Lemon and Raspberry Parfait Recipe

This parfait recipe was inspired by a product I received to review but all opinions expressed here are my own. I have always been a huge fan of adding fruit to my granola. If I have a bowl of granola for breakfast it is always topped with raisins or berries. When I grab a yogurt for a snack it usually has a combination of granola and fruit added to it. Granola gives it a bit of texture and the fruit provides extra sweetness. When I was trying to decide the best way to feature the delicious granola I received from Ladera Granola in a recipe I … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Rice Pudding Recipe with Silk Almondmilk #mybloom

This pumpkin pie rice pudding recipe has been sponsored by Silk and TapInfluence but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I was growing up, one of my favorite desserts was a rice pudding recipe that I am pretty sure my mom inherited from my grandmother. It was loaded with plenty of whole milk, eggs and sugar and it tasted divine! Well, now that winter and the holidays have passed, I am trying to lighten up my recipes a bit to help get me in shape for spring and summer outfits. I tried going gluten free for a month, then Paleo for … [Read more...]

All Natural Mint Shamrock Milkshake Recipe

This all natural mint shamrock milkshake recipe was my attempt to show my kids how delicious something natural can taste. What is it about kids that seems to make them obsessed with things that are artificially colored? If it is blue, neon green, or hot pink my kids want to eat it. Now, I certainly let them indulge on occasion....Cheetos don't come that pretty shade of orange naturally, now do they? But, sometimes I find it a fun challenge to make something one hundred percent natural and/or organic that is also brightly colored. I think I just … [Read more...]

Sweet and Savory Pie Recipe Roundup and a Paleo Apple Pie Recipe!

This pie recipe collection has been sponsored by Foodie.com but all opinions are my own. When I was growing up one of my favorite desserts was homemade pie. My mom would make my dad a custard pie every year for his birthday and of course, apple pie with a side of cheddar cheese was always a big hit. When I think pie recipe I tend to think sweet but a savory pie recipe makes a delicious and hearty meal to feed a hungry family. Turkey pot pie is, of course, a staple right after Thanksgiving! If you are a lover of all things PIE then you will … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Desserts: Raspberry Creamcheese Brownies

As a blogger, I spend a lot of time on the internet. Right now, Valentines Day desserts seem to be a hot topic with just about everyone. As I scroll through images of tasty dessert creations, they almost all have one thing in common. They are pink. Or they have pink sprinkles or pink frosting or some other sort of pink decoration on top of them. I have nothing against the color pink....unless it comes from a tube of red dye #40. Then, I am not so thrilled with it. My kids get enough artificial food coloring at school and at their friend's … [Read more...]

Homemade Candy Recipe: Gingerbread Truffles

This post about homemade candy was inspired by a product I received to review at no charge. All opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a link and make a purchase I will receive a small amount of money to put towards my blogging adventure. Every year for the past 17 years I have made homemade candy during the holidays. This little adventure started out with just a few homemade candy recipes but has grown over the years to a point where it is slightly out of control. I am up to 17 … [Read more...]

Lemon and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake #STAROliveOil

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This olive oil cake recipe post has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and its client. My husband read a health related article a few months ago that suggested that we need to significantly increase the amount of olive oil in our diet in order to maintain heart health. Since then I have been trying to figure out how to do this without just chugging olive oil straight out of the bottle. I love the flavor of olive oil but there … [Read more...]

Need Honey Recipes? Try this Cranberry Pie!

This post about honey recipes has been inspired by products I received for review at no charge. All opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means that if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a small amount of money to put towards my blogging adventure. When I was growing up, my uncle used to keep bees. Every summer when I went to visit I was fascinated with the hives and would spend hours just sitting (far away!) and watching the bees come and go. My uncle showed me his equipment for … [Read more...]

Fall Harvest Cake with Yogurt Frosting

This Fall Harvest Cake with Yogurt Frosting recipe was inspired by a product I received at no charge but all opinions expressed here are my own. I grew up in New England and Fall is a very special season. It has it's own aromas, a certain feel to the air, and a select number of foods that are abundant during that time of year. Living in the south for the last 20 years, Fall is the time of year I miss the most. I was asked to create a recipe for Stonyfield Farm that incorporated both butternut squash and yogurt into it. The word SQUASH … [Read more...]

