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If you are looking for cheap eats in Boston, here are six of the best places to get some grub. Your tummy will be happy and your wallet will be lighter.

Boston may be known for its fine dining options (my mind goes right to the Top of the Hub when I say that), but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank to have a decent meal when you’re there. In fact, there are plenty of cheap eats around Boston, so you have plenty of dining options.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Cheap Eats in Boston

Sapporo Ramen (Cambridge)
Ramen lovers rejoice! Sapporo Ramen brings you a massive bowl of ramen for just over $10, and while the place might be surrounded by several other Asian restaurants, this one is definitely worth visiting! You’ll also get to choose from different options- the bases, the toppings and some side dishes too. Continue reading »


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May 142019
 
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Make your Memorial Day or 4th of July celebrations extra fun with these Patriotic Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes! They're easy to make and will be a huge hit!

While we’ve had a cold & rainy start to spring here in New England this year, that’s not going to stop Memorial Day and July 4th from coming up quick. Most of us will find ourselves at either a Memorial Day cookout or one for July 4th (or both). Why not make your Memorial Day or 4th of July celebrations extra fun with these Patriotic Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes? They’re wicked easy to whip up and will be a huge hit! Continue reading »


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May 032019
 
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This delicious white bean dip is a great addition to any party menu. It is quick and easy to make – and your guests are sure to love the subtle balance of flavors packed into each bite

Now that spring is just about here, it’s party time – well at least for us.  We LOVE having people over for get-togethers, but of course that means I need to whip up lots of snacks for my guests. This delicious white bean dip is a great addition to any party menu. It is quick and easy to make – and your guests are sure to love the subtle balance of flavors packed into each bite. It is perfect with mildly seasoned pita chips or veggie platters.

White Bean Dip with Seasoned Pita Chips

This delicious white bean dip is a great addition to any party menu. It is quick and easy to make – and your guests are sure to love the subtle balance of flavors packed into each bite

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Apr 172019
 
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This easy to make Froot Loops Milkshake is seriously the Bee's Knees! Using only three ingredients, it's super yummy and will be ready in just minutes.

We were out food shopping recently and the little one spotted Froot Loops as we were walking down the cereal aisle.  He had to have them and since I can’t say no to that kid, we walked out with a bowl of Froot Loops even though I knew he was only going to have a bowl or two and then he’s be all set with them. Sure enough, three bowls later and he was done with Froot Loops. So there I was with 2/3 of a box of Froot Loops that I needed to use up.  I decided to make a Froot Loops Milkshake out of some of them and it ended up being a huge hit with the boys. And me. And my husband. Seriously, making Froot Loops Milkshakes was one of the smartest ideas I’ve ever had and since I made them this first time, I’ve ended up making them a bunch more times because everyone loved them so much.

Froot Loops Milkshake

This easy to make Froot Loops Milkshake is seriously the Bee's Knees! Using only three ingredients, it's super yummy and will be ready in just minutes.

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Apr 012019
 
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If you are looking for a hearty winter meal, try this Creamy and Delicious White Chicken Chili. It's easy to make and your family will love this delicious recipe.Since we still have another month or two of the cold weather here in New England, I am not ready to put the crockpot away for the season yet. I don’t know what I’d do without my beloved crockpot!  I use that thing several times a week and one of my family’s favorite meals is this Creamy and Delicious White Chicken Chili. It’s not easy to get everyone in the house to agree on a meal, but this is one that everyone likes – so needless to say I make it fairly often. It’s easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious.

Creamy and Delicious White Chicken Chili

If you are looking for a hearty winter meal, try this Creamy and Delicious White Chicken Chili. It's easy to make and your family will love this delicious recipe.

Here’s what you need:

  • 24 oz chicken broth
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cups chicken, shredded
  • 2 cans white beans
  • 7 oz can green chilies
  • Cilantro to taste
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 15 oz canned corn, drained

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Mar 182019
 
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This Mickey Mouse bark is not only really easy to make, you only need a few ingredients to make it. It's the perfect treat for your favorite Disney fan!

