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Garbanzo Bean (Chick Pea) Salad

I splurged during many recent holiday celebrations.  I ate many foods that I typically avoid.  When I woke up this morning I was paying the price….I felt lousy.  “You are what you eat” came to mind.  I had been eating crap and that is exactly how I felt.  I knew that it was time to end my Read More

Carrot Zucchini Bars

Carrot And Zucchini Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

I scored a really good deal on organic zucchini this week and wanted to make a new sweet tooth recipe that I could use the zucchini in.  I headed to Pinterest and quickly found a recipe for carrot and zucchini bars.    The original recipe comes from RealMomKitchen (you should definitely check her out, she has lots of Read More

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Homemade Moon Sand

We are currently learning about space and we were due for a new sensory bin.  It seems that it was the perfect time for a homemade moon sand sensory bin! Making homemade moon sand is super easy and you probably already have the two ingredients in your home.  All you do is mix up, I Read More

Kale Chips

Crispy Crunchy Kale Chips

I have been hearing so many positive health benefits of kale and have been looking for ways to add it to my families diet.  If you haven’t already heard here are some of the health benefits of kale.  Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber, and has zero fat.   One cup of kale has only Read More

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites

I feel as if I have been in a lunch rut for some time now.   Luckily, it is the back to school time of year and inspiration has been turning up all over the web!  Last week I came across a meatless Monday post at Fine and Fair for quinoa pizza bites I got really excited.  My Read More

Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt

Banana Bread Using Greek Yogurt

My kids love banana bread and banana muffins.  I am always trying out new banana bread recipes (whole wheat banana bread, almond flour banana bread) .  This week I had 6 super ripe bananas on the counter and a tub of greek yogurt in the fridge.  Time to create a new recipe! I have been using Read More

Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken

Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken With Mashed Cauliflower & Potatoes

Now that Shane has gone back to work and it is only the kids and I for dinner I resort to mostly ‘kid friendly’ recipes.   This is a meal that we eat at least weekly while Shane is away for work:  Breadcrumb crusted chicken served, mashed potatoes (with cauliflower mixed in) gravy, and green beans. Read More

Jerk Mahi Mahi With Caribbean Slaw

Jerk Mahi Mahi With Carribean Cole Slaw

We have been loving having Shane, AKA daddy, home for three weeks.  We had a summer blast while he was home.  We practically lived in the pool, went on field trips, and simply enjoyed being together as a family.  All good things must come to an end I guess and it was time for him Read More

Cheesy Baked Ziti

Cheesy Baked Ziti

My husband is home for two weeks (yay!!!).  He requested that I make an Italian dish one night for dinner.  I used to make Italian foods all of the time but have limited them to special occasions…and “daddy” being home is certainly a special occasion.  I decided to go all the way and make my Read More

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (w/ Homemade BBQ Sauce)

I am currently eliminating pork from our diet……shhhh don’t tell the kids or my husband.  Alex’s one meal request this week was BBQ sandwiches and potato salad.  Typically I make BBQ pork sandwiches but today I switched it up and made slow cooker BBQ chicken sandwiches.  I also replaced the store-bought BBQ sauce with homemade Read More

Blackened Mahi W/ Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Blackened Mahi With Cilantro Lime Quinoa

A friend recently shared his catch of mahi with us that he caught offshore  I was excited to cook (and eat) the wild caught fresh fish.  I knew that I wanted to blacken it because this is my favorite way to eat fish right behind sushi!  I typically make a cucumber salad or cabbage slaw as a Read More

Homemade Blackened Seasoning

Homemade Blackened Seasoning

I have been making homemade blackened seasoning for over eight years now.  I guess this would be the first homemade spice blend that I ever made.  I started making this because I couldn’t find a blackened seasoning that had a nice kick without all of the salt.  I was making this prior to my quest for healthier Read More

Au Gratin Poatoes

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

I absolutely love cheese and I love potatoes so when the two come together I am in bliss.  Homemade Creamy Au Gratin potatoes is one of my favorite side dishes.  I do not prepare it often, because it is certainly not the most healthy dish, I usually reserve it for a special dinner.   My kids love this potato Read More