Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer

Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer {simplyhappenstance.com}-10:: Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer ::

If we were having a morning chat on the phone, six months ago, chances are… I would have had a cup of coffee in my hand. For years, I have really looked forward to waking up to a warm, sweet cup of coffee. Not only do I love the taste… but I also look forward to the smell. It takes me back to my childhood… always smelling a pot of coffee brewing each morning. There is something so cozy and comforting about coffee! 

Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer {simplyhappenstance.com}-7Although I always loved the smell of coffee, I didn’t develop a love for the flavor until I was 12 and living in Venezuela with my family on our sailboat. We would frequent whatever town we were anchored outside of, and often get a cup of café con leche {coffee with milk}. Such sweet memories…   [READ MORE]

Skillet Spiced Apple Crumble

Get ready for Fall with this Skillet Spiced Apple Crumble:: Skillet Spiced Apple Crumble ::

We love fall!  As soon as the temperature drops a couple degrees, I make this light and simple Skillet Spiced Apple Crumble. 

Over the weekend my husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary.  We spent the day going back to the town and winery that we got married at.  It was a beautiful day out in Temecula.  The weather was cooler and there was a slight breeze, a relief from the heat that we have had here in Southern California.  I know that most people don’t think that we have much of a fall, but we do have a few slight changes when this season arrives. I took full advantage of this fall feeling and I made this special Skillet Spiced Apple Crumble for my hubby.  It’s one of his favorite desserts. It was our anniversary after all {wink}!  [READ MORE]

Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken made simple. Perfect weeknight meal.:: Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches ::

I admit it; I get side tracked when it comes to meal planning.  My goal this school year is to use my slow cooker more often and make simple meals, such as these amazing Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches.  It became an instant favorite of mine, and what’s best of all… it makes enough for leftover’s depending on the size of your family.  Of course if all else fails, you can double the ingredients for this Barbecue Chicken and save some for later. Dinner is served!  [READ MORE]

Homemade Raspberry Jam

 homemade raspberry jam {simplyhappenstance.com} #simple #jam #raspberries:: Homemade Raspberry Jam ::

I have always wanted to make homemade jam! What about you? I had envisioned my mom, as a child, making jam and canning fruits and vegetables in the summertime with my grandma. I hoped to create some of the same memories with my own children — so I recruited my mom to come over and help with my very first jam making session!

homemade raspberry jam {simplyhappenstance.com}I started with four cups of fresh raspberries. You can also use frozen — just make sure they are thawed and ready to use.   [READ MORE]

Greens Detox Smoothie

Healthy and Easy Greens Detox Smoothie using Aloha Greens:: Greens Detox Smoothie ::

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It’s September and school is back in full swing, which means it’s time to get back into a health and fitness routine! This Greens Detox Smoothie recipe, made with Aloha Blend Box of Daily Good Greens, is the perfect start to a busy school day!

Our summer is officially over, as our first full week of school has been completed. The new school year brings along the possibility of a fresh beginning {after a summer filled with ice cream and barbecues}.  I am excited to up my yoga routine, and to use this Greens Detox Smoothie to get my mornings off to a positive and healthy start!    [READ MORE]

Chewy Monster Cookies

chewy monster cookies:: Chewy Monster Cookies :: 

Did you ever daydream, as a kid, about the kind of parent you wanted to be? Clearly my thoughts weren’t too deep, as I remember wanting to be the type of mom that had fresh baked cookies waiting on the table for my kids when they arrived home from school. Ha! Since I have been blessed with four little ones, I try to make that happen on occasion. After all, what is better than walking into a home filled with smells of warm, chocolatey cookies?! 

chewy monster cookies-34I’ve never met a kid that doesn’t love m&m’s! My children are completely drawn to the colorful candies, when we pass them in the store! The combination of chocolate with peanut butter is always a good mix… making these Monster cookies the ultimate kid treat!   [READ MORE]