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...]

Clean Eating Meal Planning Tips for Busy Moms

So, you have vowed to eat healthier this year, right? Maybe you want to lose weight or just start feeling better?  Well, these clean eating meal planning tips are just what you need. Getting healthy doesn't require the counting of calories.  You don't need fad diets, juice cleanses or special food you can only buy online. I am a huge fan of a food guru named Michael Pollan.  If you aren't familiar with him, his entire philosophy on food intake can be summarized in one phrase.  "Eat real food.  Mostly plants.  Not too much."  These clean eating … [Read more...]

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Walnuts!

I have spent a lot of time this week making Christmas cookies.  As a result, I have spent a lot of time eating Christmas cooking INGREDIENTS.  As I stood in my kitchen with a handful of walnuts in my hand, I started wondering about the health benefits of eating walnuts.  You hear so much lately about increasing the amount of 'good fat' in your diet and nuts are loaded with them.  When I started searching the internet for health benefits of walnuts, I was amazed at how good for you these little things are!  I can almost justify eating a … [Read more...]

Cookie Baking Tips for Beginners: For Perfect Cookies Every Time!

When I was young, I was lucky enough to have a mom who loved to bake.  I remember when I was about 6 or 7, I would go to school with my homemade lunch and kids would pay me a quarter just for me to give them homemade cookies from my mom.  I had a nice little side business going there for a while!  I truly love making cookies from scratch and am trying to instill that love of baking in my own kids.  But, I know there are a lot of people who were not raised with Betty Crocker for a mom.  If you don't learn from a mom, where to you learn to make … [Read more...]

Beat Holiday Weight Gain with These Simple Tips

Oh, how I miss my twenties and thirties.  Those were the days when I could eat Christmas cookies and not put on a single pound.  I didn't have to worry about how to beat holiday weight gain because my metabolism worked off all those extra calories without me lifting a finger to lose weight.  Now that I am in my forties, however, holiday weight gain is a real concern.  I am pretty sure I put on weight just SMELLING the dang eggnog and homemade caramel.  I will need to work hard this year to avoid those extra pounds around the middle called 'too … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You Need a High Protein Breakfast (And a Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe!)

This post about why you need a high protein breakfast has been sponsored. I am participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Orgain. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #PoweredByOrgain Mornings are busy for most of us and whipping up a high protein breakfast isn't always on the to do list.  Finding sneakers is on the to do list.  Feeding the dog and making sure the kids have their homework packed are also on the to do list.  But, sitting down to a nice, … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Bone Broth: Health Benefits and How to Make it

If you always have your eye on the latest health trends, no doubt you have come across a discussion about bone broth.  This morning there was a segment on the Today Show all about the health benefits of bone broth and how to make it.  I was surprised because I have been making bone broth ever since I can remember...really it is just a fancy word for homemade stock made with the bones of an animal.  I used to work with an Asian woman who drank bone broth for her entire pregnancy.  Apparently this was encouraged for the health of both mother and … [Read more...]

Cranberry Blue Cheese Spread and Festive Appetizer Roundup

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...]

Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza

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...]

8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food

This post about things we need to teach our kids has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Last week I took my children to the grocery store to shop for a church service project. The goal was to provide a Thanksgiving Day feast in a box for our local food pantry. We were provided a list of items that we were to buy so there was really no creativity or substitution allowed. As expected, the list of foods contained things like 'instant potatoes' and 'canned gravy'.  My daughter asked why we were buying all these processed … [Read more...]

Skip the Cafeteria’s School Lunch and Start #LunchingAwesome with Applegate!

This school lunch post has been brought to you by TapInfluence and Applegate but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children have always hated the food offered through the school lunch program. The grilled cheese is soggy, the canned green beans are squishy and many of the offerings are not readily identified as food. Needless to say, they don't buy school lunch very often. What does that mean for me? Basically, it means that I am awake every morning at 5 AM packing three lunches...every sing day (two kids, one husband...they eat a … [Read more...]

Sponsored: Healthier Eating the Swedish Way!

This post about healthier eating has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. There are a lot of things I think America is really good at however healthier eating really isn't one of them.  We have people who inhale light yogurt full of artificial sweeteners and fake colors and call it healthy.  People join weight loss programs where packaged, processed food is delivered to your door and they think they are getting healthier.  Many Americans consider French Fries to be a vegetable.  I think we need to look to other … [Read more...]

Silver Turtles, Kids in the Kitchen and a Lesson in Patience

My children are in their early teens and as part of their 'summer chores' I decided that they needed to learn how to cook.  My daughter is very good in the kitchen, although she definitely prefers to make sweets and not actual dinner.  Unless she is going to live on cake for the rest of her life, that  needs to change.  My son would happily live on 'ready to eat' food.  That may include bagels (raw...because toasting is too much work), cheese sticks (because slicing actual cheese is too much work), and fruit that does not require cutting or … [Read more...]

Pasta with Parsley Pesto Recipe

I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. From attending my children’s band concerts to carpooling to various sporting events we have a very hectic schedule in my home. Rather than going through the drive-thru on a busy night, I try to plan my meals ahead of time by looking for dinner options that can be created in less than 20 minutes. Since I like to cook from scratch, pasta is usually the go-to meal when I find myself crunched on time. To keep the dish flavorful and stray away from the … [Read more...]

Find Inspiration in What’s Cooking Wednesday #Recipe linky!

Turning The Clock Back has teemed up with Candypolooza and Mommy May We to bring you this What’s Cooking Wednesday recipe linky. This is your chance to showcase your recipes each and every week! Just to make things even sweeter— each week, post your fabulous recipes for the opportunity to have your recipe featured on What’s Cooking Wednesday the following week!! Keep in mind that if you link up here you are giving me permission to use your photo in next week's post if you get chosen as one of the featured bloggers. Here are a few … [Read more...]

Edible Gardening Tips for Beginning Gardeners

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Organic Choice for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the things I love most about spring is getting back to gardening.  When we moved into our house 9 years ago, the people who owned the house before us planted lots of shrubs, trees and grass,.  Personally, I don't really care for landscaping that requires a lot of maintenance without giving me back a little something for my efforts!  Edible gardening is the perfect way to create and  attractive yet functional collection of … [Read more...]

Link up Your Creations to Craft Frenzy Friday

Welcome to Craft Frenzy Friday! We love to see your crafts, recipes, diy projects, and much more!  We will pin every link to our pinterest board every week.  The people featured will additionally get pinned onto our featured board!  We hope that you will share your blogs with us! We want to thank everyone for joining us at Craft Frenzy Friday and hope that you will follow our host! Craft Dictator: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Bloglovin’/Pinterest/Google+  Turning the Clock … [Read more...]

Come Share Your #Recipe in What’s Cooking Wednesday!

Turning The Clock Back has teemed up with Candypolooza and Mommy May We to bring you this What’s Cooking Wednesday recipe linky. This is your chance to showcase your recipes each and every week! Just to make things even sweeter— each week, link up your fabulous recipes for the opportunity to have your recipe featured on What’s Cooking Wednesday the following week!! Keep in mind that if you link up here you are giving me permission to use your photo in next week's post if you get chosen as one of the featured bloggers. Here are a few … [Read more...]