Double Chocolate Cereal Treats

If you’re looking for a super easy treat to take to the office or a holiday cookie exchange, these are it. They  are like a chocolate rice krispy treat, but even easier to make, believe it or not. No baking or melting butter on the stovetop help make these a perfect starter recipe for any […]

Pumpkin-Honey Beer Quick Bread

I can’t believe I’ve had this recipe filed away from Cooking Light since 2008. Talk about embarrassing. At least I can say it was worth the wait. I love quick breads, mainly because I don’t have the patience for traditional bread making with yeast and waiting for it to rise, etc. Plus, quick breads tend […]

Sweet Potato and White Bean Soup

This soup is perfect to pack for a tailgater or keep in the slow cooker while you take the kids trick or treating. Mild and slightly sweet the entire family will enjoy it and, like everything I make, it’s super fast and easy. With a salad and some garlic bread you have dinner ready in […]

Trying to Let Go

I’m not quite sure why I wasn’t more prepared for the heartache that accompanied my first guy leaving for college. Growing up, we didn’t really discuss it much because an education was just expected. I dressed all my boys in Duck gear, assuming they’d study in Eugene. In hindsight, that was just wishful thinking or […]

Sweet Potato Fries

I’ve made several versions of oven fries with ingredients ranging from oil to egg whites. Truthfully, I haven’t found a bad recipe yet, but this one doesn’t have any oil and no one missed it at all. I was hesitant to use the cinnamon, but followed the recipe and my family loved it. I’ll be […]

Chickpea Salad

My sister made this recipe for a family reunion and I was instantly hooked. I haven’t had chicken salad in years and forgot how delicious it is with the crunch of the celery and the zing of the dill pickles. No guilt with this one and it’s super easy to make for a tailgate party […]

Polynesian Shrimp Tacos

You know your recipe is a keeper when your family has seconds with dinner and then reheats leftovers for breakfast in the morning. I love that these tacos are simple, include ingredients that I usually have on hand and offer a unique twist to the traditional taco. Our family vacation is this week and I’m […]

Key Lime Tart

These are a super refreshing treat and a perfect no-bake dessert for hot summer days. My boys loved them and had no idea avocado was their key ingredient. Almond Crust 1 C. almond flour 5 pitted Medjool dates 2 T. unsweetened shredded coconut pinch of coarse salt Avocado Lime Filling 1 small avocado, pitted and […]

Why I Work Out

Most people would probably guess that I work out just because I love it and, while I do love it, that’s not always the case. Let’s get real, it’s not that fun sucking wind, sweating profusely and pushing your body. It’s uncomfortable, it hurts at times and it’s definitely not glamorous. At the same time, […]

Cheers to health at your next celebration!

Spring birthdays, graduations and holiday’s lead into summer holidays and celebrations which can mean lots of eating, followed by weight gain. It doesn’t only happen in fall and winter, and with no New Year’s resolution to lose weight, it may be a good time to check in with your goals. According to a recent website survey, about […]

Life Lessons from Mom

Happy Mother’s Day! Hopefully you’re showering your mom, wherever she is, with love, praise and affection. As both a daughter and a mom, Mother’s Day gives me the opportunity to tell my mom how much I appreciate, respect and admire her. It also reminds me to aspire to do my best for my own kids, […]

Thank You, Mom

Every good quality I have is because of my mom. I incessantly tease her about my childhood, to her, to my classes, to my boys and basically anyone who will listen. She was strict and my husband claims that I grew up in a cave, but that cave was full of unconditional love, pure hearts and the […]

From Pavement to Paintball: Making Time to Work Out

It’s the number one reason I hear for not working out and, trust me, I get it. I have three boys, a dog, work, and an endless to-do list like everyone else. Yes, there will be days when you really don’t have time to work out, but I still say that we need to MAKE […]

Make Mom Breakfast in Bed: Cinnamon Roll Muffins

If breakfast in bed is mom’s thing and she likes cinnamon rolls, these are a perfect Mother’s Day treat for her special day. These aren’t the quick bake cinnamon rolls in a can that have artificial colors, ridiculous amounts of sugar and saturated fat, but are a delicious compromise with almost half the calories. They are […]