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Caramel Apple Yogurt Parfait Recipe and #YogurtPerfection with Liberte!

Yogurt Parfait Recipe with Liberte Yogurt

We go through a ridiculous amount of  yogurt in my house every week.  Seriously...I could have a half empty grocery cart by the time I got to the yogurt isle and it would be full when I went to check out.  Yogurt is great for breakfast, a snack, making smoothies or even for dessert.  It is also a great substitute for higher fat items like sour cream or mayonnaise.  I must admit, though, I am a bit of a yogurt snob.  I don't want just any old yogurt and my family discovered Liberte yogurt YEARS ago and we were hooked! Caramel Apple Yogurt … [Read more...]

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Green Glow Power Punch Makes an Easy High Protein Snack!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AllWhites Egg Whites for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I am always looking for high protein snack ideas to help balance my blood sugar.  While carbohydrates give an immediate boost to blood sugar levels, they quickly plummet again if you don't have some protein to go along with it.  High protein snack ideas include things like nuts, seeds, low fat dairy products and eggs which are all tasty ways to boost your protein intake.  We go through a lot of eggs in my house but there are only so … [Read more...]

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Molten Chocolate Cake Recipe and a Chocolate Dessert Roundup

Molten Chocolate Cake Recipe with Raspberries

I have a horrible sweet tooth and the hardest part about the whole 'healthy eating' thing for me is giving up dessert.  Most days when dinner is done, I just push away from the table and skip the after dinner sweets.  But, Valentine's Day is coming up and don't we all deserve a little something sweet on this delicious holiday?  And when I decide that I am going to splurge on dessert, it isn't going to be some boring, store bought cookie.  Oh, no!  I am going to go all out and enjoy something a little bit decadent like the molten chocolate cake … [Read more...]

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Chicken and Ranch Taco Cups Make Easy Game Day Appetizers #NaturallyFresh

Chicken and Ranch Taco Cups Make an Easy Game Day Appetizer Recipe

This post is part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them. Unless you have been hiding under a rock the last few weeks, you are well aware of what big event is happening this weekend.  Whether or not you are a football fan doesn't really matter.  Between the commercials, the parties and the food, just about everyone will probably be watching the Superbowl in a few days!  … [Read more...]

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Easy Spring Roll Recipe with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce and a #NaturallyFresh Giveaway

Asian Spring Roll Recipe with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce

This post is part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh® and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them. I imagine a lot of people decided a few weeks ago that they were going to start eating healthier.  With the new year comes a renewed determination to be as healthy as possible.  Then, a month later we are invited to a huge football game party only to be tempted with fattening fried foods and snacks loaded with … [Read more...]

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Pistachio Granola Recipe plus a Quick and Healthy Breakfast Roundup

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You've heard it a million times, right?  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It is so very true!  You have been fasting for like 10 HOURS!  That is a long time to go without food or liquid.  You need to get up in the morning and eat breakfast...and that should include more than the milk and sugar you throw in your cup of coffee!  Breakfast fuels our minds and our bodies for the crazy day we have ahead.  But, you think you don't have TIME for a healthy breakfast, right?  WRONG!  If you are looking for a healthy breakfast recipe … [Read more...]

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Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Bar Recipe #LittleChanges

Blueberry Breakfast Bar Recipe

This breakfast bar recipe is part of an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Morning comes very early in my house.  5:30 AM is not really my favorite time of day but working husbands, high school kids and busy moms drag themselves out of bed at that time to greet the day.  I want my kids to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning but finding something nutritious … [Read more...]

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Easy Apricot Jam Recipe with no Canning Required!

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Did you know that National Apricot Day is January 9th?  Did you even know that National Apricot Day existed? No?  Me neither! Seriously, though, I love apricots and almost always keep them in my pantry for a quick, healthy snack.  Dried fruit has tons of fiber and since it is relatively high in sugar it satisfies my craving for sweets without making me feel too horribly guilty.  When I was at Sprouts Farmers Market a few days ago, I picked up a pound of dried apricots to use in this homemade jam recipe.  I don't make a lot of homemade jam … [Read more...]

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Cranberry Bliss Bar and Bar Cookie Recipe Roundup

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I absolutely love baking but I tend to be rather busy, especially during the holidays.  I don't always have time to sit around baking 4 different batches of cookies, one cookie sheet at a time.  Making the dough batter is the quick and easy part...usually it is the rolling, cutting, dropping, dipping and baking that take the most time.  If you are pressed for time this holiday season but still want to provide sweets for your family and friends, I highly recommend you look into finding a bar cookie recipe to make your life easier.  Bar cookies … [Read more...]

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Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Recipe

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I am a firm believer in the idea that life is short and you should eat dessert first. Of course, you should totally eat a big pile of organic broccoli and some sustainably caught seafood right afterwards but dessert is a vital part of my diet! I have a serious sweet tooth and one thing I absolutely love is chocolate.  This brownie recipe uses three different chocolates for an amazingly rich dessert recipe your family will love.  I chose to use a combination of milk chocolate for the brownie itself, a white chocolate ganache filling and then a … [Read more...]

