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12 Smock Apron Patterns & Tutorials

Smock Apron Patterns & Tutorials | Becky Cooks Lightly

Happy Fourth of July!

If you're like me, holidays get you thinking about smocks. They are really handy and protective when you (and the kids!) are grilling out or throwing a meal together in your kitchen. So I've gathered 12 of my favorite smock patterns & tutorials for your next DIY project. Enjoy the holidays and be safe!

Smock: a loose, lightweight overgarment worn to protect the clothing while working.

Crafster Forum ~ Countryside Smock Apron
Crafster Forum ~ Countryside Smock Apron
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Crazy Little Projects ~ Kid's Art Smock Apron Pattern
Crazy Little Projects ~ Kid's Art Smock Apron Pattern
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Japanese Sewing Books ~ Cross Back Apron For Adult And Kids
Cross Back Apron For Adult And Kids
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Lincraft ~ Long Sleeve Art Smock For Kids
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Love Grows Wild ~  Men's Dress Shirt Apron
Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com
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My Bird House ~ Adult Or Child Smock Apron
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Sew 4 Home ~ Farm Girl Vintage Style Reversible Apron
Sew 4 Home ~ Farm Girl Vintage Style Reversible Apron
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Sew 4 Home ~ Reversible Summer Apron
Sew 4 Home ~ Reversible Summer Apron
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Sew Fearless ~ Best Worn Barefoot Smock Apron
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Sensibility ~ Edwardian Apron Pattern
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Still Dottie ~ Smock Apron Pattern
Still Dottie ~ Smock Apron Pattern
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The Hearty Home ~ Japanese Smock Apron
Japanese Smock Apron
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For more apron inspiration, follow my board on Pinterest:

20 Unique Cupcake Recipes

Unusual Cupcake

What makes a cupcake unique? Flavor? Aroma? Surprising ingredient combinations?  All of course, plus a dash of creativity, make a deliciously unusual cupcake. Today, I'm sharing 20 of my favorite unique cupcake recipes. What is your favorite?

Cupcake Recipes

    Avocado Cupcakes, Will Cook For Smiles
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      Bacon-Hazelnut Buttermilk Cupcakes, Bakingdom
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      Blackberry Cobbler Cupcakes  |  TheCakeBlog.com
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      Blueberry Pancake Cupcakes, Your Cup of Cake
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      Butterbeer Cupcakes, Amy Bites
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      Champagne Cupcakes
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      Cherry Rhubarb Cupcakes, A Cookie Named Desire
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      Chocolate Mint Cupcakes
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      Cream of Broccoli Soup Cupcakes, Red Shallot Kitchen
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      Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcakes, A Girl Defloured
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      Fruity Pebbles Cupcakes, Raining Hot Coupons
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      Horchata Cupcakes, Just Jenn Recipes
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      Lavender Honey Cupcakes, Kimmy's Bake Shop
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      Maple Bacon Cupcakes, Table For Two
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      Matcha Azuki Cupcakes, The Little Epicurean
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      Purple Potato Cupcakes, Simply Cake
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      Rosemary Honey Cupcakes, Nutmegs, Seven
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      Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cupcakes, Runs with Spatulas
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      Sweet Pea and Ricotta Cupcakes, Cupcake Project
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      Vanilla Chai Tea Cupcakes, Lady Behind The Curtain
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      For more creative inspiration, these books are now available on Amazon. I've read The Pink Whisk Brilliant Baking Step-by-Step Cake Making, and it's excellent.


      For more recipe inspiration, follow my dessert boards on Pinterest:



      58 Healthy Food Blogs You Should Be Following

      Healthy Food Blogs | Becky Cooks Lightly #healthyfoodblogs

      I love eating healthy and browsing healthy food blogs. For those of you who are regulars here at Becky Cooks Lightly, you know that I don't follow any one diet. My diet is a mix & match type of diet. I'm not a strict vegetarian, but I eat very little meat overall. I also enjoy Weight Watchers, Gluten-Free, Raw, Low Calorie/Low Fat, Paleo, and so forth. My blog has recipes from every diet imaginable, and I feel better than I've ever felt in my life. As a caveat, most meals that I eat are farm to plate. It's a wonderful lifestyle. So today I'm sharing 58 healthy food blogs that I regularly look to for recipes and inspiration. I think that you'll find a lot of them are mix & match as well. Healthy eating is really just simple basic recipes cooked deliciously. As always, please feel free to leave a link to your favorite in the comment section.

