Category Archives: Sweets Treats, Snacks, & Popcorn

9 sweet and savory healthy toast ideas that are simple, colorful, and filling enough to make into a meal! Which one will you try first? In an effort to help you eat the rainbow this year, I thought I’d share with you some super simple but extra delicious toast recipes! I know toast doesn’t need much explaining, but I wanted to highlight the variety that you can achieve if you just set out to do it. Sure, you can have peanut butter and honey or sugar and cinnamon on your toast every morning, but look at all these beautiful, healthy, Continue Reading →

9 Simple Healthy Toast Ideas

Easy Roasted Chickpeas

Easy Roasted Chickpeas are a great snack to eat right off the pan, or to store in the fridge as part of your weekly meal prep! Roasted chickpeas are taking over my kitchen and I’m not sad about it! We are in love with this simple dish and make multiple batches a week. I was in a major snack rut last month and I asked the folks on Instagram for help. A friend mentioned they snacked on roasted chickpeas and a little light went off! I use them in main dish meals, but I hadn’t thought about eating them plain Continue Reading →

Easy Roasted Chickpeas

These easy no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites are healthy snacks disguised as dessert. Make a batch today to enjoy all week! I’m so into these easy no-bake oatmeal bites. They are made with all kinds of whole foods, simple to put together, and just the thing you need in the afternoon when your sweet tooth is making a fuss but you are trying hard to eat well. This year I’m not doing any organized diets or challenges (except for this fun one!) and I’m simply trying to eat whole foods, move more, and be more intentional with my time Continue Reading →

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Healthy Snacks in Jars

These healthy snacks in jars have been a healthy eating game changer in my kitchen, and I know you are going to feel the same way! I’m SO excited to share this post with you. These healthy snacks in jars have been a healthy eating game changer in my kitchen, and I know you are going to feel the same way. Having healthy, simple, easy to grab snacks on hand in your fridge is a lifesaver when it comes to healthy eating, feeding a family, and getting some more whole foods into your diet. The idea here is that you pack a Continue Reading →

10 Healthy Snacks You Can Prep in Advance

8 Simple Smoothies

8 simple smoothie recipes to get you excited to drink your fruits (and veggies!) again, plus my best tips and tricks for making great smoothies, every time. I’m so excited about this post! Today I’m writing all about 8 simple smoothie recipes to get you excited to drink your fruits (and veggies!) again. Smoothies are a great affordable snack the whole family will enjoy. There’s no right or wrong way to make a smoothie, but here are some of my bare bones (4-6 ingredients) recipes to get you started on the road to delicious and healthy smoothies. There’s a little Continue Reading →

8 Simple Smoothie Recipes to Liven Up Your Day

These Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins are made with whole grains, natural sweeteners, and vegetables. Your whole family will love them! There are few things more delicious than zucchini desserts. I love chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini bread, and of course, zucchini muffins! They are always on my list to make during the summer. I love these simple treats because they are actually healthy! My kids have no idea, and I’m not sad about that. We love these and I make them all of the time! Here’s what you are going to love about these zucchini muffins: they are made with whole Continue Reading →

Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins

Naturally sweetened and low-sugar pumpkin bread is full of flavor without the guilt.  America’s Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out, and I’m so excited about it. The book is called Naturally Sweet and it is going to change your baking. The first two chapters in the book are all about sweeteners in all forms, what they are, how they are processed, and how they work in baking. One of the reasons I like America’s Test Kitchen (ATK from here on out) so much is because they take the time to teach you what they did, why it works, and how Continue Reading →

Naturally Sweetened Low-Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Quick healthy pumpkin oatmeal energy bites that taste like cookies but are good for you! No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long. I tell my kids these are no-bake cookie balls because they taste so great. Here’s what I love about No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites: Chances are you have everything on hand to make these. Always a win. Don’t have chia seeds on hand? Leave them out or sub them for something else like hemp seed hearts, chopped nuts, or some coconut flakes (and you can go up to a Continue Reading →

No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites

I’ve been on a healthy smoothie recipe kick lately and I wanted to bring some of my fall favorites into it. This Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie is a little taste of fall that you can have for breakfast! It tastes a lot like a simple pumpkin pie filling or pudding, but it’s thin enough to drink like a normal smoothie. I love this smoothie because it packs in about 20 grams of protein without any protein powder (and if you did add some, you could easily double that amount). The calories and fat will depend a lot on the type Continue Reading →

Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

I’m here today with another great (and simple) recipe using Mom’s Best Cereals. I’m loving working with this great company, and I hope you are loving the posts I’m creating for the partnership (did you see those fun cereal ice cream sandwiches? So good!). Today, I’m sharing a super easy s’mores brownies recipe with you. This is a great treat to make with the kids on movie night or after school for a little treat. It would also be fun to take to fall parties or get-togethers. Everyone loves s’mores and brownies, and when you mix them together, they are Continue Reading →

Easy S’mores Brownies

There are few things that I love more than chocolate zucchini cake. I’ve been making this cake for 3 years now and it is one of my all-time favorite recipes. I make lots of recipes once and move on (I love trying new things!), but there are a handful that I go back to again and again and again; this is one of those recipes. I took pictures of it last year to share with you and then had a cute little newborn in the middle of the summer and never got it posted. I’m finally sharing this amazing chocolate Continue Reading →

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Today I’m working with Mom’s Best Cereals, and I’m sharing one of our very favorite ice cream treats: cereal ice cream sandwiches. This simple dessert is a great easy no-bake recipe you can make with little kitchen helpers. They can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer, and they’re just plain fun. My kids thought these were awesome and so much fun to make and eat. I know you and your kids will love the recipe too! Summer is in full swing and I love it. We are spending time working at the house, splashing at the pool, Continue Reading →

Cereal Ice Cream Sandwiches

I love having sweet treats ready while the kids are home during the summer and I love it even more when those treats are actually good for them. We eat a lot of homemade popsicles, date balls, and recently, homemade frozen yogurt. My kids loved this recipe and I did too! This recipe for 4 ingredient frozen yogurt literally takes 5 minutes to make and tastes just like a traditional frozen yogurt. I felt like this was a new way to serve fruit that wasn’t a smoothie or popsicle, which we get a lot of. The color is beautiful, I Continue Reading →

4 Ingredient Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (5 minute recipe!)

Energy bites! Also know as date bites, date balls, or little bits of healthy heaven. Have you tried them? It took me a while to put them on my list and now I’m kicking myself for taking so long! These simple treats are healthy eating/snacking/dessert perfection, and I have a batch in my freezer at all times now. The basic idea is that you throw dates + nuts + extras in the food processor, and process until it’s all broken down into a cookie dough-like mixture. You then roll them into balls, pop them in the freezer, and eat them Continue Reading →

9 Energy Bites Recipes Everyone Needs

What could be more perfect in the heat of the summer than a simple 3 ingredient Watermelon Granita? Here’s the best part, not only is it easy to throw together but you don’t have to have any kind of special ice cream making or churn for this recipe! All you need are three simple ingredients, a blender, and a freezer; with a little time and a fork you’ll have yourself a simple icy treats that the whole family will love. This recipe is simple enough to make for an afternoon snack but pretty enough to serve after dinner to guests. Continue Reading →

Easy 3 Ingredient Watermelon Granita

Few things are more perfect than crusty pieces of bread topped with delicious things. Bruschetta, crostini, tiny crunchy toasts – no matter what you call them, they are delicious! Today I’m working with Sabra again (pinch me! I love working with with this great company!), and I have dreamed up the most delicious crostinis ever – Mexican guacamole bruschetta! This is going to be the talked about appetizer or dish at your 4th of July cookout. Make it! This simple but perfect finger-food is buttered baguettes, grilled to perfection, grilled blistered sweet corn, Sabra’s new Veggie Fusions South-Western Guacamole, a Continue Reading →

Mexican Guacamole Bruschetta

Popsicle season is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited. We end up eating popsicles all year long but I love them in the summer because I can send the sticky drips outside. With the right mix of ingredient popsicles can turn into a powerhouse of a snack. When you plan and stock the freezer with healthy snacks, you can’t help but say yes when the kids come begging. Trust me on this one, homemade popsicles will make you neighborhood famous in no time and none of the kids will even know you are feeding them healthy snacks. Sometimes I Continue Reading →

Blueberry Chia Popsicles

  Have you ever made homemade granola bars? I did for the first time a few years ago to take with us on a trip to Yellowstone. They were delicious bits of heaven and I’ve been making that same recipe often for years. The other day I got a crazy idea to turn granola bars into one of my giant “# of this thing you should make” recipe posts and now I can’t be stopped! I have literally made granola bars at least three times a week for the last month. They are awesome! They taste delicious, they travel well, Continue Reading →

