Almond Butter & Banana Rice Cake S’MORES

Almond Butter & Banana Rice Cake S'MORES

*This is a sponsored recipe on behalf of Brandfluential and Lundberg Family Farms. In just a few short days the school year for our kids will be over. I've got three months of summer vacation to keep the kids entertained and well fed. Typically they come home from school "starving" so they say and I try to put together a light snack before dinner. This probably won't change during summer break so I've had my thinking cap on while I keep a … [Read more...]

Sunshine Sweet Corn Quesadillas Recipe

Sweet Corn Quesadillas Recipes

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sunshine Sweet Corn. I received a gift card to purchase a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Aside from the warm weather and green grass, the thing I love most about Spring in Illinois is the fresh produce. After a long bitter winter there's nothing quite like visiting the farmer's market, local pick-your-own … [Read more...]

Hidden Valley Ranch & Panko Mozzarella Bites Recipe #RanchRemix

Ranch Panko Mozzarella Balls

Whenever we're planning holiday get-together or birthday celebration with friends and family, the first thing I like to do is plan the dinner menu. We always like to invite our guests over an hour or two before dinner and serve a few small appetizers. My absolute favorite appetizer whether it's at home or at a restaurant is fried mozzarella sticks. They're even more tasty when you mix up the flavors a little bit! This week I used Hidden Valley … [Read more...]

Smokey Mesquite BBQ Meatball Sliders Recipe with Kraft Fresh Take

Dozen Smokey Mesquite BBQ Meatball Sliders

Today I'm really excited to share a new partnership with Kraft Foods. Creating recipes for my family is something I love to do but it actually becomes fun when it comes with a challenge. This month I was given the task of turning a Kraft Fresh Take variety into a new and delicious recipe for my family to enjoy. Kraft Fresh Take Challenge Use the Kraft Fresh Take Smokey Mesquite BBQ variety to create a recipe that uses one protein (other than … [Read more...]

RECIPE | Bacon & Cheddar Soft Baked Pretzels

Bacon and Cheddar Soft Baked Pretzels Recipe

Every time the kids drag us out to the mall there's three things that are guaranteed to happen. First, we always have to stop at Charley's in the food court to get a hot, fried sub. Usually it's the chicken philly or an ultimate club for me. After that, they drag us down to the center of the mall for ride on the carousel. It's not my favorite thing to do since I spend a good five minutes afterwards trying not to lose my lunch.   Our … [Read more...]

Big Game Sweet Roasted Pepper Dip & Cheese-It Crackers

Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Dip

Super Bowl Sunday is just a week away and we're getting our kitchen prepped for the big game. While neither of the teams are of any particular interest, the game itself is an occasion worth cooking for. This year we're mixing up our big game menu with some new dishes including one from former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson and his wife Torsha who teamed up with Kellogg’s to create some snack recipe ideas. Everyone around here loves a … [Read more...]

Fleischmann’s Yeast Big Game Giveaway & Three Cheese Bread with Pizza Dip Recipe

Pizza Dip with Cheese Bread

When it comes to Super Bowl Sunday there's 3 kinds of people in this house. Whether you're watching it for the game or the commercials, there's one thing for certain, the food is always awesome. While the boys are glued to the television I spend my afternoon in the kitchen whipping up a variety of finger foods to snack on. We've got the usual variety of wings, pizza, chili and this year we're adding something new. There's nothing better than … [Read more...]

Game Day Dallas Cowboys Crock Pot Tex Mex Chicken Nachos Recipe

tex mex chicken nachos

Slow cookers are without the best way to cook food, at least in my opinion. There isn't a single meal that doesn't come out moist, tender and full of flavor. It's also a favorite because I can toss in the ingredients and forget about it for a few hours. Holidays and special events are no exception especially when I can cook in bulk without dirtying a bunch of pots. Now that Crock Pot has a new collection of personalized slow cookers available, … [Read more...]