      Don't forget to follow me on Pinterest. Some boards that may interest you include:

      1. 5:2 Diet
      2. Becky Cooks Lightly Blog
      3. Crazy for Chia Seeds
      4. Healthy Desserts
      5. Healthy Recipes
      6. Infused Water Recipes
      7. Tofu Recipes
      8. Weight Watchers
      9. Yay, No Meat!

      Also, don't forget to check out my healthy recipes, which include a little bit of everything.

      5:2 Diet

      About: This blog is ran by Moogie, a 30-something web developer based on the south coast of England. She is a former chronic dieter that finally settled into the 5:2 lifestyle. If you haven't heard of the 5:2 Diet, you eat normally on any 5 days of the week and then for the other two days you consume about 500 calories (women) or 600 calories (men). You can find her recipes under the "My 5:2 Meal Ideas" tab.

      My Favorite Recipe: Fasting Day Burger & Salad

      About: Jacqueline's approach to her blog is refreshingly open and honest. And of course there are a lot of delicious recipes...and beautiful/inspiring photographs. Aside from the recipes, she has a lot of information for followers of the 5:2 Diet including book recommendations, product reviews, tips & cheats, and free printables.

      My Favorite Recipe: Courgette Pizza Bites

      Gluten-Free

      About:  Jeanne has been gluten-free since 2000, when the birth of her daughter triggered her gluten-intolerance. Jeanne is the author of Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays and is currently working on her next book, Gluten-Free Wishlist: Sweet and Savory Treats You’ve Miss the Most, due in the fall of 2015. 

      My Favorite Recipe: Skordalia (Greek side dish that is often used as a dip.)

      About:  This blog is ran by Shauna James Ahern and her husband the Chef (a.k.a. Daniel Fitzgerald Ahern). Shauna is the author of three books  —Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story in 100 Tempting Recipes, Gluten-Free Girl Every Day, Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back...And How You Can Too.  Her recipes are searchable by season and category.

      My Favorite Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Salad

      About:  Gluten-Free For Good was founded by Melissa McLean Jory MNT, a master graduate of the Nutrition Therapy Institute. Melissa is the co-author of The Gluten-Free Edge: A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Athletic Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Life and also runs a second website, Artful-Aging.

      About: Karina launched her blog in 2005, four years after discovering that she carried one of the two classic genes linked to developing celiac disease. She describes her original recipes as a family affair ~ the kind of food we cook and crave.

      My Favorite Recipe: Gluten-Free Blueberry Crumble-Crisp

      About:  Dr. Jean Layton is the force behind this blog. She is the co-author of Gluten-Free Baking For Dummies and has a plethora of information for those aiming to live a gluten-free life. Dr. Layton maintains a private practice with her husband, Ed the acupuncturist, at Layton Health Clinic in Bellingham, Washington.

      My Favorite Recipe: Fresh Cherry Sorghum Salad with Mint

      About: Jamie Eppenauer, a.k.a. Gluten-Free Mom, changed to a new gluten-free lifestyle after her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005. Her blog is uplifting (a journey of love) and full of advice, hope,and yes...totally awesome recipes. 

      My Favorite Recipe: Sloppy Joe

      About: This blog is ran by Solveig Berg Vollan, who was born and raised in Norway. She started on her path to veganism at eight years of age, and you'll find a host of delicious gluten-free recipes on her site that are vegan/vegetarian.

      My Favorite Recipe: Homemade Guilt-Free Vegan Nutella

      About: I love the title of the blog. Kitchen Operas is authored by a singing teacher...who loves to eat. Aside from great recipes, she also posts about her eating adventures when she is on travel. One of my favorites is her Paris Adventure, which you can read about here: Paris: Alizée Crêperie (5ème arrondissement).

      My Favorite Recipe: Sesame & Lime Broccoli

      About: Danielle blogs about her adventures trying to live a healthy, eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle while eating gluten free, real food on a budget and traveling. Her recipes are generally free of gluten, soy, nuts and sugar, with egg and dairy free options.

