Food and Recipes

Verde Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
I’m a junkie when it comes to Mexican food (one bowl burritos for example or freezer burritos) . Tacos for dinner, I’m in heaven!! When we went to Chicago, my favorite meal was from Whole Foods…a burrito bowl. I like salsa, chips, spices, and more spices. I make up my own recipes all the time because I crave Mexican food....
It's what's for dinner, a simple one pot roasted chicken dinner in only 7 simple steps. 1. Peel and cut your potatoes. I like to use red skin for variety sometimes! 2.  Cut and peel vegetables such as carrots, onions and celery. 3.  Use your favorite seasonings and mix with olive oil. I like to use sage, rosemary and basil. 4. Rub the...
Open-Faced Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
For years, I have been obsessed with avocados. They are rich in fiber, low in calories (50 calories per serving) and they have 20 plus vitamins and minerals. What isn’t to love about an avocado? In addition, this fruit, yes fruit, is a great substitute for other spreads such as mayo or butter. In fact, you can use avocado...
Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Using the Black and Decker 6qt Multicooker
My family eats dinner around 5:30pm. If I make dinner any later, everyone is starving, complaining and snacking. This means I have to do a lot of prep work, have a meal plan and grocery shop on the weekends.  There are lots of things I do to make weeknight dinners easier and of course I freeze meals, whenever possible....
As much as I love summertime, I equally love autumn. I love the pumpkins, cool days, beautiful fall colors, fresh picked apples and baking. I love to bake with homemade pumpkin puree and pumpkin anything makes me happy. Pumpkin pudding, pumpkin syrup, pumpkin muffins and now delicious and delicate pumpkin cups. These are great for Thanksgiving or any dinner...
Sweet Rhubarb Casserole
We love rhubarb. Actually who doesn't love rhubarb? Strawberry rhubarb is my husband’s favorite pie but this year, we’ll be having pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert and instead of my strawberry rhubarb pie, a sweet rhubarb casserole. Yummy and served warm with vanilla ice cream and steaming hot coffee, my thanksgiving guests will be asking for seconds. Over the next...
Canned cranberries…not for me! My husband loves cranberry sauce for the holiday dinners and when I walk by the canned cranberries I wonder if people know how easy it is to make their own homemade cranberry sauce. The bonus is you can choose to use organic sugar and make the cranberry sauce as lumpy or smooth as you want....
leftover sweet potato waffles
One of my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Turkey and cranberry sandwiches warmed up stuffing and green bean casserole. Yes, yes and yes! And another great way to feed the family but also use my leftovers for breakfast! Leftover Sweet Potatoes? If you’re like me and you usually have leftover sweet potatoes, try this easy sweet potato waffle recipe. It will...
I’ve professed my love for pumpkin and even though I love apples and apple pie and apple sauce and all things apple, I really love me some pumpkin. Pumpkin is also very, very healthy and can be added to many baked goods. According the pumpkin nook pumpkin one cup of pumpkin puree is low in calories, virtually fat free...
9 Easy and Healthy Snacks Kids Love via @greenmom #parenting #Health
Packing lunchboxes can be stressful; especially the day after a long break and the last thing you’ve planned for is packing lunches! Yup, Thanksgiving break is over and it’s back to the daily grind! Luckily the cupboard is stocked full of healthy snacks and lunch material! Here are a few of my favorite healthy snacks for the lunch box...
There are good reasons to plant a garden in the fall, even though the plants and seeds may take a little longer to germinate in cooler weather.  A fall garden provides unique opportunities to taste foods that are fresh, flavorful, and perfect as the growing season starts to come to an end. If you missed an early spring planting, you...
Even before my son was born, I promised myself I would only feed him the best of the best: organic, wholesome foods without added sugars, preservatives and everything else you typically find in conventional baby food. It sounded a lot easier than it was, but with a little perseverance and a lot of creativity (boiling peas at 6 a.m.?...
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year and it’s just around the corner. I look forward to the falling leaves, changing colors and pumpkin pie. I love me some pumpkin pie. In fact, I love everything pumpkin which is why I want to share with you a quick way to make your very own pumpkin puree....
Homemade Pumpkin Pudding
I’ve decided that this week I’m just all about the pumpkin! Too much puree that I’m eager to use I suppose! Yesterday I wrote about making your own pumpkin syrup and for breakfast this morning I put the syrup over the bacon that I baked in the oven. The smell coming from the oven made my mouth water! Today...
The George Foreman Contact Roaster Review
I’m not one to have 100 appliances stuffed away in a closet. I like to have a kitchen counter that’s neat and tidy and if I have an appliance, I want to use it. I want to use it often, like my crock pot. When the George Foreman™ Contact Roaster arrived for me to review, I was skeptical. I...
Making your own baby food can be easy, despite the stereotype image that home-made baby food is for the mothers who have a lot of spare time and make everything from scratch. Making your own baby food is actually very easy, does not take much time and can be more convenient than buying the jarred stuff. My half-sister just...
Healthy and Easy Back to School Breakfast and Lunch Ideas for Kids (mom too!)
Back to school time means the alarm will be going off much earlier than we’re used to during the summer.  It means hurried mornings and tired children. Tired mom too! To make the back to school transition a little easier, I’m planning ahead. I’m preparing for strong coffee, blurry eyed children and bed head. I’m gathering new ideas for...
Cool Off With a Homemade Milk Shake
Where I live in Michigan, hot temperatures aren’t the norm. However, this last week it’s been H-O-T. This means my children want homemade ice pops, ice cream and milk shakes.  I understand how they feel. Everyone wants a cool treat on a hot day. When my Black + Decker Performance FusionBlade Digital Blender arrived in the mail for review, I...
Quick and Easy Homemade Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream
Who doesn’t love ice cream? How about frozen yogurt? I’m a fan of both. This is why I screamed Y-E-S when Stonyfield Farms asked if they could send me a YayLabs! SoftShell Ice Cream Ball™ to make some delicious frozen yogurt and ice cream with! I let this be a surprise for my kids and they were thrilled when it...
Easy Hummus & Greek Yogurt Dip
Summertime is busy. In June alone I have a wedding shower, two graduation parties and four birthday parties. This doesn’t include the last minute text messages from friends inviting us over for a weekend BBQ because the weather is nice. There’s always something going on. Which is why, I like to have quick and easy recipes in my back...