Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

The most amazing coffee cake! Loaded with lemon flavor, and packed with blueberries, its the perfect breakfast or brunch treat! As a little girl my very first introduction to coffee cake was something very unorthodox.  My mom would take a couple leftover pieces of cornbread and split them open in a bowl, she would then proceed to pour hot, brewed coffee over the cake.  I thought is was kinda weird, and I had no intention of trying her "coffee cake." As I got a little older, and mom was teaching me how to bake (probably something for 4-H), she asked if I would like to try a coffee cake.  I remember giving her a turned up nose, and saying "...but coffee cake is gross," thinking back to her coffee doused cornbread.  She then chuckled, and proceeded to clarify that the coffee Continue Reading...

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

How are mornings at your house?  If the answer is "rushed", "hectic", "chaotic" you're not alone.  This weekend was the dreaded daylight savings time, spring forward fiasco.  If you have school aged kids, you know exactly why I used the word "fiasco."  This time change puts a serious amount of stress on an already difficult morning routine.  Getting my child dressed, fed, and out the door is hard enough as it is, and then add sleep deprivation to all parties involved...well, you're lucky if everyone gets out the door without tears! I'm here to help...at least for getting you and your kids fed.  (As for the sleep deprivation, and getting dressed and whatnot, well, I don't have many solutions.)  :)  I do, however, have a quick, easy, healthy kid-friendly breakfast option that will Continue Reading...

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

An amazing Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin recipe! If you love a great muffin recipe, you've gotta try these scrumptious Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins! Inspired by bakery-style muffins, these breakfast treats are moist & delicious, loaded with lemon flavor and glazed to perfection! Just after I had graduated college, I did something rather daring.  I moved halfway across the country for a job...and a boyfriend!  Right away I found a great apartment, right on the river in gorgeous, Boise, Idaho.  I loved living in my tiny one-bedroom apartment.  In college I always had roommates, and before college I had stinky brothers to deal with.  It was the very first time in my life where I was living all by myself. The inspiration behind these Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins: Just down the Continue Reading...

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...