Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning-a

Say hello to Home Taco Seasoning and good-bye to those store-bought packets! This is the BEST taco seasoning ever. It contains nothing artificial nor any weird preservatives. What it does have is Authentic Mexican flavor!     Making your very own seasoning mix is so easy and you know exactly what you are eating. Unlike […]

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

  Kids are back in school! My daughter seems to have adjusted to going back to school very easily, but my son not so much. He has a rigorous schedule and is playing soccer this year. He comes home looking so tired, then stays up late getting homework completed. I joke that he will have […]

Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars

Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars

  Wow, my house is so quiet! My kids are back in school and I can tell it is going to take a little time to adjust to them being gone. On the plus side, I’ve got my music turned up and I’m dancing around the kitchen making some treats. Throughout the summer, anytime I’d have […]

Cherry Almond Smoothie

Cherry Almond Smoothie

  I blinked and it is now the middle of August! Where did time go? We’ve been so busy getting ready for school. I seriously think I spent at least 80% of my waking day driving. Hence the reason for my absence. The first day of school is Wednesday! I am just as sad and […]

Thai Coconut Quinoa Salad

Thai Coconut Quinoa Salad

When life gets busy I need quick meals. Stir-fry is always an easy choice. They cook up in no time and you can add lots of great vegetables to boost their nutrition.   My biggest problem is the rice.  I have learned that living at a higher elevation (7300ft) I can’t make rice well at […]

Easy Skillet Pizza

Skillet Margherita Pizza

My best way of dealing with craziness is to get in the kitchen. Cooking and baking always makes me feel good and happy.   So, apparently my list of things going wrong while my husband is away continues. This time was just heartbreaking. I went to put my wedding ring on and noticed the diamond […]

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

  I really don’t like wasting any food. I feel terribly guilty when I have to toss anything. When I see a quarter loaf of bread leftover from dinner sitting on the counter, I automatically start thinking what I make. As luck would have it I have lots of tomatoes also sitting on the counter. […]

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Roasted Tomato Salsa

As much as I do like to go out on a Friday night, I also love staying home. Mixing up some fresh margaritas, snacking on chips and salsa, listening to some music, and sitting with my hubby is one of my favorite evenings. It’s just the two of us, without interruptions. Sometimes, we eat so […]

Mexican Chicken Skillet Dinner

Mexican Chicken Skillet Dinner

  I am a tad bit obsessed with one-skillet meals. I have a white board with lots of meals and blog ideas scribbled on it. Half of the board has one-skillet meals! Maybe, it is because I love a quick dinner or that I’m a bit lazy when it comes to doing dishes. I’m pretty […]

Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles

Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles

  Well, I finally did it! I got on Amazon, shopped around, and finally added popsicle molds into my cart. Now, I’m officially a Popsicle mold owner and the timing couldn’t be any more perfect!   We are having our hottest weather of the year right now. It’s not hot like it would be in […]

Meatball Sub Sandwich

Meatball Sub Sandwich

  Summer time is a busy time! I thought once the school year ended things would slow down. However, most nights I find myself rushing to put dinner together.   Somehow, time just seems to slip away and next thing I know it is 8pm. It’s nights like those that I really need something quick. […]

Blueberry Mango Smoothie

Blueberry Mango Smoothie

  I’m happy to start a new week. It always seems that when my husband is away things start to go wrong. Last week started with an early wake-up by my son.  He was trying to get the trash can out, but he garage doors would not open.  Neither door seemed to be receiving power. […]

Spicy Asian Noodles with Seared Tofu

Spicy Asian Noodles| Pick Fresh Foods

  Having the kids cook a dinner has been wonderful! They have made so much progress and have learned a lot. I sat down with my son the other day to find out what he had planned. He hadn’t decided. He usually picks something I make in our normal rotation. Trying to get him to […]

Mexican Spinach Dip

Mexican Spinach Dip | Pick Fresh Foods

      Last week was crazy busy! It was like we were trying to accomplish 2 months of summer activities in one week. My husband is preparing to leave for job training and we are trying to spend every moment possible together.  Something had to give, so I apologize for not being present last week. Being […]

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits | Pick Fresh Foods

    The mind and memory are very interesting to me. I recently read that most early childhood memories are lost around the age of 7.  It doesn’t happen all at once, but gradually by the 7th year the memories they had before this age disappear. The small percentage of memories that are not lost are most likely […]

BLT Potato Salad

BLT Potato Salad | Pick Fresh Foods

    Summer is in full swing! I can hardly believe it is July. We just celebrated my husbands’ birthday yesterday. Our kids were up early to spend the day with their dad. That is a gift in itself! Normally these people sleep pass breakfast. They were really awesome kids!  They were up and ready […]

