12 Apple Pie Inspired Recipes for Fall

12 Sweet Apple Pie Inspired Recipes Collection

When I think about fall coming, my mind often wanders to trees changing colors, Halloween costumes and baking. More specifically, baking with apples. This time of year our local orchards are selling fresh picked apples, cider and cider donuts as fast as they can put them on the table. We often visit our local Apple Barn for many of those treats but mostly for the fresh apples. I use them to make all sorts of treats from applesauce to my much … [Read more...]

Build a Back to School Lunch with KRAFT from Dollar General

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This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine. We're now down to less than two weeks before our kids head back to school. At the top of my to-do list is to prepare a lunch menu for my daughter. Her school offers a fairly decent menu with many healthy options. Unfortunately, it also includes several meals that she just does not like one bit. So I try to fill in the hot lunch gaps with lunchbox meals I know she'll … [Read more...]

Summer Fun and the #Lays75 & Sunny Photo Contest

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I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Lay’s. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Right now we've got a heat index of 94 degrees and it's only gonna get hotter! Summer may have showed up a little late in Illinois this year but it sure is making up for lost time. We make the best of this scorching weather with our favorite summer activities like day trips to the water park and evenings … [Read more...]

Grand Opening | Inside the New Penn Station East Coast Subs In Springfield IL

Penn Station East Coast Subs Springfield Illinois Location

Today was a big day for sub lovers in Springfield, Illinois. Penn Station East Coast Subs, a grilled sub joint that I first discovered while living in St. Louis, has a home on the west side of Springfield now. Located at 2983 Lindbergh Ave, just across the street from Walmart, you'll find Penn Station tucked into the corner of the strip mall. It's open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, closing at 10pm Monday through Saturday and 8pm on … [Read more...]

Summer BBQ Recipes and Sparkling Glaceau fruitwater®

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glaceau fruitwater®. Truth or Dare? Truth! When it comes to summer cooking, I get nervous when my husband pulls out the grill to tackle a dinner. He once asked me if he could fry bologna directly on the glass top burner of our stove. Scary right? Over the years I've come to accept that cooking just isn't his thing. And that's totally okay because he's amazing at other things like … [Read more...]

Discover the World of Avocados from Mexico #iloveavocados

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Avocados from Mexico. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. When it comes to buying fruit in this house we tend to think of the sweet varieties. They're prominent in almost every recipe I make. But when it comes to savory fruit recipes, we adore the avocado. The creamy texture is something my kids absolutely love. I don't buy them as often as I should, … [Read more...]

Friday Food Finds

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Since I'm spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying the weather with my family this summer I've decided to bring Friday Food Finds back. I just don't have the time work on my own daily recipes so instead I'll be highlighting some of my favorites that I found through Pinterest and other blogs. These are all recipes that are on my "must-make" list and should I eventually get around to it, I'll feature my results on an upcoming Friday Food … [Read more...]

Frito-Lay Backyard BBQ Fun #FritoBackyardBash

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*Frito-Lay provided our family with a party pack The last week hasn't exactly felt like summer with the temperatures in the low 70's but at least the rain is finally gone. It has been just warm enough to get outside and fire up the grill. This past weekend we let the kids turn on the sprinkler while we got the grill hot and ready for a little backyard BBQ. It's always nice to cook outside and when the grill is involved, it means I don't have … [Read more...]