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Black Forest Stuffed French Toast

This is one of those recipes you can make about once every 6 months without feeling badly about it. And I sort of think it would make the prefect Christmas Day brunch item, because we all know – all bets are off on Christmas day. Right? Right.

Black Forest Stuffed French Toast is perfect for a decadent brunch, or holiday breakfast. It's a must-try for any chocolate lover!

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When I first saw this recipe in my bag of goodies from the President’s Choice holiday event I went to a a few weeks back I knew I had to test drive it. And really, any chance i have to make whipped cream (which is about twice/year) is good in my book!

 The full recipe can be found directly on their website here including a printer friendly version, and it calls for you use their  PC The Decadent Chocolate Cherry Loaf. But what do you do if you don’t live somewhere where they sell this appropriately named sweet bread? Don’t you worry, I’ve got you covered.

This Black Forest Stuffed French Toast is a must-try for any Chocolate Lover! It would make a great Christmas Brunch menu item!

I searched the interwebs and found my buddy Rachael Ray has a Chocolate-Cherry Loaf on her site: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/side-dish-recipes/chocolate-cherry-loaf, and there are thousands of other recipes out there you can search out and use. One cautionary note, the PC loaf is a dry loaf, with thinly cut pieces, so if you use a traditional loaf recipe, you will probably need to modify the recipe to omit the “stuffed” part. Why? Well those more moist loafs need to be cut in thicker slices making it difficult for the “toast” to heat through. But obviously it’s up to you!

This Black Forest Stuffed French Toast is a must-try for any Chocolate Lover! It would make a great Christmas Brunch menu item!

I died a little bit the day I made these. They truly are decadent and worth every darn calorie.

If you make them please let me know what you think. I’m drooling a little bit just thinking about it!

Disclosure: I was provided with the ingredients to make this recipe by President’s Choice, however all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Easy Spinach Dip & Prosciutto Appetizers

December is officially in full swing which means most of us have at least one party or potluck we will be hosting or going to, and coming up with fun (and tasty) finger foods can be time consuming. First trying to come up with an idea of what to make, and then to actually go out and make it. That’s what I love about these spinach dip and prosciutto appetizers. They take literally 5 minutes to throw together, a few minutes to heat through in the oven and that’s it! You can easily wait until your guests arrive to make these without ending up spending the whole night in the kitchen.

Easy Spinach Dip & Prosciutto Appetizer Recipe perfect for Christmas or Holiday get togethers!

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So what makes them so easy? You let the store do all the work for you. I love cooking from scratch, but sometimes, a girl has to give herself a break and let someone else do the heavy lifting, and this is one of those times.

Bakery made flat bread + store bought spinach dip + prosciutto. That’s it my friends.

Easy Spinach Dip & Prosciutto Appetizer Recipe perfect for Christmas or Holiday get togethers!

Sometimes simplicity can be so delicious.

Easy Spinach Dip & Prosciutto Appetizer Recipe perfect for Christmas or Holiday get togethers!

You could use this idea to make so many combinations. There are so many awesome store made dips you can find now a days, decide on a theme and go for it! But in the meantime, I’ll be over here enjoying my spinach dip and prosciutto. 😉

Zumba ZIN 60

Hi everyone! Before I get into this month’s Zumba release, I wanted to take a second to tell you why there have been no new videos since the end of October. On October 30th I started getting sick and ended up with a lung infection & bronchitis (which I think I mentioned to you all already). I wasn’t allowed (nor could I) exercise until it started to clear, and even now I have a bit of a lingering cough. Right after that, my grandmother passed away, and then last week I slipped and sprained my foot (I’ve had x-rays so I know there is no fracture), and yesterday woke up with strained muscles in my upper back/neck. Needless to say, I’m hobbling my way through my classes the best I can, but I’m still in no share to record videos. So, until I get my sick and injured body pieced back together I’ve had to put #FitnessFriday on hiatus. But I will be back! I promise!

Now let’s move on to the reason you are here – Zumba ZIN 60! 
zumba fitness zin 60 is here! Find out what music is coming to your favourite exercise class!
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Giving Back To The Animals This Holiday Season

By now it’s certainly no secret that I’m an animal lover. Our two cats rule our (my) lives and if I could adopt every animal who needs a home I would. I’m the person who stalks the local SPCA Facebook page and shows my husband every picture they post when someone adopts one of the animals. He has told me countless times, “You don’t need to show me every cat and dog that gets adopted,” oh but I most certainly do!

As part of the President’s Choice® Nutrition First® campaign I’m working on, they wanted to send me and one of the kitties to a spa to get them all primped and fluffed in time for the holidays! Well, Pekoe and Ollie are very much home bodies. In that, they lose their minds anytime they have to go in the car, so going to the kitty spa seemed like it was going to be more of a Suzi headache than anything. Instead I asked if I would be able to use the money they had set aside for this experience to go out and purchase a bunch of President’s Choice® Nutrition First® cat food to donate to the SPCA. I know they are always looking for supplies and food, and since our cats are already spoiled, I thought it would be nice to give some other, less fortunate kitties a little something instead.

If you are an animal lover, find out how you can give back to puppies and cats in need this Christmas

We regularly donate to the SPCA, but always in the way of a monetary donation so this was my first time collecting food to drop off there. I’m quite lucky that our nearest SPCA is less than 2km from my house, and is on one of my running routes.

On Friday when I was getting groceries, I loaded up my cart with a bunch of cat and kitten food, as well as a bag of kitty litter. I have to say buying all that food was much more fun than just handing over a few bucks online.

If you are an animal lover, find out how you can give back to puppies and cats in need this Christmas
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5-Day Healthy Living Challenge

Worried about holiday weight gain? Join my FREE 5-day healthy living challenge to help you stay on track all through the Christmas season
Happy (early) Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! Here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving in October so we are in full holiday mode. My husband doesn’t let me decorate until December 1st (and rightly so, otherwise I’d have had the tree up for over a month already, haha) but I am well into holiday shopping and am very much looking forward to seeing some of my bloggy friends at a holiday event tomorrow night.
Worried about holiday weight gain? Join my FREE 5-day healthy living challenge to help you stay on track all through the Christmas season
Now let’s get to the purpose for this post – holiday weight gain. It happens. I know it, you know it, we all know it. Especially if you are like me and live in a place where we get a proper winter. There is just something about sitting around eating chocolate and cookies when it’s cold and snowy out. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with that! It’s all about balance. The problem is, many of us loose that balance between now and January 1st and end up adding 5 or more pounds of fat to the ole body. And that isn’t so great.
You guys know me, I am ALL about enjoying treats. That’s why I’m offering a 5-Day Healthy Living Challenge this week over on Facebook to help us stay on track this holiday season.
Join here: http://bit.ly/suzi5day
No matter what your eating style is (vegan, paleo, weight watchers, whatever), and no matter what type of workouts you do (and even those who don’t do any) can all benefit from this challenge.
For any of you who don’t know, I am a certified healthy eating and weight loss specialist so my training is based in science, and what you body actually needs to function properly. I’m not interested in selling you any particular products or workout programs – I just want to help you do YOU, without losing your way through the sea of Christmas cookies and pumpkin cheesecake 😉
Want to join? It is totally free and will be a fun way to help keep you on track this week. And if you are already living a pretty healthy lifestyle, it might act as a bit of reinforcement to let you know you are doing an awesome job (I’m sure you are!).
Join here: http://bit.ly/suzi5day
I hope to see you over in the group!

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