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...]

Simple Appetizer Recipe: Cranberry Cheddar Bagel Bites

Simple Appetizer Recipe: Cranberry Cheddar Bagel Bites

This appetizer recipe has been sponsored by Cabot but all opinions expressed here are my own. I am inundated with holiday commitments this year but I'm trying hard to stay on top of them.  There are gifts to buy, cards to send, errands to run and parties to attend.  I don't have a lot of free time during the holidays to be making complicated recipes.  On days I am making cookies and candy, I may very well order a pizza to save myself the hassle of cooking.  However, when we have guests over I really feel the need to cook from scratch for them. I hate buying frozen and store bought appetizers and snacks to serve to my guests!  I try to find a happy medium by making homemade snacks and appetizer recipes that don't require a lot of time.  If you keep a few key ingredients in your fridge … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Cocktail Recipe

White Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Cocktail Recipe

There are certain things I really love about this time of year.  The crispness of the air, the smell of a fresh pine tree, baking Christmas cookies and socializing with friends are all wonderful things to enjoy in December.  But, sitting down in the evening in front of a roaring fire with a delicious Christmas cocktail is probably the best ending to a chaotic day I could possibly ask for this month!  December is busy and the to do list is long...some nights the best way to unwind from the stress is a drink in front of the fire! I really enjoy seasonal cocktail recipes...a light and fruity daiquiri in the summer is perfect for a hot summer day but come winter I want a cocktail that is going to warm me up, not cool me off!  This Christmas cocktail combines two of my favorite things into … [Read more...]

Give Thanks with Kenwood Vineyards and Homemade Pinot Noir Truffles #ShareYourTable

Give Thanks with Kenwood Vineyards and Homemade Pinot Noir Truffles #ShareYourTable

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Kenwood Vineyards. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation It seems like every time I sit down to watch TV or read something online this week I am inundated with ads for Black Friday shopping.  Or, even worse in my mind...Black THURSDAY!  The retail world is taking a day that is supposed to be made for being thankful and turning it into a day to earn money off things we probably don't really need anyhow.  I want to encourage you to slow down for just a few minutes and give thanks next week.  Be thankful for the family that drives you insane but that you love anyhow.  Be thankful for the food on your table, even if the kids complain about having to eat that weird Jello … [Read more...]