mango cookbook - Fresh Flavorful Festive Mango Recipes Fit for a Fête
high protein snacks in 2 easy recipes
Acai Pineapple Blueberry pops with the best k cup flavors
ZOURS homemade ice cream
Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes

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

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 creation on page 44! Included inside this cookbook you'll find a variety of 50 different recipes total, all are recipes created by other well respected bloggers as well as the National Mango Board themselves. There's bound to be something for every occasion, and there's also a lot of … [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 dizziness. Now, that's not a way to live! I discovered a few years ago that keeping the diaper bag or my purse supplied with a few easy snacks helps to keep me on track. I always try to carry a big jug of water with me and then I like to do something easy like a string cheese, some easy to carry … [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

rib sandwich 7

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]

Fruit Infused Iced Tea

fruit infused iced tea

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. My daughter, RiRi, and I are avid tea drinkers. Sometimes there's nothing better than a warm cup of tea sweetened with honey to soothe your throat. During the warmer months I've had sun tea almost my whole life. In addition to sun tea, I love a good sweet tea. We've actually accumulated quite a collection of various flavored teas and in the summer month I love to pair some of the fruitier flavors with real fruit that compliments the flavors and serve it over ice. Fruit Infused Iced Tea Fruit … [Continue]

Cooking with Almond Milk: Coconut Shrimp over Zucchini Alfredo

Cooking with Almond Milk: Coconut Shrimp over Zucchini Alfredo

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Do you lighten up your recipes in the warmer months? I'm always playing experimenting and playing with my food and recipes. In the warmer months I love salads, smoothies, and anything that's  not  too heavy overall. Not only that, but I love to lighten up recipes that can feel a little too heavy during that hot season. I love making smoothies with almond milk, because the flavors blend so well with healthy vegetables and superfruits, and there's some great benefits of almond milk too. About half of my … [Continue]

Ad: Hungry Kids love Chicken Nuggets and Mac & Cheese Pinwheels!

Tyson HungerHeroes Pinwheels

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Now that the kids are home all day, we're planning a lot of various activities - some for fun and some out of necessity. More often than not I'm taking them along with me now while doing our regular day to day stuff like shopping and donating. So when I found out that in the month of August Tyson and KRAFT are partnering together and will feed a child in need* with the Hunger Heroes program each time a Tyson® Fully-Cooked Chicken Nuggets 5 lb. bag, a KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner 7.25 oz. … [Continue]

2 Ingredient Brownies, with Candy on Top!

2 ingredient brownies

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Today is officially the first day of summer, but it's been "summertime" for almost a month in my house. The kids have been out of school for about three weeks now, and I'm exhausted! Don't get me wrong, I love having my kids home for the summer, but between the older ones wanting to stay up late because it's their summer and the younger ones still getting up super early  I am one tired Mama! Add to that the fact that I do attempt to get some work in - writing & testing recipes, editing photos, … [Continue]