Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Pancake Recipe with White Chocolate Chips

Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Pancake Recipe with White Chocolate Chips

Last week, my husband was out of town. As a result of his absence, I adopted the 'eat whatever the heck we want for dinner' rule.  I just hate going through a lot of work for a big dinner when it is just me and the kids eating!  One night, I decided we were doing breakfast for dinner and out of sheer laziness I grabbed for the box of premade pancake mix in the pantry.  Only to find it almost completely empty.  Great.  Now I need to find a pancake recipe that is quick and easy.  I also wanted to find one that added in fruit and nuts to alleviate my guilt over feeding them pancakes for dinner.  I whipped up a pancake recipe in just minutes that was creative and tasty!  This easy pancake recipe has cranberries, macadamia nuts, and white chocolate chips  and the kids were thrilled with our … [Read more...]

Boursin and Prosciutto Topped Crackers are an Easy Appetizer Recipe #BoursinCheese

Boursin and Prosciutto Topped Crackers are an Easy Appetizer Recipe #BoursinCheese

This easy appetizer recipe has been sponsored however all opinions expressed here are my own. I am the type of person who is completely happy to eat from the appetizer menu when I go out to eat.  When I attend a party I would much rather nibble on appetizers than sit down for a formal dinner.  I am a nibbler when it comes to eating and I do it all day long!  My husband and I discovered Boursin herbed cheese spread many years ago and it is a favorite of ours when we sit down to snack after the kids go to bed.  Yes, I save the creamy goodness of Boursin for after they are asleep so they don't eat it all!  I am such a mean mom! Boursin gourmet cheese spread is made with very simple ingredients. The original Garlic and Herb variety contains just cultured pasteurized milk and cream, … [Read more...]

Lemon and Thyme Infused Sea Salt is the Perfect Seasoning for your Next Seafood Recipe!

Lemon and Thyme Infused Sea Salt is the Perfect Seasoning for your Next Seafood Recipe!

Having grown up in New England, right on Long Island Sound, I can honestly say there are very few varieties of seafood that I don't like.  Oysters.  Those things are nasty.  But, everything else is delicious....and even MORE delicious when flavored with fresh herbs.  Thyme is one herb that I actually grow in my own herb garden and it comes back year after year.  By combining fresh herbs, a little bit of citrus, and some course sea salt, you have the perfect infused sea salt recipe to really bring out the flavor of your fish. And by making this infused sea salt up in bulk, you don't have to worry about always having fresh lemon and thyme in your kitchen! Infused sea salt is incredibly easy to make and you will never again purchase those pre made salt seasonings ever again!  If you … [Read more...]

Chocolate Dipped Clementines Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Clementines Recipe

I have a horrible sweet tooth and most days I find myself hunting in my pantry for something sweet to eat.  I am currently being tempted by the 8 boxes of Girl Scout cookies I bought from my Girl Scout daughter.  Not exactly the healthiest choice, right? I have been scouring the interwebs looking for healthy snack recipes that will satisfy my sweet tooth.  If I don't find a healthy snack recipe, my family may just come home to find me in a Girl Scout cookie sugar coma! I stumbled across these chocolate dipped clementines and decided that they looked like the perfect balance between sweet and healthy. Chocolate dipped clementines are incredibly simple to make and require only 3 ingredients.  We almost always have clementines in my house because my children inhale them at an alarming … [Read more...]

Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe and #PublixVivaItalia Night

Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe and #PublixVivaItalia Night

The information, products and giveaway prize in this Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe were provided by General Mills through Linqia. Some nights I have plenty of time to sit around while a whole chicken roasts in the oven and some nights I barely have time to throw a bowl of cereal down in front of a hungry kid.  While I love to cook from scratch, a busy schedule with two active teens doesn't always make that possible.  I have found, however, that the key to getting a healthy, homemade meal on the table every night of the week is GOOD PLANNING!  Look at your calender and figure out which nights you can cook.  On those nights, make double! Or, make a few extra meals for the freezer on a slow weekend.  Invest in a slow cooker and a few good cookbooks.  You CAN make a healthy meal for your … [Read more...]

