Feb 192018
 

These Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels are an easy after-school snack idea. They are really delicious and it's an easy recipe to whip up in a jiffy!

I’ve said a before and I will probably say this for many more years to come: my boys come off the bus starving. If I didn’t know any better, I would swear that they didn’t eat all day while they were at school. This is especially true when it comes to my oldest. If you’ve ever heard what they say about growing boys – it’s completely true.  That kid eats me out of house and home! Recently I whipped these Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels for the boys to eat after school and they both loved them.  So now they are in our regular rotation!

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels

These Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels are an easy after-school snack idea. They are really delicious and it's an easy recipe to whip up in a jiffy!

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Feb 112018
 

Moist, juicy, delicious meatloaf with some surprising sauce ingredients that might just make you reconsider your opinion of meatloaf in general!

Begin by pouring your glaze mixture of ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar into a sauce pan. Stir frequently until it starts to simmer. Let simmer while you are mixing up the meat, keeping a close eye on it and stirring it frequently.

Moist, juicy, delicious meatloaf with some surprising sauce ingredients that might just make you reconsider your opinion of meatloaf in general!

Finely chop one small to medium sized onion. I use my mini food processor so I can get the pieces as small as humanly possible. I don’t know, but if your kids are anything like my kids, the mere sight of a piece of onion can send them into dinner hysterics. I firmly believe this is my punishment for torturing my mother for so many years over the CHUNKS!!! Oh My GOSH there are CHUNKS IN THIS FOOD! Sometimes they just have to deal with it and pick them out, because as you guys well know, there are onions of some sort in about 80% of the food I cook. I don’t have time to be a short order cook. Over here, you eat what is served or you get to be hungry. Bummer!

After your onion is finely chopped, dump it into a large bowl and mix in the eggs, milk, ketchup, A-1, salt, pepper, dry mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, garlic, panko bread crumbs, and crushed up saltines. Mix this all together well, and then dump in 2.5 pounds of 80/20 ground beef. Stir this until the mixture is fully incorporated with the ground beef. You can get in there with your hands if you want, but I usually use a heavy wooden spoon. Continue reading »

Jan 312018
 

These Mini Shepherd's Pot Pies are a perfect winter meal! They are really easy to make, ready in 30 minutes or less and they will definitely fill your family's tummies.

There are certain nights of the week that we are super busy after school.  On those nights, we don’t get home until after 6 pm, so I don’t have a long time to get a meal on the table. I actually prefer 30 minute (or less) meals on those days because I like to have dinner done and over with by 7 pm so that we can start our night time routine. One of my family’s favorites are Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pies. Talk about comfort food!!  The Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pies are ready in about a half hour and they go over big with my family.

Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pies

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Jan 282018
 

 Make some Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine's Day. They are easy to make and the perfect treat for those of you who celebrate.

Those of you who know me in real life know that I hate Valentine’s Day with a passion. I am part of the team that thinks people shouldn’t be forced to show love on one particular day of the year, but since I became a mom my views about this made up holiday have changed a little. I show my kids that I love them every single day of their lives, but on Valentine’s Day I do usually tend to give in to societal norms because of them. This year, we are all going to enjoy some Chocolate Covered Strawberries to “celebrate” Valentine’s Day. Of course, chocolate covered strawberries are good any day, but these ones are a little more festive because I went all out for Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day

 Make some Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine's Day. They are easy to make and the perfect treat for those of you who celebrate.

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Jan 242018
 

Popcorn is the perfect movie night snack, but why not get fancy with your popcorn this week? Try one of these 5 fancy popcorn recipes on your next movie night.

Nothing goes better with a Netflix binge session than a big old bowl of popcorn. Am I right? I don’t know about you, but sometimes I like to get a little fancy with my popcorn, so today I wanted to share a five of my favorite fancy popcorn recipes with you.

Astronaut Popcorn

8 cups Popped popcorn — *
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Tang — powdered orange drink
1/3 cup Light corn syrup
1/3 cup Water
1/4 cup Butter
1/2 teaspoon Orange extract
1 teaspoon Baking soda
* 2 tbls of unpopped popcorn makes 4 cups (or 1 ounce) popped popcorn.
Place popcorn in a large buttered baking pan. In separate pan, combine sugar, drink mix, syrup, water and butter. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook until mixture reaches 250~ on a candy thermometer, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in orange extract and baking soda. Pour over popcorn, mixing well. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool completely. Continue reading »

Jan 222018
 

Leftovers don’t have to be boring. They also don’t have to be a challenge to reuse. With a little imagination and the right pantry supplies, you can turn leftovers into an original and delicious meal.

You open the refrigerator and it’s full of leftovers. You could reheat them and enjoy them again or you could turn them into something new and fabulous. Here are five Tips to make the most of the leftovers in your fridge!