8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY

Have you gotten on the energy bites, energy ball, date ball/bite, little-nuggets-of-heaven bandwagon yet?! I’m here to convince you that you need this simple, healthy, whole food treat in your life. Healthy Cherry Energy Balls are going to become a staple in your freezer in no time! I taught a menu planning/food prep/cooking class last week and I had so much fun! I took 8 different kinds of date balls with me as part of the treats. I had a lot of questions about what they were and what was in them, lots of people were a little skeptical too, but Continue Reading →

Healthy Cherry Energy Balls (Homemade Cherry Pie Larabars)

A few months ago I discovered the best/simplest/easiest way to incorporate more vegetables in our day and I have to to tell you about it. I feel like I do a pretty good job at feeding my family healthy food while retaining a good balance. My kids are well rounded when it comes to food and I really like that. They love fresh peas and tomatoes from the garden and they love when we make cookies together. Sometimes though I think I’m the only one eating the vegetables that I make for dinner and the rest of the family is filling Continue Reading →

The Life Changing Magic of the Veggie Box

Happy spring! I love this time of year and I’m so excited to be sharing a beautiful Healthy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie recipe with you today. Things in my neck of the woods are warming right up. The lovely thing about living in a high desert is that it’s still nice and cool at night though it can get into the seventies during the day already. I planted a raised 8 foot by 6 foot box of strawberry pants last year and planted four little rhubarb plants down the center of the box. I kept calling it my “pie box” all Continue Reading →

Healthy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

You guys, you guys!!! Homemade Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs are going to change your life. I’m telling you what, they are amazing! I made these yesterday with the kids after school and I planned on posting them here on Monday. While we were making them I posted a picture on Instagram and I got such great feedback that I figured I better post them today so that you all could have the recipe over the weekend! Who knew that using a few natural ingredients could turn out so delicious. These have peanut butter, a few tablespoons of maple syrup (which you Continue Reading →

Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

Healthy Lower Calorie Brownies (still made with real ingredients) is the fourth recipe in whole food dessert week and you are going to love these! This recipes is a little different from the Whole Wheat Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies, Blueberry Muffin Date Bites, and Whole Wheat Honey Cake because these are meant to be lower in calories. These brownies have no butter or oil in them but they also don’t have any hidden beans, avocados, or protein powder. It’s just a smart recipes that uses ingredients wisely. They aren’t your traditional perfect brownie (I have that recipe for you right Continue Reading →

Healthy Lower Calorie Brownies (still made with real ingredients)

  It’s day three of whole food dessert week and I have this gorgeous Whole Wheat Honey Cake recipe for you today. Did you see those Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (made with whole wheat and honey) and those amazing Blueberry Muffin Date Bites? See, eating whole foods doesn’t have to be all vegetables all the time! This cake comes from the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook. A million years ago my mom picked it up from the library, told me how much she loved it, I proceeded to get it from the library where I was, and we both fell Continue Reading →

Whole Wheat Honey Cake

Welcome to another day of healthy, real treats and desserts. I decided I was going to send a bonus extra recipe this week to my newsletter list, so if you haven’t signed up yet, do it here! Have you jumped on the date/energy ball craze yet? If not I’m here to convince you that you need these treats in your life. There are a million kinds of date + nut based snack bars/balls out there (I have made this healthy nut and cocoa snack bar recipe a million times) and I thought it was high time I shared a few Continue Reading →

Blueberry Muffin Date Balls (healthy, no-bake treat)

Welcome to real food dessert week! I’ve been working on all kinds of recipes of your favorite treats that feature whole grain flour (whole wheat and/or oats) and natural sweeteners (honey or real maple syrup). First up is this recipe for delicious chocolate chip cookies with honey and whole wheat flour. These cookies are thick, soft, and just sweet enough. They don’t taste too strongly of honey and chocolate chips make everything better don’t they?! Now, I am a big believer in balance and my 80/20 approach when it comes to food is alive and well. Normally I enjoy a Continue Reading →

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (made with honey and whole wheat flour)

