Football Game Day Snack Ideas and a Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip Recipe

These football game day snack ideas and Greek yogurt ranch dip recipe are sponsored by Babbleboxx.  All  opinions are my own. Unless you have been hiding your head in a book for weeks, you probably know that there is a big football game coming up soon.  Its a really SUPER football game who's real name shall not be used by anyone but we know what it is, right?  Do you love football?  Have friends over for the big game!  Of course, you need football game day snack ideas in order to keep them well fed, right?  Well, Babbleboxx sent a collection … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Italian Seasoning

Over the last few weeks, I have been dehydrating a ton of fresh herbs from my backyard garden. Growing fresh herbs is fairly easy but they don't last long once you pick them.  That means I spend a lot of time drying them during the summer.  I decided to make homemade Italian seasoning this week with a few of the fresh herbs that I have grown.  I have so much oregano, basil, and rosemary that I don't know what I am going to do with it all.  Many classic Italian recipes often call for 'Italian Seasoning Blend'.  Which, of course, I would then … [Read more...]

Lemon Thyme Infused Sea Salt is Perfect for Your 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.  And seafood is delicious when flavored with fresh herbs like those in this lemon sea salt recipe.  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 coarse sea salt, you have the perfect herb infused sea salt recipe to really bring out the flavor of your fish. And by making this thyme salt recipe up in … [Read more...]

Homemade Cajun Spice Mix for your next Mardi Gras Recipe

This homemade Cajun spice mix is the perfect addition to your next Mardis 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 … [Read more...]

Corn Dog Muffins From Scratch: So Easy You Can Skip the Box!

School started for my kids a few weeks ago and I am trying to find alternatives to sandwiches for their lunchbox. These corn dog muffins from scratch were incredibly easy to make and seem to be a big hit with everyone in the house.  You can 't go wrong with hot dogs and corn muffins, right?  Well, in an effort to make them a tad bit healthier I chose to use all natural hot dogs and make the muffin mix from scratch.  Homemade corn muffins really don't take much work to make and  you save a ton of money by skipping the boxed muffin mix. I … [Read more...]

Cheddar and Herb Stuffed Mini Peppers Appetizer

This stuffed mini peppers appetizer has been sponsored by Cabot Cheese but all opinions expressed here are my own. One of my favorite appetizer recipes has got to be stuffed jalapenos.  Gooey choose and spicy peppers are a delicious combination.  However, not everyone is as much a fan of the spicy peppers as I am.  When I have company over, I know that my stuffed jalapenos will probably not move all that quickly.  I was thrilled when I came across mini sweet peppers at my local grocery store.  They are the perfect solution!  I made up … [Read more...]

Baked Mozzarella Sticks Recipe with Jalapenos

I have a confession to make.  I have walked into a restaurant and ordered fried mozzarella sticks for lunch.  Hey, that meal includes a dairy, a bread product AND a vegetable as long as I dip it in marinara sauce!  That is totally healthy, right?  Okay, I know I have a cheese addiction but those things are just delicious!  I decided to indulge my love of cheese today and make this baked mozzarella sticks recipe as a treat.  It definitely made a tasty snack and would be an easy appetizer recipe if you were having company. Normally baked … [Read more...]

Nacho Cheese Popcorn Seasoning Recipe

Many years ago I became suspicious of the ingredients in most traditional microwave popcorns.  The ingredient list was just a tad too long for my liking no matter how convenient those little packages were.  I invested in a hot air popcorn popper and am now much happier about my popcorn snacking habit.  Of course, hot air popcorn with nothing on it tastes rather bland.  Sure, plain might be healthier but my mouth craves the flavor of popcorn seasoning every once in a while.  If you are trying to include more healthy snacks in your diet, popcorn … [Read more...]

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe

This Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious! This dry ranch dressing mix goes great not only in salad dressing but also as a coating for chicken.  Make up the seasoning mix in bulk and store it in the pantry.   Is Ranch Dressing Healthy? Hmmm ... maybe! Have you ever had company over last minute and wished you had some sort of dip to put out for them?  I rarely buy dip so it isn't just something I have sitting around my house.  I do, however, always have plain yogurt and mayonnaise … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]