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...]

Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon and Sugar

At first as the weather cooled off and summer said goodbye, I was sad.  I would miss the fresh berries, watermelon, and ripe, red tomatoes.  But then I remembered that along with cooler days and longer nights, fall brings us apples and pumpkins and other delicious goodies! I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking for unique pumpkin recipes and boy are there a lot of them! I decided to treat my kids to some homemade pumpkin donuts this week.  They get mighty sick of cereal every morning and threaten to skip breakfast altogether when I … [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...]

Teriyaki Glazed Pork Belly Recipe with Jasmine Rice

A few years ago, my husband and I were on a motorcycle ride up to The Highlands of North Carolina and we stopped at a restaurant called Ruka's Table.  It was a farm to table, open seasonal hours sort of place that we absolutely LOVE to find on our trips.  We ordered an appetizer that was basically fried pork belly on baby greens.  It was my first experience with pork belly, having grown up in New England where such a thing just is not on the menu.  Well, fast forward a few years and last week my friendly local farmer tells me he has pork belly … [Read more...]

Triple Berry Jam Recipe using No Pectin and No Canning!

There are a few key items that I always keep in my pantry and jam is one of them.  Oh, may be called jelly, preserves, or fruit spread depending on my mood but there is always some kind of spreadable fruit in the house.  Not only is it delicious on toast but it is perfect with a bowl of Greek yogurt or on my favorite PB&J sandwich.  Homemade jam has always been a bit intimidating for me to make.  The whole adding pectin and canning thing just makes it seem like a lot of work.  Since fresh berries are incredibly cheap right now, I … [Read more...]

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe

Up until a few years ago, I really didn't have much experience with Thai food.  After discovering an amazing Thai restaurant right near my house, however, I am not sure how I ever survived without some of these delicious flavors!  My favorite flavor combination of all time is Thai peanut sauce.  The combination of sesame oil, peanut butter, and soy sauce just makes my mouth incredibly happy. The thing I love most about this Thai peanut sauce recipe is that it can be used to grill chicken, pour over salads, as a dip, or as a sauce for your … [Read more...]

Avocado Cilantro Crema Recipe

Several years ago, my husband and I were out exploring a new farm to table restaurant.  They had Pommes Frites on the menu which I had never heard of before.  You know what Pommes Frites are?  Basically it is a fancy word for French fries.  The amazing thing about these Pommes Frites was not that I had never seen a French fry before.  What really amazed me was that you could choose from dozens of dipping sauces for them!  And only one of those was a type of ketchup!  Yes, they served French Fries with things other than ketchup to dip them in!  … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl Recipe and Earth Fare Shopping Experience

This Vegetarian Burrito Bowl Recipe has been sponsored by Earth Fare but all opinions expressed here are my own. I have a tendency to spend way too much money when I go to the grocery store.  I am feeding a house full of very active and very hungry individuals and it shows in my grocery budget.  We enjoy good food...plenty of organic, local, and high quality foods make it into my cart every week.  One way I cut back on the cost of our meals is to serve vegetarian options a few times a week.  Meat can be incredibly expensive, especially when … [Read more...]

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Recipe in an Upcycled CLASSICO Pasta Sauce Jar

Over the last few years, I have become obsessed with reusing and repurposing things I find around my house.  Sure, I have been recycling for 20 years now but finding a new way to use your 'trash' is an even better way to reduce your carbon footprint.  One of my favorite items to reuse in the kitchen is a large jar.  There are just SO many different ways you can repurpose that jar in other areas of the house.  Decorate the lids with washi tape or scraps of material and store beans and rice in them in the pantry.  Small jars can be used to store … [Read more...]

Tarragon Vinegar Recipe and 5 Other Uses for Tarragon

Last year I was strolling through the garden center and I stumbled across tarragon in the herb section.  This is not an herb I have ever used a lot of and I had no idea what uses for tarragon I might come across but I bought a plant for the backyard herb garden.  Little did I know that tarragon would THRIVE in my backyard!  I never researched how to grow tarragon...I just stuck it in the dirt and lucked out.  And wouldn't you know it but tarragon is a perennial here in the south.  This year the plant is even bigger than it was last year! I have … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Pizza Recipe

I am going to share with you a little secret.  I take my kids to Stevie B's occasionally and they have a loaded baked potato pizza that is ridiculously delicious.  I know, fast food is horrible for me.  Loaded baked potato pizza is certainly NOT low fat.  My brain says 'NO, you should be eating salad!'.  I occasionally tell my brain to shut up and let my mouth enjoy something truly decadent!  Of course, making loaded baked potato pizza at HOME is a much cheaper and even slightly healthier alternative.  You aren't going to turn this delicious … [Read more...]

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Basil and Feta

Eating seasonally is something I try to do whenever possible.  It is healthier for us, reduces our carbon footprint, and saves a ton of money.  It isn't always possible in the middle of winter but during the peak of summer, finding seasonal and local produce is incredibly easy.  On our last trip to Sprouts Farmer's Market, my daughter grabbed a gigantic watermelon that cost only a few dollars.  We were both happy about that and now I have a ton of watermelon to use up this week.  This is not particularly difficult in my house.  Just leave a … [Read more...]

How to Make Real New England Style Homemade Baked Beans

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...]