It's that time of year ... Easter baskets overflowing with Peeps, jelly beans, chocolate eggs and Cadbury creams. According to the National Confectioners Association, last Easter, 700 million marshmallow Peeps, 16 billion jelly beans and 90 million chocolate bunnies were sold. Easter morning often means a sugar high for the kids, but once everyone is done indulging - what do you do with the leftovers? Peeps What are Peeps but shaped marshmallows? So the easiest solution is to use them ... Continue Reading
Easter is on the horizon, but what do you do with those leftover pieces of candy?
Ways to make your cookies a little more chewy … or crispy!
The Big Debate Are chocolate chip cookies better crispy or chewy? I personally like them chewy with crispy edges. I made chocolate chip cookies on two separate occasions recently - using the same recipe (the Tollhouse recipe on the Hershey's chocolate chip package - I add walnuts or pecans) and ingredients. The first time I baked them, the cookies turned out perfectly chewy with the crispy edges. The second time I made a batch, they came out hard and crispy. In my search to find out what I ... Continue Reading
An amazing vegan muffin base recipe and list of fillings to try a variety of flavors.
If you are vegan, vegetarian, have nut allergies, or dairy allergies - I have the muffin recipe for you. I am not a vegan, but I do appreciate some vegan style recipes. This is for all those out there who think that vegan food is not tasty. First I'm providing the base to any muffin recipe. From there you'll find a variety of different fillings, also vegan. The base is nut free and dairy free, so it is friendly to almost anyone. It's a perfect snack for any party if you aren’t sure if any ... Continue Reading
A healthy almond cherry cookie recipe for you to share with your family.
Cherries and almonds are both amazing foods, chock full of nutrients and benefits. So why not put these super foods together in a cookie recipe? Together cherries and almonds have a wealth of benefits: Good for the brain Good for blood pressure and cholesterol Good during pregnancy Prevent cancer Help fight heart disease Good for skin Boost energy Full of vitamins Helps with diabetes Helps with constipation Helps with weight loss Helps with sleep Helps with joint ... Continue Reading
Peanut butter recipes for National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!
For peanut butter lovers around the nation tomorrow marks the biggest holiday of the year - National Peanut Butter Lover's Day. Yes, there is a whole day dedicated to peanut butter and the lovers of this treat. I will admit I am a peanut butter lover. At any given moment you will find 4-5 jars of peanut butter in our cupboard. If you want to join in the National Peanut Butter Lover's Day celebrations, you will need some peanut butter recipes. Fear not, I am here to help. Here are my top ... Continue Reading
Learn to make a healthier and fresher version of all your favorite biscuits.
Many of us are so used to using pre-packaged foods that we forget how simple it can be to make some of these items from scratch. I have been guilty in the past of reaching for the little round tubes of pre-made biscuit dough, but why? Is it easier? Is it cheaper? The answer is no on both accounts. Making your own biscuits from scratch is actually incredibly simple, fast, and very inexpensive. In fact, you can make organic biscuits for about the same price per serving as you would conventional ... Continue Reading
Healthy cookie options for Santa and the holiday season.
Who doesn’t love a good cookie? Come on, fess up. If a big plate of warm chocolate chip cookies, all sweet and innocent, with wafting waves of chocolate bliss, was sitting in front of you, you’d be a stronger woman than I am if you were to decline. What is it about these circular little lovies? My guess: it’s the salt, fat and sugar that, combined, makes cookies so addicting. Even Santa knows a good cookie when he sees one. After Mrs. Santa Claus called me this week to discuss her ... Continue Reading
Holiday Cookie Exchange, how to make the most of a holiday cookie exchange with your friends and family.
With the holidays approaching it is easy to start thinking of all the wonderful traditions and celebrations that come along with this joyous season. One tradition that seems to become more popular each year is the Cookie Exchange. My Mother started this tradition in our family and this year will be our 4th annual exchange. This has become a welcome obligation during the mad rush of the holidays. It provides a chance to relax, unwind and catch up with friends and family (without children ... Continue Reading
Use your leftover Halloween candy by making recipes for cookies and other yummy treats.
Halloween is just around the corner and many Moms are overwhelmed by the amount of candy their little ghosts and goblins are going bring home. You don't want them gobbling it up all at one time, but you can transform the candy into treats they can enjoy for months to come. An easy way to save the candy is to pop it in large freezer bags and put them in the freezer for up to 6 months to use for ice cream toppers and fun baking projects. One of my favorite things to do with leftover candy is to ... Continue Reading