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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}

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos (or Nachos)

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos feature tender, spicy-sweet pork piled on flour tortillas and topped with red cabbage, carrots, avocado, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro for an easy, effortless dinner…and the leftover pork is fantastic on nachos! Hi, friends! I missed y’all during my unexpected hiatus last week. I’ll explain my absence in a moment, but in the meantime, hopefully I can beg your forgiveness with these melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork tacos brimming with the flavors of fresh lime {Read More}

Peach Buttermilk Popsicles

With just four ingredients, Peach Buttermilk Popsicles are fruity, creamy, frozen treats, kissed with honey and balanced with a touch of buttermilk tang! Last week, my hubby and I were lucky enough to enjoy a long weekend get-away to Vail, sans kids. He was already in Denver for work, so I flew up on Saturday and we spent the next few days enjoying fresh mountain air and perfect — I mean perfect — weather. What’s funny is that the majority {Read More}

Fruit & Mozzarella Skewers with Honey Lime Drizzle

Honeydew melon, green grapes, kiwi fruit, & fresh mozzarella are dressed up with a sweet & tangy syrup in these Fruit & Mozzarella Skewers with Honey Lime Drizzle, a fun & healthy summer kabob that’s delicious for poolside, picnics, or parties! How was y’all’s Independence Day? We celebrated America’s 240th birthday with a fun holiday weekend that included plenty of relaxing, family time, a patriotic parade, a fireworks show, and ample opportunities for eating yummy food. In addition to grilled {Read More}

Peanut Butter & Honey Cereal Bars

Whole grain toasted oat cereal, chopped nuts, peanut butter, coconut oil, and honey combine for no-bake breakfast bars that also make a tasty snack! Well, my Texas friends…have y’all floated away yet? I realize that some parts of the country are currently experiencing idyllic spring weather, and some of y’all are actually getting snow right now (what the what?). In central Texas, however, these past few days have been peppered with torrential downpours. When it rains, it pours, I suppose…although {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots make a sweet, buttery, and addictive side dish…the perfect easy recipe for freeing up the oven and feeding a crowd, on a holiday or any day! Apparently I don’t keep resolutions very well. When I wrapped up my final recipe for the cookbook a few weeks ago, I swore off slow cookers for awhile. In fact, I actually put away the three slow cookers that have been in constant use and permanently residing on my {Read More}

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Tender and juicy Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets are baked to perfection and served with a lightened-up, Greek yogurt-based Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce for a simple, yummy, family-pleasing dinner! Who doesn’t love the classic chicken nugget? My kids certainly do. In fact, my 3-year-old daughter is turning out to be the pickiest eater of all my offspring, and most nights she refuses to eat anything — and I mean anything — labeled “dinner.” But lo and behold, she will eat “dinner” if {Read More}

Pecan Praline Honey Butter

A scrumptious twist on honey butter, this Pecan Praline Butter is laced with cinnamon and vanilla and studded with toasted pecans, making it the perfect spread for dinner rolls, pancakes, waffles, sweet potatoes, and more! Stop the presses, y’all. Today I’m sharing one of those recipes that’s so easy I almost feel bad calling it a recipe. But, despite its effortless simplicity, it’s one of the best darn things you’ll put in your mouth this holiday season.’ Pecan Praline Butter {Read More}

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies {Healthy Oat Smoothies}

A thick, creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is a cinnamon-spiced, honey-sweetened fall spin on a healthy oat smoothie! Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin…it’s that time of year, y’all. And I’m trying not to go overboard with the pumpkin recipes that I share here, but I must admit that my mind is constantly pondering which of my favorite, tried-and-true recipes I can pumpkin-ify. My kids are obsessed with Healthy Oat Smoothies, and I’m not about to argue with any breakfast or snack consisting of {Read More}

Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola ~ AKA, Almond Joy Granola

Almond Joy Granola features cocoa-laced, honey-sweetened oats, toasted with coconut and sliced almonds and studded with chocolate chips for an energy-boosting snack or breakfast treat! I love coming up with new incarnations of my all-time favorite granola recipe, but would you believe that I’ve never before forayed into chocolate territory? Today seems like a good day to rectify that, though…so say hello to Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola, otherwise known as Almond Joy goodness in granola form! I mean, what’s not {Read More}

