Caramel Apple SNICKERS® Monkey Bread
goulash family favorites classico
mango pancakes with cinnamon honey syrup
22 family meals that are quick and easy
mango cookbook - Fresh Flavorful Festive Mango Recipes Fit for a Fête

Caramel Apple SNICKERS® Monkey Bread

Caramel Apple SNICKERS® Monkey Bread

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are mine alone. Well, here we are.. a little over halfway through August. In my house that means we're on the second week of back to school season for our older kids but it also means that football is underway. For our high schooler, football practice has been going on since June, but very soon the high school football games will be underway and for a houseful of (mostly) boys, this is their favorite time of year. It's not just the high school football either, since the preseason for NFL games just began last week and that just means that Fall is just around the corner. Caramel Apple SNICKERS® Monkey Bread When I think of the Autumn season, football every weekend is one of my first thoughts. It's also hot apple cider, harvest festivals, and the delicious smell of Fall favorites like cinnamon and brown sugar. Pies, cookies, crumbles and all my other favorites are keeping … [Continue]

Family Favorites – Goulash & Garlic Bread

goulash family favorites classico

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are mine alone. Back when I was growing up, my family structure was quite different from the one I've created with my husband. Back then, both of my parents worked outside of the home, and (depending what part of my childhood we are discussing) my dad often worked various and random hours in his retail job. I may not have mentioned it before, but I was an only child growing up so when my parents made a large meal we could stretch it for days. One of my family favorites I remember most vividly was this goulash my parents would mix up. It was sort of like spaghetti, but with different noodles and contained a lot of random things we had in the house. Ground beef or turkey, or maybe even some Italian sausage, a lot of different veggies and spaghetti sauce customized with their very own combination of favorite seasonings and spices. I remember shortly after D-Man was … [Continue]

Mango Pancakes with Cinnamon Honey Syrup

mango pancakes with cinnamon honey syrup

It's no secret that my husband is the official pancake maker in our family. I wish I could replicate his success, he uses a prepackaged mix that you mix with eggs, oil and milk. He doesn't usually follow the guidelines listed, as he eyeballs the mix to be sure it's how he wants it. Sometimes he'll add some vanilla or cinnamon to make it a little different but they are always thick, light, and fluffy. I've attempted homemade pancakes quite a few times, but they always result in a heavier and doughier combination and they are never as tasty as his. The idea for Mango Pancakes with Cinnamon Honey Syrup So a few months ago when I was approached by the National Mango Board to come up with a … [Continue]

22 Family Meals that are Quick & Easy

22 family meals that are quick and easy

Disclosure: My "22 Family Meals that are Quick & Easy" recipe collection is part of a  sponsored opportunity by Foodie.com. I personally selected each recipe to be added to the collection. As always, all opinions are my own. Every time the seasons change our family schedule gets disrupted. One of the major causes for disrupt is summer. More specifically, when summer begins and when it ends. It never fails, just when my family gets used to our summertime schedule, back to school we all go. This year is specifically different because not only do the older kids return to school, but the littlest ones are starting school too. This time of year I'm always looking for something quick and … [Continue]

Love Mango? There’s a cookbook for that! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

mango cookbook - Fresh Flavorful Festive Mango Recipes Fit for a Fête

Disclosure: I received free cookbooks from the National Mango Board to facilitate this giveaway, and I was compensated for my original recipe and photo that was published in this cookbook. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Okay friends, if you love mango recipes then you have come to the right place today. I have a treat for YOU! A few month ago I was approached by the National Mango Board to develop a recipe for an all mango cookbook they were putting together. I'm talking breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and even appetizers that all contain this magnificent superfood. I chose to develop a breakfast/side dish recipe for the book, and if you win this copy you will see my … [Continue]

High Protein Snacks in 2 Easy Recipes!

high protein snacks in 2 easy recipes

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are my own. Do you ever get busy during the day, and you just forget about eating? Whether it's because you're on the go, busy at work or dealing with a sick child, there's never a good reason to skip a meal. I should know, because this is one of my struggles. In fact, I've had this issue for many years, since I was a teen. I become so immersed with what I'm doing, that I literally need to schedule snack and meal breaks for myself or I won't eat until the end of the day when I try to remember when I last ate. I'm embarrassed to say that I've had fainting spells and episodes of … [Continue]

Party with Some of the BEST K-Cup Flavors!

Acai Pineapple Blueberry pops with the best k cup flavors

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This past weekend we had a great time with our family and friends to celebrate the 4th of July. We celebrated at home with lots of food and treats as well as plenty of fireworks fun! We kept it low key by having a pot luck so everyone brought a few of their favorite dishes to serve and it was also my friends daughters birthday, so we had some ice cream birthday cake too! Whenever I'm having a party I'm usually preparing the night before and that morning and I'm typically a stress case. So we decided to ease some stress by going low key, not bothering too much with much … [Continue]

ZOURS® Candy Ideas – how about some Homemade Ice Cream?!

ZOURS homemade ice cream

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. If your summer is going anything like mine, then you are probably constantly trying to come up with some creative ideas for snack time since the kids are home. During the weekend when Big G is off, we try to have a movie night with the kids and we always enjoy coming up with new movie snacks and candy ideas. Well, just last week I was shopping at Walmart and discovered there's a new candy in town. Mike and Ike Zours® combine the familiar fruit filled chewy candies with a sour fruit flavor that you're sure to love. My personal favorite flavors are the sour … [Continue]

Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes #PantryInsiders

Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Earlier this month I attended a webcast with that led by olive oil expert, Dr. Luisito Cercaci. We compared six different types and flavors of Pompeian Olive Oils and learned the differences between them. Prior to this tasting session, I hadn't realized how different each oil could be. Once you are actually tasting them and comparing the color as well as the flavor to one another, you can really see which types stand out to you the most and what they would be paired with in the most complimentary fashion. We were shown how to "warm up" the oil in our hands. One hand goes under the cup, the other on top and you just rub it for a few minutes to warm up the flavors so they really show up … [Continue]

Sweet ‘n Spicy Rib Sandwich

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Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Farmland/Smithfield, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #ReadySetRibs my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH One of the biggest summer holidays for grilling is coming up in just a few days and I have got something delicious in store for you! Now, typically I leave the meats and grilling all up to the husband while I take care of sides, desserts and decor, but I wanted to show him that I could come up with a mean barbecue recipe as well! I think this did the trick. I wanted to create a sweet and spicy rib that could be either grilled or baked in the oven for those without access to a grill, so … [Continue]