Killer High Protein Gluten Free Brownie Recipe

High Protein Gluten Free Brownies

High Protein Gluten Free Brownies

Hello Sunshine! Are you a techie waiting for the Apple Announcements tomorrow? My husband always jokes that he is taking the day off to watch these. He likes to be ‘In The Know’ with Apple products. I like it because he can always help me if I have questions about the new software or backing up my laptop!

So, about a year or so ago we got a few Trader Joe’s here in Austin and I never have gone to shop at one of the locations. I must admit I am a Whole Foods, Central Market and HEB shopper and I did not want to add another grocery store to my rotation. Well, The Hubby said on Saturday morning that we should go check it out so I thought I would get on the website and see what they had to offer before I went in. I found that they had lots of recipes and I saw a ‘High Protein, Gluten Free Brownies’ so I printed it up and thought I might as well get the supplies while I was there and give it a try. I do not eat sweets, but high protein & gluten free made me a bit interested. The ingredient list was short & the directions were minimal, just the way I like it!

Now, like I said, I have never been to Trader Joe’s before so I am not sure if they are all like this but I found it so easy to find all of my needed ingredients. I needed organic sugar~ there was only 1, I needed unsweetened cocoa~ there was only 1, etc. When I shop at another store, there are so many options to choose from. It seems like Trader Joe’s doesn’t give me any choice so I don’t have to think! I guess that is good? They only have their brand so I should not expect any other.

Making The Brownies Is Easy!

Making The Brownies Is Easy!

However, let me tell you, these brownies went fast in our house! So their brand must be a great quality & their brand was  reasonably priced. I can see these being requested again & me making them again. Luckily they are easy to make. Thanks Trader Joe’s for making me a star baker!

I hope you get a chance to make these brownies because you really don’t notice that they are high protein or gluten free. I know, why make them? Well, why not? Try something different to add to the rotation.

‘High Protein Gluten Free Brownies’

Lots of love,

Lisa

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An Unexpected Thank You Letter

An Unexpected Thank You

An Unexpected Thank You

Hello Sunshine! I know it’s been a while since I have posted, I have had some severe migraines & I am afraid they have really impaired me from doing too much. My apologies for not keeping up with you.

A while back I posted a Blog about attending Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book signing for Hard Choices at Book People in Austin. I mentioned how kind she is and was to me and I will always appreciate her sincerity. Well, during my migraine spells, I received this letter from Mrs. Clinton and I wanted to share it with you.

I can only express again how much I always recommend visiting a book signing for your favorite author or any public, govornment official that may be visiting your town. I always believe that even if you believe in their politics or not, it is someone that could be a once in a lifetime moment, why not check it out?

Heirloom Tomatoes Are Out!

Heirloom Tomatoes Are Out!

I also wanted to share with you this fantastic snack that we enjoyed while watching The Little League World Series. Heirloom Tomatoes are out now and if you can find them at your local farmers market, grab them! If you can’t find them there, then check out your local supermarket. I grabbed these at Whole Foods. They made it so convenient with the fresh made mozzarella next to them! I had to go home and make some fresh Basil Pesto. I finished the dish with my favorite olive oil from, Mandola’s, sprinkled with fresh Comet Tail Black Pepper and fleur de sel. Oh, we indulged, but it was so worth it!

Labor Day is monday and I do hope you have the day off. Thankfully, we are taking extra time off. So, the hubby and I will be spending a good amount of time together simply relaxing. I hope you enjoy and relax during your holiday, because you deserve it!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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10 Great Stories About Modern Catholic Women: A Book Review

You Will Usually Find Me With A Book In My Hand Or On My iPad!

You Will Usually Find Me With A Book In My Hand Or On My iPad!

I read a great book, Style, Sex and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider The Things That Really Matter. The book is by Editor, Hallie Lord. The book is published by Our Sunday Visitor. This is not a current book. It is from 2012, but I had read an article about it during Lent and my book list is quite long, that I just got to it.

This book is really about The Modern Catholic Woman. I grew up in a Catholic family, but am I the same as my mother, grandmother, and my grandmother’s mother? Today we have Pope Francis who is even making statements about our Catholic Church taking a more contemporary approach on love. This book is a quick coffee or afternoon read, only 160 pages. You may want to take your time with this one only because after each story, there are Reflections. I really took the time and meditated on the reflections. I wanted to take each moment in. After all, I am a modern Catholic woman. The book discusses, a modern Catholic mom, wife, friend & a single woman. I was very much into each story, I really felt each of these women. With the reflections, I wanted to know more, even though the story made me feel these women, I wanted more. They knew it and they wanted me to put their feelings in my own life. I did. I reflected each of their feelings in my own life.

