Smoothie Operator: Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Hurray for HealthHurray for smoothies! No. Really. I loooove them. In fact, I have a smoothie almost every single morning. They’ve become my go-to for a nutritious, delicious start to my day – or sometimes even a quick, balanced lunch or dinner on-the-go.

As part of my Hurray for Health campaign, and because I know it’s so important to start with feeling great on the inside, I’ve put together a few of my favorite smoothie recipes, and a few tricks and tips.

————–The Basics—————————

My favorite smoothie mix is Shaklee 180. Of course, you can substitute your own mix, but I love Shaklee because their products are always safe, always green, and always work. That’s why I chose them as my Hurray for Health partner. I started using the smoothie mixes about a year ago, and I’ve had them almost everyday since. They are made with all natural ingredients, no artificial flavors, sweeteners, GMOs or additives, are lactose free (hurray!), have a great balance of protein (24 grams!), carbs and fat, and contain leucine to help maintain my figure. Another reason I love Shaklee 180 smoothies is because they taste great on their own. You don’t NEED to add in other stuff to cover up the taste or add in nutrition. They’re already awesome. All you need is…

  • 1 packet or 2 scoops of Shaklee 180 Mix
  • About 1 cup of milk. I opt for Unsweetened Vanilla Almond or Coconut milk (or a mix) which is easier on the digestive tract, very healthy, and down right tasty.

Mix it up using a blender, food processor, or a blender ball container. You’re good to go!

If you DO want to add in a few things (I mean, I have a shake for breakfast EVERY day, so I like to mix it up a bit) here’s what you’ll need…

  • 1 packet or 2 scoops of Shaklee 180 Mix
  • About 1 cup of milk. I opt for Unsweetened Vanilla Almond or Coconut milk (or a mix) which is easier on the digestive tract, very healthy, and down right tasty. If you’re adding in more items, you may need to adjust the amount of milk.
  • Frozen or fresh fruit
  • Ripe fresh or frozen bananas*
  • 2 or more ice cubes
  • Optional add-ins for taste and extra health benefits: Kale, Spinach, Chia Seeds, Cinnamon, Oats, etc.

*TIP: Bananas are VERY sugary so they add a lot of sweetness to the smoothie and to your diet, so don’t go overboard. The riper, the sweeter. They also give the smoothie a thick consistency, and if frozen, give it a creamy, milkshake consistency. If freezing, peel first (I made this mistake the first time. Duh!) and chop or tear apart into 3-4 pieces each so they are easier to blend. When using frozen bananas, you may need even more milk.

Mix it up using a blender or food processor.**

Healthy, nutritious smoothie recipes from Hurray Kimmay

**TIPS: While a $20 blender will do the trick, you may want to invest in a good quality blender if you plan on blending every day (like me!). I own a Cuisinart blender/food processor combo with a glass pitcher that has been awesome. It is about 1/3 or 1/4 the price of the expensive Ninja or Vitamix models, but also more powerful and reliable than a drug store model.

When using ice or frozen foods, always pulse the ice crush button several times to get started, then start on low and slowly increase the speed. If the blender keeps whirring and nothing is churning, add a little bit more liquid and try again.

I love using a straw in a tall mug with my shakes and I always take my Vitalizer and other Shaklee supplements along with it! It’s the perfect morning combo!My favorite way to say Hurray in the morning! Shaklee Smoothie recipe from Hurray Kimmay

—————Specialty Recipes—————

The below recipes are a few of my favorite ways to mix it up! Remember, you can mix and match the mixes, milks, fruits and add-ins as you see fit. Tell me what you decided to try, and what you changed at Kimmay@hurraykimmay.com or send me a tweet @hurraykimmay! I’d love to hear. And I’m always here to help if you have questions or want to set up a call to learn more :D

Peaches and Cream smoothie recipe from Hurray KimmayPeaches & Cream

Shaklee 180 Vanilla Mix

½ or 1 full banana

¾ cup frozen peaces

½ tsp cinnamon

2-3 ice cubes

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond or Coconut Milk

Optional: ¼ cup oats, 1 tsp Chia Seeds

Healthy Blueberry Muffin meal smoothie from Hurray KimmayBlueberry Muffin

Shaklee 180 Café Latte Mix

½ or 1 full banana

½ cup of frozen blueberries

½ tsp of cinnamon

2-3 ice cubes

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond or Coconut Milk

Optional: ¼ cup oats, 1 tsp Chia Seeds

Tropical Paradise smoothie from Hurray KimmayTropical Paradise:

