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Homemade French & Catalina Salad Dressing

Jazz up your favorite salad with a homemade, sweet-and-tangy dressing, in both French and Catalina varieties! I don’t know about y’all, but after indulging in some of my favorite dips and appetizers during the big game yesterday, I feel like I need to cleanse this week with a barrage of smoothies and salads — ha. I try to make my own homemade salad dressing whenever possible, but when I’m short on time and buy a bottle from the store, I {Read More}

Homemade, All-Natural Sports Drink with Electrolytes {Copycat Gatorade}

Quench your thirst, hydrate your body, and replenish electrolytes with this easy-to-make Homemade, All-Natural Sports Drink…without the processed ingredients, artificial sweeteners, and food dye found in store-bought Gatorade! The long hot summer is not quite over yet, and fall sports season ’tis upon us! That means it’s the perfect time to share this homemade alternative to store-bought sports drinks. Most of the time, I think that water is totally sufficient and the best choice for staying hydrated. But sometimes it’s {Read More}

Classic Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar Salad features a flavorful (egg-free!) dressing, garlicky homemade croutons, and fresh shaved Parmesan atop crunchy hearts of romaine…the perfect side to just about any meal, or top with sliced chicken for a healthy, hearty entree! Waaaay back at the beginning of the summer, I made my family this homemade Caesar Salad for the first time…and they positively scarfed it down. So I made it again on Father’s Day. And on the 4th of July. And on regular ol’ {Read More}

Herbed Garlic Croutons

Homemade Herbed Garlic Croutons are not only easy to make, but they’re a crunchy, flavorful way to jazz up your favorite salad and soup recipes, from Caesar Salad to Tomato Soup! The hubby and I just got home from an anniversary weekend in Scottsdale where we enjoyed sleeping in, lazy days by the pool, prickly pear margaritas by the pitcher, and gluttonous meals morning, noon, and night. It was a fabulous, relaxing get-away, but now that we’re back to reality {Read More}

Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Waffles…and I’M BACK!

Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Waffles are perfectly spiced and bursting with chunks of sweet, tender apples…and they make your whole house smell heavenly as they bake! Hello from the other side. Heh. (Sorry.) But seriously…HI!!! I’ve missed y’all. It feels like this site disappeared into a black hole of blogging for the past several weeks — which it basically did — and for that, I genuinely apologize. In the almost three {Read More}

All-Natural Chocolate Almond Coffee Creamer

All-Natural Chocolate Almond Coffee Creamer is sweetened with pure maple syrup and flavored with cocoa powder, almond extract, and vanilla extract for a decadent, delicious way to dress up your morning cup ‘o joe! So who’s a fan of frou-frou coffee? I have to admit that I can’t really stomach my coffee black. On the other hand, I consider a daily mug or two of lightly sweetened, cream-swirled coffee to be just the how-to-fake-enough-sleep boost that I need. As some {Read More}

Cheeseburger Macaroni {Homemade Hamburger Helper}

This creamy, flavorful Cheeseburger Macaroni is an all-natural, from-scratch copycat of the Hamburger Helper classic! Not even gonna lie…Hamburger Helper was one of my favorite dinners growing up. And if you had asked me my favorite flavor of Hamburger Helper back then, I would have had a hard time deciding between Lasagna and Cheeseburger Macaroni. I mean, what’s not to love about beef and sauce and noodles? Simple, tasty, and a winner every time. Unfortunately, when I had children of {Read More}

The Best Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

This wholesome, easy-to-make Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is extra flavorful thanks to a few secret ingredients…and it’s the perfect get-well-soon recipe for making it through cold and flu season! Anytime a member of my family gets sick, I get the instant, insatiable to urge to whip up a giant, nourishing pot of homemade chicken soup. However, a couple of weekends ago, when I found myself on the receiving end of a lovely cold that came on overnight and left {Read More}

Homemade Cheese Crackers

Tasty, savory, all-natural Homemade Cheese Crackers are not only kid approved, but you won’t believe how easy they are to make! Homemade Cheese Crackers are one of those recipes that I’ve been meaning to try out ever since I had kids…but I just never seemed to get around to it. Well, that finally changed last week, my friends! And the funny part is, they were so easy to make, I don’t know why I waited so long to give them {Read More}

Chili Cheese Dip (with All-Natural, Real Food Ingredients)

Warm, decadent Chili Cheese Dip — combining homemade chili, real cheddar cheese sauce, cream cheese, black beans, and fresh garlic, jalapeños, and cilantro — will be the cheesy hit of any party or get-together! Super Bowl Sunday is just a few days away, and today I’ve got a recipe that just might prove to be the ultimate champion at your game watching party! Some of y’all may have already heard that queso is one of my favorite things on earth…hallelujah {Read More}

Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

These easy, all-natural, Homemade Peanut Butter Cups whip up with just three ingredients…betcha’ can’t eat just one! Do you have a favorite Valentine’s treat? I’m not going to lie…I love heart-shaped boxes of Valentine chocolates, whether we’re talking about the good stuff (Godiva) or the not-so-good stuff (from the dollar bin at Walgreens). In my humble opinion, there’s nothing quite like the surprise of biting into a piece of chocolate and finding fruity fluff or creamy coconut or gooey caramel {Read More}

Caramel Apple Cider ~ Starbucks Copycat

This all-natural copycat of a Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider tastes like warm apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream…in a mug! Oh my word, y’all. Move over hot chocolate…I have a new favorite warm drink for chilly days! This Caramel Apple Cider is, simply put, amazing. In fact, I can’t really think of a better description than what I wrote in the flowery line at the top of this post. It tastes just like warm, spiced apple pie topped {Read More}

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup {for Coffee, Cider, Pancakes, Ice Cream & More!}

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup is perfect for creating an all-natural copycat of Starbucks’ Cinnamon Dolce Latte or Caramel Apple Spice Cider…and it doubles as a delicious topping for pancakes, waffles, ice cream, & more! If there’s anything I require to get going on a Monday morning, it’s a big mug of coffee. Now I don’t necessarily drink a ton of coffee…just enough to wake me up. Because there’s something about that first cup of jo that helps clear the morning brain {Read More}

Baked Ziti

This easy, from-scratch spin on Baked Ziti is comforting, filling, and just oozing with cheesy goodness! If you ever have a baby and I offer to bring you dinner, odds are that I’ll be delivering a pan full of this hearty, cheesy Baked Ziti (along with this as a side dish and this for dessert). Why, you might ask? Well, the reasons are a-plenty, but I’ll give you five: 1. This Baked Ziti is universally enjoyed by young and old. {Read More}

The Very Best Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Today I’m going to share with you a recipe for the softest, moistest, fluffiest, freshest-staying, homemade, 100% whole wheat bread you’ve ever sunk your teeth into!  I’m not even exaggerating here, y’all.  I’ve baked many a whole wheat bread recipe over the years, and this one is head-and-shoulders above the rest. What makes this bread so amazing is that it stays soft and fresh for days after it’s been baked.  Just about all homemade bread tastes fabulous out of the {Read More}

Homemade Taco Seasoning

If you haven’t started making your own taco seasoning yet, the time is now!  It’s easy, economical, and, since you are in control of the ingredients, you get to avoid the excessive salt, MSG, preservatives, and other unsavory additives often found in store bought taco seasoning. I go through a lot of taco seasoning in my kitchen, folks.  So for me, the other advantage of throwing together my own mix is that I can make it in bulk.  This recipe {Read More}