Triple Berry Jam Recipe using No Pectin and No Canning!

This triple berry jam recipe using no pectin and no canning is like summer on a piece of toast.  Loaded with fresh berries, your whole family will love this homemade jam!Making Homemade Jam with No Pectin There are a few key items that I always keep in my pantry and jam is one of them. Oh, sure...it may be called jelly, preserves, or fruit spread depending on my mood but there is always some kind of spreadable fruit in the house.Not only is it delicious on toast but it is perfect with a bowl of Greek yogurt or on my favorite … [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 of the quinoa recipes asked for,  I decided a little improvisation was needed. Toss in some fresh spinach, dried apricots and pecans and lo and behold!  A new … [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 bites were my attempt at powering through my week without resorting to pots full of coffee. Loaded with real peanut butter and whole oats, then sweetened with honey, these energy bites are a great source of nutrients a delicious snack idea!Why are protein balls good for you? Energy balls like these are full of protein and assorted other nutrients.  They are a great post workout treat to help refuel your body or a between meal … [Read more...]

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Basil and Feta

This Watermelon Salad Recipe with Basil and Feta is a simple, refreshing summer side dish that you can whip up in only a few minutes. Sweet watermelon is the perfect balance for the tangy feta cheese and earthy basil. Creating Easy Summer Recipes with Seasonal Ingredients  Making summer salad recipes is easy to do with an abundance of produce in the grocery store. Eating seasonally is something I try to do whenever possible. It is healthier for us, reduces our carbon footprint, and saves a ton of money. It isn't always possible … [Read more...]

How to Make Real New England Style Homemade Baked Beans

Want to learn how to make homemade baked beans from scratch?  As a native New Englander, I can help!  There is nothing more amazing than the smell of homemade baked beans in the oven!  Sweet molasses and brown sugar give this bean recipe a deep brown color and deliciously sweet flavor.  Once you have real, New England style homemade baked beans, you will seriously turn your nose up at anything else!What Makes New England Baked Beans So Delicious? I grew up in Connecticut.  where homemade baked beans are … [Read more...]

Grilled Papaya Recipe and Tips for Grilling Fruit

Have you recently bought fresh papaya and need dessert recipes to try with it? Maybe you want to make grilled desserts but don't know where to start? Here is an easy grilled papaya recipe and some easy tips for grilling fruit!  Grilled Fruit?  Really? When I was in Texas I learned quite a few things about BBQ. I learned that in Texas, barbecue means beef and a spicy kicked up sauce. BBQ is a way of life in Texas and the word itself brings to mind hot summer days, smokey grills, and picnic tables. However, in the last few … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry Recipe with Fresh Kale

This hearty sweet potato chickpea curry recipe was a big hit for dinner last night. Loaded with chickpeas for protein as well as plenty of veggies, it is served over rice for a vegan dinner recipe that really fills you up.    What is curry, anyhow? So, what exactly is curry?  Traditionally, curry is a meal of meat, vegetables, etc., that are cooked in an Indian style sauce flavored with strong spices and typically served with rice. It generally contains Indian spices like ground turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, … [Read more...]

Blackened Shrimp Bowl Recipe with Corn Salsa

This Blackened Shrimp Bowl Recipe is sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are my own.   Having grown up in New England, I know a thing or two about seafood.  I pretty much grew up on clam chowder and baked cod.  However, I REALLY learned to appreciate a good seafood dinner after I moved to Houston.  Seafood went from mild to wild once I stepped foot in the south!  This blackened shrimp bowl recipe is loaded with flavor and is a delicious … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Moon Milk Recipe with Creamed Hemp Honey

Looking for a better night sleep? Have you considered drinking moon milk at bedtime? Check out this cinnamon moon milk recipe with creamed hemp honey! This post is sponsored by HempMe.  All opinions are my own.    Life has been pretty stressful over the last couple of weeks.  Increased stress during the day means I have trouble winding down at night before bed. Of course, finding ways to relax at night definitely helps me sleep better.  One way I am trying to improve sleep is by drinking more moon milk!  What is … [Read more...]

Homemade Lemon Pudding Recipe with Fresh Lemons

Pudding is always a much loved dessert recipe in my house.  I often make my own homemade pudding from scratch to avoid artificial ingredients.  Making pudding is seriously easy and takes only a few minutes, other than time to chill.  This homemade lemon pudding recipe uses fresh lemons and whole milk.  Simple ingredients make this homemade pudding quick, easy, and delicious!Tips for Making Homemade Lemon Pudding To make this lemon pudding, you have to really pay attention.  You will have to stir constantly so … [Read more...]

Tart Cherry Moon Milk Recipe for Relaxation and Better Sleep

Moon milk is a relatively new wellness trend that has been incredibly popular in the last year.  What is moon milk exactly?  Basically, it is an upscale, yuppy, herbal variation on the glass of warm milk at bedtime.  If you are looking for relaxation and better sleep, this tart cherry moon milk recipe may be just the thing you need!When Relaxation and Better Sleep Elude You The last 6 months have been incredibly stressful for me.  In October, my mom was hospitalized with heart problems.  Despite a grim prognosis, … [Read more...]

Middle Eastern Inspired Pureed Vegetable Soup Recipe

One of the things I love most about the chilly weather is that it inspires me to make homemade soup.  I love tossing ingredients into a pot and letting them simmer away, infusing the entire kitchen with warm, delicious smells.  This pureed vegetable soup recipe is loaded with healthy vegetables and made creamy with the addition of coconut milk.  Adding harissa paste at the end gives it a bold, Middle Eastern flavor that is absolutely delicious.  Got Extra Veggies? Turn Them Into Pureed Soup! Homemade soup is a … [Read more...]

Fresh Strawberry Topping Recipe for Cheesecake, Ice cream and More!

This fresh strawberry topping recipe was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are my own.   As crazy as it sounds, here in Georgia, I am already seeing signs of spring.  There are daffodils starting to bloom and the weather some days is already in the 60's.  The south warms up quickly in the spring.  As a result, we start seeing Florida produce in our grocery stores by early February.  On my last trip, I found Florida strawberries (both … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Fruit Dip Recipe

As we move into the new year, I am determined to share more of the simple recipes I create with my readers.  I cook from scratch almost every day, however, taking the time to photograph and blog my journey doesn't always happen.  Since we had all day off yesterday for New Year's Day, I made this easy homemade fruit dip recipe to enjoy during the parades and football games. My kids love this cream cheese fruit dip so I made a big batch and watched them happily eat a metric ton of fruit all day!Natural Ingredients You Can … [Read more...]

Easy Gingerbread Cookie Recipe and Choosing Simplicity

I have always loved to bake and my 16 year old daughter seems to have developed my passion for it, as well.  She came to me last week and asked if we could make gingerbread cookies together.  I am thrilled that she wants to spend time with me, however, I admit that making gingerbread cookies has always intimidated me.  All that rolling out of dough and decorating of dozens of little men.  But, I told her to find an easy gingerbread cookie recipe on Pinterest and we would give it a try.  I'm glad I did.  Not only … [Read more...]

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...]