Breakfast, DIY Family Food, DIY Recipes, Free Printables, Snacks

Easy Strawberry Jam with Printable Vinyl Labels #12MonthsofDIY

I’ve wanted to try making jam for a really long time, so when our strawberry patch in our front flower bed was loaded with berries this past week, I knew I had my chance. There was just enough berries to make a small jar of homemade jam, and it turned out super-yummy. I didn’t have any pectin on hand, so I tried a really easy recipe that didn’t involve any pectin and it worked great! Let me share an easy strawberry jam recipe with you today along with some sweet, free printable vinyl jam jar labels. Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this blog post to see what other things my blogging friends made with vinyl this month!

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Baking, DIY Family Food, DIY Recipes, Snacks, Tip Tuesday Videos

Make Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oat Bars for School Lunches – Tip Tuesday

So, I blinked and summer is half gone. In fact, Little C goes back to school THIS MONTH. It’s mind blowing. On August 31st, she’ll be in grade two and Little A will be starting Kindergarten! I’m realizing that I need to start to get to work on preparing them (and me!) for the back-to-school season. I’d really love to come up with some more creative and healthy school lunch ideas, and this little apple cinnamon oat bars recipe from Breakfast for Learning is definitely one I’m adding to my roster!Continue reading

Dessert, DIY Family Food, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Recipes, Snacks, Tip Tuesday Videos

Make Frozen Banana Pops – Tip Tuesday

Summertime is officially here, and I can just bet that my girls will be asking for snacks constantly throughout the day. As easy as it is to grab a pre-packaged food or something sugary and void of nutrients, I really want to try to feed my kids nutritious snacks this summer. These frozen banana pops are a really fun treat to have as a snack on a hot day, and they’re really easy to make. They’re really quite tasty, and they’re full of nutrients too.Continue reading

DIY Family Food, DIY Recipes, Lunch, Snacks

My New Favourite DIY Salad: Spinach, Apple, Goat Cheese & Pecan

Maybe you’re like me and you’re continually working on cutting out junk food in your diet. But are you making sure to replace it with healthy food full of nutrients like fruits and veggies?! I find that’s often my problem when I’m being mindful of my junk food intake – I delete the bad, but then I don’t eat enough of the GOOD. This crazy-good spinach salad has been life changing over the past few weeks. It’s a delicious combo that’s easy to make at home for lunch, and I find it very satisfying. It’s packed full of healthy stuff like dark leafy greens, healthy fats and a lot of flavour. Give it a try and tell me what you think! Here’s my newest favourite salad – spinach, apple, goat cheese and pecan salad with raspberry vinaigrette. YUM!Continue reading

Baking, DIY Family Food, DIY Recipes, Snacks

Bake the Best Whole Wheat & Honey Bread

As I’m writing this post, I have two loaves of this yummy whole wheat & honey bread rising in my oven. I’ve gotten into the habit of making a couple loaves every week or more lately, and we use it for our morning toast or sandwiches throughout the week. It’s the best 100% whole wheat bread I’ve ever made, and it stays moist and delicious long after it’s baked. This bread also compliments my diet of avoiding white flour and white sugar – it’s sweetened with honey, and it’s made all whole wheat flour. You can even add extra yummy and nutritious fillers like oats and flaxseed.Continue reading

Baking, Breakfast, DIY Family Food, DIY Recipes, Snacks

Bake Healthy Egg Breakfast Muffins

Starting October 1st, we made a diet change in our home. We decided to cut out as much white sugar and white flour as possible. I have thyroid disease (hypothyroidism), and it seems to have been really affecting my health lately – especially my digestive health, it seems. I asked my Dr if I should try going gluten-free, but he suggested to simply cut out more processed foods to see if that helped. It really, really has. It’s been hard, but it’s also been fun to experiment with some more creative meals and snacks that don’t have white sugar or flour in them. One of our latest favourite breakfasts and snacks are these tasty egg “muffins” that are so simple to make and honestly so yummy. I usually make a dozen or two every Sunday, and then I refrigerate them for easy re-heating and snacking throughout the week. My natural tendencies are to grab something sugary or bready for a snack, so having things like these, some cut up fruit and some veggies has really helped steer me in a different direction when I’m hungry.Continue reading