Category Archives: Snacks

PB banana muffins

I follow a few BeachBody coaches on social media for inspiration, encouragement and recipes, of course!  I don’t know them personally but I appreciate the fitness and nutrition information that they share!  

I tried this yummy recipe last week from

Scroll down to the blog entry on Feb 3 for the recipe.  All you need is ripe bananas, PB, eggs, vanilla and baking soda.  No flour and no sugar!  I topped it with dark chocolate chips and we had them for breakfast with strawberries for a couple days.  They taste like banana bread and are really moist and light.  By the way, if you don’t have really ripe bananas, Kroger sells them ūüėä 

No Bake Energy Bites

I love breakfast ideas like this recipe!  So easy to make, healthy and really delicious!  Simply mix all ingredients, chill and roll into balls or spread into a pan to make bars.  

Here’s a quick way to toast coconut, in case you need it.  I forgot and had to look it up today.  Preheat oven to 325.  Spread coconut flakes on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper or silpat mat.  Bake 3 minutes, stir with spatula and then bake 3 more minutes.  Cool completely.  This toasted coconut makes your kitchen smell wonderful!  

I used dark chocolate chips in my recipe but any kind would be good I’m sure.  This recipe is also great because you can mix it up and try different variations of chocolate, dried fruit, nuts or nut butters.  

Kid approved….my girl hates peanut butter but just came back asking for another.  I think these would be great for breakfast with a banana or grapes, as a snack on the go or an after dinner bite size dessert!

New Years Eve!

We decided to stay home and have a little family house party to ring in the new year!

We planned to make special food and play party games until the clock struck midnight.  We decorated the house and the girls even turned our Christmas tree into a New Years tree!

We had a lot of fun with crazy photo props….

Here are a few of the fun recipes we enjoyed that night.

Who doesn’t love these meatballs??!!  The sauce is just awesome!

These crackers were simple and delicious!  I served them with a meat and cheese tray.

These little Santa hats were made from brownies, strawberries and cream cheese icing.

We picked up a box of Auntie Anne’s pretzel mix and made salted pretzels, cinnamon and sugar sticks and a few pretzel dogs.  They were fun to make and the girls done a great job!

I hope you have a blessed 2017 with good health, love and happiness!

Pumpkin Patch

One of my favorite things to grow in our garden each year is pumpkins~ small pie and big carving pumpkins!  They take up a lot of room and vine everywhere but I love to have our own little pumpkin patch.  I mostly use them to decorate around the house but I also love to cook the little ones and make a fresh dessert and roast the pumpkin seeds.

One small pie pumpkin equals about 16 oz puree when you are finished. ¬†It’s just the perfect amount for most recipes. ¬†I’ve never tried to cook the big jack o’lanterns because they are so big and stringy inside. ¬†But, I have heard that people eat them too. ¬†There are 3 basic ways to change your uncooked pumpkin into puree; ¬†boiling, baking and microwave. I’ve always baked it….just cut it in half, get rid of stem section and stringy pulp, place face down in a pan and cover with foil. ¬†Bake at 375 for an hour or until tender. ¬†The outside just slides right off the flesh. ¬†Once it cools, just scoop it out and mash it.

Keep all those seeds when you are cleaning it out.  There are so many recipes for roasted pumpkin seeds.  They are super healthy; packed full of protein, magnesium, fiber and zinc to boost your immune system.

Here is one quick and easy way to flavor those seeds:  spritz dry seeds with cooking spray, toss with a little (a little goes a long way!) cinnamon, sugar, salt and chili powder.  Roast on a baking sheet at 375 for 10 minutes.  I tried this snack idea last week and it was great!

pb roll ups

I love the little books that Kroger sends out in the mail once in awhile with coupons and recipes.  This is my new favorite snack idea.. 

It’s one of those snacks that makes you say, “why didn’t I think of that?!”  It’s so simple, just spread peanut butter on a tortilla and top with thinly sliced strawberries.  Nutella is a good substitute if you don’t like pb.  The girls had them for lunch one day and loved it!