Valentine’s #Recipe {Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Mint Profiteroles}

Valentine’s Day is here, already! Are you planning on making any sweet treats for your family? I wanted to share this recipe that was created by Top Chef judge, Gail Simmons that is made using Pepperidge Farm’s Puff Pastry and is sure to leave an impression in your Valentine’s heart. Chocolate Mint Profiteroles Prep: 15 minutes […]

Walmart Introduces Top Quality USDA Choice Steaks Just in Time for Summer Grilling Season!

What did you do this extended Memorial Holiday weekend? While we are enjoying time with our loved ones, we are also giving thanks to our soldiers for fighting for our freedom. Today, I grilled some steaks. Did you know that Walmart now has Top Quality USDA Choice Steaks? I knew that our local (well, 35 […]

Our new favorite snack! Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop!

At the beginning of May, we were asked to swap out our regular snacks for Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop!. Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop! Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn has several advantages over other snacks; it is: 100 percent whole grain A good source of fiber Low in fat Zero grams of trans fat Six cups of Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop! […]

Crock-pot chicken noodle soup

Crock-pot chicken noodle soup I make it simple for the kids. They love it! 1 lb Chopped baby carrots 3 large chicken breasts 5 cups of water with chicken base (I use Tone’s chicken base) garlic salt onion powder minced garlic 2 bay leaves ground pepper I added egg noodles in the last hour of […]

Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin Crock-Pot Recipe

I have been playing around with ingredients lately and I bought a pork tenderloin to try out. I love teriyaki sauce so I thought I’d give it a whirl with a pork tenderloin. Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin Crock-Pot Recipe 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 pounds pork tenderloin 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce 1 cup chicken broth, or […]

Fun Holiday Treat “Baking” Ideas for the Littlest Ones!

When I was a child, I lived for the month of December, and in large part, it was because of the holiday baking and treat making that happened from day 1 to day 24. I didn’t think there was anything quite like frosting cookies, making giant messes with the sprinkles, “gluing” eyes and buttons onto […]

Homemade Pumpkin Pie with Eagle Brand & Crisco

I was at an event with Smucker’s this past week where we had a lot of hands on experience from learning about the differences in Coffee, food photography (info to come!), as well as learning how to make our own homemade pie crusts using Crisco. I did have a lot of fun and I learned […]

Perfect Grocery Companion – Grocery Guru

When you are getting ready to head out to do some grocery shopping, how do you prepare yourself? I have tried several things ranging from setting reminders on my phone to post it notes to remind me of all the things I need to get, components for recipes that I want to try and even […]

National Oscar Mayer Bacon Week week! $125 Gift Card Giveaway! {Closed}

Did you know that the word ‘bacon’ dates back to the late 1500’s? I had no idea! We love bacon! I love cooking with bacon ranging from the typical breakfast meals (pancakes, eggs & of course bacon!) to bacon cheeseburgers grilled outside and even one of my ultimate favorites; Oscar Mayer’s Original Turkey Bacon. There […]

Homemade Hot Cocoa

It’s just about that time of year where we are pulling out the fall clothes and where hot cocoa sounds oh so yummy! I looked in my cabinets only to find that hubby had drank all of our instant hot cocoa mix, so I decided to try something new. Homemade Hot Cocoa 1/2 cup sugar […]

Bread Machine Monkey Bread

I use a Wolfgang Puck Bread Machine and love to make different things in it, other than just homemade bread. I have made pizza dough, as well as Monkey Bread. If you haven’t tried Monkey Bread – you are missing out! Bread Machine Monkey Bread Dough Ingredients (Put in machine in order as below) 1 […]

Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch

We have breakfast for dinner a lot in our home. One of my favorite cereals growing up was Cocoa Puffs. If Cocoa Puffs weren’t great just as they are, there is a new chocolate favorite in our house; Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch. Oh, I went there! Cocoa Puffs + Brownies all in the same name? […]

‘Almost Homemade’ Meals with Chef Boyardee

I can remember eating Chef Boyardee as a kid. Here I am, as an adult, and I still eat it and love it! My favorites are the Spaghetti & Meatballs and Mini Ravioli and Kambry’s favorite is the Mini Spaghetti & Meatballs and Mini Ravioli as well. There is 1/2 cup of vegetables per serving, […]

Affresh Stainless Steel Cleaner… 4 weeks later

A few weeks ago, I first tried a new product, affresh Stainless Steel Cleaner from Whirlpool, on my stainless steel fridge. With two kids that are constantly in and out of the fridge and always playing in the kitchen and putting their artwork on the fridge… there is always handprints and smudges on the fridge. […]

On the go with Jif To Go – Garmin GPS, Jif Gift Pack + $50 #Giveaway! {Closed}

This may be summer time, but it is far from a summer vacation with baseball games, practices, sibling fights, and summer traveling. With as much as we travel, I am always looking for easy snacks to take on the go, but I want them to be unlike the traditional snack bags that you see a […]

