At the beginning of the year, my dad and I decided to try the 21 Day Sugar Detox. Why? I know I have an addiction to sugar and I wanted to challenge myself. I didn’t think I could go 2 days without sugar let alone 3 weeks. We did it, and this pancake recipe definitely helped!
Mexican food is a favorite at our house. In fact, I make tacos or quesadillas a few times a month because both my husband and I love them, and they are so easy to make—you know I am all about easy recipes! Ground beef and shredded chicken are my go-to proteins for quesadillas, but recently I decided to shake things up a bit.
When I was growing up, there was nothing better after a full day of sledding and snow fort building than a mug of hot chocolate. My sister and I would come home with frozen fingers and runny noses and stir our hot chocolate with candy canes. I still enjoy hot chocolate on cold winter nights even though I don’t build snow forts anymore.
I have never been one to make recipes with 20 ingredients and spend hours in the kitchen. It just isn’t me, and when I got married, surprisingly, I didn’t suddenly turn into an excellent cook who loves grocery shopping and baking. Who knew that you didn’t turn into Betty Crocker once the wedding band went on and you said ‘I do’? It just doesn’t work that way. This is why when you take a look at my recipes, you will see that many of them have the word ‘easy’ or ‘simple’ in it – because they are! Easy dinner recipes keep me from ordering out for dinner every night or resorting to cereal for dinner.
As I have (repeatedly) mentioned, I come from a long line of dessert eaters, and when I look at a menu I usually look at the dessert section first so that I can plan my meal accordingly. The first time I saw a mini dessert on a restaurant menu, I remember thinking, “Are you kidding? I could eat 20 of those!” Then someone pointed out how you could order a few different ones and enjoy multiple desserts. I was hooked!
The holidays mean time spent with family and friends. This also means time spent eating! At least, it does in our family. Holidays have always been filled with delicious meals with tons of desserts—we love our pies.
This time of year is full of family get-togethers and holiday parties. It seems like every weekend you have someplace to go or someone is coming over for dinner at your house. It can be difficult to come up with last minute, easy ideas when serving dinner to a group; especially if you try to stick with a theme or are trying to keep things lower calorie!
Ask anyone in my family what cookie they have to have during the holidays, and every one of them will answer peanut butter kiss cookies. Some of you may know them as peanut blossoms, but we’ve always called them peanut butter kiss cookies in our family. Forget the sugar cookies and gingerbread, we want some peanut butter and chocolate at our holiday parties! Okay, to be honest, I want peanut butter and chocolate year-round.
As the holidays get closer and the temperatures drop, I find myself slowing down just as things start to get crazy around here. Planning holiday dinners, buying presents, decorating the house, relatives dropping by – the holidays are a very busy time of year. This is when I start craving comfort foods. You know, the elaborate meals that warm your belly and make you think of your mom cooking when you were little? Who has time for that when things are so busy? Not me!
November is just the beginning of a holiday season full of good food and yummy treats! For me (and I’m sure many of you), this is the hardest time of year to keep a healthy lifestyle. It gets dark earlier and is colder so I don’t want to go outside for walks. Plus, the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are full of delicious treats that I can’t seem to resist. What is a girl (who is still eating Halloween candy) supposed to do?