Yahoo Shine’s Lemony Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Lemony Greek Yogurt Cheesecake: We might try this recipe in LHHG’s Kitchen, because we are looking for low calorie decadent desserts that are alternatives to high calorie counterparts.
Before the summer ends, we will let you know if our followers like the recipe or not. If you try it, let us know the outcome.
Recipe Lemony Greek Yogurt Cheesecake | In The Pantry featured on Yahoo! Shine:
(serves 8-10)

Graham Cracker Crust (you can also use a store-bought crust):

1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs (6-8 whole cookies)

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup melted butter (plus 1-2 tsp for preparing pan)

Preheat oven to 300° F. Break cookies and place in food processor.* Pulse until ground into medium-fine crumbs. Put into medium mixing bowl, and stir in butter and sugar. Turn out into a buttered nine-inch springform pan and, using your fingers, press mixture into an even crust along the bottom. You can also use a buttered glass pie plate and form the crumbs into a traditional crust along the bottom and up the sides. Bake for 10-15 minutes until firm and dry. Remove from oven and set on a wire rack.

*Don’t have a food processor? You can also make crumbs in the blender or by hand. Place crackers in a heavy duty plastic freezer bag and crush with a rolling pin.
Lemon Greek Yogurt Filling:

4 eggs

¾ cup sugar

1 tbs. cornstarch

¼ tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups plain Greek Yogurt (whole or 2%)

1 tbs. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. lemon zest
If you used a food processor to make the crust, just wipe it out with a dry paper towel and clean off the blade. Pulse eggs a few times to beat (or use an electric mixer). Pulse in sugar, cornstarch, salt, vanilla, and yogurt until light and slightly bubbly. Add lemon and lemon zest and pulse or beat briefly to incorporate. Pour mixture into prepared crust (it’s fine if the crust is still warm).
Place in center of oven. Start checking cheesecake after 50 minutes and then every 5-10 minutes after that. Shake pan gently. The filling should look creamy but firm at the edges, and still appear slightly jiggly in the center. It will firm up as it cools. Remove from oven and set on a wire rack. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight) before serving.
Optional topping: 3 cups sliced strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or mixed berries tossed with two tablespoons sugar. Let mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour so the berries get nice and juicy. Spoon desired amount of topping over a slice of cheesecake before serving.
Source: Yahoo Shine

Gran Gran Vandaline Gardens begins on Mother’s Day 2013

Featured Video: Gran Gran Vandaline Gardens, Soil Turning
I am not sure what compliment I can give my Mom, she is an incredible woman who holds together her husband, children, grandchildren and godchildren so we do not fall apart. Yes, my Mom and her other half, my Dad, are the glue that keeps my family together. On this Mother’s Day I am posting the first Gran Gran Vandaline Gardens segment as one of her Mother’s Day presents, since she loves gardening and since she has sooo much knowledge about gardening to share.
First, let me tell you a little bit about my Mom. She grew up on a farm in Tennessee, which had pigs, chickens, dogs, cows, gardens, wild vegetation, fruits and berries. At a very young age, Mom learned how to prepare everything she could pick. As a result, when she had a family of her own she feed us, as soon as we could chew food, a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits and berries that she picked or grew. When I was 2 years old, she had a plot in a community garden near our home in Indiana so we could have fresh food. To those who don’t know, community gardens have been in existence before our life times. Since my toddler days, I can’t remember a time when my Mom has not planted a garden and has not allowed every child around her playing in it.
Gran Gran Vandaline Gardens:
Vandaline, also called Gran Gran by her grandchildren and godchildren, suggest we start preparing the soil this week so we can plant next week. For seasoned gardeners, like my Mom, they have already started their gardens. For those of us who are somewhat behind in preparing our gardens, the time is now to start prepping the soil for a bountiful garden through all growing seasons.
First, turn the soil over and prep the soil for planting seeds using tools such as a garden shovel, a garden spade, a garden hoe, and a garden rake for small gardens. If you have a large garden, Gran Gran Vandaline suggest turning the soil over and prepping it with a garden tiller or a tractor. Also, while turning the soil, take the time to cover all greenery that has been dug up and work it back into the soil. Once the soil is turned, make sure you break up the large clumps of dirt to make planting the seeds more manageable and keeping the soil from drying out. Next, rake it to smooth out clots and clumps, and to level your seedbed’s surface.
If you have problems with water drainage in your garden, raise the planting rows high enough to create slopes on both sides of the row for the rain water to drain into the walkways. Always avoid areas where you see water erosion, because your seeds will be washed away.

