Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies

I serve on the board of my local United Way Agency. As a thank you to the police department for providing assistance with our fundraiser a few weeks ago, we made cookies and took to their Tuesday morning meeting. I have been making theses cookies for years.  They started out as the Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe…

Carb Cycling

I first heard of carb cycling as part of a weight loss training program. The more I learned about it, the more it seemed the principles of carb cycling could be used in everyday life. Throughout my fitness journey I have learned that I feel better when I maintain a lower carb diet.  Not a…

Iced Mocha

I am not a coffee drinker, but I do enjoy the occasional mocha. During the winter, I mix some coffee with my hot chocolate at work. Last week I discovered iced mocha. (I realize I am late to the whole coffee craze.) I also looked up the nutrition facts on that iced mocha I purchased,…

Banana Pancakes

Gluten free has become a very popular topic in the world today. Everywhere you look there are gluten free products. This is a super simple gluten free pancake recipe. It is quick. Easy. Very Tasty. Ingredients 2 bananas (over ripe is ok) 4 eggs (3 egg whites, 1 egg) 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 tsp…

Strawberry Chipotle Jam

This is one of my favorite canning recipes.  It is quick, easy and delicious. This jam is great on toast or biscuits for breakfast, or your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch or a snack. Ingredients: 1 Quart Strawberries (approximately 1 1/2 pounds) 1 Whole Large Juicy Lemon 3 Cups Sugar 1/4 tsp Salt 3…

Saving Time in the Kitchen: Chop Early

Pressed for time? Who isn’t? Speed up meal prep and just save time in general with this easy tip. Chop vegetables ahead of time. Onions, peppers, broccoli, zucchini, squash―they can all be chopped ahead. Just cover them with a damp paper towel to keep the cut ends from drying out, then refrigerate. If you won’t need…

Polenta and Sea Scallops

We started a new training program a few weeks ago. Along with the exercise routines there are recommended recipes to try. We tried this one out last weekend, and it was delicious. I have never cooked scallops before, so that was a new experience, but I just followed the directions and it turned out just…

Prevent Water Boiling Over

A watched pot never boils, but an un-watched pot can go from boiling to overflowing pretty quickly. It is no fun cleaning up the stove after the pot has boiled over and the liquid has cooked onto the stove. If only there was a way to prevent this mess in the first place…… Turns out…

No Buttermilk, No Problem

If you are like me, you don’t keep buttermilk in the refrigerator. It is not one of the staples I buy on a regular basis. However, it does add something extra special to homemade pancakes and biscuits. So what to do on Saturday morning when you don’t want to get out of your pajamas and…

Peanut Butter Pie 

This is our go to dessert at one of our favorite local restaurants. It took a little trial and error, but I finally perfected the recipe. Ingredients 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese 1 cup powdered sugar 1 cup peanut butter 1 graham cracker crust 1 small tub cool whip Directions Beat cream cheese in mixer…

Quick Tip Tuesday: Freezing Avocados

Avocados are a super food. We’ve all heard that over the last few years.  They contain the “good” kind of fat, and they taste great. The only problem is, they don’t last very long, and out of season they can be very pricey. What if I told you there was a way to enjoy the full-flavored-ness…

Quick Tip Tuesday: Removing Shell from Cracked Eggs

Don’t you hate it when you crack your egg into the bowl and some of the shell goes with it? Don’t panic. There is an easy fix. When you crack an egg and separate the egg shell, use the large piece of the shell to remove the broken pieces from the egg. It’s quite sharp and actually…