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It’s Tasty Tuesday! {Featured Food Posts}

We really enjoy the amazing food posts from our ARWB members and are excited to share a new batch with you this week. Be sure to check them out.

Keri Bucci: Coconut Chicken

Are you a fan of Asian food like we are? Then this Coconut Chicken recipe from Keri Bucci over at My Table of Three is a very tasty one to add to your menu. Plus, it’s low carb and gluten free!

Coconut Chicken via mytableofthree.com keri bucci

 

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Asian food. From sushi to egg drop soup there are many I call my favorites. This Coconut Chicken, like many of my other Asian inspired recipes, was born out of my desire to enjoy my favorite dishes but in a healthier way.

Coconut Chicken is my copy cat version of one of my old buffet favorites. In the past, I would pile my plate high of the overly sweet chicken and lavish every bite. Well, that is until I felt like someone was going to have to roll me out of the restaurant. Darn, you buffet food and darn you missing will power!  Read More

 

Helen Lampkin: Apple Tart with Calvados Cream

Nothing says fall more than apple season in Arkansas. Helen Lampkin, of My Brother’s Salsa and Helen’s Table, visits a local NWA farmers market to find out about the best of the iconic apple harvest.

Apple Tart via Helen's Table

Northwest Arkansas is still growing apples and we are fortunate to be the home of the family owned Vanzant Fruit Farm

So, before the peak of apple season passes you by, head to your local farmer’s market this and pick up some fresh apples. Then take the time to create this simple Apple Tart with Calvados Cream recipe, call the family around the table and savor every moment! Read More

 

Julie Kohl: Keto Coffee Disks

Want an easy, fool-proof way to have your keto coffee ready for you in a snap? Julie Kohl of Julie D. Kohl has the answer for you.

keto coffee disks via juliedkohl.com

The problem with most of the Keto Coffee recipes I’ve seen is that they all require you to blend all of the ingredients together in a blender.

I’m not sure about you but I barely have time to press the brew button on my K-cup machine in the morning, let alone pull out the blender. Plus, I sure don’t want to clean that thing EVERY day!

These Keto disks are my answer to the hassle. The results are tasty and healthy. Read More

 

Lacie Ring: Peanut Butter CupCereal Snack Mix

Easy Peasy Pleasy’s Lacie Ring has created a real winner with this snack mix. Your kiddos will definitely think you’re a winner too when you make up a batch for after school snacks or lunch box treats.

First things first…you grab a Super Size Bag of Peanut Butter Cups Cereal. Next you combine it with kid approved additions to make the perfect cereal snack mix. Adding more peanut butter and more chocolate takes this cereal over the top. Finally, you have one Super Sized Snack Idea! READ MORE

 

A Day in the Life of Evan – Dealing with Chronic Illness in Children

Charity Meadows: A Day in the Life of Evan

I have to say, being the caregiver to a child with two major chronic illnesses is the biggest job I have ever had to do. It is non stop monitoring all day, everyday, 24/7. Trying to maintain a balance not only for my child with medical issues but also for the rest of my family and myself, it is like walking a tight rope all day long. I am slowly realizing that God chose me to do this job. I admit I never asked or wanted this part of the job, but we (the whole family included) are all learning how to become professionals at dealing with diabetes. READ MORE

Jamie Smith: Arkansas Granola

When I first decided to make granola to feature this month’s honey theme, I knew I wanted to do something unique but not so weird that no one would possibly want to make this recipe!

Arkansas Granola Jamie Smith

I realized that the perfect recipe would be something that honors my adopted home state, Arkansas. After all, this is being featured on Arkansas Women Bloggers! I started to research what flavors are known for being from Arkansas and had to discard quite a few ideas at first. After all, who wants queso granola? Not me!

I knew I wanted to celebrate the state’s history of being a major producer of various apples, especially the Arkansas Black. Those apples aren’t available right now, so I chose Red Delicious.

