Secret Ingredient Shepherd's Pie

This is not your average Shepherd's Pie!  But, what is average?  Ordinary, usual.  Something I, as a military spouse, used to crave.  But, in the two years where Nate deployed, I learned to embrace the privileges and exciting opportunities that being a military spouse afforded me that I wouldn't have otherwise had.  I've learned that living the life I've been called to is so exciting and never, ever average!   So, I implore you, embrace all those abnormalities that all come together to create your exciting, beautiful...more

Healthy Almond Joy Oatmeal

Good morning!  How would you like to wake up to a warm, creamy, coconuty breakfast with a hint of almond and topped with melted, gooey chocolate chips?  Yes, please!  This recipe is adapted from the Peanut Butter Breakfast Pudding* recipe from my favorite healthy dessert blog - Chocolate Covered Katie.  Katie introduced me to the likes of homemade LARA bars, bean cookies, healthy pancakes, and most importantly delicious hot oatmeal....more

Cheesy Goodness!

With this healthier lifestyle, I try to think of my diet as being 70% Vegan...10% Raw...and 20% clean eating with meat.....on occasions. I am slowly trying to become full Vegan/Raw. It's very difficult, however, when you have a carnivorous husband. I must say though,  he is getting better by adding more plant based recipes and other vegetables to his diet....more

Winter Pomegranate and Tangerine Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

This salad could change your life!  Case in point - my husband.  Before Nate and I were married, Nate ate salads consisting of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas, and NO dressing.  Yuck - that doesn't even sound good to me!  After infusing a little creativity and flavor into his lifeless salad, I made a salad lover out of him.  And it all started with a salad just like this one.  Life changing, I tell ya....more
This combination sounds delicious and it does seem to be husband approved, sweet!more

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe2/4/2015...more
Wonderful!  Definitely give it a try - the roasting process brings out  the awesome nutty flavor ...more

Cardamom Spiced Granola

Good morning!  Ah, morning.  Breakfast is absolutely my favorite meal of the day.  And while you're making this granola, I think you'll be hooked too.  The warm, spicy smell of cardamom, cinnamon, and apple cider wafting through your kitchen for hours is enough to become addicted to making this crunchy and slightly sweet granola....more

Guilt-free Two-bite Brownies

Truth?I don’t ever feel guilty about eating chocolate.I feel guilty about a lot of other things: not being a better mom, sister, friend, daughter, wife, pet owner, citizen…But chocolate? Nah....more

Kielbasa and Kale Soup

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars

Hi there!  I'm so glad you stopped by!This is and will probably always be the most tried and true recipe that I will share with you on this little corner of the blogosphere.  That's why it's first!  I've been making this recipe about once every other week for a few years now and we still haven't tired of it....more

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies This recipe doesn’t sound enticing, I know! But trust me when I say these are GOOD! How do I know? I use my fool proof hubby method. I make the recipe and have my husband try the batter and or finished product without telling him the ingredients (I am lucky to have such a trusting spouse, I know). With this recipe he thought it tasted like a regular peanut butter cookie!...more