No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Energy Balls

My kids are extremely active...they participate in a number of after school sports and some days they get off the bus and onto the tennis court with only a 15 minute break.  That means I need quick, healthy, high energy snacks to feed them so they don't pass out in the middle of a practice!  These energy balls are high in protein and whole grains and are sweet enough that they think they are a great treat!  They are really easy to make and the ingredients can be altered depending on your kid's tastes. No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Energy … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread #Recipe

My kids are huge fans of peanut butter.  They put it on sandwiches, dip fruit into it, spread it on celery with raisins, and often ask to eat it right off the spoon.  I came across a unique looking recipe on Cooking Light and thought it sounded like something they would really enjoy.  I made a few tweaks to the original recipe and then threw in some chocolate chips (as per my son's request).  Everything tastes better with chocolate chips in it right?  So, now we have an addition to our peanut butter repertoire:  Peanut butter chocolate chip … [Read more...]

Grilled Pork Roast with Spicy Pomegranate Sauce

My husband  and I are HUGE fans of our Green Egg grill.  If you aren't familiar with the Green Egg, it's a ceramic grill that is perfect for cooking your roasts low and slow to really get a smokey flavor infused into the meat.  I recently received the cookbook Hot Sauce!: Techniques for Making Signature Hot Sauces, with 32 Recipes to Get You Started; Includes 60 Recipes for Using Your Hot Sauces to review and found a spicy pomegranate sauce recipe that I thought would go perfectly with our pork roast. Grilled Pork with Spicy Pomegranate … [Read more...]

4th of July desserts: Patriotic S’mores!

The fourth of July is fast approaching and with it comes parties, BBQs, cookouts, and of course all things red, white, and blue!  No good backyard cookout would be complete without S'mores, right?  Well,  Aldi's recently sent me a great collection of items to help bring a little USA spirit to our cookout this summer!  Check out one of our favorite 4th of July desserts: Patriotic S'mores 4th of July desserts Ingredients for each S'more you want to make:  2 halves of a graham cracker 2 marshmallows (each cut in half) enough … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Appetizer: Caprese on a Stick

My garden is finally starting to yield a few tomatoes and the basil is growing like a weed.  This is an easy summer appetizer that requires very little work and you can even have the kids help you out with it!  Once the cubes of cheese are cut, just hand them all the ingredients and let them start skewering all the bits and pieces! While they prepare your easy summer appetizer, you can be doing something else...like maybe your nails?   If you are looking for more easy summer appetizers you can check out Allrecipes.com.  Whether you … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake: 3 steps to a delicious summer desert! (#recipe)

For my family, food usually changes with the seasons.  Since I try to choose produce that is grown as locally as possible, the types of fruits and vegetables we eat depends on what can actually be grown here in any given month.  I am lucky to live close to Florida where I can get fresh strawberries starting in late March!  Last week I picked up tons of fresh strawberries since we were having company and I wanted to make strawberry shortcake for desert.  I know you can use frozen strawberries for strawberry shortcake but that just seems wrong … [Read more...]

Pomegranate Cocktails for Summer

Mother's Day, Graduation, or just a backyard summer barbeque are all great times to enjoy a cocktail!  I love trying new flavors and thought I would share a couple of recipes I got in my inbox this week.   La Pinta is a pomegranate liquor made with tequila that can be enjoyed straight or mixed into blended drinks like the  ones below! Pomerita 2 oz La Pinta ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice ½ oz Agave Nectar – to taste Serve on the rocks with an orange or lime garnish.   La Pinta Royale 2 oz La Pinta 2 oz … [Read more...]

Coffee Recipe: Eight O’Clock Fiesta Coffee for Cinco de Mayo #recipe

I am a huge fan of coffee just about any way you can imagine serving it.  Strong  and hot in the morning or an iced coffee on a hot afternoon, coffee ice cream. or an Irish coffee with a bit of a kick to it are all fine with me!  I was recently sent some coffee from Eight O'Clock to try out and decided to try their recipe for Fiesta Coffee in honor of Cinco de Mayo.  Eight O'Clock coffee is carried in my local Publix and comes in many different blends.  We usually by the French Roast because I like a coffee with a nice strong flavor. Eight … [Read more...]

Agave Margarita with 901 Silver Tequila

We are slowly leaving April behind us and May will be here before you know it!  With May comes Cinco de Mayo and I am a HUGE fan of Mexican foods and absolutely LOVE a good margarita!  What qualifies as a good margarita in my opinion?  When I was younger I used to love frozen margaritas that were slightly sweeter and without much of a kick to them but I have gradually learned to love them on the rocks with a bold, tart flavor.  I was recently sent some 901 Silver Tequila to try out and I just knew the best thing to do with it would be to make a … [Read more...]

Rice: a healthy and versatile pantry staple

I try to keep my pantry stocked with a number of basic ingredients so that when it comes time for dinner I don't have to think too hard to create a healthy meal.  If I stocked my pantry with a lot of processed foods it would be too easy to fall back on these unhealthy choices when I am in a hurry...which is just about every night of the week!  Rice is one of those pantry items that I try to never run out of and I have multiple varieties to choose from, depending on how much time I have and what I plan to do with it.  From dirty rice with … [Read more...]