Free Book: Halloween Food

hallowwen food

Have you started thinking about Halloween yet? I have!

Right now you can get the book Halloween Food (Instructables Halloween Book 3)for FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

Trick out the treats for your next gathering of ghouls with these 20 Halloween food projects.

These desserts, snacks, and drinks will appeal to people who want something cute and seasonal. And it will also appeal to the folks who respect the culinary adventurousness of Hannibal Lecter and the Donner party, but aren’t willing to fully commit to the requisite lifestyle change to jump in whole hog (or long pig in this case.)

Read on to find the perfect treat for your Halloween gathering.

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Free Book: Gluten-Free & Paleo Desserts

paleo free

We have been trying to cut gluten out of our diets slowly but surely so this book is nice little find for me!

Right now you can get the book Gluten-Free & Paleo Desserts: Uncommonly Delicious Treats To Create, Share and Enjoy for FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

So what’s included? 

  • Over 40 delicious and varied dessert recipes you’ll love.


  • Gluten-free or Paleo versions of “comfort food” desserts, like chocolate brownies, pop tarts, munkin donuts, cinammon coffee cake and red velvet cupcakes with icing.


  • Something for everyone with certain recipes geared towards novice dessert makers, other for more advanced ones


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Weight Watchers Ground Beef Recipes

Weight Watchers Crockpot Cheesy Beef & Bean Dip

If you are looking for Weight Watchers Ground Beef Recipes, this one is a WINNER!

One of the biggest treats I miss while trying to diet has to be the chips and dips that are so common for family gatherings, football games, and of course holidays.  This Weight Watchers Crockpot Cheesy Beef & Bean Dip is a perfect substitute for my traditional cheese dip.  Not only does it get the melted cheese we all love, but it has a deep flavor from the ground beef and beans that leave you feeling satisfied without eating so much of the “bad for you cheese”.  Each serving is only 3 Weight Watchers Points.  



1 Pound 95% Lean Ground Beef

2 Cans Fat Free Refried Beans

1 Small Onion Chopped

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Cumin

1 Teaspoon Paprika

2 Cups Fat Free Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Cabot brand is best for melting)



1.  In large skillet, brown ground beef until cooked through.

2.  Drain any excess grease and pour into crock pot

3.  Add in refried beans, onion, and seasonings stirring until well mixed.

4.  Mix in cheddar cheese and cook on low heat setting for 1 hour.

5.  May leave on warm and serve straight from crock pot.


Each serving of 1/3 Cup Cheesy Beef & Bean Dip is 3 Weight Watchers Points


By pumping up the beef and beans in this tasty dip, you create a hearty treat that has all the flavors you love without the excess fat.  While there are many fat free cheese’s available, we have found that Cabot brand is one of the few that will melt properly in this mixture.  This brand is available at most Walmart’s & Kroger affiliates with other cheese’s.

Looking for other Weight Watchers Ground Beef Recipes?  Check these out:

Weight Watchers Ground Beef Recipes: Stuffed Burgers

Weight Watchers Meatloaf

Weight Watchers Taco Soup

Weight Watchers Ground Beef Recipes: Stuffed Burgers

Weight Watchers Stuffed Burgers

Everyone loves a thick juicy steak or burger off the grill in the summer, but when you are watching your weight it can be tough to find Weight Watchers Ground Beef Recipes that don’t include tons of fat and calories. These simple Weight Watchers Stuffed Burgers are some of our favorites because they give us the taste of meat we want at a lower point value. A simple yet satisfying stuffed burger that weighs in at 6 Weight Watchers Points is perfect for those evenings when firing up the grill is on your mind. Serve with tons of grilled veggies for a well rounded and moderately point valued meal.


1 Pound 95% Lean Grass Fed Ground Beef
1 Clove Garlic Minced Fine
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Crushed Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s
1 Small Onion Sliced Thinly and caramelized
4 Ounces 2% Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Slices)
4 Whole Wheat Buns
Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle

• In medium bowl mix together ground beef, garlic, salt, pepper and liquid amino’s.
• Separate beef mix into 8 sections and roll into balls.
• Pat beef down into 8 thin patties
• Top 4 of the patties with a slice of cheese and a teaspoon of caramelized onions
• Place a second patty on top of each and press together around edges to form a seal.
• Grill burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through and at safe temperature (we always use a meat thermometer for safety)
• Serve on whole wheat buns with favorite veggie toppings.

