Brownies: Scratch VS Box

I love to make brownies and recently, I wondered if given a choice would people like box or scratch brownies better. I made a batch of both and took them to work and asked people to choose which they liked best. Early on, it was dead even and next thing I know, it was 8 … Continue reading Brownies: Scratch VS Box

French Onion Chicken

I recently saw a recipe shared on Facebook for French onion chicken. It looked so good! I have never made French onion anything but this recipe looked so good, I thought, YES, I'm going to do it! I did not use the sage because I don't care for sage and this turned out so good! … Continue reading French Onion Chicken

Buffalo Chicken x5

Since buffalo chicken came on the food scene, I think it's popularity has grown every year. I think I would eat anything "buffalo chicken". I was looking for something to take to a food day at work and I saw a buffalo chicken recipe and thought, I could change that around a little and make … Continue reading Buffalo Chicken x5

Richland Creek Wilderness-Camping, Hiking & Backpacking

If you are looking for a great place to head outdoors in Northern Arkansas, consider the Richland Creek area. For day hikers or backpackers, you can camp in the campground and day hike to Richland Falls, Twin Falls and even Sandstone Castle or you can hike in and camp. The trails to Richland Falls and … Continue reading Richland Creek Wilderness-Camping, Hiking & Backpacking

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

I made this after a friend posted the recipe on fb. The sauce is so creamy and so easy to make. I used enough chicken to make 6 4 oz servings and kept the calories to about 400 per serving. The amount of sauce was great and the broccoli was a great side t8 have … Continue reading Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Lasagna

My granny was Italian and growing up, every Sunday after church, we would go to her house for traditional lunch of pasta, ravioli, meatballs, and Italian sausage. From a young age, I loved the seasonings and flavors of Italian cuisine. Because my granny made the pasta, ravioli and sauce, I found myself leaning more towards … Continue reading Lasagna

Backpacking Bear Creek, Arkansas

Tucked beautifully in a canyon in Arkansas is Bear Creek, a creek that has many waterfalls that snake their way from canyon ridges over moss covered rocks and downed tree limbs to the canyon floor below. It just took one overnight backpacking trip here and I was hooked. We start out parking at a turnout … Continue reading Backpacking Bear Creek, Arkansas

Asian Meatballs Whole 30 and Paleo approved

If you're looking for something different, I recommend you try this recipe. The sauce flavor is so good as it coats and sticks to the meatballs. In this recipe I found at healthylittlepeach.com, I substituted tapioca flour for the arrowroot flour but you can use regular flour too. You can also use soy sauce instead … Continue reading Asian Meatballs Whole 30 and Paleo approved

Gooey Butter Cake Bars

Gooey butter cake bars. Just the words conjure up happy thoughts of a sweet delicious dessert straight from the oven, ooey, gooey cake bars with the perfect crust that crumbles in your mouth and mixes with the flavors to make an instant party in your mouth. It's like fireworks on the 4th of July exploding … Continue reading Gooey Butter Cake Bars

What happens when I notice the first signs of fall? I get the baking bug and want to bake everything! I can’t do that and stay healthy so I compromise and try to imagine healthier recipes to try. We have had several rainy days lately and the rain and foggy conditions turn my mind to fall baking and apples. I love any apple dishes but apple crisp makes my heart sing. I love that like many things I cook and bake that you can change the ingredients and make it a little more healthy or more decadent. As with most times, healthy wins out. First, I preheated the oven to 400. In my baking dish which I sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, I added 3 apples and cored and diced, rough chopped 1/2 cup of pecans, added 1 t cinnamon, sprinkled over top and 2 T brown sugar spread out on top as well. Next, I took 2 T spice cake mix and sprinkled it on top of the brown sugar. Then, I took 2 T homemade ghee and spread it out over top and baked at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. The pecans browned so good and everything just melds together and tastes like fall on a dish! There is approximately 950 calories in the whole dish and there is 4 reasonable portions so that’s not too bad I think as I strengthen my resolve to not eat it all! You could add dates, walnuts, apple pie spice, oats and seeds of any type and still have an equally tasty dish.