Sep 27, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Lattes - Lightened!

You know it's fall when Pumpkin Spice Lattes pop up everywhere!

My teens have been running out of money lately and I know why.  They are on the pumpkin spice lattes "kick" again, and most likely have been buying them weekly at Starbucks or DD. Well, those lattes are loaded in fat and sugar with artificial colors and chemicals, and they add up to hundreds of calories.  It's time to show my girls how to make them better, quick and easy too.

Sep 20, 2016

The Ultimate Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Moist, chewy and LOADED with good wholesome ingredients and melted bittersweet chocolate chips is what makes these cookies the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies we have ever tasted! Remember the old-fashioned buttery chocolate chip cookies that melts in our mouths from our childhood? Yep, these are the cookies that will bring back those wonderful memories!

Sep 13, 2016

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Muffins

Cinnamon sweet potato muffins are loaded with mashed sweet potato, good old fashioned oats, eggs, milk and cinnamon, then topped with a cinnamon brown sugar crumble, making these muffins sweet, fluffy and delicious. YUM!

I never imagined using sweet potatoes to make muffins, but then again, why not? Sweet potatoes give these muffins their moist texture and a delicate flavor with minimal fat! They also add in good nutrients like beta-carotene and vitamins A and C. They're perfect for breakfast, and can be enjoyed in the afternoon with some tea.  

Aug 30, 2016

Maria's Best Carrot Salad

Mom's carrot salad is an easy dish made with fresh carrots that are cooked to a quick boil until they are perfectly tender to bite, then tossed with a sweet vinaigrette made with fresh garlic, oregano, extra-virgin olive oil, and white balsamic vinegar. These ingredients make a vibrant and delicious salad with texture, enticing flavors and gets rid of all the notions of the so-called "boring" vegetable.

The garlic and oregano give a distinctive but subtle favor, creating a reaction to ask-" What's in this salad?" And the longer the carrot salad sits, the more the vinaigrette will infuse its flavors into the carrots themselves making them taste AMAZING!!

I have been making this carrot salad all summer long, and even though we posted this one years ago, I finally got around to taking new photos, giving it a fresh look.  I felt I had to post this one again, since everyone's been asking for the recipe.

Aug 19, 2016

10 Healthy Ideas for After-School Snacks


Back by popular demand! School has started in the South and it's that time of year when kids are going back to school this week, and whether your kids are tots, tweens, teens or any age in between, they all share the same sentiment when they get home from school and that is, they're hungry and head directly to the fridge or pantry looking to grab anything to eat.

It's difficult to keep them away from junk food, we know... but if you can make some time either early in the morning or the night before (while you prepare their lunches), the benefits are wonderful, especially knowing they're eating a healthy snack rather than sugar filled-processed foods.

These are simple ideas and super easy to pull off.  So for the moms and dads who wants to give their kids something that not only tastes good, but is good!  Here are 10 helpful ideas for healthy and appealing after-school snacks you can easily prepare the night before.

Aug 3, 2016

Easy Stuffed Mini Eggplants

Stuffed Mini Eggplants are brimming with sautéed onions, fresh tomatoes, chopped eggplant, sundried tomatoes, basil and breadcrumbs. Topped off with grated pecorino cheese, baked until they are golden and tender, making these Italian mini eggplants savory and light!  Beside making a big impression, we think you're gonna love them!

Jul 31, 2016

Our Loving Father, Mario

Hello Friends,
It is with a heavy heart to tell you our loving father, Mario passed away on June 5th. He was 89 years old and we were getting ready to celebrate his 90th Birthday this October, but sadly he didn't make it. He lost his battle to cancer, he fought the disease bravely for 11 years.

Jul 4, 2016

10 EASY Fourth of July Recipes

Hello Friends! We hope you are somewhere celebrating Independence Day with family and friends. Here are 10 easy recipes for the 4th of July celebration you may be planning.  
They can be easily prepared in the morning or a few hours before serving.
 Super simple, our Red White and Blue-Berry Parfait is light and delicious!