Whipped Blackberry Honey Butter Recipe

Whipped Blackberry Honey Butter Recipe

I am sadly reaching the end of my blackberry harvest.  The hot temperatures and minimal rainfall have pretty much ended the berry production on my plants.  I am happy to have harvested several good sized bowl fulls to put on cereal or just eat by the handful.  I had a few handfuls left of the last batch and was looking for something creative to do with them.  I decided to put together a whipped honey butter and incorporate the blackberries into it.  Honey butter is a huge treat when I go to restaurants...I slather it on rolls and would lick the bowl clean if I thought I could get away with it in public!  Make sure your butter is very soft before you start this process or you won't get a light, whipped, and airy texture to your honey butter.  Use this on bagels, biscuits, waffles, or … [Read more...]

Using Ziploc Bags for DIY Oatmeal Packets

Using Ziploc Bags for DIY Oatmeal Packets

I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. Have you ever gone to the grocery store and seen those boxes of instant oatmeal packets? Next time you are in the cereal isle, I encourage you to check them out.  Look at the price compared to a large tub of plain oatmeal.  Flip over the package and take a look at the ingredients.  Do you know what all of those ingredients really are?  Making your own homemade oatmeal packets is a great way to save money and eat healthier.  I decided to put together a few of these DIY oatmeal packets for my husband to take to work with him.  He gets bored with plain old oatmeal every morning so I stocked up on a variety of ingredients to include. DIY Oatmeal Packet Ingredients The great thing about … [Read more...]

Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas

Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas

This kale recipe has been sponsored by Nature's Greens but all opinions expressed here are my own. One of the ways I try to eat healthier is to include a rainbow of colors in my diet throughout the week.  I love colorful vegetables, whether it is purple cabbage, bright red tomatoes or deep green kale.  However, have you ever had your kid turn up their noses at something just because of it's color? "I can't eat that, mom.  It's GREEN!"  Getting KIDS on the whole 'eating healthy' bandwagon is not always as easy as telling them it is good for them!  Sometimes, getting kids to eat healthy means tricking them into it.  Like hiding zucchini in muffins or corn in fritters. Another good way to get kids to eat healthy is to give them their veggies in a dip-able form!  Sure, you can do the whole … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Pound Cake Recipe

Easy Homemade Pound Cake Recipe

This homemade pound cake recipe has been sponsored by Wholesome Sweeteners but all opinions expressed here are my own.  When I think back on my childhood, one of my favorite 'classic' summer desserts was fresh fruit served over pound cake and topped with whipped cream.  Of course, my mom bought a pound cake from the store and our whipped cream came in a tub but it was still pretty darned tasty.  With my quest to make things a bit more naturally than mom did,  I decided to try making a homemade pound cake, which I have never actually attempted before! Like many delicious desserts, a good pound cake recipe starts with sugar, eggs and butter.  You can reduce your carbon footprint and eat more naturally by choosing organic butter, farm fresh eggs and Wholesome Sweeteners unrefined … [Read more...]

Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing

Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing

I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product or coupons for creating this pilaf recipe post, but all opinions are my own. Summer is here (at least it feels like it here in Georgia!) and I have started looking for recipes that involve very little actual cooking.  Between trying to keep the house cool and running the kids back and forth to camps, it is nice to be able to just throw things together at the last minute.  Healthy dishes that include whole grains aren't always quick but if you make up the grains the night before, this pilaf recipe is incredibly easy to make in just a few minutes. Using Stonyfield yogurt for the dressing means you are adding very few additional calories, which is always nice during swimsuit season! For the grains in … [Read more...]