How to Get Healthy In 5 Minutes Per Day and a Maple and Brown Sugar Overnight Oats Recipe

Thank you Florastor® Daily Probiotics for sponsoring this post about how to get healthy. Visit your local retailer to pick up your bottle of Florastor®Daily Probiotics to complement your active lifestyle!Have you ever looked at your daily calendar and been overwhelmed by the number of things listed on it for the day.  Pink highlights to remind you that kid 1 has a doctor appointment that morning.  Blue highlights so you don't forget to pick your son up from tennis practice after school.  Notes about what to pick up at the grocery store and … [Read more...]

Whipped Pumpkin Butter with Honey and Cinnamon

I firmly believe that there is no crime greater than using any type of artificial butter substitute.  Light this or low fat that or margarine or anything that isn't real, honest to God butter is just all sorts of wrong.  Now, you can make butter even BETTER by beating in a few delicious ingredients like I did with this whipped pumpkin butter.  This stuff is butter, only even more awesome!  Since I had a leftover canned pumpkin, I decided this pumpkin butter recipe would be the perfect addition to pancakes, biscuits, scones or any other baked … [Read more...]

Lemongrass and Ginger Jelly Recipe (no canning required!)

A few years ago, my husband and I started growing lemongrass in the back yard.  Little did we know that it would LOVE our hot and humid summers.  This lemongrass and ginger jelly recipe is my attempt to find a few new things to do with it all.  I hate seeing it go to waste but WOW is this stuff prolific!  If you live in a relatively warm climate and love lemongrass, I highly recommend that you learn how to grow lemongrass for yourself.  Check out my post about things to do with lemongrass if you want to see how versatile this plant really is. … [Read more...]

Easy Overnight Oats Recipe with Strawberries, Almonds and Dark Chocolate

This easy overnight oats recipe is a convenient solution to your chaotic morning routine.  You know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day right?  But, how do you find time for a healthy breakfast when you are trying to find your toddler's shoes, track down your 10 year old's homework and feeding the dog?  Morning's are chaotic but eating a healthy breakfast will help make sure you are fueled up for the day.  It will also help prevent you from binging on those donuts your co-workers decided to bring into the office to share with … [Read more...]

Twice Baked Sweet Potato Recipe Perfect for Breakfast!

Over the last month or so, I have strayed from my healthy eating habits.  Those Christmas cookies have been calling to me all day and night!  It's hard to to say no to Christmas cookies and I am not known for my willpower when it comes to sweets.  In an effort to get back on track I decided to make this twice baked sweet potato recipe for breakfast this morning.  The combination of eggs, sweet potatoes and bacon was absolutely heavenly.  It was also a nice, filling meal which helped me avoid giving in to the cookie temptation in the next room! … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon and Sugar

At first as the weather cooled off and summer said goodbye, I was sad.  I would miss the fresh berries, watermelon, and ripe, red tomatoes.  But then I remembered that along with cooler days and longer nights, fall brings us apples and pumpkins and other delicious goodies! I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking for unique pumpkin recipes and boy are there a lot of them! I decided to treat my kids to some homemade pumpkin donuts this week.  They get mighty sick of cereal every morning and threaten to skip breakfast altogether when I … [Read more...]

Triple Berry Jam Recipe using No Pectin and No Canning!

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 PB&J sandwich.  Homemade jam has always been a bit intimidating for me to make.  The whole adding pectin and canning thing just makes it seem like a lot of work.  Since fresh berries are incredibly cheap right now, I … [Read more...]

Lemon Blueberry Scone Recipe

I was strolling through the grocery store last week when what did I find?  Organic blueberries!  Not only did I FIND these rare treats...they were actually on sale!  I was honestly shocked and started loading up my cart with these succulent little treasures.  Of course, even on sale organic blueberries aren't cheap but after a winter of eating nothing but bananas, apples and oranges I was in seventh heaven.  I started browsing around on Pinterest for blueberry recipes but wanted something different than the average muffin or pancake.  I … [Read more...]

