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...]

25 of the Best Beet Recipes that Your Taste Buds Will Love!

I was chatting with my husband the other day and he was telling me about a natural beet juice he had at a local restaurant.  Yes, he was excited about beet juice!  I decided I needed to create a list of some of the best beet recipes on the Internet to offer him over the coming months.  Beets are incredibly healthy and since root vegetables are relatively inexpensive, they are a great way to boost nutrition without going broke.One of the best beet recipes I have tried myself is just adding them to a simple salad.  My Roasted Beet Salad … [Read more...]

How To Grill Meatballs and 5 Mouthwatering Meatball Recipes

If you have ever tried to grill meatballs, you may have encountered a few challenges.  If you don't know how to grill meatballs properly, you end up with crumbled bits of beef falling into your fire and not much to eat!  My husband and I have a Big Green Egg ceramic grill and we use it year round. We try to create all sorts of new recipes on the grill and not just stick to burgers or chicken breast.  If you want to try grilled meatballs this summer, I thought I would share a few tips that might increase your chances of success.  I will also … [Read more...]

Fresh Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

This weekend I went to our local farmer's market and was surprised to find a local farmer still offering fresh broccoli.  He said this was his last batch until fall since the weather has been so warm already.  I grabbed a pound of it and came home to make this fresh broccoli cheese soup recipe.  Broccoli and cheddar go brilliantly together and this is an easy one pot meal that is nice and filling.  It's a great addition to your Meatless Monday recipe lineup as well!  Doesn't it look heavenly?This post contains affiliate links. If you make … [Read more...]

Tips to Boost Energy and Make it Through the Afternoon Slump!

These tips to boost energy have been sponsored by Lorissa's Kitchen but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.Summer vacation has just started and I am already tired.  I seem to spend my day telling my teenagers to wake up, do something, clean something, stop arguing with each other, and generally just stop being teenagers.  The day is long and the energy levels are low.  Add in work, housework, and my own to do list and I am in serious need of a few tips to boost energy levels! If you are just as sleepy as I am in the … [Read more...]

What Does Clean Eating Mean and How Hard is it To Do?

This 'What Does Clean Eating Mean?' discussion was sponsored by Eat Smart as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.I am generally not the type of person to follow strange 'diet' trends.  I am not going to eat grapefruit at every meal to lose weight.  You will not find me making 'raw food pancakes' because I have decided that all food we consume should be uncooked.  The only 'food philosophy' I really follow can be summed up by a quote from Michael Pollan who says 'Eat real … [Read more...]

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...]