Grilling Recipe | Pineapple Blackberry Pound Cake Dessert

grilled pound cake pineapple blackberries

In celebration of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and the official start of summer, Sam's Club is gearing up to challenge families everywhere to create a whole meal on a grill. Not only is this a great way to keep the mess to a minimum but it's a really healthy way to cook food. Grilling can also be fun as it brings the family outdoors and particularly fun for me becaue it gives me a chance to hand the apron over to my husband and let him cook … [Read more...]

Thin Out Your Lunch with Sargento’s #ThintoWin Challenge & Chicken Parmigiana Wrap

chicken parmigianna wrap

Three months ago I started a new chapter in my life that involved a lot of changes, especially in the way I was eating. I had a goal of losing 30 pounds and in order to meet that goal, I needed to thin out my life and a lot of calories. Part of that personal challenge meant losing some of the things I love the most like soda, potatoes, desserts and the most painful of all, cheeses. During my weight loss challenge I lost 20 lbs and I've got 10 to … [Read more...]

Have a Chili’s Date Night with the New CoronaRita


This post brought to you by Chili’s Grill & Bar. All opinions are 100% mine. Date nights are far and few between for my husband and I but when we do get them, we almost always head to Chili's. It gives us an hour to experience some great food and even a few adult beverages. Sometimes we even split a drink for a little added romance. In fact, we're overdue for a date night and with the weather getting warmer it means Cinco de Mayo isn't … [Read more...]

Recipe | Creamy Parmesan & Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Penne

creamy parmesan sun dried tomato penne pasta

Just in time for Mother's Day I was introduced to Italy’s #1 selling white ceramic non-stick sauté pans. The Bialetti Aeternum 12-Inch Covered Deep Saute Pan is the perfect gift for any foodie mom out there. I've had the opportunity to cook with this particular pan for the past week and I must say, it has quickly become one of my favorite pieces of cookware. Just a few days ago I used it to whip up a batch of creamy Parmesan & sun-dried … [Read more...]

Food Find | Baskin-Robbins Petals & Pearls Cake

jamocha almond fudge ice cream cake

NEWSFLASH - Mother's Day is less than 3 weeks away! While it may seem like we just finished celebrating Easter, time is flying and Mother's Day is quickly approaching. Rather than grabbing a bouquet of flowers or a card, how about getting mom something she really wants, like cake. I don't know about you but I'd much rather have a big slice of sweetness and a table full of happy kids celebrating my special day with me. Baskin-Robbins has a … [Read more...]

Sears Grilling is Happiness When Big Daddy D is Cookin’


The following post today is a glimpse into the life of my better half with a guest post from my husband Jon. Ahhhh it's that time of year again, the sun is shining, it's warm, the sound of lawn mowers hard at work can be heard throughout  the neighborhood and most importantly of all,  the smell of backyard BBQ's and sweet smoke fill the air on weekend afternoons. I have no fonder memories as a child than helping my dad prep the grill, … [Read more...]

BBQ Pork n Beans with Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce & Cherry Coke Lava Cakes

cherry coca cola lava cakes

Who would have thought you'd see me showing off a recipe featuring Coca-Cola? We all know I'm a big Pepsi fan and my husband is the die hard Coca Cola fan. Opposites attract right? Well, when my husband saw that I was presented with the opportunity to try out some recipes that include Coca-Cola as the special ingredient, he begged and pleaded for me to try a meal out. I'm guessing the BBQ recipes from Chef G. Garvin had a little something to do … [Read more...]

Recipe | Cinnamon Crème Drizzled Caramel Popcorn Apple Muffins

cinnamon apple caramel popcorn muffins

While I love to cook from scratch and prepare meals for my family with fresh ingredients, I'm certainly not above cooking a box mix meal. Convenience foods are just that, a huge convenience whether you're in a hurry, tired, sick, whatever the reason, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. For those busy moments in my life, usually breakfast, I like to grab a bag of prepared muffin mix with little bits of dehydrated fruit so we can enjoy warm … [Read more...]