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Apple Recipes to Drool Over #Foodie

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by Sheila Cooper Thomas at

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Tis the season for gathering up all those apples off the trees and off the ground. Or, maybe you have no apple trees and you are heading to the local farmers market to get a basket or two to make some of your favorite apple recipes.  I sure miss the days of having apple trees, so I am one hitting the farmers market or road side stands.  I love making apple recipes and it really helps me get in the fall mood.  The smell of apples cooking warms the heart and soul.  Check out my apple recipes to drool over collection.  What would you like to try and make?  What is your all time favorite apple recipe?  Share it with me and I will add it to my collection.

Healthy Meatless Monday Meals

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by Sheila Cooper Thomas at


I know it’s not Monday, but I just like how the words “Meatless Monday” roll off the tongue ..  LOL!     There is a Monday in every week and regardless of if you like that fact or not, it is there.   So, let’s make the most out of the beginning of our week by whipping up some great meatless meals.  Now, don’t freak out and run away… you can enjoy meals with no meat and honestly you won’t even realize you are going meatless.

Things like pasta, veggie pilaf, meatless soups, meatless pizza’s, salads, and even good old PB&J with fresh veggies on the side.  All good choices and things to surely fill you up and replace a meal with meat.   You can even go meatless on days other than Monday, just let you imagination guide you.

MorningStar Farms has some great selections when you are planning your meatless meals.  Choose things like ~ Spicy Black Bean Burgers, Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers, Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burgers, Buffalo Chik’n Patty and Original Veggie Sausage.  All amazing choices to incorporate into tons of meal ideas.    And just because you start with one of these choices doesn’t mean you have to eat them as burgers.   What kind of ideas could you come up with using these starters ?    And because these foods are good for you, you should invite family and friends over and share with them all about MorningStar Farms and see what they think.  I am sure they will love them.   These products are so versatile.  Ask your a couple of your friends to tell you what they would do with these items, and I bet you get a couple fun ideas for meals from each of them.   Everyone can put their own spin on meal ideas.   Have fun, share and enjoy MorningStar Farms foods.   I know for us, our favorite meatless meal is a big salad with the Buffalo Chic’n Patty.   Perfect on more than just a Monday night.

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Toffee Almond Coffee Cake


Toffee Almond Coffee Cake

Here’s a yummy recipe for you, using a Tastefully Simple Almond Pound Cake.

Ingredients ~

1 Package Tastefully Simple Absolute Almond Pound Cake
1  1/2  Sticks Butter  (softened/melted)
1  1/2 Cups Water
1 Packet Hills Bros. English Toffee Iced Coffee
1 Tbsp Instant Coffee
3/4 Cups English Toffee Bits
1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips

Directions ~

Mix water with packet of iced coffee and instant coffee.
Mix cake mix, butter, coffee (water and coffee mix) in large bowl.    Add toffee bits and chips and mix good.  Pour into 9×9 greased cake pan. Bake at 350 Degrees for 50 min. or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Topping ~

Drizzle with warm caramel and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Enjoy hot, or room temp….  it’s perfect either way.

This was a hit, and lasted only 1 day in the house.   Totally worth all the extra squats I had to do.  LOL!!



Living the Paleo Life #Foodie

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by Sheila Cooper Thomas at



Living The Paleo Life  #Foodie @FoodiebyGlam @Foodie

There are more and more people every day choosing to lead the Paleo Life, by changing the way they eat.   Now, don’t get this way of life confused with a kind of diet.  Paleo is not a diet as you are not cutting calories to lose weight.  You are changing the way you eat, back to the caveman days to be healthy and in turn if you are healthy and eating good foods your body will do what it needs to do.
Living the Paleo Life means you eat whole, unprocessed foods that are nutrient-dense and nourishing.  Things like grass fed / pastured meats and eggs, wild caught fish and seafood, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits.   You will want to stay away from things that are fake, or full of things our bodies don’t need.  Foods containing gluten that contains grains, legumes, and sugar.  And, stay out of the middle isles in the supermarket.   I know for many those aisles equal quick foods and fast meals, but for many they also equal feeling icky and an unhealthy life.

