Homemade Cranberry Soda Recipe Using Fresh Cranberries

This homemade cranberry soda recipe has been sponsored by Soda Sense.  All opinions are my own. This refreshing cranberry soda is made with fresh cranberries, real sugar, and carbonated water.  That's it!  No artificial ingredients, no store bought cranberry juice, and no bottles of pre-made soda water.  Skip the club soda or soda water and make your own at home.  Simmer syrup with orange or lime zest if desired.  Or, add a spritz of orange juice or lime juice to your homemade cranberry soda right before serving … [Read more...]

Chai Spice White Chocolate Truffle Recipe and Traditions of Giving

 This chai spice white chocolate truffle recipe is sponsored by McCormick®.  All opinions are my own.  #McCormickMakesItHome  #McCormickAtWalmart I honestly can't believe that it is almost Thanksgiving.  Where has the time gone?  The season of giving is upon us and I have a lot to be thankful for this year.  So, I am going to gather my baking and candy making supplies, herd my teenager into the kitchen, and spend some quality time baking and making homemade candy to give to others.   And my … [Read more...]

Simple Grated Apple Tart Recipe

This simple grated apple tart recipe combines a basic butter tart crust with shredded apples for a delicious fall dessert recipe.  With a hint of cinnamon and just the right amount of sweetness, this homemade apple tart will be a big hit! What is the best apple to use for baking? Fall is here (finally!) and that means stores are bursting with different apple varieties!  But, which apple is best for baking and which ones should you just bite right into?  I grew up in New England and apple desserts are pretty much standard … [Read more...]

Easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe: 10 Minutes Start to Finish!

This easy salted caramel sauce recipe is absolutely delicious. It is made from scratch on the stove-top in less than ten minutes, with no candy thermometer required! Use it as a topping for sliced apples, drizzle it on your ice cream, or just lick it right from the spoon! What is salted caramel? Salted caramel is made by sprinkling fleur de sel, or any other flaked sea salt on top of caramel or caramel sauce. Why does caramel taste good with salt on it? Basically, chefs call this combination “flavour layering”.  Salt acts … [Read more...]

Pan Fried Potato Recipe with Prosciutto and Chives

Learn how to make this pan fried potato recipe for a hearty breakfast side dish your family will love.  Skillet fried potatoes are simple to make and do NOT require par boiling before frying.  Can you fry potatoes without boiling them first? Ok, so the first thing you need to know about making pan fried potatoes is that you do NOT have to boil them first.  This adds a very long and unnecessary step to your fried potatoes and just creates extra dirty dishes that no one wants to clean. This pan fried potato recipe is … [Read more...]

Back to School Breakfast Suggestions for Busy Mornings

My daughter headed back to school a couple of weeks ago and high school starts EARLY.  Cereal is quick and easy but my kids haven't been a fan of it for years.   If you are looking for healthy back to school breakfast suggestions I thought I would share a few ideas that are NOT cereal.   Easy Breakfast Hacks To Make Your Morning Easier If you are struggling to get your kids back into a back-to-school routine, breakfasts need to be fast and easy.  With a little planning, you can have an assortment of healthy … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Extracts for Baking

Learn how to make homemade extracts and you will be able to add an amazing amount of flavor into your kitchen creations! Making your own extracts is easy to do, although you will have to be patient.  Vanilla extract, mint extract, or citrus extracts are a great way to add natural flavorings to your homemade baked goods.  How are extracts made? So, what is an extract exactly?  As opposed to a flavoring?  Homemade extracts use a solvent (the liquid itself) to 'extract' the flavor from something else (your flavoring … [Read more...]

How to Roast Fresh Beets for Maximum Flavor

Roasted beets are a year-round staple in my house. They are fantastic right out of the foil or used for tossing into salads or made into beet smoothies.  Learn how to roast fresh beets and your family will stop turning up their nose at them! Roasted whole beets are a great way to use up fresh herbs!   How do you serve beets?    When I was growing up, my mom loved to serve us beets.  Only, she didn't serve us FRESH beets...oh, no.  Our beets came in a can, sliced up and rather unappealing to the teenage … [Read more...]

Easy Coconut Milk Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

This easy coconut milk chia seed pudding recipe was a simple way to make a healthy dessert.  Loaded with dried pineapple and plenty of coconut, this dairy free pudding was absolutely delicious!   What is Chia Seed Pudding? So, you are on your way to eating healthier but you have no idea what chia pudding is.  Maybe you are looking at this easy dessert a bit suspiciously and wondering what chia seed pudding tastes like.  Well, basically, chia seed pudding is just chia seeds that have been left to soak in liquid, … [Read more...]

Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Fresh Basil

When I think of warm weather recipes, one of the first things that comes to mind is homemade pasta salad.  I whipped up this Italian orzo pasta salad recipe recently and it took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. It's an easy pasta recipe to take to your next back yard barbecue or neighborhood pool party.   Homemade Pasta Salads for the WIN! What I really love about pasta salad  is that you can cook the pasta and assemble the dish in the morning while the temps are relatively cool.  Then just stick it in the … [Read more...]