Sausage Cheese Biscuits Recipe with Jalapenos

When you are feeding hungry teenage boys you need to learn to serve bread of some sort at every meal.  Sure, he gets plenty of meat, veggies, fruits and dairy but the bottomless pit of hunger requires a whole bunch of carbs on a daily basis.  Sausage Cheese Biscuits are a huge hit in my house and I am ashamed to say that I usually start with a premade baking mix.  I know...totally NOT the healthiest choice to make but my biscuits usually come out as dense as bricks when I start from scratch!  However, I think I have figured out my problem and … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Yogurt Parfait Recipe and #YogurtPerfection with Liberte!

We go through a ridiculous amount of  yogurt in my house every week.  Seriously...I could have a half empty grocery cart by the time I got to the yogurt isle and it would be full when I went to check out.  Yogurt is great for breakfast, a snack, making smoothies or even for dessert.  It is also a great substitute for higher fat items like sour cream or mayonnaise.  I must admit, though, I am a bit of a yogurt snob.  I don't want just any old yogurt and my family discovered Liberte yogurt YEARS ago and we were hooked! Caramel Apple Yogurt … [Read more...]

Pistachio Granola Recipe plus a Quick and Healthy Breakfast Roundup

You've heard it a million times, right?  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It is so very true!  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 breakfast, right?  WRONG!  If you are looking for a healthy breakfast recipe … [Read more...]

Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Bar Recipe #LittleChanges

This breakfast bar recipe is part of an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.Morning comes very early in my house.  5:30 AM is not really my favorite time of day but working husbands, high school kids and busy moms drag themselves out of bed at that time to greet the day.  I want my kids to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning but finding something nutritious … [Read more...]

Easy Apricot Jam Recipe with no Canning Required!

Did you know that National Apricot Day is January 9th?  Did you even know that National Apricot Day existed? No?  Me neither! Seriously, though, I love apricots and almost always keep them in my pantry for a quick, healthy snack.  Dried fruit has tons of fiber and since it is relatively high in sugar it satisfies my craving for sweets without making me feel too horribly guilty.  When I was at Sprouts Farmers Market a few days ago, I picked up a pound of dried apricots to use in this homemade jam recipe.  I don't make a lot of homemade jam … [Read more...]

Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting #ChiquitaCookingLab

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 Chiquita 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, I needed to do some baking today or the masses will revolt out … [Read more...]

Breakfast Casserole with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

When my kids were little I was that mom who used to put zucchini in their scrambled eggs.  In fact, there were sweet potatoes in pancakes and shredded carrots in muffins.  If I could find a way to sneak a vegetable into my kids mouths, I did it.  Getting your kids to eat nutritious foods isn't always easy....sometimes you have to be a little bit sneaky!  I came to discover that it is really pretty easy to find places to put vegetables, especially in a breakfast casserole like this one!There are a lot of breakfast casserole recipes out there … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Crepes with Maple Creme and a Breakfast for Dinner Recipe Roundup

This pumpkin crepes recipe has been sponsored by Foodie.com but all opinions are my own.Do you ever get tired of hearing your family complain about what's for dinner?  Ewww...why did you put beans in that? Why are we having fish AGAIN.  What's this green stuff?  My kids and husband are pretty good eaters but they always seem to have SOMETHING to say about dinner!  Except on nights we do breakfast for dinner!  Those  nights are always filled with plenty of YAYS and requests for seconds!  Those are always good nights!  Because I am a huge fan … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Chocolate Raspberry Kaiserschmarrn Make a Simple yet Elegant Breakfast Recipe

This breakfast recipe has been sponsored by Egglands Best Egg's but all opinions expressed are my own. The Eggland’s Best coupons, information, and two gift cards have been provided by Eggland’s Best.We are a household of serious breakfast eaters.  Well, except my husband who seems to think that coffee is an acceptable breakfast all by itself.  The rest of us, however, usually sit down to a very substantial breakfast that includes just about every food group in fairly large quantities.  Eating a big breakfast is actually supposed to be a … [Read more...]