Peach Yogurt Parfaits

Healthy, tasty Peach Yogurt Parfaits are layered with fresh, juicy peaches, honey-sweetened Greek yogurt, and your favorite granola for a lovely summer breakfast or snack! * * * * * * * * * * Welcome back to our Summer Guest Post Series, where every Friday this summer, a different talented food blogger will be stopping by to share a mouthwatering recipe! Happy Friday, friends! Please help me welcome the lovely Kelly of Life Made Sweeter, a busy mom of {Read More}

Lightened-Up Honey Mustard Dressing

This creamy Honey Mustard Dressing is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, lightened up with Greek yogurt…and not only is it delicious drizzled over a salad, but it also makes a yummy dipping sauce! I can’t wait to share this yummy Lightened-Up Honey Mustard Dressing recipe with y’all today! But first, my people-pleasing, Type A personality is compelling me to apologize for missing Monday’s regularly-scheduled blog post. You see, I got all of last week’s posts pre-scheduled in anticipation {Read More}

Hawaiian Meatballs

Juicy homemade meatballs are smothered with a sweet and sticky, Polynesian pineapple sauce in this quick and easy recipe for Hawaiian Meatballs. Meatballs are such a quick and easy dinner, but I often forget how simple it is to change them up from the typical ol’ marinara variety. It’s a lot of fun to start with the same base recipe for your meatballs and then experiment with difference sauces. So when I think to go that route, these Hawaiian Meatballs {Read More}

Sunshine Smoothie

This creamy, dreamy Sunshine Smoothie is loaded with citrus and tropical fruit, providing just the boost of vitamin C you need to battle winter bugs and winter blues! Happy “spring forward!” BWAH-ha-ha-hahaha!!! Oh. I’m sorry. Please excuse the maniacal laugh. But if you’re like me — meaning you don’t relish losing a valuable hour of sleep in general and/or you have young children who failed to receive the memo about the whole time change phenomenon and, consequently, make the transition {Read More}

Rosemary Cider Brined Pork Loin

Rosemary Cider Brined Pork Loin is extra juicy and flavorful thanks to brining…and while it’s easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner, it’s impressive enough to serve for a special occasion! Easter is just one short month away, folks…so who’s already started to think about your menu? 😉 I realize that most people like to cook ham for Easter lunch or dinner, and I shared a super easy, super tasty recipe for a Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham around {Read More}

Oats & Honey Granola Bars

These homemade, all-natural Oats and Honey Granola Bars are baked until slightly crunchy, making them perfect for breakfast-on-the-go or as a wholesome, portable snack. I’m so excited to share this recipe with y’all today! Around this time last year, I posted my beloved No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars, which my family adores and which went on to become a reader favorite. After all, they’re easy to make, customizable, and downright delicious. The only downside to those granola bars, however, is that {Read More}

Chicken Salad with Apples & Cashews

Brimming with fruit and nuts, Chicken Salad with Apples & Cashews is a honey-kissed, autumn spin on the ever-popular Sonoma Chicken Salad. Every time I make chicken salad, I wonder why I don’t do so more often. I absolutely love the stuff. And as much as chicken salad has the reputation for being a “ladies who lunch” kind of recipe, I have to say that my kids and my husband scarf it down, too. In fact, my boys straight up {Read More}

Wholesome Breakfast Cookies

Tasty little Breakfast Cookies are wholesome, delicious treats packed with oats, nuts, whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and lightly sweetened with honey…perfect for breakfast-on-the-go or an anytime snack! Today is an important day at our house. A very special little lady turns two! This baby girl warms our heart and makes us laugh countless times a day. She is adorable, cheerful, headstrong, chatty, and just bursting with sweetness. It’s hard to remember what life was like before she joined us. {Read More}

Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Muffins

These chocolate chip-studded Zucchini Banana Muffins will disappear in no time…in fact, they’re so tasty that nobody will ever guess they’re bursting with good-for-you ingredients like whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and yogurt! I know, I know…I promised you all that I already posted my last zucchini recipe of the season. But y’all…I still have so much of it! So when I recently adapted my family’s favorite healthy banana muffin recipe to use up some of my excess zucchini, I {Read More}

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ Holiday Dinner from the Crock Pot!

