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...]