#1 Soup
Leftover chicken, turkey, and even sausage can be turned into a delicious soup. For example, leftover Andouille sausage can be added to a pot of chicken broth. Add white beans, carrots and celery, a can of drained diced tomatoes and you have a delicious and satisfying soup. Pop a loaf of frozen bread into the oven and your family can enjoy fresh baked bread and soup for dinner.

#2 Make a Cake
Not a chocolate cake but a noodle or rice cake. Leftover pasta, rice, and even potatoes can be chopped or diced small to make single serving cakes. Add an egg and form with your hands. Cook in butter or oil on the stove top. Season with salt and pepper and top with an egg, with pasta sauce or with cheese and vegetables. Let your imagination be your guide. Continue reading »

Jan 212018
 

These mini corn dog muffins will satisfy your corn dog craving without taking too large of a bite out of you daily calorie allowance. They are easy to make and are sure to be a hit at dinner time.

My kids LOVE corn dogs. So do I, if we’re being honest here. What I don’t love is all of the weird ingredients in the store-bought frozen variety. I also don’t especially love making them the traditional way at home. It is messy, time consuming, and deep frying? Come on. I need to quit that.

Here is my alternative, mini corn dog muffins, and I must say, it satisfied my corn dog craving without taking too large of a bite out of my daily calorie allowance. Certainly a LOT less than its deep fried cousin would have. As a bonus, my kids DEVOURED these. My super picky, would eat mac-n-cheese every day if I let him guy had seconds and thirds. You can’t beat that!

Start by mixing the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, and egg in a mixing bowl with a whisk. Mix well. Then drizzle the honey over the top. Not mixing it in all the way leaves you with little honey bits in the batter which I LOVE. Continue reading »

Jan 172018
 

I don’t know about you, but my husband I are always looking for fun date night ideas. We are both foodies, so going out to eat makes us both very happy, but every now and then it’s fun to change things up. Last weekend we definitely leveled up our date night! We spent a super fun night at the Chef’s Demonstration Table at the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich.

The Chef's Demonstration Table at the Dan'l Webster Inn is a unique entertainment experience. Enjoy a cooking lesson and a wonderful dinner all in one fun night out.

The evening was quite entertaining as about 23 of us watched Chef Steve Chausse and Pastry Chef Lydia Broderick prepare a 3 course meal from scratch. The menu included roasted Stuffed Artichoke Tartlet, Winter Flounder Francaise with a beurre blanc sauce and a Ricotta Cheesecake with an almond crust for dessert. The two chefs made all three dishes from scratch all while providing tips on which tools and materials are best to use and lots of other practical tips that we will be able to use at home. Continue reading »

Jan 102018
 

If you're looking for an easy appetizer, these Jalapeno Popper Bites are delicious & ready in a jiffy. They're delicious and make a great movie night snack.

My hubby and I have a lot of movie nights.  It’s how we like to unwind after a long day of work and parenting. Once the kids go to bed, it’s our time to just chill out on the couch and decompress from the day. But what’s a movie night without a good snack?  I don’t exactly know why, but I can’t watch a movie without one.  Popcorn usually does the trick, but sometimes we want something a little more. These Jalapeno Popper Bites are so yummy and since they don’t take long to make, they are a perfect movie night snack.

Jalapeno Popper Bites

If you're looking for an easy appetizer, these Jalapeno Popper Bites are delicious & ready in a jiffy. They're delicious and make a great movie night snack.

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Jan 072018
 

 Celebrate Valentine's Day with Some Monster Brownies! They are easy to make & decorate and are a super fun way to celebrate the day with your loved ones.

I love surprising my kids with fun snacks for when they get home from school. I really try my hardest to get creative when I am baking, especially when there is a holiday coming up!  I ended up making these cute little Valentine’s Day Monster Brownies recently and they were a huge hit with my kiddos. They are really easy to make, too!  Check it out:

Valentine’s Day Monster Brownies

 Celebrate Valentine's Day with Some Monster Brownies! They are easy to make & decorate and are a super fun way to celebrate the day with your loved ones.

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Jan 022018
 

Who doesn't love a little chocolate in their life? Here are 15 Valentine's Day desserts that include chocolate. This is any chocolate lovers dream come true!

Who doesn’t love a little chocolate in their life? White, milk, or dark count me in. I have gathered some gorgeous Valentine’s Day desserts that include chocolate. This is any chocolate lovers dream come true! 

Whip these desserts up for your friends and family or that special someone in your life. They will be sure to love it, and will be enjoying each bite until their plate is licked clean. 

15 Rich Chocolate Desserts Perfect for Valentine’s Day 

Chocolate Fudge Heart Cakes| The base is a boxed cake mix, and you add a lot of other ingredients to create this incredibly moist and delicious cake. 

Coconut Chocolate Chip Macaroons| You have the sweet coconut flavor paired with the chocolate. These only require 4 ingredients which you might already have in your pantry. 

Valentine’s Day Drizzled Popcorn| If you prefer a little salty with your sweet, this popcorn is a winner. You have that rich chocolate flavor drizzled on your popcorn. It is gorgeous and extra flavorful.  Continue reading »

Jan 012018
 

Roast Beef Loaded Potato Skins are a perfect game day snack - or an anytime snack. They are easy to make, filling and oh so delicious.