      My Favorite Recipe: Gluten-Free Apple Pie

      About: Carol Kicinski's Simply Gluten-Free is a blog written to share, inspire, and teach. Her philosophy is to find foods that are naturally gluten-free. Carol has been a gluten-free blogger since 2007, a recipe developer for over 18 years, and is founder and Editor-In-Chief of Simply Gluten-Free Magazine. She's is also the author of Simply…Gluten Free Desserts & Simply…Gluten Free Quick Meals.

      My Favorite Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts

      Low Calorie
      About: Debbi describes herself as an overweight mom of three, who finally realized that dieting doesn't mean deprivation. She makes healthy, low calorie meals (around 500 calories) without compromising taste. Her blog is mostly healthy with a few sweets and treats thrown in, too.

      My Favorite Recipe: Taco Corn Bread Casserole

      About: Lisa Lillien is the founder of www.hungry-girl.com and author of ten best-selling books. Her most recent book, The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Mix-n-Match Meals & Snacks, came out in 2015. On her blog you'll find delicious guilt-free recipes. Even more, you can recipes in action on Hungry Girl, which airs on both Food Network and Cooking Channel.

      My Favorite Recipe: Low-Calorie Pepperoni Pizza French Fries

      About: Becky Clark shares her hard-learned secrets of keeping weight off on Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle blog. After a lot of research, Becky had an aha moment, realizing that carrying extra weight — even twenty pounds — can shorten a life. But Becky describes herself as lazy, and has figured out a way to lose weight and become healthier in spite of her fatal flaw. Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle if a refreshing,  yet thought provoking and inspiring read.

      My Favorite Recipe: Grandma's Vinegar Cake

      About: Julie Fagan is the blogger behind Peanut Butter Fingers. She is a 29-year-old blogger, personal trainer, group exercise instructor and freelance writer living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Peanut Butter Fingers began in September 2009 as a way for Julie to share recipes, exercise tips and random musings with her friends and family, and it has since grown into a blog that she updates daily to document her life, fueled by (mostly) healthy food and fitness.

      My Favorite Recipe: Easy BBQ Meatloaf

      About:  Skinny Chef was launched in April 2003 by Jennifer Iserloh. Jennifer is CEO of Skinny Chef Culinary Ventures, and is the author of five bestselling books: Healthy Cheats, 50 Shades of Kale, Active Calorie Diet, Secrets of a Skinny Chef , and Yoga Body Diet. Her blog's mission is to show families that healthy cooking can be fresh, fun and flavorful.

      My Favorite Recipe: Sunny Side Up with Greens

      About:  Jennifer Gacek was 90 pounds overweight, but fitness and healthy eating completely changed her life. She wanted to pay it forward by becoming a Beachbody Coach and inspiring others to be their best. On Jen's blog you'll find delicious recipes, healthy treats, and some nutrition and fitness tips.

      My Favorite Recipe: Macaroni Lasagna

      Low Fat

      About: Kelly Hunt started Eat Yourself Skinny after trying a few unsuccessful diets. Instead of dieting, she wanted to start living a healthier lifestyle and still enjoy the foods she loves. Nowadays, her diet is mostly organic non-processed healthy food, with the occasional chocolate (Yay!).

      My Favorite Recipe: Gingered Pumpkin Soup

      About: Susan Voisin is the writer behind Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen, wherein she creates delicious dishes made with whole foods and without added oil. Susan went vegetarian in 1988 because she didn’t want to eat animals. Then, about 6 years later, she eliminated all animal products from her diet, learned how to cook without added fat, and lost over 100 pounds. She now maintains the Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen, a collection of over 1400 low-fat vegan recipes sent in by hundreds of people.

      My Favorite Recipe: Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake

      About: In Green Lite Bites, Roni Noone writes about her adventures in cooking healthier for her family (and sometimes just herself). Roni strives to limit sugar and avoid processed flours while including as many fruits and veggies as possible. 

      About: Ramona Deters is the Low Fat Diva, and she started blogging about five years ago after becoming ill from a gallbladder attack. Since then she has been revising and creating recipes to stay with the low fat lifestyle. Ramona says that she's tested her recipes out on some very tough critics…..family & friends (you know they can be brutal).

      My Favorite Recipe: Peanut Butter Krispie Brownie

      About: Luisana Suegart is a travel publicist, recipe developer, spin instructor, and contributor to Siempremujer.com. Luisana is a former fast-food junkie who was forced to make a change after tipping the scale and 165. She now eats lean proteins and whole grains, roasts her own vegetables, dresses her own salads. These changes have kept off 45 pounds, and her goal is now to help others do the same.

