Orange Blueberry Muffins

Fresh blueberries and orange juice combine together to make a refreshing muffin to start the day with.  These Orange Blueberry Muffins are perfect for grabbing as an on the go breakfast.

Orange Blueberry Muffins - light delicate orange muffins filled with lots of fresh, juicy blueberry bites

Well, today my windows are wide open letting in the chilly, fresh air.

This wasn’t my first choice of things to do today.  But when your youngest decides to microwave taco shells to a crisp, it becomes a necessity to air out the burnt smell first thing.  Just imagine waking up to the smell of burnt food.  That was our morning today.   Turns out that just because your children are old enough to make their own breakfasts and lunches, that occasionally they still need some guidance.   [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer and Power of Family Meals: Disconnect to Reconnect

I am partnering with the J.M. Smucker Company to bring you this recipe for Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer.  Homemade coffee creamer is easy to make and and easy to customize.

Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer - homemade creamer with a salted caramel and chocolate flavor

Like it or not, technology has become a way of life.  Unfortunately it is easy to become too attached to your phone or screen device.

As a full time mom and blogger, I am guilty of spending plenty of time with my face buried in my phone checking emails or social media during the day.  Some days I am just mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Pinterest.  My husband likes to flip the phone out of my hands whenever he catches me zoning out.  It is so easy to become disconnected from the ones around you when you have a digital device easily accessible.

Everyone in our house has a phone or digital device.  If we aren’t careful, those devices come on way too many times throughout the day.  Limiting screen time has become necessary and needed so we can catch up with each other. [Read more...]

Coconut Butterscotch Banana Bread

This Coconut Butterscotch Banana Bread is a fun way to change up your traditional banana bread.  It is a delicious way to start any day.

Coconut Butterscotch Banana Bread - coconut and butterscotch adds a fun twist to the classic banana bread

This week I learned to never leave my keys in the van, even if you are coming right back out.

My daughter and I were out shopping earlier this week, and we got home just in time to head back out for a meeting.  I had about 5 minutes to run inside and freshen up, so I thought I would just leave the keys in the middle console.    Bad idea because apparently when I dropped the keys down and jumped out, I failed to hear the van lock itself.

And the keys in the van…they were the only set we have.  The spare has taken up residence somewhere in the house and no one knows where.   [Read more...]

Strawberry Lemon Snack Cake

This Strawberry Lemon Snack Cake is delicious for breakfast or for any time of day.  Fresh strawberry pie filling and a lemon glaze will have you smiling in no time.

Strawberry Lemon Snack Cake - strawberry and lemon makes this a delicious cake choice for breakfast or any time

 The birds are singing, the sun is shining, the sky is blue…and it is 32* outside.  Looks like spring, but feels like winter.

This time of year is so hard.  Everyone is so ready for the warm weather to just be here and stay.  We keep having tease days.  It will be really nice and warm and then it gets cold again.

The trees and flowers have decided they are just going to start blooming regardless of the temps around them.  I think I like that idea.  Just fake it until you make it, right :-)   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Cranberry Granola Bites

Peanut butter and dried cranberries makes these healthy little granola bites so delicious.  They are the perfect snack for when you are watching what you eat.

Peanut Butter Cranberry Granola Bites - peanut butter and dried cranberries make these healthy granola bites irresistible

The weekend is when I tend to slack off on eating healthy.  All week long we do really well with planning healthy meals, and I stay out of the goodies that I make.  But then the weekend hits and one bite after another seems to be worse than the last.  Sweets, carbs, more sweets.    You name it, and I am probably eating it. [Read more...]

Skinny Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Looking for a way to increase your protein intake but still enjoy a hot breakfast?  These Banana Oatmeal Pancakes are delicious, light, and full of protein.

Skinny Banana Oatmeal Pancakes - a lighter breakfast option that tastes delicious and is full of protein

Did you know that you could make pancakes from just eggs and ripe bananas?

Mind blown on this one.  My husband saw this on someone’s Facebook, and of course we had to try it out right away.  I have to admit I was extremely skeptical. Seriously, pancakes from that?  But you know what?  I was proved wrong because they really do look like pancakes.  But I still say pancakes might be stretching the name slightly.  Banana crepe is more likely.   [Read more...]

