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10 Healthy Snacks You Can Prep in Advance

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 pint jar Continue Reading →


Pineapple Salsa

I love fruit salsa! There's something magical about the sweet, spicy, savory, and salty flavors all mixed together into one amazing dish. Pineapple salsa is always a favorite at our house because pineapples seem to be pretty available and sweet whenever we want them. My kids also happen to love pineapple, which means I pick one up pretty often for them to eat. I really like using pineapple for fruit salsa because it's so acidic naturally, kind of like a tomato, that it just transitions into salsa really well. I like to add sweet colored bell peppers for some color, crunch, Continue Reading →


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

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 have Continue Reading →


9 Energy Bites Recipes Everyone Needs

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 all Continue Reading →


Easy 3 Ingredient Watermelon Granita

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 →


8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What is it Continue Reading →


Blueberry Chia Popsicles

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 →


Healthy Cherry Energy Balls (Homemade Cherry Pie Larabars)

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 the Continue Reading →


Healthy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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 summer. Continue Reading →


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

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 other Continue Reading →


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

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 make Continue Reading →


Simple Broiled Grapefruit

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 →


Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Slow Cooker Apple Cider is a fun recipe that is just perfect for your next get-together. I love this recipe because you start with real, whole, beautiful apples and turn them into apple cider. It's not mixing juices together, this is the real deal. Ok, it's the slow cooker version of the real deal. The last few years we have taken literally a truck load of apples that grow on our properties (The Shanty has 4 huge old apple trees and the new farm property where my garden is has 15 or so middle-aged apple trees) to a friend's house and Continue Reading →


Blueberry Boy Bait from Cook’s Country

Hello friends! Today's recipe is for a sweet and tender blueberry coffee cake that comes with a fabulous name - Blueberry Boy Bait. Blueberry Boy Bait first made an appearance in the junior division of a Pillsbury baking contest in 1954. The girl who invented it was only 15 and the recipe won her second place in the contest. She named is for its "habit-forming effect on young men." How cute is that! They always say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and that girl had it all figured out young! A few weeks ago, my friends Continue Reading →


15 Perfect Popsicle Recipes

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 →


20 Very Cherry Recipes

20 Very Cherry Recipes

Today's 20 Very Cherry Recipes is celebrating all things early summer and spring! This recipe collection includes recipes for sweet cherries, sour cherries, and even the famous Maraschino cherry. There's a little bit of everything thing here and I know you are going to find something you'll enjoy. We weren't lucky enough to have fruit on any of our trees this year thanks to a super late frost, but that doesn't mean we won't be picking up a few cherries from the grocery store when they make their way to us. I'm hoping you were luckier than us and you have Continue Reading →


15 Fantastic Rhubarb Recipes

I was so excited about the few pounds of rhubarb that I got at the farmer's market last week that I decided I'd share the love a bit by posting a collection of 15 different rhubarb recipes for you all today. Rhubarb is one of my favorite spring ingredients because it's just so tangy and fun. I like to think of it like using sour cherries or lemon in baking. There's something so unique and satisfying to have a little tart mixed in with the sweet. Any other rhubarb lovers out there? This post is for you! 1. Strawberry Rhubarb & Ginger Continue Reading →


Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Be still my rhubarb loving heart. Strawberry rhubarb pie seems to be just about the only rhubarb dessert most people have eaten and it's a shame! There's so much to love about this oddly tart red celery-like food. Today's recipe for Rhubarb Crumb Bars is a must try. These bars have a dense buttery cake on the bottom, a layer of rhubarb in the middle, and it's all topped with a perfectly sweet and lightly crunchy crumb. The rhubarb crumb bars are light enough to be served as a coffee cake for breakfast or lunch, but are also sweet enough Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Peach Pineapple Popsicles

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 →


America’s Test Kitchen’s Raspberry Streusel Bars

Today's recipe is one of my favorites! I love a good bar dessert because they come together quickly and feed a crowd. America's Test Kitchen's Raspberry Streusel Bars are one of my all time favorites because they taste like pie with about 1/4 the work. I've been making this recipe for years and it is always a huge hit. The crust is a bit like a shortbread, crisp and delicious, the filling is perfect (thanks to a jam + fresh fruit + lemon juice combo), and the topping is streusel! What's not to love? Oh, and it's raspberry! One of Continue Reading →


