Homemade ginger syrup recipe and what to do with it!

Homemade ginger syrup recipe and what to do with it!

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was horribly nauseous for about 10 hours out of every day.  Whoever started calling it 'morning sickness' got it totally wrong for me.  I was sick from lunchtime until bedtime for 6 months.  Since ginger is such a great anti nausea treatment I started inhaling it every way I could find it.  Ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger snaps and even hard ginger candies went with me everywhere.  The nausea went away when my daughter was born but I had developed a taste for ginger that has stuck around ever since.  It is incredibly cheap and available year round at just about every grocery store.  When I decided to make ginger syrup I sent my husband off to the grocery store for the ginger and he paid a ridiculously small amount of money for a 1/2 pound of it.  … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Slices

Loaded Baked Potato Slices

I went to the farmer's market this morning and came home with some locally grown Yukon Gold potatoes and a huge bunch of green onions.  Of course, my first thought was to make some loaded baked potatoes but I hit the Internet in search of some creative inspiration.  I came across a recipe on The Mandatory Mooch that looked delicious and with a few minor changes I came up with these loaded baked potato slices.  They were definitely a HUGE hit and the recipe made enough for leftovers that we will eat tomorrow night.  I do love recipes that have leftovers! You could probably make these loaded baked potato slices with just about any type of potato.  I like the Yukon Gold because it just has a unique texture...not at all dry and flavorless like some potatoes I have had. Even better was … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Croutons

How to Make Homemade Croutons

Now that we are home from vacation my husband and I feel a desperate need to start eating healthy again!  Too much meat, fried foods, desserts and alcohol were consumed over the last two weeks.  I have stocked up on salad ingredients and we will be eating a lot of greenery in the coming weeks.  My son's favorite part of the salad is (of course!) the croutons on top.  Croutons are nothing but toasted and flavored bread so I have no idea why the cost so darn much at the grocery store! Homemade croutons would be much cheaper, right? I decided to save myself some money (and skip the artificial ingredients!) and make homemade croutons instead.  All you really need for homemade croutons is bread, olive oil/butter, and  your seasonings of choice.  You can use all olive oil when toasting … [Read more...]

Whipped Blackberry Honey Butter Recipe

Whipped Blackberry Honey Butter Recipe

I am sadly reaching the end of my blackberry harvest.  The hot temperatures and minimal rainfall have pretty much ended the berry production on my plants.  I am happy to have harvested several good sized bowl fulls to put on cereal or just eat by the handful.  I had a few handfuls left of the last batch and was looking for something creative to do with them.  I decided to put together a whipped honey butter and incorporate the blackberries into it.  Honey butter is a huge treat when I go to restaurants...I slather it on rolls and would lick the bowl clean if I thought I could get away with it in public!  Make sure your butter is very soft before you start this process or you won't get a light, whipped, and airy texture to your honey butter.  Use this on bagels, biscuits, waffles, or … [Read more...]

Zucchini Carrot Slaw and a Zucchini Recipe Collection

Zucchini Carrot Slaw and a Zucchini Recipe Collection

This zucchini recipe collection has been sponsored by Foodie.com but all opinions expressed here are my own. For years I have been struggling to grow zucchini and squash in my garden with almost no luck at all.  Every year the dreaded squash bugs have destroyed my plants before I can actually get any zucchini from them.  This year, I tried using 2 different organic approved pesticides in my garden out of sheer desperation and it seems like it may be working!  I have managed to pick about 6 yellow squash so far this season and have tons of baby ones, flowers and giant healthy plants!  YAY for gardening success!  I also picked up a few green zucchini at the farmer's market since they were cheap (clearly I am not the only one with an abundant harvest this year!).  I have been scouring the … [Read more...]