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Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad Recipe with Bacon and Bleu Cheese

This creamy asparagus pasta salad recipe has been sponsored by Naturally Fresh® Brand Dressings and The Motherhood but all opinions are my own. When I was a kid, pasta salad was not my favorite thing to eat. In fact, it was on my list of 'things to avoid at all cost' when we went to a picnic or to Grandma's house. I wasn't the most adventurous eater as a child and it usually had weird things in it like tiny baby shrimp or miniature ears of corn. No thanks, I told mom. I'll have a hot dog. Well, as an adult, I have much more refined tastes … [Read more...]

Pasta with Goat Cheese and Asparagus Recipe

Looking for easy pasta recipes?  Combine angel hair pasta with fresh asparagus and toss it in a creamy goat cheese and Parmesan sauce.  Filling, easy and delicious!  This is one asparagus recipe you will be adding to your weekly menu plan! Pasta is What's For Dinner! Back when I was a kid, Sundays were a time of rest. Other than church, there really wasn't much going on during a Sunday afternoon. As a result, mom had all day to hang around the house while a roast cooked in the oven. We frequently had a fancy Sunday … [Read more...]

Sausage, Potato and Asparagus Casserole Recipe

This Sausage, Potato and Asparagus Casserole Recipe is sponsored by Klondike Brands® and Green Giant® Fresh but all opinions expressed here are my own. There is nothing I like more than an easy casserole recipe, especially when it starts with real, actual food ingredients and not packages of premade seasonings and cans of condensed soup. Not that I don't use those things occasionally but I do try and limit them. Fresh, whole ingredients can easily be made into a casserole with the addition of a cream sauce, some seasonings, and a handful of … [Read more...]

Asparagus and Sausage Strata : An Easy Egg and Asparagus Recipe! #spon

This asparagus recipe is sponsored by Eggland's Best eggs but all opinions expressed here are mine alone. One of the things I love most about eggs is their versatility. There is no reason you cannot have eggs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner depending on how you prepare them. There is also no reason you can't have vegetables for breakfast! The combination of eggs, sausage and sun dried tomatoes  in this asparagus recipe works well, no matter what time of day you decide to serve it. Aside from being very versatile, eggs are also extremely … [Read more...]

How to Keep the Kitchen Cool This Summer

Is your kitchen hot in the summer? From proper ceiling fan usage to simple cooking tips, keep your kitchen cool without going broke paying for the air conditioner to run constantly. Keep reading for a few ways to keep the kitchen cool this summer! My sanity needs the kitchen cooler! Summertime in Georgia is HOT and most days I have no desire to sweat over the stove to cook dinner for my family. Since feeding them cereal every night of the week leaves me slightly guilt-ridden, I have had to learn how to keep the kitchen cool while still … [Read more...]

Ravioli with Creamy Spinach Pasta Sauce Recipe

This Ravioli with Creamy Spinach Pasta Sauce Recipe is sponsored by The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA). All opinions are my own. For more inspiration during #FrozenFoodMonth, be sure to check out delicious ideas from NFRA at #MFFM2020 If you are looking for a meatless dinner recipe this month, pasta is a great choice.  It's easy to cook, filling, and something the whole family will love to eat.  However, plain old spaghetti sauce gets boring after a while. This creamy spinach pasta … [Read more...]

Green Tomato Toast Recipe with Goat Cheese

Looking for recipes that use green tomatoes? This green tomato toast recipe was a delicious way to use up unripened tomatoes.  Make this goat cheese toast with plump green tomatoes, plenty of fresh herbs, and some slivered red onion.  Tips for making goat cheese toast Goat cheese toast is easy to make and a deliciously flavorful lunch recipe.  Check out my goat cheese toast appetizer recipe if you want more ways to serve it.  Making goat cheese toast?  Here are a few tips: Use a whole grain bread.  Loads … [Read more...]

How to Keep Animals Out of the Garden

Have you just planted your precious snow peas?  Are you wondering how to keep animals out of the garden so that you can actually eat them?  Here are some natural ways to keep animals out of the garden and away from your summer produce. But They Are So CUTE, Right? Last week I was thrilled to discover a bunny in the backyard. The dog was LESS than thrilled but I think they are adorable! Of course, they eat every snow pea they can reach.  They also clear the blackberries from the lower half of the bushes and eat my hot pepper … [Read more...]

Stress and Nutrition: Improve Childhood Mental Health With Nutritious Food

This post about stress and nutrition is in partnership with, an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness.  All opinions are my own.   Food plays a critical role in our lives.  It not only nourishes our bodies, but also fuels our minds and brings us together with friends and family. Of course, we know how food affects our bodies: Nutritious foods keep us healthy and energized. Eating too much junk food often causes our bodies to put on excess weight and our arteries to get clogged.  It's the same with … [Read more...]