Banana Nut Cinnamon Rolls

These easy no yeast cinnamon rolls can be made and on the table in under 45 minutes.  Adding banana and nuts gives it a fun banana bread flavor.

Banana Nut Cinnamon Rolls - easy NO YEAST cinnamon rolls made with banana and nuts

 I have realized that the one thing that I use the most in my baking are bananas.  Muffins, donuts, breads, cakes, cupcakes!  And the list goes on and on.

Now if you have been reading for any length of time, you know that I cannot stand to eat ripe bananas.  Like I won’t touch them with a 6 foot pole once they turn yellow.  Hello, my name is Jocelyn, and I prefer to eat my bananas green and crunchy.  Seriously, the bananas have to crunch when I open the peel.  Yes, I know I’m strange.  My hubby tells me that every single time he sees me eating these green bananas.    [Read more...]

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Mornings that start with homemade cinnamon rolls are the best.  Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese frosting are even better than the best.   Start the coffee and get rolling because these are perfect for celebrating Valentine’s day morning with.

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls - easy NO YEAST rolls filled with chocolate and cinnamon is the best way to start the day

 These chocolate cinnamon rolls are crazy.  Crazy good that is!

I love to make fun breakfasts for my kids.  We do muffins quite often, and usually every time I bake, I make a different kind.    My daughter always asks if they have chocolate chips in them.   She likes all of them we try, but put chocolate chips in them and it totally makes her day.  And really any day that starts with chocolate makes me smile too.   [Read more...]

Glazed Triple Berry Rolls

These Glazed Triple Berry Rolls and Valentine’s party ideas were inspired and sponsored by Pillsbury.

Glazed Triple Berry Rolls - berry preserves turns these crescent rolls into a fancy breakfast treat

 Something that I have been wanting to do again with my kids is a tea party.  But since they really don’t like tea, we have to call it a hot chocolate party.

With all the snow that we have been having lately, hot chocolate is a staple around here.  The kids go out in the snow and play…I stay inside and make sure the mugs and marshmallows are ready for when they need to get warmed up.   [Read more...]

Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie

Not sure what to eat for a quick and easy lunch that will fill you up without adding extra calories and fat?  This Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie is full of protein and fruits.

Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie - so full of flavor and protein

 Ok, we are headed back on the skinny train today. :-)  Yes, right now my blog feels a little bi-polar.  Dessert…healthy recipe…dessert…healthy recipe.  Gotta love this time of year, right?

Can I confess something though?  I have been having fun coming up with healthier recipes and ideas.  Right now we have been trying hard to incorporate more healthy options to our eating and to resist to all the baked goods that I am still making.  It’s been hard, but totally worth it.  4 pounds of sludge has been eliminated…now to keep it off (and more hopefully) by making these healthy eating habits a life style change.   [Read more...]

Skinny Chocolate Muffins

Changing a few ingredients to this muffin recipe made eating chocolate for breakfast a great idea.  Bring on the Skinny Chocolate Muffins any day of the week!

Skinny Chocolate Muffins from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - healthier modifications make chocolate for breakfast acceptable

 I love to bake breakfast.  So far I have been doing pretty good on my goal of having more homemade breakfast choices for my kids in the morning.  Oh, I’m still not getting up early to make them.  That goal has NOT been met yet.  Good thing I still have all year to work on that one.

Lately we have been really trying to eat a little bit healthier.  That does not mean cutting out chocolate from our diets.  It’s a part of who we are.  Fact.  When the day starts with a chocolate muffin, it just makes the day go better.   Fine, maybe not a completely honest fact, but it makes me feel better.   [Read more...]

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites

These Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites are a healthy snack to munch on when you are trying to cut out a little extra sugar from your diet.

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy no bake granola bites that are light and healthy

 Yes, you read that right.

I have totally and completely jumped on the skinny bandwagon.  (But don’t worry…I have a few other recipes that I will have to jump off the wagon so I can share with you soon!)

It is the beginning of the year after all, and everyone is doing their best to stick to those healthy eating goals.  I don’t want to be the one to make you stumble, plus I am doing my best to cut some of the excess sugar out of my diet too.  When I have brownies and cookies in my kitchen, my sweet tooth is stronger than my will power.

So, I made a sweet little snack that is lower in calories and higher in fiber and protein to pacify my sweet tooth with. [Read more...]