Easy Kid Friendly Recipe: Chicken and Fruit Kabobs with Peachy Dipping Sauce  #MonkFruitInTheRaw

Easy Kid Friendly Recipe: Chicken and Fruit Kabobs with Peachy Dipping Sauce #MonkFruitInTheRaw

This easy kid friendly recipe is part of an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Monk Fruit In The Raw. I received product samples to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation How many times a day do moms hear the words "I'm hungry" from their kids?  If I had a dollar for ever time I heard that I would be a very rich woman lounging on a beach somewhere very secluded!  Kids are hungry about 472 times a day.  And if left to their own devices, mine would probably eat their weight in cheese crackers or cookies and never branch out to another food group. I love when I find a kid friendly recipe that is both easy and quick....and if I can find one that is healthy, too, I am even happier!  When I was asked to work with Monk … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Homemade Pudding Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Homemade Pudding Recipe

Fall is finally here and with it comes a plethora of pumpkin recipes!  YAY!  I love pumpkin...we put it in pancakes, soup, pie and even homemade pudding!  Yes, you can make a homemade pudding that tastes exactly like the inside of the pumpkin pie!  If you have never made your own pudding from scratch, let me assure you that it is NOT difficult!  You do not need to rely on that little box from the grocery store filled with artificial colors and flavors.  This pudding recipe takes less than minutes to make and is filled with all natural ingredients that you won't feel horrible about feeding to your family! Top off your homemade pumpkin pie pudding with some made from scratch whipped cream and you have a delicious fall dessert recipe that your family will love!  Not a pumpkin fan but want to … [Read more...]

Breakfast Casserole with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

Breakfast Casserole with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

When my kids were little I was that mom who used to put zucchini in their scrambled eggs.  In fact, there were sweet potatoes in pancakes and shredded carrots in muffins.  If I could find a way to sneak a vegetable into my kids mouths, I did it.  Getting your kids to eat nutritious foods isn't always easy....sometimes you have to be a little bit sneaky!  I came to discover that it is really pretty easy to find places to put vegetables, especially in a breakfast casserole like this one! There are a lot of breakfast casserole recipes out there on the internet.  Most of them contain some combination of eggs, milk, sausage and bread.  I went a bit farther and added several different kinds of vegetables to my breakfast casserole.  I love this recipe because you have just about every food … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Crepes with Maple Creme and a Breakfast for Dinner Recipe Roundup

Pumpkin Crepes with Maple Creme and a Breakfast for Dinner Recipe Roundup

This pumpkin crepes recipe has been sponsored by Foodie.com but all opinions are my own. Do you ever get tired of hearing your family complain about what's for dinner?  Ewww...why did you put beans in that? Why are we having fish AGAIN.  What's this green stuff?  My kids and husband are pretty good eaters but they always seem to have SOMETHING to say about dinner!  Except on nights we do breakfast for dinner!  Those  nights are always filled with plenty of YAYS and requests for seconds!  Those are always good nights!  Because I am a huge fan of happy kids and no complaining I usually do breakfast for dinner at least once a week.  If you are a fan of breakfast for dinner I put together a collection on Foodie.com of recipes you might want to try.  Check out the widget below for … [Read more...]

Homemade ginger syrup recipe and what to do with it!

Homemade ginger syrup recipe and what to do with it!

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was horribly nauseous for about 10 hours out of every day.  Whoever started calling it 'morning sickness' got it totally wrong for me.  I was sick from lunchtime until bedtime for 6 months.  Since ginger is such a great anti nausea treatment I started inhaling it every way I could find it.  Ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger snaps and even hard ginger candies went with me everywhere.  The nausea went away when my daughter was born but I had developed a taste for ginger that has stuck around ever since.  It is incredibly cheap and available year round at just about every grocery store.  When I decided to make ginger syrup I sent my husband off to the grocery store for the ginger and he paid a ridiculously small amount of money for a 1/2 pound of it.  … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Slices

Loaded Baked Potato Slices

I went to the farmer's market this morning and came home with some locally grown Yukon Gold potatoes and a huge bunch of green onions.  Of course, my first thought was to make some loaded baked potatoes but I hit the Internet in search of some creative inspiration.  I came across a recipe on The Mandatory Mooch that looked delicious and with a few minor changes I came up with these loaded baked potato slices.  They were definitely a HUGE hit and the recipe made enough for leftovers that we will eat tomorrow night.  I do love recipes that have leftovers! You could probably make these loaded baked potato slices with just about any type of potato.  I like the Yukon Gold because it just has a unique texture...not at all dry and flavorless like some potatoes I have had. Even better was … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Croutons

How to Make Homemade Croutons

Now that we are home from vacation my husband and I feel a desperate need to start eating healthy again!  Too much meat, fried foods, desserts and alcohol were consumed over the last two weeks.  I have stocked up on salad ingredients and we will be eating a lot of greenery in the coming weeks.  My son's favorite part of the salad is (of course!) the croutons on top.  Croutons are nothing but toasted and flavored bread so I have no idea why the cost so darn much at the grocery store! Homemade croutons would be much cheaper, right? I decided to save myself some money (and skip the artificial ingredients!) and make homemade croutons instead.  All you really need for homemade croutons is bread, olive oil/butter, and  your seasonings of choice.  You can use all olive oil when toasting … [Read more...]

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...]