Easy Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

Do you ever just see one food and automatically associate it with something else?  Two flavors that just go together so perfectly that when you see one, you have to have the other as well? I made this easy homemade lemon curd recipe because I discovered local Georgia blueberries on sale at the grocery store this week.  HUGE containers of fresh Georgia blueberries just begging to be paired with something lemon flavored!  I came up with the perfect creation for my dessert loving family this week.  Cheesecake topped with fresh blueberries and … [Read more...]

10 of the Tastiest Foods That Relieve Stress

We all have days when we are stressed out.  Arguments with kids, a husband out of town, a major leak in the kitchen and too many deadlines have all played a part in my stress over the last few months.  I tend to eat in response to my increased stress levels which is not good for my waistline!  But, if I am going to eat, then I should focus on nibbling on foods that relieve stress, right?  Well, instead of reaching for that hot fudge sundae or the box of Girl Scout cookies you just bought, grab a few of these healthy foods to help reduce your … [Read more...]

The Health Benefits of the Kiwi Fruit will Truly Amaze You!

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend a blogger event featuring dozens and dozens of fresh food brands.  From grass-fed beef to organic kiwi, I learned a ton about farming, fresh food, and the importance of a healthy diet.  I came home from the event with a large bag of organic kiwi, which my son and I were thrilled about.  Kiwi are always a popular snack item in our house! I started wondering what, exactly, these little fuzzy green fruit could do for me.  The health benefits of the kiwi fruit will truly astound you and you should be putting … [Read more...]

Honey Macaroonies: An Old Fashioned Cookie Recipe from Mom

From the time I was a little girl, I remember my mom baking cookies in the kitchen. My all time favorite was an old fashioned cookie recipe that until now, I had NO idea where it came from.  I remembered her calling them Honey Macaroonies but that made no sense to me and I thought she made it up.  Macaroons are a very specific kind of cookie, right?  And these are NOT macaroons.  However, when I search online for 'honey macaroonies' I find this exact recipe that someone says they found in an old copy of Good Housekeeping Magazine.  So, that is … [Read more...]

Easy Smoked Salmon Appetizer Recipe in 15 Minutes or Less!

This smoked salmon appetizer recipe is perfect for feeding company when you don't want to spend all day in the kitchen. The holidays are approaching quickly and with it comes our annual out of town guests.  I actually love having company because it gives me an excuse to try out lots of new recipes.  Of course, since the purpose of having company is to actually spend time with them, I don't want to spend hours cooking (and cleaning up the mess!).  Easy appetizer recipes that require very little work are a huge hit with me.  I came across this … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Start Eating Healthy Even if You Are Short on Time

Thank you Healthy Choice for sponsoring this post about easy ways to start eating healthy. Visit your local retailer to pick up your own Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamer or Original Cafe Steamer meal today! With school back in session, our lives have once again gotten to the frantic running around like a madman stage.  Our days revolve around after school band practices, tennis matches, two adults with full-time jobs and random commitments I just couldn't say no to. While I try to simplify where I can, it isn't always easy.  Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Reduce Sugar Intake without Losing Your Mind

January has come and gone and New Year's Resolutions are falling by the wayside.  Lent is coming up and people are trying to decide what they should give up.  Bathing suit season is fast approaching and fewer pounds on the scale might be a nice thing to see.  All of these issues combined make it a great reason to look for ways to reduce sugar intake in your diet.  But, maybe you think that you don't really eat a lot of sugar.  You don't snack on cookies all day and you buy only the healthiest of cereals on the shelf.  How much sugar are you … [Read more...]

5 Creative Uses for Fresh Herbs

One of the things I hate buying at the grocery store is fresh herbs.  They charge you a ridiculous price for a tiny little bundle and they often go bad before I use the whole bunch.  I decided many years ago that I would start growing my own herbs in the back yard to help save a few pennies and broaden the flavor profile of my food.  I have had good luck with some and horrible luck with others.  I have more oregano this year than an entire city in Italy would be able to use but my lavender died for the second year in a row.  A backyard herb … [Read more...]

Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn Helps You Save Money and Eat Healthier

I would like to know how I have grown into a relatively intelligent adult without knowing that you can make microwave popcorn using a brown paper bag.  Seriously...I am stunned!  The other day I stumbled across a post on Pinterest that showed how to make Italian Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn.  I admit, I was skeptical.  Surely, it wasn't as easy to make this as Pinterest said, right?  WRONG! Making brown bag microwave popcorn will save you a ton of money and it is so much healthier!  Top your popcorn with homemade … [Read more...]

This Radish Tea Sandwich Recipe Makes a Simple Appetizer!

Every year, I try to grow radishes in my garden with little success.  I honestly have no idea what I am doing wrong.  I get a few smallish sized radishes but not enough to really make my gardening efforts worth while.  In order to feed my love of radishes I have to rely on farmers markets and grocery stores.  Thankfully, there are farmers much more talented than I who know how to grow radishes! I love radishes...they come in so many pretty colors and are much more versatile than you would think.  Sure, we use most of them in our salads but a … [Read more...]