Check out my collection on to see my favorite recipe picks or things I want to try.   No need to give up anything yummy when you choose to live Paleo.   Enjoy food, and enjoy life!

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Meals Made Easy with Reynolds Wrap

Meals Made Easy with Reynolds Wrap

I love cooking and love when I can cook simple.  In the summer most of my cooking is done on my grill and the best meals are made using Reynolds Wrap.   Check out some of the yummy things I make with this great kitchen helper.

We love Tilapia and one of the best ways to cook it is on the grill.  But, since it is a flaky fish and would fall apart if just put on the grill, I use Reynolds Wrap.  Here is have 2 different foil packets done up.  I take the Tilapia, cut it into chunks, sprinkle some olive oil on the foil and then layer the fish on, sprinkle with seasoning and a few chunks of butter and wrap them up.   I used lemon pepper on one, and a chipolte seasoning on the other.   Tasty.. you bet!!

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And then I add my veggies ~
Corn on the Cob and Broccoli in foil with seasoning and butter.

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Then.. once done you have awesome, yummy and healthy foods to enjoy all thanks to me (the chef) and Reynolds Wrap.

ReynoldsFinished Are you a fan of grilling and using Reynolds Wrap?
Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite thing to wrap and grill.

It’s Burger Bar Brunch Time with MorningStar Farms


It’s Burger Bar Brunch Time with MorningStar Farms
#MorningStarFarms #cgc #CleverGirls

Life is so busy here at the Thomas household and we always seem to be on the go.  It’s either running errands, working, taking care of the house and yard, remodeling something, taking a vacation, entertaining family and friends, spending time on our lake, or jumping on the bike for an afternoon ride.  Whatever it is we seem to be doing, one thing that always slips my mind is taking something out for breakfast or lunch on days my hubby is off.  Since we never know what the day will bring, I just never know what to prepare for.

Last week we had plans to be gone for the day, but last minute we changed them and stayed home to work on the house.  Well, out of nowhere my Dad stopped in.  (secretly he must have wanted to help us work on the house).  LOL!   I started to think, now what can I whip up for us all to eat.  Then it hit me, I have MorningStar Farms burgers in the freezer.  YES!  I will make those!!  Since I hadn’t really planned anything, I couldn’t use these to make any kind of recipe because I was short on just about all ingredients for anything good, so I decided to do a burger bar brunch.   I cooked up the burgers as the package directions said, and laid out some lettuce, tomatoes, buns, and juice.  I wasn’t sure about the burgers as I had never bought them or had them before and as you can see from the picture they look really, well done!  But, they are cooked as the package states.


We had Mediterranean Chickpea and Griller’s Original. Both were very very good.  I loved the Mediterranean Chickpea one and hubby favored the Grillers Original.  I actually made myself a double burger, with one patty of each on it. That was really delicious!  I actually don’t eat tomatoes so took that off but threw on some pickles.  I have to say, me being a huge burger lover I really did like these and plan to keep them on hand for more meal ideas and quick meals.   Like, a meatless Monday dish or two.


My Dad was impressed with these since he is not a healthy food kinda guy.  He looked at me funny when I showed him what I was cooking, but was very pleased after eating and actually said he was going to pick some up for meals in a pinch.   MorningStar Farms has a great selection so do check them out next time you get to the grocery store.


Here are a few things that MorningStar Farms would like my readers to know ~

  • To celebrate the summer season, MorningStar Farms® is stopping at local festivals across the country to serve up a variety of delicious, flavorful and good-for-you meal options during the “Good Food for Good Times” tour.
  • For those who are on the lookout for inspiration to live healthy, MorningStar Farms® is excited to share some innovative ways to create flavorful meatless meal options – without compromising taste.
  • Whether it’s hosting a party or cooking dinner for the family, MorningStar Farms® offers a fresh and versatile take on eating well with more than 30 products and 600 recipes that are convenient and delicious.
  • Visit to find exciting new ways to enjoy MorningStar Farms® and spice up your kitchen.

