Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars {No Bake}

6 Simple Tricks for Healthy Snacking - start doing these today!

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]

Kale Pesto Pasta

Kale Pesto Pasta - pasta tossed with creamy pesto and toasty pine nuts.  A healthy meatless meal!

Kale plays a starring role in this Kale Pesto Pasta. A flavor-packed, creamy pesto sauce coats whole wheat linguine pasta for a satisfying and healthy meatless meal. Today I've got another easy meal to add to your repertoire. Because who doesn't love a recipe that's quick to make on a weeknight, yet so good that you will look forward to dinner time all day? All it takes to get this Kale Pesto Pasta on the table is: (1) mix up the pesto sauce, which is takes just minutes in the food processor, and (2) boil some pasta. Add in a salad and some bread to make a complete meal. Brad and I couldn't stop raving about this Kale Pesto Pasta as we were eating it. The pesto is packed with ... [Continue Reading]

A Day in the Life (with a 3-week-old, a 2-year-old, and a 5-year-old)

a day in the life

I love getting a sneak peek into other people's lives, so whenever bloggers do A Day in the Life posts I get super excited to read them.  I guess you could say I'm a little bit nosy.  :)  I've never written one myself, but thought some of you might like to read about what my days look like right now.  (I'll give you a hint.  They are full of baby feedings, diaper changes, and all in all not very exciting.)  Partly, my motivation for writing this post is selfish.  I want to be able to look back in a few years and remember what these days with a newborn, an almost 3-year-old, and an almost 6-year-old were like. So here goes... this is what a mostly typical day looks like right ... [Continue Reading]

$400 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

$400 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Happy Friday, Friends!!!  How was your week?  I've had a good one.  I spent most of it hanging out at home with the kids.  Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not sure I went anywhere this week!  The last time I left the house may have been last Friday when Julia and I went shopping at Buy Buy Baby and then out for a snack at Panera.  I do love to be at home, but perhaps it's time that I went out for coffee or to the grocery store or something!  :) How about we kick off the weekend with a giveaway?  You have a chance to win a $400 Amazon Gift Card!  To enter, use the Rafflecopter below.  The more bloggers you follow, the more chances you have to win!  Good luck! a Rafflecopter ... [Continue Reading]

Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Scones

Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Scones - light and tender spiced scones with a sweet glaze are a breakfast treat!

A spiced cinnamon scone drizzled with a lightly salted sweet maple glaze.  Treat yourself to one of these Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Scones with your morning cup of coffee or tea.  Just days after my baby girl was born, I was feeling the need to get into the kitchen and bake. Of course, with life being a crazy busy blur of feedings, diaper changes, and naps (for me and baby), I wasn't able to find even a few minutes for baking in those early days. Hannah is now three weeks old, and while life still revolves around her feeding schedule, I'm feeling a little more settled. Baking and blogging are my therapy, the things I do just for me, and I can't stay away from either for long. So I've been ... [Continue Reading]

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders - quick, easy, and freezer-friendly!

These Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders will quickly become a favorite of both the adults and kids in your home. They are baked, freezer-friendly, and delicious with my Greek yogurt honey mustard dipping sauce! Before we had kids, Brad and I used to go out to eat at a certain neighborhood restaurant once a week. It was a causal place, and they served foods like burgers, sandwiches, and salads. For my order, I would alternate between the cheeseburger and the chicken tenders. Their chicken tenders are the best I've had at any restaurant, and I'd ask for both bbq and honey mustard dipping sauces. I'm getting hungry just thinking about them now! My eating habits have changed considerably ... [Continue Reading]

Vegetarian Chili {Stovetop or Slow Cooker}

Vegetarian Chili - an easy recipe that you can make in your slow cooker or on the stovetop.

An easy three bean chili that can be made on the stovetop or in the crock pot, both with just minutes of prep time.  Okay guys. I know there are a million and one chili recipes out there. And possibly even that many vegetarian chili recipes. But I've got a couple of reasons why you should make this one. Give it a try, and I'm certain you will fall in love with this Vegetarian Chili. Here's why. As is my way these days, this recipe is so super duper easy. You can even choose whether you'd like to make this Vegetarian Chili on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. Either way involves very little prep, it just depends on when you have time in your day to get dinner started. If you're at home ... [Continue Reading]

Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles

Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles - crisp on the outside, soft on the inside!  Freezer-friendly.

A healthier waffle that the whole family will get excited about. These Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles are so good on their own, you don't even need maple syrup! (But I won't tell if you drizzle some on anyways.) Some mornings, it's harder to get out of bed than others. For me, and for my kids. But I have a little secret that's guaranteed to help my little ones hop right out of bed and get dressed in a flash: chocolate chip waffles. Once they hear that chocolate chip waffles are on the breakfast menu, their whole attitude changes. You know what? These Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles totally lure me out of bed too. Do I really feed my kids chocolate for breakfast? Sure do. Just think of ... [Continue Reading]