There’s so much to love about this recipe for Parmesan Pretzel Bites with Parmesan Dipping Sauce. Homemade soft pretzels are one of my favorite foods and they are so much fun to make with kids! I made these last week with my two little boys and it was a lot of fun. The best part though, we got to eat our fun! I’m so excited to be posting today. My computer has been in the shop for the last 12 days. I bought a laptop the night I dropped my computer off, planning to work from the laptop, but it didn’t Continue Reading →

Parmesan Pretzel Bites with Parmesan Dipping Sauce

Raise your hand if you are a Nutella lover! Both hands are over my head and I’m waving them like a crazy person. Nutella is a dangerous thing to keep in my house because I just can’t walk away from it. My kids love it too. My very favorite way to eat it is straight out of the jar on a pretzel. Seriously, Nutella and pretzels is the best sweet and salty combination ever. I’m celebration World Nutella Day with this AMAZING Nutella S’mores Bar recipe just for you. This recipe. You guys. This recipe! I’ve been super busy behind Continue Reading →

Amazing Nutella S’mores Bars

I’ve ween working on this post for weeks and I can’t wait for you to read it today. How to make freezer smoothie bags (the easiest smoothies ever!) is going to make your life just a little bit easier and just a little bit healthier. I started making these smoothie freezer bags a few months ago and they have totally changed my smoothie game! Here’s the details on freezer smoothie bags. You essentially put everything you need for your smoothie, minus the liquid, into a plastic baggie and you pop the whole things in the freezer. When you want to Continue Reading →

How to make freezer smoothie bags (the easiest smoothies ever!)

A few weeks ago I was working with some beautiful grapefruit (remember that homemade beeswax lip balm that I flavored grapefruit?! So great.) So I put a picture of the grapefruit I used on Instagram and asked how people liked their grapefruit best. I was shocked at how many people had never eaten it! Someone mentioned they liked it broiled and that caught my interest. After a little research I now have a lovely broiled grapefruit recipe to share with you today. It’s also the first #eatseasonal post of the year! So check out the end of the post for Continue Reading →

Simple Broiled Grapefruit

Bean dip is my jam. I love the stuff. My mom has been whipping up her amazing bean dip to take to parties and family functions for as long as I can remember, and I find myself making it again and again. It’s super easy, it travels well, and who doesn’t like a creamy cheesy bean dip?! Appetizers and finger foods are in high demand this time of year and I’ve got just the recipe for you today. There are two secrets for making a truly amazing bean dip. First, you season and then whip the beans. Whip ’em, whip Continue Reading →

Not Yo Mama’s Bean Dip

My husband has been begging me to make rice pudding ever since the weather turned cold last month, and I finally made his wish come true. He and I have different dreams when it comes to rice pudding. I like mine warm and thick; he likes his cold and saucy. When it came to tasting this recipe though, we both agreed it was a keeper. 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Rice Pudding (dairy and egg free) is not only easy to make and has minimal ingredients, it’s dairy free too. What’s not to love? Let’s chat about those three ingredients for Continue Reading →

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Rice Pudding (dairy and egg free)

There are few things more delicious in life than simple buttery homemade graham crackers. I’ve been making homemade graham crackers for my kids for years and years, and they ask for them often. Homemade graham crackers are essentially a buttery crisp cookie that you can cut into just about any shape you like. I taught my daughter how to spell her name when she was tiny by making homemade graham crackers with her and cutting out the letters in her name from the dough. She still remembers this fun kitchen lesson all these years later. Today I’m working with Bob’s Continue Reading →

Homemade Graham Crackers 3 Ways: Original, Orange Dark Chocolate, and Pumpkin Spice

I’ve been really excited to share this Orange Cranberry Quick Bread recipe with you and today is the day. Of course I planned on sharing it much earlier in the day, but here it, almost 11pm and I’m just getting it done. I decided to write “A Day in My Life” kind of post after my friend Cassie did one this week. I spent the day documenting the whos and whats, and before I knew it the day was done! I can’t wait to post it. I think it’ll be fun for us both. Back to the orange cranberry quick Continue Reading →

Orange Cranberry Quick Bread

Yesterday I was feeling antsy about the kids and their illness. I’ve been a mom for just over eight years and I have five kids. That’s not forever but I feel like I have seen my fair share of illness and have a pretty good handle on what is normal and what is not. I’m an excellent “we’ll ride this out” mom. Years of experience have taught me that most issues will work themselves out with enough time, a little pain or fever relief if needed, and plenty of warm baths and stories on my lap. Today will mark four Continue Reading →

