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Not Your Mom’s Casserole – Green Bean Casserole with a Twist

Twist the green bean casserole

This post about a twist on green bean casserole is sponsored; however, all opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. #ThisIsMyTwist My family has been making green bean casserole for the holidays since I can remember. My mom makes the same recipe, year after year. Don't get me wrong, mom's green bean casserole is delicious... but this year I wanted to add a twist and make it a bit different. I've been playing around in the … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Pops

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Pops

Fall is one of my favorite times of year and pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors! I've been going pumpkin crazy and my latest love is these Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Pops! They are perfect for that small treat you deserve, but I dare you to try and eat only one! ;)   Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Pop Ingredients 1 Can Pillsbury Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls (reserving pumpkin spice icing that comes inside the can) ¼ C Pecan pieces 2Tbsp … [Read more...]

Super Easy Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Ahhh, fall is here! It's one of my favorite times of the year! Here in Michigan we are surrounded by beautiful trees with leaves of various colors, cooler temperatures and, like most places, a plethora of pumpkin recipes! We love visiting apple orchards, which are a popular thing here in Michigan. I like to make this drink and put it in a thermos to take as a special treat when we are there. It's the perfect seasonal drink to help us stay warm … [Read more...]

10 Easy Chicken Recipes for Fast Dinners!

Easy Chicken Dinners

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of chicken. I don't like fish (or anything that comes out of water, really) and I'm not a fan of beef or pork. Chicken on the other hand....I can eat it every day for lunch and dinner and not think twice about it. Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? In celebration I put together 10 of my favorite easy, delicious and quick dinner recipes using chicken!   Celebrate Chicken with these … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Pudding Parfaits

Pumpkin Spice Pudding Parfaits

It's getting to be that time of year again...school is back in session and before we know it we'll be experiencing cool fall evenings. I hate to admit it but I'm already in the fall mood and thinking of fantastic fall recipes, decorations and even weekend get-a-ways! I LOVE fall here in Michigan. It's beautiful watching the colors of the season and spending the cool evenings with hubby or with the kids at a favorite tradition like the cider mill. … [Read more...]

Five Easy Meals with Rotisserie Chicken

easy BBQ chicken from rotisserie chicken

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EffortlessMeals #CollectiveBias We have one week left until school starts here. My husband is back at work this week so it's back to busy schedules. I'm already feeling it two days into the routine we are accustomed to 9 months out of the year. I'm so tired and the thought of going home after work and cooking is too much some days. We NEED … [Read more...]

Elementary School Lunch Must Haves

School lunch must haves

This post is written as part of my partnership with Stonyfield, however, all opinions are 100% my own. It's no secret that I love making fun snacks for the kids. I've mentioned Bento style lunches more than a few times. It's fun stuff to do for the kids that makes their lunch and/or snacks fun! LA starts school next week. I've also said this before, but where has the time gone!? Kindergarten already!? We've been practicing our lunch routines … [Read more...]

Carrot Caramel Cupcakes

Carrot Caramel Cupcakes

Everyone loves a good dessert, right? I have a weakness for desserts actually. It's bad. Or good, however you want to view it! ;) These Carrot Caramel Cupcakes really make my mouth water just thinking about them! They are the perfect summer treat....or autumn, especially for upcoming fall parties!! These are comfort food for cool fall days, for sure! Promise me you'll make these for a party this fall!? You'll love them and so will all of … [Read more...]

Back to School Breakfast and Snacks with Quaker #QuakerTime

Quaker Fun Mix #QuakerTime #CBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #QuakerTime #CollectiveBias Kindergarten...I can't believe my little guy will be starting school in just about a month! He's so excited. I am, too, but I'm also a bit sad. I'm sure you other mamas understand that. We've been working on getting some ideas for breakfast and snacks. Right now he's use to eating breakfast at daycare and eating … [Read more...]

Back to School Prep with Kellogg’s and Scholastic!

Reading for #Back2SchoolReady

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Back2SchoolReady #CollectiveBias Ahhh....back to school time! The time of year that gets our routines back on track and gets the kids on their way to learning all they can! My husband (elementary school teacher) has lost count of the times he has heard "I haven't read a book since school let out!" from his students upon returning to class … [Read more...]

Quinoa Pudding – A Healthier Version of Rice Pudding

Quinoa Pudding Recipe

Do you love rice pudding? Are you looking for a healthier alternative? Are you looking for ways to get more quinoa into your diet? This quinoa pudding recipe may be just what you need!   Ingredients: 1 cup of quinoa 2 cups milk (more may be needed) 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey) 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional) dash of salt 1/2 cup Raisins (optional) Quinoa Pudding Instructions: In a strainer wash thoroughly the … [Read more...]