      My Favorite Recipe: Scented Cherry Muffins

      About: Summer, aka Low Fat Chick, started her blog over four years ago with a goal to get the message out that healthy food can be tasty and is essential for life. She shares original healthy recipes, recipes from other sources, and healthy food news. Summer has also made a free Ebook available for readers of her blog at 10 Springtime Healthy Recipes.

      My Favorite Recipe: Pesto Shrimp Flatbread

      Paleo
      About: Monica Bravo (yes, that is her real name) started her blog in 2013. Monica is a pre-med student at LSU with a passion for science, healthy food, and blogging. Healthy living became a part of her lifestyle after her dad became diagnosed with heart disease. On Bravo for Paleo, you can find out more about her story, her lifestyle, and her recipes.

      My Favorite Recipe: Herb Topped Steak

      About: This blog was started by Elana Amsterdam in 2006. She is the author of the New York Times Best Selling cookbook Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry. Her website includes an assortment of special diet. Just a few examples include the following: Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Nut Free, Egg Free, and Candida.

      My Favorite Recipe: Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

      About: Sarah Fragoso's Paleo journey began after her health hit bottom in 2008. After the birth of her son, she was overweight and suffered from constant painful swelling in her legs to depression. Her blog details her new found path to health and delicious paleo recipes. She is the author of many cookbooks; just a few include: Everyday PaleoEveryday Paleo Family Cookbook, and Everyday Paleo Around the World: Italian Cuisine.

      My Favorite Recipe: Beer Battered Fish-n-Chips and Brother Mark’s Tartar Sauce

      About:  Mark Sisson is the guy behind Mark's Daily Apple. Mark is a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness his life’s work. At the end of 2006, he decided to jump into the blogosphere, and we are the better for it. Mark inspires me in that he is over 60 and still looks young and lives active. He is the author of The Primal Blueprint ,21 Day Total Body Transformation,  and co-author of The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, and Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals.

      My Favorite Recipe: Primal Mocktails

      About: Michelle Tam has been called the “Martha Stewart of Paleo”, and her blog has been described as “Oddly Provocative” with recipes that are “Always Popping with Flavor”. She attributes her mental and physical health to going Paleo in 2010. Just one of many awards, Saveur Magazine named Nom Nom Paleo “The best special diets blog of 2012.” 

      My Favorite Recipe: Cracklin Chicken

      About: Paleo Crumbs is authored by seventeen year old cooking phenom, Macy. Macy suffers from several health issues, including gastroparesis, gastritis, colitis, raynaud's, Gilbert's syndrome, and a few mild food allergies and sensitivities. On Paleo Crumbs, you'll find gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, primal, and paleo recipes that are positively delicious.

      My Favorite Recipe: Vanilla Birthday Cake Smoothie (dairy free and vegan)

      About:  This is a fun blog ran by Kelly Milton, author of Paleo Happy Hour. Kelly was training at Norcal Strength and Conditioning in 2010 when she first learned about the Paleo Diet. She started her blog to stay on track and share her cooking with others.

      My Favorite Recipe: Sausage and Sun-dried Tomato-Stuffed Mushrooms

      About: Paleo Magazine has a multitude of authors with great recipes. For all of you die-hard Paleo dieters, you can also check out Paleo Radio, Paleo TV, Paleo Fitness, Paleo Store, and more. This site is a great resource for anyone interested in the Paleo diet from newbie to long-time follower.

      My Favorite Recipe: Celery-Root-Salad

      About: Juli Bauer is terrifically funny as she shares her divine Paleo recipes. Juli is the author of Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook and a contributor of The best Paleo Recipes of 2014 (a curated e-book with 150 recipes from your favorite Paleo Bloggers). She warns away the easily offended and is sometimes obscene. Enter her blog at your own discretion.

      My Favorite Recipe: Hawaiian Pizza Salad

      About: Kelly V. Brozyna started studying health and nutrition in 2004 to educate herself on the best diet to resolve her family's health issues. After years of research and experimentation, she now creates gluten-free and Paleo food so similar to conventional wheat/dairy/refined sugar recipes. Kelly has been blogging at TheSpunkyCoconut.com since 2008, and published several cookbooks including: The Paleo Chocolate Lovers' Cookbook: 80 Gluten-Free Treats for Breakfast & DessertDairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar, The Spunky Coconut Cookbook, and many more.

