April 18, 2014

How to Make Popcorn without a Microwave


I know. Fifty years ago, this blogpost would be entirely unnecessary.  But then again, cyberworld didn't exist as we know it, so here we are. I quit buying microwave popcorn a long time ago due to the unhealthy nature of the GMO corn, the teflon in the bag, and of course combining all that with the potentially harmful effects from the microwave...Well, it just sounded like a recipe for … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cake Loaf

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This pumpkin cake loaf is so moist and yummy!  Add a few walnuts if you prefer, and either way, DELISH! This recipe calls for half a can of pumpkin.  If you're like me, you'll want to use the rest of that pumpkin, so either double this recipe and give a loaf as a gift to a friend, OR make a batch of pumpkin spice pancakes! Here's the canned pumpkin that I use. *When you purchase … [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

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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...]

Strawberry-Mango-Mint Probiotic Popsicles


By Contributing Writer, Sarah Outlaw Summer is my favorite season! I love bare feet, sunshine, the ocean, and fresh food. There is nothing better than an ice cold popsicle on a hot, humid day! My children and I love making popsicles almost as much as eating them! I am always looking for ways to get more probiotics in the way of fermented foods into my kids. We regularly drink water kefir … [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...]

Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars

Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars | TheMarathonMom.com

One day when I was making cherry pecan granola bars, Levi (who just turned five) requested that we make granola bars his way. "No problem," I said, and went to work, following my son's lead as he suggested his favorite ingredients. Now, these look quite similar to the chocolate granola bars (which are Hayden's favorite), but if you take a closer look at the ingredient list, they are heavier … [Read more...]

Cherry Pecan Granola Bars

Cherry Pecan Granola Bars | TheMarathonMom.com

We love experimenting with new granola bar recipes around here. Many of our favorites contain peanut butter and chocolate, but not this one! Nope.  In fact, with the addition of a little fresh, ground flax seed, I like to think of these Cherry Pecan Granola Bars as one of the healthiest treats yet! These granola bars are super simple to make.  Simply melt your almond butter, coconut … [Read more...]

Ranch Seasoning & Dip Mix

Homemade Ranch Dip | TheMarathonMom.com

I love mixing up fresh ranch dip for an appetizer for our family.  And since all the ingredients are what I consider pantry and fridge staples, it takes very little time to whisk together in a bowl to serve alongside our favorite chips or raw veggies. Besides the wonderful benefit that this dip mix has no weird, chemical ingredients, its flavor is impressive!!  What makes it for me? The fresh … [Read more...]

Spicy Black Bean Dip

Spicy Black Bean Dip

Are you a fan of hummus or other bean dips? Maybe both? Well, good!  Then, you'll love this spicy black bean dip. It makes a delicious appetizer, or can serve as the main dish for an easy lunch, or even work with a few sides like fresh pico de gallo for dinner. Click on over to TheHappyHousewife where I shared the recipe today. … [Read more...]