North Carolina Lemon Pie

Lemon lovers unite! This simple North Carolina Lemon Pie is going to surprise and delight you, and I can't wait for you to make it so that I can hear how much you enjoyed it! This recipe comes from the May 2015 issue of Cook's Country magazine. It's the magazine version of my favorite cookbooks (produced by America's Test Kitchen!) and it is always fabulous. If you aren't currently subscribing, I'd pick up a few copies from the library because they are not only full of great new recipes, but they have a tons of information, tips, and tricks. You Continue Reading →


America’s Test Kitchen’s Fresh Strawberry Pie

Today is the day!! I'm sharing with you the beautiful, the delicious, and the oh so seasonal America's Test Kitchen's Fresh Strawberry Pie. I dare say this is the perfect fresh strawberry pie recipe. I love that it doesn't use Jello. I don't really like fake strawberry flavor (and you are paying for all those berries, you might as well taste that!) and I love that you can either use just fresh berries if you have a lot or a combination of fresh and frozen, which is a real budget saver if berries aren't at their peak and cheap. I Continue Reading →


Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing

Be still my salad loving heart. Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing is a keeper, friends. I call this salad "girl food," which means it's just the perfect dish to make when you are having your best friend over for a playdate. Feed the kids quesadillas or PB&J, send them out to play or get out the train tracks, and then hide in the kitchen to scarf this down with your favorite free therapist. That's what best friends are, right?! I've been dreaming of this salad for weeks and finally made it, took pictures, and then had a big Continue Reading →


Pomegranate Mango Salsa

Pomegranate Mango Salsa has me drooling over here! My friend Emily from One Lovely Life is here today sharing an amazing, fresh, and healthy recipe. Take it away, Emily! I love this time of year! Fresh starts, healthy food, and so many beautiful things to eat! I can't get enough of pomegranate these days. Knowing that the season winds down at the end of this month makes me all the more eager to fit in pomegranate any way I can. This season, I've been adding it to my favorite savory dishes (like this rice), and it's been so fun to learn that it Continue Reading →


Guilt-Free Strawberry Milkshakes

This recipe for guilt-free strawberry milkshakes is great for a couple of reasons. It packs a lot of strawberry flavor, it's extra creamy from frozen bananas and Greek yogurt, and it's extra thick and delicious, just like an old-fashioned milkshake. Can you see those cute little milkshake peaks in the glass? This stuff is thick and creamy goodness. My kids loved them and they had no idea they weren't "real" milkshakes. The ingredients are great, but putting everything in the Blendtec to make them extra thick and smooth is really what makes them amazing. You just can't replicate the power Continue Reading →


Sour Cherry and Pomegranate Detox Smoothie

I know green smoothies are all the rage right now, but let's be honest, a pink smoothie looks so much more appetizing! I have a wonderfully healthy smoothie recipe for you today. It's naturally sweetened, packs the power of both pomegranate and sour cherries, and is dairy-free. Sour Cherry and Pomegranate Detox Smoothie is pretty much amazing.   This power pomegranate detox smoothie is a great way to start off your healthy eating. I find myself craving sugar—lots of it— after my holiday bingeing, and the effects of sugar withdrawal can be harsh. So in order to help myself along, I enjoy Continue Reading →


Ingredient Spotlight: Pomegranates

Ingredient spotlights are some of my favorite posts. I love a little trivia and new information and this is a quick and easy way to learn a little something today. I love that! Pomegranates are one of those fruits and might take you a minute to try (people seem to feel nervous about how to open them, don't worry that issue is addressed in the post) but once you give them a go you'll never regret it. I bought my first pomegranate maybe 5 years ago when Macey was a toddler and we loved them right away. We look forward to Continue Reading →


