20 Hauntingly Healthy Halloween Treats

 Ah, Fall. The baking, the crafting, the treats - I look forward to it all year, but don't want to feed my kiddo a bunch of junk for months on end. So, I've put together a list of 20 Hauntingly Healthy Halloween Treats. Guilty pleasures are great and all, but it's all about balance. I hope you and your littles enjoy! 



Cheesy Finger Food


A Dream Come True

Hi Friends! 

As some of you may know, I've been working for the past few months on my new luxury home & body business, Yellow Wood Road. We've had our Etsy shop open for a few months now, but are excited to announce that we've just launched our official website!! We've added many new items from scented wax tarts to home décor and jewelry.

I'd like to invite you to visit our new website and enjoy 10% off your first order between TODAY (9/14/13) and 
next Saturday (9/22/13) at 12 midnight when you enter Promo Code MY10PERCENT at checkout. 

Thanks for your support - I hope you love it!



Piled High Oven Baked Turkey Sandwiches

This piled high oven baked turkey sandwich is made of so much win, I've had it for lunch for the past three days. I may or may not have be developing a bit of a problem. Fresh sourdough bread from a local Amish Bakery, hormone free turkey breast, deli provolone cheese (also free of chemicals and preservatives) and a smear of avocado in place of mayo is not only palate pleasing, but completely guilt free. You can find most of these ingredients in your local health food store. Have I mentioned you can throw it together in less than 10 minutes? That's my kinda meal right there.

What you'll need:

2 slices fresh sourdough bread
deli turkey breast, about 2 oz.
1 slice provolone cheese
1 TBSP. mashed avocado

Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 425°F. Place both slices of bread on a cookie sheet, and spread 1 TBSP. mashed avocado between the two slices. Pile 1 oz. of turkey on each slice. Top with 1 slice of provolone cheese. Bake 7-8 minutes or until turkey is heated through, cheese is melted, and bread is toasted.


Amazing Chicken Parmesan for under 400 Calories!

As I've mentioned previously, our family has been on a journey to health for awhile now. It's taken some adjusting, but has been such an amazing transition into creating a healthier home environment and a new family dynamic.

One of the many changes, and also one of the most important ones, is the food we put into our bodies. We've eliminated most processed foods and are now eating a diet full of whole, healthy options. I've been sprucing up our family's favorite recipes, and this next one has instantly become a new favorite. I've replaced our usual spaghetti with spaghetti squash (even my daughter LOVED IT) and baked the chicken instead of frying it. I did use full fat provolone cheese (didn't have any mozzarella), because well, I LOVE CHEESE, and because of the replacements made, I feel there's plenty of wiggle room in this dish for just a few extra calories. ;) I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

What You'll Need:
Main Dish
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, approximately 6 oz. each (cooked weight)
4 slices deli provolone (or Mozzarella) cheese
1 packet Shake 'n Bake
1 jar Mrs. Miller's Chucky Italian Pasta Sauce (all natural/low fat/no preservatives/cholesterol free)
4 TBSP. grated parmesan Cheese, separated

Side Dish
1 medium-large spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise

Spaghetti Squash
Pre-heat oven to 375°. Place spaghetti squash face down on a cookie sheet. Bake for 40 minutes until squash is easily removable with a fork. Use a pot holder to remove squash from pan (It will be VERY hot!), then use a fork to first gently scrape out all seeds, and discard. Using the same method, shred out the middle of each half of spaghetti squash until only left with a "shell" of the outer skin. *NOTE* This should be an extremely easy process - the squash should practically fall out as you scrape. If your squash is difficult to remove, place it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes until fully cooked.

Chicken Parmesan
Shake 'n Bake your chicken breasts as directed on the package, following cooking directions. Once chicken is fully cooked, place one slice provolone cheese over each breast and return to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Warm pasta sauce over medium heat until heated through.
Top each dish with 1/2 cup pasta sauce and 1 TBSP. grated parmesan cheese.

Each serving includes 1 cheesy chicken breast, 1 cup spaghetti squash, 1/2 cup pasta sauce, and 1 TBSP. grated parmesan cheese.

Typical Chicken Parmesan: 1,090 Calories/49g Fat/79g Carbs/3,390 mg Sodium
*based on nutritional data for Olive Garden's dinner portion of Chicken Parmesana

Amazing Chicken Parmesan: 362 Calories/8g Fat/17g Carbs/4g Sugar/478mg Sodium
*Based on nutritional data from myfitnesspal.com.  Nutritional values may vary based on varied brands or amounts.

