Category Archives: Recipes

Modern Potluck

I have quite a little obsession with cookbooks.  They are so enticing to look through and I love trying out new recipes with my family.  I was drawn to Modern Potluck by Kristin Donnelly.  The cover made me feel like the recipes were going to remind me of growing up and comfort food.


I was spot on.  The cookbook is divided into chapters including Slow-Cooked & Served Hot, Baked & Savory, and Sweets among others.  The very first recipe in the book is something I will be trying real soon.  It’s called Sweet-Spicy-Salty Snack Mix and some of the ingredients include popcorn, rice crackers, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and brown sugar.  The picture looks just decadent and the step by step instructions look easy to follow.  For each recipe the author tells you how you can prep the dish for a potluck.   I really like the cookbook is laid out and most of the dishes include ingredients I have heard of.  It is definitely a cookbook you should check out if you’re looking for new recipes to share with a crowd.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Country Cooking From A Redneck Kitchen

I’m still kind of new to the whole cooking thing.  I know how to make simple dishes, and have been trying to incorporate new meals every so often.  When I’m looking to try a new recipe, I always scan the ingredients first.  If there is more than one ingredient that I have never heard of or used, I move on.  I like to cook simply, and with ingredients I’ve actually heard of or know where to find them in the grocery store.


I’m absolutely in love with Country Cooking From A Redneck Kitchen.  I would say 98% of the recipes, I could make right now with the ingredients I already have in my kitchen.  No weird spices or add-ons I’ve never heard of.  The recipes remind me of food I would eat if I went home to my mom’s for dinner.  They are amazing!  The book offers such a variety as well.  It includes recipes for dips, soups, barbecue of course, pot pie, breads, and my favorite, desserts.


The book includes really beautiful pictures of the food, with easy to follow instructions.  If you’re a beginner in the kitchen, like me, this book is great!  Even if you’re not a beginner, the recipes are out of this world you must try.  I highly recommend Country Cooking From A Redneck Kitchen to anyone who cooks.  You won’t be disappointed!

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Eating in the Middle

One of my main mantras in life is, “Everything in moderation.”  I try to eat healthy as often as I can, but let’s be honest, I love food.  I have learned over the years, that as soon as I restrict myself or tell myself I cannot have something, I end up eating more than I ever have.  I love this cookbook for just that reason.


Eating in the Middle gives you healthy recipes, and recipes that are “better for you.”  It teaches you how to eat in balance.  I also love this cookbook because of the wide variety of foods.  It has everything from pancakes, to salsa, to meatballs, and brownies.  Most of the recipes include ingredients you can find in your own kitchen.  Nothing too exotic or hard to find.  I look forward to trying even more of the recipes, but the Greek Yogurt Pancakes were delicious.  Even my kids loved them!


“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

5 in 5

Cooking is something I do because I have to, not because I want to.  I just don’t have that passion for cooking that some people have.  It could be because I’m always in a hurry when dinnertime comes.  I was very intrigued when I heard of the book, “5 in 5.”


5 in 5 is a cookbook of 165 recipes.  Each recipe includes 5 fresh ingredients and 5 minutes of heat.  Most of the recipes include ingredients that I already have in my fridge and pantry.  The book is divided by seasons; spring, summer, fall, winter, and holidays.  I would have preferred it to be divided by meal type, but there is an index as well.  My favorite recipe was the Glazed Carrots with Pecans & Nutmeg.  Ingredients included olive oil, carrots, salt, pepper, unsalted butter, pecans, brown sugar, nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and parsley.  It was very easy to make and tasted delicious! Even my kids liked it!


If you are looking for a new cookbook made with real food, you must get this book.  Easy to make, simple ingredients, and delicious meals.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Pina Shakeology Coloda

I really LOVE pina coladas and on this hot day I just had to have one.  I’ve been meaning to try this recipe and it tastes as good as it sounds!



  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple/mango chunks
  • 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 container of Oikos Triple Zero Coconut Crème greek yogurt
  • 12oz water


Blend all ingredients and enjoy!  Even my mom thought it was amazing!


Caramel Apple Shakeology

I am definitely going to be making these a lot more often in fall.  It tasted just like a caramel apple!



  • Handful of spinach and kale
  • one small apple (next time I am going to try granny smith)
  • 1/4 cup of Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp caramel extract
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 8 oz water


I cut the apple into large chunks, threw all of it in my Ninja, and it blended great!

Peanut Butter Banana Shakeology

I felt like a little peanut butter today, but wanted some fruit as well.  This hit the spot!



  • handful of spinach and kale
  • 1/4 cup of Triple Zero vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • small banana
  • 1 tbsp. peanut powder
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 8 oz water

It was delicious!!!


If You Like Pina Coladas…

I went on vacation to an indoor waterpark the past few days. They made the best Pina Coladas ever.  I was craving one today so I whipped up a much healthier version.   I have to say it was absolutely delicious!



  • Handful of spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 cup water

Blend all together and enjoy!



Orange Dreamsicle Shakeology

I just found my new favorite smoothie for this summer. It is so refreshing and absolutely delicious. It tastes just like an orange dreamsicle!


  • 4oz orange juice
  • 4oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4oz water
  • 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • a few ice cubes

Blend everything together and enjoy! I was going to post a picture of the after, but it was so good I drank it too fast and forgot!

Chocolate PB2 Shakeology

This is my “Go To” Shakeology shake when I’m super short on time.


  • 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 Tbsp PB2
  • 4 oz Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk
  • 6 oz water
  • 3 icecubes

Mix it all up in a shaker cup, and it’s delicious!!! Sometimes I even have one in the evening if I’m craving something sweet.