Shaklee 180 Vanilla Mix

A combination of frozen mango, fresh/canned pineapple, and frozen peaches to add up to about 1 – 1 ½ cup of fruit

2-3 ice cubes

Unsweetened vanilla or regular coconut milk

¼ – 1 cup of Kale or Spinach (optional)

Strawberry Fields Smoothie via Hurray KimmayStrawberry Fields:

Shaklee 180 Chocolate Mix

½ Banana

½ cup frozen Strawberries (or berry mix)

¼ -1 cup cup of Kale or Spinach

1 tsp of Chia Seeds

2-3 ice cubes

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Hurray! Are you ready to feel and look your best from the inside out? Try a smoothie, talk to me about Shaklee (shoot me an email at kimmay (at) hurraykimmay (dot) com, and say Hurray for Your Health!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

Review: Easy Canvas Prints (And Our Anniversary!)

Easy Canvas Prints Review Header hurray kimmayThis August 5th marked a wonderful milestone: my second wedding anniversary! HURRAY! To celebrate, we went to one of our favorite restaurants in Queens (and where we hosted our rehearsal lunch, instead of dinner), The Astor Room, and dined outside to the hum of 1940′s tunes.

Because Mr. Hurray and I are both in between jobs and not exactly raking in the big bucks while we decide what our next moves will be, we didn’t exchange gifts this year. So I was so thrilled that Easy Canvas Prints emailed me with a complimentary 8×10 offer to review their online print product. Right away, even though this was months before we’d be in our current financial situation, I knew I wanted to order a print from our wedding day. Our wedding photographer, Mallory Berry of MGB Photo, took such gorgeous shots from our special day . . . and we still have yet to order any prints. D’oh! So now that there was no excuse, I chose my most favorite photo for an 8×10, of my honey and I dancing in front of the Bronx Zoo Center right before our ceremony. It was like he and I were the only two in the entire zoo. It was a magical moment. And now I have a beautiful canvas print of it in our home.

Canvas review 3 Hurray KimmayThe process of ordering was really simple. The website even gives you an idea of how the size of the print will compare to a 7 foot sofal. I thought that was pretty handy.Easy Canvas Review on Hurray Kimmay

Because I was using a very large file of super high quality, I wasn’t concerned about the pixelation at all. But if you are using smaller photos, the website automatically lets you know how the printing quality will look for the size print you’re ordering. Bonus: You can actually import photos from Facebook or Instagram! Hurray! (Instagram addict here. Follow me!)Easy Canvas Review on Hurray KimmayNext, you have some handy options to choose from. The complimentary option for display is a wall hanging canvas, but for less than $10 more you can have a sleek back added so you can display the canvas on a desk or shelf. Because my photo was large enough, I chose to have the sides wrapped in with the remainder of my image. Easy Canvas Review on Hurray KimmayAnd finally, options to use a black and white or sepia filter and to add retouching. Fancy! Easy Canvas Review on Hurray KimmayFrom the emails I’ve received since my order, and from the instant promo when I finalized my order, it looks like Easy Canvas Prints has a lot of great promotional offers. So if budget is a concern for you, take a look online or sign up for their emails :)  Easy Canvas Review on Hurray Kimmay

So the ordering process was super easy! The shipping process was a bit harder for me. Any time something is shipped via FedEx or UPS, I have to put a note on my apartment building door and have the driver call me. Shipping via USPS is waaaay easier. Oh, the hardship of living in a building with no buzzer and no doorman. C’est la vie. It was strange, however, that there was no packing slip or information inside the package with the canvas print. I’d say that Easy Canvas Prints may be trying to save our environment by using less paper, but the giant box that was used to ship a small 8×10 order says otherwise. It did arrive safe and sound, however.