Have you tried MorningStar Farms ?   What is your favorite and how do you prepare it?  Share your ideas and recipes with me, so I can try it out.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Seafood Lovers Collection #Foodie

Check out Seafood Lovers Collection

by Sheila Cooper Thomas at

Seafood Lovers Collection #Foodie @FoodiebyGlam @Foodie

My husband is a huge seafood lover and he is what inspired this Foodie collection.  I like some seafood, and dislike others.   A lot of it has to do with preparation.   I can’t eat cold shrimp, but love battered and deep fried, or grilled or pan fried shrimp.   Lobster, not a favorite of mine, but lobster bites that are battered and deep fried.. YUM!

I found these recipes to be of interest to me, and things I plan to cook for my hubby and myself.   Do you like seafood?  What is your favorite, and least favorite?   Tell me your best recipe you have ever made, and I might add it to my collection.

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Nut Butter Cookies



Gluten Free Oatmeal Nut Butter Cookies

If you are looking for a quick, yummy, very few ingredients and Gluten Free cookie than you can stop searching and make this one.


1 1/4 C.   Nut Butter  ( I used 1 Cup Almond Butter and 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter)

1/4 C.  Nutella

2 Eggs

1  1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 C.  Brown Sugar

1/2 C.  Gluten Free Oats

1/2 C.  White Chocolate Chips  (you can omit these or use whatever kind you like)


Mix all ingredients.   Drop by teaspoon onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper (you don’t need to use parchment if you don’t want to).


Bake in oven @ 350 degrees for 10 min.


Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet.



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Hamburger Mash #Paleo


If you ever find yourself staring into your kitchen cupboards, wondering what you can make that will be delicious, nutritious and not take all night, I’ve got just the recipe for you. This recipe is super easy to make and full of great-for-you veggies. Plus, it’s ready in only about 20 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight go-to meal. Try it once, and you’ll be reaching for this recipe any time you have a busy night and you don’t know what to make!


Hamburger Mash #Paleo

Cook Time: 20 minutes. Serves 4.


  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika


1. Sprinkle the hamburger with salt, pepper and paprika to taste and cook over medium heat until browned. Dice the vegetables while the hamburger is cooking. Remove the hamburger to a plate and drain most of the juices, leaving just enough to coat the pan and keep the vegetables from sticking.

2. Sautee the garlic in the hamburger juices for 2 minutes. Add onions. Add zucchini. Return the hamburger to the pan and stir. Cook until the onions are translucent and the zucchini is tender, stirring occasionally.

3. Stir in the tomatoes and cook until heated through. Add additional seasoning if needed.


If you are looking to get creative in the kitchen, this is the perfect recipe to experiment with. This very forgiving recipe can also be tweaked as needed to accommodate whatever fresh, canned or even frozen veggies you have on hand or prefer. Try making it with broccoli, a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, mushrooms or spinach instead.


And if your kids are picky eaters, try making it with ingredients you know they will love at first, before slowly adding in new ones. With all the different ingredients, they won’t notice one new one, and they may just end up trying something new. The possibilities for this recipe are endless, so don’t be afraid to mix it up. Who knows what unique and delicious flavor combination you’ll create!


Note: This recipe is Paleo, Whole30 approved and allergy friendly. Enjoy!

Healthy Cold Summer Treats

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by Sheila Cooper Thomas at

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Summer is officially in full swing and that means warmer weather for most.  Not really for me, here in Minnesota… LOL!!   Warm to me it 90 degrees, not 60 degrees, which is what we have been having.   I hope we get some nice weather so I can enjoy some healthy cold treats for summer.  But, regardless if I can enjoy them, I am sharing them here so you all can enjoy them.

Check this great collection out and tell me what your favorite pick is.   Did you make it?   Will you make it ?   Do you have one of your own?