You probably already know this, but I am a complete and utter Disney fanatic. I am raising my kids to be the same way and hopefully they will carry on the love with their own children some day. In addition to yearly trips to Orlando to visit the parks, on occasion I like to surprise the family with fun treats like this Mickey Mouse Bark that I whipped up recently. Guys, it’s so easy to make and if you know a major Disney fan, make some for them – they will love it.

This Mickey Mouse bark is wicked easy to make and you only need a few ingredients to make it. And before you ask, you can find the Mickey Mouse sprinkles right on Amazon (that’s where I got mine).

Mickey Mouse Bark

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups white candy melts
  • Red M&M’s
  • Yellow M&M’s
  • Mickey Mouse Sprinkles
  • Red and white sprinkles

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Do you love basketball? If the answer is yes, why not whip up some of these oreo basketball pops for an easy and fun treat to eat while you watch the game.

For years my oldest (who is not 14) struggled to find his “thing”. He tried all kinds of different sports over the years and he even took drum lesson for a few years. We thought we finally found something he loved in karate, but the horrible people that ran his dojo ended up making him hate something he really loved for a while there.

Anyways, last year (almost two full years after he quit karate), it happened. He’s FINALLY found “his thing” – basketball. He plays on a church league run by my town, which he absolutely loves! His team made the playoffs this season and the first playoff game is this weekend so I made these Oreo basketball pops to celebrate the accomplishment. They are wicked easy to make and seriously, who doesn’t love chocolate covered Oreos?

Oreo Basketball Pops

Do you love basketball? If the answer is yes, why not whip up some of these oreo basketball pops for an easy and fun treat to eat while you watch the game.
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Feb 252019
 
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Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Dessert Recipe

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is a wonderful time to enjoy all things Seuss related! The book Green Eggs and Ham is no doubt a favorite amongst children, which is why this Dr. Seuss Green Eggs recipe is sure to be a hit in your house. You can make your own green eggs in just minutes, and this is one sweet treat you won’t have to beg kids to eat! Here is how you can get started making your own green eggs.

Here’s what you need:

  • Vanilla pudding
  • Green food coloring
  • Nilla wafers

Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Dessert

We found everything we needed at our local Dollar Tree. The vanilla pudding cups make it easy to add the coloring and for kids to stir. Plus, each cup makes two eggs which is perfect per child. You can also find the smaller sized Nilla Wafers like we used here. Perfect! Continue reading »


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Feb 112019
 
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If you're looking for an easy weeknight dinner idea, these salsa verde pork chops are the answer. This recipe can be made quickly and it's delicious!

My mom was one of the best cooks in the world.  You have no idea how much I miss her home-cooked dinners sometimes.  As most of you know, I lost her in 2017 and while most of her recipes live on, it’s just not the same.  But as much as I loved her cooking, there were a few things she made that I just could not stand.  She made this horrible apricot chicken dish that I nicknamed “yucken” when I was a kid -and the name just sort of stuck. Another thing I just didn’t like when I was a kid were pork chops.  No matter how she made them, it took everything I had not to gag over every  bite.

Now that I’m an adult, I understand that it’s a texture issue, but as a kid I just thought pork chops were gross.  Speaking of being an adult, we all know that means you have to do things you don’t like sometimes and since I want my kids to at least TRY new foods, I made pork for dinner recently.  I ended up finding this recipe for Salsa Verde Pork Chops, so I made it.

Salsa Verde Pork Chops

If you're looking for an easy weeknight dinner idea, these salsa verde pork chops are the answer. This recipe can be made quickly and it's delicious!
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Jan 282019
 
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Looking for an easy dessert idea? Try these Crockpot Turtle Brownies. This recipe is really easy to make and the brownies come out all gooey and delicious.

When it comes to making desserts, I don’t like to make things that are too complicated. I could sit here and tell you it’s because I’m such a busy mom and I don’t have time to make anything too involved, but the truth is I’m lazy.  I definitely prefer to just throw a few things together and make something real quick. Or grab an ice cream sandwich from the freezer….

But you know that sometimes you want more than a boring old ice cream sandwich.

I actually discovered recently that I could use my crockpot to make things other than dinners, so I have been going  a little crazy trying all sorts of desserts in my crockpot. Did you know that you could make desserts in your crockpot?  It’s kind of the best thing ever! Anyhow, these Crockpot Turtle Brownies are so easy to make, and trust me, they are super delicious. They are perfect for us lazy dessert makers.

Crockpot Turtle Brownies


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Jan 212019
 
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Impress Your Friends with these Red Velvet Whoopie Pies! A box of cake mix, some flour and a tub of frosting are the only things you need to make this delicious recipe!

I was cleaning out my cabinets recently and came across a box of red velvet cake mix. I don’t even remember buying it to be honest, but it was getting close to the expiration date so I figured I better use it up before it went bad. I originally thought about making cupcakes out of it, but when I went grocery shopping a tub of cream cheese frosting caught my eye and all of the sudden a light bulb went off. I was going to use the cake mix to whip up some yummy Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Impress Your Friends with these Red Velvet Whoopie Pies! A box of cake mix, some flour and a tub of frosting are the only things you need to make this delicious recipe!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 box of Red Velvet cake mix
  • 1/2 Cup of Flour
  • Tub of Cream Cheese frosting

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Jan 102019
 
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For a fun fun twist on a classic dessert, try this s'mores layered cupcakes recipe! Just as delicious, but without the sticky mess of regular s'mores.

I was in a baking mood today and ended up whipping up some S’mores Layered Cupcakes. I love s’mores, but I don’t love the mess they make when I am eating them (sticky marshmallow all over my hands is so ew), so here is my twist on a classic. Plus, who doesn’t love a good cupcake?

S’mores Layered Cupcakes

For a fun fun twist on a classic dessert, try this s'mores layered cupcakes recipe! Just as delicious, but without the sticky mess of regular s'mores.
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Dec 192018
 
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Reese's Puffs Waffles for Breakfast is an Awesome way to start your day!

I have been on a cereal-waffle kick lately and Reese’s Puffs Waffles are my latest creation. I made Froot Loops waffles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Waffles recently and since we had a box of Reese’s Puffs in the house, I decided to make Reese’s Puffs Waffles out of them. I am all for getting creative with my waffles or pancakes, but since waffles seem to be a bit more popular in my house, I tend to lean towards making waffles over pancakes. My kids agree.

Reese’s Puffs Waffles

I honestly don’t know why I didn’t making cereal infused foods sooner. I love a good bowl of cereal with milk, but guess what?  They are even better when they are mixed into a waffle or even a milkshake. Try it.

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Dec 032018
 
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Wow your holiday guests with these Hot Chocolate Cupcakes! They are easy to make and will surely be everyone's favorite dessert at Christmas dinner!

I am hosting Christmas dinner this year at my house. I’m not going to lie, I am not really looking forward to it, but it’s happening none the less. I have been tinkering around with recipes for desserts to serve that day and ended up with these Hot Chocolate Cupcakes. They are seriously adorable and I know that all my guests are going to love them.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Wow your holiday guests with these Hot Chocolate Cupcakes! They are easy to make and will surely be everyone's favorite dessert at Christmas dinner!

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Nov 262018
 
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 If you need a sweet treat for all your Christmas festivities this year, try these Reindeer Brownies. They're easy to make and they'll be a huge hit!

I’ve been in a festive mood lately and have been experimenting with different desserts/sweets.  I have a whole bunch of Christmas parties to go to this year (more than usual – yay, I’m popular) and wanted to be able to whip up something cute & fun for at least one or two of them. I ended up with these adorable Reindeer Brownies and they were much easier to make than you’d think.

Reindeer Brownies

 If you need a sweet treat for all your Christmas festivities this year, try these Reindeer Brownies. They're easy to make and they'll be a huge hit!

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Nov 132018
 
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If you're looking for something fun to put on the kids table this Thanksgiving, these Sugar Cone Cornucopias will make a fun addition to your tablescape.

Even though I am full grown adult with children of my own, somehow I STILL get seated at the kids table when my family has its big holiday dinners. And that goes for dinners I host at my own house, too! Whyyyyyy? Actually, the truth is that I don’t mind at all – it’s more laid back at the kids table. Plus I don’t look as conspicuous when I spill some gravy on my shirt at the kids table as I would with the adults.

Whenever I host a family dinner I like to put out fun little decor items on the table. I think it adds a certain ambiance as opposed to just putting out the dinnerware settings. At the kids table, I like to do something fun with the table decor. These Sugar Cone Cornucopias are super simple to make, require no special skills, and you can fill them with whatever you want! Easy peasy.

