Pumpkin Cream Cheese

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I was at Target the other day....can we just pause for a moment and talk about how great Target is? No, we don't even have to, it's just known to all. I love that I can go and get toiletries, cute clothes and a few groceries if needed. It's my happy place...as long as I am not with all 4 of my children, then it's a madhouse because even they get so excited when they are there that they beg for everything. On this particular trip I had to return some clothes and then afterwards I headed over to the grocery section to grab some milk. I passed Philadelphia brand pumpkin cream cheese and … [Read more...]


Blackened Seasoning Mix and Blackened Fish Recipe

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Hi friends! I am excited to participate in Recipe Redux for the first time, a recipe challenge group founded by Registered Dietitians. What happens here is a group of bloggers (aka "the recipe redux members") create a recipe each month using an assigned theme. It's all about reinventing healthy eating. I always enjoy seeing the creativity that goes into these posts, plus it's a great way to find new blogs. Our theme this month is "Spooky Spices", you know those spices that are lurking in the back of your spice cabinet collecting dust. Well we are putting those spices to good use … [Read more...]


Chocolate Nut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

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My oldest baby boy turned 8 over the weekend! His birthday kicks off the beginning of the birthday/holiday extravaganza over at our house where the rest of us will follow until the year comes to an end. He was super laid back about the party plans this year. He chose to invite 4 classmates to Chuck E Cheese, plus his grandma and great-grandma came to visit from Texas (my mom and grandma) so it was a fun weekend celebrating. oops, forgot the mouth and fangs, but it's still a cute bat! In addition to the delicious chocolate cake I make every year for him (I use this recipe), I did a … [Read more...]


Parmesan-Caper Potato Bites

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The Holiday season is quickly approaching and we'll all be searching for the perfect appetizers and holiday dishes to make. I love potatoes and think they are just he perfect addition to any meal- roasted whole or cut with rosemary and garlic, but my new favorite are these adorable potato bites. Yes, I just called these adorable. I found this recipe in a Cooking Light magazine, but didn't add the small amount of lemon juice that was in the original recipe therefore had to change the name (they called them Lemon-Caper Parmesan Salad Bites). I don't think the lemon would've added much … [Read more...]


Pin It Party {Pinterest}

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Hello friends and happy friday! Hope you all enjoyed some photography tips that I shared earlier this week from the IFBC photography session. I will go through my notes and share some info on the other sessions I attended, but for now I am joining Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean for a Pin It Party! Bloggers, doesn't matter what kind- craft bloggers, mom bloggers, food bloggers, get a TON of traffic from Pinterest so we are all sharing posts we'd like to see pinned. Please support your favorite blogs and pin stuff because it helps others find our content and that makes us happy! … [Read more...]


Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Here we are in our first full week of school (last week was short due to the Holiday). The kids are both doing so well, but our schedule has officially picked up with the addition of after school activities like gymnastics, church class and soccer twice-a-week for both kids. The kids come home starving as it is, but now that we go straight to another activity I have to keep the house well stocked with healthy snacks. One of their favorites is the snack balls I make in a variety of flavors- they often have some sort of dried fruit, some form of nuts and/or oatmeal. Since I've had oatmeal … [Read more...]


Apple Pico de Gallo {#YahooFood}

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    When I was in graduate school I became friends with a fellow RD intern whose parents lived in Cabo San Lucas. She invited me and another one of our classmates to go hang out there one summer. I fell in love. Not only is it gorgeous, but the local fruit stands, taco shops and markets add such character to the Mexican town.   We stayed for a full month (yes, lucky us!) because her family was kind enough to make room for us, and I have such great memories of going to the market to pick out our produce. Tomatoes, cilantro, onion, lime and peppers were the usual suspects. Coming … [Read more...]


Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

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People love to talk about the weather. It's just part of human DNA. We also like to complain about the weather. You know we all do it. I was running today with baby E in the stroller and I checked the weather channel and it said it was 85 degrees at the time. I ran and boy was it hot. Then I recalled the days I lived in Texas and ran in much hotter temps, but I am simply not used to them now. On the other hand I hate running when it's too cold. If it's under 60 degrees I want no part of it. It seems like when it's summer I am longing for the fall and when it's winter I am eager for … [Read more...]


Love My Silk! Introducing Silk Almond Coconut Blend

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I can' t remember the exact year that I discovered I was lactose intolerant but it was over 15 years ago. I switched over to soy milk and cut back on a lot of dairy products. Now I can handle a lot more dairy in my diet than I used to (cheese, yogurt and cooking with small amounts of milk don't bother me anymore), however I still don't drink milk. I just never developed a taste for it and knowing I might not tolerate it as well as a non-dairy milk I see no point in trying. Silk has always been my preferred brand of soy milk, but you can also find their almond milk in my fridge as well. … [Read more...]


Asian Noodle Salad With Peanut Dressing

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The fun thing about being in charge of the food around here is that I get to cook whatever I feel like eating! Pasta with veggies tossed in a peanut dressing. That's what I wanted. As I mentioned before, we had company over a couple weeks ago (our good friends from Texas) and when hosting any guests, I do my meal planning before they arrive so that I am not grocery shopping or trying to figure out what we should eat last minute. This is especially important when there are lots of little ones in the house- 8 kids to be exact, ages 7 and under (4 for each of us). Heather is one of my … [Read more...]