Blog posts of '2018' 'October'

3 Ways to Cook Bacon
3 Ways to Cook Bacon

Let's review your bacon cooking options before all those holiday guests arrive!

There are 3 ways to cook bacon

#1 : Skillet

This is the most popular bacon cooking method. When we think of crispy bacon, we think skillet cooked bacon.

Put the bacon in a cold skillet (yes cold!), then set your stovetop burner over medium heat and cook.  Turn your bacon occassionally from one side to the other, 7 to 11 minutes. Drain on paper towels.  Remember, don't over-crowd your bacon. It's best to work in batches

#2 : Microwave

The quick and dirty method when time is of the essence and you don't want to babysit the skillet

Line a lare microweave-safe plate with a double layer of paper towels.  Add the bacon and cover with 2 additional paper towels.  Microwave on HIGH for 5 to 8 minues, until crispy and immediately move your bacon to another plate to crisp and cool slightly

#3 : Oven

The new preferred method for a healtheir unfried and crispy bacon

Arrange your bacon on a rack that has some space between the rack and the pan that will hld all your drippings (usually a foil lined pan works best).  Bake your bacon at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes.  Cool your bacon on a plate

30 Minute Chicken Quesadillas Recipe
30 Minute Chicken Quesadillas Recipe
Quesadillas make for easy appetizers! or small weeknight bites
Ready in under 30, they are a great grab and go quick meal when you are short on time but still want something satisfying and nutritionally balanced
And no ovens required!
Teal Pumpkins : Raising awareness for food allergies
Teal Pumpkins : Raising awareness for food allergies

The Teal pumpkin project is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids with food allergies. It promotes and raises awareness throughout the Halloween Season

Many foods manufactured today can contain ingredients that have been linked to food allergies across kids and adults.  Milk (Dairy), Nuts (tree nuts), Peanuts, Shellfish, Eggs, Soy, Mustard, Wheat (flour / Gluten) and soy ingredients that are often noted as potential allergens on food labels.

So ... tricker treating for kids that have one or more of these allergies can be difficult, to say the least.

The Teal Pumpkin project was Launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the Teal Pumpkin Project® promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!

How can you participate?

Here are some fun ways you can participate:

  • Paint your pumpkin teal and display it outside your home
  • Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters (stickers, glow sticks, playing cards etc.)
  • Download and display a free printable poster/sign in your window (See downloads below)
  • Tell your families and friends and ask them to join the campaign
  • Host an allergy-friendly Halloween party and paint pumpkins with friends

Get educated! and read more about the Teal Pumpkin Project on's website

#1 Cooking Hack to Perfectly Poached Eggs
#1 Cooking Hack to Perfectly Poached Eggs

If your attempts at perfect poached eggs always end up in a messy breakfast disaster - don't worry, we've got your back! Our poached egg trick works every time!

Here's our easy step-by-step egg poaching how-to!

#1 - Pull out a bowl and lay plastic wrap inside the bowl.  Use a little olive or vegetable oil and grease the insides of your plastic wra

#2 - Crack an egg in the center of your plastic wrap

#3 - bring the sides of your plastic wrap up over the egg and wrap your egg tightly inside the plastic wrap, securing the ends together by either tying them off or using a small twist tie

#4 - drop your egg wrapped in plastic wrap into a pot of salted boiling water for 2 - 4 minutes. Small eggs will only need 2 minutes, big jumbo eggs will need 4 minutes. If you like a less runny style egg then boil for a little less time

#5 - Remove your poached eggs, unwrap them as they cool and top them onto your plate.

Total poached egg deliciousness awaits you!

The #1 Trick to Getting the Crispiest hash browns Ever
The #1 Trick to Getting the Crispiest hash browns Ever

5 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda
5 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

Make a Face Mask

Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of baking soda with the juice from half a lemon and a squirt or two of honey. Apply the mixture to your face, let it sit for about 15 minutes, rinse and say hello to a glowing complexion.

Clean Produce

Mix baking soda with water and use the paste to scrub produce from the supermarket clean. (Bye-bye, dirt and pesticides.)

Treat Bug Bites

Create a paste with water and dab it on bug bites and bee stings to ease pain, itching and swelling. Bonus: This also works on sunburns.

Sop Up Oil Spills

No matter if it’s in the garage or on your favorite pair of pants--sprinkle baking soda on the spot to help absorb the oil.

