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Coffee and Conversation #91 – Smoothies and crockpots and more, oh my!

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #91 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!

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Hi there! Well, spring has sprung just about everywhere north of the Equator, and for me, one of the things that means is – get me outta the kitchen! Much as I love to cook (though you’d never know it by the meals I “whip up” these days…), when the weather starts warming up, the ONLY place I wanna be is in the pool 🙂  (And I’ve almost got the water cleaned up from its ‘lovely’ winter green!!)

So that’s what probably explains this week’s features (see below) and my excitement over this spring’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! You may already be familiar with my love of smoothies – and during the summer, they make a terrific cool and filling breakfast. Summer, too, is a great time to use your crockpot or slow cooker – keeps the kitchen temps down and frees you up to spend time at the pool (where else 😉 ?). And if you do decide to do some cooking, of course you’ll want to make a batch of whatever to freeze, right? (Freezing a meal = another night spent not cooking!)

Well, I’m oh-so-very-happy to share with you that this year’s recipe ebook collection (and there are 10 other topics curated) contains a bunch of books with recipes for smoothies and crockpots and more, oh my! 🙂

I’ve already bought my own collection, so let me tell you quickly about my favorites:

80 Green Thickies Recipes by Katherine Kyle – Every Thing you know to make a filling and nutritious drink/meal.  Lemon meringue pie smoothie? Yes, ma’am!!

81 Quick and EasyFavorite Slow-Cooker Recipes by Jordan Page – I have to admit that I never even thought of using my crock pot to whip up some sandwiches – but what a way to dress up a lunch, or serve up a quick summer supper!!

25 Sweet Treats for Summer by Dena Norton – Hope’s favorite was the Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (and I like it ’cause I don’t need to use the ice cream maker!)

Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes by Kelly Roenicke –  OK, so I haven’t looked through this one yet, but I’m already planning for school in the fall and I WILL have something other than cereal for the kids this year. At least, that’s the plan 😉

Slow-cooker Freezer Meals (2 volumes!) by Tiffany King – Two, yes 2, volumes incorporating both slow-cooker AND freeze-for-another-day! What’s NOT to like?

As I mentioned, besides “recipes”, this collection covers titles in 10 other topics: budgeting, DIY/homemade, faith, holidays and special occasions, in the kitchen, marriage, motherhood, organizing, self-care and working at home. It’s a treasure trove of resources that I look forward to adding to my “toolbox” as a wife and mom, whenever it becomes available.

So, whether you’ve never heard of the Ultimate Bundles, or you’re already a fan and eager to see what this collection offers, just click on the button below and get the skinny!


Now on to this week’s features!

Recently I wrote a post on making geography “real” for your kids.  Cooking is definitely an activity to include, and this is a great collection to use – the whole family will enjoy these! An oh-so-very interesting post in itself, from Cookilicious – even if you don’t whip up a recipe or two!

9 Vegetarian Meals Across the Globe

9 Traditional Vegetarian Meals from Across the Globe



A super-useful collection of recipes and concepts that will help you save money in the kitchen and keep your crew fed – from FaithFilledFoodForMoms

End Of The Month Meals

End of the month meals - frugal shopping and cooking



Well, this one may not keep you out of the kitchen, but it would be easy to whip up on a gray or rainy day. And honestly, well, I could gobble this up from the picture alone!  ~from KikuCorner

Spinach Quiche

spinache quiche

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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4 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #91 – Smoothies and crockpots and more, oh my!

  1. shari lynne @ Faith Filled Food for Moms April 27, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    Pat and Candy…thank you so much for featuring my end of month meals post! Hope it blesses others! Have a great rest of the week!

    • Pat April 27, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

      Our pleasure, Shari! Thanks for sharing it with us…it has definitely blessed me! 🙂 Hope to see you around here again…have a great week…

  2. Marilyn Lesniak April 27, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    Thank you for the wonderful party! I appreciate you working so hard to share other bloggers content. I would love you to visit Thursday Favorite Things or The Recipe Sharing Party (Thursday) so I can return the favor! Have a great week. The more shares the bigger your audience! Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit. My features are chosen from those comments!
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    • Pat April 27, 2016 at 11:02 am #

      You’re welcome, Marilyn! Always nice to see you here each week 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us…

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