YoToddler Moments Made Easier with Tommee Tippee

Tommee Tippee Stonyfield

I am part of the Stonyfield YoGetters program and was provided products to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Both of my girls love yogurt. From the time they started eating foods, YoBaby and YoToddler have been constants on our grocery list. Stonyfield is the ONLY yogurt I feel comfortable giving my kids. YoToddler is what we buy now with Annie being 15 months and Addy being 3. YoToddler is made with organic whole milk, fruit … [Read more...]

Corn Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Corn Salad recipe

The weather is getting warmer and it's time to start cooking out and eating "summer" food! I love BBQ foods, various salads, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries and iced tea - all things that I tend to splurge on in the warmer months. I also love that hubby tends to cook more in the warmer months since he loves to grill so I get a lot of breaks! ;) Aside from cookouts, we also love to have picnics with the kids. A new favorite of mine to … [Read more...]

We Celebrated Earth Month with a Family Garden Project

Easy indoor garden

This post is sponsored as part of my ambassadorship as a YoGetter with Stonyfield. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way.  Gardening is something I've wanted to do for a long time. I have been hesitant though for a few reasons. First, we have a small yard and my husband is VERY picky with his yard and making sure it looks good. Second, I always worry that there will be something in the dirt that we don't need to be … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Surviving Easter Dinner with Kids #HoneyBakedEaster

HoneyBaked Turkey #HoneyBakedEaster

Thank you to HoneyBaked Ham for sponsoring today's topic. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Now that my husband and I have three little ones holidays can be rough. When we had one it wasn't so bad, especially since he was getting older. Add three little ones four and under to the mix? It creates a lot of stress and makes for a lot of time to get everyone ready for the holiday. Add to that hosting a holiday dinner … [Read more...]

Chicken Parmesan Pockets Recipe

Chicken parmesan pockets

I try to keep our menu interesting at home. I don't like cooking the same things over and over again. It can be difficult sometimes, but other times I come up with some fun dinners! A few weeks ago I made something new that I came up with that sounded good...and turned out to be delicious! Chicken Parmesan Pockets are a new favorite at our house! Even the little ones liked them! Chicken Parmesan Pockets They look delicious, don't they!? I … [Read more...]

Spice Up Game Time with and Easy Salsa Recipe and Delimex #DelimexFiesta

Delimex Products paired with quick and easy salsa. #DelimexFiesta

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DelimexFiesta #CollectiveBias It's March!! It's time to get creative and find lots of snacks and quick meals for the guys as they sit for hours and hours watching basketball! Does that happen in your house? My husband and my oldest son are glued to the television, and I can't lie, I enjoy it too! However, with the time we spend watching … [Read more...]

My Baby is a YoBaby!

YoBaby Yogurt

My baby just turned one this month! Can you believe it?! She's the baby of our family and I refuse to call her a toddler just yet. She's still OUR baby! As with her brothers and sister I always read labels, try hard give them things that are healthy for them and try to do the things that are best for them but also work for our family. Annie's birthday cake was the first time she had the taste of anything sweet. We all need treats once in a … [Read more...]

Packing a Healthier Lunch with Dave’s Killer Bread

Dave's Killer Bread

Someone close to me had a heart attack at the end of August and within a few days had quadruple by-pass open heart surgery. It was scary to think that one week he was fine and then...this major surgery. It REALLY scared me and reminded me that tomorrow isn't promised to any of us. I need to do what I can to stay as healthy as possible and eating healthier is a new priority of mine. I've been trying to pack healthier lunches on work days and I've … [Read more...]

Warming Up with All Natural Soups – a Quick and Easy Dinner from Frontier Soups

All Natural Soups from Frontier Soups

You all know how much I love quick and easy dinners! My two year old daughter LOVES soup! I refuse to give her canned soup and homemade soup really takes quite a while to make and is just not realistic after I get home from work. There just isn't enough time. You can imagine my excitement when I learned of all natural soups from Frontier Soups! They are similar to homemade soups, they are all natural and only need a few ingredients to be added. … [Read more...]

Warm Up with this Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe

Unstuffed cabbage recipe

Looking for warm, soup-type recipes to make with the cooler weather arriving? My friend, Melissa, told me about this unstuffed cabbage recipe she made last week.  She was quite proud that it took a fraction of the time to make than stuffed cabbage takes! She's always been quite the cook and when I was single I often enjoyed going to her house for dinner! lol These days though, we often talk about quick and easy dinner ideas so I was excited … [Read more...]

Quick and Healthy Lunch for Kids with Applegate Half Time (Giveaway)

Quick and Easy Lunch for Kids #LunchingAwesome

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. We are settling into our fall routine. Daddy is back to teaching, the kids are back to daycare/school, schedules are busy as can be, the days are getting shorter and we need a solution for a quick and healthy lunch for kids. Even quick and healthy snacks are something we constantly look for. Applegate has a new solution for all of us who need a quick and healthy … [Read more...]