Kick Off Spring with Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder (+Granola Recipe)!

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Being a huge peanut butter lover, I jumped at the chance to review Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder! They were kind enough to send two flavors my way… Peanut Powder from roasted peanuts and Peanut Powder with milled chia seeds.  Both have […]

Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding

    I love chia seeds, and I love matcha green tea powder too.  In an attempt to find a way to use my matcha powder, I realized it would go perfectly in chia seed pudding!  I have made a vanilla and chocolate version before, and a matcha version sounded like a great way to […]

Pumpkin Pancakes

  The first time I had these pumpkin pancakes was on Christmas morning.  The smell of these pancakes cooking is just amazing, and they have a wonderfully rich flavor.  Great for the holidays, from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas.. or any time you want some great pumpkin flavor! Ingredients 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup […]

Kale, Strawberry & Banana Smoothie

  I like to start my day by eating clean.  I feel better and have more energy, and it fits well into my day as a busy mom, as I can take a moment to make a smoothie and take a moment to sip it while I prepare for my day.  Every morning I make […]

Banana Bran Muffins

    I like trying different kinds of muffins since they make a great morning snack, especially when I am so busy in the morning.  These are tasty little muffins that also have a lot of fiber in them!   Ingredients 1-1/2 cups High Fiber Bran Flakes Cereal (I used Price Chopper brand) 1 cup […]

Blueberry Muffins

  These Blueberry muffins are to die for!  I share a baking secret that will make everyone ask you for your baked goods recipes no matter what kind of bread or muffin you cook! Ingredients 2 cups flour (I use whole wheat white from King Arthur) 2 tsp. baking powder 1 cup sour milk* OR […]

Chia Seed Pudding

For a long time now, I have wanted to try making chia pudding.  I love chia seeds, and although I have no trouble finding a use for these awesome seeds on a daily basis, pudding sounded interesting. Why make pudding with chia seeds?  Chia seeds are absolutely packed with all kinds of nutrients and benefits.  […]

Cream Cheese Squares

This recipe was highly recommended to me for years, and finally gave in and tried it.  These cream cheese squares are very good, and also very rich!  This is a quick and easy dish to prepare, great for if you are preparing a special breakfast or brunch. Ingredients 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll […]

“Apple Crisp” Oatmeal

  I picked a lot of apples this fall – several bags!  I promised myself that I would keep the apples carefully refrigerated, but around Thanksgiving time we ran out of fridge space and the apples ended up forgotten – and starting to overripen.  There is nothing better than a crisp apple, so I started […]

Easy Banana Oat Flour Muffins

  I love oatmeal.  I have recently discovered that throwing it into my food processor and grinding it up makes cheap easy oat flour.  Oat flour has less carbohydrates than regular flour, and allows you to incorporate the health benefits of oats (lowers bad cholesterol, may help control high blood pressure, helps with insulin sensitivity) […]

Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch (**GIVEAWAY**)

    This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Have you tried Honey Bunches of Oats? I received two boxes of Post Cereal’s new Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch to review, and the first box was gone in little more than a day! Honey Bunches of Oats […]

No-Bake Energy Bites Recipe

  I am a busy mom, so a healthy snack that gives me a pick-me-up is a perfect idea for someone like myself who is running around trying to do too many things at once!  Whether it is getting the kids to school in the morning or trying to squeeze in chores between everything else […]

Easy Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten Free or Gluten Full Options)

Several years ago, my uncle sent me a recipe that has become a family favorite.  It is easily adapted to be gluten free and can serve as a muffin (without frosting) or cupcake (with frosting) recipe.  He frequently shares that his is a half and half result, because about half of them get eaten before […]

Traveling Lean ~ Eating Healthy on the Road

With summer coming, many families have vacations and trips planned. Whether you are travelling by car or plane or even train, at some point you will have to feed your family while you are travelling. It is very convenient and easy to feed your family fast foods as you travel, but I want to challenge […]

Homemade Bacon Egg & Cheese “McMuffins”

While I love a bacon, egg & cheese muffin, I don’t love the oily cheese, the often obviously-been-sitting-there-a-while taste/temperature, plus the ingredients are almost always crooked on the muffin, which drives me crazy! Fast food has gotten shockingly expensive too, and the more mouths you have to feed, the more expensive it is! So, I’ve […]

