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How to Make Real New England Style Homemade Baked Beans

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I grew up in New England where homemade baked beans are practically a staple at most back yard barbeques.  My parents and grandparents all had ceramic bean pots, whose sole purpose was to present those delicious little beans to the masses at every summer holiday.  I learned how to make homemade baked beans from my mother at a very early age and took for granted that everyone knew how to make them.  And then I moved south. Upon graduating from college I moved to Texas and realized that not everyone understand what the term 'homemade' … [Read more...]

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Chicken Taco Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Chicken Taco Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Summer is just about here and like most moms, I am both excited about it and dreading it at the same time.  Schedules that are filled with pool parties and family vacations are much more enjoyable than the chaos of school projects and lost permission slips.  However, summer vacation also means bickering kids and a work at home mom who doesn't get much accomplished! The one thing I love about summer is getting together with friends for BBQs, picnics, and dinner at the pool.  Getting together with friends and family to share food is a great way … [Read more...]

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Lemon Blueberry Scone Recipe

Lemon Blueberry Scones Recipe

I was strolling through the grocery store last week when what did I find?  Organic blueberries!  Not only did I FIND these rare treats...they were actually on sale!  I was honestly shocked and started loading up my cart with these succulent little treasures.  Of course, even on sale organic blueberries aren't cheap but after a winter of eating nothing but bananas, apples and oranges I was in seventh heaven.  I started browsing around on Pinterest for blueberry recipes but wanted something different than the average muffin or pancake.  I … [Read more...]

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Gluten Free Cheesecake Parfait Recipe with Blueberry Topping

Blueberry Cheesecake Parfait Recipe makes a delicious gluten free dessert recipe! 2

Last week, my inlaws came for a visit and since my mother in law has Celiac Disease, I have been experimenting with some new gluten free recipes.  Specifically I have been playing around with gluten free DESSERT recipes because the doctor says she needs to put on a few pounds.  Since I love making dessert and she seems to love eating them, I figured I would make as many as possible while they are visiting.  I found  a no bake cheesecake parfait recipe on Pinterest and it was incredibly easy to change a few ingredients to make a gluten free … [Read more...]

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Healthier No Bake Cookie Recipe: Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

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If you are looking for an easy cookie recipe to make, I recommend you choose a no bake cookie recipe.  Quick, easy, and no oven required which is really nice once the weather starts to warm up.  I have a serious weakness for Rice Krispie Treats...they are one of those classics from my childhood that just pull me in whenever I see them.  However, I am not a huge fan of using marshmallows since they aren't exactly healthy.  I searched around online and found several recipes for healthy no bake cookies just like Rice Krispie Treats that required … [Read more...]

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Sausage Cheese Biscuits Recipe with Jalapenos

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits Recipe with Sausage and Jalapeno

When you are feeding hungry teenage boys you need to learn to serve bread of some sort at every meal.  Sure, he gets plenty of meat, veggies, fruits and dairy but the bottomless pit of hunger requires a whole bunch of carbs on a daily basis.  Sausage Cheese Biscuits are a huge hit in my house and I am ashamed to say that I usually start with a premade baking mix.  I know...totally NOT the healthiest choice to make but my biscuits usually come out as dense as bricks when I start from scratch!  However, I think I have figured out my problem and … [Read more...]

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Sugar Cookie Bars with Blackberry Frosting

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I love sugar cookies but I absolutely detest any cookie recipe that requires a rolling pin.  I don't know why I have this utter hatred of such a simple kitchen tool but any sugar cookie recipe I have found up until now has required rolling it out and using cookie cutters.  But, one day I was scrolling through the almighty Pinterest and I came across an amazing thing.  A sugar cookie recipe that is cooked as a bar cookie and requires no rolling out whatsoever.  Amazing!  How did I not know that such a thing existed?  So, I started Googling sugar … [Read more...]

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Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

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A few days ago I was writing a gardening post called 5 Plants for an Early Spring Garden.  I found a beautiful stock photo of beets to use in the post and have been craving them ever since!  When I was growing up, beets were strictly a canned food item and we didn't eat them very often.  I remember they were always rather bland and I had honestly never seen one with a stem and leaves still on them.  As a gardener, I have not had too much luck growing my own beets yet.  I keep trying but the heat here in Georgia makes keeping the soil  … [Read more...]

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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...]