Dixie Salad

There's a dark-eyed, dark-haired, petite old woman who lives just outside of my town. Her name is Afton. Afton is a kind soul who grew up here in Southern Utah but spent most of her married life traveling the world while her husband became a doctor through the Army. Afton is one of those people who is always so glad to see you and makes you feel so welcome and loved that you secretly know, no matter what anyone else says, you are her favorite person in the world. I adore Afton and miss her other half, Tony, very much. A few Continue Reading →


Vanilla Cider Wassail

"What on earth is wassail?" you may be asking. Let me give you a little history lesson! Old English "wæs hæl" literally means "be you healthy." Wassail (or wassil) is traditionally a hot spiced cider that is sweetened and has other fruit juices added, and it was probably fermented and enjoyed as a hard cider back in the day.   Today, Wassail is generally a nonalcoholic hot beverage. Wassailing (you know, like the song "here we come a-wassailing") refers to a medieval ritual to celebrate the apple trees and to ward off evil spirits for next year's cider making. We can thank Continue Reading →


Fall Fruit Pie

Emily from One Lovely Life is here sharing one amazing pie recipe, just in time to squeeze it in before Thanksgiving! This Fall Fruit Pie looks fabulous. I'm not going to have time to try it this week, which means I'll have to have pie next week, :) Pie is a Christmas food too, right?! It's pie season, which basically means it's happiness season. Cake is fine and good for birthdays, but I really feel like pie says "home" and "homemade" more than just about anything. Crispy, crumbly pastry filled with warm fruit filling and topped with a buttery pecan crumble? That Continue Reading →


Caramel Apple Oatmeal

This Caramel Apple Oatmeal is a fun, seasonal way to change your normal bowl of oatmeal into a bit of a treat. Warm breakfasts on cool mornings are one of my favorite things about fall. Oatmeal is a staple in our house and this is a fun, seasonal way to change your normal bowl of oatmeal into a bit of a treat. Don't worry though, it's still totally healthy and you can make it with naturally sweetened caramel (recipes at the end of the post). The chunks of cooked apples, a little cinnamon, and just a drizzle of caramel make this caramel Continue Reading →


Lemon Recipe Roundup

After so much citrusy fun last week (did you see the fresh Lemon Shake-up recipe and the citrus ingredient spotlight?) I thought it only appropriate to do a recipe round up of one of my favorite citrus fruits - lemons! Lemonade sure isn't the only way to use that tasty fruit and this lemon recipe roundup will give you a whole bunch of inspiration. Nothing quiet says summer like lemony things. Am I right?! Enjoy! Lemon Thyme Scones with a Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze from The Sweet Chick Lemon Blueberry Cream Pie from A Family Feast Fresh Lemon Shake-ups from Bless this Mess 3.Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake from Barbara Bakes Lemon Pizza from Celebrating Continue Reading →


Ingredient Spotlight: Citrus

I'm excited to announce a new type of post here on Bless this Mess. I'm going to call them Ingredient Spotlights. I love food, especially real food, so I thought highlighting different ingredients once in a while would be a fun way yo give you a little knowledge and excitement about some everyday foods that you might have a question or two about. I love learning little tidbits of information that are new to me. And in following yesterday's lemonade post, I thought citrus would be a great place to start! Enjoy, and if you have an ingredient spotlight request, Continue Reading →


Made to Order Lemonade aka Fresh Lemon Shake-ups

The tiny town of Hope, Indiana has an annual fall gathering called Heritage Days. Like most small town yearly events it includes a parade, shopping for junk at little booths, and food. The food is always the best part ! I have such vivid memories of the food from Heritage Days. There was homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, homemade cherry hand pie (fresh fried by the Little Hoosiers for a fundraiser, and if you even know what I'm talking about we are meant to be best friends). And then there were the lemon shake-ups. I can't remember who did the booth, Continue Reading →


Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade – summer sipping just got tastier

It's that time of the month again! 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. This month's theme is all things 4th of July/summer party/BBQ. Now you have a big list of some delicious looking recipes that are just perfect to enjoy with friends this summer. I made a delicious strawberry rhubarb lemonade to share today. I've been making fresh made-to-order lemonades at the farmer's market for the last month and each week I bring a few "flavors" besides the traditional lemonade. I've made strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb, and strawberry rhubarb lemonade and they have all been awesome. The strawberry rhubarb has Continue Reading →


Summer Fruit Desserts Explained – the difference between cobblers, crisps, grunts, buckles, and more!