Recipe & How To make Grilled Mini-Pizzas

While I was at Midwest Moms Summit last weekend, I received a sample of 5 grain flax Foldit Flatbread. Today, I decided to try these bad boys out by making grilled min pizzas. Super easy, super fast and super yummy! Since our stove is out of commission for another week I used my countertop grill […]

Affresh Stainless Steel Cleaner from Whirlpool Corporation

Ever since I remodeled my kitchen and we got a stainless steel refrigerator, I have had a booger of a time trying to keep my fridge looking clean. With two kids, 6 and 3, this is more than a challenge than I thought it would be. I have tried so many products to get my […]

Pa-Pa-Pa- Poker Cake!

Today is hubby’s birthday, so I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and look on the Wilton website at cake ideas. I came across a Poker Cake and thought ‘Hey, I can do that’… so I did. Well, not exactly how the cake in their picture was, but I decided to take the […]

Rubbermaid Glass with Easy Find Lids {Closed}

I live in a 1900 home, and in my kitchen comes lack of storage. I find myself de-cluttering quite often just to make sure I have room for all my containers, the lids, the sets and the mis-matched pieces that I have. I spend countless time trying to find dishes to cook in, dishes to […]

Wilton Luau Birthday Cake

With as much as I love baking, I will admit that I am not the best cake decorator out there, but I am working on it. Lately has been so stressful in my life that I have taken some time this week away from the computer, away from my blog, away from my emails to […]

Grace Digital Audio: Solo Wi-Fi Internet Radio Tuner

We live in a small town where we don’t really get any radio stations. Ok, we don’t get ANY radio stations. I have looked everywhere for a solution because I love to crank the radio throughout the house and clean or get some work done. Thanks so a Wi-Fi Internet Radio, I am now able […]

simplehuman Fingerprint-Proof Butterfly Trash/Recycler

I have a confession to make. I have never recycled, nor have I have any ooph to recycle, nor did I have any knowledge of recycling until I moved until the Midwest. I am from the South and we never were taught about recycling when I was growing up. Now that I am on my […]

Breakfast. It’s not just for breakfast anymore! Log Cabin *Giveaway!* {CLOSED}

I cannot tell you how much we love breakfast for any meals, including dinner. With these meals, we have to have our turkey bacon, eggs and of course pancakes & waffles. It seems that the dinosaurs in our house like waffles especially. Just this month, Log Cabin made a major announcement that a long-time favorite […]

Easy Campbell’s Family Chicken Meal

I have been traveling a lot lately, but I want my family to eat well while I am gone, so I have been trying out some new things. A couple of weeks ago, I thought I would cook up some chicken in the crock pot to use for a later time. What I did: used […]

My experience at the #Johnsonville Kitchen-to-Kitchen Blogger Event @JvilleSausage

Last week, I attended an event for Johnsonville Sausage in Milwaukee, WI: Johnsonville Sausage “Kitchen-to-Kitchen” Bloggers Event where I was able to meet the company, learn more about their products and even cook with Johnsonville. At the Johnsonville Sausage “Kitchen-to-Kitchen” Bloggers Event, I was in attendance along with the following fabulous people: Melissa, StockPiling Moms […]

Johnsonville Sausage Recipes

While I was in Milwaukee, WI in March 2011 for a Kitchen-to-Kitchen blogger event for Johnsonville Sausage, we were taught, hands on, how to make a few dishes so I wanted to share those recipes with you! Spicy Sausage Queso Johnsonville Three Cheese Italian Style Chicken Sausage Oven-Roasted Pasta Primavera Johnsonville Italian Meatballs Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms […]

Wilton St Patrick’s Day School Treats

My son came to me yesterday saying he needed something green to take to school for a snack…. today. Well, not realizing that today was St. Patrick’s Day, hubby already had some green grapes but I had to make some other treats for him to take to school, so I went to my Wilton Pantry […]

Class Valentine’s Day Treats with Wilton

I woke up this morning in a creative mood, so I went with the flow. I made rice krispie treats and used Wilton’s Candy Melts to drizzle over the treats, as well as I made candy to go on top. I made some hearts using candy melts and I used the Wilton Heart CandyPick Mold. […]

Candy in the Crock-Pot — Valentine’s Day

I cannot tell you how much I love my Crock-Pot and how often I use it. If you are looking for that ‘must have’ for a kitchen, it is a Crock-Pot. Love it! here are some fun and tasty recipes that you will love this Superbowl weekend, as well as for Valentine’s Day! Candy in […]

My new Vistaprint business cards! *Love them!*

With my blog, I travel quite a bit. I also like to mail out thank you’s to the companies that I work with. With this said, I go through a lot of business cards, as well as post card mailers. There is one company that I have trusted for at least 3 years for my […]