I took a few photos of the canvas print in three locations: in a window, on the back of the couch (above) and hung up on the wall. The window option allows light to shine through the back, which actually looks kind of cool, but may not be a great option for all prints. The couch and wall option are probably better, and the built in wall hanging teeth are a great plus – no need to add anything yourself. The canvas itself is pretty lightweight so there’s no need to worry about it falling.

Easy Canvas Review on Hurray KimmayEasy Canvas Review on Hurray Kimmay

Even without a frame, I think it looks great on the wall! Aren’t we just the cutest, dancing in the zoo?

My only less-than-hurray review of the actual product is the back. While I’m sure the easy “cut here and staple there” instructions make it easy for the staff, it’s a little tacky looking. I know, I know, I know – no one will even see this. But if I were giving this as a gift, someone would. In the grand scheme of things, this is no big deal, but it was worth noting.

I presented this print to my honey a few days after our anniversary (partly my fault because I ordered it too late, partly the whole UPS shipping issue noted above) and he thought it was darling AND loved the light coming through the back when it was placed in the window. Hurray!

There are a LOT of photo and canvas printing places on the web these day because canvas prints are a great way to add a little personalized charm to your home decor. They make great gifts for parents, friends, bridesmaids, grandparents, and your special honey. If you need a site that’s easy and user friendly, with just enough size and style options (and not too many to confuse you) then Easy Canvas Prints is a great site for you!

Pssst! Want more from our wedding? Here’s my post from our first wedding anniversary, including MGB Photo’s stop-motion movie of our day!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

Top Three Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs {Video}

Top three tips for creative entrepreneurs Hurray Kimmay TV .jpgThis year has been a real whirlwind. I did not know that I would start my own business, be my own boss, or totally change directions. Yet, here I am doing it, and it feels amazing! One of my favorite things about being an entrepreneur is meeting other young boss ladies like myself.

One such lady is Elisa Pupko, the founder and lead teaching artist at Treasure Trunk Theatre. You may recognize Elisa from a few of my Braducational Videos and press appearances (looove that bathing suit she’s wearing from Seafolly!), because I first met Elisa when I hired her as a model. Flash forward and here we both are with our own businesses! Elisa is still a performing artist, actress, and model but her children’s theatre classes unexpectedly grew this summer because of her resourcefulness and a little known movie called “Frozen.”

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In this episode of Hurray Kimmay TV, I ask Elisa how she got the idea to start her business, why she has changed her classes and offerings based on her customers’ needs, and for her top three tips for other entrepreneurs. It’s all here – just press play!

Are you an entrepreneur, too? What are your tips? Want to meet up so we can create a strong network of us boss ladies? Let’s connect! Email me at kimmay (at) hurraykimmay (dot) com or @hurraykimmay!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

Let’s Go Wild

Hurray for big changes and big plans! Recently I’ve have been making huge strides in my life – especially in the business department. I’m really going for it, folks. And I’m thrilled :D

Wild Woman Fest 2014

In my quest to be my own boss, to help women feel great on the inside, outside and underneath it all™ I am swapping my hours in the bra fitting shop for hours focused on Hurray Kimmay and Hurray Media LLC. That’s right – I’m now my own boss, and I’m working for myself 100%! HURRRRRRRAY! As part of my new found freedom, I have the time to travel, learn, connect and reach out…and WORK. In August, I’ll be going to Long Beach, CA (my first time EVER in California) to the Shaklee global conference for learning, growing and connecting. And next weekend I’m attending the Wild Woman Fest!

You may remember my second ever Hurray Kimmay TV episode was interviewing Chris Maddox and Limor Hakim. Chris is the founder and leader of the Wild Woman Project, and Limor is a Wild Woman Moon Circle leader. Now the project is expanding to the first ever Wild Woman Fest – a four day extravaganza in the Berkshires to soak in nature and connect with each other and with our own wild selves. As they state “Our aim of this festival is to give women the opportunity to experience a different part of themselves – a part of self which is perhaps more free, more raw, more connected to the rhythm of nature.”

I’m looking forward to yoga, vision boarding, fresh air, female empowerment, and a good old fashioned time out from the city life. I’m looking forward to expanding, to growing and to starting this new chapter in my life. Want to join me?

