Apr 102014
 

pineapple-smoothies

Looking for a quick, healthy snack?  How about a pineapple smoothie?  They are easy to make and only take a few minutes to prepare.  Score.

Pineapple Smoothie Ingredients:

½ C. pineapple chunks

¼ C. ground rolled oats (I used my food processor for this and made a large batch a head of time)

½ C. skim milk (you could also substitute almond or coconut milk if you wish)

½ banana, cut into smaller pieces (you can also cut and freeze these a head of time)

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Mar 302014
 

Whenever I make plans to go out with friends, Chris and the boys have a “man party” without me.  This particular time, I was going out for dinner, so that left Chris to cook something for the boys.  He told me he had the perfect thing to make for them.

This:

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Brinner (breakfast for dinner)!! He found the picture on some website (the Chive maybe?) and  I of course, told him to take pictures so I could see how it turned out. Continue reading »

Mar 282014
 

Disclosure: I was provided product samples to help facilitate this post. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way. 

When I was a child getting Peeps inside my Easter basket was pretty much the highlight of my spring.  I am a huge fan of Peeps and back then, Peeps were only available at Easter time.  Thankfully these days Peeps are available year round for many different occasions, so I can get my fix whenever I want to, but back then my mother would load up my basket so that I was stocked up for a while.

My friends at Peeps sent recently sent be a big box full of goodies and asked me to whip up something yummy with them.  Challenge accepted.

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I knew exactly what I wanted to make with all those Peeps, but first thing was first, though. The boys had to do a little taste testing. Continue reading »

Mar 192014
 

Ok, so maybe it’s not world famous, but it is mighty tasty.

Have I mentioned that Chris and I are addicted to Mexican food?  We’ve both always loved it, but when we were in Old Town San Diego last April and had a taste of the most amazing Mexican food that either one of us has ever tried, we just can’t seem to get enough.

We were at a local Mexican restaurant not too long ago and got table-side guacamole (which is where they come make it fresh at your table) and we watched carefully as the guac was made so that we could replicate the recipe at home.  And that’s just what we did.  Now Chris makes guac for us at home all the time!

Here’s what goes into it:

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Feb 232014
 

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Hood. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

So many great things come to mind when I think of comfort foods.  In my case, I have a long list of things I consider to be comfort foods because, well, I love food.  One thing that the vast majority of recipes I consider to be comfort foods have one common denominator – sour cream. Hood Sour Cream is all natural and the perfect addition to so many of the comfort food recipes that I make. Today, I decided to share one of my favorite comfort foods with you: chili.

I love making chili not only because it’s super easy to make and tastes delicious, but because it’s something I can make ahead of time and let it sit in my crock pot all day while I’m out & about.  As a busy mom, recipes like that can be a lifesaver.

Here’s what you need:

1 pound of ground turkey (or beef if that’s your preference)
1 can of Garbanzo Beans
1 can of Kidney Beans
1 can of Black Beans
1 packet of chili seasoning
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 onion (chopped)
Approximately 1 tsp of garlic powder
Shredded cheese (I used a 4 cheese Mexican blend)
Hood Sour Cream

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Feb 012014
 

Usually around the holidays, the kids and I make homemade dog biscuits for the dogs at a local animal shelter.   This year, we were able to take one home with us (you remember me telling you about Milo, right??). The poor animals who live in animal shelters and have no families to love and take care of them break my heart.  As much as I wish I could bring them ALL home, it’s obviously not feasible.  So, I do the next best thing: make them some homemade treats!

This is a recipe that I came across several years back for peanut butter dog biscuits.  Here’s the recipe:

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Oct 172013
 

Do you ever get invited to a halloween party, but you’re unsure of what to bring.  Of course you can’t show up empty handed.  Here’s a simple recipe for pumpkin dip that’s really easy to make and is sure to impress the host!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate Continue reading »
Oct 122013
 

Disclosure: I received Heinz®, Johnsonville® and Ocean Spray® products in exchange for sharing this recipe. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Fall and football season are in full swing – and that means it’s time for parties, tailgates, potlucks, holiday gatherings and other get-togethers!  Party planning can be almost as stressful as it is fun.  Therefore, Heinz, Johnsonville and Ocean Spray have teamed up for the Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe. This delicious and versatile dish is a simple go-to recipe for entertaining!

With a tangy, sweet sauce that is sure to impress, the Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe makes a perfect appetizer or even a main course.  Ultimate Party Meatballs uses just three ingredients that are easy to keep on hand – one jar of Heinz® Chili Sauce, a bag of Johnsonville® Classic Italian Meatballs and one can of Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce.  Three ingredients = total tastiness!  The recipe can easily be prepared on the stove top or in your slow cooker.

