How To Make a Healthy Salad Taste Good

I have a pretty long list of dishes to take to social events.  I can pretty much pull a recipe from my butt (as my Mom might say growing up, but more eloquently written, repertoire) according to request.  We have a friend in town on a vacation from the Airforce.  She and her fiancé won a… Read More How To Make a Healthy Salad Taste Good

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Funny Story About Pho

Pronounced “fuh”.  Fuhnny, huh?  The first time I ever had it, I wanted to try the full deal.  No Americanizing for me, please.  I want to experience the taste of the Vietnamese!  So, when “Pho” opened on the beach (no need to question what’s being served here), I wanted to order the authentic pho with… Read More Funny Story About Pho

Breakfast Parfaits

Breakfast is a hard meal for me.  Not everyone will eat cereal, you know, the easy breakfast.  One kid says the sweeter the better, hardly able to contain her excitement if anything I make contains chocolate, syrup, honey or any other form of sugar.  This kid will choke down canned asparagus (triple gross) if bribed… Read More Breakfast Parfaits

Steaks and Shambles

Here we were at dinner-making hour and all the kids claimed supreme boredom and couldn’t seem to entertain themselves.  I reluctantly suggested a fort. Out came all the blankets in the house, pillows and dining chairs.  Along with the craft project for Mimi’s birthday,  my house was left in shambles and the fun lasted a… Read More Steaks and Shambles

So, is it “mih-nuh-STRO-nee”or “mini-strohn”?

Debatable.  That’s what I’m making for dinner.  Another one-pot-wonder.  I’m aaaaall about a complete meal in one dish when I’m making dinner for the little monsters. I want protein, which means meat or meat substitute, such as tofu, eggs, or legumes, at least 2 carbs per serving and preferably one to two vegetable servings.  Usually… Read More So, is it “mih-nuh-STRO-nee”or “mini-strohn”?

Pick Your Battles…

One of the nicest things anyone did for me after I had Andrew was make my family a meal.  It is so overwhelming to bring a tiny, helpless baby home from the hospital.  I felt like I couldn’t get anything done!  It’s especially difficult when you have other little mouths to feed!! My friend, Heather,… Read More Pick Your Battles…

A Day in Philly

A lesson on America’s history.  A view of the liberty bell and a tour of Independence Hall.  I guess the tour guide’s mustache muffled his voice because I didn’t hear a word! Coupled with the chasing around of the two youngest monsters trying to stuff liberty bell cards down the antique vents, it was impossible… Read More A Day in Philly

Pretzels in Pennsylvania

Julius Sturgis founded the first commercial pretzel baking company in 1861.  The pretzels were hand twisted until the 50’s.  Most pretzel twisters were able to twist 50 pretzels a minute.  In about 2 minutes, I was able to roll out and twist one.  This was an entertaining tour! They still had most of the wooden… Read More Pretzels in Pennsylvania

Amish Country

  We love farmer’s markets and this one was especially inspiring.  We were told this area is an agricultural paradise because of the rain, long growing season and incredibly rich soil.  The Brussels sprouts were massive. The gorgeous red tomatoes next to them do not provide adequate size comparison, as they were also extra large!… Read More Amish Country

The Best Thing on Sliced Bread Since Sliced Bread

  This is SOOOO delicious!! There’s a place called Finn’s on the beach that makes their own kombucha, almond butter toast, Acai bowls and this AMAZING avocado toast with chipotle flakes, bee pollen and gray or pink Himalayan salt.  I tried to make it at home with chipotle flakes I bought from Publix but, the… Read More The Best Thing on Sliced Bread Since Sliced Bread

National Milk Chocolate Day!

  In celebration of national milk chocolate day all the kiddos had three squares of Hershey’s, the great American chocolate bar! We saved three squares for Daddy. Now on to water balloon fighting! Summer fun!!! If you feel overwhelmed by all the nutrition advice, calorie recommendations and diet trends, read these: Fact. Not Fad., Let’s Crunch Numbers!, Help… Read More National Milk Chocolate Day!

World Famous!

My Mom often makes fun of me when she asks what I’m making for dinner and I reply, “My world famous (fill in run-of-the-mill recipe here)”.  I make fun of restaurants which list “World Famous” as a part of their menu items.  Preeeety sure, this Panama City Beach cheeseburger is NOT world famous.  Despite the contrary, if… Read More World Famous!

