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.

Food prep keeps me organized and saves energy

Sunday is my day to meal plan, grocery shop and ready myself for the week. it is much easier to continue the healthy eating habits we have made and I am more organized when there is a plan in place. For our breakfasts, I make a fritatta. I love fritattas because you can add as … Continue reading Food prep keeps me organized and saves energy

Springfield Cashew Chicken made healthier

I f you havemt heard of Springfield Cashew Chicken, you're missing something so Iconic in Springfield, MO! David Leong from Leong's Tea House is the inventor of this deep fried chicken with savory brown gravy topped with cashews and green onions. I have been craving cashew chicken but because we are eating healthier, I have … Continue reading Springfield Cashew Chicken made healthier

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Meatloaf might be one of my favorite comfort foods. I bet most of us grew up with mom or grandma having their own "go to" recipe for meatloaf and they didn't stray from that recipe very much. Being the type of cook that just can't hardly make the same recipe twice, I always think outside … Continue reading Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf