Gluten Free Energy Bites


Lately, I’ve been trying to eat sugar and grain-free, it can be challenging to find snack options that are both satisfying and nutritious. However, these energy bites tick all the boxes as Gluten-Free Energy Bites.

Here is a really YUMMY recipe for energy bites. They are great to grab quickly.

These energy bites have quickly become a staple in my diet because they’re so easy to make and perfect for when I need a quick snack. You may want to make a double batch. They quickly disappear in my house.

Ingredients for Energy BitesGluten-Free Energy Bites

  • Sliced Almonds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sugar-free Syrup I used Choc Zero. You could use honey instead or any sugar-free syrup)
  • Salt
  • Vanilla

mixer with almonds in it.Chopped almonds.

Recipe for Gluten-Free Energy Bites

1 cup pulsed sliced almonds (you can use pulsed almonds for any recipe that calls for oats.)

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup sugar free syrup or honey- I used ChocZero syrup

dash of salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 Tbsp. cacoa powder

Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a large mixing bowl, using a spatula or spoon to combine everything evenly. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure that all ingredients are incorporated.

Once the mixture is fully combined, use your hands to roll the mixture into small balls. The size of the balls can vary based on your preference, but aim for a size that is easy to pop into your mouth as a quick snack.

Store the energy bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Energy-Bites that are gluten free.






Valentine Brownies Heart Shaped


I Corinthians 13 Valentine Brownie Hearts

This is a simple way to help teach kids about the true meaning of love as described in I Corinthians 13.

valentine brownies heart shaped sitting on a plate

It only takes 3 ingredients- little heart pans, brownie mix, and tubes of icing to write with.

Make up the brownie mix per directions on box. Spray mini heart pans with olive oil spray, fill hearts 1/2 way with brownie mix.

heart shaped brownies valentine's day on a baking tray


Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes, but keep a close eye on them.

heart shaped valentine brownies fully baked on a cookie sheet.

After they cool, write the characteristics of love on them.

Let children choose which characteristics they want on their Valentine Brownies Heart Shaped.

We wrote ‘LOVE IS’ on a doily and placed it in the middle of our tray and arranged brownie hearts around it.

Then eat and enjoy.

valentines day heart shaped brownies design finished on a plate.

Characteristics of love are:

Love is: kind, patient, not jealous, does not brag, not arrogant, not seeking its own benefit, rejoices in truth, never fails, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Looking for more ideas? This Valentine’s Day Treats with Rice Krispie treats is fun and simple.


Dirt Cups with Cool Whip {Easy and Fun Activity}


Here is a fun activity to do with your kiddos.

Making dirt cups with cool whip. It is quick and easy.

Ingredients needed are:

10- 12 oreos

32 gummy worms

3.4 oz  pg instant pudding(either vanilla or chocolate) 

2 cups milk

8 oz. cool whip


Here is a fun activity to do with your kiddos. Making dirt cups with cool whip. It is quick and easy. Share on X

Instructions for Dirt Cups:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, add 2 cups milk to a box of instant pudding mix and whisk till well mixed.
  2. Let it sit 5 minutes to thicken
  3. Fold in cool whip till well mixed
  4. Spoon into punch cups
  5. Crush oreos into crumbs.

6.Sprinkle ‘dirt’ (oreo crumbs) onto pudding.

  1. Hang 3 or 4 gummy worms over the side of each cup.
  2. ENJOY



Pumpkin Bread


Don’t you love the different seasons… and all the good food that accompanies them?

My grandson, Adam, was over the other day and he wanted to bake something. He flipped through my recipe book, Homemade with Love, and this Pumpkin Bread is what he decided on making.

He got out all the ingredients, followed the recipe to the tee and made us all a delicious fall treat. Grandad really loved it!

This pumpkin bread is wonderful for autumn breakfasts and can be made into muffins, too!

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Chicken ‘n’ Rice Casserole


Here is a great recipe I like to make for company, Sunday dinner, or just anytime!

  • 1½ c. uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 can (12/3 c.) evaporated milk
  • 1 pkg. onion soup mix
  • 10 pieces chicken

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This is one of our favorite recipes for a cold winter day . There’s not much prep time involved. I always keep the ingredients on hand and make it if I’m short on time. Rick loves to use the leftovers to take to work the next few days.

This chili is my husband’s favorite, and it’s quite original! I never had chili growing up. I’d only heard stories of chili con carne my dad had been served while he was in the Navy; being from the North, I thought he was saying “chili corn carne.”… hence the addition of corn in this chili recipe!

My husband loved it and the kids did, too, and that’s been a favorite main dish for 27 years now. I hope you will enjoy it, too.

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Peanut Butter Christmas Kiss Cookies


Peanut Butter Christmas Kiss Cookies have been a long-time Christmas cookie tradition in our home for many, many years. Everyone looks forward to these special sweet treats! This version of the recipe includes colored sprinkles and peppermint kisses!

This is a great cookie recipe for kids to make with you, too, because they can easily help with many of the steps…such as rolling the dough into balls, coating the balls with sugar or sprinkles, unwrapping the chocolate kisses, and also adding the kisses to the cookies.

So, gather your little ones in the kitchen and make some Christmas memories!

Here’s the recipe.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Peppermint Hershey’s kisses (any kind work, if you don’t care for peppermint)

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Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods


‘Tis the season for so many wonderful things. Every day in December seems to bring about some sort of special activity, festive sounds, nostalgic feelings, or sweet treats to eat! It really is a special time of the year.

Some of my grandkids were with me last week, so we decided to make these yummy chocolate-dipped pretzels.

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