Food and Recipes

Irish Guinness Beef Stew for St. Patrick’s Day
I’m not Irish but I don’t mind celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Besides drinking green beer, which I can actually say I’ve only had once, I like the food. Who doesn’t like a good hearty Irish stew or perhaps some Irish soda bread? In fact, I wanted to share with you a yummy Irish stew recipe, which...
Easy and Healthy Burrito Bowl Dinner
  I prefer easy to make meals during our busy weeknights. I've written about tips for making weeknight dinners easy many, many times. I think as a busy working mom, my goal is to help other busy working parents make mealtime as easy and healthy as possible. Personally, I’m always scouring Pinterest, looking for new recipes. Some become a family...
25 Healthy Smoothie Recipes
One of the easiest things to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a smoothie. There are dozens of health benefits too and it’s not hard to get started with adding smoothies to your diet. I’ll admit, there are times I get sick of having a smoothie but if I take a break, I end up craving them again....
Easy Mouthwatering Pineapple Pancakes
I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for healthy breakfast recipes and ideas. Last week I made homemade freezer French toast sticks, a big hit with my kids. I try to mix it up and not serve the same breakfast every morning. Which is why I’m excited to share a new recipe, using Fruttata Crisps, which are...
Easy Freezer Cucumber Salad
I have such fond memories of my grandmothers. I’m a very luck girl because I had three grandmothers that loved me dearly and taught me so much.  Which is why, I’m always happy to share some of what I've learned from them, to pass on their good graces and lessons. Lately, I've been doing a lot of writing for a...
Healthy Freezer Burritos
Easy Healthy Freezer Burritos I like to cook one extra meal each week and stock my freezer. It helps me when I’m in a pinch; I’m sick, traveling or when I just don’t feel like cooking. Occasionally, I like to spend an entire day freezing meals to make weeknight dinners easier but honestly, just adding one extra meal to my...
Valentine’s Day Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’m trying to plan a special dinner for my family. Valentine’s Day is my husband’s birthday so I like to make an extra special dinner to celebrate the love of my life. One of the things I’ll be serving with dinner is a special Non-Alcoholic Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink. Something the entire family can...
Healthy Homemade Beef Stew in a Bread Bowl
Homemade beef stew is the perfect cold weather comfort food. It’s filling and can be healthy. It’s one meal that my entire family enjoys and it makes for a great thermos lunch or leftovers the next night.  This is also a great meal to make when we’re snowmobiling, sledding or snowshoeing. There’s nothing like having a heaping bread bowl...
Healthy Garden Goodness Dip or Salad
  The holiday season is busy. For me, there are parties, events and gatherings of every sort. All of which I love but it can be hard to eat healthy this time of year when you have bacon wrapped everything and cookies galore. Which is why when it comes to snacking this holiday season, I’m being extra good! Pairing these...
Coffee Dessert Recipes
Tis the season for being merry! I’m not a huge fan of winter but I do love the warm drinks that accompany the season. With the holidays upon us I’m gearing up to serve some of my favorite coffee liquor drinks. We often have people over for the holidays and sometimes on the weekends for sledding parties, which means...
DIY Christmas Potpourri in a Jar
This year the budget is a little tight. This means I’m cracking down and making some holiday gifts for teachers, neighbors, the mailman and anyone who I ordinarily buy little gifts for. Each dollar adds up if you’re buying store bought gifts. For the past few years I've made my own holiday air fresheners by simmering cranberries, oranges, lemons, limes...
Pumpkin Pudding for Thanksgiving Dessert
Pumpkin pudding is one of the easiest desserts I make. It literally only takes a few minutes to whip together and then bakes in under an hour! Plus it is a great way to use leftover pumpkin puree or another excuse to use pumpkin in a recipe (remember, I love pumpkin)! I also like to make this for Thanksgiving...
Easy Mac & Cheese #recipe #cooking #meals
Macaroni and cheese is comfort food in my house. It’s also a meal that everyone likes and I hear no complaining about. As a mom, I’m used to someone at the dinner table saying they don’t like this or they refuse to eat that. Not when I serve my homemade easy to make macaroni and cheese! Instead I hear,...
How to roast the perfect batch of pumpkin seeds! #pumpkin #howto #fall #recipes
Roasted pumpkin seeds are mouthwatering. Really, they are amazing but they have to be cooked just right. Who wants to eat gooey pumpkin seeds or ones that are over cooked and a little black? Not this girl! My son looks forward to pumpkin carving each year…just for the pumpkin seeds. It’s the one thing I dislike the most because I...
  Tis the season for holiday cookies and baking! I’ve been baking, sprinkling, frosting, whipping and yes, eating holiday cookies! Not so good for my waistline! This is why I’m on a mission to find healthier or low-calorie cookies to make for the rest of the season because I’m not done baking. The trick will be to enjoy in moderation,...
Pumpkins to me are delicious, adorable and if you know me well you know they sport my favorite color, orange (well most of the time)! The hard shell on the outside with seeds and yummy pulp on the inside waiting for me to scoop and begin baking and cooking with! Did you know that pumpkins are a good source...
Thank you to NatureRaised Foods for sponsoring this article. Learn how NatureRaised Foods is “Doing What’s Right, Right from the Start™” in your area. The boys were at camp a few weeks ago, which meant I got to make a few dinners that I love and that I know my little gal would eat. You see, my daughter and I...
Egg salad sandwiches are delicious but the mayo and bread can quickly turn a healthy lunch into a high calorie lunch. These last few weeks I’ve gained a few pounds because of life stress and personal stuff happening so I am paying even closer attention to what I’m eating and making the healthiest choices possible. I’ve used Stonyfield Greek...
Flax seeds, have you used them in your baking before? How about smoothies or sprinkled on your salad or yogurt? I have to tell you I love how I feel since I’ve been using the Carrington Farms flax seeds. They’re 100% certified organic and gluten free. I had never used flax seeds before and had this misconception that the...
Traveling for business allows me the experience to try new foods and experience new flavors and combinations of tastes. I always keep my meal bars on hands so I keep my diet on track but I do like to explore new foods and recipes. I had an amazing salad while on the road and from this salad experience I...