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...]

Making Smarter Snack Choices and a Strawberry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

These tips for making smarter snack choices and strawberry smoothie bowl recipe have been sponsored by General Mills, Cascadian Farm and Annie’s.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Back in the olden days, food was rather uncomplicated.  You grew it, harvested it, cooked it, and put in on your plate for mealtime. Fast forward a few decades and we are busier and lack the space and ability to grow all of our own food.  Eating has become more complicated. Despite time and budget constraints, it is possible to turn back the clock to a simpler … [Read more...]

Should You Drink Raw Milk? Well…. Maybe, Maybe NOT!

There is a lot of news in the food industry right now on the health benefits and/or health risks of drinking raw milk.  Once upon a time, this was the only kind of milk people drank.  So, should you drink raw milk?  Didn't our ancestors survive just fine on it?  Well, that question is a little bit complicated so here is some raw milk info you might need before you decide.   What is Raw Milk? So, what is raw milk exactly? Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. It can come from any animal.  In this post I am … [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...]

Tips for Healthy Eating on a Low Budget

If your goals for the new year include eating healthier and saving money, these tips for healthy eating on a low budget are just what you need. My husband and I have fairly broad tastes when it comes to the foods we enjoy.  We do most of our cooking from scratch, which allows us some flexibility in terms of the ingredients we use.  Our weekends are often spent at the farmer's market or international supermarket in search of exotic sauces, spices, and ingredients to add to a new recipe.  Of course, some days we are too tired to be creative and … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Making Your Meatless Monday Campaign a Success!

Will you be joining the Meatless Monday Campaign this year?  While we are by no means vegetarian, we do many meatless days during the week.  Reducing your consumption of meat can be healthy for both you and the environment.  However, it can take a bit of getting used to at first.  Going meatless, even for one day, may challenge what you have learned about assembling a meal.  I grew up with the idea that dinner included a meat and two sides.  What happens when you take away the meat?  Without changing a few ideas you have about meal preparation … [Read more...]

Tips for Clean Eating to Help Take Control of Your Health

Go ahead and enjoy the cookies and candies this week but once January hits, these tips for clean eating are going to come in handy.  I am all for enjoying the abundance of holiday food this month but it definitely isn't the norm when it comes to my diet.  Although, I hate the word 'diet'.  I prefer to consider these clean eating tips part of a general healthy lifestyle.  While I follow my healthy lifestyle eating tips, hopefully I will lose a few pounds, tone up, and improve my overall health.  But, it isn't a DIET.  That four letting word is … [Read more...]

Southern Pimento Cheese Recipe for a Deliciously Easy Appetizer!

Would you believe that I have lived in the south for 25 years and have never made a southern pimento cheese recipe?  In fact, I had not even TRIED pimento cheese until this year.  How is that possible?  Especially given the fact that I absolutely love cheese!  In partnership with Cabot, I decided to try my hand at making this delicious pimento cheese spread recipe and boy am I glad I did. It tastes SO good!  It is an easy appetizer recipe that I think will be a huge hit with your guests.  That is if you don't eat it all yourself first! If you … [Read more...]

Cookie Baking Tips for Beginners: For Perfect Cookies Every Time!

It's cookie season! Read through these cookie baking tips for beginners if you are new to the art of baking. When I was young, I was lucky enough to have a mom who loved to bake.  When I was about 6 or 7, I would go to school with my homemade lunch and kids would pay me a quarter just for me to give them homemade cookies from my mom.  It was quite a nice little side business for a while!  I love making cookies from scratch and am trying to instill that love of baking in my own kids. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a … [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...]

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 biteswere my attempt at powering through my week without resorting to pots full of coffee.  Since my pumpkin energy bites were so delicious, I decided that this easy no-bake treat would be a healthy and delicious way to satisfy my sweet tooth without the guilt! Snacking on cookies is delicious but not the healthiest choice on a daily basis, right? If you are looking for more high protein nut recipes, try my chocolate almond butter … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Soup for a Healthy Family Dinner

With the cool weather finally on its way, its time for you to learn how to make homemade soup.  Do you buy it in cans?  Or the new and trendy boxed soups?  Well, I do that occasionally, too, but if you make homemade soup, you can rest assured that you are providing a healthy family dinner with simple ingredients that YOU get to control.  Sure, you may choose to load it with cheese and cream like my homemade broccoli soup but you know what ISN'T in there?  Preservatives, artificial colors, and a huge amount of salt!  Natural ingredients are best … [Read more...]

Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Spinach and Apricots

This healthy quinoa salad recipe was a delicious last minute creation that I threw together after a haphazard inventory of my pantry.  I had fresh spinach and wanted to use it for something other than green smoothies.  I had a container of quinoa so I headed to Pinterest to find some quinoa salad recipes.  Since I didn't have any of the other ingredients most of them asked for,  I decided a little improvisation was needed. Lo and behold, a new salad recipe has been added to my monthly menu rotation! This post contains affiliate links. If … [Read more...]

How to Support Local Farmers and My Georgia Agritourism Experience

Last week, I was lucky enough to go on a 2 day Georgia Agritourism trip with a few other local bloggers.  It was an amazing experience that I am so thankful I got the chance to participate in.  I learned all about Georgia agriculture, the purpose behind the agritourism movement here in Georgia, and a few tips about how to support local farmers.  I thought I would share my experience with you so that you can bring these tips into your own lives and improve the support of the farmers in your own communities. How to Support Local Farmers Let … [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 … [Read more...]

Families Eating Dinner Together: Tips to Make it Fun and Stress Free!

Have you tried to sit down to a family dinner, only to have it be a horrible experience?  Cooking chaos, kids crying, picky eaters and a huge mess does not have to be the norm at dinner time.  I wanted to share a few tips for a successful family dinner because it is a family activity that I am incredibly passionate about.  There have been numerous studies that have shown the benefits of families eating dinner together and getting kids started young will make things easier! This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through … [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 … [Read more...]

Tips for Cooking with Quinoa and 5 Easy Quinoa Recipes

I discovered quinoa a few years ago and it is a wonderful addition to a healthy pantry.  It tastes good, is super healthy and it's incredibly easy to cook with.  Before you dive into this amazing ingredient, however, you should read these tips for cooking with quinoa for guaranteed success!  I encourage you to start with a few easy quinoa recipes and see how delicious this ingredient can be! 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. … [Read more...]

Healthy Lunch Box Tips for Kids and Parents

My kids start back to school in a few weeks. Summer is going by quickly! I'm constantly 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 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 … [Read more...]