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

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

Aug 202017
 

You’ve seen my Minion Strawberries before and today, I am sharing my Oreo Minions. Oreo’s are a BIG favorite in my house and when my kids saw that I had made Minions out of them, they were so excited.

Oreo Minions

Here’s what you need:

  • Oreo’s
  • Black, Yellow and Blue Candy Melts (you can also used white chocolate that you color with food dye)
  • Candy Eyeballs
  • Candy Melts E-Z Thin (you can also use Crisco)
  • Candy Melts Decorating Tips
  • Decorating Bags or Ziploc Bags

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Aug 152017
 

One of my favorite sweet treats is ice cream.  I don’t care if it’s 20 degrees outside or 120 degrees – there is never a bad time for ice cream. When I was growing up, I had a bowl of ice cream for my bedtime snack every single night.  While I don’t have ice cream quite that often anymore, I certainly enjoy a couple of bowls of ice cream every week. Lately I have discovered homemade ice cream and am so excited that I am not limited to what they sell in the grocery store. Not that I have ever bought an ice cream flavor that I didn’t like, but I do like freedom of creativity that I have when I make my own. I have been on the hunt for some great homemade ice cream recipes lately and today I’ve rounded them all up into once place for easy reference.

Check out these amazing homemade ice cream recipes:

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream
http://amandascookin.com/homemade-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream/

Banana Ice Cream
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Aug 132017
 

If you want a real treat, make a Fruity Pebbles Milkshake. The recipe literally couldn't be easier and this milkshake is oh so delicious.

There is a fantastic little donut shop in Middletown, Rhode Island that my husband and I frequent whenever we are in the area. One day not too long ago, we were there and I spotted a little sign out of the corner of my eye. It said “Fruity Pebbles Milkshake” and I knew that I had to have one. Fruity Pebbles are my all time favorite cereal and a Fruity Pebbles Milkshake sounded heavenly.

We each ordered one and heavenly doesn’t even begin to describe it.  It was the best milkshake I had ever had in my entire life. I said to hubby that I need to try to recreate it at home so that we didn’t have to drive an hour every time we had a craving for one. I went home and got to work – and this is what I came up with.  It was much easier to recreate than I thought and after a few tries, I had it. I am so happy that I can now have one every single day. Ok, not every day, but often.

If you want a real treat, make a Fruity Pebbles Milkshake. The recipe literally couldn't be easier and this milkshake is oh so delicious.

Fruity Pebbles Milkshake

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Aug 072017
 

If you live on the south shore you may have heard of The Quarry Hingham. It’s a wonderful restaurant in Hingham that is quickly earning a reputation for fantastic food and outstanding service. Since earning Boston Magazine’s 2016, Best of Boston South Shore for General Excellence, The Quarry continues to get positive reviews. Chef Greg Jordan, graciously invited my husband, Christian, and myself to dine at The Quarry recently so that we could see for ourselves what all the buzz was about.

The first thing we noticed when we pulled up was the restaurant’s namesake. There is a big old water-filled quarry behind the restaurant, which is housed inside a gorgeous stone block building on the property.

With food made from scratch daily with locally soured ingredients, the Quarry Hingham is the restaurant for good eats on the South Shore.

The menu at The Quarry changes based on the region’s harvest cycles. All of their food is made from scratch daily with locally sourced ingredients and after eating there, I can definitely see why they are consistently getting positive reviews. Continue reading »

Aug 062017
 

This Lemon Ice Cream Cake is an easy dessert hack that people will love! It's easy to make and will be a sure fire hit at your next get-together!

Do you ever find yourself needing something to bring to a cookout or party last minute?  My mother always taught me to never show up to a gathering empty handed, so I refuse to walk in to a party without something. I’ve been a complete scatterbrain this summer and have been forgetting to mark events down on my calendar. Twice so far I have gotten a text from a family member saying how excited they are to see me and the family to such and such party today. And of course since I didn’t put such and such event into the calendar on my phone, I immediately go into panic mode. Not wanting to always be “that” person who brings the bag of ice, I decided that I was going to get a little creative and come up with something easy and delicious to bring with me when one of these events comes up last minute: Lemon Ice Cream Cake!

This Lemon Ice Cream Cake is an easy dessert hack that people will love! It's easy to make and will be a sure fire hit at your next get-together!

My Lemon Ice Cream Cake isn’t super fancy, but it’s better than showing up with a bag of ice, right? Continue reading »

Aug 012017
 

We are all busy, right?  I’m a mom of two tweens (one is almost a teen) and some days I feel like I am going non-stop.  That’s probably because I am and I’m sure you have days like that, too. But just because we’re busy doesn’t mean we don’t want to eat well.  I care about my health and the foods I put into my families bodies, but a lot of the time I am too busy to prepare meals the way I would like and eat the way we should. Thank goodness I found out about Kettlebell Kitchen!  They do the hard work for me!

Kettlebell Kitchen: Healthy Meal Solutions for Busy Lives

What is Kettlebell Kitchen?

