I love those expensive candy bars that have pieces of dried fruits and nuts in them. I seriously have to restrain myself from buying one or three when I'm grocery shopping each week. Many of them are fairly expensive and I started to think ... I could make one just as delicious at home for a fraction of the cost. The best thing about this bark recipe is that it can be customized based on what you have on hand. If you change the flavor of the chips and what add ins you use, you can have a ... Continue Reading
A delicious candy concoction for a fraction of the cost.
That 100% fruit juice drink isn’t just juice from a fruit.
Many parents feel they are offering their children a nutritious beverage when they head to the juice aisle of the grocery store. Looking down the aisle you see many products touting that they are "100% Fruit Juice". This seems a healthy choice, right? Fruit is great for children, so why not 100% fruit products? Sadly, when you reach for the 100% fruit product you may not be getting exactly what you intended. What is 100% Fruit Juice? This question may seem silly on the surface. Of course ... Continue Reading
A delicious Valentine’s Day dessert perfect for the chocolate-lover in your life.
Strawberries and chocolate. What a perfect combination for Valentine's Day! This Strawberry Pie in a Chocolate Crust is sure to impress everyone (including your sweetheart) this February. I first had a variation of this delicious dessert several years ago at a girlfriend's house. She served the pie in a baked pie crust and used fresh strawberries from her garden. When I saw the way the sliced strawberries resembled hearts in the pie plate, I immediately thought the recipe would make a ... Continue Reading
Make a delicious strawberry chocolate frappe, a much healthier version than your traditional shake.
The word frappe comes from the French verb frapper - which means to slap, knock or beat - and it's often used as a substitute for the word milkshake. Whatever you call it, we call it yummy! Strawberries and chocolate make this rich, creamy frappe the perfect treat for Valentine's Day or any day. It's much less sweet than a traditional strawberry milkshake, but it's still delicious. It also packs an added punch of Vitamin C with the layer of extra strawberries. For those concerned about ... Continue Reading
Add some of these heart-healthy foods to your grocery list this new year.
Foods that are deemed "good for your heart" will be making a more frequent appearance on my grocery list this year. At 46, I like to think that I'm in fairly good shape. I try to watch what I eat and am reasonably active. Unfortunately, over 50 million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure, making it the most common heart disease risk factor. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in this country. These figures are enough to make me sit up and take notice. As I get ... Continue Reading
A list of apps for grocery shopping, meal planning, and trying new recipes – all from your mobile phone.
Now I love traditional cooking. Cooking made from scratch and free from all the preservatives, dyes, and artificial ingredients is a staple in our home. But that's not to say I mind incorporating technology. I am not talking about fancy blenders, coffee machines, or gadgets - I'm talking about meal planning and preparation apps. There are a number of fantastic apps for both iPhone and android users. These apps can help with grocery shopping, meal planning, and recipes, all from your mobile ... Continue Reading
Here are some tips for making meal time fuss-free.
You did it. You made a tasty new recipe, one that is certain to delight your entire family. You chopped the vegetables by hand, grilled the chicken to perfection and added just the right amount of spices to the sauce to make it taste irresistible. But when you put the plate of food down in front of your toddler, you are confronted with frowns and whines, a far cry from the smiles and cheers you were hoping for. He wants chicken and French fries, he says in a cry loud enough to inform the ... Continue Reading
Your kids will never reach for the potato chips again with these simple, healthy, fruit and veggie alternatives.
Part of the appeal of the Bento Box to me was the ability to offer a well-rounded and nutrient rich meal that my child would want to eat. Part of ensuring our meals our healthy means including lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Your kids will never reach for the potato chips or snack packs again with these simple, healthy, and kid-friendly alternatives. Food Picks and Forks Fun food picks (as in toothpicks) can turn a hand full of grapes into something so much more. There are a lot of ... Continue Reading
French crepes are among the easiest delicacies to make, and most people love them.
Making French crepes is the easiest thing in the world for me, so I was surprised when various people told me that they can never make them right. It is probably the same with me and cheesecake. I think I’m at war with cheesecakes, and none of my friends can understand why. Well, preparing a cheesecake is much more complicated than this delicious treat. Whenever I have guests over, and I don’t have much time to make anything more elaborate, I make French crepes. My children love them and ... Continue Reading
Sharing recipes and cooking with your children is just one way of creating memories and a rich heritage.
Do you have a recipe that has been passed down through the family? We do and I'd love to share it with you. My grandmother used to make this huge pot of Cheesy Spaghetti just about every time we visited. And of course I was so excited when I was able to help her make it. My mom started to cook the meal occasionally in our own house, and it quickly become a favorite in my family. I've continued to pass it on, and each of my girls has learned to make it, except the youngest and I am sure she ... Continue Reading