Cookbook Review: Pretty Simple Cooking

Let me just say this cookbook has more than earned the 5 stars I’m giving it here. Anyone who knows me knows I have a teeny bit of an obsession with making food less than 10 ingredients that are filled with fresh, bright flavors, very plant-forward and somewhat “Californian” in nature. I swear I thought…

Rehydrate with Healthy Homemade Gatorade or Pediayte

As the weather heats up here in central Texas, I find myself extremely parched more often that I would like. Although I down water, my body often needs some real hydration. If you have kids, you are familiar with the suggestion of pedialyte to rehydrate after or during illness or whenever fluids are needed. Unfortunately pedialyte is filled…

Tropical Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

I have fond memories of the classic creamsicle, orange and vanilla ice cream were dreamy and delicious. There is also the yummy orange julius that has the same flavor profile. These days, we try to avoid processed sugars and artificial flavors so we make our own for breakfast often. This one has whole milk yogurt…

Pumpkin Pecan Spiced Oatmeal

This weekend I declared I was done with pumpkin. I’d just had enough of it and tried all of my favorite recipes that ask for it. I then realized I still had 8oz or so left in the fridge that I was vowing not to waste, and adding a little vitamin A to breakfast never…

Fluffy Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes

At some point this weekend, I realized how similar pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice and gingerbread spices are- probably when I was making and baking all three this weekend. It should just be called the seasoning of fall. These pancakes are light, fluffy and full of flavor and spices. They are a lot less…

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

I obviously have apples on the brain at this point in the season. I’ve done almost everything you can with them. Made raw cinnamon applesauce, spiced apple cider, and now apple cinnamon oatmeal. I guess we still have apple pie or strudel or crisp left.. Mmmmm. Speaking of apple cinnamon oatmeal, did anyone else absolutely…

Warm Spiced Apple Cider

Apples are all around us lately and I love it. I saw the unfiltered apple juice at trader joes and decided to add my own mix of fruits and spices and see what happens. The results were warm, a little spicy and smell amazing.A big favorite and liked by all. Realtors should have this on…

Strawberry Flax Power Green Smoothie (Paleo and vegan friendly)

I believe all smoothies should be green if possible. It’s by far one of the easiest ways to get fresh, raw greens into your body, already blended for quick absorption. Charlotte has grown up thinking that all smoothies have spinach in them and that makes them yummy! I hope the normalcy helps keep her open…