Strawberry Scones

Strawberry Scones | Pick Fresh Foods

    My first meeting with a scone was at a coffee-house. I ordered a coffee and this wonderful looking scone that was in the bakery case. From that moment, I knew I wanted to make these myself. Scones are an easy to make quick bread. I love all types of breads, but give me a […]

Southwestern Pasta Salad

Southwestern Pasta Salad | Pick Fresh Foods

    I’m going to start by saying the World Cup is ruining my life.  I can’t seem to get away from it. If my television isn’t on a game, it is on ESPN. Ok, so the World Cup is not really ruining my actual life, but my DVR watching life. My son has managed […]

Green Apple Walnut Smoothie

Apple Walnut Smoothie | Pick Fresh Foods

    Summer is officially here and the mornings are beginning to be a lot warmer. This is the perfect time for a cold delicious smoothie. It is no secret that I love smoothies. If I count correctly, there are at least 15 different variations here on Pick Fresh Foods.  I could almost create a […]

Chocolate Frosted Donuts

Chocolate Frosted Donuts| Pick Fresh Foods

When I was a kid, having donuts was always a special treat. Sunday after church, if we were lucky we’d get to stop at the bakery and get to pick a donut. You can only imagine how hard it is for a kid to pick one donut. This didn’t happen too often, so it was […]

Quinoa Fruit Salad

Quinoa Fruit Salad...Deliciously flavorful protein-packed salad bursting with fresh fruits | Pick Fresh Foods

I was listening to the radio and the DJ said he likes to call summer, skin season. After months of being totally covered up, this is when everyone is showing their skin. The tank tops, shorts, skirts, dresses, and bathing suits all make their appearance in order for people to show off their skin. Haha Nothing like […]

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken Quesadillas

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken Quesadillas | Pick Fresh Foods-2

We love to grill. We have always lived in the southern states where the weather is almost always nice and you can grill year round. After moving to Colorado, we found it is not so easy to grill as often. It seems that for more than half the year we have snow. That doesn’t stop […]

Banana Walnut Bars

Banana Walnut Bars | Pick Fresh Foods

  I don’t know why I do this, but I have a bad habit of over buying groceries. I almost always start off with a list, but I have a hard time sticking to it. I’ll walk down an aisle, see something, and think I’m out of that and grab one. I justify it by […]

BLT Salad with Avocado and Blue Cheese

BLT Salad | Pick Fresh Foods

  This is a delicious salad version of a classic sandwich. I layer red grape tomatoes, bacon, avocado, and blue cheese on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce. Top it off with a delicious drizzle of Lemon Vinaigrette and lunch is ready.   We’ve been sitting out on the deck drinking an adult version of […]

Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon Vinaigrette | Pick Fresh Foods-5

 Lemon Vinaigrette is delicious and bursting with citrus flavor. It is a versatile dressing that can brighten up any salad. This vinaigrette is also a great marinade for chicken.   After months of cold weather and feeling like we have been stuck indoors, we are finally getting outside again. When we lived in Texas, we camped a […]

Puffed Pancakes

Puff Pancake | Pick Fresh Foods

  An oven baked Puff Pancake is not only beautiful, it is super easy to make.  I make these a little healthier by using whole white wheat flour. I also top them with Greek yogurt and fresh berries for some protein, vitamins, and antioxidants.   Lately the weather has been much warmer here and one […]

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade | Pick Fresh Foods-8

Blend fresh sweet strawberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup and serve up a deliciously refreshing Fresh Strawberry Lemonade. It is the perfect way to cool off on a warm summer afternoon.    Somehow, with the kids out for summer break we seem busier then before. I mentioned before that my husband is retiring soon. He […]

Orange Mango Smoothie

Orange Mango Smoothie |  Pick Fresh Foods-6

Orange Mango Smoothie…fresh oranges and mango blended with vanilla protein. It’s delicious, smooth, creamy, and full of great nutrients. These bright, fresh flavors are sure to leave you feeling re-charged after a good workout!   Life is good!! My kids are out of school for the summer! My hubby has 3 more workdays until he […]

Strawberry Quinoa Spring Salad

Strawberry Quinoa Salad | Pick Fresh Foods

 Strawberry Quinoa Spring Salad is a nutritious combination of baby greens, quinoa, fresh sliced strawberries, and sliced almonds. I top it with some freshly made balsamic vinaigrette for a deliciously light and flavorful meal.    I love to talk to anyone. I’m that person who can’t be near you without saying something. I’ll start a […]

Mexican Quinoa Bowl

Mexican Quinoa Bowl | Pick Fresh Foods

  My Mexican Quinoa Bowl is a deliciously healthy meal that is quick and easy to make. It is a flavorful combination of zesty quinoa, black beans, spicy pico de gallo, and creamy avocado.    There is something about saying words out loud that truly makes them real. Our family is about to go through […]

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