15 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Recipes

St. Patricks Day Recipes, recipe roundup

Now that St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner I have been trying to find some great recipes and crafts for me and my kids to celebrate with. I have so many ideas but zero creativity. Luckily I belong to a few blogging groups where we can easily share each other's great stuff. I think that a round up of the best 15 St. Patrick's Day Dinner Recipes is just what I needed and I wanted to share with all of my readers.  So check this out and let me know what your favorite is. I think I want to try the Guiness Stew Pot Pie. It looks delicious. And … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday- Comforting Basil Gnocci Soup Recipe

meatless monday, basil gnocci soup, soup recipe, vegan

I've been on a real soup tear recently- I've had the worst case of walking pneumonia that knocked me out for three solid weeks. So soup has been on my mind much more than usual. A comforting vegetarian chicken-style soup seemed like the best possible idea once I recovered enough to cook a little. I craved basil pretty heavily too, since I'm missing summer time and my favorite summer herb. I put together this simple soup that's easy to cook and amazingly delicious after just a short 30 minute simmer. The No-Chicken Bullion does a lot of the 'heavy … [Read more...]

8 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentines Day Desserts, Recipes

It is almost time for my least favorite holiday of the year.  Don't get me wrong, Valentine's Day has always been fun for me. I just hate how everyone spends so much money. Every year I make my husband a special dinner and dress up a bit. I always make his favorite dessert and have everything ready by the time he gets home. Since that never happens during the rest of the year he should feel pretty special. It doesnt cost me any extra really to do it either. So here are a list of 8 Sweet Valentine's Day Treats for all of my readers and myself to save … [Read more...]

15 Sensational Rice Krispies Treats Recipes

rice krispies treats recipes

  I will tell you right now that I have not made Rice Krispies Treats in years until very recently. I was sitting at my computer and my son came in from school eating a prepackeged rice krispies treat and it was like, TADA! That is what you should do today. Since I already had this handy dandy list of great rice krispies treats recipes I decided I was going to make some. Then I remembered that I ate most of the marshmallow fluff when I was making Chocolate Mini Ghosts Cupcakes and that I had never bought any more and I only had half a box of … [Read more...]

15 Delectable Bark Recipes

bark recipes, dessert recipes

I have to admit that when I first heard of Bark Recipes that I was really skeptical. I had never seen a bark dessert before and I was really nervous about trying it. My old boss brought some to work one Christmas and after that first bite I was hooked. I love chocolate bark mixed with just a tad of mint. I really had no idea that there were so many type of bark before I saw all these bark recipes I am sharing with you. I know that I will probably never make half of these on this round up because my bark recipes never turn out well but I know that … [Read more...]

Simple Red Lentil Curry Recipe- Low Fat, Vegan, Gluten Free

Meatless Monday, Curry Recipe, Vegan Recipe

Red lentils are a nutritional powerhouse- 30% of their calories are from protein and they are an excellent source of iron. They are also one of the most versatile lentils since they just about melt into whatever you put them into. My husband isn't a big fan of lentils, since the brown lentils can remain very firm to the tooth even when cooked, but he loves red lentils since they soften up so completely. And they are a very economical choice, too. Even organic lentils by the pound are very affordable and a great way to get protein, iron and fiber … [Read more...]

15 Devilishly Good Dessert Bars Recipes Round Up

dessert, dessert bar, dessert recipes, desserts, easy dessert recipes, recipes

Sometimes you just need to have a great dessert and what is better than a dessert bar? I know I love them especially the cookie type. I like a little crunch in the middle. This list is beyond awesome and I am impressed with all the bloggers represented. I wish I could hire them to come to my house and bake these yummy dessert bars for me. My husband would probably eat them all though. The Red Velvet Oreo Bars towards the bottom of my list are stuff dreams are made of. Or maybe I am just hungry. I am probably just hungry because all of these recipes … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Pasta e Fagoli Recipe- Vegan with a Gluten Free Option

vegan recipe, paste e fagoli, meatless monday

I love a good, hearty soup in the winter. I like something filling but not fatty, and packed with veggies, which is especially lovely after the over-indulgences of the holidays. I was in the mood for a get-me-back-on-track meal and this soup really fit the bill. It's also pretty simple to cook and comes together fast. It doesn't need anything at all to go with it and still feel satisfying, but you could pair it with a good quality sourdough and really put it over the top. I love that I got to use some of the curly kale I've got growing in my … [Read more...]

15 Hot Chocolate Recipes

hot chocolate recipes, recipes, hot drinks

Everyone loves hot chocolate right? Well, I love hot chocolate and I love how many awesome ways you can make it. Hot chocolate recipes are probably the most inventive things ever. Someone told me once that she used shavings from a jalapeno for her hot chocolate and you should have seen my face. I honestly was torn between asking her to make me some and thinking how in the world could anyone ever think to do that. Below is an amazing list of super tasty hot chocolate recipes from some beyond awesome bloggers. If you have a great recipe for hot … [Read more...]

THRIVE healthy low fat Banana-Pineapple Smoothie

thrive, protein shake, Pineapple Banana Smoothie, recipe

I love a good smoothie- not too sweet, not too tart, something light and refreshing but that will keep me full and satisfied until my next meal. I did a lot of experimentation with smoothies over the hot, hot summer with my THRIVE shake powder and came up with some really amazing recipes that will keep me energized and satisfied and hit that YUM factor is always looking for. I discovered that fully ripe, frozen bananas do incredible things for smoothies no matter what else you use- they give each smoothie a rich, creamy taste without adding fat or … [Read more...]