Saturday, August 27, 2016

Cheater Series - The Easiest Tortellini Bake in the World!

I'm so excited to share with you my next "Cheater" recipe! It's a delicious Tortellini bake that will knock your family's socks off. And like all my other Cheater series recipes, it has only a handful of ingredients and can be prepared in 5 - 10 minutes and on the table in less than an hour (45 minutes in my house - even with interruptions). 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Best Cheater Chicken Pot Pie Recipe In the World!

My best friend shared this recipe with me years ago and my family still loves it! It only needs four ingredients and takes less than an hour to make from start to finish -
 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Kick Your Cravings to The Curb With (Almost) Calorie Free Chips!

I love salty, crunchy snacks and I especially love chips and dips! Unfortunately, even healthy, wholesome chips can be very high in calories. When you are as short as me, you don't get a lot of calories to play with in a day and those extra calories really add up. I found the perfect way to get the crispy texture I crave without the extra calories. In fact, I would venture to say that by the time I'm done chewing these chips, I've probably burned more calories in the process of eating them than the chips themselves contain! Brilliant!!! 

The best part of this chip recipe is that it is so simple to make. With just two ingredients, it couldn't get any better in my book! Watch this video to learn more - 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My Favorite Morning Smoothie for Weight Loss!


One of the ways that I stay focused on eating healthy (on most days that is...) is to start my day out with a simple breakfast that is easy to take with me. Like most of you, my morning starts with getting the kids off to school and me off to work all the while running through the mile-long check list in my mind. If I don't plan ahead, it's very easy to forget about a healthy breakfast and set myself up for a day of crappy eating out of sheer desperate, on-the-run hunger. 

I try to keep some basics in my freezer and pantry to throw into my morning smoothie so no matter what, I can have a healthy breakfast whipped up in less time than it takes to go through the drive thru.

This is my favorite smoothie recipe for weight loss because it is full of ingredients to stave off hunger and maintain blood sugar levels until lunch time! Plus, the recipe makes more than two cups and is less than 300 calories - hard to beat that!  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

How to REALLY Remove Splat Hair Color (In About an Hour)


My eleven year old son wanted to dye his hair blue at the beginning of the summer and since we are cool parents like that, we agreed. Little did I realize, it would be nearly impossible to completely remove the stain from his blond locks. I innocently thought that the dye would fade gracefully away over the summer. Oh how wrong I was!  

Now that summer is nearly over and the school year is looming, he has decided to enter the sixth grade with "normal" looking hair. Since his hair hadn't faded completely, I knew that I'd have to use some sort of process to help remove the remaining stain.  Naturally, I decided to consult the experts - YouTube! 

I did find a ton of videos on removing Splat naturally. The most popular concoction seems to be a mixture (or variation of) crushed vitamin C tablets and dishwashing liquid. I'm all about natural so with an open mind I watched several how-to videos. To my dismay, it seems that this method is only slightly effective at best and requires repeated applications (sometimes up to 20 times - at an hour each). Forget that!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

How We Grow a Lot of Food in a Small Space - The Garden Tour Video

Take a garden tour with me and see how we save space when we plant to get the most vegetables possible in our garden!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Squash Hummus Recipe Video - Paleo Friendly!




Sometime around mid July the summer squash and zucchini starts to produce bucket loads! It's an amazing feeling to pick all of those free, beautiful veggies but it can be a little overwhelming. I have really struggled with ways to preserve squash and my family can only take roasted squash, grilled squash and steamed squash for so long before they start to turn their noses up.  

In my journey to preserve squash I've made squash pickles, squash relish, squash pancakes, squash bread, squash mock apple pie, and squash butter. The other day I decided to experiment a little and created this yummy squash hummus dip! Watch this video to see how easy it is to make this delicious dip -




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