Snackalicious Saturday : Harvest Snaps

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you’re anything like me, snack time is the worst time. My creativity is shot by the end of the day and I end up throwing random packages at my kids or trying to convince them that plain bread and a banana is totally a normal end of the day snack.

Luckily, my friends are more on the ball than me and introduced me to Harvest Snaps.

These addivtively crunchy snacks have saved my bacon more than once. And while they have yet to come out with a bacon flavor, it does seem like they have every other flavor covered. Check out some of my favorite out of the box choices…
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Wednesday Drinks : EPPA Sangria

Happy Wednesday! This week I am drinking EPPA Sangria while unpacking for BlogHer14 and packing for our EpicRoadTrip2014. EPPA sangria is the perfect light drink for summer evenings. When you have to spend a beautiful night inside in the laundry room, it’s nice to have a little bit of sunshine in your hand.

EPPA Sangria

I got to experience the above at the Sangria and Yoga Pants Sundown Soiree that opened the BlogHer Conference in San Jose. What better way to ease yourself into a frenzy of learning and networking than drinking spritzers and wearing comfy clothes. All the details about it and more about EPPA below…
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Cooking With Books, Fictional Recipes Are Yummy

One of my goals is to cook more with my kids. I grew up watching my mom cook and turned into an awesome one myself (#humblebrag.) She didn’t actually cook that much with me so I could just take my chances that the terror twins learn by osmosis like me. But that would defeat my goal of turning them into domestic servants by eight. So cooking with kids it is.

Cooking With Kids

Up first, Tiana Mac and Cheese!
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Fast Food Fridays : Michael Angelo’s

Fast food is never more tempting to me than in the summer. It just seems so much easier to just order a pizza at the pool or have the husband pick up something on the way home. Forget the family meal, it’s more like shove some food in the kids’ mouths before they go to sleep.

We need more dinners like this…

Michael Angelos for Dinner

Especially since fast food is expensive now that the girls are eating less like birds and more like humans. And amazingly unhealthy. My husband recently told me the calorie total of my favorite fast food dinner and I shed a few tears. So when Michael Angelo’s asked me if I would like to try their new family entrees for dinner, my answer was a resounding YES!
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Grill Out : Grilling Shortcuts

We are determined to grill out every weekend this summer. It’s going to be a tight fit with all the other summer weekend things we want to do but fortunately I have short cuts. Today I am sharing two of my favorites:

Grilling Shortcut Ribs

Ribs are the hidden secret of grill outs. You can pick up an awesome rack of smoked ribs from your favorite meatery and have them ready to serve in twenty minutes or so. The ones above are from Missouri local Burgers Smokehouse. I am obsessed with their hickory smoked ribs. they sent me some recently and we went through the rack in point two seconds. For guests, I like to cut up the smoked ribs on a platter. Side note: they are also fabulous for cocktail parties. Their sauced ones are awesome too. To warm up sauced ribs, place heavy duty foil on the low heat of the grill and let them sit for about fifteen minutes. Then take the whole piece of foil (with oven gloves on!) and slide onto a platter.

Grill Shortcuts Sliders
Sliders are my other go to. They are way easier than cooking burgers, especially for a crowd. They are super simple to make but if you are feeling lazy most grocery stores make them. For rolls, check out dinner rolls or King’s Hawaiian mini rolls. Then set up a condiment bar. Or do a pre-dinner foraging trip. Seriously, your kids will flip over this! Check out this guide to backyard plants you can eat and use them as toppings.

Hope these two ideas get you in the backyard and grilling ASAP. Do you have a favorite grilling shortcut?

Birthday Cake Cookies, For Any Day of the Year

Sometimes you have a tough day. Sometimes the only thing to do is make the world’s simplest cookie recipe: cake mix cookies. Since my girls are obsessed with celebrating EVERYTHING with a birthday cake (Mother’s Day, let’s make a birthday cake… they are a little unclear on the concept), I invented the birthday cake cookie tradition. Now everyday can be your birthday, no candles required.

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

Click through for the three step recipe!
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Make This Monday : Slow Cooker Indian Curry

You need this Indian Slow Cooker Curry in your life. My high school friend Tabitha posted the recipe last week and I begged her to let me share it because it made me want to lick my computer screen. Make your Monday easier; throw this in your slow cooker now! And leave a comment with the recipe you make that makes your week easier!

Crock Pot Indian Chicken Curry

Click through for the oh so simple recipe…
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Fast Food Fridays : Roasted Spatch Chicken

Quickest way to get dinner on the table? Combine your oven with a cast iron pan filled with veggies and a spatch chicken. A what chicken you ask? Spatchcocking involves splitting and flattening the chicken. It exposes more skin so there is more crispy goodness for everyone. Your butcher will often do it for you; my Lucky’s even sells them already oiled and herbed. But if you are feeling homestead-y, here is a great guide!
SpatchCook Chicken

It’s as easy a 1, 2, 3…
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Give Mom a Drink : Cocktails and Mocktails for Mom

A truer onesie was never printed than the ones that say “Mommy Drinks Because I Cry.” So here are a few drinks to make for mom this Sunday, or really any day. Most serve two so you can have one for yourself too!

Cocktails and mocktails for Mother's Day or anytime!

Cocktails and mocktails for Mother’s Day or anytime!

Click through for the recipes.
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This is Where We Do It : America’s Farmers and the Food We Eat

This post was created in partnership with America's Farmers. All opinions are my own.

America's Farmers

Whew, just back from Atlanta and boy am I worn out. I think I have extravagance hangover. That comes from staying at the Ritz and being around so many contemporaries who are better dressed than you. And Atlanta itself. People there are GORGEOUS. Seriously, being in Buckhead was like being in a constant music video. It was very surreal. I found myself literally shocked by some of what the woman were wearing. And then I was shocked by me being shocked.

It’s official, I have turned into a Midwesterner.
And I am totally cool with that.
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