While this recipe point value includes the cheese, onion and whole wheat bun, it does not include points for things like mayonnaise, etc. We prefer to load our burgers up with veggies or use a small amount of mustard lower calorie and point values. The secret to these tasty Weight Watchers Ground Beef Recipes/Stuffed Burgers is using a sharp cheese, great veggies and plenty of seasonings.

Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipes: Cheese Rolls

Weight Watchers Cheese Rolls


Sometimes it is just too hard to resist Gooey and gooey cheese breads when you are on a diet.  These Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipes:  Cheese Rolls are a perfect substitute for those you see around you, and all without the guilt.  Each roll is full of flavor and only 2 Points making it a perfect addition to a hearty salad and grilled chicken entrée that will leave you satisfied and combat your craving.




1 Package Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls (10 per pack)

¾ Cup Low Fat Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese Shredded

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Onion Powder

1 Teaspoon Oregano



1.  In a small bowl mix together cheese with seasonings.

2.  Separate crescent rolls

3.  Place approximately 1 teaspoon cheese mixture inside each roll and fold dough around cheese forming a “ball”.

4.  Place with smooth side up on pre-sprayed baking sheet

5.  May top with 2-3 pieces of shredded cheese as desired.

6.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until top is golden and cheese inside is bubbling.

These simple rolls are only 2 points each and are not only satisfying but easy to make-plus they are the perfect Weight Watchers Appetizer recipes for any occasion!  For an extra special treat, you can easily put a slice of turkey pepperoni inside each “pocket” making a quick and easy pizza bit for yourself or your kids.

If you enjoy this Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipes, you may want to also check out these yummy Weight Watcher items:

Weight Watchers Taco Soup

Weight Watchers Banana Bread

Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipe:  Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipes: Vegetable Potstickers

ww veggie potstickers

One of the toughest foods to give up when choosing to eat healthier for me has to be Chinese-  I am always looking for Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipes that fit into the Chinese cuisine.  It’s difficult because Chinese doesn’t easily fit into my points allowances each day.  These simple Weight Watchers Vegetable Potstickers are a great addition to my meal plan that satisfy that craving while keeping me in my daily allowance.  Full of vegetables and steamed instead of fried, these lovely little dumpling creations leave me satisfied and proud of myself for making good choices.  Each Potsticker is only 2 points each!  These are perfect as an appetizer or served with steamed rice and grilled chicken for a complete meal.



12 Wonton Wrappers (smaller wrappers)

1 Cup Shredded Cabbage

½ Cup Finely Chopped Broccoli

½ Cup Shredded Carrots

1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil

½ Cup Water

1 Tablespoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s

1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

½ Teaspoon Salt



  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat sesame oil, cabbage, broccoli and carrots and water.
  • Cook on medium heat stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  • Add in soy sauce, ginger, garlic and salt
  • Cook for additional 5 minutes or until all vegetables are cooked through
  • Remove from heat
  • Place 1 tablespoon of vegetable mixture in center of small wonton wrappers.
  • Pinch wrapper up on both sides making a half moon shaped dumpling.  Use a bit of water around edges to help seal them if necessary.
  • In large stockpot, bring 3-4 cups water to boil.
  • Place steaming basket over boiling water and add potstickers in single layer.
  • Cover and allow to steam for 4-5 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Remove from steamer basket and serve.


While these require a bit of prep work to make, these Weight Watchers Vegetable Potstickers are so satisfying for that Chinese craving they are worth every second spent on them.  You may easily add in ground pork or shredded chicken if desired into the filling for a heartier version that can be used as an entree, just make sure to account for the added points the protein will create when figuring your daily allowance.

This Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipes makes 12 potstickers at 2 Weight Watchers Points each. 

July 4th Dessert Ideas

July 4th dessert ideas

Who is ready for fireworks?  I am!  July 4th is right around the corner and if you’re looking for July 4th dessert ideas then I’ve got what you need! Whether you want fast and easy or a little more time consuming, these treats are sure to please any guests at a July 4th celebration!

july cupcakes

Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches

July shortcake

All American Shortcake

july flagBerry American Flag

july peanut treatsNo Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Treats

july popcornPatriotic Popcorn Crunch

Be on the lookout for more July 4th Dessert ideas in the next month-I am planning on sharing several of mine!