As I mentioned before, I grew up in a Catholic family, I feel like I already had these beliefs, but it was good to go back and remember that I am a modern Catholic Woman! I am not my mother, grandmother, and my grandmother’s mother.

I recommend this to any and all Catholic women. This book is refreshing and I do hope it will bring you happiness. This book’s reflections will enlighten us to keep our faith forward and live it in our days.

You can purchase Style, Sex and Substance in most bookstores or if you are on Goodreads, look at the places to buy books like Half.com, Abebooks or Powells.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Also, if you notice, I love to flag pages in my books & to hold my spot in my books, I use these fantastic Magnetic Bookmarks from Everyone Can Play. She makes Custom Bookmarks also. So, the Bono, U2 & Austin, TX marks are Custom made. I requested a few Sherlock Holmes marks. She has an awesome shop, click her name above to get to her shop.

Lots Of Reading Places, I Love Magnetic Bookmarks from Everyone Can Play!

Lots Of Reading Places, I Love Magnetic Bookmarks from Everyone Can Play!

Here Comes A New Idea For A Personalized Gift!

Personalized Flour Sack Kitchen Towels

Personalized Flour Sack Kitchen Towels

Hello Sunshine! I hope you are well, I am a busy bee getting holiday cards ready for my little Etsy shop. I love working on holiday cards and last year was my first Christmas, I found myself a little unprepared. I wanted to share with you these cute little personalized flour sack dish towels that I plan on making for a few of our friends and family for the holidays. I always find personalized gifts are the best gifts! You place the receivers name and something specific about the family or couple that makes them feel special & they always want to use it in their home. Plus, they will always think of you! It shows how much thought is put into the gift and when it is something that is made by hand, even better! Mr. Diaz & I were married on Halloween, so I made our dish towel with the Dia de los Muertos theme. I love that theme for most of our items in home because of our anniversary. I also have been known to say ‘Hello Sunshine’ for years, so I love the bright and cheery daisy with the ‘Hello Sunshine’ on our sink. These dishtowels are kitchen usable and cold water washable, so that is even better!

Placing The Design

Placing The Design

You want to purchase good quality Flour Cloth Towels. 100% cotton, large towels. I made a purchase from Amazon and I was very happy with the quality and price. I purchased the Office Depot Iron On Transfer Brand paper. They worked fine. I used our normal iron, no need to use another iron. You will need a INK JET PRINTER for the iron on transfers. The images can be from your own pictures or from an image website. I found dustn.tv has found the best places to find free images online. So check him out!

Personalized Gifts Are The Best Gifts

Personalized Gifts Are The Best Gifts This Tea Cup is a Souvenir from our Trip to The UK, I took a photo of it & placed it on a kitchen cloth with ‘Hello Sunshine!’

Once you have your supplies, you want to pick your image that will be perfect for your gift & what you would like to print also. You can use so many different fonts to mix with your image as well. Since our image for our home was the skull, I wanted a ‘metal band’ font, so I went to my favorite website for fonts, Dafont, to download the perfect one. Dafont has every font imaginable for you. If you are looking for a Space font, Princess font, Spooky font, Movie font, or just any font! Use Dafont for this project or any project. Print your image & writing onto the Iron On Transfer. Also, don’t forget to Mirror or flip the image before printing. The design will be mirrored or flipped on your flour clothes when it is transferred.  I try to print as much as I can per page, to not waste transfer paper. As far as the print, I will use print as much as I can on 1 page. I do use 1  81/2 X 11 page for the image for the size flour clothes that I purchased. Before I Iron on my transfer I iron out your flour cloth to make sure there are no wrinkles on the transfer. I like to make sure my Iron On Transfer is centered, so I measure out the sides to the center to place my image. Place the iron on the setting that your transfer paper brand requires, my brand requires ‘cotton’ setting. When you start ironing, place the iron on the image to immediately stick the page to the cloth and press firmly on the image when ironing on. If you do not press firmly, your image will not transfer clearly. Follow the directions on your transfer paper for times, but it should not take long. Depending on your image size, it could take 1-3 minutes per image. Let the image cool before removing the paper and once it is removed you are set!

