Creamy Broccoli Apple Salad Recipe

Yesterday I whipped up a huge batch of this creamy broccoli apple salad recipe and I plan on eating it for lunch every day this week.  The last few weeks have been rather chaotic and I need a serious break for a while.  We had a series of unplanned home repairs that created a huge mess as well as a giant expense.  Torn up wood floors, leaky dishwasher, leaky washing machine, and water dripping out of ceilings.  Seriously...I am ready to just ditch this house for a new one if things don't stop breaking.  Then, the day after we got everything … [Read more...]

Easy Watermelon Mojitos with Fresh Mint

I made up a batch of these watermelon mojitos with fresh mint and I can honestly say that they are an absolutely divine summer cocktail recipe! What inspired my cocktail creation?  I was out watering the garden and herb beds yesterday and realized that my mint is completely taking over the area I put it in.  For those of you who grow herbs, you probably understand that if you so much as blink, your mint will spread to where it shouldn't be.  I have mint growing in the grass because it just cannot be contained with a small rock wall.  I love … [Read more...]

Easy Goat Cheese Toasts Appetizer Recipe

This goat cheese toasts appetizer recipe is so incredibly versatile I am going to share a few different flavor combinations so you can tailor it to your own personal tastes.  Goat cheese is one of those flavors that people either love or hate.  I am in the LOVE category and unfortunately my husband is in the HATE category.  It does have a rather strong flavor so you could also make this easy appetizer recipe with cream cheese, which will be a bit more mild.  Just make sure that it is softened to room temperature for easy … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Chip Healthy Protein Smoothies

This post about healthy protein smoothies has been sponsored by Aloha and Blog Meets Brand but all opinions are my own. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?  We need to break our overnight fast and feed our hungry bellies before we start our day.  However, morning is also the most chaotic time of day.  It's when the kids can't find their shoes and my husband calls to tell me he forgot to put the trash out.  It's the time of day when juice glasses get knocked over and the dog decides to throw up on the living room rug.  So, … [Read more...]

Chocolate Dipped Watermelon Recipe to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Summer is almost here in Georgia, even though we are technically only a couple of weeks into May.  With temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, this chocolate dipped watermelon recipe is my own personal introduction to summer snacking.  I love hitting the farmer's markets on the weekends and once they start up the first week of June, I will be hunting down as many watermelon recipes as I can find.  South Georgia offers an abundance of fresh watermelon throughout the entire summer and my kids will eat their weight in that succulent summer fruit! … [Read more...]

Sweet Salty Trail Mix Recipe and the Power of Peanuts!

This sweet salty trail mix recipe is part of a sponsored conversation with Planters and FitFluential but all opinions are my own. When my stomach starts rumbling or I finish my workout at the gym, I always refuel with healthy snacks.  In fact, I find myself reaching for a snack every few hours throughout the day.  Rather than grabbing relatively empty carbs that don't keep me full, I try to include protein whenever possible.  Without high protein snacks, I tend to get 'hangry mom syndrome' which leaves ME cranky and my kids wondering if they … [Read more...]

Easy Pecan Pie Cookie Recipe

This pecan pie cookie recipe has been sponsored by Eggland's Best Eggs but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I was growing up in New England, I' pretty sure I never tasted a single pecan.  We were a walnut family, as were most of the people in my state.  You always put walnuts in cookies, quick breads and trail mix.  I'm sure the grocery store probably carried pecans but they never once entered my mother's kitchen.  After college, I moved to Texas.  Let me tell you something about Texans....they take their pecan's VERY seriously! … [Read more...]

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad Recipe with Bacon and Bleu Cheese

This creamy asparagus pasta salad recipe has been sponsored by Naturally Fresh® Brand Dressings and The Motherhood but all opinions are my own. When I was a kid, pasta salad was not my favorite thing to eat.  In fact, it was on my list of 'things to avoid at all cost' when we went to a picnic or to Grandma's house.  I wasn't the most adventurous eater as a child and it usually had weird things in it like tiny baby shrimp or miniature ears of corn.  No thanks, I told mom.  I'll have a hot dog.  Well, as an adult, I have much more refined … [Read more...]

Quinoa and Lavender Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipe

This healthy chocolate bark recipe is loaded with quinoa and sprinkled with just a touch of dried lavender which satisfies your sweet tooth without making you feel guilty!  Since I have a horrible sweet tooth, especially at bedtime, I am always looking for healthy treats to nibble on while I wind down at night.  I have been stocking up lately on an assortment of nuts and seeds in an effort to eat healthier.  Nuts and seeds are delicious in oatmeal, baked into muffins or even mixed into this healthy chocolate bark recipe.  Did you know quinoa is … [Read more...]