If you like these July 4th Dessert Ideas, you may want to check out:

July 4th Dessert Ideas:  Patriotic Bananas

4th of July Craft:  Toilet Paper Fireworks

4th of July Party Decoration:  Patriotic Utensil Holder

4th of July Party Decorations (tons of ideas)

July 4th Dessert Ideas: Patriotic Bananas

bananas done



Are you thinking ahead to 4th of July? My sons are already asking, “When do we get to see fireworks?”.  So the other day I helped them make a July 4th Dessert ideas-some delicious patriotic bananas!

I’ve got a lot more July 4th Dessert ideas coming up in the next month so keep an eye out!

July 4th Dessert Ideas:  Patriotic Bananas

banana ingredients

White Frosting
Red and Green Sprinkles
Popsicle Sticks


1.  Cut Bananas in half and insert popsicle sticks.
2.  Cover bananas in frosting.
3.  Sprinkle 1/3 of banana with red sprinkles and another 1/3 with blue sprinkles.

If you like these patriotic bananas, you’ll love these:

4th of July Party Decoration

July 4th Dessert Ideas

4th of July Party Decorations:  Patriotic Utensil Holder

4th of July Craft:  Toilet Paper Fireworks


Weight Watchers Meatloaf


My husband and I have never been fans of meatloaf but this Weight Watchers Meatloaf is AWESOME!  Even my kids loved it!  The best part?  You make it in the slow cookerso all you have to do is mix it up, stick it in the crockpot and walk away!  And at only 4 Weight Watchers points a serving, you can enjoy it and not feel any guilt!

Weight Watchers Meatloaf


1lb of Ground Chicken
3 Tablespoons Egg White
1/3 Cup Ketchup
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Red Potato Finely Shredded
1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
Basil, Oregano, Pepper, Garlic Powder To Taste


1.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

meatloaf mix
2.  Shape the mixture to form a loaf that will fit in your slow cooker.
3.  Cover top of loaf with additional ketchup (if desired).
4.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

We served ours with steamed broccoli and this amazingly delicious Quinoa and Brown Rice mixture.  You could easily substitute ground turkey to not change the points that much or change to ground beef as well.  Also, if you wanted to add another red potato shredded and eliminate the bread crumbs, that would not change the taste very much.

If you enjoy this Weight Watchers Meatloaf recipe, you may want to also check out these recipes:

Weight Watchers Taco Soup

Weight Watchers Banana Bread

Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipe:  Mozzarella Sticks Recipe




Weight Watchers Taco Soup

weight watchers taco soup

One of the easiest ways to stay on top of your diet and to feel satisfied is to eat hearty soups and stews. This Weight Watchers Taco Soup recipe is one of our favorites thanks to its amazing flavor and low point value for such a large portion. By adding in tons of flavor rich vegetables and a few spices, you can create a soup that feels like a huge meal without wasting your entire days points. Each bowl of this soup weighs in at only 3 Points and is a perfect lunch or hearty evening meal.


1 Pound Lean Ground Turkey
1 Small Green Bell Pepper Diced
1 Small Yellow Onion Diced
1 Can Low Sodium Whole Kernel Corn (drained)
1 Can Low Sodium Diced Tomatoes
1 8oz. Can Low Sodium Tomato Sauce
1 Can Low Sodium Kidney Beans (drained)
1 Can Low Sodium Pinto Beans (drained)
1 Tablespoon Cumin
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
2 Teaspoons Paprika
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
3 Cups Water

1.  In a large stock pot, brown ground turkey. Drain any excess grease/moisture and return to stockpot.
2.  Add in all other ingredients stirring until well incorporated.
3.  Simmer on medium heat for 45 minutes
4.  Each 2 Cup Portion is 3 Weight Watchers Points

This soup goes perfectly into your meal plan each week as a starter for a meal, a great hearty lunch or even a smaller portion as a quick snack when you are feeling the need for a pick me up. The Weight Watchers Taco Soup can be adapted easily to your family preferences with little variance in point calculations. You may omit vegetables your family doesn’t care for and replace with ones they do enjoy. It is also very simple to leave out the ground meat and add an extra can of beans to create a vegetarian dish that everyone will love.

