Coconut Cashew Banana Bread

Whole wheat flour, coconut milk, coconut oil, bananas, and cashews bake up into this delicious, lightly-sweetened bread that is great for breakfast or for snacking.

Coconut Cashew Banana Bread - Whole wheat flour, coconut milk, coconut oil, bananas, and cashews bake up into this delicious, lightly-sweetened bread that is great for breakfast or for snacking.

Once upon a time I made banana bread on a weekly basis.

Once upon a time a 9×13 pan could last for three meals for our family.

Once upon a time, I had to freeze milk because we couldn’t drink up a gallon before it went bad.

Those times? Are long gone. I haven’t had bananas last long enough to make banana bread in quite awhile. The kids love them to snack on; FishBoy16 uses them in his daily smoothies. For some odd reason, this week, there were six bananas to be used up.

Between Easter and recipe development, I have felt the excess of food and ingredients everywhere I turn. This week, I made up my mind to deal with some of it. The bananas were the first to go. [Continue reading...]

What to Do with That Leftover Ham

Got ham? Transform your ham leftovers into something extra delicious.

What to Do with Leftover Ham - Got ham? Transform your ham leftovers into something extra delicious.

My boys love ham. Love it. My husband can go either way on it, but now that the boys have a larger voice in culinary choices, we make ham about twice a year. I cook up a large honey-baked ham, sometimes in the crockpot, a pan full of the best scalloped potatoes on the planet, and a few vegetable sides.

In the days following we transform the leftovers into something new and different, but still delicious. The potatoes rarely last past one meal, anyway.

If we don’t feel like having ham several days in a row, we package it for the freezer. Actually, FishBoy16 does this. He is my resident “I-need-meat-for-it-to-be-a-meal” diner. Which isn’t totally true, because he does great with vegetarian meals, provided they have hearty, healthy fats like avocado or nuts included. So, whatever. Let’s just say he’s a big ham fan.

He does all the slicing and dicing and packages it in personal size packages for freezing. That way, anytime, he wants to make Ham and Eggs or another hammy breakfast dish, he’s ready to go.

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Maple-Sweetened Chocolate Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

Maple-Sweetened Chocolate Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting - Enjoy a naturally sweet treat in these chocolate cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting.

Enjoy a naturally sweet treat in these chocolate cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting. This recipe was born out of a craving for brownies. A few weeks ago in anticipation of a trip to Legoland, I baked my traditional Cocoa Brownies using maple syrup for the sugar. I figured the texture would be the same, […]

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8 Great Cookie Recipes

8 Great Cookies to make that are delicious and also nut-free.

Make some cookies! Try one of these 8 great recipes that your family will love. Cookies have been on my mind lately. Have you ever seen the movie Stranger than Fiction? (That’s an affiliate link*, by the way.) It’s one of those movies that proves to you Will Ferrell isn’t the huge cad he appears […]

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Best 100 Juices for Kids, You Know, That Book I Wrote

This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps support this site. So thanks! I’ve been contemplating for weeks how to do this whole book launch thing. You know […]

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Milk and Honey Cornbread

Milk and Honey Cornbread - Bake up a batch of this Milk and Honey Cornbread. It

Bake up a batch of this Milk and Honey Cornbread. It’s lightly sweetened and delicious for breakfast or the bread basket. A few weeks/months ago I found some Bob’s Red Mill Corn Flour on clearance at Sprouts. If I’ve ever purchased corn flour, it was many, many moons ago. I have no recollection of it. […]

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Plan A Regular Rotation for Breakfasts

Plan a Regular Rotation for Breakfasts - Planning a regular rotation of breakfast items can make meal planning and prep loads easier.

Planning a regular rotation of breakfast items can make meal planning and prep loads easier. Some folks really like variety when it comes to their daily meals. Some folks like to eat. My people fall mostly in the latter category. They are pretty easy going about meals as long as they are presented in abundance […]

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Grocery Geek: April Mid-point

Grocery Geek: April Mid-point - How our family feeds 8 people for less than the national averages.

We are coming up against crunch time for me. I’ve got a summer FULL of deadlines that make me break out in a rash just thinking about them. I had a little emotional breakdown this week thinking of all that looms ahead of me. My husband and I put our heads together to see what […]

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Crockpot Chili Bean Soup

Crockpot Chili Bean Soup - Spend ten minutes prepping tonight

Spend ten minutes prepping tonight’s dinner. This crockpot chili bean soup is a crowd-pleaser. Things are starting to heat up now that April is well under way. I got a bit of a sunburn at Legoland earlier this week. Summer approaches! Warm weather aside, I still have been firing up the crockpot, particularly for those […]

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9 Great Foods to Bring to a New Mom

9 Great Foods for a New Mom - In case you didn

Over on Life as MOM this week, I shared about our fourth baby’s delivery and the things I’ve learned from motherhood. It was a close call. He was almost born in the car, the ER, and the elevator. But, we made it — with minutes to spare. It was a crazy time. You can read […]

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