Energy Balls Recipe

Energy Balls Recipe

Yesterday I was baking in the kitchen.  I love to bake.  I also love fast nutritious foods that I can grab and go.  These energy balls fit the bill!  Personally, I had never measured the ingredients I use in this energy balls recipe so yesterday I did!  Just for you guys.  They’re a bit different than what I would normally make as I was out of dates.  Raisins to the rescue!!

energy balls recipe


This energy balls recipe is pretty amazing and I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.  It’s fully customizable too.  So feel free to switch out ingredients and use what you have on hand.  That’s what I do!

This recipe features orange essential oil in it.  I love to play with oils and this oil can be changed for another.  I’ve used peppermint before as well as lemon and lavender.  Totally up to you.


1 cup pecans
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raisins
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup peanut flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
20 drops orange oil


In a food processor combine the pecans and walnuts and pulse until they are finely ground.

Add the sunflower and chia seeds and again pulse until finely ground.

Place the raisins in the food processor and pulse again.

Now add in the peanut flour, cocoa powder, and coconut oil plus the orange oil. I like to add the orange oil to my coconut oil before adding.

Pulse until the mixture begins to form a giant ball in your food processor.

Remove to a separate bowl.

Make mixture into 1 inch balls by rolling in hands.

Place on cookie sheet on wax paper.

Refrigerate until hard.

I store mine in a glass jar in the refrigerator so I can just grab one or two and eat them on the go. Can also be made into bars.


Creamy Chicken Casserole (THM S Meal)

Creamy Chicken Casserole Recipe

Trim Healthy Mama S Meal

Creamy Chicken Casserole Recipe (THM S Meal)


Last night I made a delicious new Trim Healthy Mama dish.  I call it Creamy Chicken Casserole.  It’s a THM S meal as it’s full of good for you fats.

I had some cauliflower in my fridge that was past it’s prime and some leftover chicken that needed used up.  So I decided to figure out something to put them both in.  I thought about a soup but wasn’t in the mood for a soup.  My pregnant self was craving something filling and cheesey!  So off I went in search of the cheeses I had available and the Creamy Chicken Casserole was born.

Let me tell you, this tasted like my old chicken tetrazzini recipe but without all the carbs that pasta brings with it.  This creamy chicken casserole simply melted in the mouth and left me feeling full and totally satisfied.  The family LOVED it too which is always a good thing.


Creamy Chicken Casserole Recipe (THM S Meal)


Now before I post the recipe, I did have to create a sub recipe to go with it that is dairy free.  I did not have any dairy free yogurt or cream cheese so theirs was definitely not as creamy but still got rave reviews.  

First things first.  To make the creamy chicken casserole you’re going to need either two chicken breast halves or a whole chicken breast.  I used all of the breast off of one cooked chicken.  Mine was precooked which shortened my prep time.  So I’m going to assume yours is too.  If not, get to cooking it before you start this recipe.

Creamy Chicken Casserole
A wonderfully creamy chicken casserole that is an S for the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating.
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  1. 1 chicken breast(both halves)
  2. 1 bell pepper
  3. 1 bunch green onions
  4. 1 garlic clove diced
  5. 1 bunch celery diced finely
  6. 1 cup bacon bits
  7. 2 heads cauliflower
  8. 8 oz cream cheese(softened)
  9. 1 cup sour cream
  10. 3 cups shredded cheese
  11. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Start out by cutting the cauliflower heads up into bite sized pieces.
  2. Place them in a pan with water and boil until soft.
  3. Meanwhile, in a skillet saute your chicken and all the other veggies plus bacon bits.
  4. Mix together the softened cream cheese, sour cream, and half the shredded cheese.
  5. Add to this the cooked chicken and veggies.
  6. Stir in the chicken mixture to the cheese mixture to help it get all dissolved together and creamy.
  7. Drain the cooked cauliflower well.
  8. Add the cauliflower to the chicken mixture.
  9. Spread in a greased 13x9 pan.
  10. Top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F or until your cheese is fully melted.
  1. This can be made in two 13x9 pans if you don't want this to be as thick of a dish.
  2. To make dairy free simply sub dairy free ingredients such as dairy free cream cheese, dairy free yogurt for the sour cream, and dairy free cheese.
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Learning US History Through Food {TOS Crew Review}

Kids love food.  It’s a known fact.  People love food.  Food is integral to our cultures and our lives.  My kids recently have been learning US History through food with Eat Your U.S. History Homework.   This is a book in a series of Eat Your Homework books by Ann McCallum Books.  


