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6 Ways to Cook with Avocado Oil
I love cooking with different oils. I use them for sauteing, making salad dressing, muffins, cakes, breads, dips and so much more. Growing up I only remember my grandmother using vegetable oil. Now I use a wide variety of oils and love the flavor differences, some more subtle than others. One of my favorite cooking oils is avocado oil....
Recipe for Dark Choc. Coconut Balls
Making dozens of different holiday cookies and decorating them is something I have great memories of as a child. Licking the spatula, being full of flour, giggling, licking my fingers when I was told not to (come on you have to take a lick) and all of us trying to outdo the other in the decorating department. All of...
Easy Rich and Creamy Brussel Sprouts Casserole Recipe
Thanksgiving is behind us but up next, Christmas dinner. I am hosting Christmas dinner and I cannot wait. I love to cook for my family and have everyone over to drink, eat and be merry. A cliché’ I know but I love it. If you are planning a holiday meal and you love Brussel sprouts, you have to try this...
Healthy Crockpot Dinners
Weeknight dinners can be hectic. My husband is coming home from work, I’m finishing up emails, the kids are getting home from school and we’re heading off to our nightly activities of gymnastics, skiing, scouting and who knows what else. It’s busy. Most parents can probably relate to this. I've written about how to simplify the weeknight dinner chaos...
Homemade Easy Applesauce Recipe
Apple season means bushels of apples! Unless you store your apples properly, they will go bad. For us, bad apples end up as deer bait for hunting season. Otherwise, it is apple pie, apple crisp and of course, applesauce and apple butter. What I like about applesauce and apple butter is how easy they are to make and to CAN…if...
Common Varieties of Apples for Eating, Baking and More
When you head to your local apple orchard, or even a well-stocked grocery store, you’ll find all sorts of different and interesting apple varieties. Some are perfect for eating as is, while others lend themselves to baking, cooking with, making applesauce and the likes. Of course, some varieties store better than others do. Here is a quick overview of...
Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal Recipe
I’m not a morning person. Which means back to school can be brutal for me. This is why I try to do as much beforehand as possible. One thing that I do regularly is make steel-cut oatmeal in my slow cooker. I make several on-the-go cups in advance; place them in the fridge with coconut and granola toppings. My...
When you love pumpkins like I do it’s easy to come up with a variety of ways to use homemade pumpkin puree. I’ve posted about how to make pumpkin spice muffins, your own pumpkin puree and pumpkin pancakes but now I’m sharing with you how I make pumpkin syrup! Served over vanilla ice cream, warm apple pie or pancakes...
The many uses and benefits of sunflower seeds!
Sunflower seeds are small but mighty.  They’re high in protein, Vitamin B-6, Magnesium, Vitamin E and Iron. Four key benefits of adding sunflower seeds to your diet include: Promote healthy cholesterol levels because they’re high in phytosterol Promotes a healthy cardiovascular, nervous and immune system because of the high levels of Magnesium Sunflower seeds are said to be an anti-inflammatory because they contain Selenium. The tiny seed is...
Healthy Blueberry Recipes Your Kids will Love
My son loves blueberries and what I love is that I can buy them organic and frozen.  During the summer when they are fresh and local I can buy quarts and freeze them for year around healthy eating. If your child loves blueberries try one of these delicious recipes to help make blueberry eating even more fun! If you're...
Fresh strawberries for a homemade strawberry rhubarb pie!
A marriage is hard work. There are two people who have to share everything and who often have differences in opinion but try to meet in the middle to make one another happy and to be a team. I love my husband. He forgives my faults and he loves me even when I’m bruised up, grumpy and just want to be...
Baking and Cooking with Quinoa: 15 Quinoa Recipes
Quinoa is a delicious source of protein and fiber. Quinoa is a whole grain seed that is prepared similar to rice or barley. It takes less time to cook than most other whole grains, which is a plus. Quinoa is also gluten-free and cholesterol free. A very healthy whole grain that is an ancient grain, a grain that has...
Summer Sipping - Wine Tasting and Pairing
The global wine market in 2015 generated $319,816 million dollars with 24,388.5 million liters consumed. That was 2015 data and I sure, the consumption and revenue generated has only skyrocketed. The world likes its wine! And admittedly, I’ve helped with the revenue and consumption. (Sip! Sip!) This last weekend, I was lucky enough to sip some complementary San Simeon 2013...
Homemade Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
I have a long list of things I love about summer BUT two of them include summertime salads and weekend BBQ’s. I love that summer means tons of fresh fruits and veggies for my salads. When I hit the farmers market, I can stock up on all my favorites for a summer salad: peaches, snow peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet...
Celebrating National Oatmeal Month
I love a hot bowl of oatmeal in the morning. It fills me up and I know it is good for me. It is packed full of nutrition and antioxidants, it is high in fiber, protein and low in saturated fat and sodium. When I add fresh fruit to my oatmeal, I am getting an extra boost of nutrition.  A few...
Healthy Muffin Recipes
One of the things I love most is making my children a healthy breakfast before they head off to school. Day after day, this can be a challenge. They get bored of the same old toast, eggs, cereal, waffles, pancakes and bagels. I try to mix it up. I try to make sure that each day they have something...
Cranberry Themed Appetizers & Drinks
This year is the first year, I am not making a Christmas dinner. Instead, I am making appetizers to bring to my sister’s house and mother-in-law’s house. Appetizers are not my comfort zone. I am always the main course girl and everyone else brings appetizers.  Instead of wondering what to make, I went to Pinterest and decided on a...
Tomorrow's turkey day and if you're like me you're thawing your bird in preparation for the big Thanksgiving Day feast! To help make your life easier I've created a simple guide to help you roast your turkey. After cleaning your turkey and rinsing with cold water brush your turkey with melted butter and seasoning, I like to use sage,...
There is no need to buy a box of stuffing for Thanksgiving. It's super easy to make your own stuffing and I promise, it will taste better too! Here are my step-by-step instructions to help you make your own delicious, homemade turkey stuffing. You need: 1 loaf of bread, I use whole grain organic bread from our healthy food store. ...
5 Tips for Storing Apples PLUS Healthy Apple Recipes
Apple season is one of my favorite times of the year. My sister just took my little ones apple picking and they brought home 21 pounds of yummy apples. Of course, they made a ton of caramel apples but what about the other 15 pounds of apples, how was I going to store them? If you go apple picking...

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