Sugar Cone Cornucopias

If you're looking for something fun to put on the kids table this Thanksgiving, these Sugar Cone Cornucopias will make a fun addition to your tablescape.
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Nov 072018
 
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These Donut Hole Acorns area fun fall snack idea. They are an incredibly easy treat to make and are lots of fun to gobble up!

I travel every year for Thanksgiving (for fun – not to spend time with out of town family), so I usually just sort of skip over it and go right into Christmas as soon as Halloween is over. For me, the fall season basically just consists of October and I am ok with it. I mean, my heat is already on so we might as well just call it winter, right? Anyhow since I was feeling fall-y the other day (because it was 70 degrees in Boston on November 1st…..WHAT??) I decided to make some Donut Hole Acorns.

They are just what they sound like – acorns made out of donut holes (or munchkins if you’re from around these parts). They are easy to make and they’re pretty darn festive if I do say so myself.

Donut Hole Acorns

These Donut Hole Acorns area fun fall snack idea. They are an incredibly easy treat to make and are lots of fun to gobble up!
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Oct 292018
 
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If you are looking for a fun and easy Halloween treat, try making these Nutter Butter Frankensteins. They are perfect for your Halloween parties and more!

Well, well, well…..we finally made it. Made it to what? Halloween week of course. Some people love different holidays for different reasons, but around here, we love Halloween. We’ve been looking forward to it since last October and it’s finally here! Since it’s a week long celebration in our house, I decided to surprise my gruesome twosome with a fun after-school snack: Nutter Butter Frankensteins.

These Nutter Butter Frankensteins are really easy to make and they are a wicked fun Halloween treat.

Nutter Butter Frankensteins

If you are looking for a fun and easy Halloween treat, try making these Nutter Butter Frankensteins. They are perfect for your Halloween parties and more!
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Oct 172018
 
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For a true taste of fall, whip up some of this homemade pumpkin spice ice cream. It's an easy recipe and if you love pumpkin, this is the treat for you.

I remember when I was growing up, one of my dad’s “things” was making homemade ice cream.  It took him YEARS to perfect the consistency, but then again there was no such thing as the internet to scour for recipes back then. My kids are still baffled by the no internet thing, but if you’re my age – you know how to do things the hard way. #truestory

Anyhow, my dad would bust out his ice cream maker about once a month and eventually he perfected the recipe, but he usually only made traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla.  He wasn’t (and still isn’t) an adventurous eater, so he made what he liked and that was it. Come to think about it, there are many foods I never even tried until I was an adult and pumpkin is one of them (GASP!!).  Fear not, though, because my palate has expanded quite a bit since I was a kid and have had the chance to try new foods. And lucky for my kids, they have been introduced to many of the foods that I was not as a child – like pumpkin.

Now that I am the mom, I have my own ice cream maker and can whip up this homemade pumpkin spice ice cream any time I want.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

For a true taste of fall, whip up some of this homemade pumpkin spice ice cream. It's an easy recipe and if you love pumpkin, this is the treat for you.

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Oct 082018
 
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This Roasted Red Pepper Dip recipe is sure to spice up your party. It's easy to make, only requires a few ingredients and it really delicious.

My step-son, Zane, recently graduated from college. Of course his dad and I are proud of him for his accomplishment, but the most impressive part (at least to me) is that he did it in three years.  Yes, he earned his bachelors degree in just three years.

In our town, some of the kids at the public high school (the ones that test into AP level courses) are given the opportunity to take some of their classes at a local community college that has a satellite branch in our town. So while they are completing their requirements to graduate from high school they are also earning college credits at the same time.  Isn’t that the coolest thing?  So Zane went into college with about a semesters worth of credits before he ever even started classes there. Not to mention that he worked his butt off taking summer courses and and extra course here and there to make it happen. Did I mention that we are very proud?

Anyhow, we had a little graduation party at our house to celebrate his accomplishment and I ended up making this Roasted Red Pepper Dip for the party.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

This Roasted Red Pepper Dip recipe is sure to spice up your party. It's easy to make, only requires a few ingredients and it really delicious.

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