Sundays are game day in our house and when the game is on, good snacks are a MUST. I don’t even think we could turn on the game without some delicious snacks whipped up and ready to eat. One of our favorite game day snacks are Roast Beef Loaded Potato Skins. They are really easy to make and they’re really filling, too.

Roast Beef Loaded Potato Skins

Roast Beef Loaded Potato Skins are a perfect game day snack - or an anytime snack. They are easy to make, filling and oh so delicious.

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Dec 172017
 

If you need a festive treat for a holiday party or to send into your kids classroom this year, these Christmas Wreath Cupcakes are what you are looking for.

Baking season is here, guys. If you are anything like me, you will be baking up a storm with the upcoming holidays. You know what I mean…cookie swaps, classroom treats, Christmas parties and let’s not forget the actual holidays themselves. Tis the season, right? These adorable Christmas Wreath Cupcakes are perfect for all of the above.  They are way easier to make than you think, too.

Christmas Wreath Cupcakes

If you need a festive treat for a holiday party or to send into your kids classroom this year, these Christmas Wreath Cupcakes are what you are looking for.

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Dec 102017
 

If you are looking for a festive dish to bring with you to all your Christmas get-togethers this year, try this delicious Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip.

If you are looking for a quick, festive and easy dish to bring with you to all the Christmas get-togethers your family is heading to this year, try this delicious Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip. I know, I know, not everyone is a gingerbread fan, but trust me – this dip is awesome and it’s not overly gingerbready.  I have made it a few times over the years and it’s always been a big hit. I mean, it has fluff in it, so how can you go wrong?  FLUFF!  Make it for your next Christmas party and just watch as everyone gathers around it. Bonus: it’s super easy to make, so you can whip it up last minute.

Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

Here’s what you need:

  • 8oz package of softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1/4 Cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ginger
  • 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tablespoon nutmeg
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Gingerbread man peeps
  • Ginger snaps

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Dec 052017
 

Candy Cane Pretzel Rods are a Quick and Easy Christmas Treat! If you need a delicious holiday snack in a pinch, these are exactly what you are looking for.

When you husband comes to you the night before he needs to bring in a treat to work for his company Christmas party, what do you do?  Freak out?  Yes. It’s like 6 pm on a Wednesday night, I am in the middle of making dinner and I needed to come in with something quick and easy. I decided on these Candy Cane Pretzel Rods because they definitely fit the bill. They are not only festive looking, they are really tasty, too!

Candy Cane Pretzel Rods

Here’s what you need:

  • Wilton bright white candy melts
  • Pretzels rods
  • Red sprinkles

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Dec 042017
 

Make a warm and hearty breakfast to serve up to your family on Christmas morning with these Christmas Breakfast Dishes. Many can be made ahead, too!

I love planning ahead for Christmas morning to have a wonderful breakfast for the family and me to sit down and enjoy after we open our presents. A lot of these recipes you can prep ahead and toss in the oven first thing, and once you are finished with presents you will have a warm and hearty breakfast to serve up to your family. 

Christmas Breakfast Dishes 

Cowboy Christmas Casserole| A hearty dish to serve up, it has eggs, sausage, and more to add maximum flavor and leave you full until lunch. 

Hashbrown Casserole with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese| A crispy and savory dish you can make up to fill up all your bellies. Top with some shredded cheese, sour cream, and green onions for the ultimate flavor. 

Easy Breakfast Braid| Scrambled eggs, ham, onions, peppers and wrapped up in a braid crescent roll. The crescent rolls are perfectly flakey and act as the perfect crust for this. 

Overnight Praline French Toast| Here is a sweeter breakfast option. Prep this french toast the night before and then just heat it up in the morning. 

Gingerbread Waffles| Make holiday inspired waffles. A rich and spice filled gingerbread waffle will for sure get you in the holiday spirit this season.  Continue reading »

Nov 292017
 

If you follow me over on Instagram, you probably already know that I spent a long weekend in New York City last weekend. We spent three jam-packed days in the city, but managed to find some time to stop into La Pulperia, a restaurant featuring rustic Latin cuisine on the Upper East Side for lunch. Chris and I spent that morning at the Museum of Natural History and really worked up an appetite by the time lunch-time rolled around.

Between the ambiance, the great service and the menu at La Pulperia - it's the perfect combination for meeting up with friends, a date or a family dinner.

We were both immediately impressed by the atmosphere of La Pulperia when we walked in. It has a really cool vibe, but at the same time we felt like we had just walked into a really upscale restaurant. The decor in La Pulperia was spot on with handcrafted floor tiles from Mexico, reclaimed wood from Brazil on the ceiling and walls and gorgeous bar with shelves and shelves filled with bottles of liquor. Not to mention the great Latin music that was playing in the background. Continue reading »

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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