day too if my brother gets me a new recipe in the next few hours!).

I’m hoping/praying/crossing my fingers that we will have wireless (for free) at the resort so I can stay connected on my phone and share some photos via Instagram (@eathealthybehappy). We’ll see.

I plan to take oodles of pictures while we’re there so look for a big recap post on the 22nd or 23rd. So far we’ve planned on touring some ruins, swimming in some underground rivers and just laying around the resort. It’s going to be pretty amazing, no matter what we end up doing though :)

Have a great week!!

Have you been to Mexico? What part?

3 years and still going strong

A few weeks ago, my honey and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. As cliche as it is to say it, where did the time go?

I feel like it was just yesterday we danced our first dance to the most beautiful song (which my honey picked as our song about a month into us dating :)).

Photo courtesy Jodi Miller Photography

Alas, it has indeed been three years filled with lots of wonderful memories.

One of our newest memories comes from our little vacation we took for our anniversary. We booked a two night stay at a local timeshare resort back in January through Bass Pro Shops.

The resort is located in Gordonsville, which is a very tiny town, but offered a lot surprisingly. On the way there, we made a few stops. First up was a New Holland dealership…because there is never a bad time to look at tractors.

Next up was a cute outdoor furniture place where we tried out almost every type of chair (and playground equipment!) that they had. We’re trying to decide on which gliders we want for our front porch…and we still haven’t made a decision.

Gordonsville is also home to some fabulous restaurants! The first being the Barbecue Exchange. We stopped for lunch on our way to the resort and it was really good! The service could have been a little better, but the food, and the 6 choices of sauce on each table, were excellent.

After we toured the resort for our timeshare spiel (we of course said no), we got all dolled up and headed over to a French restaurant called Pomme which I found online. It was seriously the best meal I have ever had. Ever. Both my honey and I could not get over how fabulous everything was. I started out with a simple salad of greens with walnuts and sauteed apples with goat cheese. For dinner, I got the chicken- Poulet Veronique- and even talked to the chef about how he made the sauce. Who knew grapes and chicken made such a great pairing? My honey ordered the veal and said it was out of this world! We followed up dinner with creme brulee pour moi and the cheesecake for him.

The next day, we started the day with a nice breakfast at the resort, followed by a pedal boat ride around the small lake. Guess who actually did all of the pedaling??

He wanted to sleep there on the lake all day, but I really wanted to get on to the important part of our trip: wine tasting!!

But first, we needed some lunch.

Enter in another fabulous restaurant on the outskirts of Gordonsville: Stonefire Kitchen. I had an awesome veggie soup with a wonderfully refreshing cobb salad, and my honey had a sandwich and chips with a root beer, which he said was excellent.

We traveled to two different wineries and sampled over 30 wines that day. The first one we went to was Barboursville. Surprisingly, I actually found a red wine that I enjoyed, and several whites. After tasting, we stopped by the historic ruins which was mind-blowing. Both my honey and I enjoy looking at historic architecture and just marveling at what it must have been like to build a house back then.

After I got good and tipsy at Barboursville, we headed over to Horton’s Cellars. I was most excited to visit this place because I picked up a bottle of their peach wine a few weeks ago at the grocery store. It was the best wine I’ve ever had. When I found out it was near the resort, I squealed! They had 12 different fruit wines to try, but were sadly all sold out of the peach. We ended up with a bottle of the cranberry wine, which was almost as good as the peach.

Dinner that night was back at the resort and then we had to get up early to get back home the next morning.