Kettlebell Kitchen is a new meal delivery service that offers a variety of fully-prepared, delicious meal plans catered to your dietary needs. Whether you are a professional athlete that requires the perfect balance of nutrients an on-the-go executive that wants a quick, healthy meal without sacrificing taste, or a busy mom like me who wants to eat healthy – Kettlebell Kitchen has you covered. Continue reading »

Jul 302017
 

How cute are these Watermelon Cake Balls?  They don’t taste like watermelon, so consider yourself warned before you bite into one! But they do look like watermelon and they make a really fun dessert to serve at summer parties and cookouts. These Watermelon Cake Balls are really easy to make (because you make them using a cake mix) and I just can’t  get over how cute they are. Trust me, your guests are going to love them! And if you want to play a little joke on your guests, sit back and watch the look of confusion on their faces if you don’t warn them ahead of time that they don’t taste like watermelon!  Ha! These Watermelon Cake Balls will be the hit of your summertime cookout!

These Watermelon Cake Balls will be the hit of your summertime cookout! They don't taste like watermelon, but look the part and are super easy to make

Watermelon Cake Balls

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Jul 232017
 

One of the snacks we make most often in our house is our Ultimate Tater Tot Nachos.  Tater tots you say?  Why yes – tater tots are a favorite in our house and heck, sometimes we like to get creative with them. We make different variations of them, but this one here is the one we like the best. These tater tot nachos are extremely easy to make and are ready in about 30 minutes.

Ultimate Tater Tot Nachos

Here’s what you need:

  • A bag of your favorite Tater Tots
  • Bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • One tomato
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese
  • About 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup of slices scallions

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Jul 162017
 

If your kids are obsessed with the poop emoji, they are going to flip over these Poop Emoji Fudge Poopsicles!

When you are the mom of all boys, there are poop references daily. I’m not kidding – there is poop talk all the time.  And they get creative with it, too, always finding new ways to work it into conversations.  Sigh….

As I was walking through Walmart the other day I spotted something out of the corner of my eye. Sure enough, it was a poop Popsicle mold.  I literally gasped when I saw it and obviously, I bought one. How could I not? Of course, I was going to be making chocolate pops out of them, so I grabbed the rest of the ingredients when I was there and made the boys some Poop Emoji Fudge Poopsicles.  Get it?  Poopsicles!

Poop Emoji Fudge Poopsicles

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Jul 112017
 

Yummy Frozen Yogurt Snack will cook kids off this summer!

Summer is upon us and for some reason, when my kids are out of school for the summer they want a snack every 30 minutes. I try to keep it as healthy as possible, but I always want to make sure it’s a tasty snack that they will enjoy. These Strawberry Kiwi Frozen Yogurt Dinosaur Bites definitely fit the bill. You only need two ingredients to make them and they seriously could not be any more delicious.  Whenever I make them, the kids gobble the whole batch of them up in one sitting.

Strawberry Kiwi Frozen Yogurt Dinosaur Bites

Here’s what you need:

  • Dinosaur Silicone Mold (You can purchase this from Walmart in their baking section or order a similar dinosaur silicone mold online)
  • Strawberry Yogurt
  • Kiwis

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Jul 052017
 

I am so excited that summer is almost here.  I consider myself lucky that my boys would much rather be outside all day rather than being glued to their screens for their entire vacation. The thing is, it’s gets pretty hot around here in the summer, so I like to help my kids cool off a couple of times throughout the day. I accomplish that by making ice pops and various other frozen treats.  I mean, what’s better than an ice cold popsicle on a hot summer day? Not much.

I prefer to make my own frozen treats because I can control what I put in them. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that my boys really like it when I include other “things” in their frozen treats.  By “things” I mean candy.  Since Airheads are a favorite with both of my boys, I recently decided to put some into the popsicles I was making for them.  The kids loved the Fruit Punch Airhead Popsicles I made and have been asking for more almost every day since. They’re easy and fun – what more could you ask for?

Fruit Punch Airhead Popsicles

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Jun 262017
 

There is so much I love about summer.  The beach, picnics, lazy days and ice cream!  Of course ice cream is good any time of the year, but doesn’t it taste especially good in the summer? These Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookies that I made recently really hit the spot!  They are easy to make and homemade is always better, right?

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookies

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Jun 182017
 

I’m a bad friend. I totally stink at staying in touch with friends outside of commenting on their latest Facebook statuses. Once in a while I think to myself that I need to have all the girls over for snacks and a movie.  Since most of my friends are moms now, too, we like to keep it low key.  Recently I decided that enough was enough of this online friend only thing and had a few friends over to my house. Whenever there is a movie on at my house, good snacks are a must. I decided on chips and salsa for my get-together and ended up making some delicious Rainbow Summer Salsa. I haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t like chips and salsa.

Rainbow Summer Salsa

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Jun 132017
 

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, known as DCBK, serves up great southern comfort food and signature cocktails with a side of some of the best jazz in Boston. Tuesday thru Sunday, you will find a menu full of big Southern flavor, cocktails full of sublime combinations, and sounds full of rhythm and soul.

If you are in the mood for some classic Southern style dishes, be sure to stop into Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen.  They take classic dishes like meatloaf, jambalaya and pork chops and put their own spin on them. I had a chance to eat there with my husband recently and we were blown away by the whole experience.

We started with an order of cornbread Mini’s, because, well – I love cornbread.  After we devoured them, I told my husband that we should have gotten 16 more orders of them. They were warm and oh so delicious.

For the main course I got the chicken and waffles. If you haven’t had chicken and waffles before, you’re really missing out – it phenomenal. At DCBK’s they make a homemade buttermilk waffle, top it with their Glorifried boneless chicken strips and serve with butter and maple syrup. YUM. Continue reading »