You've heard it before - it's healthier to enjoy smaller meals, more frequently throughout the day. Its important that you select healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, yogurt, protein bars and nuts (pistachios have the fewest amount of calories). But after a while, we all crave something more, especially the kids. So how do you add a bit of spice and flavor into your snack routine? Try one of these homemade recipes. Goldfish Everyone loves the cheesy cracker taste of a goldfish, and ... Continue Reading
Delicious homemade snacks – for any time of day.
Learn more about turning your lawn into a garden, no matter what the size.
There's a recent new trend that has really caught my interest. A number of communities are gaining popularity with the concept of "growing food not lawns". I absolutely love this concept and think the grassroots approach to promoting gardening is refreshing. Many of you probably think you don't have enough space to make an awesome garden. However, that is exactly what these organizations are out to disprove. You don't need a lot of space to grow a garden. In fact, you can grow gardens in very ... Continue Reading
Grill some fresh asparagus for a tasty side dish to any meal.
With Spring well underway you are probably considering, if you haven't already, breaking out the grill. There is nothing that solidifies the beautiful weather more than a freshly grilled meal. But that doesn't mean you have to stick to hamburgers, hot dogs, or steaks. In fact, there are a number of fantastic vegetarian meals that can be prepared on the grill. One of my favorite things to grill is asparagus. Asparagus is simple, tasty, and perfect for adding a little elegance to your grilled ... Continue Reading
A delicious spin on traditional deviled eggs.
At our rural Vermont home we raise ducks and chickens. When spring and summer hits, the birds start laying eggs again. We always end up having way too many eggs on hand, so when we're invited to cookouts or holiday events, I almost always choose to bring deviled eggs@ The traditional deviled egg recipe that I use calls for mayonnaise and yellow mustard. But I also like this French Deviled Egg recipe. It's a little bit different, using a combination of creme fraiche and Dijon mustard. ... Continue Reading
Whip up a Mexican-inspired meal with these classic recipes.
Having just returned from Mexico with my family, I thought I would go with a Mexican theme this week. And then lo and behold, one of my favorite food websites, OurBestBites, posted a simple carne asada recipe. It seems really easy and you can freeze the leftovers (if there are any) and make several meals out of it. Here are some additional Mexican-inspired recipes - to eat on their own or to enjoy with carne asada tacos. Stuffed Chili Peppers And THEN, in our Bountiful Basket for this week, ... Continue Reading
Cats experience growing older too. Here are some common ailments and ways to help your senior feline friends.
One undeniable truth is that we all get a bit older each day. The same is true of our pets. Sadly, their life expectancy isn't nearly as long as ours and we lose them to the inevitable. Cats seemingly never age - they always appear athletic, always seem able to leap onto the counter - but don't let appearances fool you. Cats do indeed get older, and as they enter their senior years they suffer various declines including: Arthritis: Senior cats, like humans frequently suffer from the pain and ... Continue Reading
A delicious caramel popcorn recipe – perfect for gifts or entertaining.
I am a popcorn fanatic. So much so, that I have it approximately four times a week for breakfast/lunch. Yeah, I know, not a very healthy diet. But there are so many flavors to add to your meal! There is a store, Uncle Bob's Popcorn, in Tucson, Arizona, that has the best popcorn seasonings. Cheese, white cheddar cheese, cinnamon, apple - but my favorite is their jalapeño seasoning. It's perfect for popcorn. I use the microwave popcorn and pour the seasoning in, shake it up and eat the whole ... Continue Reading
Tips for planting your spring garden, depending on the region in which you live.
April is the prime time to start your spring gardening. In fact, April is the official National Garden Month. Depending on where you live in the country, your tasks for April may be different. Here is a brief overview of some of the prime April gardening tasks by region. The Pacific Northwest If you live in the Pacific Northwest, here are some gardening tips for your April gardening. Sow cold season crops. These include radishes, peas, carrots, onions, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and ... Continue Reading
Enjoy the health benefits (and the taste) of pecans during April – National Pecan Month!
According to the National Pecan Shellers Association, April is National Pecan Month - a time to celebrate the "All American Nut" for its delicious taste and numerous health benefits. Pecans are the only tree nut indigenous to North America, and they have quite a history on this continent. On April 6, 2001, the goodness and wholesome of pecans was proclaimed in the U.S. Congressional Record, and National Pecan Month was established. Senator Max Cleland (D-Georgia) asked his ... Continue Reading
A delicious pot pie is the perfect way to use turkey or chicken leftovers.
Everyone has had frozen pot pies - especially during your first couple years of college! After Christmas this past year, I was thinking of new ways to use the leftover turkey. So, I thought why not pot pies. But what to use for the crust on top, which I think is the best part as long as it is flaky. My first try was a moderate success. The inside was delish and the crust was okay. I used Pillsbury crescent roll for the crust. The second time I made them was a bust. This time I used the ... Continue Reading