If you like this recipe, you may enjoy:

Lowfat Cheeseburger Pie Recipe

Weight Watchers Banana Bread Recipe

Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipe:  Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

Strawberry Pancake Recipe

strawberry pancake recipe

Mother’s Day is in 2 days and what better way to spoil Mom than having a nice strawberry pancake recipe for breakfast in bed?!

The boys and I were able to finally go strawberry picking this week (they’ve been very impatiently waiting) and when I asked what they wanted us to make with the strawberries, they requested strawberry pancakes.  My immediate thought was, “Can I do those?  I’ve made blueberry pancakes, but strawberry ones?”

picked strawberrie

Strawberry Pancake Recipe

Boxed Pancake Mix (you could definitely make your own mix but I was going for easy)
10 Fresh Strawberries
1.5 Cups Water

1.  Slice 4-5 strawberries and add some sugar to them.  Allow them to sit in fridge overnight so that there is a lot of juice.
2. Mix pancake mix and water together.
3. Chop strawberries (my pancakes turned out “ok” and I think they would have been better if I had put the strawberries in a food processor).

mix and berries
4.  Add strawberries to mix.

pancake cook
5.  Cook pancakes and add the strawberries and juice on top.
6.  Enjoy!

Mom will love these pancakes and they will look beautiful while you serve them!

If you’re looking for more Mother’s Day ideas, check out these:

Mother’s Day Freebies and Coupons 2014

Photo Cube

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas $25 of Less

Do you have any tips on making this Strawberry Pancakes recipe even better?  I’d love to hear it!


Simple Kids Craft Ideas

sombrero craft

It’s promising to be a rainy week here in Virginia so I am on the lookout for simple kids craft ideas!   Crafting is a great way to help the day go by faster and keep my boys from getting bored from being stuck inside the house!

Here are some of my favorite Simple Kids Craft Ideas that also have perfect timing for Cinco De Mayo and Mother’s Day!

Sombrero Craft

rainbow rice

How To Make Rainbow Rice

pen flowersHow To Make Pen Flowers

wine glass

Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts

Or if you’re feeling hungry and would like to spend a little bit of time in the kitchen, check out these recipes:

Healthy Recipes for Kids

Black Beans Brownie Recipe

Weight Watchers Banana Bread Recipe

Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

Healthy Recipes for Kids

healthy recipes for kids

We always try to come up with Healthy Recipes for Kids but with summer coming I know I’ll need to have even more on hand since my oldest will be out of school!

Here is a great roundup of recipes some blogging buddies have shared with me that are both easy and healthy!

Healthy Recipes for Kids

Black Bean Brownie Recipe

rainbow fruit salad

Rainbow fruit salad

mozzarella sticks

Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

homemade chips

Homemade potato chips

orange creamsicle

Orange Creamsicle

No Bake Energy Balls

microwave popcorn

Italian Brown Bag Popcorn

carrot cake cupcakes

No Sugar Carrot Cake Muffins

healthy fruit snacks

Healthy Fruit Snacks

Weight Watchers Banana Bread Recipe

protein bites

Gluten Free Protein Bites

granola bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

You may also like this post with fun crafts for kids!




Free Book: Fruit Infused Water-80 Vitamin Water Recipes!

fruit water

Have you tried fruit infused water?  I am always seeing pictures in my Facebook feed featuring these so I am definitely grabbing this freebie to try some!

Right now you can get the book Fruit Infused Water – 80 Vitamin Water Recipes for Weight Loss, Health and Detox Cleanse (Vitamin Water, Fruit Infused Water, Natural Herbal Remedies, Detox Diet, Liver Cleanse)for FREE!  Don’t have a Kindle, no problem!  Simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad!

Here is a brief overview of what’s inside:

  • 80 fruit in fused water recipes for weight loss and health
  • 25 vitamin water recipes that boost your metabolism
  • 25 fruit infused water recipes perfect for the gym and summer
  • 30 fruit infused water recipes with detox properties that are perfect for detox cleanses, liver detox and more
  • No sugars, low cholesterol, no calories, no alcohol
  • Natural herbal remedies in the form of water
  • Much more!


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