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 of the quinoa recipes asked for,  I decided a little improvisation was needed. Toss in some fresh spinach, dried apricots and pecans and lo and behold!  A new … [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 bites were my attempt at powering through my week without resorting to pots full of coffee. Loaded with real peanut butter and whole oats, then sweetened with honey, these energy bites are a great source of nutrients a delicious snack idea!Why are protein balls good for you? Energy balls like these are full of protein and assorted other nutrients.  They are a great post workout treat to help refuel your body or a between meal … [Read more...]

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Basil and Feta

This Watermelon Salad Recipe with Basil and Feta is a simple, refreshing summer side dish that you can whip up in only a few minutes. Sweet watermelon is the perfect balance for the tangy feta cheese and earthy basil. Creating Easy Summer Recipes with Seasonal Ingredients  Making summer salad recipes is easy to do with an abundance of produce in the grocery store. 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 … [Read more...]

How to Make Real New England Style Homemade Baked Beans

Want to learn how to make homemade baked beans from scratch?  As a native New Englander, I can help!  There is nothing more amazing than the smell of homemade baked beans in the oven!  Sweet molasses and brown sugar give this bean recipe a deep brown color and deliciously sweet flavor.  Once you have real, New England style homemade baked beans, you will seriously turn your nose up at anything else!  Want more of my grandmother's recipes?  Check out her green tomato mincemeat recipe! What Makes New … [Read more...]

Grilled Papaya Recipe and Tips for Grilling Fruit

Have you recently bought fresh papaya and need dessert recipes to try with it? Maybe you want to make grilled desserts but don't know where to start? Here is an easy grilled papaya recipe and some easy tips for grilling fruit!  Grilled Fruit?  Really? When I was in Texas I learned quite a few things about BBQ. I learned that in Texas, barbecue means beef and a spicy kicked up sauce. BBQ is a way of life in Texas and the word itself brings to mind hot summer days, smokey grills, and picnic tables. However, in the last few … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Moon Milk Recipe with Creamed Hemp Honey

Looking for a better night sleep? Have you considered drinking moon milk at bedtime? Check out this cinnamon moon milk recipe with creamed hemp honey! This post is sponsored by HempMe.  All opinions are my own.    Life has been pretty stressful over the last couple of weeks.  Increased stress during the day means I have trouble winding down at night before bed. Of course, finding ways to relax at night definitely helps me sleep better.  One way I am trying to improve sleep is by drinking more moon milk!  What is … [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 easy rhubarb recipes in her repertoire and I was always thrilled to find a strawberry rhubarb pie waiting for me for … [Read more...]

Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl Recipe for Nut Lovers!

This Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl Recipe for Nut Lovers has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StartAHealthyRelationship #CollectiveBiasI absolutely love nuts and they are an incredibly healthy addition to the diet. High in protein and loaded with nutrition, nuts are a great way to start your day. Almonds, particularly, have a ton of health benefits. They are also absolutely delicious in a number of nut recipes. If you are looking for a unique recipe for nut lovers, try … [Read more...]

Tarragon Vinegar Recipe and 5 Other Uses for Tarragon

Several years ago,  I was strolling through the garden center and I stumbled across a tarragon plant 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. It gets bigger every year! I have given some to … [Read more...]

Fresh Blueberry Tart Recipe with Basil and Honey

This Fresh Blueberry Tart Recipe was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are my own.If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I have a serious sweet tooth. I love homemade desserts and this fresh blueberry tart recipe with Florida blueberries was absolutely delicious. It was also incredibly easy to make, which I love! I made this blueberry tart with puff pastry, which took a lot of the work out of it for me.You can make homemade … [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...]

Pistachio Granola Recipe for a Quick and Healthy Breakfast!

You've heard it a million times, right? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is so very true and this pistachio granola recipe will make that meal delicious and nutritious! You have been fasting for like 10 HOURS! That is a long time to go without food or liquid. You need to get up in the morning and eat breakfast...and that should include more than the milk and sugar you throw in your cup of coffee. Breakfast fuels our minds and our bodies for the crazy day we have ahead. But, you think you don't have TIME for a healthy … [Read more...]

Sweet Chili Alaska Salmon Bowl Recipe with Brown Rice

This Sweet Chili Alaska Salmon Bowl Recipe with Brown Rice has been sponsored by Influence Central. All opinions are my own.Having grown up in New England, I learned to love seafood at a very early age. There are very few seafood dishes that I don't absolutely love. Which is a great thing because seafood is incredibly good for you! If you need healthy seafood recipes, this sweet chili Alaska Salmon bowl recipe is the perfect addition to your meal plan!Why Choose Alaska Salmon One thing you need to be aware of when choosing your … [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 are … [Read more...]

Fresh Cranberry Butter Recipe with Orange and Vanilla

I am so excited to see fresh cranberries back in the grocery store. I ran out of the ones I put in the freezer about 4 months ago and have been craving them ever since! This fresh cranberry butter recipe is perfect on holiday rolls or on your morning bagel. It is incredibly easy to make and almost as tasty as my blackberry honey butter. Don't you just love the combination of orange and cranberries?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 … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Egg Drop Soup Recipe

This easy egg drop soup recipe has been sponsored by Eggland's Best Eggs but all opinions expressed here are my own.I have a serious weak spot when it comes to Chinese food. I have my local delivery place on speed dial for those days when I am in a hurry or just really craving fried rice. Sometimes I make it from scratch at home like this easy egg drop soup recipe or my Teriyaki Glazed Pork Belly Recipe. This homemade egg drop soup takes about 15 minutes to make. Most of that time is spent waiting for your stock to come to a boil. Once it … [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...]

Easy Broccoli Quiche Recipe for a Simple Vegetarian Dinner Idea

This easy broccoli quiche recipe has been sponsored by Organic Valley. I received product to use for this vegetarian dinner idea but all opinions are my own.Every week, I sit down with Pinterest and a few cookbooks and try to come up with a few meatless dishes to serve throughout the week. Vegetarian dinner ideas like this easy broccoli quiche recipe help cut down on our food budget and reduce our carbon footprint. It is also a dinner my family really enjoys, which makes my life a whole lot easier! Doesn't it look delicious? Eggs are a … [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 are … [Read more...]