Redux

  • Carved Golf Ball Watermelon

    Golf Ball Watermelon

    My Dad retired this month! Yay!! Congratulations to my Dad! He has worked so hard and had a long commute each and every day!! Hope you enjoy your retirement Dad!! Love you! To celebrate this great accomplishment we had a Golf Themed party! My contribution to this party was to make a Golf Ball Watermelon! This was a lot of fun to make as well as a lot of work but I am happy with the outcome! When picking your watermelon try and find the roundest watermelon you can find. I started by cleaning the watermelon. I used this Eat Cleaner Fruit & Veggie Wash Or I also use: Mix…

  • Energizing Peanut Butter Balls

    Healthy Travel Snacks

    With Summer just around the corner its time to start thinking about healthy health travel snacks! Below I hvae posted a few of our favorite travel snacks! Peanut Butter Protein Balls Looking for an on the go snack? These energy balls are so simple to make. They are great for a before your workout, road trip, picnic, a party you name it! My kids love these as well. There are several ways you can make these protein balls. I want to make these as healthy as I can and without preservatives and other unwanted food additives. I made this batch with homemade peanut butter. Yum!! Spicy Roasted Almonds Spicy roasted…

  • Homemade Bread

    Shop your Pantry

    In the United States, we waste between 30 to 40 percent of our food supply, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. As a family we are guilty of this as well but we are trying our best to cut back on our food waste. What we have been doing to cut back on our waste is first we shop our pantry and fridge before heading to the store. I try and make a meal plan for that week with items we already have. Next, we freeze any leftovers that we are not going to eat in the next couple of days. If we do have any food that…

  • Oscar Night

    The Academy Awards February 24 do you watch and have a viewing party? I remember the first time I ever watched the Oscars. I was in High School and my sister and I went to our friend’s house for dinner and to watch the Oscars. We had so much fun and we had the best dinner! I love popcorn and went I think of watching a movie I crave a buttery bowl of popcorn!! Related posts:Amazon Prime Day July 16-17, 2024Kristin McConnellHi!! I’m Kristin McConnell,  I am so glad you are here! I am a wife to my amazing husband and a Mom of two fabulous kids. I love gardening,…

  • Peanut Butter Cookies Close Up

    Peanut Butter Cookies

    Decembers Recipe Redux Challenge/Theme was to grab the nearest cookbook and “ReDux” the recipe on page 201, 18, 218 – or any combination of the number ‘2018.’ I grabbed my trusty Better Homes and Garden Cookbook my Grandma bought me after I moved out of my parents home.  So to say the least I’ve used this cookbook a lot over the years. Original recipe title Peanut Butter Cookies in the Better Homes and Garden page 218. It was purely a coincidence this recipe was a sweet treat which I feel it totally appropriate for this holiday season! In reality, you can make this treat any time of year it’s a…

  • Healthy Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

    Healthy Butternut Squash & Apple Soup It’s soup season and I have to say my family and I love soup! Especially on cold snow days. I made this butternut squash and apple soup last year and it was a huge hit. I decided to make it again. This time we not only used butternut squash from our garden but we also had delicious apples from our apple trees on the property! I am so in love with the opportunity to have some land so we can have our garden, orchard and I can’t forget my wonderful chickens and ducks. It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating homegrown vegetables!…

  • Cooking with Your Kids!

    Do your kids help you out in the kitchen? I love to have my kids help me cook! They have been helping me since they were very young! And know my kids love to cook and they just start cooking meals when they are hungry. They did this almost daily during the summer. I would come in from doing choirs and they would be busy in the kitchen cooking! It was/is a wonderful sight! =)  Kids that help in the kitchen Are 35% less likely to be engaged in unhealthy eating habits and 24% more likely to eat healthier foods? They are 12% less likely to be tempted to try drugs? The…

  • Paleo Loaded Crispy Potato Skins

    Disclosure:  By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Potatoes USA and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time and as always!  Thanks for supporting the foods that keep this website running!  Hi Friends! Today I have a delicious Paleo Loaded Crispy Potato Skins Recipe for you! Just in time for football season! Are you a huge potato fan like my family? My son could eat potatoes every day if I would let him. In fact, he had hash browns, eggs and bacon for breakfast. POTATOES PROVIDE THE CARBOHYDRATE, POTASSIUM, AND ENERGY YOU NEED TO PERFORM AT YOUR…

  • Spicy Roasted Almonds

    Spicy Roasted Almonds This months Recipe Redux Challenge was to create a crunchy recipe. The first thing that came to mind was spicy roasting almonds. I’m actually been wanting to make these for a while now but just haven’t made time to do so until now.   With hunting season here my husband needs some healthy on the go snacks. He loves some extra spicy treats so this recipe will be perfect for his hunts or for your camping trip or hiking. Oh, course they would also be perfect for school lunches, BBQ’s or just a simple grab and go snack.   Health Benefits of Almonds 1. Boost Brain Health Almonds are…