Emily from One Lovely Life and I are teaming up in the coming months to work on some fun posts for you all. Here is the first collaboration and I love it! Emily is a ninja in the kitchen and she's here explaining the difference between all those delicious fruit desserts that make summer so tasty. You'll feel so knowledgeable and very hungry when you get done reading. Take it away Emily! Summertime is here, and delicious fresh produce is everywhere! Summer brings fruit of all kinds--nectarines, peaches, plums, and cherries to the markets. I'm always looking for yummy ways to use Continue Reading →


Rhubarb Crisp with no other fruit

When I was a little girl my family lived in Hope Indiana on Walnut street in a small one story home that had a purple clematis growing up the trellis on the porch. This house was the first home that my parents ever owned and I have great memories of their adventures in first time home ownership. We planted a garden behind the little shed and found amazing old bottles, my dad planted a sour cherry tree just for me, my mom planted red and yellow tulips all around the edge of the fence in the back yard, and this Continue Reading →


13 Strawberry recipes you need in your life!

Strawberries! My mom and dad have strawberries ripening at their house in Kentucky as we speak and my dad keeps texting me pictures of the perfectly red fruit before he picks them. Oh the jealousy inside of me! At least he's not making videos of them eating Mom's strawberry shortcake. That might kill me slowly. Since I don't have a berry batch of my own, yet, I'm settling on enjoying fresh picked strawberries vicariously. I also thought it would be fun to share the strawberry love today by highlighting some delicious looking recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. Whether you are Continue Reading →


Clean and Healthy Tropical Smoothie

It's that time again! 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. This month's theme is just perfect for spring- fresh and fruity. I made a healthy tropical smoothie for you all to enjoy today. It's naturally sweetened, dairy free, and delicious! This is one of my kids' favorite smoothie combos. Any extras left in the bottom of the blender? Just throw them into popsicle molds and freeze for later. I call for lots of frozen fruit in the recipe. You don't have to use it but I strongly recommend it. Getting into the habit of keeping lots of frozen fruit on Continue Reading →


Good, Better, and Best Smoothies

I've been making smoothies for a long, long time. The summer after my senior year in high school I started going to garage sales with a good friend. Being a novice, she shared all of her bargain hunting tips and tricks with me (life skill right there!). During our early Saturday morning adventures I picked up a used blender for $3. Shortly thereafter I moved to Ball State University in Muncie Indiana to live in the dorms with my best friend - taking the blender with me. This was my first time being away from home and it wasn't without it's challenges, but making Continue Reading →


Healthy Orange Julius Copycat (dairy free)

Four ingredients never tasted so good! You are going to love this clean and healthy Orange Julius Copycat recipe; it's dairy-free and guilt-free too. This recipe is one of my all time favorite "desserts" to make for the kids after school or for movie night. It's sweet and creamy and full of real ingredients. One of my favorite recipes to make in my Blendtec blender is banana ice cream. You simply blend frozen bananas until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream and enjoy. We make this all of the time because it's healthy and delicious. I was dreaming of an Orange Julius Continue Reading →


How to Freeze Bananas

Frozen bananas will change your smoothie life and I'm here to show you how I do it. When you freeze bananas and blend them, they almost have the consistency of homemade ice cream. Some kind of magic happens and they just get amazingly smooth and creamy. Frozen bananas are a great base for smoothies. They are very sweet, they are a pretty inexpensive fruit, and that texture just can't be beat. To start your frozen banana collection, I would buy 3-4 extra banana bunches for the week and let them rest on the counter until they get nice and ripe. Then freeze Continue Reading →


Homemade Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups

Today's recipe for homemade fruit on the bottom yogurt cups is so much fun. When I'm prepping healthy things on Monday to eat all week long, I'll make a batch of these, 6 salads in a jar, my favorite fruit dip, and some honey cinnamon granola. If I have these few things done and ready for the week then eating well is so much easier. I often find that I'm super hungry after being out and busy and if I don't have something done and ready to eat then I don't make the best choices. And prepping it all ahead Continue Reading →