Wild Woman Fest tickets

Here’s how you can learn more about the Wild Woman Fest:

Wild Woman Fest 2014

Want to go WILD with me? This song is very loosely related (I mean the title is Wild, Wild Love and it’s Friday and I’m ready to DANCE!) but it’s fun for the weekend! Join me next weekend at Wild Woman Fest 2014!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

Want a little free Hanky Panky?

Hurray for the 4th of July!

I feel like I already got my Independence Day fix with a trip to Robert Moses Beach along with great friends on Sunday and a gorgeous fireworks display in Astoria Park on Monday night. Despite the heat and an unfortunate run in with a giant wave (the bloody knee was nothing compared to my salt-logged nose and mouth) I had a fantastic time!

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So with today’s rainy, cloudy forecast, I’m happy to stay in, work on some projects and do a little online shopping and giveaway entering. What’s on my list? One of my FAVORITE underwear brands in the world: Hanky Panky. It’s no secret that I love hanky panky . . . both with and without the capital letters, if you get my drift. (In fact, you may remember my post in my Hurray for Lingerie column on Lingerie Briefs about trying out crotchless Hanky Panky underwear. No? Read it and tell me if you’d ever try them!)

I recently shared my Hanky Panky love affair and how fabulous, comfortable and fashionable they are in my Hurray for Lingerie post on Lingerie Briefs, so I thought I’d share a friend’s view on these sassy little thongs. Here’s my friend Britney’s point of view:

As a plus size woman, I was completely skeptical about even trying something (let alone thong underwear!!) that was “one size”.  ”One Size Fits All” usually translates into “One Size that Will NEVER Fit You”.  But so many of my friends and clients (I used to work in a well known bra salon) RAVED about them, so I finally broke down and gave them a try.

I went with the Original Rise Thong and now, I AM COMPLETELY OBSESSED!!  Not only did they fit (shocker!!) but they don’t dig in and they don’t leave lines!! Oh! and they come in a ton of different colors, so I can get them to match everything.  They are literally the most comfortable pair of underwear that I have ever owned/ worn.  I even wore them on my wedding day because every other pair of underwear I tried drove me nuts.  I am a total convert!

Hurray! Brit and I are not just friends and lingerie aficionados, but we both wore HP’s on our wedding days. She opted for a black original rise, and I went with a light blue low rise (my something blue!). As the proud owner of over 100 pairs of low rise Hanky Panky thongs (seriously) you’d think I just don’t need another pair, right? Wrong. When I got the chance for a complimentary pair from Bare Necessities with crystal personalization, I immediately chose the letters H-U-R-R-A-Y. Here they are:Hurray Hanky Panky Thong Hurray Kimmay Hurray for Lingerie.jpg

Want your own pair of free, personalized Hanky Panky underwear? Enter the Bare Necessities giveaway here, starting today July 4th and ending July 14th and you could be one of ten winners! Check out the whole HP selection here and tell me in the comments or via a Tweet which style and color you’ll choose to personalize.

HURRAY Hanky Panky Sweeps

Here’s a great 4th of July bonus: Hanky Panky underwear is MADE IN THE USA. Hurray!

How are you enjoying your Independence Day? Have you ever tried Hanky Panky underwear? What would you like your personalization to say?

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

 

Lingerie Post Round Up

Hurray it’s Friday the 13th! I’ve had a very lovely day working on projects for clients, enjoying a lunch date with one friend in a pretty little Brooklyn neighborhood, reviewing my designer’s mood board for the new Hurray Kimmay, shopping and fresh organic lemonade with another friend, running in a rainstorm, and more!

And HURRAY a guest post that I submitted to the The Lingerie Addict went live today! Its founder, Cora Harrington, and I met up this past Wednesday for dessert at my favorite vegan restaurant, Blossom Cafe while she was in town in NYC. I had such a great time chatting about marriage with her, discussing the current industry beauty standards, and learning how to be my own boss. In honor of my post on TLA, here’s a round up of my most recent lingerie posts and goodness. Enjoy!

How to Showcase or Hide your Headlights Title

How to Showcase or Hide Your Headlights – my guest post on The Lingerie Addict is a list of my favorite methods for keeping your nipples hidden or showing them off. Working with different kinds of women in my many years as a bra fitter, I’ve heard both sides of this debate but there’s one request that I get most often. Read on to find out!