  • PEACH COCONUT SMOOTHIE

    PEACH COCONUT SMOOTHIE Peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots: we love them all! And they are at their peak season now in summer. We are currently growing in our orchard 3 peach trees, cherry trees, apple trees, and too many to count plum trees.  You can read about our orchard we are starting here. This peach coconut smoothie is creamy, sweet and delicious without any dairy or added sugar. Fresh ripe peaches make all the difference in this easy paleo smoothie. Related posts:Amazon Prime Day July 16-17, 2024Kristin McConnellHi!! I’m Kristin McConnell,  I am so glad you are here! I am a wife to my amazing husband and a Mom of two fabulous kids. I love gardening,…

  • Chicken Salad Wrap

    Chicken Salad Wrap This month with The Recipe Redux Challenge June was to upgrade a traditional Sandwich Upgrades.   I love chicken salad and this time I tried to switch it up a bit and used some horseradish leaves from our property. It turned out amazing. The horseradish leaves taste a lot like kale. I have never grown horseradish before it came up all on its own. The previous owners planted two different big patches of horseradish, I wasn’t sure what to with it besides make horseradish sauce so I went to one of the homesteading facebook groups I’m a member of for some ideas and a couple people suggested…

  • Gut Healthy Probiotic Cocktail

    Gut Healthy Probiotic Cocktails Say what?! A Gut Healthy Probiotic Cocktail! Yep, that’s right. Today I will show you how to make this delicious concoction. This month for The Recipe Redux Monthly Challenge was to make a Probiotic Cocktails and Gut-Health Mocktails! We’re seeing probiotic cocktails and gut-health mocktails popping up on trendy drink menus.  Our Gut Health is truly an important factor in our overall health.  If we have poor gut health it will show up in other areas affecting our overall health. We’ve all heard the saying, “listen to your gut.” And while that advice often refers to our intuition, it should also speak to our digestion. One way I…

  • Sabra Hummus Chicken filled Quesadilla on white plate, cilantro, guacamole, sabra hummus and sour cream in the background.

    Sabra Hummus Chicken Quesadilla

    Sabra Hummus Quesadilla “I received free samples of Sabra mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”     Do you love hummus? If you haven’t tried Sabra’s  Hummus, you are missing out on all their delicious great flavored spread. With Summer just around the corner, that means BBQ’s parties and more. This delicious plant-based hummus is a perfect addition to your meal. When the hummus arrived I had a hard time keeping my family from eating them before I have a chance to make a few…

  • Picnic Season

    Its that time of year! Picnic Season! Did you know that April 23rd is National Picnic Day?!   I am hoping the weather will be nice so we can have a picnic dinner on National Picnic Day! I have always enjoyed a good picnic from driving up to the mountains to a backyard picnic with my kids. When my husband and first started dating we went on a lot of fun picnics, we would drive somewhere preferably in the mountains and where there was a lake, river or stream so Ryan could get a little fishing in. What are your favorite picnic dishes you like to make?   Here is a quick and…

  • Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Easter is almost here! What are your plans and traditions for Easter? We usually do Easter brunch with the family and then we go for a hike if the weather is nice. Decorate easter eggs and look for eggs around the house an yard. This year shoud be super fun with hidding all the eggs throughout the property! If you still have to make some Easter baskets, check out my Candy-Free Easter Basket ideas or my Healthy Easter Recipe Blog Post  For this months Recipe Redux, we were challenged to share our favorite family recipes for springtime celebrations.   My Mom makes an amazing Carrot Cake! My kids…

  • brownie cookies on a cookie sheet

    Keto Brownie Cookies

    Keto Brownies Cookies  “I received free samples of Swerve mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Swerve and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.” Keto Brownie Cookies! Over the weekend I was recipe testing. And, not just any recipe I was testing Brownies!! Yep, My kids were in Heaven! I made a batch and it was good but they were a bit crummy. My goal was to make these Paleo, Keto and gluten-free as well as use this new sugar that I received Swerve. Swerve is a delicious natural sweetener that measures cup-for-cup just like…

  • Zucchini Bread on a wooden cutting board

    Paleo Zucchini Bread

    Paleo Zucchini Bread I love zucchini bread but traditionally made it can have up to 3 cups of sugar! Yikes!!! For this months February  The Recipe Redux Challenge we were challenged to make some bread! I went to my freezer to see what I had on hand to use to make some delicious bread. I found several frozen packages of zucchini from our garden! Score! I love zucchini bread and so does my family. The next challenge was banana I was all out of fresh bananas and then I remembered I have frozen a few for my morning smoothies. I quickly defrosted them. I place the bags of zucchini and banana into…

  • Pistachios heart healthy

    Wonderful Pistachio Roasted Bacon Brussel Sprouts

    Wonderful Pistachio Roasted Bacon Brussel Sprouts   “I received free samples of Wonderful Pistachios mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.” Kitchen Love for Heart-Smart Wonderful Pistachios Sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios #getcrackin I love bacon and brussels sprouts and then when you add heart-healthy pistachios from Wonderful Pistachios it truly tops the dish!!!   This delicious side dish has it all healthy fats, protein, and greens. What more could you ask for? Do you like Brussel sprouts? I used to think I…