3 Ingredient Healthy Fruit Dip

Healthy is so in right now at my house! I am knee-deep in a really fun and well thought out 8 week health challenge and I am loving it! It isn't uncommon for me to be super healthy for a full two weeks at a time (no sugar, no white flour... that really does cut out a ton of foods!), but 8 weeks is a lot lot longer! So I've had to plan, prepare, and add a few new tricks to my plan. And you know what, it's working. I'm a week in and I've lost 4 pounds. It's all baby Continue Reading →


How to cut an apple…

I know it doesn't sound like rocket science, but I'll be the first to admit that I didn't cut apples like this until about a year ago. In my previous life apples were cut from top to bottom through the core into quarters and then you use a knife to carefully cut out the core from each section. Then you chop or slice as needed. Who's with me on this?! This was the normal way for me to cut up apples for eating or cooking. Well people, I'm here to tell you there is a better way. A much, much, MUCH Continue Reading →


10 Delicious Apple Recipes

I decided to bug some of my favorite bloggers for their best apple recipes to share with you. I chose 10 of my favorite apple recipes and they are just in time for fall. No apples you say? Well come pay me a visit! These recipe all look amazing, and I know they won’t disappoint! Enjoy…


Healthy Tropical Smoothie

Sometimes the summer afternoons crawl by. The only cure for the blahs is a smoothie. This healthy tropical smoothie is quick and easy and we gobbled it up. It also has no sugar added and happens to be dairy free. You can't go wrong when you are blending together fruit and ice. And here's a tip - I love to throw any extra smoothie into my popsicles molds so that we can enjoy it the next day, frozen! Summer is almost over, and the end of this summer has been something I've been dreading for years. My oldest is going to Continue Reading →


The Best and Easiest Fruit Dip Recipe

Mother's Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Our wedding anniversary, Christmas, and my birthday are all within three weeks of each other so it's pretty hard to celebrate them well and individually.  Cue Mother's Day. It's like all those other holidays done right in May. I love it! My family spoiled me this year, as always. Thomas made me egg, ham, and cheese breakfast sandwiches in the morning and then we had a family cook-out for dinner after church. Thomas also promised to do dishes for year (and then he gave me a case of paper plates Continue Reading →


Strawberry Banana Popsicles

Can you believe it's almost popsicle season again?! I'll admit that I own at least three different types of popsicles molds and we make up new kinds every other day. I rarely buy them from the store because we always have something delicious in the freezer. And when they are made from mostly fruit, I have no guilt in letting the kids eat them all day long for snacks (they go well with popcorn in our opinion). I'm eating them right along with them; I love me a popsicle. I do have to admit that I've been dreaming of a Continue Reading →


The best banana bread recipe

I wanted to get you excited for the double America's Test Kitchen cookbook giveaway that I announced last week (in the post with that perfect pound cake). So another recipe from the America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book is in order. If you missed the first announcement of the giveaway, let me give you a recap. In honor of Mother's Day ATK and I have teamed up to bring you a double cookbook giveaway. This way you can keep a copy and have a second to give away on Mother's Day! Trust me, it's a gift you will want to Continue Reading →


Grandma’s Raspberry Cobbler

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I'm taking one more day to celebrate my grandpa's life... and that celebration comes in the form of food. I've decided to share a piece of my heart with you by sharing part of the last letter I ever wrote to my grandpa. Grandma said that she sat on the bed and held his hand last Sunday, the day before he died, and read it aloud to him. She told me he was sleeping but she was sure he was still listening. The letter helps to explain this dish and its deep sentimental meaning for me. Grandma makes this raspberry cobbler Continue Reading →


Healthy Banana Waffles

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How are your resolutions coming? I know most of us make some resolves to do better, eat healthier, and do more or less of some things. It's always nice to get back on track with things after the craziness the Holiday Season brings. When I was making my resolutions I thought I'd go with a check list this year. A few things that I could do everyday and check off. Some day's ends have more checks than others, but I've been trying to make sure there's always at least one check mark on my list. This has been a great approach Continue Reading →