Fitspiration- Balsamic Vinegar

Do you know how you often hear women say that when their husband is sick it’s like having another child to take care of? Well, it is totally the opposite in our house. If Mike is sick it often will take me all day to realize it. Me on the other hand, well let’s just say he definitely knows it when I’m not feeling well.

As a mom though, whether or not you’re feeling well there are too many things and too many people to take care of to just spend the day in bed or on the couch. Instead we get dressed, down some vitamin C, and do what we need to do as best we can (and hopefully find a little time to rest on the couch).

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Sunflower Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

My family and I love Chocolate Chip Cookies. It is one of our favorite desserts to make and eat.

These cookies have some great alternative ingredients to what you would normally use in your recipe. For instance, instead of peanut butter I used sunflower butter and instead of white sugar I used coconut and brown sugar. Let’s face it a cookie is a cookie and should be eaten in moderation but, I feel better using these ingredients instead of some of the ones I used to use. Have you tried coconut sugar? I like it so much better than white sugar.

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Baked Panko Breaded Zucchini Sticks

Baked Panko Breaded Zucchini Sticks are a great side dish to your family meal!

Your family will not be able to resist reaching for more.

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Healthy Pizza Crusts

Think back to when you were a kid. What did Friday night mean to you? In my house it meant PIZZA NIGHT! I can remember playing at friend’s houses after school, my mom coming to pick us up, and stopping on the way home to pick up a pizza and garlic knots from our favorite pizza place.

Pizza is one of those comfort foods that is hard to beat. Hot, cheesy, and with all of your favorite toppings, what more could you ask for? Well, maybe you could ask for a healthier crust. And that’s what I have for your here today! Two of my favorite healthy pizza recipes so you can have your cake (or in this case, pizza) and eat it too!

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Nature Hike with Jessica Dooley

Happy Spring! Okay, so I know it isn’t technically spring, but I am soaking up every ounce of warm weather and sunshine that Mother Nature is graciously gifting us! It feels as though February is offering us a taste of Spring after what feels like a very long winter.

This past Christmas, Sloane found a pair of binoculars in her stocking. She has loved using them to look out the back door and the living room windows for deer and birds in the yard. So, when we had that first nice day a few weeks back I suggested we go on a nature hike. Unsure of what a nature hike entailed, she was hesitant to go, but after that first day she has been asking for a nature hike almost daily, and I am happy to comply!

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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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