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     It is the second week of January and we have packed away all decorations, gone back to work, and sent the kids back to school. How is the New Year's resolution going? I have to admit I sort of fell off the wagon a bit. 
     

 
 
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     Holiday time can be a bit crazy and of course staying healthy during that time can be difficult. For me, the hardest part is finding the time to eat every two hours. I NEVER thought this would be my biggest issue! Crazy, right? So it is something I am working to improve on so I can keep my body in fat burning mode. With Optavia, I know it is so important to maintain that consistency. 
      With New Years approaching, I have been thinking about all of the past years that my resolution was always to get healthy and it never worked. This year, I am well on my way and I feel amazing. Typically, this was the time that I would feel that "holiday hangover" from stuffing myself for days on end. Enjoying all of the cookies, beer and family dinners in the previous weeks. I knew that with upcoming New Year, I would convince myself all of my old habits would be a thing of the past. I was going to wake up before the kids to get a run in, avoid the bakery aisle at the grocery, and say no when the waitress asked if I wanted dessert.  I was going to get it all together in the new year....but it never happened. This year, I already have it together and I feel so good about it. 

 
 
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     It has officially been FIVE WEEKS since I decided to change things up and get healthy. I know January 1 is right around the corner, so it is time to start thinking about those New Year's resolutions, right? For many of us, that same old resolution is always get healthy this year or say goodbye to those extra pounds I am toting around. It lasts for a couple of days or maybe a week and then we see a plate of french fries or a piece of cake that we just have to have. This year, I have a great jump start on my resolution and I am not looking back. I would love if you joined me too

 
 
     This super recipe is one of our family favorites. It is incrediblly easy to make and kids love to help with it. Most of the time, we have all of the ingredients in our fridge, so it is nice and easy to throw together for dessert or brunch.  

 
 
     This is one of the yummiest sauces you will ever taste, but it is also one of the simplest. Just toss everything into your slow cooker and you are ready to go! I typically make four batches at a time so I can can them. If you follow the recipe, you have a single batch good for 6 cups of sauce. Don't forget to add what you want and make the recipe your own! 

 
 
     Every fall, the one thing I most look forward to is pumpkin everything! I absolutely love the taste and smell of pumpkin and I can't wait to make my favorite pumpkin desserts. This one is one of my best! It takes only a few minutes to make and it tastes AMAZING!! This recipe makes 12 servings and is perfect by itself or served with ice cream. 

 
 
     My kiddos absolutely love bananas so I was looking for a way to use them in a dessert. This super yummy cake is quick to make and awesome for those yellow fruit lovers! Whip it up and serve it with whipped cream on the side. 

 
 
This is a quick and easy Banana Bread Recipe you can whip together in a few minutes. It is perfect for when you have a few overly ripe bananas to use instead of tossing them. Feel free to add to the recipe to make it your own (cinnamon, walnuts, etc). The bread stays good for up to three days and tastes wonderful warm. Enjoy! 

 
 
Looking for a super yummy, home baked treat that the entire family will love? This Butter Cake recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember, and it is one my kiddos will all know how to make before they move out. It is perfect for taking to parties, tastes great the next day, and is far from low calorie...so it is the best comfort food you can ask for! The cake takes about 20 minutes to whip together, another 4 minutes for the topping, and 60 minutes to bake at 350 degrees. I prefer to bake it in a prepared Bundt pan, but I am sure you could try others. 
What You Need:
Cake
3 c. flour 
2 c. white sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. buttermilk
1 c. butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs. 

Topping

3/4 c. white sugar
1/3 c. butter
3 Tbsp. water
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. In a large bowl, mix the flour, 2 cups sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Blend in buttermilk, 1 cup of butter, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and 4 eggs. Beat for 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Prick holes in the still warm cake. For this part, I use a chopstick. Poke about 30 holes. Slowly spoon the sauce over cake trying to focus on the holes you made. Let cake cool before removing from pan. 

To Make Butter Sauce: In a saucepan combine the remaining 3/4 cups sugar, 1/3 cup butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and the water. Cook over medium heat, until fully melted and combined, but do not boil.