Ahhmazing Autumn Sangria Recipe

Perfect for fall.  Tasty for your October gatherings.  Nice beverage for your adult Halloween party.  This Autumn Sangria recipe is the perfect combo of not-too-sweet with a little spice.  I recently served this to my gal pals and they asked for seconds…and thirds.  Everyone commented how unique, refreshing and tasty this particular sangria tasted.  One […]

Fab Fall Food: Simple & Low Calorie Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins

Yummy pumpkin season has arrived and I have found a healthier recipe for delicious pumpkin spice mini muffins! With the help of my favorite meal planning site, MealGarden, I found a delish recipe for Pumpkin Spice Muffins!  And MealGarden’s recipe muffins are only 79 calories each (without optional chocolate chips) and only 4.8 grams of […]

Simple & Scrumptious Lasagna Recipe

With the Bachelorette finale two days ago, I knew I had to make something good for my neighborhood gal pals that were coming over for our Monday night guilty pleasure TV viewing.  So I went through my blog and remembered this gem of a rich recipe that makes a very tasty lasagna.  This is a […]

Found! Yummy Spicy Quick & Easy Lentil Side Dish

Manic:  Finding a zesty side dish that isn’t the same ol’ thing like potatoes or broccoli again that my family will eat…and like!  This could also easily be a main dish as well. Managed:  Stopped at the tasting sample section at my local Trader Joe’s and found a surprising combination that is simple to make […]

Last Minute Fabulous 4th of July Party Food & Drink Ideas

Manic:  You have been invited to or are hosting a 4th of July celebration and you need something fun and festive to bring…but also something that is easy and simple to prepare. Managed:  I put together an assortment of ideas for you to quickly choose from.  Some are from awesome social media and some are […]

Family Approved Quick & Nutritious Banana Berry Oatmeal Idea

Manic:  Mornings….and quick sugary cereals and instant oatmeal brands that are packed with sugar are not what I want to give my teenagers for breakfast.  But oftentimes that is what they ended up eating due to limited time in the mornings.  I wanted to find a super quick and healthy way to end this trend. […]

My Picky Family’s Favorite Recipes from Celebrity Chefs

First of all welcome to my many new subscribers!  I am so excited that the New Year has brought so many new readers to this humble little blog of mine that I love keeping up with every day.  It is all about tips and recipes to make our manic lives a little more managed…and healthier. […]

The Real Deal Snacks Line: Our Pick & Your Chance To Win Big Box of Snacks!

Is your family like mine when it comes to asking for crunchy snacks?  My family likes to crunch when they munch on a snack. We keep a lot of healthy crunchy foods on hand like carrot sticks, celery, apples and bell pepper slices.  And sometimes everyone wants to crunch on chips, but chips aren’t terribly […]

Festive Fun Holiday Recipes With Shamrock Farms Foods

Eggnog peppermint cheesecake anyone?  How about an eggnog latte with extract made of rum?  Yum! And here is a fun and tasty idea…peppermint eggnog punch for kids of all ages!  It is all here plus I also share a quick tip that will spice up your mashed potatoes that is super simple. Plus sour cream […]

Quick & Easy Foods To Bring To A Holiday Dinner

Manic:  You have been invited to a friend’s Thanksgiving dinner but you don’t have a lot of time to prepare something elaborate.  Or perhaps you have a long road trip planned to get to your family’s Christmas celebration.  In both cases, you want to bring something festive and fun, but you don’t have a lot […]

More Back To School Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

A healthy waffle sandwich and a yummy yogurt parfait with less sugar are both featured in my recent morning show segment.  Take a look at these kid and mom approved recipes…

Fast & Filling Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Try these easy and healthy ideas to get your kids out the door and fueled up for school.  I tested several fast and filling recipes out on my two teenagers and they worked well and I received a thumbs up! Here is my recent morning show segment with these breakfast ideas, so give these a try…. […]

Back To School Lunch Box Ideas & Foods For All Ages

Manic:  Back to school season.  The lazy carefree days of summer have come to a halt for the kids and they need good solid fuel at lunchtime to help them get refocused and back into it now and all year long. Managed:  Did some brainstorming and reflected back on the years, since I now have […]

Party Pleasers: Watermelon Pizza Pie & Scrumptious Spiced Nuts

Planning a Spring or summer get together?  Are you attending a celebration and you need to bring something unique and yummy?  I’ve got a fun and festive watermelon pizza pie dessert and a spiced nuts recipe that will knock your socks off and can be enhanced with dried cranberries or plain M&Ms, so take a […]

Homemade Green Chile Sauce & Smothered Burrito Recipe

As I continue to share some of my blog’s most read articles to celebrate our 4th anniversary, here is the #1 most read recipe ever.  And it comes from my talented sister-in-law who was born and bred in New Mexico, so her homemade green chile sauce is the real thing.  Take a look and yum… […]