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Simple Lavash Crackers

Lavash Crackers

Lavash crackers are simple sheet pan crackers made with just a few ingredients. They are very easy to roll out and make. Today I'm reviewing America's Test Kitchen's new Mediterranean cookbook, and I'm excited to share a beautiful but simple lavash crackers recipes with you. Have you ever made homemade crackers? I have a few times and they are fun but a little tedious. This recipe, however, is extremely simple to make and even easier to roll out and use. You simply mix together flour, water, and salt, and let it rest. Then you flip over a sheet pan, roll out a Continue Reading →


8 No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Your snack game will never be the same once you try these no-bake oatmeal energy balls. And with eight flavor options, plus tips on how to make up your own, you definitely won't get bored! Hello friends! I'm so excited to finally be getting this awesome post out to you today. I've had the recipes done and photographed for a while and then life happened; I had a pretty nasty illness, and spring sprung, which means I've been slow getting all these words written for you. Last year's post about 9 Energy Bites was so well received that I wanted to share with you 8 Continue Reading →


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites are perfect for snacks, dessert, lunch boxes, or post-workout recovery time. I’m so into these easy no-bake oatmeal bites. They are made with all kinds of whole foods, are simple to put together, and might be 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 didn't do any kind of organized diet, but this month, some of my parents, some of my siblings, and I are starting a little health and weight loss challenge with each Continue Reading →


9 Simple Healthy Toast Ideas

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, tasty Continue Reading →


Easy Roasted Chickpeas

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 for Continue Reading →


Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

These healthy pumpkin muffins are naturally sweet and made with whole grains, and are perfect for breakfast, snacks, or a dinner side!   I love muffins. The evidence is in my recipe archives. And what really gets me excited is when the muffins are healthy and my kids don't even know it. These healthy pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite recipes. I make them often to accompany soups and stews, to serve with smoothies for breakfast, or for a simple snack after school. This healthy pumpkin muffin recipe is made without refined sugars (just a little pure maple syrup), and is packed Continue Reading →


Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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 and Continue Reading →


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 →


8 Simple Smoothie Recipes to Liven Up Your Day

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 bit Continue Reading →


No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites

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 1/2 cup of Continue Reading →


Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

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 →


Easy S’mores Brownies

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 →


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 →


Homemade Cake Batter Ice Cream

Making homemade ice cream in the summer is something that I love to do. I feel like after a full day of working in the garden/playing/swimming/bike riding, then sitting down to a healthy seasonal meal (like anything on the grill + fresh beans and corn from the garden + sun sweet peaches or melon), that dessert just follows naturally. Eating healthy is pretty easy, since so many delicious things are in season. And getting in lots of sunshine and movement is also a natural part of the summer season, so I have no worries about giving my family a homemade treat 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 →


8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY

  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, they 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 →


The Life Changing Magic of the Veggie Box

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 up Continue Reading →


Healthy Lower Calorie Brownies (still made with real ingredients)

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 →


Whole Wheat Honey Cake

  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 in love. 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 →


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

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 nice Continue Reading →


Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos

Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos are as tasty as the pictures look friends! I am working with Sabra (you know, the hummus folks) today and I'm so excited! I made this recipe with football, parties, and entertaining in mind. I love these easy skillet nachos for a few reasons. One, they are delicious and they look fabulous. Two, they take very little time to make which makes them perfect for a party. Three, who doesn't love nachos!?! They are a total crowd pleaser. Making a huge batch of nachos in a skillet means that you can serve them 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 →


Not Yo Mama’s Bean Dip

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 'em Continue Reading →


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

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 a Continue Reading →


Maple Candied Pecans (Naturally Sweetened)

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 →


Healthy Breakfast Cookies

You read that title right, cookies you can eat for breakfast! Now that can't be a bad thing. Healthy Breakfast Cookies have been on my mind for ages, and I finally got around to making some. These "cookies" are made with whole wheat flour and oats for fiber and pumpkin because that stuff is magic (and adding a veggie to breakfast is always smart). They are naturally sweetened with just a bit of honey and applesauce, and have a good amount of protein thanks to the addition of one special ingredient - hemp seed hearts! I've been doing a good job of Continue Reading →


