Valentine’s Day Chocolates

What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day? Love, hearts, cards, red? For me, it’s definitely chocolate! As a kid I loved waking up to find that little red heart full of chocolates waiting for me on the dining room table, and the truth is, I wouldn’t be disappointed to wake up to one now. The other side of that truth is, I know I would eat the whole box. Mike on the other hand, has incredible self control and he can make a small box of chocolates last for months. That never happens though, because after 3 days I consider it to be fair game and it’s gone before he knows what happened!

So this year I decided to make him some homemade chocolates.

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3 Ingredient Cookies

What? Only 3 ingredients to make delicious and healthy cookies?

These Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies are so good that one batch with 4 people in the house is not enough. I put the plate on the table and in no time they were gone.

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Cherry Chocolate Energy Bites

Growing up my mom did a great job of trying to instill healthy eating habits in my brother, sister, and I.

Her philosophy was all about moderation – balanced meals, and limits when it came to snacks. However, that snack cabinet was full of all kinds of not-so-good for you things: chips, cookies, those pre-packaged cakes, and always ice cream in the freezer. Now trust me, as a kid I had no complaints about these options, but as a mom my feelings on these snacks have changed a bit.

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Black Bean Brownies

I know, I know what you are thinking. How could Black Bean Brownies be any good?

Well, I have to tell you something this healthier dessert is my new favorite and I guarantee your kids will love it, too! (But, you do not have to tell them there is black beans in it, unless you want to)

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Avocado Brownies

Happy Friday! So, I had a different post written up for today, but I made a split second decision to change it up because these AVOCADO BROWNIES are too good to keep to myself!

I found this recipe over at and have been meaning to give it a try for a while now. I mean, I already love chocolate avocado cookies, and chocolate avocado pudding, so avocado brownies naturally seemed like the next dessert to make (btw, can you tell I LOVE chocolate?!).

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Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

The day after Thanksgiving is full of relaxation, shopping, and lots and lots of leftovers! My fridge is filled to the brim with leftover turkey, stuffing, potatoes, all that good stuff. Does anyone else plan how much food they are going to cook to make sure there are plenty of leftovers to go around?

Lunch the day after Thanksgiving was always my favorite! I would make a big open faced turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey, and whatever else looked like it would be tasty on there.

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Pumpkin Pancakes

In our house we LOVE pancakes, and this time of year we are all about PUMPKIN PANCAKES 🎃🥞

I know mornings are often the busiest time of day, at least in our house anyway, so I am always looking for healthy and delicious breakfasts that are quick and easy. These pumpkin pancakes definitely fit the bill. One of our favorite things to do is make a big double batch on the weekend and freeze one to eat during the week. This way every weekday can feel like a Sunday morning .

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