Gingersnap Energy Bar Recipe to Fuel Your Workout

Gingersnap Energy Bar Recipe to Fuel Your Workout

This no bake energy bar recipe has been sponsored by Stonyfield Organic yogurt.  As a Stonyfield ambassador I receive product coupons to facilitate my recipes.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Several years ago, my husband took up running.  Since then, I cannot even tell you how many miles he has run...around a track, through the neighborhood, over park trails, and through Disney during one of many marathons.  As any avid runner can tell you, when you are training it is incredibly important to make sure you keep your body well fed.  My husband is extremely thin and during marathon training, the weight drops off at an alarming rate.  Yes, I kindof hate him for that!  He gets really sick of protein drinks so I am always looking for creative ways to pack protein and carbohydrates … [Read more...]

Lime Cheesecake Recipe with Homemade Lime Whipped Cream

Lime Cheesecake Recipe with Homemade Lime Whipped Cream

When my husband was a kid, his mother used to make tiny little cherry cheesecakes for the kids all the time.  She used vanilla wafers for a crust, made a simple cheesecake filling, and when it was finished baking she would top them with cherry pie filling.  When we got married he told me it was his all time favorite dessert recipe and I made sure I got the directions from his mom!  When our Foodbloggers Challenge group decided that this week's secret ingredient should be limes, I decided to see what I could do to create a simple lime cheesecake recipe to help him feel better after his hernia surgery yesterday.  Making a full sized cheesecake can be tough....I find that they always crack on top and never turn out as pretty as the ones I see online.  These little bite sized cheesecakes are … [Read more...]

How to Make Mint Simple Syrup

How to Make Mint Simple Syrup

This mint simple syrup recipe contains affiliate links. Mint is one of the easiest plants to grow in the garden but you have to be careful to keep it well tended.  Mint is fairly invasive and will quickly spread outside of it's designated growing spot.  Some people plant mint in submerged pots to keep it contained or build a plastic 'wall' underground out of plastic edging to contain the growth. Once your mint becomes well established you will soon find yourself wondering what in the world you are going to do with all that mint! This mint simple syrup can be used for a number of different things.  It is a great way to sweeten homemade iced tea and is a key ingredient in the Mint Julep, which is the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.  We are loyal … [Read more...]

Lemon and Raspberry Parfait Recipe

Lemon and Raspberry Parfait Recipe

This parfait recipe was inspired by a product I received to review but all opinions expressed here are my own. I have always been a huge fan of adding fruit to my granola.  If I have a bowl of granola for breakfast it is always topped with raisins or berries.  When I grab a yogurt for a snack it usually has a combination of granola and fruit added to it.  Granola gives it a bit of texture and the fruit provides extra sweetness.  When I was trying to decide the best way to feature the delicious granola I received from Ladera Granola in a recipe I knew it would contain fruit.  I was at the grocery store when inspiration struck.  Lemons and raspberries would taste DELICIOUS with granola! The question I had to decide was how to incorporate the lemon flavor into my dessert.  I have … [Read more...]

Black Beans and Rice with Sausage Recipe

Black Beans and Rice with Sausage Recipe

I buy my sausage from a small. local farmer and the flavor is downright amazing.  It is not particularly cheap so I try to find ways to include it in sausage recipes where it is merely a small part of the total recipe.  Cutting back on meat consumption is easier if you substitute some of the meat with beans instead.  This works well in assorted Mexican dishes like this black bean and rice recipe as well as tacos, burritos, etc.  I usually use organic black beans in a can because I am rather lazy and hate having to cook the beans ahead of time.  If you are feeling ambitious and have a bit of free time, cooking dried beans is much cheaper than buying them in cans. Because I am a firm believer that everything tastes better with cheese on it,  I added some sharp cheddar cheese to these … [Read more...]