Irresistibly refreshing, crunchy, and sugar-free Summer Coleslaw

Sugar-Free Coleslaw recipe–a crowd and picnic favorite.

Burgers and chips, again? Ugh. That might work fine for a quick bite to eat here and there, but, honestly, it gets boooring really quickly. Want a little somethin’-somethin’ on your dinner plate? Maybe a little something crunchy, juicy, and flavorful? Or a little something with a fun color on your dinner plate that’s so exciting to look at? Or maybe both? Well, then you absolutely need to add this Summer Sugar-free Coleslaw to your summer menu, pronto!

Make your next dinner or picnic more exciting and colorful with this easy and, to those who care, sugar-free, Summer Coleslaw.

sugar-free Coleslaw

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Warm Quinoa Salad–Comforting and Fresh

What is a winter salad? It’s the dish perfect for when you want the freshness of spring but the chilly temperatures still make you longs for comfort food. This Warm Quinoa Salad will satisfy those longings on a cold day.

As we enter the “spring territory” with the daylight savings, our brains switch to warm, green, fresh. But what happens more often than not is that we are still stuck in the thick of winter with its chilly temperatures and snow. To make a compromise for these conflicting desires, try Warm Quinoa Salad. Warmth of quinoa and sweet potatoes and green freshness of kale are truly the opposites that bring peace and comfort to my salad loving soul on this chilly day.

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VERY SIMPLE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Cold winter months call for comfort food, and what comfort food is better than a simple Chicken Noodle Soup? Nothing beats the warm soothing broth, thick with veggies, tender chicken meat, and noodles.

If you have just 5 basic ingredients (chicken, carrots, celery, onion, noodles, and water) you can make this soup in ONE HOUR and enjoy for days!

Simple Chicken Noodle Soup

When I was little, one of the very first things my mom taught me to make was soup. It’s the easiest, yet probably the most versatile dish you can survive on for many cold months. Chicken Noodle Soup is a classic, and undoubtedly every family has their very own recipe they proudly call “the best”. I won’t bestow this title on my soup, but only state that this recipe is as easy as it is delicious. ‘Nuff said!

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Roasted Squash Seeds

Have you ever tried making other roasted squash seeds other than pumpkin?? The other day I was making spaghetti squash for dinner. As I started scooping out the seeds, it reminded me of the Hallmark’s show Home and Family and their recent episode where they had a segment on what to do with all different types of squash seeds. Apparently, you don’t have to be limited to just pumpkin seeds!! All squash seeds are good for  roasting and even, to my surprise, making seed milk from them! Who knew?

roasted squash seeds

So right then and there I decided to give it a try since I already had a squash on my cutting board! It turned out to be super easy, and if you are brave, go for it too!

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Apple Kompot Drink

Huh, what’s “apple kompot”, you might be wondering? Not to be confused with “compote”, which sounds just like the Russian drink and is more of a dessert-like fruit spread or jam. Kompot is a popular Russian drink made also from fruit or berries that can be served warm or chilled. But it is most definitely a DRINK, not a dessert.

Apple Kompot Drink

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Strawberry Lemonade, a picnic favorite!

strawberry lemonade

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a picnic or two, would it? And what better way to complete a summer picnic than with a pitcher of a refreshing lemonade? Today I want to share with you a recipe for Strawberry Lemonade. It’s a variation of an old classic, but with a sweet twist. It also goes perfectly with the red, white, and blue theme for the Fourth of July! Surprise your guests with this delicious thirst quenching homemade drink!

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Mother’s Day Crepes Recipe

What comes to mind when you think of a Mother’s Day meal? To me, all my mom’s famous dishes immediately pop into my head as a reminder of her love for cooking and baking. Borsch, Apple Pie, Lemon Pie, Jams…Mmmm. But one dish stands out above the rest. It’s what my mom is known for, and it’s what I think of first when I think of my Mama. It’s my Mom’s Infamous Crepes. She makes them plain, stuffed with berries, stuffed with farmer’s cottage cheese, and stuffed with meat. All of the variations she makes are absolutely delicious. The good news is, crepes are not that hard to make! Once you get the hang of it, possibilities of serving them are aplenty. Today I’ll share with you my Crepes Recipe that you can make for your mom (or with your Mom) as well.

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PARTY PLANNING 101, PART 4 (EXECUTION)

This is the fourth and final part of the Party Planning 101 Series. If you missed previous blog posts on RESOURCES, PRIORITIES and EXPECTATIONS, and ALL THE DETAILS, just click on the links and catch up!

I hope you find this information helpful and inspiring!

An important part of any execution is understanding your abilities. So before you run to the craft store and buy all the supplies, I want you to sit down and evaluate. This will certainly eliminate the stress later.

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PARTY PLANNING 101, PART1 (RESOURCES)

I don’t know about you, but I love throwing parties, whether it’s for my kids, for friends, for family or…just because, ha! But I have to admit, I have struggled on many occasions with planning, understanding my abilities, overcommitting, or keeping the budget. It all added so much stress and anxiety to my days, which is quite the opposite of what you should be dealing with when trying to throw a fun celebration for someone you love!

I have come up with a few simple strategies (based on my past mistakes!) that now help me stay focused and on course with spending, time management, and productivity. I’ll be sharing them in a series of posts, titled PARTY PLANNING 101. Hope you find them helpful as well!

Today, I’ll be talking about your RESOURCES.

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