Mocha Cappuccino Protein Smoothie Makes a Healthy Afternoon Snack

Mocha Cappuccino Protein Smoothie Makes a Healthy Afternoon Snack

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AllWhites Egg Whites for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. For most of the day I cruise along at full speed ahead and get stuff done quickly and efficiently.  I am a type A, high energy, slightly anal retentive type of person.  I have lists, plans, and work well with a deadline.  And then 3 PM hits and I crash hard!  Seriously, it's like if my body isn't moving in the late afternoon I feel this intense need for a nap!  I usually try to grab a cup of coffee and a healthy afternoon snack to help me refuel but I put together a healthy smoothie recipe that combines my coffee AND healthy afternoon snack all into one delicious drink! Protein is a great energy source so this smoothie recipe includes AllWhites® 100% liquid egg whites. … [Read more...]

Rosemary and Cheddar Cheese Straws and the Beauty of Puff Pastry!

Rosemary and Cheddar Cheese Straws and the Beauty of Puff Pastry!

This post has been sponsored by Pepperidge Farm but all opinions are my own. Everyone has their own unique entertaining style.  Some people choose elegance, fine china and flutes of expensive champagne.  Some people choose takeout and football.  I tend to fall somewhere in between.  I like the food I serve at parties to LOOK elegant and complicated but to be incredibly easy to make!  After my recent experience at the Pepperidge Farm Game Night Party, I have decided that Puff Pastry is definitely my new favorite party food! At the recent Pepperidge Farm party, we were treated to an amazing array of foods from Stacie at Divine Lifestyle, and her husband.  I was truly amazed at the versatility that the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry offered.  There were both sweet and savory dishes … [Read more...]

Homemade Cajun Spice Mix for your next Mardi Gras Recipe

Homemade Cajun Spice Mix for your next Mardi Gras Recipe

I grew up in New England and the most exciting 'ethnic' food I remember having as a kid was pizza.  For those of you who are not familiar with New England cooking, to say it is bland is a bit of an understatement.  Don't get me wrong....I love New England clam chowder and homemade baked beans and my mom's pot roast.  But they aren't making my mouth scream "WOW...spicy!".  When I moved down to Texas after college, my taste buds went through a bit of culture shock!  Suddenly I was inundated with jalapenos and shrimp covered in Cajun spice mix and it was like my mouth died and went to heaven!  If you love jalapenos as much as I do, check out my Baked and Stuffed Jalapeno recipe! Cajun food has become one of my all time favorites in terms of flavor.  Gumbo, etouffe, crawfish, … [Read more...]

Cranberry Almond Donut Recipe for a Valentine’s Day Treat

Cranberry Almond Donut Recipe for a Valentine’s Day Treat

This donut recipe contains affiliate links. I am pretty sure that the smell of warm, yummy donuts is about the best aroma on earth.  We live right near a Krispy Kreme donut bakery and the kids love getting them on a Saturday morning for a special treat.  I decided to try my hand at making homemade donuts as a pre Valentine's Day breakfast. The donut recipes I came across online all seemed very simple so I bought myself a donut pan on Amazon and got to work!  If you would like to treat your kids on Valentine's Day (or any day!) I highly recommend you try out this donut recipe! The batter for this donut recipe was incredibly easy but I did add WAY too much batter to the pans. As they baked, these homemade donuts looked more like muffins as they rose up out of the pan and … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Caramel

How to Make Homemade Caramel

If you learn how to make homemade caramel, you will never again wonder what to give people for a gift.  Homemade caramel is incredibly easy to make and takes only 4 ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery store.  You will be amazed at how awesome your homemade caramel tastes compared to the 'blech' flavor of the stuff you buy at the grocery store.  Once you get a taste of this sweet, chewy and buttery goodness you will never again buy it in the candy isle! The one thing you definitely need before you can make homemade caramel is a candy thermometer!  This is a must have if you want to learn how to make homemade caramel!  You can find one relatively cheap at Michael's or just get your (affiliate link--->>> ) candy thermometer on Amazon if you don't feel … [Read more...]