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Quick Blueberry Shortcakes

Many friends here in Orlando took their children blueberry picking at farms such as, "Beck Brothers Blueberry-U Pick." The pick-it-yourself season is coming to a close, but you can still find some ripe, beautiful blueberries at your local grocer or farmer's market.

Try this quick and delicious dessert with your next blueberry purchase. Using your favorite recipe for shortcake; mine happens to be for "Strawberry Shortcake" right off the Bisquik box. Mix up your batter then scoop about 1/3-1/2 C of batter in (6-8) 7 oz. ramekins. Bake shortcakes in ramekins as directed.

In a saucepan, heat the following on mid to low heat:

11/2C blueberries
1/4 C sugar
1tsp of lemon juice

Bring to boil on low to mid-heat, the goal is a saucy compote.

Drizzle the blueberry compote on top your shortcakes, and your blueberry treat is complete.

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Neighborly Haunts

Do you really know your neighbors? Do you take time to get to know the people that live around you? Or are you like most busy adults who park the car in the garage, close the door, and rarely come out of the house with the intent on building immediate community. 

Try the following gesture this Halloween (Or any holiday season) no matter if you’re flying solo or with your family, and spread some anonymous, but neighborly goodwill. Who knows you may start something Spooktacular!

Pack a re-usable grocery bag (Publix has some great Holiday themed sustainable bags) with fun festive sweet treats and some health-conscious inspired snacks too, such as herbal tea, Skinny Pop Popcorn or even fruits. 

Sketch a simple ghost on an 8.5 x11 piece of paper. 

Then print the following message on another blank piece of paper:

Halloween is very near
A Bag O’ Treats brings lots of cheer!

Follow steps one, two, and three
And have fun being neighborly!

1. Fill a Bag O’ Treats.
2. Copy ghost picture and instructions, place inside bag.
3. Deliver Bag O’ Treats (When you receive a bag, put ghost picture visible to neighbors.)

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Vegan Bean Brownies?

I don’t know many who can pass up a good brownie. I rarely bake a pan of brownies because inevitably, I eat at least half of the pan. However I may start making them more frequently thanks to a recent experiment I tried. 

I made very tasty Vegan Blondies a couple of weeks ago inspired by Ambitious Kitchen; using chick peas in the recipe intrigued me. I thought why not try black beans as a substitute for oil, eggs, or applesauce when making brownies. 

I purchased Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie mix (If you visit Ghirardelli’s Facebook page, you can get a $1 off coupon), added a 15 oz can of Bush’s black beans, rinsed, drained, and pureed in the food processor, and 1C of water. I combined those three simple ingredients, and baked it at 325° for 25-30 minutes. 

Family members in my house vary in age, from 3 to 63. Everyone enjoyed this scrumptious treat and I felt good eating this surprisingly chocolatey, and moist dessert.

  • 1 Box of Brownie Mix
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans
  • 1 C of water

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Welcome New Contributing Writer - Susan Williams

Susan Williams
I use a lot of sayings in my life. People close to me know what I mean when I say 
"Yum Tam," "Feed the birds," "Good Fruit," or "It all comes out in the wash." Some of these phrases I’ve come up with on my own and others, mainly my Mom, shared words that inspired me to see the world and people differently as I grew up with very little and witness to a lot of heartache.

My Mom always told me that all you really need in life is "One good friend" and you can make it through anything. Well I’ve been blessed to find a few "One good friends" in my life, one being Susan Williams. She has been in my life for almost 16 years and we have grown together through our children, marriages, divorce, and work, but mostly through our honest, unconditional love and friendship with one another. She has been there for me and I for her, through thick and thin. 

I am pleased to announce that Susan Williams will collaborate with me here at MyDailyDish.com and act as contributing writer, as I have returned full time to the workforce. Together, we’re still tackling budgets, time management and healthy living for our families, and will continue to share insight at MyDailyDish.com 

I’m looking forward as always; Susan and myself invite your continued feedback. 

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Deviled Egg Salad

If you love deviled eggs then this fast and easy egg salad recipe is for you. I am currently joining the clean
eating trend so I use 3 simple ingredients for mine, eggs, a pinch of sea salt and a tablespoon of dijon mustard. Of course you can add diced celery, onion, and some black pepper as well, but plan a little bit more time for preparation. 