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Sweet Potato Pie and Washi Tape Note Card Make a Nice Teacher Gift

Sweet Potato Pie and DIY Washi Tape Notecard

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Ever since my children were in Kindergarten, I have volunteered in their classroom.  I was the mom cooking with them on Friday mornings, reading to them on Earth Day, chaperoning the field trip, and organizing holiday parties.  I loved every moment I spent with them and I learned something very important about myself.  I discovered that I do NOT have the patience to be a teacher!  Seriously, after an hour of volunteering I was about ready to … [Read more...]

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Pomegranate Margarita Recipe and DIY Festive Drink Stirrers!

Pomegranate Margarita Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. With the holidays quickly approaching, I am excited to start adding a few festive foods and beverages into our lives. Eggnog, cranberries, pumpkins and other fall and winter flavors have already found their way into my grocery cart. One of the things I love most about this time of year is definitely the food! If you plan on having company over during the holidays, this pomegranate margarita recipe should be a huge hit, especially if you decide to … [Read more...]

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Creamy Pasta Recipe with Chicken and Roasted Red Peppers

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When I hit the grocery store, I have a few key ideas in mind for feeding my family. I look for whole, fresh, and natural ingredients whenever I can but I also have to feed several hungry people on a limited budget. My solution to healthy eating on a dime is the addition of pasta, rice, or potatoes to just about every dinner I serve. When you are trying to feed hungry, athletic teenagers with an insanely high metabolism, you need plenty of carbs! This pasta recipe will go a long way towards feeding a hungry family but won't cost you a fortune to … [Read more...]

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Cranberry Blue Cheese Spread and Festive Appetizer Roundup

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I have a serious weakness for appetizers.  I will often go to a restaurant and just order a selection of things off the appetizer menu.  That way I get to try small portions of several different dishes and they are easily shared with friends and family.  When we have company over, I would much rather serve my guests a selection of different appetizers than to make a huge sit down meal.  I think that serving appetizers allows more room for mingling, wandering around and chatting, and just general socializing.  A big sit down meal just seems way … [Read more...]

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White Chocolate Dipped Chewy Molasses Cookies

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When I was growing up in New England, my mom used to make homemade baked beans from scratch several times a year.  For those of you who have never had real New England baked beans, you start with a bag of dried beans, salt pork, brown sugar and lots of molasses.  Every time my mom got out the jar of molasses, I was right there at her elbow with my spoon ready to grab a huge dollop for my mouth!  Molasses reminds me of home...it reminds me of my grandparent's house with their cookie jar full of molasses cookies and it reminds me of the holidays … [Read more...]

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Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting #ChiquitaCookingLab

Banana Bread Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Four days ago I went to the grocery store and spent almost $300 on groceries.  Today, my house is almost bare of anything that the teenagers may remotely consider a 'snack'.  There are no salty pretzels, no sweet treats, and the only fruit left in my kitchen are a few over ripe Chiquita bananas and a can of pumpkin puree.  I'm telling you, these children (and my husband!) eat like linebackers and stay as skinny as twigs!  Since I am NOT going to the grocery store again until Sunday, I needed to do some baking today or the masses will revolt out … [Read more...]

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Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza

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Most days I really enjoy being in the kitchen cooking.  There's something relaxing and satisfying about chopping, mixing and simmering.  There's a sense of satisfaction when all of your hard work comes to fruition in the form of a tasty meal to serve your family.  I am forever telling my kids to learn to enjoy the process of cooking as much as the end product. But, then there are days when I just want to get in, get them fed, and get the heck out of the kitchen as quickly as possible.  That's why I always keep a few key ingredients in my pantry … [Read more...]

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Chilled Pear and Ginger Soup Recipe and a Fall Soup Roundup

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This soup recipe has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Fall is one of my favorite times of year for making soup.  So many different vegetables and fruits come into season in the fall that go perfectly in a bowl of soup.  Some of the more common ones like potatoes and carrots of course come to mind.  But you can also create delicious soups with pumpkins, apples, pears and cauliflower, all of which come into season as the weather cools off.  Soup is also very versatile.  You can serve a cold soup as an appetizer or a … [Read more...]

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An Easy and Festive Fall Juice Recipe

Healthy Fall Beverage

I look all around the Internet this month and I see a common theme...everyone seems to want to turn things orange in honor of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Fall.  Orange is a beautiful color, but I prefer it come from nature and not from a little tube of food coloring.  Don't get me wrong...I have a fondness for orange Cheetos and have been known to sneak a few candy corn on occasion but those are things I avoid on a day to day basis.  Natural orange things like carrots, squash and pumpkins, however, can be eaten in great abundance with … [Read more...]