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Drink Up – Juicing Brings Your Energy and Well Being Back

Whenever I feel stressed or run down, I reach for the juicer. My body usually runs like a well-maintained machine, but once in a while I feel achy and tired due to stress, lack of sleep, and not so healthy eating.

Juicing is a great way to get plenty of fruits and vegetables into our bodies and after drinking a glass of fresh juice, I feel so much more energized.

This week I decided to give my body a break and juice a different type of juice every day. I started with a Green Juice. I like to add an apple for a hint of sweetness. Instead of spinach you can use kale.



1 Green Apple

Half a Cucumber

Handful of Spinach

Handful of Parsley


I am always looking for new juicing recipes. Do you have any? I would love to hear from you.


Apple & Sweet Cottage Cheese Strudel

Growing up in Germany, apple strudel was something we enjoyed eating throughout the year. No amount of words can describe the taste of biting into a warm apple strudel. The crispy crust with warm sweet apples inside is a more sophisticated version of apple pie. Making apple strudel takes time and is not exactly something that you can whip up when the craving calls for it. Apple strudel is made from simple ingredients, but the secret of a successful strudel is the dough. It must be elastic and smooth to stretch it very thin. The dough will be rolled and wrapped around the filling, which in this case consists of apples and a sweet cottage cheese filling.


1 2/3 cups flour

¼ tsp salt

1 egg

2 tbsp melted butter

½ cup warm water


6 apples (grated) + ¾ cup sugar

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cups cottage cheese

½ cup sour crème

1 egg

½ cup sugar (depending on taste)

½ tsp vanilla

¼ cup bread crumbs + 1 tbsp sugar

About 8 tbsp melted butter

Directions for filling:

1. Peel and grate the apples. Add sugar and cinnamon.

2. In a small bowl combine cottage cheese, sour crème, egg, sugar, vanilla.

Prepare dough:

1. Mix flour and salt in a large bowl.

2. Beat egg, butter, water to blend.

3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.

4. Knead dough on a lightly floured board until dough feels smooth (about 5 minutes).

5. Pick up dough and slam down onto board repeatedly (about 5 minutes).

6. Shape dough into a smooth oval and brush lightly with melted butter. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Roll out dough:

1. Cover a table with a clean tablecloth and dust with flour. Roll out dough into a large oval (approx. 18- by 26-inch oval).

2. Stretch the dough with your hands as much as you can. If dough tears, overlap the torn edges and seal them. The dough should be thin enough to see through.

3. Brush dough with 6 tbsp melted butter. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and sugar evenly over the dough.

4. Spread apples and cottage cheese filling over the dough.

5. Gently lift cloth under the filled dough guiding it forward to form a compact roll, ending seam down.

6. Transfer it to a PAM sprayed baking sheet. Brush strudel with about 2 tbsp. butter.

7. Bake strudel in a 375 degrees oven on center rack for about 35 to 40 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar (optional).

Wake Up Wednesdays



Apple Orchard, Pie Kitchen & Country Store

On Sunday I had a wonderful time apple picking with my oldest daughter. She came home from college do to some laundry and enjoyed some home cooked meals (you know how college kids are).
We went to nearby Breeden’s Orchard in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. The orchard offers apples and fresh cider from September to October and peaches from July to August. It also has a cute country store with yummy jams, jellies, juices, and even knitted scarves and hats.

Upon arrival, the owner handed us a basket with some instructions, such as “… this row has the tart apples; this row has the smaller apples, only pick apples from the tree not off the ground, etc.” We had the best time picking, eating, and enjoying the fresh air and nature. We ended up with six pounds of apples in our basket and probably two pounds worth of apples in our stomachs.

The apples were delicious and I can’t wait to make an apple pie or apple strudel.

Sometimes it’s nice to get away from computers and smartphones and just enjoy the simple things in life. Picking apples is relaxing and fun. If you haven’t done it yet, find a farm or an orchard and pick some fruit straight from a tree.

It was a good day!