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Four-Ingredient Strawberry Jam Puff Pastry (Plus a Simple Icing Recipe!)

I had the rare opportunity to hostess a Girls’ Night in my home for some of my closest friends recently, and this recipe turned out so wonderfully that I just had to share.  I think these Strawberry Jam Puff Pastries would be just perfect for a morning brunch, or as a sweet treat for any get together.  They out looking beautiful and like you picked them up at a local bakery.   Would you believe they only required only FOUR ingredients???!!!  That’s my kind of baking!

Low Calorie Fruity Drinks

We’ve spent a lot of time on our boat this summer, which means I’ve experimented with making different adult beverages.  As much as I’ve tried, I’m just not a beer drinker.  Nope, can’t stand it.    What’s even worse than that, if I were to pick my favorite alcoholic beverage on the planet, it would be something fruity, and complicated, and probably with more calories than a full meal.  You know, a mudslide or a pina colada or a lava flow. Since we don’t exactly have access to a blender while on the boat, and since I do try to limit my calorie intake to a degree, I’ve searched high and low for the perfect drink.  I’ve in love with this recipe because it’s low calorie and it tastes amazing!  It’s also simple to make, even when we are on the boat!

Grandpa’s Cinnamon-Sugar “Yummy Toast”

I’ve got a quick breakfast recipe to share with you this morning.  This cinnamon-sugar toast takes me back to my childhood, as it was a treat my Dad used to make for us.  I remember him talking about how his Dad (my beloved Grandpa Mason) used to make it for him when he was little too.  Somehow, that always made it taste a little sweeter.  🙂 I wanted to carry on the tradition, so I started making this cinnamon-sugar toast at our house.  Brady LOVES it, and he refers to it as “Yummy Toast”. Best part?  I’m almost certain you will have all the ingredients at home to whip this up this morning!  I love that it feels like a treat, but comes together in about 5 minutes!!!

Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Warning:  I make and share lots of healthy recipes (including those fit for the Whole 30…read about those here or here); this is NOT one of them!  I made this recipe up a couple of months ago, and it has become a family favorite.  I like that it’s a quick and easy dinner, tastes super yummy, and my kiddos love it. Last night, as my firefighter husband was working his 24 hour shift, this was our go-to dinner.  Sometimes, after teaching high school all day and coming home to be a solo parent, getting a decent dinner on the table for the kids and I is a struggle. I can hardly even call this a recipe…it’s more of a dump a few things together sort of deal…perfect for a busy weeknight.  This recipe happened on accident over the summer.  We had been outside all afternoon and my plan had been to make stuffed shells for dinner, but by the time I came inside and remembered the prep time for the shells I knew it would …

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins: The Healthier Way

Even though the weather outside has been feeling anything but fall, my baking tendencies inside the house are screaming FALL IS HERE.  I started with that delicious Fall Harvest Zucchini Bread, and have now worked my way to these tasty Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. I’ve actually made this recipe two different ways, and today I’m share with you the healthier version of this recipe.  This version omits about 1/3 of the amount of oil and replaces it with apple sauce.  Now, of course these muffins still contain sugar and chocolate chips…but to me the pumpkin and apple sauce give them some redeeming healthy value! Honestly, the difference between these muffins and the original recipe is minimal.  The taste is exactly the same; texture is only slightly different, with this version being a little more dry and cake-like than the full oil version.  (In case you want to try the original recipe, omit the applesauce and use 1 and 1/2 cups of oil instead.)  I made both versions within a week of one another, and had …

Peach Crisp

It seems really late in the season, but our Kroger has been having the biggest, most perfect looking peaches for the past couple of weeks.  I typically cut them up in the morning for my Power Breakfast Bowl (find that recipe here), but yesterday I found myself craving a sweet, baked treat…I blame the chilly, gloomy weather. Because I had these beauties sitting on the counter, I opted to create a Peach Crisp, and man, was it good!  Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE apple crisp…but the peach was really yummy.  

Fall Harvest Zucchini Bread

Fact number 1:  I love to bake.  I like to think it’s in my genes, handed down from my grandmother’s side of the family.  They were real bakers and owned a bakery, while I just like whipping up treats for my family in the kitchen.   Fact number 2:  I also really, REALLY try to eat healthy most of the time.  I also believe in moderation…taught to me by my dad!  So…one of my favorite “healthy-ish” treats to bake this time of year is zucchini bread! I’ve tried lots and lots of recipes and variations on zucchini bread over the years, and this one is my favorite.  I think it makes the most moist and flavorful bread, and I love the combination of cinnamon and zucchini.  I stockpile zucchini throughout the summer (I especially love to acquire what I like to call “zucchini baseball bats”- those huge, overgrown zucchini that are really not the best for eating- you can make several loaves of bread out of just one of those suckers!)  When my little gardeners …

My Whole 30 Experience and Tips for Survival

In May, I completed my first Whole30 (I wrote briefly about it here).  I’ve had lots and lots of questions about this experience, so I wanted to write a more detailed post to try to answer them all!  I like to say that completing the Whole30 was the “easiest hard thing” I’ve ever done.  Basically, it’s a very strict paleo style diet that allows you to eat veggies, fruits, lean protein, and good fats.  Yup- that means no sugar, no alcohol, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, and no snacking. I should probably start by explaining why I chose to embark on the Whole30 challenge in the first place.  I was in an “ehh” kind of place in my life.  I didn’t feel healthy, I was overweight and desperate for a change.  But in addition to that, my chronic hives had returned with a vengeance and I was on way more medications than I felt comfortable with to try to control them (FOUR Zyrtec a day people!!)  I was constantly tired, moody, bloated…you name it …

Power Breakfast Bowl

In May, I completed my first WHOLE30.  The best way I know how to explain that 30 day journey was that it was the easiest hard thing I’ve ever done.  For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a super strict Paleo type of eating- no grains, sugar, legumes, dairy, or alcohol for 30 days.  Basically, you eat lean proteins (meat and eggs), fruits, veggies, and healthy fats.  I learned a TON, saw lots of positive change in a very short time, and could not recommend this enough for anyone who just doesn’t feel healthy and wants a way to get back on track.  (And really, losing weight was a bonus here, but the energy and just overall good feeling I had while completing my Whole30 was just mind blowing.)  If you want to learn more, I would suggest reading It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig.  AWESOME, EYE-OPENING read.  Or, leave a comment and we can chat more about my experiences in the program (which is free, by the way!) Anyway, I’m not eating …

Banana Mudslides

Bananas are pure magic as a food.  Did you know that you can put frozen bananas in a food processor or blender and make ice cream?  My kids like to call it “Banana Swirl”, thanks to Daniel Tiger.  But really, the consistency is amazing, and throw in some add ins or flavor (cocoa powder, peanut butter, etc) and you have a real treat. Today, I’m going to share an adult beverage that takes these magical bananas to a whole new level.  I LOVE fruity, sweet, trillion calorie adult beverages.  What I don’t love are those trillion calories…so I was beyond thrilled when this experiment worked! One of my all time favorites are mudslides…from TGI Fridays, or made at home (thanks a lot for introducing me to these little devils, Christy!!!) True mudslides are made with vanilla ice cream…and don’t get me wrong, I love a little ice cream in my life.  But, one night I decided to change things up a bit.  I got out my secret stash of frozen bananas (when bananas in our …