Source: Gran Gran Vandaline and Vanessa G. Turner

Met Gala “PUNK” red carpet fashion favorites

Take a look at what I, Vanessa G. Turner, on LHHG’s Pinterest Met Gala FAV 2013, picked as the top Punk fashions at the 2013 Met Costume Gala.
The Metropolitan Museum’s (The Met) Costume Gala is an annual ball that was hosted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Moda Operandi, Vogue, and Samsung this year; and is considered one the fashion industry’s most “dressed to impress” red carpet events. Since 1948, the annual affair celebrates the annual opening of the the Met’s fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute. This year’s fashion exhibit is titled, “Chaos to Couture,” which explores the impact of punk fashion on high fashion”
The funds raised are to support the Costume Institute collections. The Institute houses “more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories, representing five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.”

Mother’s Day Gift Baskets


May 12, 2013 is Mother’s Day, a gift basket delivered to your loved one would be a wonderful surprise delivered right to her door.

Like the first flowers of Spring, mom will be thrilled when this gorgeous fine wine and gourmet food gift basket arrives. She’ll love these two Australian wines – 2010 Gossford Reserve Shiraz and 2011 Southern Point Sauvignon Blanc. This lovely gift basket is also brimming with Mississippi Cheese… read more Flowers of Spring Mother’s Day Wine Basket




Source: Save 20% on select Mother's Day Gift Baskets, Chocolates, Fruits, Spa Gifts, Sweets, Treats, and more from! (Offer ends 5/12/13) Use promo code MDAYBSKT20

A few of LHHG’s followers ask for suggestion to buy gifts. LHHG suggest our advertisers because they have a good track record for customer satisfaction and we can report complaints to a governing agency.

Pesticide Dirty: Fruits and Vegtable List for 2013

LHHG Foodi Tip: Pick fruits and vegetables that have a thick outer skin when selecting non-organic produce. However, non-organic fruits and vegetables should not be excused from your menu. Washing and lightly scrubbing the vegetables and fruits will remove pesticide residue found on the out layer of your produce. Also, buy foods that are in season, because farmers have less problems with pest and disease due to friendly growing environments and weather conditions.

Worst Produce: High in Pesticide Residue
Cherry tomatoes
Hot peppers
Nectarines – imported
Kale / collard greens +
Summer squash +

Dirty Dozen List Source:

“Cool-Green-Go Juice” – Anti-Inflammatory Juicing Recipe

Cool-Green-Go Juice

1/4 Small Sized Cabbage
3 Kale Leaves
Hand full of Spinach Leaves
1/2 of a Red Radish
1 Garlic Clove
1/4 cup Fresh Fennel
1/4 cup Coriander Leaves
1 Carrot
1/4 of an Apple
1/4 of a Pear
1 tsp. of Turmeric Powder
1 cup Coconut Water

add if you want

Basic Juice Recipe:

1 Stalk of Fresh Celery
1/2 of an Cucumber
2 leaves of Basil
1/2 teas. of Ginger
1/2 teas. of Lemon
1/2 cup of Water, add more according to taste

Please cross check fresh produce ingredients against Pesticide Dirty List

Week 4 & 5: LHHG Challenge’s You to Walk



Week 4 & 5: LHHG Challenge encourages you to walk for 10 minutes or more a day.


For those of you who are not active, please walk a few minutes at a time to build-up to be able to walk briskly for 10 minutes or more. Where should you walk? LHHG suggest in your neighborhood, in a shopping mall, in a park, on a track, or on a treadmill.   Also, invite your family or your friends to walk with you to get them moving. Finding 10 minutes in your day to dedicate to walking and to enjoying another moment for you is not hard, once you do it.  And for those who are active, keep doing what you are doing.  LHHG Challenge is asking you to continue taking small steps to make sure that you are exploring and enjoying the journey to living healthy, happy and green everyday.


Join LHHG with BeautiN Jamaica on Oct 12-17, 2013 for an all In-Inclusive Vacation

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It is not too late to join BeautiN host organizer Renee Knorr, and co-host Vanessa G. Turner of LHHG (group code “TURNER”) with other professionals for a vacation with “Beautiful Ones: Time to ReConnect, ReStore, RePlenish, ReNew” at the at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa Complex “When was … Continue reading

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