New Year, New Me? I Hope So! Win with #DunkinMugUp

dunkin mug up january

Every new year I like to think I have a clean slate before me. A fresh set of three hundred and sixty five days where I can choose to be a different person, a better person who makes better choices. This year, like so many others, I want to make better choices for my health. For me, this means saying goodbye to soda, cooking healthier meals and making time for exercise. The exercise part is most important to me at this point. I'm very fortunate … [Read more...]

Kitchen Find | DIY Spice Rack for more Cabinet Space

do it yourself spice rack

*republished from 2012 For years I've been collecting McCormick spices. As of this moment, I have around 50 spice bottles and I truly use every single one of them. The problem is I can never find the right one in the exact moment that I need it. Just this week I was cooking dinner and quickly needed to find my bottle of ground ginger. I opened up those cabinet doors you see below and was greeted with a mass of red lidded bottles. They were … [Read more...]

10 Super Bowl Party Essentials for an Awesome Game Day

super bowl party essentials

While my husband is setting up to watch the Playoffs with our son today, I'm busy thinking about what appetizers and desserts I'll be making for our mini Super Bowl party. This year, the big game is Sunday, February 2nd. I always whip our usual favorites ... sausage cheddar balls, baked beans with lil smokies, a big pot of chili and plenty of chips and dips. I'm hoping my husband will pull out his new smoker and smoke us some ribs and chicken … [Read more...]

3 Sweet Snack Pairings with New Hershey’s Spreads #SpreadPossibilities

Perfect Pairing

This is a partnered post with Hershey’s brand. Before the holiday break I introduced three delicious new products. Remember those Hershey's Spreads? Well, somehow, all three jars are still in my pantry and only about half empty. It took some restraint but I've managed to savor every little bite of sweetness packed into each jar. It helped that I had loads of holiday baked treats laying around the kitchen. So now here we are, facing a brand … [Read more...]

10 Kitchen Gadgets for Weight Loss in 2014

kitchen gadgets for weight loss

Like many, I'm starting off the new year with plans to lose weight. It's never easy to break old, bad habits but there are ways to make it easier to start good habits. A few years back I started my weight loss journey with a few simple tools in my kitchen with two goals in mind 1) walk every day and 2) count calories. My weight loss plan helped me lose 30 pounds in a few months. Unfortunately, the lifestyle change wasn't as permanent as I'd … [Read more...]

New Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with iStir & Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham Recipe

slow cooker scalloped potatoes with ham recipe

Now that the holidays are over, I've been thinking about how I'm going to get my house (and kitchen) back in order. We got all of our decorations packed away and now tackling my kitchen is on my to-do list. The first thing to get done is getting all of the holiday dinner left-overs out of my refrigerator. The vegetables have already been tossed into a homemade vegetable soup for lunches this week and now we're using up the leftover ham. One of my … [Read more...]

Hot Drinks for Your Keurig Brewer from Grove Square & Caza Trail #MC

Cup of Grove Square Cappuccino

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sturm Foods, Inc. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating I've owned a Keurig single cup brewing system for several years now. It's the one appliance in my kitchen that I seriously could not function without. The only thing I love more than the brewer is the variety of K-Cups I find to use in it. I have a lot of trusted favorites but I … [Read more...]

NEW! I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Deliciously Simple & Country Crock® Simply Delicious Spreads

Country Crock Simply Delicious Spread with Bread

I was provided with a I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® and Country Crock® tasting kit. It's no secret that I love food but beyond simply loving food, I love to snack. I'd much rather have 4-5 small and delicious meals than 3 big meals in a day. One of my favorite snacks is a simple slice of bread with a spread. It could be a a compound butter, fruit or one of the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Deliciously Simple & Country Crock® … [Read more...]

Seasonal Flavor Inspired Coffee Gifts with Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee #DunkinMugUp

Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice Holiday Gift Idea

October, November and December are my favorite months of the year. Not only do they bring cooler weather (that I love) but they're filled with the sights, sounds and scents of the holidays. There's nothing I love more than the smell of fresh baked apple pie or the minty scent candy canes leave on the Christmas tree. Dunkin' Donuts shares my love for season scents and flavors too because for a limited time you can get those in three distinctive … [Read more...]

When a Cup of Coffee Isn’t Enough | Green Mountain Coffee Espresso Iced Lattes #GMIcedLatte

Green Mountain Coffee Iced Latte

Every morning I start my day with a cup of piping hot Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend. That's followed by a few hours of blog work, cleaning and errands. By noon, I'm ready for another pick-me-up but something cooler. Last week I found the new Green Mountain Coffee Espresso Iced Latte bottles at my grocery store and let me tell you, they are exactly what you're looking for if you love cold coffee drinks (and a little boost to get through … [Read more...]