Vanilla Cream Cheese Stuffed and Stacked Pancakes – Recipe

This recipe is decadent and delicious, but also very versatile. You control the ingredients, as well as just how “homemade” you want it to be! This will make about 6-8+ “stacks” depending on what you use and how much. It is easily doubled, or make gigantic pancakes to rival a restaurant breakfast! Of course, it’s […]

My Favorite Granola

It may seem like the wrong time of year to be making granola, but since I eat it for breakfast nearly every morning (and am headed for a 10 day vacation), it is time!  I wanted to share my super simple recipe with you so you can make your own.  It can be made with […]

Red, White & Blue Yogurt Parfait

This yogurt parfait is an easy to make, good-for-you treat. Make it fun by serving in clear glasses or bowls. It’s extra-impressive in taller, or uniquely shaped dishes! All you need are blueberries, strawberries and plain (or vanilla, if you must) yogurt. Wash the fruit, cut strawberries into bite sized pieces and layer with yogurt. […]

Grandma’s Applesauce

.. This is truly the BEST applesauce ever, and it’s so easy to make!  It was started by my husband’s Grandmother, and passed along as time went by.  I’ve made my own tweaks here and there, but the basics are accredited to Grandma Anderson.  We love you Grandma! .. Ingredients 6 large granny smith apples, […]

Love on a Plate ~ Love Pancakes

  It is the month of LOVE. My parents always sent us to school with hot breakfasts. It really meant a lot to me. I felt loved. Especially in my teenage years. I try to do the same thing for our kids. Add some extra love to your family’s breakfast and send them off for […]

Hearty Mozzarella and Ham Bread

Bread.  Oh, how I love thee.  It’s no secret that I love bread – I could write a whole dissertation on how much I love it. In fact, it makes me weak in the knees.  A good, fresh-from-the-oven loaf is the one thing that I cannot resist under any circumstances.  I also love cheese. Combine […]

Anytime Burritos

Living in Malibu for several years, I had the privilege of knowing all the good local places to eat.  Yes, there were your pricey and ritzy places, but unless you lived in Malibu (or were a frequent visitor) you didn’t know about reasonably-priced best-kept secret, Lily’s.  Oh, Lily’s is a gem.  A small, hole-in-the-wall diner […]

Festive French Toast

French toast is a great treat any day of the week, but add a couple of ingredients and use a festive cookie cutter and you’ve got yourself a perfect holiday breakfast! Ingredients 8 thick slices of Challah, Brioche, Hawaiian, or French bread 2 large eggs 2/3 cup whole milk* 1/3 cup heavy cream* 1/2 teaspoon […]

Baked Apple Oatmeal

This is a great, versatile recipe that my whole family loves.  You can use as little as one apple, for a texture similar to apple cake, or as many as 4, for an apple crumble-like result.  You can leave the apples out too, and it’s still tasty! Best of all, you can prepare this ahead […]

Pleasing the Picky

I have found that with my picky-eating husband and somewhat picky-eating toddler, the best ways to get good and varied vegetables in them is to puree them into tasty meals. I know this is not a new concept for most of you, but here are a few meal ideas (and recipes) that disguise veggies well […]

Cranberry-Maple Oatmeal

I’m not much of a breakfast person usually, but this recipe is fast, hot, and filling.  It’s good for you, and sure to please even the smallest ones in your family.  My boys were skeptical about the cranberries at first, but after trying one bite, they were hooked.  We used to buy Costco’s individually packaged […]

Apple Meatloaf

Don’t let the name fool you, Apple Meatloaf is one of the best home-cooked tummy-lovin’ meals!  It’s a favorite of our whole family – even the little guys! Ingredients 1 package ground turkey 1 green apple, diced 1/4 sweet yellow onion, diced 1 Tbl. sugar 3 Tbl. ketchup 1 tsp. salt fresh ground pepper 2 […]

Apple Coffeecake Muffins

                        One way to cut grocery costs is to make breakfast items from scratch instead of purchasing expensive convenience items such as cold cereals and granola bars. Now, that does not mean that I never buy those items myself, but I do wait until […]