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Almond Butter Harvest Mix Yogurt Bowl

This protein packed delicious yogurt bowl starts with creamy vanilla grassfed yogurt and is topped with almond 
butter, harvest trail mix, and bites of sweet and spicy crystallized ginger. It's the best way to start your day!
This protein packed delicious yogurt bowl starts with creamy vanilla grassfed yogurt and is topped with almond butter, harvest trail mix, and bites of sweet and spicy crystallized ginger. It's the best way to start your day!
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What's better than a bowl full of rich, creamy yogurt for breakfast in the morning? A bowl full of yogurt that's been topped with swirls of almond butter, a handful of harvest mix, and a sprinkling of crystallized ginger, that's what! I recently discovered my new favorite breakfast, folks. Yep, you guessed it. It's this yogurt bowl! Seriously, where has this been all my life?

I often eat yogurt for breakfast, most of the time topped with some crunchy granola. Recently though I got my hands on some new goodies from Woodstock Foods - their Organic Almond Butter and Hiker's Harvest Mix. Of course they are both amazing on their own, enjoying as a snack, but they are even more delicious when paired with the yogurt. The combination of flavors and textures is out of this world!

Best Turkey Meatloaf


This is the Best Turkey Meatloaf I've ever had! It's moist and flavorful and is the perfect comfort food. 
This is the Best Turkey Meatloaf I've ever had! It's moist and flavorful and is the perfect comfort food.
When I was growing up we always had a nice Sunday dinner. We'd enjoy a big breakfast after church, then have dinner around 3:00 or so. Later in the evening we'd have a snack, usually peaches and toast or something like that. My mom was a great cook, and still is, and would make dishes like beef stew, pot roast, chicken and dumplings, and meatloaf. Always a delicious comforting meal! In the summer my dad would grill or we'd have something a little lighter, but the comfort foods have always been my favorite.

To this day I'm still a sucker for meatloaf, although I don't make it as often as I should since it's something my whole family loves. Recently I decided to change my traditional recipe up a bit, make it a bit lighter and healthier, by using ground turkey. I call it my turkey recipe remix! I love using turkey in place of other proteins because it is naturally low in fat and provides nutrients like iron, zinc and potassium. It’s also packed with lean protein to keep you feeling full longer.

Lemon Strawberry Pie

This beautiful Lemon Strawberry Pie is the perfect dessert to serve for any party or 
special occasion! It's light and airy, full of flavor, and so simple to make!This beautiful Lemon Strawberry Pie is the perfect dessert to serve for any party or special occasion! It's light and airy, full of flavor, and so simple to make!
It may only be February, but I'm already dreaming of spring. It's hard to believe this month is almost half over, and before we know it March will be here. I can't wait to see green grass, green tree buds, and hear the birds singing. Surprisingly enough, this winter has been pretty mild here in Michigan (knock on wood!) and I've been lucky to hear some birds chirping lately. Maybe it was the birds that got me in the spring mood and pushed me to make this Lemon Strawberry Pie. Or maybe I just wanted pie....


Mini Crab Rolls #SundaySupper

A healthier take on a traditional lobster roll, these Mini Crab Rolls are made with 
a creamy yogurt sauce and are perfect as an appetizer or light lunch! 
A healthier take on a traditional lobster roll, these Mini Crab Rolls are made with a creamy yogurt sauce and are perfect as an appetizer or light lunch!
We are in the heart of college basketball season, hockey season, and of course, awards season. I don't know about you, but for me all of these events require fun foods to eat while watching. I love having friends and family over to watch our favorite teams play, and I enjoy watching the awards shows with friends, too. We all have to eat (of course!), so I like to whip up appetizers or handheld delights that are perfect for watch parties. These mini crab rolls right here are one of my favorites!

Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart

A rich and decadent Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart made with a chocolate 
shortbread crust is just what you need to feed your sweet tooth!
A rich and decadent Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart made with a chocolate shortbread crust is just what you need to feed your sweet tooth!
So a few days ago I told you that not everything for Valentine's Day has to be chocolate, and here I am today sharing something chocolate. Do you see the irony here? Don't get me wrong I love chocolate, I mean I looooove chocolate, but I just wanted to make the point that there are other delicious sweet treats besides our beloved chocolate. And I shared Triple Ginger Cookies. Which are fabulous by the way, and good for you to boot. But here I am today sharing this luxurious Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart. And I'm not sure I can get away with saying this is good for you. Other than it does have dark chocolate which has some health benefits. That's good enough for me! 

Triple Ginger Cookies

These crunchy Triple Ginger Cookies are light and crispy and packed with flavor. 
Three types of ginger inside - fresh, ground, and crystallized - gives these cookies the perfect little kick! 
These crunchy Triple Ginger Cookies are light and crispy and packed with flavor. Three types of ginger inside - fresh, ground, and crystallized - gives these cookies the perfect little kick!
While most people think Valentine's Day is synonymous with chocolate, I believe there are many more sweet treats to enjoy that aren't of the chocolate variety. Pies, fruit tarts, cute little cakes, there is so much one can make to show their love. These Triple Ginger Cookies happen to be one of my favorite things to share with family and friends not only on Valentine's Day, but all year round! 

Red Velvet Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting #ValentinesDayFood

These decadent Red Velvet Bars are covered in a delicious Cream Cheese Frosting and are so simple to make! 
They are the perfect treat for your loved ones on  Valentine's Day, or just when you want to spread some love.
These decadent Red Velvet Bars are covered in a delicious Cream Cheese Frosting and are so simple to make! They are the perfect treat for your loved ones on Valentine's Day, or just when you want to spread some love.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I'm continuing to share some of my favorite holiday treats with you! Today is also a special day because I've teamed up with some of my dearest blogger friends to share a collection of special Valentine's Day recipes. You can start the day off with a Bacon Lobster Omelette, make Pan Seared Steaks with Homemade Steak Sauce for your family for dinner, and for dessert enjoy my Red Velvet Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting! Get these recipes, and many more, at the end of this post.