Naturally Sweet Treats

Naturally Sweet Treats

Enjoy a treat without all the added sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. These goodies are sweetened naturally. 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. […]

Favorite Juices & Smoothies

Favorite Juices & Smoothies - Tips and recipes for making juices and smoothies easier at home.

If one of your food goals this year is to add more fruits and veggies to your diet, smoothies and fresh juices are a tasty way to do it! Check out these great recipes. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in […]

Homemade Cranberry Soda

Cranberry Soda

I used to be a soda pop junkie. A few years ago, I decided to give it up. I don’t really remember why. But, I think a handful of cavities had something to do with it. And maybe empty calories, too. Regardless, I kicked my cola habit. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes like […]

Honey Syrup

Honey Syrup sweetener

Years and years ago I bought Sweet ‘n’ Low. In fact, those pink little packets of artificial sweetener were staples in our tea and coffee cupboard, not because we liked the taste, but because we liked sweet tea. Here in California, tea is not usually served already sweetened. You have to sweeten it yourself. But […]

Strawberry Mango Smoothie with Banana

Strawberry Mango Smoothies

Make your own smoothies to save money, eat more healthfully, and bring convenience to your own home. Ever since I was in college, the siren song of the smoothie bar has been strong for me. Even after we bought a pretty heavy-duty blender, I found myself tempted to go get a smoothie rather than make […]

Lemon-Lime Sports Ade

Lemon Lime Sports Ade

Forget bottled ades. Make your own sports drinks to save money and avoid icky stuff. Today I have the opportunity of guest posting for the October Unprocessed series, hosted by Eating Rules and sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.  I’m sharing my story on falling in love with homemade as well as Big News and a […]

Autumn Pick-Me-Up, A Perfect Juice for Fall

An Autumn Pick-Me-Up

Summer weather is still here. Let me tell you. But, the growing season is early this year. So, even though we’re still sweating, the fall produce is here. Last week’s produce box was like a promise that cooler temps will come. Someday. The bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that we had made for a […]

Why I Love My Juicer (Recipe: Carrot Apple Juice with Ginger)

Why I Love My Juicer

A home juice extractor can make it quick and easy to make homemade juices from fresh fruit and vegetables. If you’ve been following my small kitchen appliance reviews, you have caught on by now that I’m far from being a minimalist in the kitchen. I like my gadgets. Better yet, I like having the right […]

Coconut Mango Banana Smoothie

Banana Mango Coconut Smoothie

All natural, real food ingredients blend up into a tasty, sweet concoction that kids of all ages will love. As I continue on this dairy-, soy-, sugar-, grain-, and alcohol-free diet, I find myself considering my own children’s regular fare. I thought they were eating pretty healthfully, but my recent label reading has revealed that […]

Milk Nog

Create an alternative to egg nog, by spicing up whole milk with cinnamon and nutmeg, sugar and vanilla. You’ll have a refreshing drink to celebrate the season. I tasted egg nog for the first time as an adult. I loved it. Later I tried a milk nog blended by a local dairy. I loved it […]