Blueberry Shortcake Recipe

Want something quick and easy but delicious? Try this. I just did. That bowl is now empty. And clean, ’cause I licked it. Don’t judge me.


BRAT Diet Smoothie

BRAT Diet Smoothie!

I’ve been suffering from a nasty case of diarrhea. Two days straight. Im stuck on this BRAT diet (bananas, white rice, applesauce, toast) and in dire need of electrolytes. My SO brought me some unflavored Pedialyte. Yuck! But bless his heart, I am grateful.  I couldn’t stand the taste of it and I was hungry so I came up with this delicious idea.  It even works with flavored Pedialyte…yum!!



1.5 cups of Pedialyte (or any other high electrolyte beverage)

2 bananas

1 cup of applesauce


Blend all ingredients on high-speed for 30-60 seconds. Drink and enjoy.


Safe for your upset stomach and restores electrolytes at the same damn time.



Baked Oatmeal

A family I know recently had a new baby and baby made six.  They needed quick and easy meals that would last them a few days.  The first thing I thought of for them was baked oatmeal.  Its quick, its easy and everyone likes it.  Add your favorite fruit (or nuts) and you have a family friendly meal made to stretch.  I like mine with blueberries. Mmm.  Read, bake and enjoy



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Baked Oatmeal

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 15 Min

Cook Time: 40 Min

Total Time: 55 Min



  • 2 cups Whole Oats uncooked
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or nutmeg or other spice of choice)
  • 1/2 cup sugar more or less to taste
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (or butter)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup fruits or nuts of choice opt. (blueberries are my favorite)


  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 8-inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine oats, baking powder and spices.
  3. In medium bowl, combine butter and sugar; mix well.  To that add milk, eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  4. Add to oats; mix well. Add fruits or nuts of choice and mix
  5. Pour into baking dish.   Bake 45 mins to 1 hour or until golden brown. Remove from oven to cooling rack.
  6. Optional, sprinkle sugar on top after 30 mins and continue baking
  7. Serve with milk, maple syrup or homemade fruit syrup, even ice cream


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Cornbread Chili Casserole

Ever have Cornbread Chili?  Its an easy to make casserole made with chili on the bottom and cornbread on the top.  The bottom of the cornbread get baked into and absorbs some of the chili and oh, it is sooo good and so comforting.  I made this for dinner tonight and I just had to share.  Its very simple to make.  Use your own best homemade chili and cornbread recipes or follow the recipe below.  Enjoy!


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Simple Cornbread Chili Casserole

Course: Main Course

Serves: 8


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Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving will be here in a few short weeks.  For those of us who are hosting the family day feast in our homes this year, now is the time to start planning.  Working a good plan will allow us to actually sit down and enjoy ourselves the day of, rather than fall asleep on the couch after dinner and miss out on all the fun (and exciting family drama).

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Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu Season

It been almost a year since I started this blog.  One of my firsts articles was about recipes and techniques for fighting the flu.  Well we have cycled back to cold and flu season now and I have taken the liberty of compiling a list of all of my articles that will help you and your loved ones stay healthy this season.  My new fav?  Good old fashioned Lemon.  Enjoy, and stay healthy friends.
Cold and Flu Season
Lemon Tonic
The Miracle Tonic
The Hot Toddy/Virgin Hot Toddy
Homemade Cough Syrup
Homemade Lysol
Onions as Medicine

Meal Planning

 Although summer technically ends in mid September, the start of a new school year always seems like the official end of summer.   For me, the end of summer means shutting down the grill with all of its spontaneity  and going back into the kitchen to prepare and cook my family’s meals.  Being the dedicated to wholefoods eating, yet super busy mom that I am, this requires  planning.  Lots of planning, since McDonalds is NEVER an option around here.  Meal Planning is a skill in and of itself.  Its more than a notion and it does take some time but once it is done the rewards are great.  The Key to successful  meal planning is having the right tools and then, of course, executing the plan.

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