How to Make Natural Green Food Coloring

Saint Patrick's Day is coming up quickly and making natural green food coloring will let you skip the artificial colors in some of your festive desserts.  While I could care less about the color of my cookie frosting, it seems somehow wrong of me to deny my children green frosted cupcakes and cookies during our celebrations of all things Irish.  I decided to try playing around with ways to make natural green food coloring so my kids can enjoy their green desserts.  Of course, the first thing I do is head to the internet to do some research.  I … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe with Grilled Cheese Croutons

This easy homemade tomato soup recipe topped with grilled cheese croutons is the perfect comfort food for a cold, winter day. This post has been sponsored but all opinions are my own. When I was asked to create my favorite comfort food recipe for a project with Cabot cheese, I knew I wanted to make some type of grilled cheese sandwich...all warm and gooey!  Of course, you can't have a grilled cheese sandwich without a tasty bowl of tomato soup.  The two just go together like peanut butter and jelly, right?  When I was young, my soup came … [Read more...]

Easy Natural Flu Shot Recipe to Boost Immunity

This easy natural flu shot recipe is just what you need to fight off cold and flu germs.  This isn't an actual flu SHOT.  As in, the normal type of injection you go and get from your doctor.  This is a flu shot that you put in a teeny tiny glass and toss back like when you were back in college and first learning about tequila.  I promise, though, this natural flu shot recipe will not leave you hung over and feeling miserable the next day!  Quite the opposite, actually.  The ingredients in this natural flu shot may not taste all that great but … [Read more...]

Golden Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

This Golden Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe has been sponsored but all opinions are my own. One of the things I am most passionate about is family dinner.  It's a time for my whole family to come together to eat a healthy meal and reconnect after a busy day.  Studies have shown that there are significant benefits to eating dinner as a family on a regular basis.  But, life is busy, right?  How do you make time for family dinner when you get home from work late and are just too tired to cook?  The solution to your problem lays in your slow … [Read more...]

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Snack Recipe with Rosemary and Garlic

This spicy roasted chickpeas snack recipe is my new solution to snack time guilt.  No more ‘hangry’ mom who is irritable because she is trying to avoid snacking.  No more gazing longingly at my husband while he inhales food during our pre-bedtime TV session.  Nope.  Now, I am going to happily make this roasted chickpeas snack recipe several times a week to I can snack without guilt. Chickpeas (otherwise known as garbanzo beans) are loaded with flavor.  But, who wants to sit around eating beans out of a can, right?  Beans are loaded with protein … [Read more...]

Easy Overnight Oats Recipe with Strawberries, Almonds and Dark Chocolate

This easy overnight oats recipe is a convenient solution to your chaotic morning routine.  You know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day right?  But, how do you find time for a healthy breakfast when you are trying to find your toddler's shoes, track down your 10 year old's homework and feeding the dog?  Morning's are chaotic but eating a healthy breakfast will help make sure you are fueled up for the day.  It will also help prevent you from binging on those donuts your co-workers decided to bring into the office to share with … [Read more...]

Twice Baked Sweet Potato Recipe Perfect for Breakfast!

Over the last month or so, I have strayed from my healthy eating habits.  Those Christmas cookies have been calling to me all day and night!  It's hard to to say no to Christmas cookies and I am not known for my willpower when it comes to sweets.  In an effort to get back on track I decided to make this twice baked sweet potato recipe for breakfast this morning.  The combination of eggs, sweet potatoes and bacon was absolutely heavenly.  It was also a nice, filling meal which helped me avoid giving in to the cookie temptation in the next room! … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Nutella in Two Easy Steps!

Tis the season of all things ooey, gooey and decadent and I embrace this concept whole heartedly!  Oh, SURE...I throw a few extra stalks of organic broccoli on my plate at dinner but when it comes to desserts, I am not known for my restraint during the holidays.  One of my son's favorite foods of all time is Nutella.  Who wouldn't love that creamy blend of chocolate and hazelnuts, right?  It's delicious as a fruit dip, spooned into a mug of hot cocoa or spread onto a croissant like I did yesterday for breakfast.  Talk about a wonderful way to … [Read more...]

Chicken and Potato Skillet Dinner Recipe

This Chicken and Potato Skillet Dinner Recipe has been sponsored, but all opinions expressed here are my own. The one thing I do not have a lot of right now is time.  I have lists.  I have deadlines.  I have kids with colds.  I do NOT, however, have a lot of free time.   I'm sure you can totally understand where I'm coming from right now.  If you are pressed for time and hate cleaning up a giant mess, a skillet dinner recipe is the perfect solution.  Of course, I firmly believe that skillet should be a nice, solid cast iron but you can use … [Read more...]

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Red Potato Appetizer

This Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Red Potato Appetizer Recipe has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Once of my favorite potato recipes to make when we have company is a twice baked potato.  If you have never had one, you are seriously missing out.  Essentially, a twice baked potato is a baked potato with the inside scooped out and combined with delicious things like cheese, bacon, and sour cream.  Then you put the whole thing back in the potato, bake a few more minutes and enjoy.  A full sized twice baked potato is … [Read more...]