Learning US History Through Food
We received a hardcover version of the Eat Your U.S. History Homework book.  It retails for $15.95.  It is also available as an ebook but this is definitely one I’d recommend as a hardcover version.  After all you’re going to be in the kitchen with it!  The illustrations are catchy and engaging and it’s written in such a way that even the smaller of our children were enthralled.   Learning US History Through Food has never been easier or more fun or yummy!

Ann McCallum is the author of the three Eat Your Homework books(history, science, and math) as well as others.  She currently is a high school teacher in Maryland.  The fun fact my children and I loved was that she started her teaching career as a teacher in a one room schoolhouse in northern Canada.  One of our favorite literary characters was a school teacher in Canada(Anne of Green Gables) which immediately made this book and author one step up in their minds!

This book is different than what I thought it might initially be.  I thought we were going to connect recipes that we know and eat now with recipes that were eaten back in a certain time period.  For instance, we eat Shepherd’s Pie and they ate that during the Revolutionary War.  Or we love to eat Sutler’s Beans which is a Civil War era recipe.  But it’s not!  Instead we’re introduced to mainly new recipes that my kids are not familiar with.  Therefore, they get a new memory of a new taste and can associate that with a time in history.  It’s really quite brilliant!!


Learning US History Through Food
I did have to do some tweaking to the recipes.  As a mom of a large family I often had to double or triple the recipes.  I also am a mom of a food allergy family.  This means that I had to replace the wheat or gluten in the recipe with a gluten free version and replace any milk products with milk free versions.  It’s something I’m used to doing so it was not hard for me, but I did want to mention that the recipes are not all allergen friendly.  

The time period that this book covers is prior to and including the Revolutionary War.  This is great because it means(to us and hopefully to the author) that a sequel or two are in the works.  After all, there is still quite a bit of history to cover!

The book is geared towards ages 7-10.  You really want them to be old enough to read and do small acts in the kitchen.  I being the mom that I am with 9 kids ages 10-2 had a lot more help in the kitchen.  I designated one child as our recipe reader.  We then would give each child one ingredient to measure out(if there were enough ingredients) and other jobs such as mixing or pouring, etc could be assigned to different children.  Then we picked one recipe that an older child got to prepare on their own(with adult supervision) and then teach the rest of the kids about the dish and why we were eating it.  As I stated before, this book and the concept of learning US history through food is brilliant!

We have one main complaint about this book.  It’s not long enough.  Seriously.  It only contains six recipes so we only were able to discuss six time periods.  I stated above that there is hope for a sequel since only a small section of history is covered and I hope that this will be done.  Then all the different books and time periods could be compiled into one large book.  This mama would for sure buy it!

A fun tidbit, but all of these recipes can be cooked over an open campfire!  We reenact the Civil War and plan to cook several of these again over the campfire when we are out and about at our events.  We already did a recipe similar to the Colonial Cherry Berry Grunt and can’t wait to give it a smoke infused taste.  Yummy with homemade ice cream!  We tried the Independence Ice Cream in the book.  It was super simple of course and very good.  We did decide though that we’d stick with our hand crank at events.  Makes a whole lot more!!

If you’d like to learn more about the Eat Your Homework books or see some of the other great offerings that Ann McCallum Books has please check out the Main TOS Blog for the link up.  Several of our bloggers received different books and are sharing their thoughts.  You’ll see more of the Eat Your U.S. History Homework as well as Science and Math and two other books.  Ann McCallum Books currently does not have any social media sites for me to send you to, so please make sure to check out their website in my first paragraph!  We’re loving learning US history through food and hope you will too.


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Top Ten 2014 Blog Posts

Now that it is 2015 I wanted to take a few minutes and share my top ten 2014 blog posts with you!  If you missed them now you’ll get a chance to go take a peek too!  Pretty awesome!


My recipe for the Moist Gluten Free Chocolate Cake!  This is an awesome recipe and let me tell you that it is SOOOO good.  You’ll love it!  It’s also my #1 pinned and shared post of 2014 too!

gluten free chocolate cake recipe



These Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter bars are to die for!  It’s no wonder they are #2 on my list!  Check them out and try them!  You can change-up the filling too.  Mint is wonderful!

