May 162018
 

Spaghetti pizza is pizza made from leftover spaghetti. The spaghetti isn't a topping. It isn't stuffed inside of a bread dough. The crust itself IS spaghetti! AND it's really, really good! After a while, that second box of spaghetti that was accidentally prepared the night before, will be completely on purpose!

Spaghetti night is one of those nights when I’m just tossing together a meal and not really thinking about the aftermath. Sometimes I cook a box of pasta, other nights I go for two. How much will get eaten is anybody’s guess, but I have a backup plan just in case I end up with an entire pot of leftovers — spaghetti pizza!

Spaghetti pizza is pizza made from leftover spaghetti. The spaghetti isn’t a topping. It isn’t stuffed inside of a bread dough. The crust itself IS spaghetti! AND it’s really, really good! After a while, that second box of spaghetti that was accidentally prepared the night before, will be completely on purpose! You will make batches upon batches of spaghetti, to purposely have leftovers! You may even have family members going easy on your famous spaghetti, just because they want your spaghetti pizza the next day (true story!) Continue reading »

May 152018
 

Spring has finally sprung here in New England and that means that everyone is getting themselves outside as much as possible. Seriously, we only have a few months of warm weather here, so we all have to make the most of it. One of the things that makes me happy in particular once the weather gets nice is cooking out.

Cooking and sharing a meal outside with my family makes my heart happy. But this year we are trying something a little bit different. Griddling outdoors (in addition to grilling of course). Outdoor griddling goes beyond the “same old, same old.” Anything that can be cooked on a typical grill can be cooked on a griddle – along with thousands of other foods.

How do I bring my family together over an outdoor griddle you ask?  The answer is my new Blackstone 28” Griddle!

Outdoor griddling goes beyond the “same old, same old.” Anything that can be cooked on a typical grill can be cooked on a griddle - along with thousands of other foods.

As you can see, it is shipped in a box, so some assembly is required.  It took my hubby, Christian, less than 20 minutes to put it together.  You will need a propane tank to fire this baby up and one battery for the igniter, neither of which are included.  We just pulled the propane tank off of our grill. Continue reading »

May 082018
 

If you're craving a sweet snack, these Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Orange Slices are ready in almost no time! They are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

My boys come off the bus starving.  Every. Single. Day. If I didn’t know better, I would swear they didn’t eat lunch. So like a good mom, I always have a snack ready for them when they get off the bus. Sometimes their snack is something as simple as a pack of Goldfish crackers, but every now and then I like to get a little more creative with the snacks. These Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Orange Slices are a perfect after-school snack because not only are they delicious, they are ready in almost no time. Plus, the kids love them.

Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Orange Slices

If you're craving a sweet snack, these Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Orange Slices are ready in almost no time! They are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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May 062018
 

Try this Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad this summer. It's easy to make and it is a perfect side dish to bring to cookouts and get-togethers.

Around here macaroni salad is a staple during the summer time. There is almost always a bowl of it in the fridge all summer long. I know that there are about a million different variations, but I make my mom’s Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad.  It’s what I grew up with and to me, it’s the best version of macaroni salad out there. It’s easy to make and it’s a perfect dish to bring to all your summer get-togethers this year.  I promise you it will be a big hit!

Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad

Try this Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad this summer. It's easy to make and it is a perfect side dish to bring to cookouts and get-togethers.

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Apr 302018
 

You’ve been asking for it and they listened. Announcing the arrival of fresh beef at McDonald’s. Yes, I said fresh beef! It is cooked right when you order it and it’s available for all Quarter Pounder and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers in McDonald’s restaurants across New England.

You've been asking for it and they listened. Announcing the arrival of fresh beef at McDonald's. Yes, it is cooked right when you order it and it's available for all Quarter Pounder and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers in McDonald’s restaurants across New England.

The move to fresh beef quarter-pounds burgers is not only part of their journey to build a better McDonald’s, but it’s a commitment to bring their customers more delicious food offerings to their customers.

All McDonald’s fresh beef quarter-pound burgers use 100 percent beef with absolutely no fillers, additives or preservatives. Quarter-pound burgers include the Quarter Pounder, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Double Quarter Pounder and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers. Continue reading »

Apr 292018
 

These Blueberry Hand Pies are a quick, easy and delicious dessert! If you love individual sized desserts, this is the recipe for you!

In my house there is a lot of fighting over food. Mostly between my two growing boys, but sometimes I join in when it’s something I really like. Oh, and in case you were wondering, it’s 100% true what they say about growing boys eating you out of house and home. In the interest of less fighting, I have had to resort to making things in individual serving sizes whenever I can. We are all blueberry pie lovers in our family (uh, who DOESN’T love blueberry pie??!!??) and these Blueberry Hand Pies are perfect to keep the kids from fighting over dessert. Try them, it makes dessert time so much easier and plus, they are flippin’ delicious.