Clean Your Teeth

In a pinch, mix baking soda with water to create a paste and brush away.

Vegan Chocolate peanut butter chia mousse dessert recipe
Vegan Chocolate peanut butter chia mousse dessert recipe

Vegant Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Mousse is super simple to make!

Here's the skinny!

Mix everything together, letting the chia seeds soak for a bit so that they can absorb the liquid and become plump. Then blend everything until extra light, smooth, and creamy, chill the mousse for a few hours to allow it to set up, and then eat. Simple as that.

One bowl, one blender, and done.

What I love about this recipe is that even though it is vegan, you’d never guess it.

The texture is a little heavier than an egg based mousse recipe, but this chia mousse is silky smooth, perfectly sweet, and extra chocolatey with a kick of peanut butter to round if off

Now .. for a little nutrition you deets! ...Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. A single serving of chia seeds contains 5.6 grams of protein, making this mousse a healthy dose of vegan protein!

Makes 6 - 8 mousse desserts


  • 1 box mix - Do You Bake? Sugar Free Chocolae PB Chia Pudding Mix
  • 3 1/2 cups nut milk
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup (or agave or honey) **if following a low carb diet, use sugar free syrup**
  • 1/2 teaspoon flakey sea salt
  • dried cacao nibs or fruit for topping and serving (optional)


1. In a bowl, whisk together the chia seeds, milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Cover and place in the fridge for 2 hours or up to overnight.

2. Transfer the chia seed mix to a blender and blend on high power until smooth and creamy. It’s helpful to scrape down the sides once or twice while blending to incorporate everything. Taste and add more maple if a sweeter mousse is desired. Spoon the mouse into 6 servings bowls. Cover and chill 2 hours or overnight.

3. To make the coconut cream, tip the coconut cream upside down and pour out the coconut water. Scoop out the coconut cream and add it to a mixing bowl with the maple syrup and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream until combined.

4. Serve the mousse topped with your favorite toppings (nuts, fruit, caco nibs, coconut cream)

Chocolate peanut butter chia mousse dessert recipe! Inspired by my love for all things dessert and healthy! Even better? All you need is 5 ingredients!

The light and airy texture of mousse .... turned vegan! All it takes is a few simple ingredients and a couple hours of waiting time and you have a perfect sweet loving dessert .. packed with a lot of healthy-you powers!

It's so easy, so good and pretty freaking healthy too!

Pumpkin Yogurt & Granola Breakfast Parfait Recipe
Pumpkin Yogurt & Granola Breakfast Parfait Recipe

If you love pumpkin then this is a breakfast for you.  Seriously delicious and it will have your fall tastebuds dancing.  When you combine both the creaminess of greek yogurt, the fall spices and a light granola crunch, you definitely will be in heaven

Make these up the night before and enjoy for a quick grab and go breakfast.

Simple and Quick Bathtub Scrub Using Grapefruit
Simple and Quick Bathtub Scrub Using Grapefruit

Fresh-smelling citrus brings a spa-like vibe to your bathrooms with our simple bath-tub cleaning recipe

Grab a grapefruit, cut in half. Sprinkle liberally with salt and set aside

Wet your bathtub lightly with a sprinkle of water. Sprinkle an additional 1/4 cup of salt around the perimeter of your no so pretty smelling and looking bath tub

Take your grapefruit (already salted) and scrub your tub surround or tile surround. Make sure you lightly squeeze the grapefruit as you scrub to bring out the squeaky and clean. 

Rinse away the leftover salt and grapefruit with warm water.

Squeaky, clean and oh so smell-good.

Remove a scorch mark from your iron with a dash of table salt
Remove a scorch mark from your iron with a dash of table salt

An iron is one of the best tools in our grown up tools arsenal, keeping our clothing crisp and pretty.  But if it's covered in brown gook, it doesn't do us any good (Helo sticky ugly brown scorch stain!

Here, how to clean that gross and gunky residue once and for all.

What you need: A sheet of paper, table salt and a damp cloth

What you do: Sprinkle a generous amount of salt on the piece of paper and run your hot iron over it a couple of times. Then unplug the iron and let it cool before wiping it down with the cloth.

Why it works: The build-up and grime will actually stick to the salt so that, when you wipe it down, the dirt comes right off.