Instant Pot Beef and Carrot Stew

By | March 4th, 2019|Dream Body Fitness, Recipes|

It’s still cold outside, so I’m craving comfort food in a big way!  One of our family’s favorite things is roast beef cooked with carrots and onions, and flavored with rosemary and a little bit of balsamic vinegar.  It’s easy to do in a crock pot – when you remember to put everything in before [...]

Romantic Chicken Wings for Valentine’s Day

By | February 13th, 2019|Holiday, Recipes|

Want an easy idea for dinner on Valentine's Day? Chicken wings! I was making wings just a couple of weeks ago, and was in a hurry so I left the first two pieces together, and just cut off the wing tip in an effort to save time. When I was coating them with my favorite [...]

Healthy Spice Rubs To Make Your Meals Interesting!

By | January 22nd, 2019|Recipes|

As our kids were growing up, we (of course) had regular meals that were family favorites.  I started mixing my own rubs and seasonings to cook with frequently because I realized it's not only cheaper and faster to have rubs prepared - but I can also avoid hidden chemicals and sugars that way. Messes [...]

Did You Make Some New Year’s Resolutions?

By | January 4th, 2019|Dream Body Fitness, fitness, Lifestyle|

We're FOUR days into 2019!  Did you make any New Year's resolutions?  If you did - how is that going?  If you've already realized the goals you made aren't working - or if you've fallen off the wagon already - please keep reading. If you didn't make any New Year's resolutions - please reconsider, but [...]

Late Summer Fruit Jam WITHOUT Sugar

By | September 6th, 2018|Recipes|

A friend's golden plum tree, which she let me harvest to make jam! I love to make healthy and delicious freezer jam (without sugar or pectin!) this time of year when the berries, cherries, peaches and nectarines are plentiful and inexpensive.  This jam is easier than any other version I've ever done, AND is actually [...]

Homemade Almond Butter – Easy and Cheaper Than Store-Bought!

By | July 9th, 2018|Recipes|

I love peanut butter. I eat it straight from the jar and add it to all sorts of things.  Sadly though - some people have an allergic reaction to any form of peanuts, so I dedicate this blog to them because Almond Butter solves all peanut butter allergy problems! Yes, you can buy almond butter [...]

A Healthy Independence Day

By | July 3rd, 2018|Holiday, Recipes|

Looking for a red, white and blue healthy treat to enjoy on Independence Day?  Yeah, me too.  Since I absolutely love the fruit that’s in season right now, I’ve been looking at recipes for cobblers, pies, tarts, buckles, crisps and frozen things that feature gorgeous and delicious summer fruits.  The problem with all of them, [...]

Veggies and Hummus for Mother’s Day

By | May 11th, 2018|Holiday|

Each year on Mother's Day, the women in our congregation at church receive a nice token of appreciation.  It's often chocolate - but sometimes is a potted plant or cut flowers.  This year it will be chocolates.  I am NOT against chocolate, however I often feel like every holiday or day of appreciation turns into [...]

Bacony, Smoky, Eggplant

By | April 9th, 2018|Recipes|

This recipe is from the blog, Delish, with very few changes. Stacks of yummy eggplant, made smoky with a simple sauce. Eggplant is not bacon.  However, it CAN taste a lot like bacon if you season and cook it this way!  What are the benefits of eggplant bacon? Well, it’s made from a [...]

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs for Easter

By | March 31st, 2018|Holiday, Recipes|

I'm not often tempted by processed chocolate any more, but on Easter Sunday, it can be hard for me to pass up chocolate when I feel surrounded by it.  So many childhood memories of fingers sticky with chocolate, compel me to want to join in! Fortunately, there are HEALTHY options. I've been mixing up my [...]