These are great gifts & fast gifts to make for those last moment invites or times that you really want to do something special. Also, great gifts in addition to a wedding registry gift for a newlywed couple. Placing the couples name with their wedding date and a picture that goes with their theme would be lovely with a gift! I love giving these to a party hostess with a bottle of wine wrapped inside the towel! Like I mentioned, I am getting my Christmas goodies ready, these make great Christmas Party Hostess Gifts with Christmas Themes. I love making these with ‘Jesus Is The Reason For The Season.’ or ‘Happy Holidays’

With you personalizing these, there are just so many options! Also, try personalizing pillow cases for the little ones. I will be making Minecraft pillow cases for my nephews. They are really into that right now!

Let me know what you make & don’t forget to instagram! Tag me in @princessmousey or @princessmouseycards. I would love to see your creations.

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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The Beginners Guide To Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches

Pickled Fredricksburg, Texas Peaches

Pickled Fredricksburg, Texas Peaches

Hello Sunshine!

Fredricksburg Peaches Stand

Fredricksburg Peach Stand.

In Texas we have these wonderful Fredricksburg Peaches & if you are lucky enough you will find a peach stand and a kind Texas friend selling these wonderful tasting jewels! Well, really close to our home, we met Hunter. He is there every year and he truly has the best of Fredricksburg’s Peaches. I knew this year I wanted to make something different with the peaches and not just eat them whole, although I did buy some just for that. Also, a dear friend of mine, Andi, has invited me to a ‘food swap meet’ where we all bring some type of home made good and swap with others. A great way to share and try great goods from our great city. I knew I wanted to bring something worthy & not just ‘Break & Bake Cookies’ because that is my usual. No, I have never pickled or canned before, but the day Andi invited me, I read the recipe online and I felt it was fate! I knew I was going to use our local peaches, in season, instead of the basic peaches used in the recipe. It was my first time, so it took me a few hours, it may take a more sophisticated canner less time. I do not have a canning pot, but I used what I have. I did purchase the canning jars, not pricey ~ 4 jars for about $4. Since I bought my peaches from a local peach stand, I was able to get a bulk discount, another great reason to buy local. I can not really say the price I paid, but I did walk away from there with over 7 lbs. of The Best & Well Known Fredricksburg Peaches for a great price! Definitely try your local Farmers Markets for their bulk prices. They are always willing to bargain if you need more of something. I bought my cloves and cinnamon sticks from the bulk section of our local grocery store, Central Market, so I did not need to buy an entire package of each, just what I needed for the recipe. The vinegar and sugar were very inexpensive, so I would say the price was low to medium in cost, but this is for my Food Swap. These really came out great & I never thought I could do such a thing. Here are the instructions:

5 pounds ripe peaches

1 lemon

4 cups sugar

3 cups white vinegar

4 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon whole cloves

Start boiling water in a large pot or water bath canner before preparing fruit to seal jars for storage. As I mentioned, I do not have a canning pot, so I used a regular pot and it worked out fine, I just boiled less bottles at a time. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and drop a few peaches at a time(about 4-5) into the water for one minute. Blanching will loosen the skins of peaches, making them easier to remove. Be careful not to puncture the skin prior to dunking or the skin will not blister and not be easy to remove. After blanching peaches, immediately place in a bowl of ice water to suspend cooking and make fruit safe for handling.Peel and cut fruit into slices or halves (depending on preference) and remove the pit. Sprinkle with juice of a lemon to prevent browning. In a large pot, combine 4 cups of sugar, 3 cups of white vinegar, 4 cinnamon sticks and 1 tablespoon cloves and bring to a boil over high heat. These spices will impart rich flavor to the fruit while cooking and will also be packed into canning jars with pickled peaches.Add peaches to the pickling brine and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Peaches will soften and absorb the rich flavor of the brine. Ladle peaches into 2 quart- or 4 pint-sized sterile canning jars and top with brine, leaving 1/2-inch of headspace. Include 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks in each jar. Place a new lid on each jar and secure with sterile bands. Place jars in a boiling water bath for 25 minutes to seal. Remove jars from water bath and allow to cool on the counter. An audible *pop* should indicate jars have successfully sealed. If no *pop* is heard, peaches may not be pantry-safe and should be stored in the refrigerator and used within a month or two. Safely sealed jars may be stored in a cool, dry location for up to a year without significant loss of flavor.

These pickled Peaches are great served over pork or poultry. My husband had some over his pork chop and I had some over my vanilla bean frozen yogurt. I also drained the remains of the left over peach pieces and kept the sauce. I am enjoying the sauce on my toast in the morning, my ice cream and who knows what else I may find to put it on.

