Carrot Cake Frosting & Nestlie Rolled and Ready Cookie Dough Sheets


Thank you to Nestlie Toll House for sponsoring this post.   I don't know about you, but I am really looking forward to spring!  I know it will come soon!  Its March already, and it is still REALLY cold here in Northern Iowa.  Nevertheless, I am already picking out matching Easter outfits online for my boys and planning out all the items I want to get for their Easter baskets. ( I am all about giving them one or two practical items over the small, cheap stuff) .   But also, I am looking … [Read more...]

Cheesy Quinoa “Breadsticks”


At first I thought quinoa was a trend.   Now I see that it's the trend that doesn't seem to be going away.   For a LONG time I didn't like quinoa all that much.  I was just kind of waiting for something else to come along.  But lately, I have been making it, and doing a little experimenting with it.  I have actually started enjoying it too. last week I had some cold quinoa in my fridge, and I used it in a "throw it together" dinner.  ( I made cheesy quinoa cakes with leftover chicken and … [Read more...]

Spinach and Artichoke Cheese Spread


In January, when I was visiting my parents house.  They had Pimento cheese spread in their fridge, and I thought it was tasty!  It's funny, because I totally forgot about cheese spread!   It was really good! After making the totally easy cheese spread that went with my DIY Handi-snacks, I decided to use the same method  to try a few flavors of my own.   Although, I still want to make my own Pimento cheese, I decided to make something different. My Spinach and Artichoke cheese spread takes … [Read more...]

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...]