Sprinkled Popcorn Treat

Sprinkled Popcorn Treat

I saw this idea and had to try it.  Here was my list of Whys?

  • I could incorporate organic popcorn
  • I could incorporate gluten free pretzels
  • I could incorporate raw nuts of my choice
  • There was chocolate
  • It was easy and a no bake recipe
  • The finished product shouted FUN!
  • And the number 1 reason – There were sprinkles involved.  

So I went to my sprinkle drawer – don’t judge!  You might be surprised to know how many times sprinkles has allowed me to look more together than I felt on a given day.  

The recipe below is basic and add-ins could definitely be incorporated:  mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, dried fruit cut up, shredded coconut, cinnamon, etc.  But I wanted to keep mine in a less sweet mode so I stuck to 5 ingredients.

Sprinkled Popcorn Treat
A very easy treat with a touch of sweetness that can incorporate healthier ingredients.
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  1. Popped Organic Popcorn
  2. Raw Nuts, your choice (I used pecans)
  3. Gluten Free Pretzels, broke in small pieces
  4. White Chocolate Chips
  5. Sprinkles
  6. (There are no measurements - you decide how much of each ingredient you want to use)
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place popcorn, pretzels, nuts on top of parchment paper.
  3. Place white chocolate chips in microwavable bowl and heat in 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time until smooth.
  4. Drizzle white chocolate using a spoon over the mixture on cookie sheet. (Note: if you would like a little more sweetness you can dip one side of some of the nuts or pretzels into white chocolate before you drizzle.)
  5. Then immediately (while chocolate is still warm) shake sprinkles on top, especially where the chocolate landed on the mixture.
  6. Place in freezer or refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  7. Place mixture in bowl or individual bags for gifts and Enjoy!
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This recipe would make a great contribution to a pot luck, hostess gift, neighbor gift, thinking of you gift, stocking stuffer.  Plus the ideas for coordinating with holidays and parties are endless.

I am adding this recipe to one my preschool grandchildren can help with in the kitchen. 

You may be asking why I choice the colors of sprinkle I did.  Well – I had one container that had a little of each color and this allowed me to empty the container – my contribution to downsizing a bit.

What would your selection of ingredients be if you made this?




Honey Garlic Drumsticks

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Recently I watched my two grandchildren while their mama trained clients.  We played trains, built puzzles, read books, ate organic fruit bits, and giggled.  Soon my granddaughter was down for a nap and my grandson was watching a Thomas the Train episode while I thumbed through a cookbook looking for a recipe for dinner.

I came across a recipe from The Paleo Kitchen for wings that looked interesting  When my daughter returned home, we headed to Costco and I picked up some organic drumsticks (18 for under $12) to use for my version of the recipe.

I am always looking for new recipes.  It is a key components in keeping my taste buds happy and my body fueled with nutrition that gets me where I want to go.

Honey Garlic Drumsticks
Serves 5
A chicken dish that can be cooked in the oven or on the outside grill.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. Coconut oil, for greasing the wire rack (oven method)
  2. 4 pounds chicken drumsticks
  3. 2 teaspoons Himalayan salt
  4. 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  5. 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  6. 4 tablespoons coconut amigos
  7. 1/2 cup organic honey, melted (I used 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet)
  8. 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  9. 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  10. 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  11. 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
  12. 2 green onion, green part only, sliced thinly
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 425°F or use outside grill. For oven method, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, place a wire rack on top, and grease the wire rack with coconut oil.
  2. 2. Arrange the chicken drumsticks evenly on the grill (if you have a grill with an upper rack use it) or on top of the wire rack in the oven. Mix the salt, pepper, and granulated garlic in a bowl. Sprinkle the drumsticks with the season mixture. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
  3. 3. While the drumsticks are roasting, combine the coconut aminos, honey, melted coconut oil, sesame oil, and ginger in a large mixing bowl and whisk well.
  4. 4. Remove the drumsticks from the oven or grill and place them in the bowl with the honey and ginger mixture. (You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of the bowl.) Toss and coat all the drumsticks and sprinkle with sesame seeds (if desired). Roast for an additional 15 minutes or until done, basting occasionally.
  5. 5. Remove drumsticks, place on a plate, and garnish with the green onion slices.
  1. If you have a Costco nearby, you can buy a package of 18 organic drumsticks for under $12.00. There would probably be enough of the honey mixture to do all 18 drumsticks, if you choose.
Adapted from The Paleo Kitchen/OMG Paleo
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These are a few of my favorite products – Fruit Sweet is made from pears, pineapples and peaches – you can find it HERE


