Baked Focaccia with Mozzarella, Tomatoes & Sweet Basil Pesto with #PompeianVarietals

Italian Bread with Easy Basil Pesto Recipe #PompeianVarietals

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian. I keep a lot of oils in my kitchen, some healthy, some not-so-much. They all serve a purpose when I'm cooking but my absolute favorite to cook and prepare dishes with is extra virgin olive oil. The flavor is so different from any other oil and somehow, for me, it just makes food taste better. That's why I was really excited to learn about the new Pompeian Varietals extra virgin olive … [Read more...]

A Little Help for the Holidays from Kraft | Ham ‘n Cheddar Pinwheel Appetizer Recipe

Green Onion Ham and Cheddar Pinwheel Appetizers

Everyone has their own reasons for loving the holidays but for me, it's mostly the cooking and baking. I love being in the kitchen whipping up my favorite recipes and experimenting with new ones. Not everyone feels that way of course, and that's why it's nice to have products from brands like Kraft Foods. They produce so many different kitchen helpers that makes it easy for anyone to cook up a great holiday meal. Among my favorites is the Kraft … [Read more...]

Supreme Pizza Pockets Recipe with Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Pizza Crescent Pockets Recipe

Dinnertime during the weeknights in this house can only be described as chaotic. Like many families with children in school, we face our own share of busy schedules from homework to football practice. Some nights I find that I have less than a half an hour to squeeze in a meal before it's time to get the kids showered and tucked into bed. On those nights I look into the fridge for products that are quick, easy and delicious. One of those … [Read more...]

#EggoWaffleOff Peanut Butter & Banana Waffle Bites Snack Recipe

After School Snack Peanut Butter and Banana Waffle Bites

I am a compensated Chief Waffle Officer for Eggo. Among the things I know to be true with absolute certainty in life, my kids coming home from school hungry is at the top of the list. School lunches are mediocre at best, so when they come running home from the bus stop I know they'll be looking for a little power-up snack to get them through chores and homework before dinner. We keep lots of staples on hand like fresh fruit, yogurt and string … [Read more...]

Mexican Chicken and Corn Casserole Recipe

Mexican Chicken and Corn Casserole Recipe

*I was provided with a casserole kit and the prizes for the giveaway. Last month I tried my hand at my first casserole as part of the Country Crock Casserole club. The broccoli cheddar mac casserole was such a hit that I was pretty excited to see what recipe I'd be working with this month. The recipe card included in my kit featured a Mexican Beef & Corn Casserole. While I'm sure the recipe is fantastic as it is, I was in the mood for … [Read more...]

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...]