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.






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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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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Apple Crisp


We’ve had a great crop of apples from our apple trees this year, so it’s been nice to have extra apples readily available to do all sorts of cooking and baking!

Usually Rick loves and prefers anything chocolate, but this is one exception! Apple crisp has been a favorite now for many years. He loves to eat it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

So, since it is apple season, what better better time than now to share this delicious, homemade recipe with you…..

  • 4 cups sliced apples (approx 4-5 large apples)
  • 1/ 1/3 c. Brown sugar
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 c. oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 c. butter, softened

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Coconut Oil Candy Bars


Now, here’s a new favorite recipe in our house!

We have several in the family cutting back on, or cutting out, sugar for the time being. But, sometimes you just need a little something for that sweet tooth!

So, here is a chocolate recipe that is good for you, and oh so delicious- with only a small amount of honey as a sweetener.

And even better, it’s super easy to whip up too!

  • 2/3 c. melted coconut oil
  • 2/3 c. cocoa- I use dark chocolate cocoa (such as Hershey’s ‘Special Dark Cocoa”)
  • dash of salt
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1/4 c. honey

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Fresh Blueberry Crisp



Want a special July treat? I just finished making a fresh blueberry crisp!

We order blueberries from some Mennonites who travel up to New Jersey and bring back 10 and 20 lb. boxes of berries. Boy, are they tasty.

We LOVE Apple Crisp, so I thought I’d try a Blueberry Crisp tonight, and boy, it’s almost gone. Everyone’s had seconds!

Here’s how you make it…

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Summertime Snacks From A to Z


Kids are always up for a snack, aren’t they?!

It’s a good idea to have plenty on hand for hungry bellies throughout the summer!

Sometimes it’s hard to think up something new or different for snack time. You know there are plenty of options, but your mind goes blank when you are trying to make up your grocery list. (or does that only happen to me?!)

So, let’s have a little fun with it-  Snack Ideas from A to Z to give you a little inspiration!

Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)

Banana Smoothie (1/2 cup sliced banana, 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth)

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