make it good

enjoy the last day of March, smile and make someone else smile…

walk it off

Dear Mom, this winter has been so long and I gained a lot of weight so now I’m dreading the spring! I hate exercising what can I do, should I just stay in the house until next winter?
Of course not. Even if you don’t go to the gym to exercise you can exercise by parking as far away from wherever you’re going and walk. During the day walk as much as possible. What really counts is as long as you eat less calories than you burn every day you’ll lose weight even if you don’t do anything else…be happy about Spring, doing a Spring dance will help you lose weight, too!

something sweet

Frozen Key Lime Pie on a Stick

Ingredients

For the Pie Crust:
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (4 whole graham crackers crushed!)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the Lime Curd Filling:
2 large egg yolks
7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
Zest of 1 lime
1/3 cup key lime juice (fresh or bottled)
For the Chocolate Topping:
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons neutral oil (or coconut oil, which I used with great results!)
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Instructions

To make the Crust:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Lightly grease (just a spritz of non-stick spray!) a 6″ pie pan; set aside.
In a small bowl combine the cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter; stir until evenly combined. Press the crumb mixture into the prepared pie pan, taking care to pack it in tightly and press it up the sides of the pan. Place the pie pan on a baking sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside and allow crust to cool.
To make the Lime Curd Filling:
In the body of a standmixer or in a medium-sized bowl using an electric handheld mixer, beat the egg yolks and condensed milk until light and creamy; about 3 minutes. Next add in the lime zest and key lime juice; beat until completely combined. Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust and place in the freezer for 24 hours.
When ready to serve, dip a very sharp knife into hot water, then slice the pie into 4 pieces. Use a small sharp knife to make a slit in the back of the pie crust, then slide a wooden popsicle stick in the end of each crust. Don’t worry if a little bit of the crust crumbles. Place the pops back in the freezer for 1 hour.
For the Chocolate Ganache:
Melt the chocolate and oil in the top of a double boiler over medium-high speed. Do not let the water boil. Stir the chocolate constantly. Remove from heat when almost all of the chocolate has melted. Continue to whisk mixture off the heat until completely smooth. Let cool for 5 minutes.
To cover the pie in chocolate, hold the stick by the end and place the pie pop upside down in the chocolate (dipping the creamy part first). Flip it quickly and use a spoon to cover the crust in chocolate. Place the pie pops back in the freezer for a few minutes, just until the chocolate sets, then serve!
If you want to skip dipping the pops into the chocolate, use a spoon to pour the chocolate over top and around.

This recipe is from the Dessert for Two Cookbook, written by Christina Lane.

going to the dogs

Dear mom, I’m bored.

Go volunteer at a dog rescue place.

don’t call me…I’ll call you

Dear Ask Mom, my friends are all addicted to their phones. I don’t know why we ever spend time together in person because everyone is paying attention to their phones not each other. What can I do to get them to put away their phones?
Say to them exactly what you wrote to me. Tell them to put away their phones or you will find new friends who want to spend time with you and not their phone.

Sunday blues

Mom- I need advice. I get so depressed on Sunday afternoon because the weekend is almost over. What can I do to be less unhappy on Sunday?
The Sunday blues are a real thing and lots of people have them. Try these things and maybe they’ll help: spend as much time outside on Sunday even if it’s cold or rainy, make something great to eat on Sunday with friends, don’t do all the good things on Saturday, do something you like on Sunday especially exercising or something fun and plan your next week on Sunday so that you have something good to look forward at least one or two days during the week so that Sunday turns into just another day…

go for it

Dear Mom, I really want to look for a job that is not what I’m doing now. I will probably make less money. Should I stay at my job that I don’t like because it pays well or should I switch?
I don’t know what you’re doing now or what job you’re thinking about changing to, but I say go for it. If you can afford to make less money and as long as you’re only responsible for yourself you can cut out some unnecessary expenses. If it’s a choice between being happy and money, choose happy. If things don’t work out you can always go back to doing what you’re doing or try something else. If you don’t make the change the way things are now may be as good as they get…

I recommend not doing it…

Dear Mom, someone that I know just asked me for a recommendation for a job at a place that I worked a long time ago. I hated the job and quit. I don’t know if I should write the recommendation. What should I do?
Tell the person who asked you for the recommendation the whole story and let him decide if he still wants you to write the recommendation. He might not have asked you if he knew that you worked there and hated it and quit. You can also suggest that someone else might be a better person to write a recommendation this time because of your circumstances as long as you make sure that he understands that you’re not trying to get out of writing the recommendation and that you will write one next time.

a shade of grey

Dear Ask Mom, my good friend just bought a very expensive pair of shoes and asked me if I liked them. I don’t and said I did. Should I have been honest?
This kind of thing is never black or white, there are more than 50 shades of grey for this one. It’s a very bad choice to lie when someone asks for your opinion, but it was ok to lie and say that you liked the shoes, because if she really wanted your opinion she would have asked you before not after she bought them…so all your friend wanted was for you to agree with her choice and you did.

Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats why not?

This recipe from thekitchn is definitely fun, easy, different and good…enjoy
Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats
Serves 4
For the “pie crust” topping:
2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon rice flour or all-purpose flour (see Recipe Notes)
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened to room temperature (but not liquid)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the overnight oats:
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 teaspoons chia seeds
6 tablespoons dried blueberries (or 1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups almond milk or another non-dairy milk
1 cup coconut yogurt, homemade or store-bought
To make the pie crust topping: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place all of the pie crust topping ingredients into a small bowl. Rub the coconut oil into the other ingredients using your fingertips. Pour the mixture onto a cookie tray lined with baking paper and bake for 5 minutes. Stir the mixture, then return to the oven for another 2 minutes. Leave to cool before transferring to an airtight container.
To make the overnight oats: Split the oats, chia seeds, dried blueberries, vanilla, almond milk, and coconut yogurt between 4 jars or other containers with lids. Screw on the lids and shake well until combined. Chill overnight in the fridge or for up to 4 days.