Raspberry Yogurt Pie Recipe with Granola Crust

This yogurt pie recipe was inspired by a product I received at no charge to review but all opinions expressed here are my own. I have two very distinct aspects of my personality when it comes to food. I have the part of me that wants to eat as healthy as possible and then I have the other half that craves desserts at an alarming rate. These two haves of my personality are at war with each other on a regular basis. Every once in a while I find a way to create something that makes both halves of me happy. When I received some granola from KIND … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Chip Macaroon Recipe

This macaroon recipe was inspired by a product I received for review but all opinions expressed are my own. I am bringing lunch to a friend this afternoon for a bit of a 'girls lunch in'. Who says we need to hit a restaurant for an afternoon of socialization, right? Of course, along with lunch I have to bring some dessert. Well, I guess I don't HAVE to but really, no good gossip session is complete without chocolate! This macaroon recipe was incredibly easy to make and they came out a tad bit chewy and with a wonderful flavor. The thing I … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Peach Milkshake Recipe

This peach milkshake recipe was  inspired by one or more products I received for review but all opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the link and make a purchase from Amazon I will receive a few pennies in return to help fund my blog! Georgia is known as the Peach State and if you have ever visited the Atlanta area you will know that dozens of streets in the area have the word 'peach' in them. You can get seriously lost and turned around if you confuse Peachtree Industrial … [Read more...]

Easy Snack Ideas: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars #sponsored

This easy snack ideas post is part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for ACH Food Companies Inc. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating. My kids went back to school last week and that means I am back to packing lunchboxes at 6 AM every morning. They are not real big fans of the school lunch program and I would much rather they bring a lunch from home anyhow. If you have ever eaten lunch at school with your kids you will understand why. The quality of the food in our school system leaves a lot to be … [Read more...]

Need Healthy Snack Ideas? Try Trail Mix Cups!

This healthy snack ideas recipe is made possible with a cookbook I received at no charge for review. All opinions expressed here are my own. Summer vacation has been a lot of fun here in my house. Lots of swimming at the pool, camps for the kids, and weekends spent lounging. With my teenagers at home all day I am pretty sure the phrase I hear most often is 'What can I have to eat?'  My son is 13 and 6 feet tall. He is as skinny as a string bean and has an incredible metabolism. That boy eats like a linebacker from the time he wakes up in the … [Read more...]

Easy Strawberry Recipe: Home Made Strawberry Cream Cheese

My daughter is absolutely in love with the Philly Strawberry Cream Cheese. She wants me to buy it every week so she can make a strawberry cream cheese and strawberry jelly sandwich. Can you tell she has a thing for strawberries? Well, I decided to look at the ingredients on the strawberry cream cheese and compare them to the regular Philadelphia cream cheese. There a a ton more ingredients in the flavored cream cheese and one of those is the dreaded red food dye. I really detest artificial colors in my foods! I decided to try making strawberry … [Read more...]

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Peanutbutter Whipped Cream

This No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake recipe is sponsored by a  product for review from Newman's Own Organic. All opinions expressed here are my own.  I love to bake and since I have a horrible sweet tooth, there is almost always some sort of dessert in my house. My kids love me....my scale hates me! But, I can't quite kick the habit so I try to make it from scratch so I can control the ingredients. I don't worry so much about fat and calories (although I probably should be!). I am more concerned with preservatives and other artificial … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Sauce Topping #Recipe

When I was a kid living in Connecticut, my all time favorite restaurant to eat at was Friendly's diner. Yup, I had fancy tastes back then. After my standard dinner of grilled cheese and french fries I always got an ice cream sundae with peanut butter sauce topping. It was an absolutely perfect ending to my meal and even now when I go back home I love to stop at Friendly's and get peanut butter sauce topping drizzled over several scoops of vanilla ice cream. So, I got to thinking, why do I have to wait until I get within driving distance of … [Read more...]

Easy Dessert Recipe: Banana Spice Parfait and a Newman’s Own Cookie #Giveaway #spon

This easy dessert recipe is sponsored by Newman's Own Organics but all opinions expressed are my own. I have mentioned my love affair with dessert many times on my blog and I absolutely love creating new sweets to share with my family. My kids always look at me in shock when I tell them there is no dessert after dinner! Finding a quick and easy dessert recipe that can still wow friends and family isn't too hard. Fruit desserts are one of my favorites since I can kid myself that they are slightly healthy. Today's easy dessert recipe used a … [Read more...]

Summer Dessert Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Pie and a No Kid Hungry Campaign

This Summer Dessert Recipe and No Kid Hungry post is sponsored by ACH Foods and Mom Central Consulting but all opinions expressed are my own.  I have a serious weakness for sweets and almost every dinner is followed by some sort of dessert. My mom always used to say that ice cream made the perfect dessert because no matter how full you were, it just melted to fill in all the cracks. There is no such thing as being too full for dessert in my house! I try to tailor the desserts I make to what is on sale or in the pantry whenever I can. … [Read more...]