Yellow Wood Road Luxury Gift Set Giveaway - *WINNERS ANNOUNCED*

Alrighty, we have our winners for the Luxury Gift Set Giveaway!!!!

First Prize goes to DONNA R. - Congrats Donna, you've won a luxury gift set in the Heaven Scent fragrance of your choice!

Second Prize goes to SHERRI  L. - Congrats, you've won a 4 oz. whipped body butter in the Heaven Scent fragrance of your choice!

Third Prize  goes to MARTINA C. - Congrats Martina, you've won a twin pack of lip balm in the flavors of your choice!

Donna, Sherri, and Martina - look for an e-mail from me soon with details about claiming your prizes (it's painless, I promise). and Congratulations, once again!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway, and be sure to check out my Yellow Wood Road Etsy shop to view and purchase your luxury home and body products! Our grand opening is JUNE 1, 2013, and we can't wait to pamper you!

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Yellow Wood Road Luxury Gift Set Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Phew, I've been SUPER busy working on my brand new handcrafted body product line! Things are going great and I'm so excited to share all of our wonderful products with you, that I've decided to host another giveaway. Enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of three prizes:

1st prize: A luxury gift set which includes an 8 oz. Body Wash, 8 oz. Body Lotion, and an 8 oz. Body Splash. 

Choose from the following Heaven Scent fragrances:
Butt Naked
Cucumber Melon
Dare to be Sexy
Fresh Cut Roses
Love Spell
Mayan Gold
Monkey's Paradise
Moonlight Path
Oatmeal Milk & Honey
White Peach & Silk Blossom

2nd prize: 4 oz. Whipped Body Butter in one of the above Heaven Scent fragrances of your choosing. 

3rd prize: Twin pack of Lip Balm, available in the following flavors (you may mix and match):

Black Cherry
Creamy Kahlua
French Vanilla
Frozen Margarita
Island Coconut


How to enter (please read carefully):

  • Click each entry option below and follow the instructions that pop up. 
  • Click the arrow button to the right hand side of each entry option and select the green button. You will automatically be entered the correct number of times for each entry! (If you do not manually enter each time you complete a task, your votes will not be counted! Please follow directions carefully to ensure you receive proper credit!) 

The giveaway will remain open until 12:00 MIDNIGHT EST on 4/30/13. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted by me within 48 hours of the drawing using the contact information provided with entry. HAVE FUN! 

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Don't you love posts that start off like that? You just know you're about to get a juicy bit of information. Okay, back to the announcement. Many of you may not know this, but I'm a licensed esthetician (skin care specialist). For many years I've had a dream of developing my own body/skin care line, and that dream is finally coming to fruition. *squee!*

On June 1, 2013, I will be launching my new business, Yellow Wood Road. We offer luxury home and body products that are handcrafted using only the highest quality ingredients we could find. Even better, my Etsy shop is NOW OPEN and is accepting Pre-orders on more than 30 handcrafted products from bath teas to cuticle creams. All pre-orders will be ready to ship with the official launch of Yellow Wood Road on June 1, 2013! 

Here's only a few of the luxury products we're currently offering: 





Please feel free to stop by my shop, take a look, and be sure to take advantage of 10% off your order of $5 or more using promo code PREORDER0613. :)


A New Found Love

I love making graphics. Its one of my favorite things to do on a rainy day like today. Just relax, look up some amazing quotes, advice, song lyrics, etc., and combine the words with backgrounds and pictures that really speak to me. If you had asked me a year ago if graphics was something I'd ever be even remotely interested in, I would have answered with a resounding, "No". It's only through my blog (and a love for being cheap frugality, that I've found a new love. My blog was pretty basic when I first started, and it took me a long while to work up the nerve to make any changes other than a pre-made background from The Cutest Blog on the Block.  I got to the point where I thought it was worth investing some money into having a custom blog design made, and when discussing the purchase with my husband, he looked at my like I was CRAZY for not doing this myself. It is a pretty hefty expense for our household, so I decided to give it a whirl myself first. So I tried it, and designing my blog wasn't too bad at all! Now I'm hooked. I'm certainly no professional, or even close to it, but here's just a few of the hundreds of  many graphics I've made.

The first graphic I ever made - very basic, but I was so darn proud of myself!

Lyrics to me and hubby's first dance on our wedding day, in the shape of a heart. I have plans to have this one made into a print to hang next to our wedding pictures:
Marriage advice - the background is an engagement picture of me and my hubby:

One of my favorite quotes:

The truth about love:

and last but certainly not least, my favorite Bible verse:

Which one is your favorite?