I also think of chocolate gravy when I think of Arkansas food so I initially tried to incorporate chocolate from Kyya, the state’s first bean-to-bar chocolate makers (full disclosure: friends of mine!). I decided that apple and chocolate would be delicious, but more of a dessert granola.

So, I called on my ARWB sisters for help. They gave lots of great ideas for incorporating Arkansas into my granola including one idea I took as a joke at first: bacon. Yes, bacon granola! I researched it out of curiosity and discovered that bacon granola is actually pretty popular, especially for the paleo crowd.

Another suggestion was pecans, which I would have incorporated anyways because I love pecans and I know it’s the state nut.

Arkansas Granola vis Sunshine & Thorns Jamie Smith

So, Arkansas Granola was born. It is quite simple and uses entirely natural ingredients with no added sugars or sodium. It uses fresh apples, Petit Jean Bacon, pecans, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg. The binding agent is good old-fashioned honey, which gives just a hint of natural sweetness that doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the flavors.

Ready to try this recipe? You can check it out on my blog Sunflowers & Thorns. Let me know what you think!

Jamie SmithJamie Smith tells people she grew up in Kansas and became a grownup in Northwest Arkansas. A writer by profession, Jamie also loves to write as a hobby over at her personal blog, Sunflowers & Thorns. One of her most popular types of blogs are her recipes. Jamie and her husband, John, enjoy working on recipes together to make their own unique twist on familiar recipes.

Jamie and John live in Elkins with their two dogs and two cats.

 

How To Have The Best Yard Sale Ever

by Shae Fogerty

What’s the craziest thing a 35+ week pregnant woman could do? Sort through years worth of junk to hold a Saturday Yard Sale!?

Who is crazy enough to hold said Yard Sale? This chick! Yep, you can just pick me up and cart me to the nut house!

Aside from how crazy I felt pudging around trying to sell all my junk, we had a great day and sold quite a bit of stuff. And boy did we need it. Just as I was counting up our profit from the day, our oven decided to go out. So new stove it is.

I wanted to share a few tips on how we had the best yard sale ever, whether you’re pregnant or not. READ MORE…

Tasty Tuesday {Featured Food Posts}

Confetti Pepper Jelly: Jeanetta Darley

When you pick a peck of peppers, what do you next? One of my favorite solutions is to make pepper jelly.  And if you have a variety of colors in your pepper peck, it makes for a fun and tasty condiment that hopefully (fingers crossed) lasts you till the next growing season.  The bright colors of the different peppers give the jelly a confetti look just the right touch for a party. READ MORE…

 

Mexican-style Brown Rice: Jamie Smith

Does your family adore Mexican-style rice but you’d rather it have just a bit better nutrition? My Mexican-style rice uses reduced-sodium ingredients, making this recipe much less salty than what you would find from a flavor packet. Also, I use Riceland brown rice, which is usually considered better nutritionally than most white rices. This delicious, incredibly easy recipe is great as a side item or as a filler for burritos and other Tex-Mex dishes. READ MORE…

Polly's Apple Pie via Katharine Trauger of Home's Cool

Polly’s Apple Pie: Katharine Trauger

Our gal, Katharine Trauger of Home’s Cool, shares the pie that made her learn to love apple pie. Since it’s apple season in Arkansas, we thought this was one you’d want to put on your baking menu now. Do you make apple pies ahead of time and freeze them? They’re one of the easiest to freeze and enjoy later.

Polly was the mother of one of our dearest friends. She lived a life punctuated with fabulous sugary creations. We have found we need to eliminate lots of purely sugary downloads, but I make exceptions for Thanksgiving or very special company.

