DIY Ranch Tortilla Chips


Last December, I posted my DIY tortilla chips with a hint of lime.   I don't know why it didn't occur to me at the time to make any other flavors.  We had a bunch of leftover corn tortillas laying around from the weekend's enchiladas, and I decided to try ranch flavored. If you head over to Pinterest, and type in "Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe"  in the search bar.  You will find a ton of awesome ones.  When I came up with this idea, my original plan was to make a homemade one.   It was much less … [Read more...]

13 Banana Ice Cream Recipes


Hello!   Here I am again!  Another week, another round-up.   I have been posting LOTS of frozen banana ice cream recipes lately, and I thought it was about time to organize them.  ( at the bottom of this post, I will tell you which one is my favorite) For you newcomers.  Banana Ice Cream.  What is it?   I actually discovered Banana ice cream YEARS ago ( pre blog) while surfing on Stumble Upon.   It's where you freeze bananas and then you mix those bananas in the food processor until they turn … [Read more...]

Flourless Zucchini Bread


A few weeks ago, I made Flourless Banana Bread.  It was so good, I decided that I would try this flourless zucchini bread as well.   I had to tweek the recipe a little though.   First of all, the flourless banana bread had no sugar, because bananas are so sweet already.   I had to add some maple syrup to the zucchini bread. I made this bread, and my kids ate it up.  I really love having baked goods around for afternoon snacks.  I don't usually withhold flour from my kids, at all.  But, I love … [Read more...]

DIY Broccoli Stem Slaw


I have been a little obsessed with pre-packaged salad kits lately.  You know the ones.  With the little packets of salad dressing, croutons, dried cranberries and bacon bits?  YUM.   They are perfect for when I want something good for lunch, but don't feel like making anything.   Many of these salad kits I have been picking out contain broccoli slaw. When I finally came to my senses and decided I needed to make a homemade salad, I came up with the idea to use my vegetable spiralizer to make … [Read more...]

Sangria Frozen Fruit Cups


This post has affiliate links  The other afternoon, I was giving my boys an afternoon snack.  Fruit Cups.  When, I started thinking about those frozen fruit cups my mom used to order from Market Day when I was a kid.  My brothers and I ate more than one at a time and totally loved them. Then, I thought it might be a fun idea to make a "Mommy Fruit Cup" AKA "Boozy Fruit Cup" that I could enjoy after the kiddos went to sleep. These Sangria Fruit cups turned out so well because I used … [Read more...]

14 DIY Freezer Convenience foods


I know I don't post these "round-up" posts very much.   My husband and I are planning on buying a new deep freezer soon, and I plan on filling it with more freezer foods.   Now that I am at the point where I have 300 plus recipes on this blog, plus amazing ideas from some of my close" bloggy friends".  Posting a "round up"  is a good way to organize ideas. But also, as I move into this phase of " homemade" food over store bought.  I am noticing my pallet is changing.  I do prefer homemade … [Read more...]

Healthy Oreo Blizzard


This homemade and healthy Oreo blizzard has a much lower sugar content than a real Oreo blizzard plus it can be made vegan.  I promise that the kiddos will love it!  I decided over the weekend, that I am very "Goldilocks" about banana ice cream.   If you make banana ice cream out of bananas that are overly ripe, it turns out too sweet.    But, if you make banana ice cream out of bananas that are too green, then the banana ice cream really turns out too "banana-ee". I need my banana ice … [Read more...]

Cider Boiled Brats


It's sunny and 50 degrees here in Northern Iowa!  That means that we all pretend like it's a hot summer day! I guess it's time to break out the grill! Today, I made cider boiled brats for lunch.  These brats were better than usual.  I don't know if I just got really good brats, or if it's because I poked them before boiling them in cider, but they turned out really good! Last summer, I discovered Hard cider.   In my post, 7 ways to showcase Hard Cider, I briefly told you how to boil brats … [Read more...]

Flourless Banana Bread


This business called food blogging can be so funny. last week, I am scrambling, because I can think of Nothing cool and exciting to make. And then today, I think of literally 5 new recipes that I can't wait to try. This idea of flourless banana bread popped into my head this morning while I was driving my older son to preschool.  I came home as fast as I could to try it. And it turned out so good! I was a little afraid I would eat the whole pan before anyone else would ever see … [Read more...]

Creamy/Dairy-Free Breakfast Polenta


Thank-You to the Soyfoods Association of North America for sponsoring today's post.  Please check out their Facebook page for more fun "Soy Swap-out" recipes!  This breakfast polenta is dairy-free and gluten-free.  It's nutty, salty, creamy and sweet.   Polenta is so easy to make, this took less than 10 minutes to prepare!   I can't believe that out of the 300 some recipes I have posted in this blog, that this is only the second time I have ever posted a polenta recipe.  Polenta brings me … [Read more...]