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Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad Recipe with Bacon and Bleu Cheese

This creamy asparagus pasta salad recipe has been sponsored by Naturally Fresh® Brand Dressings and The Motherhood but all opinions are my own. When I was a kid, pasta salad was not my favorite thing to eat. In fact, it was on my list of 'things to avoid at all cost' when we went to a picnic or to Grandma's house. I wasn't the most adventurous eater as a child and it usually had weird things in it like tiny baby shrimp or miniature ears of corn. No thanks, I told mom. I'll have a hot dog. Well, as an adult, I have much more refined tastes … [Read more...]

Pasta with Goat Cheese and Asparagus Recipe

Back when I was a kid, Sundays were a time of rest. Other than church, there really wasn't much going on during a Sunday afternoon. As a result, mom had all day to hang around the house while a roast cooked in the oven. We frequently had a fancy Sunday dinner that included a roasted chicken or New England style pot roast that had slow cooked in the oven for several hours. Nowadays, Sundays seem to be a bit more complicated. There are kids activities to deal with, errands to run, a house to clean and a to do list that is way too long. However, I … [Read more...]

Sausage, Potato and Asparagus Casserole Recipe

This Sausage, Potato and Asparagus Casserole Recipe is sponsored by Klondike Brands® and Green Giant® Fresh but all opinions expressed here are my own. There is nothing I like more than an easy casserole recipe, especially when it starts with real, actual food ingredients and not packages of premade seasonings and cans of condensed soup. Not that I don't use those things occasionally but I do try and limit them. Fresh, whole ingredients can easily be made into a casserole with the addition of a cream sauce, some seasonings, and a handful of … [Read more...]

Asparagus and Sausage Strata : An Easy Egg and Asparagus Recipe! #spon

This asparagus recipe is sponsored by Eggland's Best eggs but all opinions expressed here are mine alone. One of the things I love most about eggs is their versatility. There is no reason you cannot have eggs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner depending on how you prepare them. There is also no reason you can't have vegetables for breakfast! The combination of eggs, sausage and sun dried tomatoes  in this asparagus recipe works well, no matter what time of day you decide to serve it. Aside from being very versatile, eggs are also extremely … [Read more...]

Green Tomato Toast Recipe with Goat Cheese

Looking for recipes that use green tomatoes? This green tomato toast recipe was a delicious way to use up unripened tomatoes.  Make this goat cheese toast with plump green tomatoes, plenty of fresh herbs, and some slivered red onion.  Tips for making goat cheese toast Goat cheese toast is easy to make and a deliciously flavorful lunch recipe.  Check out my goat cheese toast appetizer recipe if you want more ways to serve it.  Making goat cheese toast?  Here are a few tips: Use a whole grain bread.  Loads … [Read more...]

How to Keep Animals Out of the Garden

Have you just planted your precious snow peas?  Are you wondering how to keep animals out of the garden so that you can actually eat them?  Here are some natural ways to keep animals out of the garden and away from your summer produce. But They Are So CUTE, Right? Last week I was thrilled to discover a bunny in the backyard. The dog was LESS than thrilled but I think they are adorable! Of course, they eat every snow pea they can reach.  They also clear the blackberries from the lower half of the bushes and eat my hot pepper … [Read more...]

Stress and Nutrition: Improve Childhood Mental Health With Nutritious Food

This post about stress and nutrition is in partnership with, an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness.  All opinions are my own.   Food plays a critical role in our lives.  It not only nourishes our bodies, but also fuels our minds and brings us together with friends and family. Of course, we know how food affects our bodies: Nutritious foods keep us healthy and energized. Eating too much junk food often causes our bodies to put on excess weight and our arteries to get clogged.  It's the same with … [Read more...]

8 Foods You Should Eat Raw for Better Health

While most foods we eat on a day to day basis need to be cooked, there are many foods you should eat raw. In some foods, cooking actually destroys nutrients and enzymes that are vital for better health. If you are looking for easy raw recipes, start with my blueberry salsa recipe. Then, check out these 8 foods that are actually MORE nutritious for you when eaten raw . Common Foods to Eat Raw: The most common foods to eat raw by people following a strict raw food diet are the following: All fresh fruits. All raw vegetables. … [Read more...]

What to Plant in November, Both Inside AND Outside!

Wondering what to plant in November? Or are you convinced that cold, dreary days mean the end to your gardening addiction? While it is true that most gardening comes to an abrupt halt once the chilly days and near-freezing nights of fall roll around, there are still a few things you can plant in November if you want to try your hand at fall gardening.   What to Plant in November: Outside Some of these fall garden plants should be grown inside but others can be sowed out in the ground to ensure an early spring crop of food as … [Read more...]