Pickled Peaches Over Pork Chop

Pickled Peaches Over Pork Chop

Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches Title Pic

Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches Title Pic

Hunter said he will be at the stand for another month, I may need to go grab some more peaches before they are out of season! By the way, the vinegar taste is really not there. Maybe it is just to preserve the peaches? They are really full of cinnamon and peach flavor! Again, I am a beginner, so I am not quite sure. Once the peaches are canned and you hear the pop, these peaches will last up to a year, but why keep them, attend a local food swap or share with a friend. I do hope you try to pickle peaches and let me know how they come out. Don”t forget to Instagram and tag me in the photo @princessmousey or @princessmouseycards. I would love to see it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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If you live in or are visiting Austin, this is the ATX Swappers Meet: Eventbrite. We would love to have more home made goods!

Also, Hunter’s Peach stand is located at RM1826 & Slaughter Ln, You can’t miss him. Once he knew I was making a new recipe for a blog, he kindly offered to pose for a pic! I told you we have kind Texans here.

 

When Can You Enjoy That Fresh Pineapple?

 

When To Enjoy That Fresh Pineapple

When To Enjoy That Fresh Pineapple

Hello Sunshine! Today I enjoyed a Fresh Pineapple and it was delicious. Well, I did not eat the entire pineapple, but maybe 1/3 of it. Yesterday I had a pineapple popsicle and it was fantastic, but I knew I had a fresh pineapple to prepare, it just was not ready. It made me think, ‘What trick does everyone use to tell when a pineapple is ready to eat?’ Well, I just wanted to share with you how I prepare my pineapple. When I purchase my pineapple, I always grab one from the middle stem leaves. If it is not able to be held by stem leaves, it is not ripe. If you hold it by it’s leaves and it drops, it’s ready! This morning, I grabbed it and, Yay, it was ready! I first get the pineapple and cut the top, bottom and cut the sides. I cut the sides enough to rid the spots. I only want to see the ‘Sunshine Pineapple’ flesh! Once the pineapple is ‘naked,’ I slice it into discs so that I am able to use the corer easily. I have this great corer from Pampered Chef that I purchased about 10 years ago and it is still in perfect order. I use it for apples and pineapples. Once it is cored, I cut the discs into chunks, place into a bowl & snack away!

Compost Pineapple

Compost Pineapple

If for some reason I do not get to enjoy my pineapple before it starts to get bad, I will freeze it way before and plan on using it for smoothies later. Freezing it will make it last and will not be wasteful.

I do wish we had a composter, but we have deer, foxes and all types of little critters that really like to get into our trash box, so whenever I trim fruits, like watermelon, melon, pineapple and so on, I place the trimmings in a plastic bag and put into our extra refrigerator until our garbage pick up day. It will keep our trash from smelling and keep the critters out & it will not smell our refrigerator up because it is fresh fruit clippings.

I do hope you get a fresh pineapple soon. They are really tasty right now. Maybe I will make my own popsicles!

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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Oh, I posted a little video of me with my pineapple on my Instagram accounts. Are you following? @princessmousey & @princessmouseycards. Come by and follow, I would love to have you.

Always Spend Time With Friends

Spend Time With Friends

Spend Time With Friends

Let me first say, I love my Husband. He is always my best friend and biggest supporter. However, being married does not mean I don’t need my best girlfriends. I still need to get out and enjoy a few chuckles, get some hugs, lift each other up & indulge on some baddie snacks with my friends that are always here for me.

So it was July 4th weekend and luckily my girlfriends all had extra time off from work. Having recently broken my ankle, gone through surgery, now recovery from surgery and not very mobile, I really needed some ‘Girlfriend Time’. There was a new movie coming out, ‘Tammy‘ with Melissa McCarthy that looked like it was going to give us some chuckles and I thought, ‘maybe some of the ladies would like to go?’ Luckily, a few were on board and we had a plan!

I always love hosting at the house, so we met up at our home. I was also trying out a new fruit dip, so it was perfect. We were able to spend a little time before the movie, some of my girlfriends did not know each other, so it was great to introduce each other.

I really am just so humbled to have such caring and loving friends that come with their armor of smiles and hugs for me in my time of need. I know when I have a friend that calls, I will be there in return. Spending time with friends is the most valuable of all the gifts you can give. It may not sound like much, but it truly is. Just being there for a friend, giving a hug and going to a movie or an errand together means so much!

We always need to remember to ask for our friends. They are here for us. We need to let them know we need them. Our friends see us as strong & sometimes they do not know when we feel weak. It is our responsibility to let them know, ‘This is a weak moment, I need a ‘Girlfriend Day.’  We all need to support each other. Girlfriends, Guyfriends, Anyfriends, just do your best to be available to help & you will always have that support in return. That’s what friends are for!

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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Girlfriends PMC Card

Girlfriends PMC Card