Easy Homemade Recipes – Holiday Sides and Desserts!

Homemade Holiday Sides

Easy Homemade Recipes I searched the internet to find the most deliciously easy homemade recipes to make for this holiday season. You'll find over 20 recipes for sides and desserts -- which are my favorites anyway! Side Dishes Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole Butternut Squash With Maple Mashed Turnips with Bacon & Chives Maple Glazed Carrots Pumpkin Soufflé and Sweet Potato Soufflé Apple Cider Roasted Sweet … [Read more...]

Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Truffles | No-Bake, Only 4 Ingredients!

Bailey's Irish Cream

Dessert is kinda my thing. For every holiday, and every dinner party invitation, I am always asked by the hosts to make desserts.  And the only thing I love more than dessert? Bailey's Irish Cream Liquor. What can I say? It's festive.  This is not the first time I've incorporated Bailey's into a dessert recipe, but the following 4-ingredient Truffle recipes is definitely the easiest. It requires only about 10 minutes of hands-on time, and the … [Read more...]

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe | Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Real Food Recipe

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Pumpkin Pie has been a staple at my family's holiday table for as long as I can remember. My grandmother made the absolute best, creamiest, most deliciously nutty pumpkin pies.  I've tried my hand at more than a few pumpkin pies, and none of them were as perfect as Grandma's. Even though pumpkin pie is one of the "lighter" holiday desserts (coming in at about 320 calories per slice compared to pecan pie which is over 500 calories per slice), I … [Read more...]

Power Smoothie Recipes: PB&J Smoothie

Power Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie takes the classic Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich and transforms it into a healthy snack or easy breakfast on the go. I served this to my children and they absolutely inhaled it! It has enough protein and fiber that it will keep busy kids full all the way until lunch time. Power Smoothie Recipes: My Favorite PB& J Smoothie Makes 2 generous servings 1 cup almond milk 2/3 cup Stonyfield French Vanilla Yogurt 2 … [Read more...]

Strawberry Smoothie Popsicle Recipe with Stonyfield Yogurt

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Strawberry picking. Despite the fact that I picked strawberries one summer from 6 am - 12pm for $3.35 an hour when I was 15 years old, I still love it. I love kneeling in the strawberry fields, looking for the perfect ruby red berry. And sometimes popping the berries in my mouth instead of in the container.  Every year I bring my son strawberry picking with me, and he loves it too. This year when we went, it was a perfect Mommy-Mason morning - … [Read more...]

Healthy Chicken Recipes: Easy Gluten Free Mustard Chicken Recipe

Mustard Grilled Chicken

Healthy chicken recipes are a staple in my weekly meal plans. I'm always on the hunt for ways to make our weeknight dinners easier and healthier. This Mustard Grilled Chicken Breast recipe is perfect - it comes together in 10 minutes and is also gluten free!   Make sure to get all the Gluten Free Barbecue Tips here!   Mustard Grilled Chicken Breasts 6 skinless chicken breasts 1 7 oz. jar of Silver Palate Sweet & … [Read more...]

High Protein Snacks for Kids

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I received Happy Family products as compensation for writing this post. All opinions are my own. Whether it's summer vacation or back to school, kids need snacks that are easy, grab and go. Bonus if they are healthy snacks that kids can serve themselves! Kids do need a mix of protein, fat and complex carbs to fuel them throughout the day, though, so it's important to choose high protein snacks! High Protein Snacks for Kids Happy Child … [Read more...]

Cherry Syrup Recipe | Make your Own Natural Cherry Seltzer!

Cherry Syrup Recipe

It's summer, so I've been drinking a LOT of water. A LOT. And frankly, I'm kind of sick of it. So I started drinking flavored sparkling water, but it is expensive, and it contains a lot of chemicals that I just don't want to ingest. I got some beautiful sweet cherries in my Farm Share recently, so I decided to try to make my own cherry syrup recipe to add to some seltzer water. Some of my culinary experiments are massive fails. This one, … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Sirloin Steak Marinade for Grilling

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It can be difficult to attend summer barbecues when you are eating gluten free.  Many conventional marinades contain some form of gluten.  The easy solution? Make your own! Try this sirloin steak marinade for a quick, easy, and absolutely mouthwatering gluten free meal! Make sure to get all the Gluten Free Barbecue Tips here! Sirloin Steak Marinade 2 - 2.5 pounds sirloin steak, (1 inch thick) 1.5 cups water 3/4 cup gluten free soy sauce … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Dinner Recipes: Marinated Chicken and Steak

Some of my favorite childhood memories involve the back deck, neighbors partying, and my mom manning the grill. My Super Mama has always been a super grill master and has collected some excellent recipes over the years.  It is AMAZINGLY difficult to go to a BBQ these days if you are Gluten Free. I don't know what is in the mostly bottled sauces, soy sauce is an ingredient in a lot of marinades, and I don't know what's been on the grill. It … [Read more...]

Italian Chicken Pizza on the Grill with @Flatout Artisan Pizza

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Since I received this Hungry Girl/Flatout gift package a few weeks ago, I've been experimenting like crazy with the huge selection of Flatout Flatbreads. My favorite item has been the Spicy Italian Flat Crust Artisan Pizza. I've made at least 3 different versions of pizza with the Spicy Italian Pizza Flatbread, but one of my favorites is Italian Chicken Pizza on the Grill.  It is super-easy to make and only takes about 15 minutes from start … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Summer Picnic Ideas for Memorial Day

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The most important part of any party (at least in my family!) is the food.  But that is also one of the most expensive aspects.  Here are some of my favorite go-to summer picnic ideas that are delicious, easy to make, and won't break the bank! Update: Watch my Segment on Fox Rochester describing all these ideas Fun and Inexpensive Summer Picnic Ideas Picnic Recipes: BBQ Chicken Pizza on the grill: It's not a summer party without grilled … [Read more...]

Broccoli Slaw Recipe with Stonyfield Greek Yogurt Dressing | Easy Picnic Recipes

Broccoli Slaw

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. I have been obsessed with perfecting my broccoli salad recipe. I've tinkered with the salad ingredients so many times -- adding bacon, prosciutto, onions, raisins, even ramen noodles. But a good Broccoli Slaw is really about the dressing, which traditionally is full of mayonnaise.  So I challenged myself to come up with a Mayo-free recipe. Enter Stonyfield Greek … [Read more...]

Best Lemon Bars Recipe

Best Lemon Bars Recipe

Lemon is one of my favorite flavors in spring. One of my families' favorite desserts is lemon meringue pie, but I rarely make it because there are SO many steps. When I'm craving a sweet lemon dessert, I make these easy lemon bars. The recipe requires only about 15 minutes of hands on time, and the finished bars come out delicious every single time. I made this recipe for Easter brunch, and it was such a hit, it's been requested for Mother's … [Read more...]