How to Grill Seafood for a Mouthwatering Meal Every Time

Living in the south, my husband and I grill out almost year round. However, once the weather gets warm, we definitely start looking for more meals to cook on the grill. Having grown up in New England, I am a passionate seafood lover. We had to learn a few seafood grilling tips very early on once we got our own grill.  Seafood is incredibly healthy. Grilling is much healthier than batter frying your fish fillets. If you are looking to eat healthier, throwing your seafood on the grill is a great way to lighten up your meals. Not to mention the … [Read more...]

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...]

Zesty Jalapeno and Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe and Choosing the Best Eggs

This Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe has been sponsored by CafeMom and Nellie's® Free Range Eggs. All opinions expressed here are my own.Summer is almost here and the weather is warming up quickly.  In less than one month, our pool will be open for kids to swim in. The pool parties, BBQs, and picnics will soon begin in full force. Summer in the south means plenty of watermelon, grilled meat, and picnic side dishes. One of my all time favorite side dishes at summer picnics is deviled eggs.  I absolutely LOVE them and found some amazing variations … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Ripe Watermelon for a Sweet and Juicy Treat!

The weather here in Georgia is warming up and the pool opens in just a few weeks.  I am looking forward to BBQs, pool parties, and (of course) some fresh watermelon.  Georgia actually grows a lot of watermelon down in the south of the state.  Even though the fruit is local, I still need to know how to choose a ripe watermelon or it won't be as sweet and juicy as it should be. If you plan on picking up a whole watermelon this summer, make sure you follow these tips before you buy!This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase … [Read more...]

Best Trail Food For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

My husband and I love to head out into the woods and go hiking whenever we can.  Our children are teenagers and are forced to come with us as often as possible.  Of course, being teenagers they would rather be playing video games or gossiping with friends but I think it is important for them to get out into the woods occasionally and appreciate nature.  One way to keep cranky teenagers happy in the woods is to feed them frequently.  Of course, that also keeps mommy happy, too, so we bring a lot of trail food on our adventures in the wild.  I … [Read more...]

BBQ Pulled Pork Taco Recipe with Pineapple Coleslaw

This pulled pork taco recipe has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.Having grown up in New England, I honestly never saw a taco until I moved down to Houston after college. Seriously, I never had one bite of Mexican food until I was in my twenties.  Is that not crazy?  Once I moved to Texas, however, I quickly learned to love all the flavors of Mexican cuisine.  But, the same old recipes get old after a while right?  If you are planning a Cinco de Mayo celebration or are a fan of Taco Tuesday, try getting creative … [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.  When the holidays rolled around I quickly realized that I did not have a single Christmas cookie recipe from my … [Read more...]

Use Cranberry Sauce Leftovers in This Easy Sandwich Recipe!

This cranberry sauce leftovers recipe has been sponsored by Pepperidge Farm® but all opinions expressed here are my own.There are certain foods that I grew up on that I have come to realize were not all that delicious.  Canned cranberry sauce is one of them.  My mom was a great cook but for some reason, we ALWAYS used canned cranberry sauce rather than homemade.  When I got out on my own after college, I decided to try my hand at making it from scratch.  It was beyond delicious and every year I make a double batch because I could eat … [Read more...]

Green Holiday Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Looking to tread more lightly on the planet this holiday season?  Start searching now for green holiday tips because you know what? There is less than one month until Thanksgiving! Before you know it chaos will reign as I try to deal with shopping, baking, kids birthdays (both in November and December!) and entertaining friends and family.  Every year I tell myself that I will be more organized by this time of year but somehow that never seems to work out.  There are a lot of things you can do to ensure a slightly more green holiday season this … [Read more...]

5 Awesome Reasons to Feed Organic Food to Teenagers

This post about organic food is sponsored by Annie's Homegrown  but all opinions expressed here are my own.Whenever I see commercials for organic food, there always seems to be babies in it.  Or maybe a few toddlers and a stray preschooler or two. Rarely do I see commercials for organic food that feature teenagers.  I always wonder why that is?  Sure, I started feeding my kids organic food when they were babies but they don't magically just grow out of their need for the highest quality natural and organic food.  In fact, I think there are … [Read more...]

How to Start Saving Money on Organic Food

If you learn how to start saving money on organic food, you will be able to feed your family healthier without totally destroying your food budget.  Will you be able to do all of your family's grocery shopping for only a few dollars like you see on those extreme couponing shows?  No.  I'm sorry but that is very unlikely.  It's extremely frustrating that it is cheaper to eat junk than healthy foods but that is the reality of our current food system.  It seems like whenever the grocery store has a sale on cereal it's only the colored ones with … [Read more...]

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

I decided to make this 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.  I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking at nut butter recipes for inspiration.  I found a paleo fudge recipe online that looked easy enough and decided to swap out the … [Read more...]

Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe with a Rainbow of Veggies

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 something other than sandwiches with them every day.  Last year, they got VERY sick of sandwiches!  Its hard to come up with healthy lunch box ideas, though.  Especially lunches that don't require heating up.  They really enjoyed this pasta salad … [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...]

Healthy Lunch Box Tips for Kids and Parents

My kids start back to school tomorrow and I am spending a lot of time looking for healthy lunch box ideas.  Even though they are teens, they still prefer to bring lunch from home.  I'm glad! I'm not a huge fan of the school lunch program in my area.  This is the largest school district in Georgia and there is no actual cooking that is done on site.  Prepackaged grilled cheese sandwiches with white bread and fake cheese are reheated in little plastic bags and they call that healthy.  Shortcuts are taken and questionable foods are served all in … [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 in full swing, 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...]

Chia Seed Health Benefits and Simple Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Have you ever looked a a chia seed pudding recipe and wondered why eat chia seeds at all?  What chia seed health benefits are you missing out on by not buying these itty bitty little seeds? I'm always looking for creative ways to boost my family's nutrition intake.  I make tons of smoothies where I can add in flax seed oil.  My baked goods are hiding things like chia seeds, wheat germ, and all sorts of other nutritious ingredients. I have recently been reading about chia seed health benefits.  These tiny little seeds can … [Read more...]

Natural Ingredients in Food You Really Don’t Want to Eat!

If you are a label reader like I am, you have probably come across the term natural ingredients in food that you purchase for your family.  Have you ever wondered what those natural ingredients really are?  You look at the back of the package and see the words natural ingredients and you think 'That must be healthy, right? '  You might be surprised at what the term natural ingredients really covers.  Ever hear of something called Ambergris? Ambergris  is also known as whale vomit and is considered a natural ingredient in food.   According to … [Read more...]

Reasons to Support Sustainable Palm Oil Suppliers

A couple of days ago I received an email from Change.org asking me to sign a petition to encourage the Girl Scouts of America to remove palm oil from its list of ingredients due to environmental concerns. Why?  Because none of the palm oil in them comes from sustainable palm oil suppliers.   My daughter is a Girl Scout...thus requiring me to buy and eat large quantities of said cookies but I signed the petition anyhow.  As long as my Samoas are still tasty I am all for making them more environmentally friendly!  Then, I started wondering...what … [Read more...]