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...]

Football Game Day Snack Ideas and a Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip Recipe

These football game day snack ideas and Greek yogurt ranch dip recipe are sponsored by Babbleboxx.  All  opinions are my own. Unless you have been hiding your head in a book for weeks, you probably know that there is a big football game coming up soon.  Its a really SUPER football game who's real name shall not be used by anyone but we know what it is, right?  Do you love football?  Have friends over for the big game!  Of course, you need football game day snack ideas in order to keep them well fed, right?  Well, Babbleboxx sent a collection … [Read more...]

PlateJoy Meal Planning Makes Eating Healthy Easier

This post about PlateJoy meal planning has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. Healthy eating isn't always easy or affordable.  Planning healthy meals usually requires cooking from scratch with fresh, wholesome ingredients.  And that takes more time and money than using most prepackaged products on the grocery store shelf.  However, there are ways to make eating healthier easy and a bit more frugal.  If you want to eat healthy on a smaller budget, I thought I would share my experience with the PlateJoy meal planning system! What … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Italian Seasoning

Over the last few weeks, I have been dehydrating a ton of fresh herbs from my backyard garden. Growing fresh herbs is fairly easy but they don't last long once you pick them.  That means I spend a lot of time drying them during the summer.  I decided to make homemade Italian seasoning this week with a few of the fresh herbs that I have grown.  I have so much oregano, basil, and rosemary that I don't know what I am going to do with it all.  Many classic Italian recipes often call for 'Italian Seasoning Blend'.  Which, of course, I would then … [Read more...]

Ways to Use Leftover Cake and a Lemon Raspberry Trifle Recipe

Did you make cake for guests and now have too much?  Are you wondering what to do with leftover cake?  Well, I can help! A couple of weeks ago I got sucked into Pinterest and was drooling over a collection of dessert recipes.  I came across a fabulous looking lemon cake recipe that I just had to make.  Then, 3 days later the family went on vacation, leaving the precious cake in the refrigerator for days.  Now I am looking for ways to use leftover cake because the idea of throwing away that delicious cake makes me want to cry! One of my favorite … [Read more...]

Lemon Thyme Infused Sea Salt is Perfect for Your Seafood Recipe

Having grown up in New England, right on Long Island Sound, I can honestly say there are very few varieties of seafood that I don't like.  And seafood is delicious when flavored with fresh herbs like those in this lemon sea salt recipe.  Thyme is one herb that I actually grow in my own herb garden and it comes back year after year.  By combining fresh herbs, a little bit of citrus, and some coarse sea salt, you have the perfect herb infused sea salt recipe to really bring out the flavor of your fish. And by making this thyme salt recipe up in … [Read more...]

Chocolate Fondue Recipe and Tutorial for Dessert Lovers!

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I find myself craving all things chocolate! This Chocolate Fondue recipe seems like such an elegant dessert but it is incredibly simple to make.  Depending on the type of supplies and kitchen equipment you have at home you can make this chocolate fondue over the stove or directly in a fondue pot.  Regardless of how you make it, the key to really good chocolate fondue is high quality ingredients.  Good chocolate fondue needs heavy cream and high quality chocolate.  Everything else is pretty flexible!  If … [Read more...]

How To Eat Healthier At Breakfast Even If You Are Short On Time!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?  When you are a busy mom, it's also the hardest to squeeze in. Knowing how to eat a healthy breakfast can get you off to a great start in the morning!  My mornings are frequently filled with things like lost homework, missing sneakers, spilled milk and the occasional vomiting dog.  Great way to wake up in the morning, huh?  I'm sure your reality is about the same as mine  While I would love to eat healthier at breakfast, it isn't always easy. While I always make sure the kids get a healthy … [Read more...]

Easy Cake Decorating Tips for Beautiful Homemade Cakes Every Time!

A cake is a perfect dessert for just about every celebration.  From birthdays and weddings to baby showers and office parties, serving cake brings people together over a delicious dessert!  Homemade cakes give your dessert a personal touch and these easy cake decorating tips will make your dessert spectacular!  These tips are being shared from Janice Murfitt, a highly qualified cake decorator, cookery writer and editor, food journalist, and home economist who specializes in cake making and decorating. If you are interested in making homemade … [Read more...]

Decadent Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake Recipe

This Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake Recipe has been sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Ice cream has always been one of my family's all-time favorite desserts. My daughter tends to stick to the fruit flavors and rarely ventures away from strawberry.  The husband loves the classics...butter pecan and pistachio.  My son and I have more decadent tastes when it comes to our favorite ice cream flavors.  A bowl of rich, creamy ice cream loaded with chocolate, peanut butter and chunks of candy bits is … [Read more...]