Friday, January 23, 2015

Slow Cooker Spicy Orange Chicken

We love Chinese food, especially a really good orange chicken dish! When my Mom came across this recipe for orange chicken I just had to give it a try. But, I added a pinch of red pepper flakes, because we love spicy foods, and this slow cooker spicy orange chicken turned out awesome! Forget the Chinese take out for the big game and make your family and friends a batch of this amazing slow cooker spicy orange chicken.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Maple Glazed Carrots

If carrots are one of your favorite veggies then you're going to love these Maple Glazed Carrots! They're warm and buttery with a touch of maple goodness. Everyone knows that carrots are a super food, high in vitamin A and other nutrients and good for your health. Plus, they're so delicious, especially when they're cooked in a glaze made from a touch of butter and pure maple syrup.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes {Lower Fat}

Today I'm sharing a recipe for Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes that are lower in fat. It's my first skinny recipe of the year and I think you and your family are really going to enjoy them! Everyone loves pineapple upside down cake for its gooey, fruity topping and these moist little gems are also super cute. Like many of my light cake recipes I used my lower calorie cake tip, saving these delicious mini cakes a lot of fat & calories! But, I promise, you'd never guess it's a lighter recipe because they're delicious and super moist too.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

30 Healthy & Delicious Recipes for a Slimmer You

January is notorious for eating healthier, exercising and starting anew. John and I try to eat healthy, as much as we can, but we want our food to be really tasty too. This can be challenging when you're cutting the fat and/or sugar in recipes. So, I try to swap out some of the higher calorie ingredients with light ones whenever possible.

I'll be bringing you some healthy recipes in the next few weeks, and as usual, several throughout the year too, but today I thought you might enjoy 30 healthy & delicious recipes that John and I really love!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Tips for Freezing and Safely Handling Ground Beef

Today I'm sharing some easy Tips for Freezing and Safely Handling Ground Beef. Freezing ground beef the way I'm showing you today is really helpful because the beef will stack nicely in the freezer and will thaw much quicker than when it's in a big lump, like most packages of ground beef.

We like to purchase 90/10 lean ground beef in bulk. Now, we're not talking huge packages of 10 pounds but around 4 - 5 pounds. I think you'll agree, that there's nothing more frustrating than trying to thaw a big lump of ground beef for dinner - it can take forever!

Today's tips will also cover safely handling ground beef and nutrition facts for a 3 ounce serving of 90/10 lean ground beef.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Readers' Choice for The Best Recipes of 2014

Happy New Year everyone! It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone and this year has been better than ever here on My Sweet Mission - thanks to you, our wonderful readers!

It's always fun and interesting to see what recipes our readers make popular and are shared the most on different social medias throughout the year. First of all, thank you for following along and making these recipes so popular, we are honored and appreciate you so much! So, here we go...with our Readers' Choice for The Best Recipes of 2014!

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Monday, December 29, 2014

My Sweet Mission is Now on Instagram!

I am so excited to announce that My Sweet Mission is Now on Instagram!

I know, you may be thinking what took me so long to join Instagram? Well, it's been a crazy year with the arrival of our new grand-daughter, Laila out in Washington state and moving three families from Michigan to Florida! I'm so sorry for the delay but I'm excited to be on Instagram.

I've been posting some pictures of my favorite recipes, a few Christmas-time family pictures and some of Florida too! It's FREE to signup so, join the fun today and follow #mysweetmission on Instagram, I'd be honored if you do! It's a great way to see what's new on My Sweet Mission and stay in touch with us.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours!

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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We hope you and your family are having a wonderful Christmas and have enjoyed all the beautiful and delicious Christmas posts this month. Hopefully you've found a few new recipes to try along the way. It has been a privileged again this year to bring you our recipes, kitchen tips and a few special posts on missions.

John and I are here in the state of Washington celebrating Christmas with our kids, Kenny, Chelsea and Laila. It's Laila's first Christmas and they have their home decorated so beautifully! So, here are a few of our favorite family Christmas pictures of this season!

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John & I with Laila - just look at her little face.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

I was recently contacted by Chobani to participate in their #MadeWithChobani project, where selected bloggers were asked to come up with a unique and healthy recipe using Chobani yogurt. Since baking is my passion, and it happened to be John's birthday, I created a delicious Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze, using Chobani's 0% Fat Greek yogurt, some freshly squeezed orange juice and a yellow cake mix. Easy, healthier and delicious!

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The cranberry and orange is always a great combination! And, switching out the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (960 calories) for Chobani's Greek Yogurt 0% Fat (only 90 calories) saves this cake 870 calories and 112 grams of fat!! I got this idea from my lower calorie cake tip and thought I'd try it with Chobani's creamy yogurt. It worked great and you would never know this cake is much lower in fat and calories, because it's super moist and bursting with flavor!

Monday, December 15, 2014

20 Awesome Kitchen Gifts for Food Lovers

Today I'm sharing 20 Awesome Kitchen Gifts for Food Lovers. You can beat the crowds, shop from the comfort of your home, get great deals and receive these amazing Amazon gifts - all in time for Christmas!

Do you have a special person in your life that LOVES to bake or cook? That describes me perfectly because I've been in the kitchen since I was a young girl and was recently a baker at a restaurant for 2 years until we moved to Florida. So, I thought I'd share some of my very favorite kitchen small appliances, gadgets and tools! Many, actually almost all, of these kitchen gifts I personally use and would only recommend items that I believe work great for the food lovers in your life.

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Amazon has some of the best gifts online, their shipping is excellent and most gifts arrive in just a few days. So, it's not too late to buy your Christmas gifts!! Note: Amazon shipping schedule listed at the end of this post.

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