Nov 202017
 

 If you want to make a fun and festive Christmas treat this year, check out these Christmas Tree Brownies. They are easy to make & come out so cute!If you want to make a fun and festive Christmas treat this year, check out these Christmas Tree Brownies. They are incredibly easy to make and they are absolutely adorable.  I’ve made them a few times already this year and will undoubtedly be making them again and again before December 25th.

Christmas Tree Brownies

Here’s what you need:

  • Brownie Mix
  • Eggs (the number specified on the box of brownie mix)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Green Frosting
  • Mini Candy Canes
  • Nonpareils (Round Sprinkles) or Christmas sprinkles
  • Star Sprinkles

If you want to make a fun and festive Christmas treat this year, check out these Christmas Tree Brownies. They are easy to make & come out so cute!

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Nov 142017
 

Froot Loops Waffles are a great way to make breakfast fun!

If you know me in real life, you know that brinner (breakfast for dinner) is pretty common around here. I am not sure if breakfast foods just taste better in the evening or I am too lazy to get super fancy with food first thing in the morning. Whatever the reason is, we have brinner at least once a week in my house. Sometimes I like to get creative with it and recently I made some Froot Loops Waffles. I had some Froot Loops left over from a recent road trip to our condo that weren’t getting eaten, so I figured this was a great way to use them up.

Froot Loops Waffles

Froot Loops Waffles are a great way to make breakfast fun!

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Nov 122017
 

These Rudolph Pretzel Treats are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable. Impress your kids with this fun holiday snack today!

If you are looking for a super easy treat to make for the kiddos this Christmas, how about making these Rudolph Pretzel Treats. They happen to be a favorite in my house because they contain that highly sought after mix of sweet and savory. I made them as an after-school snack for my boys, but they would be a fun snack to send into school with the kids or even to bring to a Christmas party you’re going to. One of the reasons I love these Rudolph Pretzel Treats so much is because they are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable.

Rudolph Pretzel Treats

These Rudolph Pretzel Treats are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable. Impress your kids with this fun holiday snack today!

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Nov 072017
 

With the colder weather here, I love having hearty and warm soups for dinner. Here's a a list of 20 Instant Pot soups for you to try out this season!

One big reason I have fallen head over heels in love with my Instant Pot is that it makes soups. With the colder weather here, I love having hearty and warm soups to serve for dinner. Pair with a refreshing and crisp salad, or serve your soup in a bread bowl. There is something about soup that makes me feel cozy inside. I have created a list of 20 Instant Pot soups for you to try out this season! 

20 Hearty Instant Pot Soups 

Creamy Tomato Soup| A rich and creamy tomato soup that is topped with crisp parmesan chickpeas. This tomato soup is a total upgrade from the canned soup I ate as a kid. 

Chicken and Wild Rice| I love the hearty flavor from the rice paired with chicken, it is one of my favorite soups. This is a very healthy and simple recipe to make and cooks fast. 

Butternut Cauliflower Soup| This is one hearty soup that is packed full of rich nutrients and fiber to fuel your body. Minimal prep and packed full of rich flavors. 

Pumpkin Soup| You can’t go wrong with a rich and creamy pumpkin soup. It is a perfect fall and winter soup that fits the season. 

Zuppa Toscano| This is an Olive Garden copycat recipe that is sure to please your taste buds. It is full of hearty vegetables, sausage and more to give you that authentic Olive Garden flavor.  Continue reading »

Nov 052017
 

This hearty Instant Pot Beef Stew makes a great meal for those nights when you don't have a lot of time to cook. It's easy to make and it's DELICIOUS.

As a  busy parent, there are some nights in which I just don’t have time to cook a big meal. My youngest son’s gymnastics class is held from 5-6 pm on Thursdays – talk about a bad time to have an after school activity – and by the time we get home, it’s 6:20 in the evening. I just don’t have the time to cook a decent meal and get the kids in bed on time when we get home so late. On nights like that I thank god for my Instant Pot.  Seriously, I don’t know how I ever got by without one! This Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe is ready in a little over a half hour and I love that I can make a home cooked meal for my family that doesn’t take too long to prepare.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

This hearty Instant Pot Beef Stew makes a great meal for those nights when you don't have a lot of time to cook. It's easy to make and it's DELICIOUS.