A Mom Shout Out

Last week I got to do something very special, something I know a lot of you would love to be able to do.  Believe me –  I don’t take this for granted because each year it becomes more and more precious. You see I spent several hours with my mom celebrating her birthday.  Isn’t she beautiful? 


Let me tell you a little about my mom – She is a woman who cares deeply for others and that inner beauty radiates.  This year she decided to make some big changes to her nutrition and which increased her energy and memory.   She is an amazing example of how important sound nutrition is to our health and she will tell you it’s never too late to make changes.  In June, she and my dad began to follow the 21-Day-Fix Nutrition Program as well as a daily dose of nutrient-dense Shakeology.  That increased energy allowed her to go for walks and exercise in her pool this summer.  These  changes helped her drop some weight, lose some inches and build muscle. Within weeks we began to notice a positive change.  I get a bit choked up because this was an area that I worried about – my mom has struggled with her health and there have been times when she has been unwell and been unable for us to have a day like we did today.  But this year, we had a blast.

I decided to document our special day together and hopefully let my mom know how much I love and appreciate her.  When I was a child, she lovingly sewed clothes for me, refinished furniture for a bedroom makeover, dried my tears, stroked my forehead when I was feverish, and laughed with me.  As a teenager she bought me my first Seventeen Magazine and told me about Bonnie Bell, took me for my first appointment with a hair stylist and told me I was pretty when everything in the mirror told me I was awkward.  She encouraged me by buying me two high-end dresses when I was hired for my first big-time job, took care of me when I brought my babies home (always magically refilling my glass with Cran-Raspberry juice), and consistently used her talent to create one-of-a kind Halloween costumes for my children each year) and oh so much more.

So back to our day – First we made cookies – not any ordinary cookie but one that has been in our family for generations – a persimmon spice cookie.  Now you need to understand that my mom has embraced eating healthier (except for today at lunch because we believe in celebrating) and knew that several ingredients in the cookie recipe could be improved on so my work began to give my mom a new cookie recipe for her birthday. Persimmons are only available for a short range of time in the fall – ask my mom and dad and they can tell you where and who has the best price.  The cookies can also be made with canned pumpkin.  Learn  more about persimmons – HERE

My mom arrived at 10:00 a.m. with her defrosted prepped persimmons and we were ready to get started.  Now I had tried the recipe with pumpkin as my dry run but now was the true test – would it work with the persimmons?  We got our  ingredients out and started measuring…


Then there was a knock on the door with a special delivery for Nana.


 After hugs and kisses we got back to the recipe at hand.  I learned from my mom about what the consistency of the dough should look like.  Mom learned about precut parchment paper and a cookie scooper.




Then we took a break to capture a birthday photo with 3 of her favorite people.  My grandson was trying to hold the mirror so I could be in the picture also.


We were pretty happy being in the kitchen together baking those cookies.


Then it was off to lunch for some crepes.


Oh and the cookies – here is the recipe in case you want to give them a go using pumpkin or persimmons.  They turned out great.  We added chopped hazelnuts in this batch.  Click HERE


It is a gift to share our love for candy and instead turn to recreating the recipes of the past making them healthier for the generations to come.  PS – Now my mom enjoys organic fruit-sweetened lollipops.


I’m not telling my mom’s age but I’m 57 and I hope I have this joy for life when I’m her age, don’t you?

When I asked my mom what was one of the sweetest changes from applying a healthy lifestyle, she said she had thought that she was too old to make changes and now knew that wasn’t true and also that my dad called her cute.  Can you blame him?

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