I have to confess that I’ve never used chili sauce before.  For anything.  So I was actually a little excited to try this recipe so that I could finally say I’d tried some.  The recipe is so simple and simple is right up my alley.  We laid out the three ingredients we needed before we started:

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Then Chris got to work mixing the chili sauce and cranberry sauce in with the meatballs. Continue reading »

Sep 292013
 

Are you looking for a fun Halloween recipe? Maybe a little treat to send in with the kiddos to share with their class at school?  I’ve got just the thing. I made this one for my kids several time over the years and it always goes over REAL well. Candy corn fudge is super easy to make and it combines two of the most delicious things on earth: chocolate and candy corn!

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Here’s what you need: Continue reading »

Sep 262013
 

Last week Chris texted me this picture:

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He said he wanted to make them for the kids and who am I to argue when someone else says they want to cook dinner.

He started by laying most of the stuff he needed out on the counter:  ground beef, spices/seasonings, mozzarella cheese and potatoes for the mashed potatoes. Continue reading »

Aug 182013
 

Hey, there’s wrong with a little booze in your cupcakes every now and then, right?  Admittedly, I’m not much of a baker, but every now and then I can pull off something that’s just pure awesomeness.  Hence these amazing margarita cupcakes.

They’re a little bit of work, but trust me, these are well worth it.  I think they’re perfect for a night with the girls – or do what I do, down about six of them on a stressful day after the kids are in bed.  This recipe combines the best of both worlds:  eating sweets and booze.  Yum.

PS – if any of you actually make this recipe, please let me know how much you liked them.  And you will, I promise.

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Jun 212013
 

Every now and then Chris gets creative in the kitchen.  I’m not sure where he got the idea, but he decided to make dinner for the kids last week by combining two of their favorite things – pasta and hot dogs.  Yup, you read that right.

Have a look for yourself:

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All he did was poke the spaghetti through cut up pieces of hot dog, throw it in a pot of boiling water for about ten minutes and…… Continue reading »

Apr 202013
 
Hello Everyone! I’m Natalie from Cooking Quidnunc. Masshole Mommy has kindly allowed me to do a guest post for her wonderful blog so here I am.  I am excited as this is my first guest post!
I’ll start off by telling you all a bit about myself. I reside in Toronto (that’s in Canada lol) and I have been blogging for almost 3 years now.  I started my blog mainly because I realized how much of a foodie I am and how much I love to talk about food.  There is only so much my friends and family can listen to before they kindly walk away from my ramblings. That’s why I took my love for everything food related over to the blogging world where foodies alike will appreciate it much more. My site is a mixture of healthy food products and recipes with some indulging meals as well, a nice balance of both. 
wanted to share with you all one of my favourite snacking recipes, coconut macaroons! My version is healthier than your average macaroon but still tastes great so it’s a win-win situation here!

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Apr 172013
 
One of my favorite bloggy friends, Rosey from Mail4Rosey, was kind enough to fill in for me today.  Her blog is awesome, so please stop by and show her some love.
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Many thanks to Masshole Mommy (one of my most favorite blogs!) for letting me guest post!
Sometimes it’s easy for the family to get into a rut of what they want to eat (or I want to cook) for dinner.  It’s just as easy though, to find a recipe in one of your cookbooks, or online and make something new.  With just a little searching you can find something that allows for ingredients you already have sitting in your kitchen, and in most cases it’s worth that little extra time taken to do the search.
We recently came across a Cashew Chicken recipe that we found in our trusty Betty Crocker cookbook and it really turned out quite delicious.  My favorite thing about it was that it was easy to make!
Nov 172011
 

I can hardly believe it, but Thanksgiving is next week!  Holy cow – how the time crept up on me this year.  As usual, I am hosting dinner and what’s Thanksgiving without some egg nog?  I am a huge fan of egg nog and if you are, too, then you are gonna love these Egg Nog Snickerdoodles!

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Nov 102011
 

e all know that the holidays are a time for giving, but sadly, so many people tend to forget about our four legged friends around this time of year.  I’m not talking about the ones that are our beloved family members, but the poor animals that live at our local animal shelters & have no families to love and take care of them.  It’s pretty heart breaking to think about, and as much as I wish I could bring them ALL home, it’s obviously not feasible.  So, around this time of year, I round up the kiddos and do the next best thing:  make them some homemade treats!

This is a recipe that I came across several years back for peanut butter dog biscuits.  My boys & I will make a batch and deliver them to a local shelter around the holidays every year.    Here’s the recipe:

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Nov 022011
 

Here’s a recipe that I make every time I have a party and trust me when I tell you, it’s always the first thing to go.  People seem to love my spinach artichoke dip and I am very thankful to a good friend of mine for passing on her recipe to me.

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Oct 172011
 

Are you looking for a fun Halloween recipe, maybe to send in with the kiddos to share with their class at school?  I’ve got just the thing. I make this one for my kids classes every year and it always goes over well.  Candy corn fudge is super easy to make and it combines two of the most delicious things on earth: chocolate and candy corn!

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