Good cook kitchen expert



Need a cool refreshing drink?  Try my homemade strawberry lemonade recipe with a secret ingredient!  My kids love it and it’s trim healthy mama approved!  It’s just not a sipper with the strawberries so you drink it with a meal.  Yummy!

strawberry lemonade recipe




My number 4 post is one of the Seasonal Skirts posts that I’ve been participating in.  It’s the Skirts in Summer post!  Love it!  These posts have been so much fun to do and I’m so glad that you’re enjoying them too!

seasonal skirt



It’s the time of year that people are making new years resolutions.  So you might want to check out the next most viewed post about my recipe for the Post Workout Smoothie!  Yummy and good for you!




Here is my surprise post!  I was shocked that this post is #6 because it was posted in DECEMBER!  Yeap it’s a good one.  Exercising during the holidays has definitely gone viral in the few weeks it was live for 2014.  Hope you like my hints and tips too!

exercise holidays mandisa



Another of my Seasonal Skirts posts!  Woohoo!  This one offers some thoughts for the next few months as it is the Seasonal Skirt wearing Spring edition.  Raise your hand if you’re ready for spring!  I know I am!  I’m not a winter lover!

seasonal skirt spring



Need some help with your decorating?  On a budget?  Check out the next post in the list which is all about decorating on a budget!

tips for decorating on a budget



Another December post that made it into the countdown is Deciding on a Devotional.  We have started using our Max Lucado devotional with the kids and are loving it!

Deciding on a devotional



And, last but not least, is number ten in our top ten posts of 2014 countdown.  Falling into Autumn in Skirts holds that position!  It’s the autumn or fall edition of my Seasonal Skirt series!  And keep your eye out as the winter edition is coming up in a few weeks!

falling into autumn in skirts


I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a trip back through the top ten 2014 blog posts as much as I have.  I’m now looking forward to what this new Year is going to bring for me and for you and this blog.  Let me know if you have any suggestions for posts that you’d like to see or things you’d like me to post on!  It seems that the recipes and seasonal skirts are a hit though!



Good Eatin’ Recipe Hop 10-28 #goodeatin



Welcome to the Good Eatin’ Recipe Hop
Last week I started the Trim Healthy Mama diet.
I’m loosely following it for now, but would love to see some of your recipes!
Don’t do THM?
That’s okay!
I love all recipes equally and my family will thank you!
Add your favorite recipe!Every Tuesday join in and add your favorite recipe. If you would like to post the hop on your blog…comment below and we will gladly send you the html. 

We are bloggers that love to cook and love to eat great tasting food!

Join Us!




Good Eatin’ Recipe Hop 10-21 #goodeatin



Welcome to the Good Eatin’ Recipe Hop
What are you eating this week?  
I can’t wait to see!
Make sure to add your favorite recipes to the link up and then come back to check out everyone else’s recipes!
Add your favorite recipe!

Every Tuesday join in and add your favorite recipe. If you would like to post the hop on your blog…comment below and we will gladly send you the html. 

We are bloggers that love to cook and love to eat great tasting food!

Join Us!




Tuesday Good Eatin Recipe Hop 9/16


Tuesday’s Good Eatin’ Recipe Hop


Welcome to the Tuesday’s Good Eatin’ Recipe Hop

Add your favorite recipe!

Every Tuesday join in and add your favorite recipe. If you would like to post the hop on your blog…comment below and we will gladly send you the html. 

We are bloggers that love to cook and love to eat great tasting food!

Join Us!

Make sure to add your favorite recipe to the list.  It doesn’t have to be a new blog post or even one that has seen much attention.  Let us help promote you and your blog.  Just make sure to give our weekly link up a share before you go.  

Tuesday’s Good Eatin’ Recipe Hop goes live every Tuesday morning and we’d love to see you come stop by every week with your new recipes or just more old ones you’d love to share.

We’re just a group of bloggers who love to share our recipes and try new ones too!  We’d love to try your recipes and feature them on our blog the next week but we can’t do that if you don’t link them up!  And share this so more people will see and love them too!

Until next week.

When we meet again to cook and share.

Tuesday’s Good Eatin’ Recipe Hop bids you a good day and happy baking!