Homemade Kefir – Save Money and Learn How to Make Your Own Kefir

what homemade kefir looks like when ready

  I have the pleasure (?) of having three lactose intolerant children.  I think my kids all turned out pretty cute so I know my husband and my genes aren’t totally incompatible. Unfortunately, however, all of my children have soem fairly serious food intolerances and allergies. I stayed off dairy for 18 months while I… [read more]

Santa Fe Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe

Santa Fe Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Quinoa is an AMAZING food.  So versatile, so healthy, and so filling.  And I can’t tell you how many times it took me to get it right.  The first time I cooked it it was crunchy like caviar, and we all thought it tasted kind of funny. I’ve since learned the proper water to quinoa ratio,… [read more]

10 Creative Recipes to Use Up All That Leftover Christmas Candy!

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 Extend the sweetness of the Christmas holiday when you use these leftover Christmas candy recipes!   Christmas goes by so fast. If you’re lucky enough you may find a few bowls and stockings full of leftover sweets. Sure, you could just eat the candies one by one. But why do that when you can transform… [read more]

Easy Meal Prep and Clean Up with T-fal and Zabada! + RV $130 Giveaway! #TfalZabadaHolidays

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Disclosure: I received the following products for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and are my own.   Tis the season for holiday entertaining! I’m a low maintenance, low stress kind of gal so when I entertain during the holidays you can be sure I’m using every holiday hack… [read more]

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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  I love to bake, and every time my recipe calls for Vanilla extract, I add it as directed but it never really tastes that great. In fact I have given up on making frosting (or icing) because it tastes horrible!  I have tried different brands and I have come to the conclusion that I… [read more]

Kid Approved Healthy Halloween Appetizers!

Halloween Fruit Appetizers

With Halloween just a week away we are having Halloween Parties everywhere! Neighborhood get-togethers, school parties, city celebrations and last week we had a family dinner that was Halloween themed. My sister made Mummy Quesadillas, my mom made a spider web bean dip and I made these adorable healthy Halloween appetizers made from fresh fruit! And not… [read more]

Increase Your Protein Intake and #CrunchClean

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Most Americans have absolutely no trouble eating enough protein.  It doesn’t take more than a visit to your local chain restaurant to see how infatuated we are with protein loaded dishes.  But even in our protein powered society it is possible to be on the deficient side. There are many reasons you might need to… [read more]

Delicious Raspberry Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Recipe

Raspberry Peach Pie Recipe

I don’t think there is anything as joyous as making something with my own hands. Aside from raising my beautiful, obedient, clean children that is. But I do truly enjoy making great food in the kitchen when I get the chance. ‘So when a friend called an asked me to take some peaches off her… [read more]

6 Simple Ways to Help Kids Eat a Balanced Diet

L'il Critters gummy vitamins

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for L’il Critters. I received product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating. It can be really difficult to teach kids to eat well.  Kids often start out their foray into solid foods with reluctance and suspicion…. [read more]

FODMAPs May Be Responsible for Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

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Yesterday I wrote a post about the recent news headlines claiming that a recent study shows that gluten sensitivity does not exist.  Indeed, to poke at the swelling balloon of tense emotions on this subject, I titled my own post, “Have You Heard the News? Gluten Intolerance May Not Exist“. Now, just because I titled… [read more]

Have You Heard the News? Gluten Intolerance May Not Exist

Is Gluten Intolerance Real? Recent Research Says Probably Not

Is gluten intolerance real? I had no idea how much emotion filled controversy there was around the gluten-free movement until recently.  Our family is on a gluten reduced diet because my husband and my boys all have clear issues when they eat glutinous products like wheat flour bread, crackers, pasta, etc. My interest was piqued,… [read more]

8 Common Nutrition Myths – “Nutrition and Healthy, Affordable Eating” Series

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This past Saturday I had the great opportunity to teach a class on nutrition and healthy, affordable eating.  Though I hadn’t intended on making a blog series out of it, the ladies there expressed an interest in having somewhere they could come to review the information we covered. So today as the first installment in… [read more]

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo! Frijoles Charros Recipe + Giveaway!

Traditional Mexican Recipe, Frijoles Charros

Disclosure: Thank you to El Monterey for sponsoring this post.  All opinions and content are my own. One week until Cinco de Mayo! Before you ask “What the heck is Cinco de Mayo celebrating anyway?” here is a little blurb about my favorite Mexican holiday: Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s… [read more]

Mexican Wonderpot Recipe

Mexican Wonderpot Recipe

 Recently a friend recommended a recipe for an Italian Wonderpot and I was instantly hooked. It’s got the brains of slow cooker recipe but much quicker – and you don’t have to remember to put it in hours ahead of dinner time. As I prepared this meal for the umpteenth time, a Mexican version popped… [read more]