Tasteful-ways-to-show-or-hide-your-bra-straps-hurray-kimmayShowing Bra Straps: Tacky or Tasteful - this is my very first VIDEO episode of Hurray for Lingerie! I popped by the Van de Velde office to discuss this topic with Jen Conselyea, AND get a sneak peek at the Fall/Winter Marie Jo collection. Check out the coolest decorative straps and decide for yourself if you want to flaunt them.

Squeeming with Joy by Kim Caldwell hurray for lingerie

Squeeming with Joy – OK before you judge, this little rubber corset is a game changer for my friend Caitlyn Becker, who gives it a go, says YES to the dress, and becomes Squeem obsessed. Would you try this shapewear sensation?

Should you wear a longline bra with your wedding dress hurray for LingerieShould You Wear a Longline Bra with your Wedding Dress? - Thanks to wedding season and my cousin Steph, I dive into the popular “what the heck should I wear under my wedding gown?” question. Plus, I show you what I wore under mine… which and included my “something blue”.

crotchlesspantiesIs Crotchless Crazy? – Ever wonder what it’s like to try out crotchless underwear? I did. So I tried them. Find out what happens when I test drive a little black lace number AND where you can find Ryan Gossling crotchless panties on Etsy. For real.

When to say goodbye to your bras via Hurray Kimmay (Kim of Linda's!)When to Say Goodbye to Your Bras - If you’re not sure if your bra drawer is full of dead bras, here’s a video and a few guidelines for you. Because, let’s face it: bras don’t last forever. Sarah Bernard gets some tough love and learns to let go and say goodbye to her dead bras!

Braducation 101 with Better TV and Kim Caldwell of Linda's on Hurray Kimmay BlogBraducation 101 on Better TV – Speaking of Sarah Bernard, here we are with my bra model, Megan, braducating the world on Better TV! This informative video contains some key facts about bras, bra fitting, and feeling fab.

Have a lingerie or bra fitting question? Send me an email at kimmay (at) hurraykimmay (dot) com and your question may be featured in an upcoming Hurray for Lingerie post! I’m happy to help you and help you feel your very best – underneath it all.

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

 

 

 

Feel Fantastic in Five Days

HURRAY!

There are SO many great, wonderful, exciting, stressful, time consuming things going on in the Hurray Kimmay office (read: my Queens apartment). I am working like crazy to build a BRAND NEW hurraykimmay.com – including a new layout, new logo & branding, new columns, a fancy newsletter, exciting offers, and more. Just you wait – it will be worth it. I am about to burst at the seams with the goodness that is to come and just how great you are going to feel on the inside, outside, and underneath it all (TM). 

So stay tuned, dear friends, and be sure to get on the email list so you’ll be the fist to know about the latest and greatest. Sign up here.

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Don’t want to wait for the big reveal? Don’t worry! I’ve got a great dose of hurray for your day right now.

Recently, I joined a group of healthy, active, savvy women and men who are aiming to create a greener, cleaner, and healthier world. Because of them, I went from seeing the doctor every few months, taking loads of rx medicines, and suffering through sickness and stress all the time, to feeling the best I’ve ever felt. I’m proud to say that my new & improved HurrayKimmay.com will include an entire column of Hurray for Health, chock full of resources, recipes, tips and real medical data to help you feel your very best from the inside out.

Why I feel so darn good

Want to get started now? I just finished a 5 Day Body Reset Challenge with the Urban Detox Club and Shaklee and it was JUST what I needed to kick off the warm weather months right. And GOOD news for you: there’s another one starting up June 23rd! Sign up by June 16th, 2014 so you can get all of your provisions, resources and instructions and get ready to feel great. Seriously. Great. Here are the details:

The Results Are In: 

“My body feels so light and clean. No bloating or that stuffy feeling in my digestive tract. I also haven’t gotten on the scale yet, but I can feel there is less “fluffiness” around my waist”  - Newelle

We had such a great response from our first 5 day reset program this past week that we are offering it again. You will not believe the results that some of our resetters are getting in just 5 short days! The next round begins on Monday, June 23rd and will last ONLY 5 days. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join our group that is losing inches, gaining energy, and feeling their best! 

