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Slow Cooker Basil Chicken Thighs

Sometimes if you have a crazy day, it’s just easiest to dump everything in a slow cooker and turn it on.  It’s magically ready at dinner time! The slow cooker is probably my favorite kitchen item.  During the school year when we have busy days and I know I won’t have time to cook dinner, that’s when I bust this out.  And I don’t know how I would have been able to function when I had a full-time job if I...

Blueberry Chia Jam

blueberry chia jam

Those mornings where you feel like something sweet but not too sweet!  I had one of those this morning.  I made some blueberry chia jam and it was ridiculously easy and took about 5 minutes.  For reals! I’ve kinda lost my taste for store bought jam, it’s so loaded with sugar and you can hardly taste the fruit. There’s something so good about homemade jam.  We had a peach tree growing up that would decide to give us fruit every...

Dark Chocolate No Bake Energy Bites

dark chocolate no bake energy bites

Energy bites popped on the scene a few years ago and they are such a great substitute for granola bars.  I kinda feel like granola bars probably have a shelf life for…what 20 years?  Who knows.  I lost my taste for store bought energy bars, protein bars or any kind of bars you find at the store years ago. I have made a few energy bite recipes, but I stumbled onto this one from Chef Savvy and it’s my favorite! I’ve...

Crispy Garam Masala Roasted Chicken

We’ve always loved roasted chicken, but seriously every time we make it it’s time to scrub the oven with all the splatters plus nearly smoking out the house.  Until I learned how to spatchcock a chicken of course.  Now, that’s the only way we do it and we have roasted chicken more often these days.   No more grocery store rotisserie that we have to heat up in the microwave! I discovered Garam Masala earlier this year and fell in love!  The combination of...

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

tropical turmeric smoothie

As you can tell I’m a big fan of smoothies.  I have to have restraint not to post every one I make.  Pretty much every day I have smoothie in the afternoon.  This one I call tropical because it’s got your mango and pineapple.  Of course I threw in some turmeric. Like all my smoothies this was made with stuff I had available.  It turned out awesome!  I’m remembering this one for sure. Right now pineapples taste like candy, so you definitely...

Low Country Boil

Low country boil is a great weekday recipe because it is very quick and easy.  My sister and her husband lived in Savannah, Georgia for a while where I first had this.  She brought in a big container of spices she bought at a farmers market and after a great meal on newspaper I was hooked. It’s become a family staple and when the kids find out we’re having low country boil they get excited.  Always a good thing! I’ve used...

Turmeric Tonic

Turmeric Tonic

Follow Me! Turmeric is everywhere these days. For good reason ya’ll!  This tonic is like a medicine for the body and so good!  You just need a good juicer to start, turmeric, carrots, apple and lemon. The 2 biggest benefits of this tonic are: it’s a powerful antioxidant as well as a strong anti-inflammatory. 1. Antioxidants Turmeric has powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals in our bodies. So, all these years while we’ve been pretending to know what antioxidants do (we know they’re...

Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash

Follow Me! Every time I see a picture of sweet potato hash my mouth waters.  So, this morning, after the family slept in super late, it felt like a brunch day. I found a couple of sweet potatoes, a purple onion, some eggs and yes! We have a meal. Now, for your delicious brunch… Turn your oven to 450 degrees.  Dice your purple onion and 2 sweet potatoes.  Keep the peel on the potatoes and dice to about 1/2 inch cubes. Toss...

Crunchy Chopped Salad

Crunchy Chopped Salad

Follow Me! Free time.  It’s one thing we all crave as busy moms.  One way I try to make my life easier is by doing work on the front end, so I can relax on the back end.  The beginning of the week is busy for me.  Grocery store, workout, cleaning and food prep. I’m pretty much the opposite of a procrastinator.  As a result, my Fridays and weekends are more relaxing! This salad is another example of something you can...

Banana Kale Smoothie

Banana Kale Smoothie

Follow Me! Banana kale smoothies have become a staple at our house.  Kale has been the it green for the last few years and for good reason.  It packs twice the vitamin-C as spinach. The problem?  Most people just can’t stomach it.  It’s kinda bitter right?  The best and easiest way to get our leafy greens is in a smoothie.  And we can hide the bitter flavor with other things like bananas. This is my go-to smoothie more than anything else....