Fast Food Fridays : Italian Meatball Sliders

Even though I try to make most things from scratch at home, I do occasionally use convenience products to get dinner on the table faster. The key is using products that are as high quality as possible. One of my favorites is the Aidells line. Their high quality ingredients set them apart from other lines. And they are freaking delicious. Though their sausages are usually my go to, I also love their meatballs. We often use them as appetizers at parties and in the girls' lunches. Another one of my favorite ones to use them is for a fun Friday night supper: meatball sliders! … [Read more...]

Go Big For the Big Game With Candy Ice Cream Cakes

The kitchen is where I get creative and I love it, especially when I get to get creative with dessert. This #BigGameTreats shop, with my desserts for the holiday that celebrates football as my friend's adorable daughter calls it, has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Be forewarned, you will want to make this easy cake ALL THE TIME. … [Read more...]

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. Click through for the three step recipe! … [Read more...]

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! Click through for the oh so simple recipe... … [Read more...]

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! It's as easy a 1, 2, 3... … [Read more...]

Bohemia Chocolate Chile Ice Cream

June 7th is also National Chocolate Ice Cream day, in additional to National Doughnut Day. Perfect celebration would be a chocolate ice cream filled doughnut no? Since I can't offer you a recipe for that, here is a recipe for an unusual chocolate ice cream which would be the perfect counterpart for the recipes in my doughnut post. I think this ice cream would go especially well with the Salted Caramel Cronut or the Kitchen Cabinet Sugar Donuts. Chocolate Chile Bohemia Ice Cream … [Read more...]

National Doughnut Day : Revenge of the Cronut

It's national doughnut/donut day! I won't be partaking due to that whole trying to get in shape thing. But that's shouldn't stop you! But why go out and buy doughnuts when they are easy to make at home?! Here are a few recipes try, including one for the legendary cronut! Haven't heard of the cronut? You're not alone. Until someone tipped me to the story last week, I was in the dark. Evidently we are missing out because the original cronuts (the bastard child of a donut and croissant) go for $45 apiece on Craigslist. That's one expensive pastry. But Pillsbury has you covered. They have a Salted Caramel version of the cronut that sounds divine. Check out the recipe here. If you are more of a traditionalist, here are some other donut recipes from some of my favorite bloggers! Skinny Baked Strawberry Donuts Kitchen Cabinet Sugar Donuts Quick Homemade Donuts … [Read more...]

Pool Snacks! : Sponsored by Tyson Toppings

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. So our new summer routine involves going to our swim club as much as possible. Swim clubs are big in the Midwest. It was a totally foreign concept to me, being from the South where your own pool is practically a necessity. Here in Missouri, people join a local club that maintains the pool and grounds. You pay a joining fee and then a yearly fee. This is our first year and we are trying to get our money's worth. That often involves going for a couple of hours in the late afternoon or around dinner time. The husband and I may never get in the pool but we enjoy sitting outside watching the girls splash around and play on the awesome playset. We all eat dinner there before heading home. Packing a dinner that pleases all taste buds and is portable can be challenge. So I was happy to get the chance to try the … [Read more...]

Fast Food Fridays : Summer Salads

Title: Springing into Summer with Salad By: Hillary Monroe, MS RD LDN, Registered Dietitian and writer for Everyday Health Calorie Counter. Spring is here, and not a moment too soon! As temperatures start to thaw out here in New England, fresh, local fruits and vegetables start to trickle in. One of my favorite nods to the season is to highlight local produce – and often a salad can be a way to let the freshness of that produce steal the show. Beginning May and June, asparagus, spring onions and arugula are available locally. Other fruits and vegetables start to appear as the summer goes on, but since it’s still early, I say we take advantage of these as we spring into summer. Asparagus: Did you know these green stalks are high in folic acid and are a good source of potassium, vitamins A, C as well as some B vitamins? Asparagus is also a good source of fiber, which helps with digestion. This vegetable is surprisingly versatile when it comes to salads. First: Trim … [Read more...]

Fast Food Fridays : Picadillo Chili

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