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Easy White Bean Dip

This Easy White Bean Dip is one of my family's favorite healthy snacks. It's made with just a few ingredients that you likely have on hand in your kitchen. It's healthy snacking time! Between me and the kids, it's pretty much always snack time in my house. I can't even tell you how many times during the day I hear the words, “Mom, I'm hungry!” And you know what? I'm just as bad as the little ones. I think they've inherited my metabolism because I am always hungry and reach for a snack every couple of hours. Which means I do my best to always keep healthy snack options on hand. Because, as much as I'd like to, we can't snack on cookies all day long. Some of our favorite snacks include ... [Continue Reading]

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

There's no need to buy pumpkin pie spice at the store when you can make your own in just minutes with the spices you probably already have in your kitchen.  Make some today and be ready for fall baking!  Now that September 1st has come and gone, it seems like everyone has fall and pumpkin on their minds.  The weather is still warm here but there's been a definite chill in the air in the mornings.  We enjoyed dinner outside on the patio last night, and are predicted to get temperatures over 100 degrees (!) most days this week, but even so I broke out the pumpkin this weekend.  The earlier we start with fall baking, the longer we can enjoy it, right?  ;) I've been making this Homemade ... [Continue Reading]

Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus

Craving something new and healthy for snack or lunch time? This Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus is delicious with fresh, raw veggies or pita bread.  It's an easy appetizer to serve at your next party, too! I am always reminding myself that I need to make hummus more often. It's such a healthy snack, especially if your dippers of choice are fresh vegetables. And my kids love hummus just as much as I do! Which is even more reason to make it on a weekly basis. Julia will eat bell pepper after bell pepper dipped in hummus. (She'll even eat hummus plain by the spoonful!) William likes his hummus with carrots, bell peppers, whole wheat pita or crackers, and even an occasional cucumber. I've ... [Continue Reading]

Orange Chia Granola

You'll love the hint of orange zest in this Orange Chia Granola, loaded with healthy oats, chia seeds, and nuts! What is your favorite meal of the day? Mine is most definitely breakfast. Maybe that's partly due to the cup of coffee that I get to drink at breakfast time. But it's also the breakfast foods. Waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, and toast... I love them all. My favorite go-to easy everyday breakfast, though, is homemade granola. I love making (and eating) granola so much that last year I devoted a whole week to sharing granola recipes here. I've written about the 5 reasons why you should make homemade granola. Basically, I'm a granola addict. I never get tired of dreaming up ... [Continue Reading]

Perfect Potato Soup with Garlic Herb Croutons

Leek, onion, and garlic bring delicious flavor to this easy potato soup. I think you'll love this Perfect Potato Soup with Garlic Herb Croutons, and it's quick enough for a weeknight! Last week was spring break week here, so of course the weather turned cooler and we got some rain. Though not enough rain to help with our California drought. We were stuck inside with colds as it was, so I would have welcomed more rain. Here's a funny side story. Brad was telling the kids that there is a drought so we need to save water. When I was helping William, who's almost three now, brush his teeth, he informed me that we need to turn off the water because there is a drought in the sink. I wonder ... [Continue Reading]

{10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars

These chewy No-Bake Granola Bars are packed with oats, crispy rice cereal, and toasted coconut. You can mix up a batch in just 10 minutes, and then comes the hard part – waiting for them to chill in the refrigerator before you can dig in! These No-Bake Granola Bars have been a long time in the making. I think it was about a year ago when I tried my first no-bake granola bar recipe. Unfortunately, those bars did not work out so well. They were way too sweet, and fell apart when you tried to eat them. Since then I've done quite a few experiments with no-bake bars. My first big success was these Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars. If you haven't tried them yet and you're a peanut butter ... [Continue Reading]

Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars {No Bake}

These Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars have a rich peanut butter flavor and take just 10 minutes to make. Those of you who are regular readers know how much I love to make (and eat!) homemade snacks. So it should come as no surprise to you that I've used some of my rare moments of free time lately to create these no bake Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars. These no bake bars are the perfect thing to make when you are short on time yet still want a satisfying and delicious snack. You can make them in just minutes and you likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry. The only thing that you might not have is the puffed brown rice cereal, but once you make these bars I think you'll be ... [Continue Reading]

30 Healthy Snacks You Will Crave!

30 healthy, homemade snacks to satisfy any craving.  From sweet to salty to crunchy to creamy, there's something on this list for everyone! I love snacks.  I pretty much eat all day long, with a meal or snack at least every couple of hours. (Even when I'm not eating for two!)  I have my go-to favorite snacks, but I also like to mix things up once in a while and try some new ideas. With my recent commitment to stop buying packaged snacks, I decided a list of my favorite homemade snacks plus lots of new ideas would be a great resource going into the new year. I've searched through some of my favorite blogs to put together an awesome collection of healthy snack options for you (and me, ... [Continue Reading]

Cranberry Coconut Granola {Lower Sugar}

Lightly sweetened and full of toasted coconut, almonds, and pecans, this Cranberry Coconut Granola is a delicious way to start your day.  Time is just flying by, and with it the weeks of this pregnancy are passing so quickly. I can't believe that I'll be meeting my baby girl in just about six weeks. In some ways, I'm ready, but mostly I'm just trying to enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy and being a mom of two. I'm excited to meet this little one, but after going through the newborn stage twice before I know that, despite the discomforts of pregnancy, things are much easier while baby is still inside! One challenge that I face with my pregnancies is high blood sugar. With my ... [Continue Reading]