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Oct 252017
 

Conagra Brands sponsored this post, but the opinions are my own!
You never know when you will need a delicious meal in a pinch. Banquet and Marie Callender's Pot Pies are perfect for those times.

Do you ever have nights when you plan out a great family meal, but then everything goes wrong? You know those nights…you’re running late, there’s traffic, you get a flat tire, practice runs late – you know what I’m talking about! You finally get back home and everyone is starving, but by now it’s late and there isn’t enough time to get that fancy pants meal on the table. Thankfully there are Banquet or Marie Callender’s Pot Pies to the rescue!

With Banquet or Marie Callender’s Pot Pies you can whip up a quick and delicious meal for yourself and your whole family. Even better, why not stock up on Pot Pies for a great price at Walmart. Then you will always have some in your freezer when you need them. There are lots of varieties, so everyone can have a pot pie they like.

You never know when you will need a delicious meal in a pinch. Banquet and Marie Callender's Pot Pies are perfect for those times.

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Oct 152017
 

Check out this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake.  I made a Fruity Pebbles milkshake not long ago and it got me thinking about what other kinds of cereal milkshakes I could make. We always have Cinnamon Toast Crunch on hand because it’s my youngest son’s favorite cereal, so I wanted to try making a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake. I was really happy with the way it came out and a big part of that was the ice cream I used. I decided to use a non-traditional flavor and I am so glad that I did.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake

This delicious Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake will rock your world! Only 3 ingredients are needed and your milkshake is ready in minutes!

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Oct 102017
 

I grew up in a big Italian family, so I am used to eating goooood. As a child, Sunday dinners were an all day eating fest filled with homemade recipes that came straight from my great-grandmother in Italy. Sometimes we went out for Italian, though, and back then to get good Italian food we had to go all the way into the North End of Boston.  Not that it wasn’t worth the trip into the city – because it was, but sometime in the late 80’s or maybe even the early 90’s, Bertucci’s opened a restaurant in the next town over from where we lived and suddenly we could get great Italian food without having to drive all the way into the city. Score.

Bertucci’s recently announced their new Specialitá Del Giorno menu, focused on everyday value and featuring the return of Kids-Eat-Free-Wednesdays.

In case you’re not familiar, Bertucci’s is a scratch-kitchen Italian restaurant and pizzeria known for artisanal authentic Italian brick oven pizzas, handcrafted pasta and their signature scratch-made dough that they use for their pizzas, calzones and those famous fresh rolls. Mmmmm…… Continue reading »

Oct 022017
 

Picture this: You are spending the morning wandering around South Boston and it suddenly hits you that you’re starving. It happens to me all the time. I will be out and about and it hits me out of no where that lunch time has already passed and I need to find some great food like NOW. I stopped into a great eatery in Southie recently and was so happy that I stopped in.  Named after a 19th century guest house in historical Saratoga Springs, NY, Worden Hall was exactly what I was looking for.

Stop into Worden Hall for delicious meal in South Boston. Visit them for lunch, dinner or brunch, this restaurant in southie is sure to please

But what sets Worden Hall apart?  Sure, there are lots of food options in Southie, but the American cuisine at Worden Hall stands out among the rest.  Just the variety on the menu alone….from classics like burgers and mac & cheese to char-grilled NY Strip to mushroom & vegetable lasagna! And that’s not even mentioning the deep dish pizzas that bring in the crowds! Worden Hall also boasts a wonderful seasonal food menu, an extensive craft beverage program with 40 rotating draft beers, a selection of over 100 whiskeys and modern inventive cocktails. How can you go wrong? Continue reading »

