April 23, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

These pumpkin spice pancakes taste so much like pumpkin pie, and the boys just love them! This recipe makes about ten smallish pancakes, so you may want to double it to feed a big crew like mine!  And since one can of pumpkin equals two cups, maybe you'd prefer that anyway. These pancakes are great kept in the fridge and reheated, so leftovers are more than welcome in our house! If you … [Read more...]

Easy Sausage Potato Cake

Easy Sausage Potato Cake (The Marathon Mom)

By Contributing Writer, Stephani Recently, I bought 20 pounds of potatoes then discovered no one in our house cared for them. In my defense, I thought everyone but me liked them. We're doing this 30-Day Challenge that calls for eating only produce, meat, milk, and eggs from local sources - on a tight budget. We're learning to stretch our grocery budget in a new way, bypassing on sale - but … [Read more...]

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits

Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits | TheMarathonMom.com

These are such a fun little treat! So yummy AND nutritious, they can be served as breakfast, snack, or even dessert! All you need is your favorite yogurt, favorite fruit, and maybe some local honey, to add a little sweetness. Most often, I like to buy organic vanilla yogurt, just because it tastes so good, but I've been trying to buy plain Greek yogurt more.  That's where the honey comes … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Maple Pecan Granola

cinnamon granola

We love the winter granola and the vanilla almond granola recipes so much around here, that I decided to experiment with a few new flavors, and well...we have a winner! The aroma of this pan baking in the oven had the boys running down the stairs and into the kitchen asking, "what is that SMELL, Mom!?"  And when they tasted it, they weren't disappointed.  This stuff is delicious, y'all! We … [Read more...]

Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Vanilla Coffee Creamer | TheMarathonMom.com

You may remember the time when I loved was addicted to vanilla coffee creamer.  Of course, not this healthy, homemade version, but the store-bought version full of high fructose corn syrup and 50 other things that aren't good for humans to consume.  I completely let that habit go when I committed to 42 Days to Fit, and can honestly say that several of those first pounds I shed (I lost 8 the … [Read more...]

Fruit Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing

fruit salad copy

By Contributing Writer, Debra Worth I have never liked dressed fruit salad until I had it at a friend's house made with sour cream. I thought she was crazy, until I tried it. The creamy tanginess of sour cream went perfectly with the fruit and did not cover up the natural sweetness like cool whip fruit salads. I decided I did like dressed salads just not with cool whip. It was nice to know … [Read more...]

Vanilla Almond Granola Cereal

Vanilla Almond Granola Cereal | TheMarathonMom.com

I'm not sure if it's due to running, but I've been craving oats lately.  I know that sounds weird.  I keep going into the kitchen, and sadly, finding out that I'm missing key ingredients to make the things I'm craving.  I've wanted to make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies this week, but since they weren't on the menu plan, of course I didn't have enough brown sugar. But I did have enough … [Read more...]

Baked Oats & Walnut Pancakes

Baked Oats & Walnut Pancakes | TheMarathonMom.com

Making pancakes does not getting any easier than pouring the batter into a pan and baking!  Wow, I wish I had figured that one out sooner! These are still great if you want to make them on the griddle, but I specifically put together this recipe to bake in an 8x8 pan. Served warm with real butter and raw honey, these baked pancakes are delicious!  (And yes, I realize that "baked" and … [Read more...]

Simple Plum Jam

plum jam

Any time I buy fruit in bulk, I run the risk of the boys getting burnt out on it before the fruit spoils.  My solution that I've come to love for this situation? Canning! These particular plums, the boys said, were especially tart, and for that reason, the plums sat in the fridge for a good week before I decided to make some baby food and plum jam out of them. One plum equals … [Read more...]

No-Bake Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars

Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars

I needed to come up with a new granola bar recipe that was both wheat-free AND rice free since my son is allergic to both. And since I usually make my favorite granola bars with crispy brown rice cereal, I wondered what I could use that would be remotely close. On the cereal aisle, I explored my options. The choices were slim, but one bag of cereal that I'd never tried before caught my … [Read more...]