You will be armed with:

  • 1 cannister of Shaklee 180 Smoothie mix (3 meals per day for 5 days) (my favorite shake that keeps me full and energized. I LOVE the cafe latte flavor, but the vanilla and chocolate are close runners up).
  • A full month’s worth of Shaklee Vitalizer to keep your healthy habit going (my favorite vitamins that I take every day!) 
  • Snack list
  • Shopping list
  • Private accountability group on Facebook

How do you get involved? 

Email me at kimmay@hurraykimmay.com by June 15th so that we can make your order by June 16th together and you can get started on June 23rd with the rest of the group. The basic investment is $121 and 5 days – but the vitamins & supplements, the network of like minded people, and the healthy habits last much longer.

Bonus>>> Since we’re friends, I’ll share a few of my favorite shake recipes and secret ingredients that aren’t included in the reset materials. You can enjoy the very same delicious and nutritious meals that I made (think cinnamon peaches & cream, and tropical breakfast shakes) after a bit of trial and error. Whatcha waiting for? Email me today :D

*All new orders will need to be placed by Monday 6/16 in order to get started by June 23rd.

Here are a few photos of the deliciousness and healthy meals I made throughout my body reset: 5 day Body Reset Challenge is here

” I have loads more energy and I have radically reduced my sugar cravings. The best part is that I don’t feel hungry at all. Yesterday I ran 6k in the park! I am looking forward to using all thi extra energy on my hike this weekend.”  - Anneka

Here’s to feeling happy and healthy!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

How to Save on Sexy Lingerie: Sample Sale!

If you know me, you know that great foundations are extremely important to me. I truly believe that investing in well fitting undergarments (and visiting your bra fitter!) is SO worth it. But I also love the artful, gorgeous stuff. In fact, I used to work for La Perla for years. If you haven’t seen La Perla, get on it. Some of the most glamorous lingerie, bras and underwear in existence. During my years with this luxe brand, I was lucky enough to have Ivana Nonnis as my boss. Ivana and I have since moved on to new adventures and we recently caught up in her magical lingerie showroom, I.N. Showroom, in NYC. She represents some of the hottest new brands in the business, and right now, you can score them at up to 70% off of the retail price. That’s right – it’s a SAMPLE SALE! Hurray!

After getting a bra fitting to determine your bra size, you’ll have a great starting point for browsing the sample sales. I shop sample sales to try new brands, explore different styles, and take a risk on something daring. I found two gorgeous Marlies Dekkers bra and underwear sets (the bottom two photos). One boasts a velvety print and longline design, and the other sports a menswear theme with houndstooth and (no, really) men’s suspenders! Plus, I indulged in a few cutesy undies, because they made me say “hurray!”

Want a silk robe, a designer bathing suit or a pretty camisole? Then this sample sale is for you. Don’t miss it!

LUXURY EUROPEAN LINGERIE NIGHTWEAR & SWIMWEAR

SAMPLE SALE & STOCK

265 W 37th Street 16th Floor Left (Corner of 8th Ave)

(212) 485-1755

 May 12th -16th

11AM-6PM

 CASH & CREDIT CARD ACCEPTED

 MARLIES DEKKERS – ARGENTOVIVO – AMULETTE AND MORE…

Sample Sale 1 Hurray Kimmay Sample Sale 2 Hurray Kimmay I love filling my bra drawer with gorgeous lingerie. It’s always been my philosophy that if someone else sees it… good for them. If not, I know that I have on a gorgeous bra or sexy panty. It puts a pep in my step, and makes me feel like that I can take on the world. Certainly a great reason to say “hurray!”

Have you ever gone to a sample sale? Where are your favorite places to hear about sales?  Will you visit this sample sale? Tell them that Kim sent you! 

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

{Video} Award Winning Apple Bread Recipe

HK TV Dairy Free Apple Bread Recipe VIDEOHappy Mother’s Day!

I’m lucky enough to have several women to celebrate on Mother’s day: my aunts, my sisters-in-law, my step mom, my mother-in-law, my step mother-in-law, my Grandma, and especially my very own Mother. I always say that I’m her “mini me” because we look so much alike. When you inspect photos of when she was in her early 20s and when I was in my early 20′s, it’s hard to tell us apart!