Oct 012017
 

If you're in the mood for a quick pumpkin recipe, try some of this Whipped Pumpkin Spread. It's easy, really delicious and will satisfy your pumpkin craving

If there’s one thing I love about fall, it’s pumpkin. Pumpkin everything. I make lots of pumpkin recipes and one of my favorites is this Whipped Pumpkin Spread. As much as I love pumpkin recipes, I especially love ones that aren’t complicated or take forever to make. That’s why this Whipped Pumpkin Spread ranks high up on my lost of favorites.  I love it because it’s incredibly easy to make and it’s freakin’ delicious.  I am one of those people who snacks throughout the day and this spread is made for people like me. I spread it on my bagel in the morning, and biscuits or fresh rolls throughout the day.

Whipped Pumpkin Spread

If you're in the mood for a quick pumpkin recipe, try some of this Whipped Pumpkin Spread. It's easy, really delicious and will satisfy your pumpkin craving

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Sep 292017
 

My hubby and I love to snack on chips & salsa when we’re Netflix binging or catching up on some DVR.  It’s our first go-to snack and we love it because it’s quick and easy. The thing is, it can be tough to find really good fresh salsa in the grocery store. And by really tough, I mean basically impossible. Until now.  I recently had a chance to try some salsa from Nola’s Fresh Foods and I’m hooked!

Nola's Fresh Foods salsa is an authentic Mexican salsa. No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, no sugar and no oils & they're Vegan and Gluten Free.

Nola’s Fresh Foods salsa is an authentic, bold, fresh and all-natural Mexican salsa. Once you try it, you’ll never go back to any other salsas you’ve tried before. It’s a perfect snack or addition to your favorite meals (think taco Tuesday). Nola’s Salsas have no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, no sugar and no oils. They are Vegan and Gluten Free, so everyone can enjoy the best salsa ever. At Nola’s, they are committed to providing you with the best product on the market using only the freshest, all natural ingredients available. Nola’s Salsas are always fresh and flavorful. Continue reading »

Sep 242017
 

Frankenstein Pretzel Rods are a Spooky Halloween Treat! They are easy to make and are perfect for Halloween Parties and events.

Halloween is coming up quick you guys.  It will be here before we know it.  With the Halloween season comes party invites and lots of school events. I am always looking for creative things to bring to all the events and parties the kids get invited to. These Frankenstein Pretzel Rods are easy to make and are always popular when we show up with them.

Frankenstein Pretzel Rods

Frankenstein Pretzel Rods are a Spooky Halloween Treat! They are easy to make and are perfect for Halloween Parties and events.

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Sep 172017
 

These Candy Corn Sugar Cookies are a delicious fall treat! They are easy to make and with the candy corn, they are festive for the fall season.

I always like to have a snack ready for my boys when they get home from school.  Both of them come off the bus hangry, so recently I whipped up these Candy Corn Sugar Cookies. With the candy corn they are festive and perfect for the fall. Plus they are easy to make and seriously, what kid doesn’t love a nice warm cookie when they get home from school?

These Candy Corn Sugar Cookies are a delicious fall treat! They are easy to make and with the candy corn, they are festive for the fall season.

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

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Sep 062017
 

This delicious pumpkin pie smoothie is perfect for the pumpkin lover in your life!

My husband and I have a running joke about the fact that my youngest son is just like me.  And in so many ways he is. From the fact that our feet are always cold to the fact that we both sleep with a fan and a sleep mask on every single night. Another thing we both share is our dislike for eating first thing in the morning. Frankly I could wait until lunch to eat, but obviously I can’t send my little guy off to school everyday without something in his tummy. That sort of forces me to get a little creative when it comes to a light breakfast. I generally make him a smoothie because it’s filling, but not overly heavy. One other thing that he and I have in common is our love of all things pumpkin!  I decided to make him a “Lighter” Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recently and it was a huge hit. With both of us.