Leave your holiday cooking to the crock pot with this quick & easy, sweet & savory Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham! Pineapple juice and a brown sugar rub featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey melt into an amazing glaze. Several years ago, I had the epiphany to cook my Easter ham in the slow cooker, and let me just tell you…it’s one of the most brilliant holiday cooking decisions I’ve ever made! You know how when you’re preparing a holiday {Read More}

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon

Tender carrots are glazed with honey, seasoned with fresh thyme, and hit with a bright splash of lemon juice in this easy, delicious side dish that’s perfect for ushering in spring! Okay, friends…so I have a new strategy. Last week I was all about taking advantage of the remaining chilly winter weather with a warm and comforting crock pot chowder. But this week? I’m over it. I am beyond ready for spring and, starting now, I’m going to will it {Read More}

Homemade Cornbread Mix

Homemade Cornbread Mix is not only a convenient time saver, but it’s also versatile enough to be used in a variety of recipes and it avoids the artificial ingredients sometimes found in store bought mix. I know what you’re thinking…last week I shared a recipe for my favorite Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix, and here I am today, back with a Homemade Cornbread Mix. Is this food blog going to turn into all mixes, all the time or what? Of course {Read More}

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil

These chewy, no-bake granola bars — featuring wholesome oats, your favorite type of nut butter, superfood coconut oil, and honey as a natural sweetener — can be whipped up (and will be gobbled up) in a matter of minutes! Do y’all like granola bars? Because we are big fans at my house. Not only are they universally enjoyed around here, but they also win this mama’s approval as a ready-to-go, or on-the-go, breakfast or snack. Unfortunately, store bought granola bars {Read More}

Mixed Greens Salad with Mandarins, Toasted Almonds, & Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

This Asian-inspired vinaigrette — bursting with flavors of ginger, garlic, sesame, soy sauce, rice vinegar, & honey — is the perfect accompaniment to mixed greens topped with sweet orange segments, crunchy almonds, and creamy avocado chunks. I realize that it’s fall and that we’re in the throes of comfort food/casserole/crock pot season here, but sometimes I still get a hankering for a good salad. Regardless of season, this salad is one of my favorites. Or I could also say that {Read More}

Razz, White, & Blueberry Smoothies

As much as my kids love fruit, sometimes they get bored with it.  So what better way to jazz up some berries and bananas than with a festive layered smoothie? Smoothies are cool and refreshing, quick to make, and packed with nutrients.  They make a great snack or even breakfast on-the-go.  This smoothie has the added bonus of three yummy flavors in one, not to mention it’s easy on the eyes.  You may even be able to consider it patriotic {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Loin

Even though our daily schedule becomes more flexible once school’s out for the summer, that still doesn’t mean I want to spend hours on end in a hot kitchen.  So when we’re not grilling outdoors, odds are I’m using my crock pot.  Plenty of folks (myself included) tend to think of slow cooker meals as winter fare, and many crock pot recipes certainly fall into that category.  But there’s something to be said for coming home from work or the {Read More}

Sonoma Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad.  LOVE.  And of all the chicken salads I’ve ever tried, the nutty, fruit-enhanced, honey-kissed Sonoma version is my favorite. This recipe actually resulted from my attempt at recreating the oh-so-tasty Sonoma chicken salad from Costco.  I found a similar recipe from Whole Foods and made a few changes to suit my family’s taste, which basically involved omitting the celery (crunching into raw celery has always given me chills, and not in a good way) and the poppy {Read More}

Nut & Honey Granola

Breakfast may be touted as the most important meal of the day, but hectic mornings don’t always lend enough time to make it fancy or exciting.  In our house, I always try to keep a big tub of homemade granola stocked so that we have a wholesome (and popular) option on even the busiest of mornings. In fact, I usually make a double recipe so that it lasts more than a few days!  I think my boys would eat granola {Read More}