7 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

7 healthy back to school lunch ideas

In our house the new school year begins in 22 days. {that's right, I'm counting down!} This means I have right at 3 weeks to buy back-to-school supplies, clothes, AND go grocery shopping for lunches. Like all parents, I want my kids to have a successful school year. If that's going to happen they're going to need healthy lunches to keep their brains fueled throughout the school day. Fresh fruits and veggies along with a filling sandwich or wrap is always the base of my kids lunches. Add in a sweet treat and a bottle of water and they have a healthy, nutritious lunch. Today I have 7 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas that will give you a head start on giving your child a successful school year through a full belly and fueled brain. /1/ BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad Wraps - This chicken … [Read more...]

7 Summer Salads For Beat-the-Heat Dishes

7 summer salads to try!

You know what I love to eat during the summer?  Salads.  Any and every kind out there.  I have always been a big fan of salads, but I love them even more during the summer.  There is just something about eating a cool, crisp salad on a warm day.  Plus, you can pretty much toss whatever you want in them and call it dinner.  (Or lunch.)  And if you need a little inspiration, I'm sharing 7 summer salads that you just have to try! 1.// Loaded BBQ Chicken Salad //  I love this salad for two reasons - one you can use left over BBQ'ed chicken and two its loaded!  Who doesn't love a loaded salad? 2.// Cobb Salad Recipe // Cobb salad is a classic, but when its piled high with all the fixings its anything but ordinary! 3.//Cornbread Salad //I love this fun twist on a basic salad.  Throw … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Meal Planning with Success

5 tips for meal planning featuring

If you want to make one change in your life that will dramatically improve your ability to make homemade food for your family, start planning your meals ahead of time. “Learning how to put your favorite meals together into a schedule is a vital kitchen skill that every adult should master.” - Conquering Your Kitchen, page 49 Why Bother Meal Planning? When I began to move away from processed food in favor of a homemade lifestyle a few years ago, the logistics were overwhelming. Day after day, I labored over decisions about what to eat for the next meal. I found myself heading to the grocery store four or five times a week picking up food for the next couple days. It was a stressful transition. But then I discovered meal planning, and life became so much easier. Meal planning … [Read more...]

Fruit Infused Water Recipes for Summer

Fruit Infused Water Recipes for Summer feature

Are you a water drinker? If you are, do you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day? I'll be honest, I do not like water. It's plain, flavorless, not carbonated and flat out boring. However, recently I've discovered a way to give water flavor and even make it beautiful. Dare I say that I'll even drink 8 glasses a day if prepared in my new found way. I'm talking about infusing water with fruits and herbs to bring it to life...or at least make it more interesting and flavorful. Today I have a bunch of varieties that are easy, beautiful and FULL of flavor. Strawberry Lime Cucumber and Mint Water - Doesn't that sound refreshing? Make a big pitcher of this recipe and set it out while you're lounging by the pool. Lemon Raspberry Water - Drinking flavor infused water is … [Read more...]

What’s Your FlavorPrint?

Flavorprint with McCormick makes everything taste better. What's your?

Have you ever been stuck in a recipe rut?  Maybe you are cooking for picky eaters, maybe you are too busy to think of something new, or maybe you are in new recipe overload. Do you feel like you are making the same things for dinner over and over? You may not even like them anymore, it’s just what you do. That’s me,  I wanted to throw in the towel when it came to making dinner.  I love trying new things but I don’t have the luxury of a terribly adventurous family when it comes to mealtime. I needed new ideas to make the foods we all agree on. One2One Network introduced me to FlavorPrint. It’s a recipe resource developed by McCormick.  Here’s how it works – you log in and spend about 5 minutes answering yes/no questions about the flavors and foods you like (you and the people you are … [Read more...]

Homemade Pizza Dough

Easy and delicious homemade pizza dough

Summer is here and its time to start thinking of easy dinner recipes.  I don't know about you, but we seem to be busier during the summer months.  I am always on the lookout for quick and easy meals for our family.  One of our absolute favorites is homemade pizza.  Its easy to make, the kids are able to help in the kitchen and its perfect for a lazy summer evening. The great thing about homemade pizza is you can add any toppings you want to make it your own.  We love lots of veggies on our pizzas, but maybe you're a meat lover.  Once you have the basic pizza dough recipe down you are able to create any type of pizza you and your family can dream up.   To make your basic pizza dough you will need: 1 package yeast 1 cup warm water 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon … [Read more...]