Easy Cinnamon Raisin Muffin Recipe to Start Your Morning Off Right!

Summer is almost here and my children have 3 days until they are out of school.  I'm sure you are all well aware how much children tend to eat while they are home for the summer.  This cinnamon raisin muffin recipe is one of MANY baked goods I will be making in the coming months.  In an effort to keep my grocery budget under control, I need to start doing quite a bit of baking.  My teens are active and hungry and can go through a box of organic snack food in about 30 seconds.  A nice batch of homemade muffins will last 2 days if I'm lucky. … [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...]

This Easy Taco Pizza Recipe is a Simple Dinner Idea that Everyone will Love!

Over the last year or so, I have gotten rather lazy with my weeknight meals.  There are only so many easy dinner ideas in my repertoire and I find myself falling back on the same few over and over again.  While I enjoy creativity in the kitchen on the weekends, I generally want fast and easy during the week.  Homework and after school activities have us pretty busy Monday through Friday.  This easy taco pizza recipe was a new one for us and it was relatively quick to throw together.  If you need simple dinner idea, this easy  taco pizza is a … [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...]

Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe with Ginger and Honey

Disclosure: This Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #StopPainNow #CollectiveBiasMany years ago, I went to the doctor for a muscle spasm in my shoulder that would not go away.  Little did I know that it was the beginning of a very long battle with chronic pain. After a year of over the counter pain medications and muscle relaxers, my doctor sent me to physical therapy because I was getting worse instead of better.  Years later, with a diagnosis of Myofascial Pain … [Read more...]

25 Crock Pot Potato Recipes that are Hearty and Delicious!

I have become best friends with my crock pot.  It is seriously a busy mom's solution to chaotic weeknight meals.  If you are looking for hearty and delicious crock pot potato recipes, this collection will make feeding your family incredibly simple.  Potatoes are one of those staples that I always have in my house.  Along with a few other staples, you can quickly whip up dinner in the morning so that by the time you are ready to eat, very little is required of your utterly exhausted mind and body.  Crock pots are seriously the best way to stay … [Read more...]

Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking

This Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking post has been sponsored by Musselman's applesauce but all opinions expressed here are my own.This applesauce quick bread recipe is the perfect after school snack for your hungry kids.  And the key to proper snacking is that you choose healthier, good for you options! Not too long ago, I read an article which suggested that snacking is unhealthy.  I started doing some research on why they would suggest such a thing. I found that 90 percent of the articles assumed … [Read more...]

This Chocolate Dipped Apricots Recipe is a Deliciously Healthy Dessert!

I have always had a horrible sweet tooth and honestly, I see nothing wrong with indulging in desserts regularly.  I choose to make desserts from scratch most of the time and use real butter, heavy cream and plenty of organic sugar.  Of course, this comes with a fairly high calorie count so I try to balance my love of sweets with healthy dessert options when I can.  This chocolate dipped apricots recipe is the perfect balance between deliciously sweet and slightly healthy.  All the flavor and less of the guilt!  It is also incredibly easy to … [Read more...]

This Healthy Sloppy Joe Recipe is Perfect for Family Dinner!

Family dinner is something I am passionate about in my house.  While it is hard some days with the kid's schedule or my husband traveling, most days you will find us at the dinner table together eating a shared meal.  This healthy sloppy joe recipe was on the menu this week and it was a big hit with everyone in the house. The key thing that makes sloppy joes unique is that the sauce is slightly sweet.  Or, at least, that is what my husband tells me.  Rather than adding sugar to this recipe, you puree medjool dates in just a … [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...]

Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe with Yogurt and Cranberries

This easy vanilla cake recipe has been sponsored, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.I absolutely adore cranberries so once Thanksgiving is here, I stock up.  The are delicious in homemade cranberry sauce, baked into breads and cakes and make your holiday cocktail look all that much more festive.  When Cabot Creamery sent me some delicious yogurt to try out, I decided to pair the tangy flavors of cranberry and yogurt with the sweet flavor of an easy vanilla cake recipe.  The results were both delicious and pretty! If you want … [Read more...]

German Cucumber Salad Recipe – Gurkensalat

My husband has a very strong German heritage so this weekend, we had friends and neighbors over for an Oktoberfest party.  This German cucumber salad recipe was the perfect side dish to go with our grilled Bratwurst and all the delicious side dishes provided by our guests.  All you need to do is slice up cucumbers and onions, add a simple oil and vinegar mix and stir in a ton of chopped, fresh dill.  The resulting Gurkensalat is full of flavor, nice and crunchy, and absolutely delicious!The key to making this German Cucumber Salad … [Read more...]

Whipped Pumpkin Butter with Honey and Cinnamon

I firmly believe that there is no crime greater than using any type of artificial butter substitute.  Light this or low fat that or margarine or anything that isn't real, honest to God butter is just all sorts of wrong.  Now, you can make butter even BETTER by beating in a few delicious ingredients like I did with this whipped pumpkin butter.  This stuff is butter, only even more awesome!  Since I had a leftover canned pumpkin, I decided this pumpkin butter recipe would be the perfect addition to pancakes, biscuits, scones or any other baked … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Balls That Are Totally Guilt Free!

Yesterday I whipped up a batch of these no bake pumpkin balls and I have been eating them morning, noon and night ever since.  Yes, even for breakfast.  You know why?  Because if you are looking for healthy pumpkin recipes, look no further than these bite sized morsels!  And you know what's even better?  They are incredibly easy to make.  Just mix a few ingredients, roll into balls, cover with cinnamon and sugar and you are done!  Easy and delicious with absolutely zero guilt when I inhale a few at 6 AM! … [Read more...]

How to Make Golden Milk and What the Heck is it Anyhow?

Wondering how to make golden milk?  Or maybe you have never even heard of this growing health trend?  For the last several years, I have been tackling some chronic pain due to an autoimmune disease called myofascial pain syndrome.  I stumbled upon this golden milk turmeric recipe when I was searching for ways to get more turmeric in my diet.  I take it as a supplement daily, however, I would love to get more through the foods I eat.  I came across a few golden milk recipes online that sounded intriguing so I thought I would give it a shot. … [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...]