On-The-Go Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Recently I participated in a 6 week fitness challenge that included a session with a nutritionist.  She had so many good ideas, but the most lasting healthy lifestyle take-away that I've continued to use daily is the on-the-go breakfast smoothie. If you are like me, you need to eat breakfast.  But doing so first thing in the morning, when you are stressed out, rushing around getting ready for your day... just isn't your stomach's favorite time to chow down.  Breakfast smoothies are so much easier for me to digest versus trying to eat something, both on-the-go convenience wise (I drink mine on the way to work), and stomach-tolerance wise. But will it leave you feeling hungry, 45 minutes later?  It doesn't have to. The key to a healthy on-the-go breakfast smoothie that will stay with you is this:  Protein. If you include some ingredients with protein in your smoothie, it will stick with you and keep you feeling full much longer.  When you make your smoothie at home, you can … [Read more...]

Camping Recipe ~ Roasted Rolo Marshmallows

The fact that I consider this a recipe tells you a few things about both my penchant for sweets, and my shaky cooking-while-camping skills.  (I know, I need to read A Little Campy more often...) However, these are definitely good enough to call a "recipe"! If you haven’t given Roasted Rolo Marshmallows a try yet, I strongly encourage you to do so during your next campfire. I spotted this idea on Pinterest, and was eager to make my own. These are incredibly tasty, and a fun variation on the traditional roasted marshmallows or s’mores. Rolo candies now come in “mini” size.  They are easy to find in a bag – I grabbed ours near the gum and mints, at the Walmart checkout counter. Some outdoor-lovin’ genius took this to the next level with the thought, “Hey, what if I melted these all gooey over a fire?  Perhaps encased in a toasted marshmallow?”  Genius, I tell you. Recipe:  Roasted Rolo Marshmallows The first go round, we tried the purist form:  a Rolo mini roasted inside a … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies ~ Ultimate Easy Recipe

  This week I'm joining my Ambitious-Cookie-Making blogger friend Stephanie, of The Cookie A Day Challenge, in her new weekly Cookie Blog Hop.  Hopefully she doesn't kick me off the linky list as soon as she catches wind of the baking blasphemy to follow... I love to bake, especially with my 7 year old daughter, who is quite the measuring whiz.  And when it comes to baked goods, I usually prefer to make things from scratch. But after 3 or 4 attempts at making Peanut Butter Blossoms (peanut butter cookie with a Hershey's kiss in the middle), using various cookie recipes, I was discouraged that they didn't taste as good as some I had tried. I wanted cookie perfection.  Really, the peanut butter and chocolate combination demands it.  My search continued. A Time and a Place for a Cookie Mix Until, as a new blogger last year, I participated in a "Cookie Exchange" promotion by Hershey's.  One set of fancy, pre-printed pack of recipe cards with Hershey's creations later ... … [Read more...]

Recipe: Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes

Is there anything more detectible in Fall than eating warm comfort foods containing PUMPKIN?  These Pumpkin Buttermilk pancakes are so amazing, that I just had to share the Food Love! I don't recall where the recipe came from, and I usually end up modifying things like this to use 1/2 whole wheat flour - so below is the version I've come up with for my family.   Using whole wheat flour makes them healthier and keeps you feeling fuller, longer. Quick comment regarding use of whole wheat flour.  If you don't like, or aren't use to, the stronger taste of whole wheat - I have two options you could try.   You can usually find "whole wheat pastry flour" at your local health food grocer.  It is ground finer and has a great, milder flavor.  Or there is a lighter, but still whole grain, option called "white whole wheat".  Our local Walmart stocks one called Prairie Gold, by the Wheat Montana Farms & Bakery company.  Also very mild, it hardly seems like wheat at all. Also, when … [Read more...]