Making Smarter Snack Choices and a Strawberry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

These tips for making smarter snack choices and strawberry smoothie bowl recipe have been sponsored by General Mills, Cascadian Farm and Annie’s.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Back in the olden days, food was rather uncomplicated.  You grew it, harvested it, cooked it, and put in on your plate for mealtime. Fast forward a few decades and we are busier and lack the space and ability to grow all of our own food.  Eating has become more complicated. Despite time and budget constraints, it is possible to turn back the clock to a simpler … [Read more...]

Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana bread cinnamon rolls are seriously the way to my children's hearts! Four days ago I went to the grocery store and spent almost $300 on groceries.  Today, my house is almost bare of anything that the teenagers may remotely consider a 'snack'.  There are no salty pretzels, no sweet treats, and the only fruit left in my kitchen are a few over ripe bananas and a can of pumpkin puree.  I'm telling you, these children (and my husband!) eat like linebackers and stay as skinny as twigs!  Since I am NOT going to the grocery store again until … [Read more...]

Morning Vitality Drink from Swissotel Hotels and Resorts to Boost Wellness

This morning vitality drink recipe has been sponsored as part of a campaign with Swissotel Hotels and Resorts to encourage you to boost wellness when you travel.  My husband and I love to travel, although we don't get to do it as often as we'd like.  Our favorite destinations are those that have an eye towards sustainability.  And, of course, if we can boost wellness on the road with the amenities provided, that is even better!  When I was approached by Swissotel to share their health and environmental focused mission, I was excited to see … [Read more...]

Cajun Style Dirty Rice Recipe Your Family Will Love

My husband and I lived in Houston for many years and there was a serious Cajun influence to the food in the area.  For a girl who grew up in New England, Cajun food was quite the culture shock! This Cajun style dirty rice recipe is seriously one of my favorite dinners because the kids absolutely love it! Don't you just relish those nights when no one complains about what you are serving them for dinner?  The other great thing about this dirty rice recipe is that it makes a ton of food.  We usually get two nights worth of dinner out of it, which … [Read more...]

Pistachio Granola Recipe for a Quick and Healthy Breakfast!

You've heard it a million times, right?  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It is so very true and this pistachio granola recipe will make that meal delicious and nutritious!   You have been fasting for like 10 HOURS!  That is a long time to go without food or liquid.  You need to get up in the morning and eat breakfast...and that should include more than the milk and sugar you throw in your cup of coffee. Breakfast fuels our minds and our bodies for the crazy day we have ahead.  But, you think you don't have TIME for a healthy … [Read more...]

Oven Roasted Maple Glazed Carrots Recipe with Fresh Thyme

Fall is the perfect time for root vegetables flavored with natural sweeteners and this maple glazed carrots recipe is so incredibly simple! I grew up in New England and developed a love of maple syrup at a very early age.  Since my northern family knows how much I love this delicious sweetener, they sent me a TON for Christmas! YAY!  Not only did I make this delicious maple glazed carrots recipe but I have enough maple syrup to use every day for the next 6 months.  Probably more!  If you love maple as much as I do, check out my recipe for maple … [Read more...]

Sweet Chili Alaska Salmon Bowl Recipe with Brown Rice

This Sweet Chili Alaska Salmon Bowl Recipe with Brown Rice has been sponsored by Influence Central.  All opinions are my own. Having grown up in New England, I learned to love seafood at a very early age.  There are very few seafood dishes that I don't absolutely love.  Which is a great thing because seafood is incredibly good for you!  If you need healthy seafood recipes, this sweet chili Alaska Salmon bowl recipe is the perfect addition to your meal plan! Why Choose Alaska Salmon One thing you need to be aware of when choosing your … [Read more...]

Maple Walnut Truffles Homemade Candy Recipe

I have been making homemade candy at Christmas for the last 20 years but these maple walnut truffles are by far one of my favorites.  I grew up in New England where maple reigns supreme.  When I moved down south, I tried to bring my love of maple syrup to southern cooking and made a maple pecan pie.  My southern friends were horrified that I had ruined a perfectly good pecan pie with MAPLE, of all things.  Clearly, they have no taste!  I have found, over the years, that maple syrup goes on many things besides pancakes, even if the Georgia … [Read more...]

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe for a Deliciously Easy Appetizer!

Would you believe that I have lived in the south for 25 years and have never made a southern pimento cheese recipe?  In fact, I had not even TRIED pimento cheese until this year.  How is that possible?  Especially given the fact that I absolutely love cheese!  In partnership with Cabot, I decided to try my hand at making this delicious pimento cheese spread recipe and boy am I glad I did. It tastes SO good!  It is an easy appetizer recipe that I think will be a huge hit with your guests.  That is if you don't eat it all yourself first! If you … [Read more...]

