20 High Protein Snacks to Control Hunger

20 high protein snacks to control hunger

Healthy eating is about more than just calories, the type of calories you put in your body can go a long way towards helping you meet your fitness or weight loss goals.  I've learned the hard way over the years that no matter how strong my sweet tooth, 100 calories of sugar is not going to fill me up like 100 calories of protein! By choosing the … [Read more...]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Skinny “Ice Cream”

chocolate skinny ice cream

Hello.  My name is Melissa and I'm a Chocoholic.  And a Peanut Butteraholic. (Is that a thing? Because if not I need to make it a thing because the craving is REAL!) I am the first to admit that I have a HUGE sweet tooth, as you can tell from perusing my recipe gallery!! But lately I've been hunting and digging for any way to satisfy my sweet … [Read more...]

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Parmesan Mushroom Chicken

mushroom parmesan chicken

I try a lot of recipes trying to create new things to share with you all here on the blog.   My boys and husband are subjected to the results of those recipes, both good and bad, and believe me, there are just as many bad ones as there are good ones! Every now and then my husband will look across the table and give me a certain look when he takes … [Read more...]

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White Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

white chocolate cookie bars

I love to bake...I love to bake from scratch and I love to bake from, well, not so scratch!! Yep, no food snobbery here at my house-which is why we love to try new recipe combinations from boxed cake mix and this here little white chocolate cookie bar is one of the best yet! It mixes together in a snap and melts in your mouth with chocolately … [Read more...]

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Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese Bites

hidden veggie mac and cheese bites

When I was a young mother I was so happy by how many fruits and veggies my oldest son ate...I must be a pretty awesome mom with a toddler that scarfed down his peas, right? Fast forward eight years and not a veggie passes that same little mouth without major fuss-and he's got two little brothers joining him in complaining whenever something green … [Read more...]

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Easy Caramel Brownies

caramel brownie recipe

Thanks to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today's recipe! Confession: I made these brownies for my family the other night and had to immediately package up the leftovers to send to work with my husband because they were just SOOOO good I knew I was going to eat them all if I didn't get them out of the house! These easy caramel brownies are the … [Read more...]

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Easy Indian Cuisine at Home

chicken tikka masala recipe

Disclosure: I am participating in this campaign as a member of the World Market Ambassador Program. I received compensation in the form of gift cards, but all opinions are my own. I was not, as you might say, and "adventurous" eater growing up.  In fact I remained pretty picky right up until I had my youngest son 3.5 years ago.  I'm one of those … [Read more...]

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Easy Cookie Butter Recipe {Gluten Free, Nut Free Option!}

homemade cookie butter with apples

Have you all jumped on the cookie butter wagon yet? It seems it all started with Trader Joe's and has spread across the web in various incarnations...cookie butter is a spread with the consistency of nut butter but made from, and tasting fantastically like, cookies! While there are tons of variations out there the cookie butter recipe I recently … [Read more...]

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Guilt Free Cilantro Lime Chicken

grilled cilantro lime fiesta chicken

As I mentioned yesterday when I shared over 75 skinny desserts, I'm on a mission to get in top shape by time our family takes a cruise vacation in a couple months.  My husband, as with many men, is not so concerned.  He's one of those guys that can eat and eat and eat and not gain weight.  Lucky him. He also doesn't particularly love eating the … [Read more...]

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100+ Spring Projects

100 spring projects

It's my favorite time of the month-the last Tuesday when I get together with some of my closest blogging friends to share a huge old bucket of inspiration for you guys! This month we're bringing back last year's theme of All Things Spring-and y'all, last year we had 50 projects for you and this year can you believe we have rounded up over 100!!! … [Read more...]

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Easy Mushroom Risotto Recipe (and Risotto Making Tips!)

creamy mushroom risotto recipe

For years and years I avoided making risotto-I had heard that it was difficult to make and labor intensive.  I loved to eat it mind you-that warm, creamy rice is comfort food perfection! A few years ago I got sick of making the same old side dishes week after week and I decided to give it a shot-I was surprised how easy it was once I got the hang … [Read more...]

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Easy Dinner Party Menu

penne puttanesca

When I was little my mom would throw amazing dinner parties-I loved watching her gliding around greeting her guests and how the conversation flowed so easily.  Sometimes she'd throw themed parties, other times it was just close friends for an intimate dinner.  My mom is one of those bubbling extroverts that people just want to be around, it seemed … [Read more...]

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