Easy Jam and Jelly Roundup Bonus: Peach Smothered Pork Chops

jellyI love jam and jelly. It’s great with so many things, from PB&J to oatmeal, to peach-smothered pork chops(as a bonus I’m sharing that recipe at the bottom, too). I was surprised to learn that homemade jam is incredibly easy to make, and even better, you know exactly what’s going in it. About a year ago, I ended up with all kinds of fresh produce that was locally grown. I knew I’d never use it all before it went bad, so I started looking up recipes, and of course jelly recipes came up. Continue reading

Vegan Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup

veganYesterday I shared some of my favorite slow cooker recipes from around the web. You can check it out here. One of my readers asked for vegan recipes, so I’ve been scouring the web and I have picked out a few. I am not vegan and have not tried these recipes, but they sound fabulous and I look forward to trying them out. Click on the titles to see the original recipes. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup

slow cookerI love to spend time in the kitchen. My favorite hobbies include searching Google for new recipes, cooking new recipes, trying new kitchen gadgets, eating new foods, and just about anything else food related. I especially love making as much of a meal as possible from scratch. But I do not have unlimited time at my disposal and cooking from scratch takes time. So on busy days, my slow cooker is my best friend. Today I am sharing some of my favorite slow cooker recipes from around the web. Click on the titles to see the recipes and enjoy! Continue reading

Healthier Snack Choices

healthier snack choices healthier snack choicesIt’s hard to eat healthy, especially when it comes to snack time. Convenience foods are easily available and, well, convenient. But the added sodium, chemicals, preservatives, food dyes, and artificial sweeteners are anything but good for you. Not to mention that the super unhealthy foods are generally more expensive than healthier choices.

Another effect of eating junk food is that you start to crave it. I personally have an awful sweet tooth. So what healthier snacks should you reach for if you’re craving a specific type of junk food? Hopefully this list will help the next time you’re tempted to reach for something you know isn’t good for you. Continue reading

10 Ways to Jazz Up Your Water

jazz up your waterMy husband hates to drink water. He knows he needs to drink it, but he has a hard time with anything that has no flavor. (He doesn’t like rice either, but that’s a topic for another post.)

The general consensus is that we should drink eight 8 ounce glasses per day, or a half gallon. It might seem like a lot to try to swallow every day, but there are so many health benefits to making sure you drink enough water. It flushes toxins from your body, improves your complexion, increases energy, promotes weight loss, and more! So if you have trouble drinking enough water because it tastes like nothing, I’m here to help! Continue reading

Sour Cream Enchiladas

We all had favorite meals growing up. You can remember the excitement when mom said that’s what was for dinner. And your mouth would water when you smelled it cooking; you couldn’t wait for dinnertime! One of my husband’s favorite dishes as a kid were his mom’s sour cream enchiladas. Every time I make this dish, it takes him back. Made with chicken breast and a creamy sauce with just a hint of spicy, these enchiladas are great anytime. Along with this recipe, I’ll include variations as well as how to make the ingredients yourself instead of using premade. Continue reading