      My Favorite Recipe: Dairy-Free Cheeseburger Soup

      Raw Diet
      About: Gena, of Choosing Raw, is a certified clinical nutritionist, a food writer, and a passionate vegan. Her blog chronicles her adventures in the kitchen, a community-driven celebration of nourishing food, and a space in which she sometimes share thoughts on disordered eating, animal rights, and nutrition science. Gena adores raw food,but she is not a strict raw foodist.

      About: The whirlwind behind Raw Guru is Alex Malinsky, an award winning chef and one of the leading experts in the field of raw food. He started to learn about raw foods at the early at of 15. After 9 years on the raw food diet he continues to be on the cutting edge of nutritional research and product development. Alex is also the founder of multiple websites, including RawGuru.com, RawFoodChat.com, SproutLiving.com

      My Favorite Recipe: Carrot, Mint and Raisin Salad

      About: Susan Powers is the author behind Rawmazing. Her blog applies the common sense approach to raw. She uses pure unprocessed ingredients, prepared with minimal intervention, to create raw food recipes that are nutritionally dense without sacrificing the taste and presentation of traditional recipes.

      My Favorite Recipe: Raw Cauliflower Crust Pizza

      About: Em eats raw plants because she loves her body, the planet, and all beings. As is her way, one day she woke up and decided to be vegan. Very soon after, she got into raw food, and following that, the high-carb lifestyle. Now she eats a vegan, high-carb, mostly raw diet.


      Sugar-Free
      About:  Ricki Heller's tag line is a healthy lifestyle can be sweet. And by that, she mean's sugar-free. Ricki is an educator, writer, cookbook author, natural nutritionist, and lover of all things canine. Ricki is 100% vegan, and she believes in presenting vegan food in a way that anyone can enjoy. Ricki's recipes are sugar-free, gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and appropriate for anti-candida living.

      My Favorite Recipe: The Ultimate Candida Diet Chocolate Chip Cookie (Grain-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free)

      About:  Amy Green has been living free of refined sugars and gluten since 2004. After going sugar and gluten-free, her food cravings, migraines, and depression vanished, and she was able to maintain a 60+ pound weight loss. Amy's goal is to create healthier food that is also delicious. Simply Sugar and Gluten Free contains recipes with ingredients that are easy to find and budget friendly. She is the author of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free.

      Vegetarian/Vegan

      About: Katie's blog is all about healthy desserts. The recipes are vegan, which means they are free of meat, milk, eggs, and other animal products. She also incorporates sugar-free or a sugar-free option in many of the recipes. For other special diets, check out Special Diet Recipes.

      My Favorite Recipe: Chocolate Bar Pie

      About: Emma's recipes reflect her lifestyle of compassion and connection. Going vegan has helped her feel good about what she's eating, and you'll feel good, too after cooking her delicious plant-based creations.

      About: Elenore Bendel Zahn describes herself as a tree hugging gardener, vegetarian chef, and health coach with a slight obsession for food photography. Her blog is all about building an Earthsprouty plate, which is a plate filled with Raw, Whole, Natural and Organic foods to increase the body's alkalinity and add tons of enzymes. Elenore writes that Earthsprout strategies will make you Hot ´n Healthy. Who wouldn't be up for that? 

      About:  Green Kitchen Stories in the brainchild of Stockholm-based David Frenkiel & Louisa Vindahl. They cook and eat healthy and simple vegetarian food with natural ingredients, whole grains, good fats, fruit and vegetables. Green Kitchen Stories is the winner of Saveur's 4th Annual Best Special Diets Blog. David & Louisa have published two books thus far: Vegetarian Everyday/The Green Kitchen and Green Kitchen Travels.

      About: Oh She Glows is an award winning recipe blog featuring over 500 recipes. Angela started blogging in 2008 as she was recovering from an eating disorder. Oh She Glows is full of amazing recipes sprinkled with an honest look at how food affects us from within. Also check out the Oh She Glows Cookbook (released March 4, 2014).

