Homemade Birthday Cake Ice Cream


Matt turned 34 last week and when I asked him what he’d like for his special birthday dessert, he asked me to surprise him.  His only requirement was that it included some kind of homemade ice cream.  I decided to go very classic birthday, which to me means lots of fun colors!  I whipped up…

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Crock Pot Lemon Chicken, Green Beans, and Sweet Potatoes


A green vegetable, a lean protein, and a complex carbohydrate.  It doesn’t get much more balanced than that!  I made this incredibly easy dinner last week as an experiment and didn’t plan on blogging it at the time, but after it turned out so tasty I compiled the very few photos I snapped with my…

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Recipes for a Viewing Party of “The Help”


Ever notice how every movie set in the south has some sort of underlying food theme?  “The Help” is no exception.  I read the book back when it was first released, fell in love, and waited anxiously for the movie, which I also loved.  Aside from the charming and humorous story, both the book and…

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The Best Way To Boil Eggs


It doesn’t matter how you want to cook an egg – poached, scrambled, boiled, fried, baked, etc – there are a seemingly endless number of techniques out there that claim to be the “perfect” method.  I want to share my favorite way to make a delicious hard-boiled egg.  Is it the be all and end…

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How to Use Coconut Butter


I’ve been vocal about my love of butters – peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, cookie butter, and of course real butter (heh heh).  Last year I discovered something new to me… coconut butter!  Lately, coconut oil is all the rage – the stuff is everywhere and is being recommended for use in just about…

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Lower Carb Ground Turkey Fettuccine


I’m so excited about this meal I couldn’t wait to share it with you all.  This big serving of delicious pasta is less than 300 calories for the ground turkey marinara sauce AND the noodles.  Better yet, each serving only has 21 carbs!  I was recently asked to try a variety of ThinSlim Foods products and included…

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Blueberry Banana Protein Shake


I realize I’ve been sharing quite a few protein shake recipes lately.  The reason is because that’s just what I’ve been experimenting with lately!  Since this is more of a lifestyle blog than a typical “food blog” I tend to blog about whatever I happen to be making and enjoying at the time instead of picking…

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Lighter Chicken and Rice Soup

light chicken and rice soup

This is a recipe that was thrown together when I found myself with a kitchen full of little this ‘n that ingredients leftover from various other meals throughout the week.  I love lightened up versions of cream-based soups and this one has all of the flavor as its higher fat and calorie cousin but is…

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake


This is absolutely the yummiest protein shake I have ever made!  It’s like drinking healthy pumpkin pie out of a glass.  We had several large cans of pumpkin in our pantry leftover from some holiday baking plans that never transpired and I wanted a way to use some of it.  Thus, this shake was born.  I’ve…

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