Maple Candied Pecans (Naturally Sweetened)

White Chocolate Caramel Corn is a must-make for the fall. I’ve been making similar versions of this popcorn for years, but today is extra special because I used two delicious bars of Lindt CLASSIC RECIPE white chocolate for melting over the caramel corn; it really put this version over the top. White chocolate caramel corn is one of my all time favorite treats. It’s easy to make, it’s perfect for parties and gatherings because it makes a nice big batch, it’s pretty inexpensive, and it also makes a simple gift for giving. This post is part of #Chocotoberfest! Did you Continue Reading →

White Chocolate Caramel Corn

Here’s the plan friends. You check out these 15 Perfect Popsicle Recipes and I’ll dream about going into labor. Sounds like a great afternoon for all doesn’t it?! These popsicles are just the thing you need to get you through the week and a little baby in my arms is just the thing I need to get me through the week too. I’m due tomorrow and to say that I’m ready is an understatement! I’m so very excited. Graham, Issac, Jacob, Mark, and Jonathan are the current contenders in the name department though I’m still having  a hard time deciding. Continue Reading →

15 Perfect Popsicle Recipes

Today’s recipe for Hot Buttered Pretzels from King Arthur Flour is fabulous! My kids and I made these last week on an uncharacteristically rainy summer day. They were the perfect snack and were super fun to make too. The recipe makes 8 buttered pretzels, which is nice because you don’t have a million to eat (which I would do, so sometimes it’s better to eat one or two and then run out). I picked out the two prettiest buttered pretzels to walk over to Thomas and my sister, who were working at the hardware store. I was balancing them on Continue Reading →

Hot Buttered Pretzels from King Arthur Flour

Today is our very fist Monday of summer break and we are celebrating in style. The house is scattered with building blocks, we plan on going to the little local pool after lunch, our summer reading point charts are ready to be marked, and homemade popsicles are pretty much the only thing my kids want to eat. These Quick and Easy Peach Pineapple Popsicles are just as great as the name sounds! They have 2 ingredients and take a full 2 minutes to throw together. The only hard part is waiting for them to freeze. I often will make popsicles Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Peach Pineapple Popsicles

Today’s healthier recipe for coconut no-bake cookies comes from my desire to have sweets but my goal to not have too many. I’m 30ish weeks along in my pregnancy and I’ve gained 40 pounds so far. That combined with the fact that I started out 10 pounds too heavy means that I’m feeling huge. I hit my all-time high adult weight last week and with months left to go, there’s no way I won’t pass it. I’d be lying if I said that it was all just part of pregnancy and I’m ok with it, because I’m not. Being overweight is Continue Reading →

Heathy Coconut No-Bake Cookies

Today is the #eatseasonal post for April and I’m so excited to share this Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie with you today. This single-serve smoothie only take 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to put together. My family doesn’t really like citrus things even though I love them. I’ve been craving a nice tart dessert for weeks and this smoothie was just the treat I needed. Greek yogurt and half an avocado make it smooth and extra creamy, and the juice and zest from two limes give it just the pucker I was looking for. Limes and avocado are both in Continue Reading →

Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie

When you have fancy cheese in your fridge, sometimes it’s fun to do something a little special with it. Tomato Basil Cheese Crackers were just the thing my brick of Cabot Tomato Basil Cheddar Cheese needed. This stuff is so good and I have my friends at Cabot to thank for sending it to me. They are so generous in their cheese gifts and I love using their products. That Tomato Basil Cheddar is just the kind of treat you need in your life when you are dreaming of summer gardens, but still have to wait for the snow to Continue Reading →

Tomato Basil Cheese Crackers

Happy National Cereal Day! I’m not one to celebrate all of the national food days, but I had just the recipe in mind for today. We don’t eat tons of cold cereal, but we do love it when we have it! Chex is always a favorite and I’ve been craving Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies if you prefer) for ages and got to thinking about how fun it would be with Lucky Charms involved! I love Lucky Charms. I ate them almost every morning my freshman year of college and I think they make an excellent topping for ice cream. Continue Reading →

