Sunday, August 31, 2014

Organic VS. Not!

A few months back, one of my friends mentioned on Facebook
that she was going to start buying more organic goods.

Before reading her post, I was already buying organic.
Especially when it came to produce, dairy and meat (when possible).
When shopping, I pay close attention to the Dirty Dozen,
but even if it isn't on the list and I can get organic, I tend to.

After reading her post, I got inspired for this post!
I decided it'd be fun to track what I buy on a weekly basis,
and see how much is organic vs. how much is not!

So without further rambling from myself, take a look below
at a few examples of my weekly grocery trips over the last weeks!

10 Organic VS. 5 Not

14 Organic VS. 11 Not

13 Organic VS. 17 Not

13 Organic VS. 12 Not

12 Organic VS. 9 Not

So as you can see from those above examples, 
I almost always buy more organic than not.

I know it costs a little bit more, 
but I feel better about consuming organic foods vs. not.
Why you may ask?
Simple - GMO's, pesticides, antibiotics, etc. 

If you want to know more,
I found this site is very helpful and informative! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Guest Post: I Scream for Ice Cream!!!

Hey guys!
I've got a little treat for you today.

I recently posted about my Homemade Lemon Sorbet,
which I made from home grown lemons I got from my friend, Inez.
Since she has so many lemons at her disposal, 
she too made a refreshing Summer treat using them!

And are you ready for the best part???
She's here to tell you ALL about it today!

Any guesses what she made?
Keep reading and find out!!!

Hello Robyn's faithful blog readers!

My name is Inez and will be guest blogging today. 
A little about me: I'm your modern day homemaker, 
I love food, I talk a lot, and I watch lots of reality TV. 

Still with me? 

A few weeks ago, I sent Robyn home with lemons and she made an amazing lemon sorbet. 
I was inspired by her blog post and knew I wanted something equally fabulous. 

So, there are some things that I always have an abundance of at home.

Complaining children.
Shows to watch on the DVR.
Dishes that need to be washed.
And Basil.

So I thought, hey, two birds one stone, make Lemon Basil Ice Cream.
Now head on over to my blog to read the rest!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars: Take 2!

I've made Homemade Chewy Granola Bars before.
In fact, I've even blogged about it before!
(You can read about that here.)

Even though I've already shared a Chewy Granola Bar recipe with you,
I found another, made it recently and couldn't help but share it too!

So without saying much more,
take a look at the process to making these treats!

The Goods:
Brown Sugar
Sunflower Kernels
Almond Slices
Chocolate Chips
Toffee Bits
Coconut Flakes

Feel free to change up the recipe and use your favorite add-ins.
Add as many or as few if you'd like.
As you can see above, I went a little crazy and 
basically added everything but the kitchen sink to mine!

I'm always looking for different ways to make things I enjoy, 
so If you have a Chewy Granola Bar recipe you love - please send it my way!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tortellini Pasta Salad

I'm always on the lookout for easy, yet delicious lunches.
Especially ones I can make a big batch of and eat throughout the week.
So when I ran across this recipe, I KNEW I'd be making it soon!
And as usual, I'd be modifying it just a tad.

I've always loved a good pasta salad,
but I honestly never thought to use tortellini!
And boy, was I glad I tried it.
It is so so SO good!!!

And the best part?
It's incredibly easy to make too!
Just take a look below at how easy it really is.

The Goods:
1 Family Size Cheese Tortellini Pasta
1/2 Cup Italian Dressing - store bought or homemade
About 1 Cup Turkey Pepperoni, cut into quarters
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Pint Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
1/2 Cup or so Black Olives, halved
1/2 Cup or so Green Olives, halved
3/4 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook your pasta, drain and set aside to cool.
Chop your bell pepper, olives and pepperoni.
Grate your Parmesan Cheese.
Combine EVERYTHING in one big bowl.
Mix, taste and adjust salt, pepper and dressing if needed.

And now...

I will 100% be making this for lunches again soon!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken - 3 Ways!!!

My friend, Stefani, is an amazing photographer,
but she's also got an eye for easy, yet delicious recipes.
When she first told me about the Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders,
I was immediacy intrigued and knew I had to try it soon!

Not long after,  I made the sliders.
I liked it.
I liked it a lot actually.
But I thought I could make it into more than JUST sliders!

So keep reading and find out how I made something awesome,
into three different things that are equally as awesome!!!

ALL Three Yummy Meals!
As seen earlier on Instagram.

Chicken and Frank's Red Hot - THAT'S IT!!!

Meal Extras

More Meal Extras!

Cook the chicken in the sauce on high
for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Remove chicken from sauce, 
reserve 1/2 to 3/4 cup sauce.
Shred chicken and combine with reserved sauce.

Now - the tough part!
Choosing WHICH way to enjoy the delicious

And  now, I will let the pictures do the talking...

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Wrap!

Buffalo Chicken Sliders!

Last but not least, Buffalo Chicken Salad!

Just blogging about these makes me want to make them all this week!
Hope you enjoy!!!