Savings Deal!! Dinner For Your Whole Family For Less Than $5 – Total!

Make a delicious meal your family will love for less than $5 - total!  Yes, thanks to a special deal from Hamburger Helper, you can.  With this high value rebate offer combined with the everyday low cost of Hamburger Helper, you can SAVE BIG. What will you do with those savings?  See a movie, go out to lunch with a friend, pay more of your credit card bill?  Lots of possibilities! I made the Penne Hamburger Helper and my family … [Read more...]

Basketball Season, Crowd Pleasin’ Court Dip – Recipe and Game Are A Slam Dunk

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigGameSnacks #CollectiveBias  It's basketball championship season!  Are you watching your favorite team like we are?  The final games are approaching and it's getting more and more exciting the closer we get to naming the #1 team in the nation.  Watching with friends and family makes it even more fun, don't you think? … [Read more...]

Cookbook Giveaway: “Everyday Confetti” (US, Ends 1/28)

I hesitated to call this a cookbook, technically it's a "go-to-guide to making holidays, birthdays, special events, and even the everyday special".  It includes so much more than recipes!  I love, love, love the book, "Everyday Confetti".  I'm a huge believer in creating positive memories by observing family traditions.  "Everyday Confetti" has ideas galore for celebrating life with your family.  And the ideas feel doable.  There not … [Read more...]

Christmas Morning Family Traditions – Breakfast Strata Recipe – Delicious Party Food

This Breakfast Strata is perfect for your family's Christmas Morning or delicious party food for a Holiday Brunch.  It was easy to make and is especially great for holidays because you make it in advance.  It takes no time at all when you are your busiest, enjoying family or guests. When I was going through the adoption process, I started planning for the day when we would celebrating holidays with a child.  I wanted to be creating warm, happy … [Read more...]

Family Traditional Recipes: Tinga de Pollo – Chicken in Chipotle Sauce

Spending time with your family, enjoying a delicious Tinga de Pollo meal, will certainly have you feeling lucky that you found La Morena products! Continue that luck when you enter the #VivaLaMorena contest for your chance to win one of ten Thanksgiving feasts ($100 value)! Click here #VivaLaMorena to enter.   The deadline to enter is 11/14/14. My daughter is Hispanic and the traditions of passing down recipes from generation to … [Read more...]

Scallop Sandwich Recipe With Roman Meal Bread #RomanMeal #BakedFresh #MC #Sponsored

  My favorite place for lunch is a restaurant in Michigan City, Indiana, called "Panini, Panini".  Michigan City is a beach town and if you are ever there, make sure to look for this small, eclectic restaurant on the city's main street, Franklin Street.  The varied menu is listed on multiple chalkboards on the walls.  First listed is the seafood, Scallop Sandwich..  I have started at the first item and can't get beyond it, because it is … [Read more...]

Perfect for Fall – Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe! #MonkFruitInTheRaw #MC #Sponsored

The weather is changing here in Chicago.  Even if it's warm in the afternoon, the mornings and evenings have a distinct chill in the air.  I start seeking comfort foods like soup, hot cocoa, and warm bread.  But, I don't want to sacrifice healthy ingredients to achieve a fall, comfort food treat.  This recipe is one of my favorites to combine seasonal autumn flavors with healthy ingredients.   September is National Childhood Obesity Month. … [Read more...]

Fun After-School Snack! Fruit and Cheese Kabobs with Arla Dofino Cheese! #HavartiParty #Sponsored #MC

"Mom, I'm HUNGRY!" It's the first thing I hear when I pick up my daughter from school.  I'm always looking for afternoon snack ideas and one of the best we've found is Arla Dofino Cheese and Fruit Kabobs.  They are equally fun-to-make as they are delicious-to-eat.  And, moms like me can feel good about having our kids eat Arla Dofino cheeses.  Arla Dofino cheeses are naturally good, free of added hormones and crafted with quality, natural … [Read more...]

Tailgate Football Party with Florida Orange Juice! #OJSelfie #OJTailgate #MC #Sponsored

Fall means football! We watch football games starting on Friday night high school games to Sunday afternoon with the NFL.  Usually family or friends join us, and that means a party!  Grilled meats are the favorites for our tailgate football party recipes and this past Sunday, we got in the "Orange and Blue" mood with the Chicago Bears.  I'm partnering with Florida Orange Juice and they sent me a recipe for a delicious marinade to use when … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Beef Fajitas Recipe #MC #Sponsored

With school back in session, days can be hectic!  After-school activities, homework, and bam! dinner time comes fast.  I wish I could say I prepared a week's worth of meals on Sunday and just pulled a delicious home cooked meal out of the fridge, but I'm just not that mom. A quick and easy meal for us is fajitas.  We love Mexican food and I especially like the spicy beef contrasted with the freshness of the salsa.   Here's the … [Read more...]

Celebrate Summer with Iced Coffee from International Delight! #IcedDelight

We are opening our pool and while the kids are swimming, I'll be sitting poolside, enjoying International Delight Iced Coffee! Ah..... After the Chiberia winter, I am more than ready for some sunshine. I first tried iced coffee at a coffeehouse and fell in love. It became an afternoon treat for me when I was working (pre-child). I was intimidated to try it at home. I was always afraid it would taste watery, that I wouldn't be able to get the … [Read more...]

Simplify Your Summer! Thirty Minutes And Five Ingredients For BBQ Pizza-On-The-Grill!

It's summer! Time to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. Swimming, hiking, volleyball, softball, or just laying out in the sun.  Ah, sun.  The winter here in Chiberia was soooooo long.  I'm ready for sunshine! Are you like our family and love to grill in the summer?   It fits into our lifestyle to cook and eat outdoors in the summer.  But we want something quick, so we don't have to take too much time away from the fun.  I … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Takashi’s Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi and Grand Prize Value $1,000 (US, Ends 12/30)

Welcome to the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green and Viva Veltoro! We are right in the middle of the Holiday Season, stockings are hung by the Fireplace, the smell of an Evergreen fills your Home... I've teamed up with a great group of bloggers that want to fill your home with even more! The Home for the Holidays Giveaways are all centered around the perfect products for your home - whether it's decorative gifts … [Read more...]

Perfect Party Appetizers – Rich’s SeaPak Spring Rolls at Our Tree Decorating Party

How do you celebrate decorating your Christmas tree?  I like to have a Tree Decorating Party - even if it's just my family.  This year, we invited my mom to party with us (and by "party", I mean "help")! It's not a party around here unless you have food and music.  I put on the Christmas station and then popped some holiday appetizers in the oven.  Rich's SeaPak Spring Rolls are super easy but look like you cooked all day, they even make my … [Read more...]

#ad Make an Easy Holiday Meal Fun! #GetCorny with Country Ribbon Corn Dogs!

Wow, this meal is great on so many levels.  First, it's fun!  No, that's not true, it is F-U-N! Second on my favorite-things-about-it is that this meal is easy.  E-A-S-Y!  And then, like frosting on a cake, this meal is budget-friendly.  You might even say CHEAP! And best of all?  Your kids will love it.  The star of the meal is Country Ribbon Corn Dogs. My daughter knows every restaurant that serves corn dogs.  She loves them!  But I've … [Read more...]

Dinner From The Pantry On A Busy Night – Meal Time Solutions and Easy Dessert Recipes

If you're breathing, at this time of the year you are b-u-s-y.  Sometimes you are BUSY, and sometimes you are even CRAZY BUSY!  It's the time of year to keep your pantry stocked with those essentials that can help you create a delicious dinner even when you are on the run all day.  You can use everyday Kraft products to create a quick and easy meal during the holidays.  We often see Christmas recipes or recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers, but … [Read more...]