White Bean Cherry Tomato Salad

For the last few weeks, I have been traveling up the East coast to visit family. I returned to a garden OVERFLOWING with cherry tomatoes! I have been searching high and low for cherry tomato recipes so they don't go bad before I eat them. This white bean cherry tomato salad recipe was simple to make and a delicious vegetarian dinner. White Beans:  Canned vs Dried This tomato salad recipe calls for about 3 cups of cooked white beans. If you are in a hurry, you can use canned white beans that you drain and rinse. If you have a bit of time, … [Read more...]

Easy Tips for Grilling Vegetables Perfectly!

If you are looking for healthy barbecue ideas, these tips for grilling vegetables will come in handy this summer. With grilling season starting soon, everyone is throwing hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. What about grilling vegetables? I rarely see slabs of eggplant or skewers of bell pepper on the grill at my neighborhood pool party. When you imagine a meal cooked over the grill, most people usually think of steaks, burgers and hot dogs. One way to reduce your carbon foot print this summer is to learn how to grill vegetables instead of … [Read more...]

Wildcrafting Tips: How to Start Foraging for Food in the Wild

At the top of many people’s minds is reducing their grocery bills. I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about clipping coupons, shopping on sale, cooking from scratch and growing your own garden. But have you considered the concept of eating  the food that’s right outside your front door? No, I don’t mean in your garden. I mean the food that grows wild in the fields and woods and by streams in your neighborhood, otherwise known as foraging or wildcrafting. If you love the idea of eating local foods, you should start wildcrafting! Why Harvest … [Read more...]

How to Keep the Kitchen Cool This Summer

Summertime in Georgia is HOT and most days I have no desire to sweat over the stove to cook dinner for my family. Since feeding them cereal every night of the week leaves me slightly guilt-ridden, I have had to learn how to keep the kitchen cool while still feeding them real food. Preferably something with a vegetable or two.... Finding ways to keep your kitchen cool in the summer will go a long ways towards reducing your air conditioning bill, not to mention help keep you sane. Anyone who has had to deal with children, pets, and a ringing … [Read more...]

Creamy Broccoli Apple Salad Recipe with Walnuts

Yesterday I whipped up a huge batch of this creamy broccoli apple salad recipe and I plan on eating it for lunch every day this week. The last few weeks have been rather chaotic and I need a serious break for a while. We had a series of unplanned home repairs that created a huge mess as well as a giant expense. Sometimes, when the stress level is high, you need a healthy salad recipe to keep you balanced. Even better if it is an easy make ahead recipe that can be stored for a while in the fridge. Thankfully, this broccoli apple salad … [Read more...]

Teaching kids to eat healthy without losing your mind

Many years ago, I had a picky eating 2 year old. I researched how to start teaching kids to eat healthy and found the same advice over and over again. Just ignore it and they will eat healthy on their own eventually. I'm not sure what those authors were smoking but my kid would have happily lived on chicken nuggets and French fries every day if I let him. I decided I was done with modern parenting advice and made it my goal to have my kids eating a healthy and natural diet with the occasional treat thrown in for sheer enjoyment. Teaching kids … [Read more...]

Chicken Taco Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

This chicken taco ranch pasta salad recipe uses shredded chicken and ranch dressing.  Mix in your favorite taco seasoning and this easy pasta salad will be a big hit with friends and family! Summer needs pasta salads! Summer is just about here!  Like most moms, I am both excited about it and dreading it at the same time. Schedules that are filled with pool parties and family vacations are much more enjoyable than the chaos of school projects and lost permission slips. However, summer vacation also means bickering kids and a … [Read more...]

Need Leftover Turkey Recipes? Try Turkey Quesadillas! #CansGetYouCooking

This post about  Leftover Turkey Recipes is brought to you by Mom It Forward but all opinions expressed here are my own. The holidays are a chaotic time of year and while I love to cook from scratch, there are certain shortcuts I take around this time of year to help maintain my sanity. The pizza guy comes to my house a bit more often but since that isn't particularly healthy I try not too call him TOO much. I have found that cooking quick and healthy meals and desserts is much easier when I start from canned foods rather than from scratch. … [Read more...]

Peach Ginger Iced Tea Recipe

This Peach Ginger Iced Tea Recipe post is part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pure Leaf. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating When I was growing up, my mom used to make me iced tea. She would get out that can of powdered stuff from under the cabinet, add water and call it done. That is the only 'iced tea' I ever knew until I moved to the south. Down here in Georgia, sweet tea is a way of life. It is a part of southern culture and is often brewed on … [Read more...]

Sunshine Sweet Corn Recipe: Homemade Corn Chowder #Sweetlife #sponsored

This corn recipe post is sponsored by Mom Central Consulting for Sunshine Sweet Corn but all opinions expressed are my own. I have been living in Georgia for 13 years now and there are certain aspects of 'southern food' that I have just not learned to enjoy. I detest okra and collard greens and whoever thought  boiled peanuts would be tasty is in serious need of help. However, I have come to LOVE the fact that I am only hours away from Florida, which has some incredible produce available almost all year round. I am already finding fresh corn … [Read more...]