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...]

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...]

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 … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 are … [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 popsicles … [Read more...]

This Chocolate Dipped Apricots Recipe is a Deliciously Healthy Dessert!

I have always had a horrible sweet tooth and honestly, I see nothing wrong with indulging in desserts regularly. I choose to make desserts from scratch most of the time and use real butter, heavy cream and plenty of organic sugar. Of course, this comes with a fairly high calorie count so I try to balance my love of sweets with healthy dessert options when I can. This chocolate dipped apricots recipe is the perfect balance between deliciously sweet and slightly healthy. All the flavor and less of the guilt! It is also incredibly easy to make and … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate Crinkles Christmas Cookie Recipe

My favorite part of the holidays is the baking! These easy chocolate crinkles remind me of my childhood and are a delicious treat every Christmas. When I graduated from college I went back home to Connecticut for one week to gather my things and move down to Texas. I packed all the stuff I thought was important like my clothes and my books. Everything was shipped down to Houston and  I was excited to be starting a new life.Christmas Cookie Traditions When the holidays rolled around I quickly realized that I did not have a single … [Read more...]

Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe with Yogurt and Cranberries

This easy vanilla cake recipe has been sponsored, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.I absolutely adore cranberries so once Thanksgiving is here, I stock up. The are delicious in homemade cranberry sauce, baked into breads and cakes and make your holiday cocktail look all that much more festive. When Cabot Creamery sent me some delicious yogurt to try out, I decided to pair the tangy flavors of cranberry and yogurt with the sweet flavor of an easy vanilla cake recipe. The results were both delicious and pretty! If you want to … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Balls That Are Totally Guilt Free!

Yesterday I whipped up a batch of these no bake pumpkin balls and I have been eating them morning, noon and night ever since. Yes, even for breakfast. You know why? Because if you are looking for healthy pumpkin recipes, look no further than these bite-sized morsels! And you know what's even better? They are incredibly easy to make!Yes, healthy pumpkin desserts DO taste good! For these delicious pumpkin treats, just mix a few ingredients, roll into balls, cover with cinnamon and sugar and you are done! Easy and delicious with … [Read more...]

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

I decided to make this healthy homemade peanut butter fudge recipe because I have about 8 jars of peanut butter in my pantry. Why? Because I am the type of person who stocks up on healthy food when I find a good deal. I found a buy one get one free sale recently on natural peanut butter and I could probably make a years worth of PB&J sandwiches with it and never run out.This week,  I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking at nut butter recipes for inspiration. I found a paleo fudge recipe online that looked easy enough … [Read more...]

Chocolate Dipped Watermelon Recipe to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Summer is almost here in Georgia, even though we are technically only a couple of weeks into May. With temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, this chocolate dipped watermelon recipe is my own personal introduction to summer snacking. I love hitting the farmer's markets on the weekends and once they start up the first week of June, I will be hunting down as many watermelon recipes as I can find. South Georgia offers an abundance of fresh watermelon throughout the entire summer and my kids will eat their weight in that succulent summer fruit! Dip … [Read more...]