This pie is one of the exceptions. The secrets to it are: real butter, too much sugar, and the baking time and temp. The bottom crust will be a bit difficult to manage, but you will NOT care.  Read More

 

Easy Glazed 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies: Lacie Ring

 

In the honor of the season of giving thanks and my girlfriend who loves pumpkin, I give you this super easy Glazed 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies recipe made from a box of cake mix with glaze made from store bought frosting recipe. Read More

10 Ways To Workout Without Leaving The House

By Cassie Celestain

Are you struggling to get everything you want to get done? There is so much to do and working out keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list. You have blog posts to write, kids to transport, Instagram worthy pictures to take, dinner to make and more. These ten ways to workout without leaving the house will help you get a little workout in no matter what your day looks like. READ MORE…

It’s Tasty Tuesday! {Featured Food Posts}

We have some amazing foodies in Arkansas Women Bloggers. Each week we’ll feature a few of those special ones with you here and on our Arkansas Women Bloggers Facebook. (You are following, aren’t you?) I just know you’re going to enjoy these delicious dishes they have prepared.

AMANDA FARRIS lord of the rings lembas bread

Amanda Farris (Embracing Grace & Living the Adventure) is a busy stay-at-home mom of 4 precious kiddos. Check out this creative way she enriched the reading of Lord of the Rings. 

“I’ve been looking forward to reading all the classics with my kids since I knew I was going to be a mom. Read alouds and sharing stories  is one of my favorite things about being a  family.

I seriously have so many children’s picture books and classic books around my house that I just had to box some up while we are doing our house addition. If we didn’t live in the country at the end of a dirt road, I’d set up a little free library.

This summer we dived into J.R. Tolkien for our family read-aloud. Really, Sam did all the reading. He read The Hobbit to the kids this summer. The kids would sit in the floor and draw pictures as Sam read.”  READ MORE

 

lacie ring of easy peasy pleasy cinnamon roll pumpkin turnovers

 

Lacie Ring (Easy Peasy Pleasy) is so ready for fall. She’s already in the pumpkin and pumpkin spice mode. Her recipe for Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Turnovers just whets our appetite. I bet it does yours as well. Let us know when you give them a try.  

“Pumpkin spice and everything nice, that’s what this recipe is made of. If you love cinnamon rolls and you love pumpkin, you are in for a treat. First of all…delicious! Second of all…super easy! These Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Turnovers are all the taste you live for in the fall and there are only 5 ingredients.” READ MORE

ricci alexis pumpkin spice creamer

Ricci Alexis (Ricci Alexis) works as a respiratory therapist in her spare time when she’s not doing some incredible blogging, including this made-for-the-season Pumpkin Spice Creamer. It’s that time of the year for all things pumpkin and we’re pleased to be able to share this one with you. 

“If you have learned anything about me lately it’s that I am obsessed with anything pumpkin! I can’t wait to get my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season and I can’t believe how early each year they are coming out! I’m jealous if you have already gotten one. But as much as I love a yummy PSL they can get pricey. Especially if you want one every single day of your life. Ya feel me?” READ MORE

Want the recipe Lyndi Fultz’s (nwaFOODIE) mouth-watering meatballs in the featured photo? Head on over to the ARWB Facebook page now.

Be sure to come back next week for more featured recipes from our ARWB members.

Flying Solo: The Pilot Wife Plan for Long Weeks Alone

By Rhonda Franz

The Never-Set, Always-Changing Schedule of a Pilot…

It’s a living. A different living than the normal, home-every-day, 9-to-5. The pilot is home, the pilot is gone. And life still rolls: school, sickness, work, kids, meals.

All the Stuff of Life.

…Means the Never-Set, Always-Changing Routine of a Pilot’s Wife or Husband

My husband’s trips away used to make me anxious. Ten years down the road of parenthood, I manage much better now. I put less pressure on myself to keep up, and try to make the time as enjoyable with my kids as possible.

READ MORE…

Refuge in the Storms of Life

by Nancy Kay Grace

Refuge. A safe place where you can breathe a sigh of relief from the storm. A shelter or protection from danger or distress.

Often we need protection from the storms we face in daily life, a place where we can regroup in the whirlwind of unexpected trials. A place where we can once again find hope. READ MORE…