Everything Bagel Spice Blend

Salt and spice and everything nice, that's what this blend is made of.  Everything Bagel Spice Blend is a mixture of everything you find topping an Everything bagel.  It's easy to make and tastes great on just about....everything.  I'm not a big bagel fan...all the dough and carbs is usually a turn off for me, however, if I get a whiff of an Everything Bagel within sniffing distance...all bets are off.  And, let me warn you, I'll try to share to shave off some of the regret later but I … [Read more...]

The Very Best Vanilla Pudding

Rich, creamy and sweet, Vanilla Pudding is the epitome of comfort food. So simple to make you’ll never reach for the instant stuff again. Fantastic for an every day treat but elegant enough for entertaining. One of the first things I ever learned to make was vanilla pudding. It was so simple, especially when you bought a package of instant pudding….you, literally, had dessert in a matter of minutes. I always preferred the stovetop instant pudding over the “mix and stir” variety, there was … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Oats, peanut butter, pumpkin and spices are combined masterfully to create these No Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites.  The perfect pre or post workout snack...or just to curb a craving for something a little sweet.   How was everyone's weekend?  The weather was beautiful so I got all fall and bought a bunch of mums to replace the dried and depressing flowers that were still in my flower pots.  None of the buds are quite open yet since it's still early so everything just looks like a green … [Read more...]

Crunchy Caramel Apple and Brie Quesadilla

Sweet, savory and so amazingly good, this Crunchy Caramel Apple and Brie Quesadilla is great for breakfast or dessert.  The granola is a fantastic addition to an already tasty treat.  Easy to make in minutes, you'll be noshing on these all season long. I don't know why this happens but as soon as Labor Day is behind me I don't scramble for the pumpkin spice everything, I'm a caramel girl.  Salted caramel, caramel caramel, chocolate caramel, homemade caramel....it's all me.  I can eat that … [Read more...]

Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots and Walnuts

A simple side dish made stellar, creamy goat cheese, sweet shallots and crunchy walnuts add a wonderful contrast to green beans that have been blanched and sautéed in a bit of butter. Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots and Walnuts make a beautiful accompaniment to a variety of main dishes and can be served hot or at room temperature. How was everyone's Labor Day weekend?  Did you all enjoy the last few "unofficial" days of summer?  I had planned to spend the weekend at the beach with … [Read more...]

Mango Coconut Lime Smoothie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SipandBeFit #CollectiveBias A refreshing on-the-go breakfast, this Mango Coconut Lime Smoothie whips up in just a couple of minutes using only five ingredients.  Packed with nutrients and protein, this is sublime way to start the day! Busy, busy, busy.  That's what I am right now.  Getting ready to send one kid back to pre-school, one is graduating soon and the holiday season … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich

Soft pita bread stuffed with marinated artichokes, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms make this Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich the perfect vegetarian meal.  A great option for on-the-go lunches and beach side picnics. Seagulls hate fruits and veggies.  That's my fun fact for the day.  How do I know this?  Well, in all the time I've been hanging out on the beach this summer....I've never been attacked for a peach...or a grape...or a carrot.  Anytime I've had a sandwich with … [Read more...]

The Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National. Light, refreshing and crisp, the Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad is a lightened rendition of a family favorite.  Fresh cucumbers are tossed with a tangy dressing made with Greek yogurt and combined with peppery red onions.  Simple and satisfying. I never thought I was a picky eater as a child…but raising a picky eater has made me look back to my childhood and analyze the foods I loved while growing up.  The list was short….surprisingly short … [Read more...]

The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh summer tomatoes chopped then tossed with onion, cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice.  The simplest and best way to enjoy summer's bounty.  The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa is bright, juicy and irresistible. Last night, I found myself with a giant heaping pile of nachos in front of me for dinner.  It was hot, sticky and I was wearing a long-sleeved black shirt.  (The shirt was really soft though....it didn't help.) I didn't feel like cooking and my sister wanted to go out, we had … [Read more...]

Fajita Seasoning Mix

Skip the seasoning packets at the store loaded with preservatives and other unknown ingredients and make this simple Fajita Seasoning Mix at home.  Just a few flicks of a whisk and you're ready to season everything from chicken to veggies. I feel guilty posting this "recipe" that's not really a recipe.  I mean, it's only a few ingredients thrown into a bowl and whisk together to combine.  And that's all.  There's no cooking, no waiting, no eggs.  It's just a seasoning mix.  But what's … [Read more...]