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Oat, Cheddar & Apple Breakfast Muffins with Bacon Streu...

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Here’s my definition of “breakfast muffin”~ noun A sweet, floury domed mini-cake often studded with a few small morsels of fruit or nuts in an effort to pass itself off as a quick and somewhat healthy option for breakfast. True breakfast muffins have a high glycemic index, which causes an instantaneous spike in glucose and insulin, thus causing the consumer to crash and burn within an hour. Continue Reading..

Morning Glory Overnight Oats

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

I am what you would call, a creature of habit. If you come to my house on any day of the week, you’ll find me eating pretty much the same breakfast, at pretty much the same time. I love my coffee with lots of milk first thing, then I work for a little bit until I get hungry, and then it’s always oats + dairy. I never get bored because I’m constantly trying new fruits and flavors to mix in. I make hot oatmeal in the winter, but whenever it’s warm – or if I just know I’m going to be too busy to make it in the morning, I love overnight oats. Continue Reading..

Diet Tips for a Healthy Thyroid

If I were to poll my readers to see how many of you have been diagnosed with hypothyroid or under active thyroid, I’d guess it would be more than just a few. I’ve been curious about this condition ever since I was diagnosed with it a few years back, and it turns out that I have quite a bit of company. An estimated 5% of the population, mostly women over 50, has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and millions more have some form of thyroid disease, but are unaware of it. Continue Reading..

Beans, Greens and Grains With Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Once upon a time, beans had kind of a bad reputation. They were considered bland, mushy, tasteless, and pardon my bluntness – gas producing, budget food. Not the semi-tasty Ramen noodle kind of budget food that most of us lived on in college, and actually loved when we came rolling home from the bars, but the kind of budget food that you know you should eat to be healthy, but you just can’t force yourself to eat it… Wow – times have changed, haven’t they? Continue Reading..

Kahlua Cocount Ice Cream with Mexican Hot Fudge Sauce {Recip...

Holy please stop the calendar from flipping so fast – it’s already the end of July! July 22 to be exact, which means that it’s time for a Recipe ReDux post, but I also just realized we’re heading into the last unofficial month of summer already! Yikes! To make myself feel just a little bit better about the fact that time really does fly when you get old, I have a decadent little treat to share today. The theme for this month’s ReDux is A Spirited ReDux, and we were challenged to share our healthy recipe with spirit- ie spirits, extracts, and other alcohols. Continue Reading..

Greek Chicken and Orzo Salad

I’ve been feeling a little bit stretched in many different directions lately because we’re moving! I’ll share details about when, where and how soon – don’t want to jinx anything. So let’s just say I have lists of things to do today, tomorrow, within a week and within a month all over the place, boxes are starting to pile up in each room, random people are stopping by my house to buy my junk treasures, and I’m trying to work and create a recipe or two for you in between it all. Continue Reading..

10 Ways to LOVE Strawberries

Oh sweet strawberries – how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… We all know I love strawberries for their health benefits. They’re one of the best sources of antioxidants and plant compounds that protect us from lots of bad stuff. But just between you and me, I also love them because the scream SUMMER, and they just taste so darn good. I’ll admit I used to be one of those people who only ate them for dessert. Usually in a strawberry rhubarb pie. Or just fresh strawberries with some whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But lately, I’ve been using them in all kinds of crazy ways. Continue Reading..

Grilled Vegetable Flatbread Pizza

So the Fourth of July weekend ended with something we’ve I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time.  Clean out the garage!  I know, wa wa wa, kind of a sorry way to spend a long holiday weekend.  But hey, it was just a day, not the entire weekend.  AND – we got it done.  Everything was removed, placed in its respective pile – Toss, Keep, Donate (OK, we did have a few items on the Contemplation pile, but the rule was it couldn’t stay there for more than 30 minutes), and the place was swept out and cleaned up.  We’ve been in our home for many years, and it’s amazing disgusting how much crap you accumulate.  And even more disgusting how hard it is to part with the crap. Continue Reading..

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