Overall, it was such a fun little getaway and we were pleasantly surprised by the awesome dining options in such a small town. I know we will definitely be going back sometime in the near future; maybe not to the resort, but definitely to Gordonsville, even if it is just to eat :)

Well hello there

So it’s officially been a month and a half since I last posted…

I wish I could say it was because I’ve been so busy that I had no time to put together a post. However, it was the opposite! After I finished my online class for the summer (which I got an A- in!!!), I had more free time after work to spend doing other things like…

Playing outside with my puppy (who is no longer a puppy at 130+ pounds!)…

Cooking and baking in my kitchen…

And laying on the couch with my honey…

(I know that isn’t a picture of us laying on the couch, but when we are both laying down, who is going to take the picture?? We haven’t trained Titan to do that sort of thing yet…)

Then, I took 11 days off of work at the end of June and relished in every moment of being at home with no schedule and very few things on my to-do list. It was amazing. I spent time outside relaxing, and lots of time inside doing some projects that were long overdue (like cleaning out the attic and basement…).

I’ve wanted to get back to my blog for awhile now, but I always found something else to do. Last night though, I was inspired to get back to it by a wonderful group of women!

Through the amazing power of Instagram, I found out a few weeks ago that Lindsay would be visiting VA this month. I told her that I would love to meet up with her while she was in the area and that day finally came yesterday. Sarah planned an awesome little dinner at The Local in Charlottesville for a small group of other VA bloggers. I was so thankful to still be included even though I haven’t been keeping up with blogging lately. I met some amazing women and hope to be able to stay connected with them since they are so close!

If you’re ever in the Charlottesville area, you definitely need to stop by The Local! I got the Honey Bee martini (for half price because I smiled at the bartender ;)) and the chipotle pork chop over mashed potatoes with shoestring sweet potatoes on top (yes, family, you read that right! I, Kristin Michelle,  ordered a pork chop at a restaurant). Absolutely delicious!

After dinner, Sarah did a little raffle and I was the very lucky recipient of a beautiful box of goodies from Feast. I can’t wait to try out everything, especially the Loquat White Balsamic Vinegar!!

It was so great connecting with these women and it was a wonderful reminder of how awesome this healthy living (and just bloggers in general!) community really is. Hopefully we’ll get together again for the camping trip at our place we started planning last night :)

Weekend review in Instagram pics

It’s been a super busy 5 days for me with different get togethers with friends, shows for my part time job, studying and doing assignments for my class, plus trying to keep up with everything around the house.

Luckily I had Saturday all to myself and I got a bunch of stuff done. I also took a bunch of Instagram photos because I’m obsessed :)

I’ll let them do most of the talking today!

Sunrise on Saturday morning at about 5:30am. This is pretty much the view from my bed, which is amazing during the summer!

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My honey and his dad spent all Saturday morning washing one of their tractors to get it ready for the haymaking season. Welcome to my #farmlife.

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Honeysuckle is truly my favorite part of the spring! The beautiful scent wafts through the air all around our house since the flowers are everywhere.

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I did an awesome workout on Saturday and I’m still feeling it today! I ran 1.5 miles then did three rounds of 20 push ups, 20 burpees, 50 jumping jacks, 20 jump squats and 20 jump lunges. All while getting loads of vitamin D and a little tan :)

And no, my legs are not really that tan…at least not yet!

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Saturday night I made steak kabobs on the grill for my honey. I decided we needed a biscuit to go along with them, so I whipped up a version of the strawberry shortcake biscuit with less honey and no vanilla. They were perfect!

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Since I didn’t take Titan for a walk or run yesterday, I took him out this morning. It was the perfect way to spend the morning before church.

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For dinner tonight, I had chips and spicy guacamole! Seriously, that was all I had.

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I didn’t post this picture to Instagram, but it’s too funny not to share. I took my books and my computer outside to do some homework on Sunday and look who decided to join me!

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This one didn’t get posted either, but that’s because I wanted to share the news here. Thanks to some awesome friends and Groupon, this is happening in the near future :)

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Yep, that’s right. My honey and I are going skydiving!!!! I’m beyond excited! We’ve talked about it for the past two years and always said it was too expensive. Well, a friend (who knew we wanted to go) called on Friday and told me she found an amazing deal on Groupon for a place in the area. I jumped on it and have not stopped thinking about it since! I can’t wait for it to actually happen and I promise I will share all the details.

Have you ever been skydiving? Please share! Anything exciting happen this weekend for you?

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