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect homemade snack for fall.  Warm spices, apples, raisins, and oats... these bars have it all! As you know, homemade snacks are one of my favorite things to make.  Lately I've been especially loving homemade granola bars and breakfast cookies.  I've tried a number of granola bar recipes, and even have a few new ones that I'm excited to test out.  My latest creation are these Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars. These bars are full of good-for-you ingredients, including oats, flaxseed, apples, and cinnamon. They are lightly sweetened with maple syrup as well as natural sweetness from the apples and raisins. If ... [Continue Reading]

Why I’ve Stopped Buying Packaged Snacks

I'm trying a little experiment with my grocery shopping. I've mentioned before that I try to stay away from processed and packaged foods as much as possible. Providing healthy food options for myself and my family is so important to me. I love cooking and baking from scratch, and homemade always tastes so much better than store-bought. So what is my grocery experiment? ... [Continue Reading]

Corniest Corn Muffins

Made with real cornmeal and corn kernels, these corn muffins really are the corniest.  Spread a warm muffin with a little softened butter, and you won't be able to resist a second! Yesterday I made a huge pot of turkey chili in my slow cooker. The day was a bit dreary, with cloudy skies and a light wind. With highs in the low 70's, it was as close to chili weather as it's been recently. What better to serve with chili than corn muffins. The Corniest Corn Muffins, to be exact. I think the name alone makes these muffins taste a bit cornier. If you try them, you'll have to let me know if you agree. :) I will admit that I've made quite a few batches of the just-add-water to a ... [Continue Reading]

{Greek Yogurt} Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing makes a great dip for fresh veggies and is delicious on green salads. Made with Greek yogurt rather than mayo, you'll love the tangy, fresh herb flavor of this homemade ranch! Homemade Ranch Dressing. Yes, I tried it, and you should too. Unlike store-bought ranch which can be filled with unpronounceable ingredients, this homemade ranch is made with fresh, recognizable ingredients. I opted to use a combination of Greek yogurt, sour cream, and buttermilk as the base of my homemade ranch. I'm not at all a fan of mayo, but you can certainly sub mayo for all or part of the Greek yogurt if you like. The pretty green color of this dressing lets you know that it's ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Grain Graham Crackers

These Homemade Graham Crackers are full of whole grains and the warm, spicy flavors of cinnamon and cloves.  Once you take your first bite (and see how easy they are to make), you'll be hooked on these Homemade Whole Grain Graham Crackers! It's been a while since my last post. All of a sudden work got super crazy, and I've been spending most evenings grading papers and doing other school work. Add in a weekend camping trip, a broken washing machine (now replaced), and all of the other day-to-day stuff that's involved in caring for two kids, and blogging time has been hard to find. I was determined not to let another week pass without sharing a recipe with you, though, so here ... [Continue Reading]

Easy 100% Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread

This Easy 100% Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread is perfect for sandwiches, toast, french toast, or just snacking!  Once you make a loaf, you will be addicted to this homemade bread! I try to buy and bake with whole grains as much as possible.  We always eat whole-wheat pasta and brown rice.  I often cook with quinoa, make whole-wheat pizza dough, and bake with whole-wheat flour.  Whenever we buy bread at the grocery store, it's always 100% whole-wheat.  So it shouldn't be a surprise that my favorite homemade sandwich loaf is 100% whole-wheat as well. I recently purchased the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook, and I absolutely love it.  I've had it less than a week, and ... [Continue Reading]

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Rich homemade ricotta cheese is wonderful spread on a toasted baguette, as a vegetable sandwich spread, or simply enjoyed on it's own with a drizzle of honey. Homemade ricotta cheese... yes, I made cheese, and no, it wasn't at all difficult or time-consuming! Ricotta cheese is a great place to start in homemade cheesemaking, because it is SO easy. I'd estimate it takes 10 minutes (at most) of active time, and about 30 minutes of inactive time until you have fresh ricotta ready to enjoy. Making ricotta cheese requires no fancy ingredients or equipment. If you have milk, salt, and lemon juice, you can make ricotta. An instant-read thermometer, fine-mesh strainer, and some cheesecloth ... [Continue Reading]

Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles

These Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles are made with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. Cool, creamy, and refreshing, you will love these popsicles! Happy Friday!  I'm SO excited to be guest posting for Kelly over at The Pretty Bee today!  Kelly's blog is one of my absolute favorites.  She shares healthy and delicious recipes, many of which are allergy-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan.  I am always learning new kitchen tricks from her! These healthy pineapple-peach yogurt popsicles are made with just 4 ingredients.  Easy to make, and fun to eat, you will love these popsicles!  Head on over to The Pretty Bee for the recipe! ... [Continue Reading]

Honey Almond Flax Granola

This Honey Almond Flax Granola is one of my very favorite breakfasts. Not only will you crave bowl after bowl of this granola, but it's also a healthy way to start your day! Just look at that Honey Almond Flax Granola. I'm wishing I had a bowl of it right now. You too? It's just bursting with crispy, oaty goodness! Full of toasted coconut flakes, sliced almonds, crunchy oats, and flaxseed, this granola is lightly sweetened with honey and a little bit of maple syrup. I added two teaspoons of pure almond extract as well, to really infuse the granola with almond flavor.   Out of all of the granola recipes that I'm sharing this week, I think this one is my favorite. It's really hard for me to ... [Continue Reading]