Healthy Eats Top Recipes #healthyeats

Celebrate 365 Blog Party recently hosted a Healthy Eats Link up party for bloggers to share their best healthy recipes.

Here is the top 8 recipes from the party! These recipes have had the most views and people clicking over to check out the recipes!
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Come on over and take a look!

Enjoy making these Healthy Eats Recipes! Don't forget to check out the full list of nearly 60 great recipes go here: Healthy Eats Blog Party


Monthly Meal Plan January 18

4 Easy, Delicious Dinner Ideas A warm cheesy Biscuit to bake, and one dessert idea to add to your Monthly Meal Planning!

Meal Planning Ideas

Phew! I can't believe we've made it through the holiday season! Time to kick off the new year with easy, cozy meals, that warm your family up in the winter chill!

I will need some easy to pull together meals this month! My daughter got married the first week of December, but it was out of state where she has been living. We are hosting a second "open house" style reception the third week of January here at her home town church, so her friends, and loved ones that watched her grown up that couldn't make it to the wedding can come meet the groom and give them well wishes. SOOO... that means the wedding craziness is not quite over!

Stress free dinners is on MY menu planner this month, for sure! 

Stress Free Tip #1: So one of my go to tricks is to grab several precooked rotisserie chickens from the wholesale clubs. I keep one full cooked one in the freezer. For one meal, I pop into the crockpot completely frozen and set it to warm (not low) in the morning, making sure to scrape in all the bits of frozen juices, etc from the bottom of the pan. When I come home at days end, it's completely warmed up to perfect serving temperature! Just need to heat some veggies and any potatoes you might want to add. and dinner is ready to go in minutes!

Stress Free Tip #2: Take 1 or 2 remaining rotisserie chickens you purchased and immediately debone them and dice them into bite sized pieces. store them in 2 cup serving containers in the freezer so they are ready to grab and make a quick meal, such as the ones in our meal planner below, or quick meals such as chicken tacos, cobb salads, chicken quesadillas, bbq chicken sandwiches, etc.

 Here are some recipes I love to make and will be putting on my January planner this month!

First: Lets kick off the New Year with a pot of Good Luck!
It's a southern tradition that if you eat black eyed peas on New Years Day, you will have a prosperous year and good luck in the coming year. Why tempt fate?

Hoppin' John Chowder is a traditional new years day dish to make. My version is made right in the crock pot! With savory Kielbasa, and tomatoes with green chili's your family will gobble it right up!

Sloppy Joe Buffalo Chicken Sliders are a fun meal or perfect for that meal during any "big game" you may be watching! You can make full sized sandwiches or small sliders! A fun twist on sloppy joe's and buffalo chicken they are tasty blend of the two that even your kiddo's can enjoy!

Rotisserie Chicken Bacon Corn Chowder will fill you up! It's a hearty soup, and will warm your soul! It takes just minutes to make, yet tastes like it slow simmered all day!!! (Shh! I won't tell!)
Chicken Enchilada Casserole is great meal to throw together last minute OR prep ahead, and freeze, and then pop in the oven to bake off for dinner! Plus you can be flexible on the ingredients with what you have on hand at home! Feel free to play around with this one! 

Garlic Parmesan Pinwheels are an easy to make cheesy bread that starts with roll out pizza dough and goes perfectly with almost every meal! It's a staple go to when you want to just jazz up  dinner a tiny bit, and make it extra special, but not a ton of work!

Cinnamon Streussel Dessert Pizza is a fun dessert or take to a party! You simply can't go wrong, keeping this recipe in your files! It's loved by everyone!

Have a wonderful and blessed New Year!


Healthy Eats Recipe Ideas: Celebrate 365 Blog Party

Healthy Meal Ideas

Healthy Eats.. We all need some new ideas for eating better at the beginning of the new year. Bloggers are joining us here at Celebrate 365 Blog Party and  linking up their best Healthy eating recipes to help us all get a jump start on the new year and eating better!

I have had to resist treat after treat at the office, where patients just bring in gift after gift to thank us for caring for them. I had to start resisting all that love! I just needed to purge my system with a good healthy smoothie or salad!

My husband and I have been doing all kinds of simple stir fry's this past year. Our favorite is taking turkey kielbasa with a bag of fresh coleslaw mix (the cabbage and carrot blend) and slice up some brussell sprouts, asparagus, squash, mushrooms,etc. season it all on the skillet with garlic powder and grated Parmesan cheese. It's so simple but just quick, easy, fresh, and pretty healthy! Plus my hubby can make it, so I love coming home to dinner already being made for me!

What are some of your ways for simple dinners or lunches that are healthy? I need quick and easy!
I'd love to hear!

Your hosts, Val, Carlee, and Jan

Come link up all your best Healthy Eats Ideas!


Last Minute Gifts Ideas to Make

It's a week before Christmas, and suddenly you need to come up with a few gifts for family members, or neighbors, teachers, coworkers, etc. yet you don't want to spend a ton of money either!

There is time to make some gifts! Inexpensive, yet nice!

Here are few ideas from my files I dug up to share with you!

Handmade Fabric Notecards, (and Gift Bags/ Gift Tag Sets)

Make Your Own Moisturing Hand Cream
Honey Lemon Spoons (for a Tea Basket )
or go along with Ginger (ale or tea) Base
2 Ingredient Body Scrub
Surprise Filled Gift Balls
Homemade Granola


Caramel Crispix Mix

Caramel Crispix Mix is so good, you'll have a hard time stopping yourself from snacking on it! It makes for a perfect holiday treat, party treat, movie snack, or just because treat. You may even become famous for it in your own family!
Caramel Chex Mix

I got this recipe from my good friend Val over at Corn Bean Pigs and Kids. She is a busy Wife, Mother, and Farmer, and sharing good food and helping others  turning them into traditions is something she loves to do, and this one will become your new tradition! If you don't already follow her, You should! I love when we get to Chat live with her from her "tractor" during harvest, or taste test the latest crazy Lay's chips flavors together! She is so fun! and great "farm" recipes to boot!

Caramel Chex Mix

I love that you don't need a candy thermometer or any fancy equipment to make this! Just follow the steps, a few minutes over the stove and then a few steps in the microwave! Easy Peazy!

The Caramel hardens into a crispy, non sticky coating when it cools. So no mess! (Well.. that's only if  you can keep your hands out of it long enough to let it cool!)
Caramel Snack Mix

Mix in's: Have fun choosing your additonal add-ins: M & M's, Candy corns, peanuts or cashews, the sky is the limit, it's totally up to you!

Whether you make these in to treat bags for gifts, or serve this up for a party, I promise everyone will be coming back for more!

Printable Recipe

Caramel Crispix Mix:

1 12 oz. box Crispix Cereal (or similar type)
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Your choice of Mix-ins: M&M's, Peanuts,Candy Corns, etc.


  • Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in pot and heat until boiling.
  • Let boil for 30 seconds.
  • Add baking soda adn stir until foamy.
  • Pour mixture over cereal in large microwave safe bowl. Mix to coat squares.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir to evenly coat. Repeat 3 times.
  • Spread on waxed paper to cool. (I opened up the empty cereal bag liner and used it )
  • Once cool, stir in your choice of mix in's.

Enjoy!.. Don't nibble now.. cause then you're hooked!.. I' warned you!
Caramel Snack Mix
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