Food and Recipes

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...
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...
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 (but I am bringing gifts). 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...
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. ...
With cold and flu season here I thought it might be wise to share with you a quick how-to-guide on making your own chicken stock because they say, homemade chicken stock is good for the soul and your health. My grandmother used to swear by it when we got sick and she was right, it always made me feel...
8 Healthy Sandwich FREE Lunch Ideas Kids LOVE
  My daughter isn’t into sandwiches. It’s a new thing. Tomorrow she might like them again but today, she’s refusing to eat them. I get it. It’s easy to get bored with your packed lunch. Which means, I’m pinning ideas on Pinterest like a mad woman, trying to prepare for back to school lunches. My son, he’s easy going. He’ll...
Ice pops are an all-time favorite summer treat for kids of all ages (my husband loves them)! If you’re like me you’re probably trying to get your kids to eat their vegetables but with these veggie ice pops that becomes a summertime breeze! These are perfect for teething babies too but beware they'll ask for more because they are...
Why not lay aside some of summer's bounty as dried fruit? It is simple, economical, and requires little in the way of special equipment. Because there is no long cooking involved, drying fruits preserves more nutrients than canning. And children often prefer this high-fiber snack to candy. You can dry fruit whole, sliced, chopped, or as fruit "leather." Here...
A Healthy Lunch for One
I am not a doctor or a health professional but I do know that when I eat better, take my supplements, exercise and get rest, I feel my best. That is a no brainer, right? For years, I’ve taken supplements and my doctors have always recommended that I take a vitamin D supplement to help with season effective disorder. It’s...
Strawberry and Grapefruit Smoothie
I’ve professed my love for all things smoothies many times over. There are so many health benefits, especially if you’re eating clean. If you’re a smoothie fanatic like I am, you’ll love this new grapefruit and strawberry smoothie recipe. It is beyond delicious and very filling because it’s made with plain whole milk Greek yogurt. It’s also very...
The perfect boiled egg. #eggs #Easter
Each Easter my family colors eggs and we have an Easter egg hunt. It’s something I’ve been doing with my children and something my mom and grandma did with me. We really enjoy the process of decorating the eggs, hiding them and then making a killer organic egg salad. Sometimes we have a big family gathering and all the...
21 Healthy Granola Bar Recipes #Health #Recipes
My kid's love granola bars. They make for great snacks, on-the-go treats and even a quick and healthy breakfast. Today I’m sharing with you 21 healthy granola bar recipes. Now mind you, each person has their own opinion on what is healthy or not healthy. I promise you, you’ll find at least one recipe in this bunch that will...
Baked Lemon Butter Rice
I could eat rice, every single day of my life. I love rice. I remember growing up and having rice added to my tomato soup or to chicken broth. Maybe that is why I am a fan. Honestly, I don’t know why I love rice so much but I do. Which is why I’m over the moon excited to...
Dry Rubs & Marinades for Grilling Season
Warmer weather is on the horizon, which means it is time to dust of the grill and get ready for BBQ season. The best part about grilling is seasoning the food and having those perfect grill lines on your steak or chicken. The sauce that you have been marinating the meat in all day (or night) gives the meat...
Healthy Fruit Dips Your Kids Will Love
My kids love fruit but I find that like most things fruit can get boring if I serve it the same way each time. I like to buy local if possible, Michigan farmed if possible and organic when economically feasible. I also enjoy and get a lot of inspiration from the Big Book of Recipes  or Cooking for Baby. Here...