8 Foods You Should Eat Raw for Better Health

While most foods we eat on a day to day basis need to be cooked, there are many foods you should eat raw. In some foods, cooking actually destroys nutrients and enzymes that are vital for better health. If you are looking for easy raw recipes, start with my blueberry salsa recipe. Then, check out these 8 foods that are actually MORE nutritious for you when eaten raw . Common Foods to Eat Raw: The most common foods to eat raw by people following a strict raw food diet are the following: All fresh fruits. All raw vegetables. … [Read more...]

What to Plant in November, Both Inside AND Outside!

Wondering what to plant in November? Or are you convinced that cold, dreary days mean the end to your gardening addiction? While it is true that most gardening comes to an abrupt halt once the chilly days and near-freezing nights of fall roll around, there are still a few things you can plant in November if you want to try your hand at fall gardening.   What to Plant in November: Outside Some of these fall garden plants should be grown inside but others can be sowed out in the ground to ensure an early spring crop of food as … [Read more...]

White Bean Cherry Tomato Salad

For the last few weeks, I have been traveling up the East coast to visit family. I returned to a garden OVERFLOWING with cherry tomatoes! I have been searching high and low for cherry tomato recipes so they don't go bad before I eat them. This white bean cherry tomato salad recipe was simple to make and a delicious vegetarian dinner. White Beans:  Canned vs Dried This tomato salad recipe calls for about 3 cups of cooked white beans. If you are in a hurry, you can use canned white beans that you drain and rinse. If you have a bit of time, … [Read more...]

Easy Tips for Grilling Vegetables Perfectly!

If you are looking for healthy barbecue ideas, these tips for grilling vegetables will come in handy this summer. With grilling season starting soon, everyone is throwing hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. What about grilling vegetables? I rarely see slabs of eggplant or skewers of bell pepper on the grill at my neighborhood pool party. When you imagine a meal cooked over the grill, most people usually think of steaks, burgers and hot dogs. One way to reduce your carbon foot print this summer is to learn how to grill vegetables instead of … [Read more...]

Wildcrafting Tips: How to Start Foraging for Food in the Wild

At the top of many people’s minds is reducing their grocery bills. I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about clipping coupons, shopping on sale, cooking from scratch and growing your own garden. But have you considered the concept of eating  the food that’s right outside your front door? No, I don’t mean in your garden. I mean the food that grows wild in the fields and woods and by streams in your neighborhood, otherwise known as foraging or wildcrafting. If you love the idea of eating local foods, you should start wildcrafting! Why Harvest … [Read more...]

Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe with a Rainbow of Veggies

This cold chicken pasta salad recipe includes a wide variety of fresh vegetables for added flavor and crunch.  A seriously healthy homemade pasta salad that goes great in lunch boxes or for picnics.  Pasta Salads for lunch or dinner! This week marks the second week back to school for my teenagers. They are less than thrilled (of course) and when asked what their favorite part of the school day is, the answer is usually lunch. This cold chicken pasta salad recipe was tucked into their lunch boxes this week in an effort to send … [Read more...]

Creamy Broccoli Apple Salad Recipe with Walnuts

Yesterday I whipped up a huge batch of this creamy broccoli apple salad recipe and I plan on eating it for lunch every day this week. The last few weeks have been rather chaotic and I need a serious break for a while. We had a series of unplanned home repairs that created a huge mess as well as a giant expense. Sometimes, when the stress level is high, you need a healthy salad recipe to keep you balanced. Even better if it is an easy make ahead recipe that can be stored for a while in the fridge. Thankfully, this broccoli apple salad … [Read more...]

Easy Goat Cheese Toasts Appetizer Recipe

This goat cheese toasts appetizer recipe is so incredibly versatile I am going to share a few different flavor combinations so you can tailor it to your own personal tastes. Goat cheese is one of those flavors that people either love or hate. I am in the LOVE category and unfortunately my husband is in the HATE category. It does have a rather strong flavor so you could also make this easy appetizer recipe with cream cheese, which will be a bit more mild. Just make sure that it is softened to room temperature for easy spreading. If you are … [Read more...]

Teaching kids to eat healthy without losing your mind

Want to encourage healthy eating habits that last a lifetime?  It isn't always easy.  Here are a few tips to start teaching kids to eat healthy without completely losing your mind during family dinner.   Modern Advice for Picky Eaters Many years ago, I had a two year old who was a  picky eater. I researched how to start teaching kids to eat healthy and found the same advice over and over again. Just ignore it and they will eat healthy on their own eventually. I'm not sure what those authors were smoking but my kid … [Read more...]

Chicken Taco Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

This chicken taco ranch pasta salad recipe uses shredded chicken and ranch dressing.  Mix in your favorite taco seasoning and this easy pasta salad will be a big hit with friends and family! Summer needs pasta salads! Summer is just about here!  Like most moms, I am both excited about it and dreading it at the same time. Schedules that are filled with pool parties and family vacations are much more enjoyable than the chaos of school projects and lost permission slips. However, summer vacation also means bickering kids and a … [Read more...]