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

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

I think the first food that any of my kids ever tasted was a pickle.  They absolutely love them.  Their favorite beverage to have with their pickles is lemonade, odd I know!  Seriously, these kids love pickles.  You can only imagine their excitement when I made the first batch of refrigerator dill pickles! This week Read More

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Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

I love potatoes.   I really do.  I know that it isn’t the most healthy food (at all) but I can not give them up.  My kids and my husband have a very strong dislike for sweet potatoes.  When I make a potato dish it is with the plain ‘ol Idaho potato, or red potatoes, or creamer potatoes Read More

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Almond Flour Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Squares and an Award

I have been trying to create more gluten-free recipes because I know that Ava is very sensitive to gluten.  Ava loves sweets so I decided to create a gluten-free sweet treat.   I asked Alex for his assistance in the kitchen because (1) he loves to help and (2) he is working on fractions.  What better way to learn fractions than Read More

Summer Porridge

Summer Porridge

As I have said in previous posts I like to keep my mornings calm and mellow.  That being said, I really enjoy easy and nutritious breakfast for the kids. I love preparing meals ahead of time so that they are readily available when I need an ‘easy’ meal.  Summer porridge works perfect.  What is summer Read More

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes?  I grew up on out of the box Bisquick pancakes, those are really good but I am sure the list of ingredients goes on and on.  My kids love pancakes and I love to make homemade whole wheat pancakes for them.  I often make Mickey Mouse pancakes, Star Wars pancakes, pancakes Read More

Mini Breakfast Casseroles

Mini Breakfast Casseroles

I have just begun making mini breakfast casseroles for my family.  I can not tell you how glad I am that I discovered this recipe.  It has saved me some much-needed time in the mornings and allowed me to start my day peacefully.  I know it must sound silly that a breakfast dish has given Read More

Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Casserole

Broccoli rice casserole used to be one of my favorite side dishes.  It is such a great dish and is easily paired with many different meals, heck I could easily eat a bowl of the casserole on its own! A little over a year ago I learned about quinoa.  I took the brown rice out of the casserole and Read More

Homemade Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Homemade Substitute For Condensed Cream Of Broccoli Soup

I am eliminating processed foods from our home.  I try to avoid the canned food aisle at the grocery store.  I am still buying canned tomatoes on occasion, I hope to start canning this summer so I will no longer need them.  One thing I have been adamant about is not buying canned condensed soup.  They Read More

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Homemade Organic Applesauce

Applesauce is a favorite in our home!  I had been buying store-bought organic applesauce for years but recently have begun making my own.  It is super easy and amazingly delicious! This is one of the few recipes that I use organic sugar in.  Typically, I use sucanat or honey when a recipe calls for a sweetener.  For applesauce Read More

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

I love refried beans.  I use them whenever I make tacos or quesadillas.  I also like them on a tortilla with cheese.  I decided it was time to make homemade refried beans. I looked over a ton of recipes, many called for lard or bacon grease, I really didn’t want to go that route.  I found one Read More