German Cucumber Salad Recipe – Gurkensalat

My husband has a very strong German heritage so this weekend, we had friends and neighbors over for an Oktoberfest party.  This German cucumber salad recipe was the perfect side dish to go with our grilled Bratwurst and all the delicious side dishes provided by our guests.  All you need to do is slice up cucumbers and onions, add a simple oil and vinegar mix and stir in a ton of chopped, fresh dill.  The resulting Gurkensalat is full of flavor, nice and crunchy, and absolutely delicious! The key to making this German Cucumber Salad … [Read more...]

How to Get Healthy In 5 Minutes Per Day and a Maple and Brown Sugar Overnight Oats Recipe

Thank you Florastor® Daily Probiotics for sponsoring this post about how to get healthy. Visit your local retailer to pick up your bottle of Florastor®Daily Probiotics to complement your active lifestyle! Have you ever looked at your daily calendar and been overwhelmed by the number of things listed on it for the day.  Pink highlights to remind you that kid 1 has a doctor appointment that morning.  Blue highlights so you don't forget to pick your son up from tennis practice after school.  Notes about what to pick up at the grocery store and … [Read more...]

Whipped Pumpkin Butter with Honey and Cinnamon

I firmly believe that there is no crime greater than using any type of artificial butter substitute.  Light this or low fat that or margarine or anything that isn't real, honest to God butter is just all sorts of wrong.  Now, you can make butter even BETTER by beating in a few delicious ingredients like I did with this whipped pumpkin butter.  This stuff is butter, only even more awesome!  Since I had a leftover canned pumpkin, I decided this pumpkin butter recipe would be the perfect addition to pancakes, biscuits, scones or any other baked … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Balls That Are Totally Guilt Free!

Yesterday I whipped up a batch of these no bake pumpkin balls and I have been eating them morning, noon and night ever since.  Yes, even for breakfast.  You know why?  Because if you are looking for healthy pumpkin recipes, look no further than these bite sized morsels!  And you know what's even better?  They are incredibly easy to make.  Just mix a few ingredients, roll into balls, cover with cinnamon and sugar and you are done!  Easy and delicious with absolutely zero guilt when I inhale a few at 6 AM! Keep reading to learn how easy they are … [Read more...]

How to Make Golden Milk and What the Heck is it Anyhow?

Wondering how to make golden milk?  Or maybe you have never even heard of this growing health trend?  For the last several years, I have been tackling some chronic pain due to an autoimmune disease called myofascial pain syndrome.  I stumbled upon this golden milk turmeric recipe when I was searching for ways to get more turmeric in my diet.  I take it as a supplement daily, however, I would love to get more through the foods I eat.  I came across a few golden milk recipes online that sounded intriguing so I thought I would give it a shot. … [Read more...]

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

I decided to make this homemade peanut butter fudge recipe because I have about 8 jars of peanut butter in my pantry.  Why? Because I am the type of person who stocks up on healthy food when I find a good deal.  I found a buy one get one free sale recently on natural peanut butter and I could probably make a years worth of PB&J sandwiches with it and never run out.  I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking at nut butter recipes for inspiration.  I found a paleo fudge recipe online that looked easy enough and decided to swap out the … [Read more...]

Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe with a Rainbow of Veggies

This week marks the second week back to school for my teenagers.  They are less than thrilled (of course) and when asked what their favorite part of the school day is, the answer is usually lunch.  This cold chicken pasta salad recipe was tucked into their lunch boxes this week in an effort to send something other than sandwiches with them every day.  Last year, they got VERY sick of sandwiches!  Its hard to come up with healthy lunch box ideas, though.  Especially lunches that don't require heating up.  They really enjoyed this pasta salad … [Read more...]

Lemongrass and Ginger Jelly Recipe (no canning required!)

A few years ago, my husband and I started growing lemongrass in the back yard.  Little did we know that it would LOVE our hot and humid summers.  This lemongrass and ginger jelly recipe is my attempt to find a few new things to do with it all.  I hate seeing it go to waste but WOW is this stuff prolific!  If you live in a relatively warm climate and love lemongrass, I highly recommend that you learn how to grow lemongrass for yourself.  Check out my post about things to do with lemongrass if you want to see how versatile this plant really is. … [Read more...]

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...]