White Chocolate Caramel Corn

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 see Continue Reading →


Postpartum Recovery Smoothie

Can you believe it's been three whole weeks since baby Graham was born? It feels like it's been ages and the blink of an eye all at the same time. The passing of time is funny like that, isn't it? He's a sweet baby who is off of the lights for jaundice, has his days and nights all mixed up, and doesn't love being awake. He wants to be nursing or asleep all day, every day. Life with five little kids to love is busy! Thank goodness my mom flew in to help out and my sister is still here. We'll be 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 →


Hot Buttered Pretzels from King Arthur Flour

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 a 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 →


Heathy Coconut No-Bake Cookies

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 →


Tomato Basil Cheese Crackers

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 melt Continue Reading →


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is my snack right now. I love the sweetness of the peppers with all that creamy savory hummus goodness. It's fabulous with fresh veggies, but let's be honest, I love it best with homemade pita chips or even just tortilla chips. I've even been using it as a mayo of sorts in my sandwiches. I would spend tons of money on hummus every month if our grocery store carried it. I love it! Sabra's Roasted Pine Nut is my all-time favorite and I just tried the hummus quartet from Trader Joe's and it was great too. But Continue Reading →


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

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," I 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 →


Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Cinnamon

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 think Continue Reading →


Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cups

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 option to Continue Reading →


South of the Border Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is all the rage right now. Have you tried it? It's about as hard as it sounds... mashed avocado with salt on top of toast. It took me forever to try it, but once I did I totally saw the light. It is super delicious, creamy, and filling. Thomas and I love it for breakfast. The problem for us though is, it is pretty hard to get a good ripe avocado at the store. I'm not sure why, but it just doesn't happen. South of the Boarder Avocado Toast combines my love for all things Tex-Mex with my adoration Continue Reading →


Healthy Snack Bars – naturally sweetened and good for you too!

These healthy snack bars are vegan, raw, gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant, and just pretty darn good for you. Don't let all the health labels scare you, they taste great! This recipe is adapted from One Lovely Life's Healthy Almond Joy Bars and I'm so happy I tried it. These little bars are the perfect craving buster, pack well in lunches, and are best right out of the fridge or freezer. They taste a whole lot like a candy bar without the guilt. The best part is they are pretty filling. I might eat one or two Continue Reading →


Avocado Bruschetta and other awesome tailgating recipes

It's that time of the month! 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. This months theme is appetizers which very easily could be read as "football food" this time of the year. Whether you are watching the big game or not, this list of appetizers is sure to please. Check out all of the links at the bottom of the post for the rest of the recipes. To the horror of many, we don't watch football; not college, not pro, not high school (our school is so little we don't even have a football team). And to make matters worse Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Refrigerator Pickled Banana Peppers

Pickle lovers unite! You will fall off your chair when you read this recipe and see just how easy it is to pickle banana peppers at home. No need to can, just pour the brine over the prepared peppers and stick them in the fridge. The best part? They last for months. I love all things pickles and pickled banana peppers top my list. They are excellent on sandwiches, including hot grilled ham and cheese, perfect for salads, and I'd be a fibbing if I said I didn't eat them straight out of the jar late at night. They are delicious. Continue Reading →


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

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 to Continue Reading →


Extra Chunky and Naturally Sweetened Granola with Walnuts

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 to 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 →


18 Zucchini Recipes – because there really is such a thing as too many zucchini!

Zucchini is the one and only garden vegetable that I'm glad to see freeze at the end of the year. My frugal soul can't waste a single one and I think my plants take the challenge to heart. I love the stuff, but after a few months of eating it every way I can think of, it starts to lose its charm. If you are new to gardening start with zucchini, it's nearly impossible to kill and produces like you can't believe. I know I won't be the only one drowning in zucchini in the next couple of weeks, so I'm Continue Reading →