The Secret to Crispy Sweet Potato Fries!

Sometimes I like to mix it up a bit and go for sweet potato fries instead of its less colorful cousin. The problem, though, is that they generally don’t get all that crispy. They just kind of lay there.  ...more

Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in 15 Minutes

This ice cream is a cinch. An absolutely cinch. No cooking, no cooling, no churning, no icy lumps. It’s in the freezer within 15 minutes and ready to eat just two hours later. It’s incredibly soft and creamy while being rich and decadent from the ...more

4 Easy Tips for the Smoothest Hummus Ever

Hummus is one of the easiest healthy appetizers to whip up and serve for nearly any occasion. From an intimate family gathering to a backyard barbecue, this simple blend of chickpeas and seasonings seems to fit.Paired with gluten-free pita bread, ...more

Get 'Fed Up' With the Documentary's Filmmakers

This past weekend, a new documentary hit theaters that asks hard questions about what Americans eat and why. Fed Up examines the effect of added sugar on the American diet and our high rates of childhood obesity and chronic disease, and asks hard ...more

How to Feed a Toddler: A Day of Healthy Meals

Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going well, we've been enjoying plenty of sunshine and deck time! Sofia will stay out there until it's bedtime, which has been great, cooking dinner is 100 times easier when she's occupied. ...more

DIY Taco Seasoning: Skip the Store-Bought Stuff

I love making my own seasonings at home. You never need to worry about not having them on hand, thus avoiding running to the store like a maniac last minute. Plus, they always test better in my opinion. Making your own seasonings can also save you some money. I highly recommend giving it a try. Here’s my version of the store-bought taco seasoning mixes. Gather all your spices and measure them out. ...more

Goodbye Milk: I’m Giving Up Dairy and Here’s Why

I've made the decision to join the ranks of those who have decided to give up dairy due to health reason. I know it sounds strange, yet with the research that I've done, it's one of the best decisions that I could make for myself and here's why. ...more
Good point and I am into Almond milk too since the writing of this post. Replacing dairy has ...more

The Best Fruit Smoothie Ever?

When I started this journey of finding the right combination of foods to make the perfect fruit smoothie, I tried many things and--yes--experienced some really bad smoothies. Yet, I'm so excited that I started this journey because I feel that I'm getting to the "perfect fruit smoothie" stage. Let’s set a basic foundation first. ...more

Happy Weekend!

Hello, sweet friends! Happy Weekend! I hope your weekend is filled with blue skies, sunny days and some summer fun! ...more

Lemon Pesto Chicken Pasta

I have been so happy that so many of you have loved the pesto chicken marinade I blogged about a couple weeks ago. I have had so many emails and comments from family and friends that it has quickly become a favorite summer marinade of theirs..as well as mine! The flavors are incredible between the lemon, pesto, basil, etc ....more

DIY Taco Seasoning: Skip the Store-Bought Stuff

I love making my own seasonings at home. You never need to worry about not having them on hand, thus avoiding running to the store like a maniac last minute. Plus, they always test better in my opinion. Making your own seasonings can also save you some money. I highly recommend giving it a try. Here’s my version of the store-bought taco seasoning mixes. Gather all your spices and measure them out. ...more

Weekend Reading

Hello and happy weekend, my friends. It's gorgeous here! This week on the blog, I shared my Strawberry Ice Cream ....more

Juicy Grilled Chicken Breast

This is my sister’s famous juicy BBQ chicken breast recipe. The marinade is simple with just 3 ingredients. She made this chicken recipe for a great big family gathering (I’m talkin’ ’bout...more

Kale Chips Recipe (Salt and Vinegar)

Kale Chips Recipe (Salt and Vinegar) All I have to say is thank goodness these kale chips are healthy because I haven’t been able to stop eating them! This is actually the second batch I have cooked since yesterday and it looks like I might have to cook another one after I am done writing this post. I’m addicted to this kale chips recipe and the best thing about it is that I feel no guilt! ...more

Blueberry-Basil Dressing on Spinach Salad

I was harvesting my wildly growing basil plant, trying to come up with new ways to use it, and recalled the small mountain of blueberries stashed in the fridge. Huh - blueberries and basil? Why wouldn't that be good? ...more

The Happiness Report #29 Celebrity Edition

I’ve been meaning to sit down and write this happiness report out for a few weeks now. It’s a good one I’ll start out by saying it includes meeting and touching Adam Levine, being in a Jimmy Kimmel selfie, hugging and chatting with Scott Foley and Josh Malina and more! I’m calling it the Happiness Report – Celebrity Edition! ...more

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

It seems like forever since I last made cupcakes.And since I still want to use the...more

Pineapple Upside Down Cocktail

A cocktail that tastes just like a Pineapple Upside Down Cake will sweeten up your weekend. It’s such a girly drink- insanely sweet and gorgeous in color. Pineapple Upside Down Cocktail is dessert in a glass, so make sure you skip dessert or I can’t be responsible for your sugar overload ....more