Almond Joy Banana Ice Cream


In a few ways, this is an unlikely recipe for me to be posting right now. 1) When I was a kid, Almond Joys were probably the first candy bar I handed to my parents every Halloween. 2) Its below zero in Northern Iowa right now, so, most people aren't thinking about ice cream. But, actually this is a likely recipe for me to make.  Because 1) I am so obsessed with banana ice cream, that I am sure it bothers some of you readers out there. 2) One of the blogs that I follow has been … [Read more...]

Creamy Chicken & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie


I would like to thank Campbell's Soup Company  for sponsoring this post.  I have been compensated to write this post.  All opinions are my own.   As I shared with you last week, when I posted my Chicken and Zucchini Quinoa Bake, I am trying to live a "heart healthy" lifestyle by eating healthy and running.   Right now, I am training for a race with one of my closest friends.  Training is going really well. In addition to eating healthy, I am also running between 12 and 15 miles a week.   I … [Read more...]

Crinkle Rutabaga Fries


Aren't French Fries the best?   Almost two years ago, I posted this list of Low Carb French Fry ideas.   and I actually tried a lot of the ideas on this list. I have actually made carrot fries and parsnip fries quite a bit. My brother told me that he and my sister-in law have been enjoying mashed rutabagas a lot lately.  ( don't know my beautiful sister-in-law?  Check out her blog) And I decided that I needed to try rutabaga fries.  Plus, I bought this fancy new crinkle cutter, so my fries … [Read more...]

Parmesan Bunny Crackers


I have seen around Pinterest, where bloggers are making homemade goldfish. Which I think is super cute!  My kiddos actually prefer the parmesan or plain flavored crackers.  And we actually usually eat bunnies in our house, not goldfish. I LOVE to include bunny crackers in with my kids easter baskets.  They're healthy and go with the Easter theme well. Since I happened to have a container of parmesan cheese from Costco- that I needed to use up pronto I decided it was time to attempt my own … [Read more...]

Hillshire Snacking/Jingit Smartphone App


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CraftedSnacks #CollectiveBias As a mom of two boys, life is so much fun!   There is never a dull moment in our house.  There is always someone singing, playing, reading, hugging or laughing.  But being the mom of two small boys. ( ages 3 and 1).  constantly meeting their needs can be a lot of work too. I try so hard to prepare healthy foods for them, and to eat healthy myself.   … [Read more...]

Chicken and Zucchini Quinoa Bake


How would you define a " Heart Healthy" lifestyle?  For me, it's eating healthy, and maintaining a consistent running routine.  As most of you know, I started doubling healthy recipes and keeping the recipes in my freezer for quick and healthy lunch and dinners.  This is great, because I hardly ever eat out anymore. The other aspect of my " Heart Healthy" lifestyle is running.  I ran cross-country when i was younger, and I have always kept running a part of my life.  Right now, I am training … [Read more...]

Cucumber Pasta Salad-


* This Post contains affiliate links  Frequently, when I post a recipe, I will type this. " And my kids gobbled it up." That did not happen this time, as both of my kiddos, wrinkled their noses and threw their cucumber noodles on the floor. But I thought this salad was Delicious! I had low expectations for cucumber noodles, and I actually thought that they turned out wonderfully.  I tossed the noodles with a calamondin vinaigrette.   Don't know where to purchase Calamondins?   … [Read more...]

Flourless Peanut Butter- Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


Here ya go folks.   Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars....... Also known as.....Legume Bars. If you don't eat legumes, this is not the dessert for you, because these cookie bars ,contain mostly legumes. But, if you like legumes, than great, because these cookies contain a lot of them I have seen all over the web, where people use black beans in their brownies . ( which I tried, and didn't really like)  I have also seen where people replace the flour with garbanzo beans … [Read more...]

Hawaiian Pizza Chicken


I have found a new favorite chicken!   My favorite kind of pizza built onto a juicy piece of chicken!  ALL the flavors of Hawaiian Pizza, without all of that crust!  My kiddos  ( aged 1 and 3) gobbled this chicken down and begged for more! Back, almost two years ago, I compiled a list of Low Carb Pizza Solutions, on this blog.  One of these Low Carb Pizza Solutions that I have been dying to try was pizza- built on top of a piece of chicken.   So here I am , almost two years later, and I … [Read more...]

Maple-Roasted Peanut Butter


I have wanted to make my own peanut butter for several months now.   I have this new fancy blender, and I love blending different nuts up for various recipes.   I saw Homemade Peanut Butter on my friend Stephanie's Blog, Been there Baked that.  ( She happens to live across town).  I wanted to try it though, with my own special twist.   Instead of buying Honey Roasted  Peanuts, I wanted to try roasting my own.  Plus, I like to use maple syrup as a sweetener agent, so I decided to make " Maple … [Read more...]