Strawberry Vanilla Quick Bread

Strawberry Vanilla Quick Bread

This Strawberry Vanilla Quick Bread is absolutely amazing!  A great breakfast bread or delicious afternoon treat with your coffee or tea.  Its golden vanilla batter is bejeweled with juicy strawberries, and baked to perfection.  The outside is perfectly crisp, and the inside is moist and delicious!! I don't know about you, but I seriously love bread - especially quick bread!  Banana, pumpkin, lemon - but this Strawberry Vanilla Quick Bread is at the top of the list! Since spring is just around the corner, it also means that its nearly strawberry season.  Strawberries are one of my absolute favorite fruit, and this bread is a great way to enjoy the juicy, red berries.  The best part - even if strawberries are not in season, this recipe uses frozen strawberries, which are Continue Reading...

Mango Peach Smoothies

Mango Peach Smoothies

The perfect peach smoothie recipe for breakfast or snack! If you love peaches and mangoes then this Mango Peach Smoothie recipe will be right up your alley! A fantastic healthy snack option or a quick on-the-go breakfast idea, it's perfect for when you're trying to make healthier choices! How is it going with your New Years Resolutions?  We're near the end of January, and I know of several people that want to really buckle down and get healthy.  I've learned over the years that a "diet" isn't gonna do it.  I've discovered that it really is changing your mindset, and developing a healthy lifestyle.  I know, I know, its much easier said than done. Setting yourself up for success with quick, easy options I've also learned that having some simple, quick breakfast and snack recipes in Continue Reading...

Coconut Glazed Chocolate Donuts

Coconut Glazed Chocolate Donuts

  So, yes, I realize it is now January and the dead of winter.  However, it was freakin' cold here yesterday morning.  Here in the 'burbs of Northern Virginia it was 7 degrees!!  Now, granted, I grew up in the frozen tundra of South Dakota where it gets much, much colder, but for Virginia 7 degrees is COLD. So when I finally had to roll out of my toasty, warm bed (child was awake, otherwise I wouldn't have left my bed!), child asks, "Can we go to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast?"  My response, "Ummmm, NO!  Its way to cold."  My child is 5 and already knows how to play me.  He then says with a sly, overly cute grin, "But they have coffffeeeeee mommmmyyyyyyyy!"  After a good chuckle, I resisted the urge for a delicious cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee as the cold kept us inside for the Continue Reading...

Strawberry Pomegranate Smoothie

Strawberry Pomegranate Smoothie

Well, I don't know about you, but I definitely overdid-it with food over the holidays.  As usual, I ate way too much, and my jeans are fitting a little tighter.  Happens to the best of us, right? Along with eating too much, I also ended up getting a nasty cold and cough, which I haven't been able to shake.  I'm feeling like my body is in need of some TLC and some healthy fruits and veggies.  To soothe my sore throat, and to get a little more vitamin C, I was really craving something cold.  This Strawberry Pomegranate Smoothie was the perfect remedy! All you need to make this super-healthy smoothie, is a blender.  It's perfect for a healthy snack, or a great breakfast when you need to get out the door quick. This smoothie packs a punch, with two full servings of fruit, a full Continue Reading...

Cherry Almond Breakfast Bread

Cherry Almond Breakfast Bread

Every year at Christmas time I say to myself, "I going to start earlier next year."  Meaning, start the holiday shopping, baking, card-making and all the other stuff that goes along with Christmas.  I truly enjoy doing these things, and I would certainly cut back and eliminate if things got too crazy.  But putting these things off until the month of December, when I know I could at least start in say, October, would certainly make things less stressful come 13 days until Christmas. I always enjoy giving friends and neighbors some goodies during the holidays.  I always feel its a nice way of expressing your gratitude and truly giving thanks for having them in our lives.  This year, I'm planning on giving some loaves of these pretty Cherry Almond Breakfast Bread.  They are perfect for Continue Reading...

Cranberry Almond Coffee Cake

Cranberry Almond Coffee Cake

This sweet, moist coffee cake is bejeweled with fresh cranberries, and topped with crunchy slivered almonds. The perfect breakfast cake! Are you going to have company anytime soon?  Struggling to come up with some easy ways to feed your peeps for breakfast while they are crashing at your place?  Why not have a coffee cake on hand?  Its a nice alternative to the big, heavy breakfasts that take what seem to be hours to make.  This is something you can even make ahead of time, and have ready to slice right away in the morning while the coffee is brewing. The  flavors of this coffee cake are wonderful!   The tart cranberries and sweetness of the glaze compliment each other and the almond paste and extract create a flavorful cake that brings it all together.  This could be great Continue Reading...

Flufftella Croissants

Flufftella Croissants

Several weeks back, just after school had started, my son came home from school and quickly asked, "Mom, can I have a "Flufftella" sandwich in my lunch tomorrow?"  I said, "Flufftella sandwich?  What is that?"  Harrison then proceeded to tell me that his friend Michael has that for lunch almost every day.  He said, "Mama, it looks so yummy!  It has Nutella and Marshmallow fluff in it.  Get it?... Flufftella!  Can I have one, please?" Well, a few days later we packed him a Flufftella sandwich in his lunchbox.  He was one happy boy! This weekend, I had some croissant roll dough in the fridge and Harrison and I decided that I would be super-yummy to make Flufftella Croissants.  Basically, a warm version of his sandwich using refrigerated crescent roll dough.   These were super easy to Continue Reading...