White Chocolate Chex Mix with Lucky Charms

Happy February friends! I thought we’d start off Love Month with something sweet and a little indulgent (but still totally healthy). Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie (no weird powder needed) is just the recipe for today. I tend to get in smoothie ruts. I make a lot of green smoothies for me and a lot of traditional fruit smoothies for the kids, but I don’t branch out much past that. I’ve seen plenty of recipes for chocolate and/or peanut butter smoothies and so I thought it high time to give some a try. After a week or so of “testing,” Continue Reading →

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie (no weird powder needed)

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are a family favorite this time of year. They are quick and easy and perfect to take to a party or snack on while watching Elf. This recipe come from my dear friend Katie. I worked for Katie’s mom in high school at their family deli, but she was a few years older than me and I wouldn’t say that we were really friends then. I’m not even sure how it happened, but sometimes when we were both in college at BYU, we clicked and spent many hours together after that. Katie moved me into apartments, Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Hot Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

These Five Minute Ranch Crackers are so very easy and so very addicting. I promise you won’t be able to stop at just one handful. I grew up with a huge extended family near me and I loved it! In my small graduating class of 68 people, two were my cousins. My dad is one of thirteen, and many of his siblings chose to have big families too. Lucky for me, we all grew up in the same tiny town in Southern Indiana. How does a family that big celebrate Christmas? By renting out some kind of large building and Continue Reading →

5 Minute Ranch Crackers

Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a healthy naturally sweetened way to enjoy those little gems that you just dug out of your jack-o-lantern. Or if you plan on cooking a few pumpkins using the perfect method I showed you yesterday, you’ll have the seeds to enjoy too. Between scooping out the seeds for roasting and the flesh for cooking, I used practically the whole pumpkin. What little skin and pulp was left made for a tasty chicken treat. I think it’s fun when everything has a purpose and very little waste is created! I love roasted pumpkin seeds because I Continue Reading →

Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Cinnamon

Popcorn! Did you know that the average American consumes 51 quarts of popcorn a year making the Nation’s total popcorn consumption over 16 billion quarts of popcorn a year! That my friends, it a lot of popcorn! 70% of popcorn is eaten in the home (and I assume that most of the 30% eaten outside of the home is eaten in movie theaters). It’s no secret here that I love popcorn in all forms. I love it hot and buttery and sweet and sticky. In fact, I’ve never met a popcorn I didn’t like. I thought it would be fun Continue Reading →

14 Sure-to-Please Sweet Popcorn Recipes

Candy corn seems to be one of those things that you either love or you don’t. This post is definitely for the candy corn lovers in the crowd! I love candy corn, not so much because it’s delicious but because it’s so iconic and fun. When candy corn makes it’s way into a glass pumpkin candy dish in my house then I feel like it’s officially the holidays. That first bag of candy corn of the season is always exciting! We don’t actually end up eating much of the stuff, but my is it pretty sitting on the mantel. And Continue Reading →

14 Recipes for the Candy Corn Lovers

Homemade pumpkin pie pudding cups are just the kind of treat to enjoy when you’d like some pumpkin pie, but don’t want to make a whole pie. It’s that time again! 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less and this month’s theme is just perfect for October: Pumpkin! I love pumpkin in everything, from curry to pie. Today’s recipe for homemade pumpkin pie pudding in a cup is just the kind of treat to enjoy when you’d like some pumpkin pie, but don’t want to make a whole pie. This recipe is naturally gluten-free too, so it’s a fun Continue Reading →

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cups

It’s already the 12th of August, which means it’s time for the fun group of 12 bloggers I work with to post a recipe with 12 ingredients or less. Today is all about easy after school snacks! This should make that transition into the school year that much easier. Today I’m talking popcorn. Did you know that you can pop popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag in the microwave?! I sure didn’t until this spring. I’ve always used an air-popper to pop popcorn and mine stopped working. We are total popcorn nuts and I was desperate to find a solution Continue Reading →

How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn’t know you could do this!)

Just over seven years ago I remember stepping on the scale in the doctor’s office and seeing what it read. 201 pounds. I didn’t say anything at the appointment but I came home and cried later that day. Hitting the 200-pound mark, even at 38 weeks pregnant was a total self-esteem crusher. I was so upset and disappointed to weigh that much. I weighed 203 pounds the morning she was delivered one week later. Fast forward to today. I stepped on the scale and it read 199.6. I did a happy dance and resisted the urge to call my husband Continue Reading →

Extra Chunky and Naturally Sweetened Granola with Walnuts