Chocolate Strawberry Shake {and a Sentiment of Love}

Chocolate Strawberry Shake

Once upon a time, I used to make this sweet Chocolate Strawberry Shake at least a few times a week for my dear husband.  Oh, and I would usually have a little bit of it too if he felt like sharing. ;) Sadly, we somehow got out of the habit of making these pretty shakes when we moved about a year ago.  However, last night I was reminded of just how yummy they are when my husband decided to whip some up for us in the blender. He made one for each of us and they were perfect.  It was a perfect treat on the eve of Valentine's Day! And this was the perfect treat to wake up to on Valentine's … [Read more...]

Naturally-Sweetened Homemade Marshmallows

Naturally Sweetened Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows are one of those things that sound so elusive to most people. I mean, who makes their own marshmallows? Only crazy people, right? Well, what if I told you that you can make homemade marshmallows that are not only easy to make, but also much tastier than their store-bought counterparts? And they just so happen to include only real food ingredients, including a completely natural sweetener. Join me at Keeper of the Home today where I am sharing the recipe for Naturally-Sweetened Homemade Marshmallows. … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake {Refined Sugar Free}

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Sugar Free Honey Sweetened

As I mentioned last week, my husband had a birthday a few weeks ago.  I surprised him when he came home from work with a birthday dinner consisting of salad, lasagna, garlic bread, and carrot cake - all favorites of his! The carrot cake is actually a bit of a running joke between me and him.  A few years ago for his birthday, I asked him what kind of cake he would like for me to make for him, and he asked for a carrot cake.  Sure, I could do a carrot cake.  I love carrot cake! This was when we were just starting to think and research more about our food choices, and at the time I was … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls {Made with Whole Wheat}

Homemade Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. Ooey.  Gooey.  Melt-in-your mouth.  Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. Need I say more? We have a family tradition to have pumpkin pancakes for breakfast every year on Thanksgiving.  I'm seriously thinking about breaking tradition to have these cinnamon rolls instead this year.  Maybe we can have both! Let's make these, shall we? We're going to start out by mixing together all of our dough ingredients in a stand mixer.  Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Then we're going to put our dough in an oiled bowl, and let it raise until doubled. After … [Read more...]

Honey-Sweetened Cream Cheese Frosting

Honey-Sweetened Cream Cheese Frosting

I have a weakness for cream cheese frosting.  I'd rather have it than buttercream any day! The problem is most cream cheese frosting recipes have a TON of white powdered sugar in them.  Not exactly healthy, ya know? Well, when my husband had his birthday a few weeks ago, I decided to play around with a honey-sweetened cream cheese frosting for his birthday cake (which just so happened to be a really yummy whole wheat carrot cake - one of his favorites!) It was so good!  I actually liked it better than your standard cream cheese frosting.  It was plenty sweet enough, but it wasn't so … [Read more...]

Classic Homemade Pumpkin Pie {Made with Fresh Pumpkin}

Homemade Pumpkin Pie made out of a Fresh Pumpkin

I never was a big fan of pumpkin pie during my childhood years.  Every year at Thanksgiving, I would choose cherry or apple pie over the classic pumpkin pie.  I never understood why it was such a big deal around the holidays! Until... I had my first pumpkin pie made out of fresh pumpkin.  Yum! Read more and check out my recipe for a classic pumpkin pie made from fresh pumpkin over at Keeper of the Home. … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

Have you ever tried chia seeds before?  Yes, these are the same chia seeds that everyone has heard about from the Chia Pets! Well, it turns out that not only are they good for making your very own Shrek head houseplant (haha!), but they also happen to be a powerhouse of nutrition and contain more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon!  If you've never tried them before, I highly recommend them as a great, easy, way to get some more nutrition in your diet. Not sure what to do with the chia seeds once you have them?  Join me at Keeper of the Home today as I share a delicious recipe for Chocolate … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn: Naturally Sweetened

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My husband says he doesn’t like popcorn.  However, whenever I make this caramel corn he sure does eat an awful lot of it for someone who doesn’t like popcorn! This popcorn is a favorite treat of ours to make around the holidays.  I will usually make several batches of this and deliver it as gifts to friends and family.  Homemade caramel corn is hard to beat! [print_this] Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn: Naturally Sweetened I usually use peanuts in this recipes, but cashews and pecans are both really good too. You could also leave the nuts out if you prefer. Ingredients: 3.5 quarts … [Read more...]

Healthy Holidays: Slightly Indulgent Sweet Treats (A Free Gift for You!)

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I am so excited to finally be able to announce to you a free cookbook that I have been working on with some of my fellow bloggers.  Healthy Holidays: Slightly Indulgent Sweet Treats is a book that is full of more than 20 recipes for you to enjoy during this holiday baking season! (Although all of the recipes will certainly be enjoyed year round!) I teamed up with Intentional By Grace, The Humbled Homemaker, and Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy, to bring you this ebook.  It is a special gift to our readers, and we hope that you will be able to get a lot of use from it.  The recipes featured … [Read more...]