I like using Egglands Best Eggs because they come from vegetarian fed chickens. Read more about of the benefits of free range eggs.  You can also find occasional coupons for Egglands Best in your daily newspaper. 

You simply hard boil 4 eggs, peel and chop, add salt to taste and 1T of  dijon mustard. Mix all ingredients together and serve on a slice of Ezekiel Bread or lettuce leaves. I always try to substitute chips with crunchy vegetables, baby carrots, cucumber chips and cherry tomatoes. 

A simple and healthy lunch ready to go!

  • 4 Egglands Best Eggs
  • 1 T Dijon Mustard
  • Serve on 1 or 2 slices Ezekiel Bread or lettuce leaves

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    Tips to get a Baby on a Schedule & Sleep Through the Night by 12 weeks

    I have been asked so many times about how my kids sleep so well and how we got them to sleep through the
    night I thought I would share our journey on getting both of our girls sleeping through the night and on a schedule by week 12.

    Before we had Jadyn we were petrified about what to do when and how. We were recommended to read the book Baby Wise. It was the best thing we ever did! We both read the book before she was born so we were on the same page. Then we read it again when we had to engage the plan.

    Research says that babies and children that get 12 hours of sleep at night tend to have better focus and temperament and tend to excel in life.  I would have to say that now my girls are 3 and 5 yrs old and still sleeping from 7:30pm to 7am and they have excelled  academically and socially. I give a lot of credit to the rest that they get. Also, it has helped mommy and daddy get the rest we need and gives us time to spend together which makes for a happy marriage :) All the way around I would have to say it is a win.

    We didn't do the cry it out method. We always would go in and comfort her and give it about 10 min at a time.  Using this method we found that she never really cried unless something was wrong. Because with this method she always new what to expect and wasn't hungry or tired. Which is usually the reasons they tend to cry to begin with.

    I have shared this schedule with many friends and family that have had success with this schedule also. This is the schedule and plan that got us to both of our children sleeping through the night. Every child is different. But, I hope this helps you and your baby get the rest you both need on your new parenthood journey.

    Birth:   In the hospital you feed on demand.
    Usually every 1hr- 1.5hrs for 15-20min on each breast. Take advantage of every opportunity to have the lactation consultant if it is your first child.

    Week 1-2:   Usually every 2hrs--- 1.5-2oz—10-to-12 feedings a day

    Week3-4:   Try and start spreading out the time as you add oz. Your goal is to get to feedings every 3hrs
    At 2-3oz. 8-9 feedings a day.

    Week 5-6:  Feeding every 3 hrs. If he gets hungrier then 3hrs start increasing food .5oz to a bottle at a time.  Usually try and stretch the first feeding to a time you want to wake at this time. Ours is 7am.

    Above is all pretty much on demand and trying to figure her out and having her continue to gain weight. You don’t start working on a schedule per say until Week 6-8. Here is what we found worked for us:

    Week 6-8 at 24oz a day:
    9am-45min nap
    12pm-45 min nap
    3pm-45 min nap
    6pm-45 min nap
    9pm-45 min nap
    After this feeding no more naps. Just feed and back down.

    Week 8 28oz a day:
    She started sleeping in her bed at night. She dropped the 4am feeding. Down to 4 naps a day

    9am-45min nap
    12pm-45 min nap
    3pm-45 min nap
    6pm-45 min nap

    Week 9:
    Went to 4.5oz bottles

    Week 10- 30oz a day: She dropped the 1am feeding. I would wake her at the 10pm feeding. She would never open her eyes. I would just feed her and put her right back down.  I found that she would wake up around 4am if I did not wake her and feed her at 10pm. But, I couldn’t go up yet in ounces because she could not eat more at each bottle yet.

    9am-45 nap
    12pm-45 nap
    3pm-45 nap
    6pm-45 nap

    Week 12 30oz a day:  Dropped waking her at 10pm. Went up to 6oz each bottle.

    9am-45 nap
    12pm-45 nap
    3pm-45 nap
    6pm-45 nap

    She went up to 32oz a day at Week 16. She dropped the 6pm nap and went to 3 naps a day around Week 18.

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