      My Favorite Recipe: Ultimate Green Taco Wraps

      About:  This addictive blog is ran by Amanda and Aaron. They operate under the concept of taking recipes down to essentials, always with a plant-based twist. They also offer advice for those wanting to start there own food blog and seo for food blogs.
      About: Princes Tofu is written by Phi, a vegetarian from San Francisco. Her blog is modern contemporary in style, and her recipes have an Asian Parisian flair. Name aside, the recipes aren't all tofu based; there's a wide variety of vegetarian recipes from preserves to entrees. Tidbit: Princess Tofu is a Chinese Asian Dish like Princess Chicken only made with tofu.
      About:  Jacqueline Meldrum's blog has over 500 easy vegetarian and vegan recipes with photos and simple instructions. Known as the Scottish Vegetarian, Jacqueline is a food writer and recipe developer who specialises in vegetarian cooking and more recently vegan cooking. She has been writing Tinned Tomatoes since April 2007.
      About: The First Mess is authored by Laura, a writer/cook from the Niagara region of southern Ontario. She enjoys cooking with natural foods, eating seasonally, and sharing wholesome meals with the people in her life. Just one of numerous accolades, The First Mess was named 2014 winner of Saveur Magazine's Best Special Diets Blog.

      About: Lisa started out as a vegetarian when she was six years old and became vegan shortly afterwards. Most of her diet is comprised of fresh, raw plants. She also enjoys eating cooked beans, oats, buckwheat and sweet potatoes. Aside from recipes, Vegan Culinary Crusade also features reviews (books, products, restaurants), Travel, and Services.

      My Favorite Recipe: Beautiful Borscht Salad

      Weight Watchers
      About:  Marjorie is the chief recipe developer, taste tester, photographer, photo editor, and writer at A Pinch of Healthy. Aside from recipes, she shares her Weight Watch Weigh Ins and has a channel on Youtube for those trying to follow Weight Watchers on their own. 
      About:  Emily Green's blog proves healthy can be delicious by offering lightened up recipes that never compromise on flavor. All recipes include Weight Watchers Points+ values.

      My Favorite Recipe: Cincinnati Chili

      About:  LaaLoosh features a wide selection of Weight Watchers recipes online collected by active Weight Watcher members. This site is chock-full of healthy recipes that feature WW points value.

      My Favorite Recipe: French Roasted Onion Potatoes

      About: Jenna is the owner of Recipe Diaries. She's also a photographer and sometimes recipe developer. Recipe Diaries contains over 300+ Weight Watcher recipes. Points Plus are included with the recipes. 

      My Favorite Recipe: Overnight Blueberry Coffee Cake

      About: Nancy Fox was fresh out of college she founded Mrs. Beasley’s, and she was also the creative force behind Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. She has authored two books on reduced-fat cooking: Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen Baking Book and Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen Reduced-Fat Salad Dressings. Skinny Kitchen is where she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There is also nutritional information and Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS on each recipe.

      My Favorite Recipe: CPK’s Tuscan Hummus Made Skinny

      About: Gina Homolka is the author, photographer and recipe developer of Skinnytaste.com. This is an incredibly popular blog featured on everything from Dr. Oz to Better Homes and Gardens. In September of 2014 she published her first book and #1 best seller The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor. Gina posts old and new point values for each of her recipes.

      My Favorite Recipe: Skinny Taco Dip

      About:  Kerry, the force behind the blog, is  a marketer/writer living in Tampa. She writes about her weight loss journey, as well as a mix of original and adapted recipes. As of April 2015, she has lost 32 pounds following Weight Watchers.

      My Favorite Recipe: Detox Vegetable Soup

      About:  Tracy Pinder has lost 160 pounds following Weight Watchers. Her blog features grocery finds, recipes, and plenty of inspiration to keep going on the Weight Watchers plan. You can also find Weight Watcher Girl on Youtube.

      25 Canned Tuna Recipes | Easy Healthy

      Recipes Made with Canned Tuna

      Happy Monday, Folks!
      To help you get ready for the busy week ahead, I'm sharing 25 of my favorite canned tuna recipes. There's a taste for every palate and a wide variety of recipes: salads, pastas, sandwiches, snacks, and even omelets. What is your favorite healthy canned tuna recipe?

