Just today I organized my fridge and realized I might be addicted to pickles. I have SIX jars of pickles to be exact and on top of those I have three jars of my spicy pickled green tomatoes (which we will also get to in this post, so don’t you worry)! I am hoping that if you are reading this post that you also have a pickle problem and we can just share our love of pickles and the fact that they take up almost an entire shelf of valuable real estate in the fridge! I am acting surprised here, when in fact I have always been a pickle person ever since I was a little girl! I can remember loving anything pickled, including pepperoncini peppers that I could eat straight from the jar as a five year old! (Weird or amazing?) Either way, my easy refrigerator pickling recipe makes it easy for you to get your pickle fix anytime you want!
Over the weekend, we went to Louisiana to see our new niece who was just born! It was a whirlwind of a weekend and we were all pretty much wiped out last night when we got back home. After a good night's sleep, I am waking up feeling ready for the week! And it's a BUSY one! One of the ways I prep for a busy week is to make a batch of energy balls! My new favorite combination of flavors and ingredients is my chocolate coconut energy balls that taste delicious and are the perfect snack to get you through the afternoon slump!
During the week I love making dips that I can serve with lots of veggies for healthy snack options in a hurry. One of my favorite dips to have on hand is hummus. It's full of protein and pairs perfectly with a plate full of veggies that my toddler will eat right up! I love switching up my basic hummus recipe from time to time and like to add fun spices and flavors. My everything bagel hummus just might be my new favorite hummus of all time!
This weekend just flew right on by for me. I mean I guess it always does, but this weekend in particular was extra fast despite the dreary weather that has become normal around here. (Which, PS is totally not like normal Texas weather!) I also can't believe that it is almost Valentine's Day already this week! We aren't too big on celebrating Valentine's Day, and usually just stay in and cook dinner at home! I do like to make a few treats around this time of year and if I can make them healthy in the midst of all of the sugar options that are bring thrown in our face, then even better! My gluten free cherry coconut protein bites are the perfect healthy last minute Valentine's treat to make!
Last night I was watching The Voice and trying to talk myself out of going into the freezer and snagging one of these delicious bars. Which, in all honesty wouldn't be so bad except I made a deal with myself that I am not eating snacks after dinner this week (whyyyy???) so I am trying to keep my pact with myself. But when a snack is slightly sweet, filling, and on the "healthyish" side a girl could be convinced to break the no snack rule very easily! Cue my gluten free pistachio cranberry protein bars that just so happen to be the perfect snack to keep on hand for any time of day, especially for that pre-bedtime, I want to eat something hour.
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It is so hard for me to believe that it is already November. October disappeared so quickly, but I am excited for what is to come for the rest of the year! This happens to be my most favorite time of the year for so many reasons! The food, the family, the friends, the gatherings and oh yeah...did I mention the food? I think that during the fall, everyone needs a good snack mix recipe to bring to get-togethers, give away as gifts, or just to keep on hand! My easy garlic ranch popcorn snack mix is going to be a hit in your house and is made super easy with McCormick Garlic Ranch Seasoning!