206 posts by Brynn McDowell

Summer Garden Chicken Stew

This Summer Garden Chicken Stew is the perfect filling summer dinner. Utilizing garden fresh tomatoes and basil, the slow cooker makes it simple and easy. Continue Reading

Homemade Spice Mixes

Homemade spice mixes are the perfect way to have ready-made seasonings on hand when cooking. Save time, money and add flavor with these DIY spice blends.  Continue Reading

25 Recipes Using Beans & Lentils

A collection of 25 delicious recipes using beans and lentils. Perfect for Meatless Monday inspiration, healthy lunches and filling dinners. Continue Reading

Grilled Chicken Fajitas – Cookout Week

These Grilled Chicken Fajitas are made completely on the grill from start to finish. Making them the perfect entree for Cookout Week and perfect for easy, summer dinners.  Continue Reading

Cookout Week 2017

Get those grills fired up... because it's #CookoutWeek 2017! This week, I'm joining forces with over 40 food blogger friends to bring you delicious recipes perfect for every backyard BBQ, picnic, summer party, or cookout. We also have a fabulous giveaway featuring products from the brands who have made #CookoutWeek possible! You can enter below to win: From blog host The PinterTest Kitchen: $100 Amazon gift card, to use to buy all the supplies you need for your next cookout From ... Continue Reading

Banana Split Popsicles – Summer Treat

These Banana Split Popsicles are the perfect, creamy, delicious summer treat! Made with only 3 ingredients they taste just like a banana split! Continue Reading

Mini Key Lime Bites – 2 ingredient dessert

These Mini Key Lime Bites are the perfect, refreshing, healthy summer dessert. With only 2 ingredients and no baking required, they are simply delicious. Continue Reading

Healthy Lunches – Meal Prep Monday

Tips and ideas for creating healthy lunches in advance for the entire week. Meal Prep made simple so you look forward to lunch. Continue Reading

Watermelon Panzanella Salad Recipe

Watermelon Panzanella Salad is the perfect refreshing summer recipe. Crisp arugula combined with juicy watermelon and toasted bread for the ultimate salad. As the weather gets warmer, the last thing I want to do when making dinner is turn on the oven. Ya feel me? Instead, I find myself gravitating towards grilling outside or making refreshing salads in the dog days of summer. This Watermelon Panzanella Salad recipe is one of my favorite to make because - It's so easy, ready in ... Continue Reading

Crackers with Cucumber Relish

These Crackers with Cucumber Relish are light and refreshing. In less than 5 minutes, you can have the perfect fresh summer appetizer!  I absolutely love summertime. Besides having an unwavering love of warm weather and flip flops, summer is a favorite season of mine for entertaining. Hosting outdoor dinner parties or just spontaneously having people over for wine and appetizers on warm summer evenings is so much fun. Cheese & Crackers used to be my go-to for an easy entert... Continue Reading

Strawberry Bellini Prosecco Pops

Bubbly and refreshing, these Strawberry Bellini Prosecco Pops are the perfect way to cool down and enjoy a cocktail, popsicle style!  Cocktails and Mocktails for May Celebrations Since May seems to kick off the bridal showers, graduation parties and other festive celebrations, it's fitting that this month's Recipe Redux challenge was to share a cocktail or cocktail recipe. I've been seeing these Prosecco Popsicles all over the internet recently and immediately was drawn to the idea of a ... Continue Reading

Making Healthy Smoothies 101

When I was in college, I worked at a pretty nice fitness club. When I worked in the club's cafe,  I remember making smoothie after smoothie for sweaty members that had just finished a class or session with their personal trainer. At the time, I was 19, and couldn't understand the allure of protein shakes or smoothies in general. They were chalky  and I'd much rather just have actual food than a drink for my meal. I have slowly gotten on the protein smoothie bandwagon. It wasn't ... Continue Reading

What My Mom Taught Me About Food

Sharing what my mom taught me about food while growing up and how it's shaped my current eating habits.  Growing up, my mom stayed home to raise me and my sisters during the day and then went to work in the evening. Without fail, she cooked dinner for us before heading out the door to work a full shift. I'm talking real dinner every day, not just a box of macaroni and a bagged salad. I never really appreciated the fact that she did this until I had my own family and realized ... Continue Reading

Vegetarian Wonton Bites – An Easy Appetizer Idea

Disclosure - I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Dinner Party Mayhem Let me set the scene of how it looks at my house an hour before we are having people over for dinner... I'm typically in my robe, frantically trying to finish my hair and makeup, while simultaneously picking up toys off the ... Continue Reading

Cinco de Mayo Cocktails – Healthy Recipes & Tips

Cinco de Mayo for me typically means 3 things: guacamole, margaritas and turning another year older. Yep, my birthday is on Cinco de Mayo. As far as birthdays go, it's a fabulous day to fall on.  There is always something to do, margaritas are the house "special" everywhere you go and it's perfectly acceptable to eat your body weight in tacos. What else could you ask for on your birthday? While my husband's Light & Fresh Margarita recipe will always be my favorite, ... Continue Reading