• 10 Healthy Snack Ideas for the Workweek
  • Blue Crab Marinara with Stuffed Shells Florentine
  • Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
  • Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
  • Cheesy Individual Chicken Casserole en Puff
10 Healthy Snack Ideas for the Workweek

10 Healthy Snack Ideas for the Workweek

I am often asked for ideas for healthy snacks, so I thought I would do up a post on the topic. Not that I have any stellar secrets or overly creative ideas for everyday snacks, but I am 42, I’ve popped out 2 kids, and I’m fit. So I figure I must be doing something right… 

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Blue Crab Marinara with Stuffed Shells Florentine

Blue Crab Marinara with Stuffed Shells Florentine

There are about a zillion ways to stuff pasta aren’t there? ..So here’s another! But in this recipe, we don’t just have a great filling, I went a little crazy and added crab to the sauce. I know, CRAZY right?! You’re thinking, “Woo! I never expected that!” Alright maybe you didn’t think “woo”, but this is exciting… 

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Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Reese’s. Peanut. Butter. Eggs. Every Easter, I go crazy for Reese’s peanut butter eggs. I am a known Reese’s peanut butter cup fan year round, but the Easter eggs with their extra favorable peanut butter to chocolate ratio are just one of the best things made by men. My butt loves them too – it… 

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Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Last night, when making her lunch for school the next day, my daughter took a plastic container, added salad greens, and packed another little container with some of this dressing. This is a true story. MY daughter – with no prompting from me whatsoever – put salad, by CHOICE, into her school lunch. SALAD!!! Should… 

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100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

And here it is. Homemade, delicious, whole wheat sandwich bread. Oh my gosh I have made this a dozen times to get it right. Making 100% whole wheat bread is very tricky, and if you find a recipe that produces fluffy, store-bought-like bread, please let me know. I haven’t been able to get any to work…. 

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Cheesy Individual Chicken Casserole en Puff

Cheesy Individual Chicken Casserole en Puff

If you’re looking for a little comfort, look no further. This dish will hold your hand, give you a hug, let you cry on its shoulder then still tell you you’re pretty …whatever you need. I first had a dish similar to this at a family reunion a couple years ago in Woodstock, Virginia. My… 

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Blood Orange and Dark Chocolate Brownies

Blood Orange and Dark Chocolate Brownies

I have wanted to make up a great brownie recipe for a long long …long time. A fudgy, chocolate-all-in-my-teeth, huge-smile-on-my-face kinda brownie. My Raid-Your-Kids’-Halloween-Candy Brownies are good and fun, but they are not the pinnacle of brownie success I was hoping to one day achieve. I wanted to make a GREAT brownie. It had to have… 

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Mango Peach Smoothie

Mango Peach Smoothie

This one is for my daughter … My beautiful, 11 year old spit-fire is a total and complete Florida-girl to her bones. She surfs, gets frigid cold below 75F, hates to wear shoes, and has long, sun-kissed beach hair. She also eats mangos like most kids eat cookies. As for me, the import from the… 

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Florida Lobster Gratin

Florida Lobster Gratin

Alright, I try new recipes all the time. But every so often, I try something that absolutely blows me away. This is one of those dishes. I first had it at the grocery store of all places. Our grocery store, Publix, does a recipe of the week sort of thing, prepared in the store for… 

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Egg-Free, Strawberry Amaretto Ice Cream

Egg-Free, Strawberry Amaretto Ice Cream

A scoop of rich, cold creamy ice cream – just one – each day. That is a sure prescription for happiness. This recipe was inspired by a cool spring day and a beautiful bunch of red berries. We woke up the other morning and the house was so chilly! This never happens this time of year… 

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