Apple Pie Pancakes

Delicious Apple Pie Pancakes….they’re like restaurant pancakes only you get to stay home. It’s almost like eating dessert for breakfast…but since these are pancakes and pancakes are for breakfast I say they are definitely breakfast!  Fluffy pancakes topped with a quick apple pie-type filling will make you crave these every week. One Saturday, I had a craving for gourmet pancakes, but I really had no desire to go out for breakfast. So I searched my pantry and came up with these delicious and easy Apple Pie Pancakes.  I’ve served for several big family breakfasts and just on normal Saturday mornings and… Read More

Tomato Noodle Soup

This simple and delicious Tomato Noodle Soup is ready in about 15 minutes and goes perfect with a grilled cheese sandwich. With two kids that are involved in different sports and after school activities, some nights it’s hard to get supper on the table.  However, I think it is really important for us to enjoy a hot meal together as a family at home.  There is something comforting about gathering around the table after a hard day at school, work, sports, or where ever you are for a big bowl of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. I developed a love… Read More

Homemade Energy Drinks

I love making these Homemade Energy Drinks, it really is super simple and takes less time than running into the store to grab an energy drink. Plus there are no crazy chemicals, unknown ingredients, and most importantly…it tastes great.  So, next time you are hitting the gym or the kids are playing hard, fill up a sports bottle with ice and serve up this homemade energy drink.  Your family will thank you!  Promise! The fresh mint and ginger really kick up this energy drink and takes it to the next level.  You’ll also notice I add a B100 Complex Vitamin… Read More

24 Healthy Smoothies with Chia Seeds

Green smoothies are all the rage these days, but even more popular is the use of chia seeds in smoothies, cooking, baking, and even as an egg replacer.  Chia seed health benefits include one of the richest plant-based sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, excellent source of fiber, rich in antioxidants, helps you feel fuller longer, gluten free, works as an egg replacer, helps regulate insulin levels, can be digested whole (unlike flaxseed), one serving has 18% RDA of daily calcium, good source of protein, and many more! Adding Chia Seeds to your green smoothies just makes your smoothie that much better. It… Read More

Christmas Treats Recipes

The best Christmas Treat Recipes for you and your kids to make this season. Christmas is almost here. Eek! I can’t believe how the time flies at the end of the year. Are you stressing out a smudge (like me), or have you had all your gifts wrapped since August? I may envy you just a little. I am trying to rein it all together as it gets closer and closer to the big day. Occasionally I like getting the kids involved in a fun activity so they don’t go to stir-crazy on winter break. I have a bunch of Christmas… Read More

Darth Malt Milkshakes

These Darth Malt Milkshakes are a winner for Star Wars fans of all ages.  They are the perfect addition to Star Wars movie night, Star Wars parties, or whenever the Force is calling you. Whether you are a die-hard Star Wars fan or a new fan, you will love this malted milkshake.  I attended a media preview of the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the dark side is definitely present in the movie so if your little padawan is fan of the dark side then you have to make this milkshake. What’s not to love about ice… Read More

Pecan Cream Crisps

My Pecan Cream Crisps are similar to a cream puff, but instead of soft like donuts they are hollow crispy thin cookies filled with whipped cream.  And let me tell you…they are to-die-for! Put down the cream puffs and soft chewy cookies and meet my new favorite crispy cookie.  It bakes up hollow and so the options are endless with filling it….personally I love a simple squirt or two of whipped cream (I use a dairy free version, but any whipped cream works great). If you are a pecan lover, like I am, then you are gonna love all that… Read More

Slow Cooker Orange Cranberry Oatmeal

This recipe is in partnership with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. Got a busy morning ahead? Get ready the night before with this easy Slow Cooker Orange Cranberry Oatmeal and wake up to a healthy breakfast waiting for you. One of my favorite flavor winter combos is cranberry and orange…I’ve turned it into cookies and fudge, but this warm oatmeal is one of my favorites for sure. My slow cooker is my secret kitchen weapon!  I use it all the time. In fact, I’ve had several going at the same time on more than one occasion.  However, it’s underutilized as a breakfast cooker….until today. Oatmeal… Read More

Warm Slow Cooker Drinks

Hosting a party, then plug in your slow cooker and let the aroma of one of these Warm Slow Cooker Drinks fill your house and delight your guests this winter.  Sometimes, I invite friends over just so I can make one of these delicious drinks and sip all day long….hey, I’ll use any reason to see my friends and enjoy a treat.   Warm Slow Cooker Drinks Wassil Traditional Hot Cocoa Spiced Christmas Coffee Mix Slow Cooker Apple Cider Recipe  Hot Buttered Rumchata  Spiced Wine  Nutella Hot Cocoa Crock Pot Vanilla Latte  Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider  Slow Cooker Candy… Read More

Vinegar Cleaning Tips

I’ve been using only natural cleaners to clean my house since Hubbyman and I bought our house 14 years ago.  Everyone is always asking me for my best household Vinegar Cleaning Tips…I think you’ll find a bunch of useful tips below. So, when Four Monks™ reached out and challenged me to only clean with vinegar for a week I was totally on board.  I’ve shared my love for using vinegar before and how versatile it is. Grab my free vinegar printable 9 Uses for Vinegar and some ideas for keeping your kitchen tidy with my Kitchen Cleaning Checklist. Vinegar is… Read More

White Peppermint Fudge Recipe

This White Peppermint Fudge recipe is a cinch to make and has only 3 ingredients. I tell ya, I just can’t get enough fudge.  It’s not a good thing for my waistline, but it’s just so darn good and easy to make that I can’t help myself.  Seriously, it’s white chocolate and peppermint one of the best combos ever!  It’s almost as good as dark chocolate and peppermint!  Check out some of my most popular fudge recipes: Gourmet Fudge Recipes & How to Make Fudge without Sweetened Condensed Milk White Peppermint Fudge Recipe   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook… Read More

Most Popular Christmas Cookie Recipes

The most popular Christmas Cookie Recipes for your baking enjoyment! I am right in the thick of Christmas baking and loving the smells wafting out of the kitchen now. There is definitely a Christmasy feeling I get when the house smells like vanilla and sugar. Hubby man came home last night and scratched his head for a minute because he saw I had made enchiladas for dinner, yet the house smelled like cookies. Some of our friends do cookie exchanges and we always get such a great variety of favorites and creative new recipes. These Christmas cookies are perfect for sharing… Read More