My family LOVES this Healthy Greek Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup recipe! My daughter loves the Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from Panera Bread so when I saw this recipe, I had to try it! I changed the ingredients a little bit and we fell in love! Now it’s a once a week recipe for us. And the best part is there is usually enough leftover for my husband and I to take to work the next day.
Everyone should have Homemade Vanilla Extract in their cupboard! This is an easy, feel-good concoction. You can choose what potency or proof you want your vanilla to be. Bear in mind the alcohol cooks off during baking.
I purchase vanilla beans from a food co-op. Do yourself a favor and get organic. It’s just the right thing to do! Slice two or three beans lengthwise. Do not cut them in half. The goal is to just open them so the alcohol can mingle with the inside of the beans.
Challenged by my sister Chris to come up with a healthy brownie recipe a few weeks ago after she published her own healthy brownie recipe, I came up with this pumpkin brownies recipe. Knowing me well, Chris nailed it when she said that I’m an organic, natural kinda person. I like that she makes me think and urges me outside my comfy box, but — gee! I’ve got stuff going on and little time to come up with a wa-zoo recipe! Ah, the pressure….
Being the season for pumpkins, I knew my first healthy ingredient! In addition, adding veggies to dessert makes it healthy automatically in my opinion. Right? Right?
Anyway, following is my Healthy Pumpkin Brownies Recipe in response to her challenge.
Easy DIY Turkey Pom-pom decorations for Thanksgiving are a lot of fun to make and the supplies go a long way to make several turkeys. They are perfect for little gifts for children or as a table decoration for the Thanksgiving feast! I found these on All You last year but I’m sure this year they are going to be a huge success again! I’ve adapted the directions because there page does not work the way it should. Good luck! I hope you gobble up this project like we did!
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Fun, fun, fun! This yummy Deviled Egg Recipe is sure to be a great addition for your Halloween party! Deviled eggs are one of my favorites at any gathering I attend. They are so easy to make that I usually volunteer to bring them. With this cute and affordable idea, I can’t wait for the Halloween party this year! They are guaranteed to be a hit!
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This Falling Leaves Glitter Garland helps me hang on to the beautiful leaves of autumn! A couple weeks ago we posted about Nicole Duke’s Easy and Free DIY Fall Leaf Roses. This weekend I found another EASY and inexpensive DIY project for those leaves all over the ground that can accent your home and make a great fall or Thanksgiving decoration. I picture them shimmering around a room during a late evening party.
Being a perfect project for any age, I encourage you to grab the kids and make a day of garland making. And who doesn’t love raking up some leaves, throwing them up in the air, and jumping in huge piles of them? Here’s another way to stretch out your fall fun or make a souvenir of a perfect fall afternoon!
Extremely easy, cheap to make, and a way to preserve the leaves…
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Creepy Crackled Halloween Eggs are the perfect Halloween snack! It’s a creative and spooky way to serve up those every day eggs with a little Halloween excitement. Children will have fun making them. They are easy, affordable and a better choice than candy!
Here’s what we did:
Healthy brownie recipe? Really? Is there such a thing? Maybe, but do they taste as good as the real thing? I’m here to say, YES, THEY DO!
Emily and I differ on recipes like this. Just be warned… she is a very natural, organic type of person and I am a “if it tastes good, I like it!” type of person. She would frown on the artificial sweetener portion of this recipe so I challenge her to give me her BEST all natural ingredient brownies that are still healthy in calories. Think she will? Hmmm…
Emily chiming in here: I have accepted Chris’s challenge. You can compare this recipe with mine and let us know which recipe is your favorite. I do strive to use all natural ingredients, and I do NOT like artificial sweeteners. I guess my Sis and I will have to agree to disagree on this. (I’ve read the science behind why artificial anything isn’t good. That’s a topic for another blog post someday.)
While we wait, let’s feast on these delicious 37 calorie brownies! Do let us know your thoughts on these brownies. How is the taste? How is the consistency? Are they lacking anything by using lower calorie ingredients?
Flipping through a magazine, I came across this Lost Button Craft Frame project. Our family has the market on loose random buttons! My grandmother had tins of buttons she had collected through the years and this was passed on to my mother. I’m sure Emily has a bunch too. (Emily chiming in here: I have Gram’s buttons and some of Mom’s now as well!) I admit, in my new home, I’ve started a little box of buttons myself.
We save and save, afraid to throw them out because we know one day we will need one for a pair of pants, that jacket or shirt that popped its button… but realistically, we will never use all of our buttons… well, not until now. Check out this super easy, super cool Lost Button Craft Frame! [Read more…]
This pickled beets recipe, while not only fun to make, is also delicious! Yesterday I cleaned up the rest of my garden. As soon as it’s tilled, it will officially be put to bed. Ahh. Most days I’m more tired than my garden and wish for a “long winter’s nap”. Of course, with lots of produce canned and frozen, my winter will be filled with delicious home-grown meals. Having pickled beets at the ready is one of my favorite delicacies!! [Read more…]