Kids in the Kitchen–Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Pretzels!

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On Wednesday we invited a couple of the neighbor kids over for a fun little treat making! I’d just seen these cute Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Pretzels over at Cookin’ Canuck, one of my favorite cooking blogs.  –Just a little plug here–Dara, the author of Cookin Canuck, is wonderful, an amazing cook, great photographer, and… [read more]

Holiday Cooking! 6 Delicious treats your kids will love to help you make!

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There are very few kids who don’t love to get into the kitchen with mom and dad.  When they get to make something sweet they’re all the more excited.  Here are 4 treats that will have your kids licking their lips…and their fingers! Thanksgiving Pilgrims Hat Cookie  click the link above for the recipe With… [read more]

Tips for the Perfect Holiday Dinner #HormelFamily

Can you believe I’ve never cooked a ham or turkey?  LOL, I hope I’m not the only one.  In my defense, I’ve never yet had a Thanksgiving or Christmas in my own home.  This Thanksgiving will be no different.  We’ll be spending the holiday with my Aunts and Uncle, and my brothers and sisters. I’m… [read more]

Boys and Girls Clubs and Amway teach youth healthier ways of living with POSITIVE SPROUTS program!

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In the consumer world of today, living sustainably is becoming more and more important.  Right in line with the importance of sustainable living is the importance of healthy living and healthy eating. Over the past couple years my family and I have become increasingly aware of the importance of these three things, and, in turn, are… [read more]

Homemade Apple Pie Caramel Apples #Recipe

A couple of months ago while enjoying a nice girls weekend my daughter and I stopped to get a caramel apple while doing some shopping. My daughter had never had one before and needless to say she is absolutely obsessed with them now! So my sister and I thought it would be fun to make… [read more]

Healthy Snack Time with Whole Fruit Smoothies – Review

Is anybody out there looking for a new refreshing, healthy treat?  Well I always am and J & J Snacks has come up with a new healthy snack called Whole Fruit Smoothies. Whole Fruit Smoothies are made with chunks of real fruit and bursting with a refreshing taste.  I could actually taste the pineapple chunks in… [read more]

Easy Cheesy Velveeta Queso Dip #Recipe

I love fall! I love when the weather starts to cool down, the leaves start to change colors, and I love watching football. What could better then spending a cool fall afternoon watching football? How about watching football while eating some yummy snacks! One of my favorite “get together” snacks is chips and queso.  Perfect… [read more]

Healthy Snacking Options with Willamette Valley Granola Chips – Review & #Giveaway

I am always on the look out for healthy snacks for my kids to eat. They tend to get tired of the same old apple, banana or string cheese to snack on so when I heard about Willamette Valley’s Granola Chips I wanted to try them out. At Willamette they took a new spin on… [read more]

Get the Kids in the Kitchen for National Pizza Month! #HormelFamily

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I know, I know, it seems like everything has it’s own month! LOL These fun national month and days can be assigned to everything from bubbles to pizza.  I have found that these national days are a fun  excuse for me to get creative with my kids! This month we’ve been having pizza nights!  Instead… [read more]

Stay Hydrated, Healthy, and Refreshed with OXYWater – Review

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Are you ever on the look out for a nice, cold, refreshing drink but you would like something that is healthier for you. Well have I got something new for you guys to try out. Have you ever heard of OXYwater? I hadn’t until recently but now I am glad that I have. OXYwater is… [read more]

7 Ideas for a Healthier Morning Breakfast Routine #HormelFamily

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Okay…maybe not. I’m traditionally a cereal for breakfast kind of girl.  I’ll occasionally go for a bowl of oatmeal or cream of wheat, but, unless it is winter those days are few and far between. Due to my recent rediscovery of the wonders of great tasting food (I’m pregnant. No more explanation necessary) I decided… [read more]

Easy Cheesy Cheese Steak Pockets #Recipe

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I found a recipe a few months back and after I made it my husband said “those are like a cheesesteak sandwich.” Now I LOVE cheese steak sandwich’s so I altered the recipe and came up with this.  I call them Easy Cheesy Pockets! So first I cooked up some hamburger meat and added chopped… [read more]

Zesty, Smoky Black Bean Soup – #Recipe #HormelFamily

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A few days ago I was in a major dinner bind.  We’d just moved into our house a week and a half earlier and still didn’t have our cupboards and refrigerator well stocked.  No chicken, no beef, no veggies (save one onion) in the veggie drawer. What to do?  I’d gotten domestic a couple days… [read more]

6 Tips for healthy school lunches! #HormelFamily

When I look around the grocery store at the foods that are marketed to kids and parents as school lunch foods I am occasionally appalled. With high fructose corn syrup, large amounts of sugar, and hydrogenated oils in in most of the foods the average American consumes on a daily basis it can take a… [read more]