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A few weeks ago I traveled to Florida for a “workcation” where I spent time with my Mom and family and they allowed me several hours each day to work on building the foundation for my budding business. During my stay, my Mom and I filmed our very own cooking segment for Hurray Kimmay TV. When I asked what she wanted to make, we quickly suggested her award winning Apple Bread. Yum! Below is our video and the recipe. Be sure to watch until the very end for a very real blooper from my Momma (and count how many times we mention how good it smells. OMG it smelled so gooooooood!)

Apple Bread Recipe (By, Sandra Peters) 

TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans). Chopped.
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tbs. soft butter at room temperature (margarine for dairy-free!)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)

DRY INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp powdered cloves

WET INGREDIENTS:

  •  1/2 cup salad oil (canola or vegetable oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk (almond or coconut milk for dairy-free!)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F)
  2. Prepare bread pan. Lightly grease and flour.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together TOPPING ingredients using a pastry knife or fork and knife, and set aside.
  4. Whisk together DRY INGREDIENTS in a large bowl.
  5. In another bowl, mix WET INGREDIENTS.
  6. Core, peel and chop 2-3 apples (about 2 cups) into small 1/4-1/2 inch pieces.
  7. Pour apples into wet ingredients and stir to coat.
  8. Make a well (indentation) in the dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients and apples into well. Mix together.
  9. Pour batter into bread pan.
  10. Sprinkle topping on top of the batter.
  11. Bake until done. About 40-50 min for a 9×13 inch pan. About 55-60 min for a bundt or spring form pan.
  12. ENJOY! Note – apple bread freezes well for later!

One thing I learned from my Mom was if a problem arises, to get creative and go with the flow. For example, when we went to the grocery store for this Apple Bread recipe. . . we forgot to buy apples. What?! Luckily, we had two small apples on hand at the house and they ended up being JUST the perfect amount for the recipe. Additionally, my camera turned off several times without my knowledge while filming this episode. While I fumed, Mom kept her cool and said “I’m sure we can figure something out.” She was right. We did. So when I got home and realized that several segments from my “Kimmay Cam” (my phone) had not saved and I didn’t have close ups of about 1/4 of the video, I thought “it’s ok. I’ll figure something out.” And I did. Life is NOT perfect, but  with a little patience and creativity, you can make it into something really great. 

Wishing all of the Moms out there (including pet parents!) a happy Mother’s Day! Here’s my little baby cat, Bella, and I…

Hurray for Pet Parents on Mother's Day hurray kimmayWhat did you do to celebrate Mother’s Day today? Have a great day!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

 

{Video} Newborn baby bunnies! Easter Greetings from Hurray Kimmay

Hurray!

You may have noticed I’ve been missing from the past two Motivation Mondays. No? That’s OK. Yes? So sorry! But it’s all because I’m working on something bigger, better, and oh-so-wonderful. You may also remember that I started my very own, shiny, new company, Hurray Media. Well, I’ve been spending a lot of time building the business, my brand, my offerings, and staying true to my “why”. I’m having a swell time in Marie Forleo’s B-School, but I’m also a bit overwhelmed with so much to do. Starting your own company, working full time and taking a rigorous business course all at the same time is . . . a lot.

So I did what any self respecting, married, adult, business owner would do: I ran to my mommy. That’s right! I booked a last minute trip to Florida to visit my Mom and Step Dad in their new home, two of my brothers (I have five!), and my nieces and nephews. I left my husband to take care of the cat. I also had an agreement with my Mom and Step Dad that I would have time to work on my business. So between the home cooked meals, trips to the beach, and family time I WORKED my little business butt off.

hurray kimmay at the beach my beach read on hurray kimmay

And while Florida is famous for its beaches, I know it for its farm life! My oldest brother lives on dirt road in a beautiful home with a plot of land filled with a catfish pond, horses, chickens, goats and … BABY BUNNIES. Just in time for Easter wishes! Watch this short video I put together of my nieces, nephews and I exploring the country life. I don’t know who was more in wonder – these small kids or this city girl!

PS: Stay tuned for a cooking tutorial that I filmed with my Mom and learn how to make her award winning Apple Bread! 

Wishing you and yours a happy spring, a wonderful Easter, and lots of love!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay