Cranberry Shortbread Cookie Recipe with Orange Zest

Looking for easy cranberry recipes this month?  This mouthwatering homemade shortbread takes only minutes to assemble and has a rich but simple flavor.  Since I stock up on cranberries every fall, I am always looking for new ways to use them.  I mean, cranberry sauce is delicious but I don't want to eat it every day!  However, I would happily gorge myself on shortbread cookies all year round!  I added fresh orange zest to this cranberry shortbread cookie recipe and I think the two flavors blend beautifully … [Read more...]

Healthy Fruit Salad Recipe with Easy Yogurt Glaze

This Healthy Fruit Salad Recipe with Easy Yogurt Glaze is sponsored by Wallaby Organic Greek Yogurt and Kefir. All opinions are my own. While fall is fast approaching, I am not quite ready to give up the bounty of summer fruit still available in the grocery store. Sure, pumpkin spice is nice but the crunch of fresh fruit is absolutely delicious! A big bowl of fruit salad makes a healthy snack and is a great addition to just about any get together that involves food. The easy yogurt glaze using  Wallaby Organic Aussie Style yogurt was a tasty … [Read more...]

Homemade Hummus Dip Recipe for a Delicious Healthy Lunch!

This Homemade Hummus Dip Recipe has been sponsored. All opinions are my own. School started back for my family over a month ago and that means I am up and moving at 5 AM making lunches. Not only for my daughter but for my husband  as well. Bringing a healthy lunch from home saves us serious amounts of money compared to eating out or buying lunch at school. If you are making school lunches (or work lunches!) for you and your family, this homemade hummus dip recipe is the perfect addition to your lunch box. Don't forget to send along some … [Read more...]

Natural Flu Shot Recipe to Boost Immunity

This easy natural flu shot recipe is just what you need to fight off cold and flu germs. This isn't an actual flu SHOT. As in, the normal type of injection you go and get from your doctor. This is a flu shot that you put in a teeny tiny glass and toss back like when you were back in college and first learning about tequila. I promise, though, this natural flu shot  will not leave you hung over and feeling miserable the next day! Quite the opposite, actually!   Natural Ways to Prevent the Flu I know there is a lot of controversy … [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...]

How to Freeze Rhubarb and 5 Easy Rhubarb Recipes

When I was growing up in New England, my parents always had a garden. In their garden, the one thing that came back year after year was rhubarb. My mom was a master at knowing how to freeze rhubarb because she had so much of the stuff it was insane. She used to tell my dad that she didn't care how much darn rhubarb there was in the garden, he should leave it there because she had WAY too much of the stuff. She had a ton of easy rhubarb recipes in her repertoire and I was always thrilled to find a strawberry rhubarb pie waiting for me for … [Read more...]

Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl Recipe for Nut Lovers!

This Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl Recipe for Nut Lovers has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StartAHealthyRelationship #CollectiveBias I absolutely love nuts and they are an incredibly healthy addition to the diet. High in protein and loaded with nutrition, nuts are a great way to start your day. Almonds, particularly, have a ton of health benefits. They are also absolutely delicious in a number of nut recipes. If you are looking for a unique recipe for nut lovers, try … [Read more...]

Tarragon Vinegar Recipe and 5 Other Uses for Tarragon

Several years ago,  I was strolling through the garden center and I stumbled across a tarragon plant in the herb section. This is not an herb I have ever used a lot of and I had no idea what uses for tarragon I might come across but I bought a plant for the backyard herb garden. Little did I know that tarragon would THRIVE in my backyard! I never researched how to grow tarragon...I just stuck it in the dirt and lucked out. And wouldn't you know it but tarragon is a perennial here in the south. It gets bigger every year! I have given some to … [Read more...]

Fresh Blueberry Tart Recipe with Basil and Honey

This Fresh Blueberry Tart Recipe was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I have a serious sweet tooth. I love homemade desserts and this fresh blueberry tart recipe with Florida blueberries was absolutely delicious. It was also incredibly easy to make, which I love! I made this blueberry tart with puff pastry, which took a lot of the work out of it for me. You can make homemade … [Read more...]

Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce and Variations for Serving

I have been a huge fan of Mexican food ever since I spent several years living down in Houston. Whether it is classic Tex-Mex like fajitas or something a bit more unique like this Mexican chocolate dipping sauce, I have come to appreciate the bold flavors of Mexican food. With Cinco de Mayo coming up soon, I decided to try making a homemade Mexican chocolate dipping sauce to pair with some fresh strawberries that are in season this month from Florida. If you are not familiar with Mexican chocolate, the flavor is truly unique and there are … [Read more...]

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 Sunday, … [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 what … [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 natives … [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 are … [Read more...]