Soup ‘Diet’ Body Detox Recipe

Just after Kambry was born, I had a friend that told me about this soup diet where she had lost quite a bit of weight, so I had to try it. I am very picky when it comes to fruits & vegetables, so I decided to try this, but give it my own twist. To […]

Crock-Pot Designer Series

You know you are a wife or mother when you get giddy over a new kitchen appliance or gadget. When I received the new Crock-Pot® Designer Series, my husband had a laugh at me that I was so excited for it. Why would I have so much excitement over a Crock-Pot? If you work full […]

Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

We woke up to it snowing this morning, so I thought it was the best day to make homemade chicken noodle soup in the crock-pot. 3 to 4 lbs. chicken 5 cups water or chicken broth (I used water & added chicken cubes) Diced baby carrots minced garlic cloves 3 celery stalks, finely sliced 2 […]

Recipe for Family Fun ~ The Family Dish {Recipes & more!}

With as hectic as this month, and with as crazy as the holidays have been, I like to tame it down a bit away from the big meals and get back to everyday living and cook meals that are more down to Earth. Pasta is one of my favorite dishes. One can never have too […]

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Recipe Finder App

I am always up for finding new apps to try out and new recipes to try for my family. I recenly came across one that everyone needs to have for a Slow cooker. Description Looking for savory, time saving slow cooker recipes? You’ll find 100’s of Original Crock-Pot® recipes that the whole family will enjoy. […]

Crockpot Stuffed Green Peppers with Asiago Fresco Cheese

At the end of the summer, I had the chance to try out a wide variety of cheese from Sam’s Club. I will admit that I am pretty plain in the sense when it comes to cheese. I like Cheddar, American and Mozzarella on my Italian food, and that’s about it. When this opportunity came […]

George Foreman Healthy Cooking Evolve Grill

With back to school started, we are all working to get back in our daily routines. Hubs is back in his work routine, Tucker is getting in the groove of his full day at school, Kambry is getting used to not having Tucker around full days and I am getting back in to my fitness […]

Grilled Pizza with Boboli Pizza

I love pizza. I could eat it all day, every day if my family and waistline would allow me to. I was asked if I had tried Boboli Pizza – on the grill. I had never even had Boboli pizza, to be honest, but I thought ‘Hey, pizza and grilling out – why not?’ Ohhhh […]

Stuffed Bell Peppers

I decided to make something different for the family tonight; Stuffed Bell Peppers with Asiago Fresco Cheese, in the CrockPot. I threw some things in a crockpot to test my own recipe. 1 lb of Cooked ground hamburger meat I like to cook anywhere from 5-10 pounds of ground hamburger meat and freeze them in […]

Money Saving & Tasty Dishes from Ragu!

Confession: I grew up with my mother making any pasta dish from Ragu. I cannot tolerate any imposters when it comes to my pasta. I am just that picky. Ask my family, friends, husband – they will tell you it’s true.) While I was at BlogHer ’10 last week in NYC, I was invited to […]

Wilton Mom ReTreat: Day Two

Three days ago, I posted about my first ‘day’ with Wilton. While that technically was my first day with Wilton, I wanted to share with you my first FULL day with Wilton. While I was at Wilton, I learned so many things ranging from what pans to use for baking your cake, how to prevent […]

Hungry Jack Pancake Party Kit #Giveaway THREE #Winners! (Closed)

Our family can eat breakfast three meals a day if we were able to. There are so many days that the kids ask for cancakes (pancakes) for lunch. I don’t mind, its easy to make, we love the wheat blend mix from Hungry Jack, so they are yummy and so easy to make – just […]

Heart of Italy meals with Bertolli at home! *Giveaway* (Closed)

You don’t have to go out to dinner to have a fabulous Italian meal. Why not have a date night IN for a change? A lot of us are on budgets, so we are looking for ways to cut back, yet still have great food and a great time. Bertolli is here to help you […]

Cinco de Mayo Grilling with Kikkoman Lime Ponz *Review – Love it!*

I love Japanese food! If I cannot go out to eat it, then I love to come up with food ideas for my family, here at home. Kikkoman has so many great ideas with such a wide variety of things you can make with just about any flavor you are looking for, meanwhile keeping that […]

Jelly Belly Intros Honey Bean

When I think about treats from when I was a kid, one thing that I remember is when my grandmother used to buy my brother and I honey treats from the health food store. My brother was on a gluten free diet so there wasn’t a whole lot of treats we were able to have. […]

Save food. Save money with Foodsaver *Review*

When you have leftovers, what do you usually do? Put them in storage containers and before you know it – it is next week and you forgot about them and they go to waste… right? I will not deny that we have been guilty of that. I have been trying to freeze any leftovers or […]