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...

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...

Aunt Denise’s Southwestern Corn Salsa

Aunt Denise’s Southwestern Corn Salsa

Perfect with your favorite tortilla chips, this delicious Southwestern Corn Salsa is amazing! Loaded with fresh, delicious veggies, this easy salsa recipe is just as flavorful as it is pretty. Fantastic as an easy appetizer for game day, and perfect for Cinco de Mayo! Aunt Denise's Southwestern Corn Salsa Several years ago I was introduced to this amazing Southwestern Corn Salsa recipe by my Aunt Denise.  Denise is my mom's sister, and has always been the aunt that we adore.  She is warm, funny, gorgeous and pretty much the coolest lady you've ever met. One of my first memories of Denise was when us kids all piled in the back of her old blue car.  While she was driving down the road us kids would say, "Drive crazy, aunt Denise!!  Drive crazy!!"  She would then proceed to swerve 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...

Snowday Sledding and Reindeer Pretzel Snacks

Snowday Sledding and Reindeer Pretzel Snacks

As many of you know,  I grew up in the great planes of South Dakota.  Winters there were fierce, with lots of snow, ice and frigid temperatures.  As a kid, we often had days off from school due to the treacherous winter weather.  If the temp was above zero (many times it was not), we would suit up and go play outside - making snow forts and lots of sledding. Now that me and my family live in Northern Virginia, winters are much more mild, but we still get a few snow days now and again.  Yesterday, was one of those days where winter memories are made.  My son Harrison and many of his neighborhood friends gathered at our neighborhood sledding hill and had an absolute blast.  We froze our keesters off as we were out in the snow and sleet for over four hours.  But when your a kid, frozen Continue Reading...