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 rhubarb recipes in her repertoire and I was always thrilled to find a strawberry rhubarb pie waiting for me for … [Read more...]

Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking

This Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking post has been sponsored by Musselman's applesauce but all opinions expressed here are my own.This applesauce quick bread recipe is the perfect after school snack for your hungry kids.  And the key to proper snacking is that you choose healthier, good for you options! Not too long ago, I read an article which suggested that snacking is unhealthy.  I started doing some research on why they would suggest such a thing. I found that 90 percent of the articles assumed … [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...]

Sweet Salty Trail Mix Recipe and the Power of Peanuts!

This sweet salty trail mix recipe is part of a sponsored conversation with Planters and FitFluential but all opinions are my own.When my stomach starts rumbling or I finish my workout at the gym, I always refuel with healthy snacks.  In fact, I find myself reaching for a snack every few hours throughout the day.  Rather than grabbing relatively empty carbs that don't keep me full, I try to include protein whenever possible.  Without high protein snacks, I tend to get 'hangry mom syndrome' which leaves ME cranky and my kids … [Read more...]

How to Make Natural Green Food Coloring

Saint Patrick's Day is coming up quickly and making natural green food coloring will let you skip the artificial colors in some of your festive desserts.  While I could care less about the color of my cookie frosting, it seems somehow wrong of me to deny my children green frosted cupcakes and cookies during our celebrations of all things Irish.  I decided to try playing around with ways to make natural green food coloring so my kids can enjoy their green desserts.  Of course, the first thing I do is head to the internet to do some research.  I … [Read more...]

Golden Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

This Golden Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe has been sponsored but all opinions are my own.One of the things I am most passionate about is family dinner.  It's a time for my whole family to come together to eat a healthy meal and reconnect after a busy day.  Studies have shown that there are significant benefits to eating dinner as a family on a regular basis.  But, life is busy, right?  How do you make time for family dinner when you get home from work late and are just too tired to cook?  The solution to your … [Read more...]

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Snack Recipe with Rosemary and Garlic

This spicy roasted chickpeas snack recipe is my new solution to snack time guilt.  No more ‘hangry’ mom who is irritable because she is trying to avoid snacking.  No more gazing longingly at my husband while he inhales food during our pre-bedtime TV session.  Nope.  Now, I am going to happily make this roasted chickpeas snack recipe several times a week to I can snack without guilt. Chickpeas (otherwise known as garbanzo beans) are loaded with flavor.  But, who wants to sit around eating beans out of a can, right?  Beans are loaded with protein … [Read more...]

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe

Up until a few years ago, I really didn't have much experience with Thai food.  After discovering an amazing Thai restaurant right near my house, however, I am not sure how I ever survived without some of these delicious flavors!  My favorite flavor combination of all time is Thai peanut sauce.  The combination of sesame oil, peanut butter, and soy sauce just makes my mouth incredibly happy. The thing I love most about this Thai peanut sauce recipe is that it can be used to grill chicken, pour over salads, as a dip, or as a sauce for your … [Read more...]

Avocado Cilantro Crema Recipe

Several years ago, my husband and I were out exploring a new farm to table restaurant.  They had Pommes Frites on the menu which I had never heard of before.  You know what Pommes Frites are?  Basically it is a fancy word for French fries.  The amazing thing about these Pommes Frites was not that I had never seen a French fry before.  What really amazed me was that you could choose from dozens of dipping sauces for them!  And only one of those was a type of ketchup!  Yes, they served French Fries with things other than ketchup to dip them in!  … [Read more...]

Tarragon Vinegar Recipe and 5 Other Uses for Tarragon

Last year I was strolling through the garden center and I stumbled across tarragon 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.  This year the plant is even bigger than it was last year! I have … [Read more...]

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Basil and Feta

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 in the middle of winter but during the peak of summer, finding seasonal and local produce is incredibly easy.  On our last trip to Sprouts Farmer's Market, my daughter grabbed a gigantic watermelon that cost only a few dollars.  We were both happy about that and now I have a ton of watermelon to use up this week.  This is not particularly difficult in my house.  Just leave a … [Read more...]

How to Make Real New England Style Homemade Baked Beans

I grew up in New England where homemade baked beans are practically a staple at most back yard barbeques.  My parents and grandparents all had ceramic bean pots, whose sole purpose was to present those delicious little beans to the masses at every summer holiday.  I learned how to make homemade baked beans from my mother at a very early age and took for granted that everyone knew how to make them.  And then I moved south.Upon graduating from college I moved to Texas and realized that not everyone understand what the term 'homemade' … [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...]

Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

A few days ago I was writing a gardening post called 5 Plants for an Early Spring Garden.  I found a beautiful stock photo of beets to use in the post and have been craving them ever since!  When I was growing up, beets were strictly a canned food item and we didn't eat them very often.  I remember they were always rather bland and I had honestly never seen one with a stem and leaves still on them.  As a gardener, I have not had too much luck growing my own beets yet.  I keep trying but the heat here in Georgia makes keeping the soil  … [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...]

Homemade Pretzels with Beer Cheese is a Delicious Oktoberfest Recipe!

My husband and I love traveling, although we don't get to go as often as we should. One place we have been to quite a few times is Cincinnati, OH because we have family there. With a strong German heritage on my husband's side, we were immediately drawn to a restaurant nearby called Haufbrau House.   Every time we go, we make sure to get their homemade pretzels which are honestly to die for.  They serve them with a delicious beer cheese and the whole experience is just magical.  I decided to try making homemade pretzels myself to see if I could … [Read more...]

Homemade ginger syrup recipe and what to do with it!

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was horribly nauseous for about 10 hours out of every day.  Whoever started calling it 'morning sickness' got it totally wrong for me.  I was sick from lunchtime until bedtime for 6 months.  Since ginger is such a great anti nausea treatment I started inhaling it every way I could find it.  Ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger snaps and even hard ginger candies went with me everywhere.  The nausea went away when my daughter was born but I had developed a taste for ginger that has stuck around ever since.  It is … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Croutons

Now that we are home from vacation my husband and I feel a desperate need to start eating healthy again!  Too much meat, fried foods, desserts and alcohol were consumed over the last two weeks.  I have stocked up on salad ingredients and we will be eating a lot of greenery in the coming weeks.  My son's favorite part of the salad is (of course!) the croutons on top.  Croutons are nothing but toasted and flavored bread so I have no idea why the cost so darn much at the grocery store! Homemade croutons would be much cheaper, … [Read more...]