“Lighter” Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

If you are a pumpkin lover, try a delicious "Lighter" Pumpkin Pie Smoothie! It's filling, tasty and ready in just a few minutes.

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Sep 042017
 

Make pumpkin lovers happy with these Pumpkin French Toast Sticks. This Recipe is perfect for breakfast (or anytime) this fall!

As soon as the air starts to chill in late August, there is one thing on my mind. Pumpkin. A sure sign that it’s pumpkin season is when Dunkin Donuts brings back their pumpkin flavored munchkins and lattes.  Here in New England, that’s the unofficial start of fall, but let’s face it – I could eat pumpkin flavored things all year long. And sometimes I do. Recently I made some ah-mazingly delicious Pumpkin French Toast Sticks and they were a big hit with at least one of my children (I have one extreme pumpkin lover and one, well, not so much).

Anyhow, these Pumpkin French Toast Sticks are wicked easy to make and they don’t take long to prepare. We all like to send our kids off to school with a hearty breakfast in their tummies and this is one that I feel good about. My picky eater asked for seconds, so that says a lot…..

They’re seriously good and really easy to make.

Pumpkin French Toast Sticks

Make pumpkin lovers happy with these Pumpkin French Toast Sticks. This Recipe is perfect for breakfast (or anytime) this fall!

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Aug 292017
 

If you're a fan of pumpkin desserts, you'll love this list of recipes to make this fall!

We are getting so close to all things pumpkin being found in your grocery stores, so I thought it was a perfect time to share a roundup of pumpkin desserts to make this season! Nothing beats a refreshing pumpkin latte, pumpkin spice muffins and other sweet treats! If you are a fan of pumpkin, you will love this list of delicious items to make this Fall! 

When summer begins to come to a close, my mind instantly goes to pumpkin! I am a huge fan of making sweet treats at home for the family to enjoy! Plus they are great for taking to family gatherings and holidays. You can find thousands of Pumpkin recipes on Pinterest and the web, so I am sharing quite a few of the best pumpkin desserts! 

Pumpkin Desserts to Make this Season

 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting –  Looking for a delicious cookie, try this, it has amazing cream cheese frosting!  Continue reading »

Aug 282017
 

While I don’t live in Boston proper, I am in the city fairly often. My husband, Chris, works in Boston, so he’s in there all the time for work, but even on his days off – we always seem to find ourselves in the city for one thing or another. We go in to the city to eat quite a bit because the food just doesn’t compare out in the boonies where I live. I’ve walked past the Parish Cafe numerous times, but for some reason I never made it inside to eat. Until last week.

Each sandwich on Parish Cafe's menu is named for the chef and the restaurant they are from.

The Parish Cafe opened in November 1992 and usually has a line anytime you walk by. And now I know why! Owner Gordon Wilcox approached local Boston chefs and asked them each to create a sandwich for the Parish Cafe menu. Each sandwich on Parish Cafe’s menu is named for the chef and the restaurant they are from. I love this concept and was super excited when the Parish Cafe invited my husband and I to come in for dinner.

We grabbed a window seat (inside) so that we could do some people watching and started with some appetizers. Here’s what we got:

The Benny is stuffed with Vietnamese-style, spicy grilled chicken breast, assorted julienned vegetables, and mint-coriander mayonnaise.  It’s served with spicy purple cabbage slaw tossed with diced tomatoes, fresh mint, Thai basil, and cracked peanuts on the side. Continue reading »

Aug 272017
 

If you are a fan of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, try these Cinnamon Toast Crunch Waffles for Breakfast - they're easy to make and delicious!

Recently I made some Froot Loops Waffles for brinner (breakfast for dinner). The kids loved them and pretty much devoured them. My youngest son loves his Cinnamon Toast Crunch and we always have a box in the house.  I decided that since the Froot Loops Waffles went over so well that I would try my hand at some Cinnamon  Toast Crunch Waffles.  I was hoping they would be as big of a hit as the Froot Loops one.  They were!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Waffles

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