Fresh Cranberry Butter Recipe with Orange and Vanilla

I am so excited to see fresh cranberries back in the grocery store.  I ran out of the ones I put in the freezer about 4 months ago and have been craving them ever since!  This fresh cranberry butter recipe is perfect on holiday rolls or on your morning bagel.  It is incredibly easy to make and almost as tasty as my blackberry honey butter.  Don't you just love the combination of orange and cranberries? This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Egg Drop Soup Recipe

This easy egg drop soup recipe has been sponsored by Eggland's Best Eggs but all opinions expressed here are my own. I have a serious weak spot when it comes to Chinese food.  I have my local delivery place on speed dial for those days when I am in a hurry or just really craving fried rice.  Sometimes I make it from scratch at home like this easy egg drop soup recipe or my Teriyaki Glazed Pork Belly Recipe.  This homemade egg drop soup takes about 15 minutes to make. Most of that time is spent waiting for your stock to come to a boil.  Once … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites with Organic Freeze Dried Fruit

This cinnamon apple energy bites recipe with organic freeze dried fruit has been sponsored by Homegrown Organic Farms.  All opinions are my own. I have lived in the south for about 20 years but still consider myself a New Englander at heart.  I choose walnuts over pecans and apples over peaches every time I can.  This time of year, apples are in season and I find myself eating them daily.  However, once we get into winter and spring, apples may be in the grocery store but they don't taste all that great anymore.  I'd rather eat NO apple than … [Read more...]

Easy Broccoli Quiche Recipe for a Simple Vegetarian Dinner Idea

This easy broccoli quiche recipe has been sponsored by Organic Valley. I received product to use for this vegetarian dinner idea but all opinions are my own. Every week, I sit down with Pinterest and a few cookbooks and try to come up with a few meatless dishes to serve throughout the week.  Vegetarian dinner ideas like this easy broccoli quiche recipe help cut down on our food budget and reduce our carbon footprint.  It is also a dinner my family really enjoys, which makes my life a whole lot easier!  Doesn't it look delicious? Eggs are a … [Read more...]

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites

I am a morning person but by 3 PM in the afternoon, I am craving a nap.  These peanut butter oatmeal energy biteswere my attempt at powering through my week without resorting to pots full of coffee.  Since my pumpkin energy bites were so delicious, I decided that this easy no-bake treat would be a healthy and delicious way to satisfy my sweet tooth without the guilt! Snacking on cookies is delicious but not the healthiest choice on a daily basis, right? These peanut butter oatmeal energy bites are made with only 5 ingredients: peanut … [Read more...]

Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Spinach and Apricots

This healthy quinoa salad recipe was a delicious last minute creation that I threw together after a haphazard inventory of my pantry.  I had fresh spinach and wanted to use it for something other than green smoothies.  I had a container of quinoa so I headed to Pinterest to find some quinoa salad recipes.  Since I didn't have any of the other ingredients most of them asked for,  I decided a little improvisation was needed. Lo and behold, a new salad recipe has been added to my monthly menu rotation! This post contains affiliate links. If … [Read more...]

Lavender Shortbread Cookie Recipe

I love the weekends.  Especially weekends where neither kid has a million activities to participate in!  I decided to do a bit of baking and made this simple yet elegant lavender shortbread cookie recipe.  These cookies are buttery and flaky with a light hint of lemon and lavender. The perfect treat when you want something slightly sweet instead of gooey and decadent. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.   Now, if you … [Read more...]

Easy Vegetarian Crockpot Chili Recipe

You know what I dislike about Monday?  Everything.  It seems to be the busiest day of the week and the one with the longest to do list.  It also seems to be the day I am MOST tired!  This vegetarian crockpot chili recipe was my solution to both of these problems.  I literally did nothing but open cans, jars, and packages and dump it into a crockpot.  Okay, there was some onion chopping and garlic mincing but that is really about it.  There was nothing to pre-cook and since I put it in the crockpot, I just ignored it for 5 hours while it … [Read more...]

Asian Quinoa Recipe with Broccoli and Tofu

My husband and I have been experimenting with more vegetarian recipes.  I realized that almost all of my vegetarian recipes involved cheese or pasta and I needed to branch out.  This Asian quinoa recipe is loaded with protein from both the tofu and the quinoa.  Fresh broccoli gives it a boost of color and the Asian inspired sauce provides a nice, bold flavor.  It was honestly very tasty and I am not a huge tofu fan.  This recipe served 4 people easily and I will definitely be making it again. This post contains affiliate links. If you make … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Popsicle Recipe

I am a huge clearance shopper and a few weeks I scored a great deal.  I found all natural mint chocolate chip yogurt popsicles on clearance for 75% off.  YAY!  I bought 6 boxes of them and we ate them every night.  (Yes, I really do love my sweets!) Well, now they are gone and I am trying to find a Greek yogurt popsicle recipe that is similar to what we have come to love.  Because when they are NOT on clearance, those things are ridiculously expensive!  I put together a batch this week and thought I would share the recipe with you.  Homemade … [Read more...]