      Canned Tuna Recipes

      Vegetarian Recipe | Honey Sriracha Tofu

      Honey Sriracha Tofu

      Today I'm sharing a recipe that I think is the most wonderful thing to ever happen to tofu. This post is really just a recipe review with ingredient change, and believe me, it turned out so much better than I ever dreamed. The recipe I followed can be found here: Honey Sriracha Chicken - Creme De La Crumb. I've used it before with chicken, and I thought to myself, would this work with tofu? Surprise, surprise. It does!

      Ingredient change: I used one package of extra-firm tofu in place of 3-4 chicken breasts. I used cubed, but you can buy a block and cube it yourself.

      I don't want to copy the recipe here because Tiffany deserves all the credit for her work, so when you get to step 2 (of 2), simply exchange tofu for chicken and continue following the recipe. Sauté the tofu until golden brown (flip with spatula). Mine took around ten minutes give or take. Your browning time may vary a little from mine. One thing I've learned, is that you absolutely need to have a good non-stick pan if you're going to cook tofu on a regular basis. This will make sautéing so much easier for you. I used a CeraPan, bought from WalMart. It's a ceramic coated pan that is truly nonstick; works better than any pan I've ever had.

      I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do. It's sweet. It's spicy. However, be forewarned: Portion control is difficult because it tastes so darn good.

      Have you ever made a major switch in ingredient, for better or worse? 


      This is the honey sriracha sauce. Absolutely the best!
      honey sriracha sauce

      All sides need to be sautéd. Flip tofu with spatula until all sides are golden brown.
      Sauteing Tofu

      The finished product. As you can see, I added no extra red pepper, and it was plenty spicy. The recipe made more than enough and was just as good two days later when reheated in the microwave.

      12 Cheap Cookie Cutters For Your Collection

      12 Cheap Cookie Cutters For Your Collection #cookiecutters
      I am a bit of a cookie cutter junkie. How about you? Do you have a special drawer dedicated to a jumble of cutters? I admit, the cutter I use most is the dog bone shape for baking dog biscuits. You can check out the result at Chicken Dipped Dog Treats and Baking Dog Biscuits Again

      If you're looking for cheap cutters, sometimes it's easier to buy them online and to buy them in bulk. Just watch out for the shipping prices. I know you don't want to buy a cheap cutter and then pay a $10 shipping fee! I like Amazon's add-on program because there is no extra shipping cost once you meet the threshold, and it's usually pretty low...$25 or $35. I also included choices from a few novelty baking shops online. These little shops generally have unique items not found in brick and mortar stores.

      If you're interested in building up a collection, The Decorated Cookie has a great read at How To Build A Cookie Cutter Collection. Or if your heart skips a beat over new technology, you'll want to check out Cookie Caster's Customize Your Own Cookie Cutter. This site helps you make your own design and download the file to 3D print it. You don't even have to own your own 3D printer anymore. A lot of larger cities have a 3D lab for public use. I've even seen them at public libraries.

      So two questions for you today:

      • Have you tried 3D printing? 
      • What's your favorite cheap cookie cutter source? 

      Cheap Metal Cookie Cutters

      Amazon {Amazon items are affiliate links.}

      These are add-on items with no shipping charge when you place qualifying orders.
                All occasion cookie cutter, but perfect for Spring celebrations and events. 4.2 x 1.6 x 0.8"


                  The perfect Christmas cookie cutter. 3"

                    Great cutter for religious occasions. 3"

                      Winter weather or Christmas cookie cutter. 3"


                        Cookie cutter designed for the tool masters in your life. 0.6 x 1.5 x 4.4"
                        Another cookie cutter for Christmas parties and events. 5 x 4 x 1.5

                Favor Warehouse
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                          Special occasion cookie cutter.  2.75” x 1.75”
                Eiffel Tower Cookie Cutter
                          Cookie cutter for Valentine's Day, Anniversaries, or everyday use. 2 ¼” x 2 1/8” x ½”
                Heart Cookie Cutter


                Nice Price Favors
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                          Great cutter for baby showers and other baby themes affairs. 2" x 2"
                Baby Bottle Cookie Cutter

                          Beaufiful cutter designed for religious occasions. 3 1/4" x 2 1/4"
                Useful Cross Cookie Cutter

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                          Perfect for making Halloween Black Cat cookies or sweet kitties the rest of the year. 3" x                     4"
                Cat Cookie Cutter

                            An all occasion cookie cutter. Nature lovers will adore this. 2-1/2" x 3"
                  Hummingbird Shaped Cookie Cutter