What’s for Dinner

I modified this recipe from a blog I like to follow kalynskitchen.com  I add sautéed garlic or garlic powder and instead of Spike seasoning, I use a variety of different seasonings, usually some blend that I have in my spice cabinet. I usually use two sliced avocados instead of one and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.… Read More What’s for Dinner

Another Green Chef Meal

We will have all four kids beginning Wednesday and I have already initiated the meal planning process.  My goals are simply to provide meals that are nutritious, easy, and edible (or that which will generate the least complaining).  I use a free app on my phone called “Any List” which I am able to share… Read More Another Green Chef Meal

Lunch with the Girls

Instead of packing for my 20 year high school reunion, I decided to ease my nervousness with a glass of wine (okay, two) with my friends at our favorite location, 30A. Toddlers in tow, we settled on Great Southern as our meeting location. Between the anxiety of seeing people I haven’t seen in two decades… Read More Lunch with the Girls

Dinner for Three

My three older step-children have gone to their grandmother’s for the week which means meal-planning transitions from the thankless efforts of pleasing children set in their ways to a more diversified cuisine.  Last night was a meal of shrimp Po’boys with sliced avocado, seasoned plantain chips and a swiss chard salad with snap peas and… Read More Dinner for Three

What’s for Dinner

Pasta carbonara with salad and maybe some diced beets and organic grape tomatoes for the little one since he isn’t a big fan of raw lettuces….yet.  Pasta carbonara isn’t the healthiest of dishes, however my family has Italian roots and my husband would be delighted if I served pasta seven days a week. Plus, it’s… Read More What’s for Dinner

What’s for Dinner

My friends often ask me what I cook to get ideas for home cooked meals or need ideas for including more vegetables. I’m going to try to post my dinner meals daily so, here’s what’s cooking tonight: Crockpot Lemon Garlic Chicken (I’m using boneless thighs but, chicken breasts are a lighter option and will be… Read More What’s for Dinner

Summer Treats

Keeping four kiddos healthy and happy certainly has its challenges. Catering to four different menu desires at breakfast time is not my cup of tea. Smoothies are a great go-to meal that provides healthy calories, protein, calcium for strong teeth and bones, carbohydrates for energy and with all the fruit combination possibilities, loads of cancer-fighting… Read More Summer Treats

So, Here’s What I’ve Been Up To…

My two step daughters are turning 7 and 9 on Wednesday.  Believe it or not, their birthdays are on the exact same day. We decided to have a birthday party for them a week early since they are scheduled to be at their Mom’s on Wednesday. I was hoping for something simple but, as any… Read More So, Here’s What I’ve Been Up To…

Isn’t It Really All About Protein and Carbs?

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js // NO WAY! One way to begin taking a step in the right direction is to eat more vegetables! I have had so many friends tell me that if there’s one thing I do well in the kitchen, it’s cooking vegetables. I can even get my kids to eat them! Let’s face it; vegetables… Read More Isn’t It Really All About Protein and Carbs?

Fact or Fad? Always Buy Hormone Free Chicken.

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I must apologize to my avid followers for my hiatus.  I was busy having a baby.  Beautiful, wonderful, baby boy.  If you don’t hold your breath awaiting a new post or bite your nails as you read my blog, anticipating a revolution of nutrition knowledge, what is WRONG WITH… Read More Fact or Fad? Always Buy Hormone Free Chicken.

Fact or Fad? Artificial Sweeteners Are BAD!

Since artificial sweeteners hit the market, we’ve all been able to satisfy our sweet tooth without all the calories! But, are these sweeteners really safe? Unlike many supplements you can buy on the internet or in general nutrition stores, all food additives are regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). After extensive research studies, some… Read More Fact or Fad? Artificial Sweeteners Are BAD!

The Gluten Epidemic

What is gluten anyway? Gluten is a mixture of two proteins, glutelin and gliadin found in wheat, oat, rye and barley.  Gluten is what makes pizza and bread dough stretchy.  Gluten has really gotten a bad rep over the past few years, frequently labeled as a “bad” food.  An estimated 1.6 million Americans eliminate gluten… Read More The Gluten Epidemic

“According to a recent study”

Many popular magazines and websites frequently reference new studies and recent test results, but how do you know if this information is accurate?  Sometimes these references come from scientific research articles, however they could be taken out of context or they may not be from reputable resources at all.  Its important to keep up with… Read More “According to a recent study”

Let’s Crunch Numbers!

If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say, “I need more protein”, I would be one wealthy lady!  High-protein snacks, high-protein recipes, high-protein bars, high-protein supplements!!!  AGHHH!!  I honestly can’t even count the number of times friends and co-workers have shown me the high-protein supplements they have spent their hard-earned dollars… Read More Let’s Crunch Numbers!