Blueberry Hand Pies

These Blueberry Hand Pies are a quick, easy and delicious dessert! If you love individual sized desserts, this is the recipe for you!

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Apr 222018
 

If you are looking for a fun twist on a family favorite, try making a Unicorn Grilled Cheese sandwich. It's a neat way to make this classic recipe a little more colorful.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are pretty popular in my house. You can’t really go wrong with a sandwich full of melted cheese I suppose…. Anyways, since I make them so often (and often really is an understatement because I make grilled cheese sandwiches almost every single day), I recently decided to change things up by making a Unicorn Grilled Cheese.

As a general rule, neither of my boys are impressed by this whole unicorn food trend that’s all the rage these days, but I thought I could pull one over on them by making a unicorn grilled cheese. I was wrong. My youngest thought it was cool for about a half of a second, but quickly shrugged it off. The big one literally couldn’t have cared less and just ate his sandwich in one big bite like he normally does. Oh well, at least I thought they came out cool.

Unicorn Grilled Cheese

If you are looking for a fun twist on a family favorite, try making a Unicorn Grilled Cheese sandwich. It's a neat way to make this classic recipe a little more colorful.

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Apr 092018
 

These Unicorn Kiss Cookies are a magical and delicious treat. Whip up this recipe in under a half hour and impress your family with these colorful cookies!

I had my nieces over recently and wanted to surprise them with a fun treat. While they only live a few towns away, crazy schedules on both sides make it so I don’t see them as often as I’d like. So when I know I get to see them, I like to plan crafts or bake some special treats for them. I made them some Unicorn Kiss Cookies and they were as big of a hit as I thought they’d be. The best part is that they were really easy to make, so I can whip up a batch every time I see the girls from now on!

Unicorn Kiss Cookies

These Unicorn Kiss Cookies are a magical and delicious treat. Whip up this recipe in under a half hour and impress your family with these colorful cookies!

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Apr 012018
 

 Unicorn Wand Pretzel Sticks are a fun and easy snack that everyone can enjoy. There's just something about that mix of sweet and salty that everyone loves.

I am totally obsessed with chocolate covered pretzel sticks (and by sticks, I mean the long rod ones). I seriously make them all the time. I mean, they are so easy to make so why not? Plus the sweet and salty combo is just plain awesome. My nieces were coming over to my house last weekend, so I made them some Unicorn Wand Pretzel Sticks and needless to say, they loved them.

Unicorn Wand Pretzel Sticks

 Unicorn Wand Pretzel Sticks are a fun and easy snack that everyone can enjoy. There's just something about that mix of sweet and salty that everyone loves.

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Mar 272018
 

This delicious carrot cake smoothie tastes more like a decadent dessert than a nutritious way to start the day. And take my word for it, the Coconut Whipped Cream makes it!

I love starting my day with a delicious smoothie. I am not a big fan of eating first thing in the morning, so smoothies give me the energy boost I need to get my day going, but don’t leave me feeling overly full.  The thing is, this carrot cake smoothie tastes more like a decadent dessert than a nutritious way to start the day. The natural sweetness of the orange and carrots are balanced by a couple of complementary spices – and the homemade coconut whipped cream serves as the perfect finishing touch.

This smoothie is ready in just 10 minutes and makes 2 servings (so you can have seconds!!).

Carrot Cake Smoothie with Coconut Whipped Cream

This delicious carrot cake smoothie tastes more like a decadent dessert than a nutritious way to start the day. And take my word for it, the Coconut Whipped Cream makes it!

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Mar 142018
 

 If you are looking for an easy Easter dessert to make this year, give these Chocolate Covered Easter Pretzels a try. They are festive and the combination of sweet & salty is sure to be a hit.

My sister is hosting Easter dinner this year, which sounds great to me. I hosted Christmas dinner at my house and I am not fully recovered from all the work I put into cooking and baking that day yet. Anyhow, since I obviously can’t show up to her house empty handed, I have been playing with some different ideas of things I can bring to her house for Easter dessert. I ended up making some Chocolate Covered Easter Pretzels for my boys as an after-school snack and decided that I want to make them again to bring with me to my sister’s house on Easter. They could not be easier to make and I found these cute little candy carrots to put on them, so now they are super festive. Plus, there’s that sweet and salty combination for the win!

Chocolate Covered Easter Pretzels

 If you are looking for an easy Easter dessert to make this year, give these Chocolate Covered Easter Pretzels a try. They are festive and the combination of sweet & salty is sure to be a hit.

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Mar 072018
 

This satisfying hearty minestrone soup features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Try it for dinner, you'll like it!

This satisfying minestrone soup features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Although this recipe is delicious as written, don’t be afraid to experiment a bit with the ingredients. This dish is a great way to use up any extra fresh herbs and vegetables you have available.

Tip: For best results, cook the pasta separately, rather than in the same pot with the rest of the ingredients. This extra step yields more consistent results by eliminating the release of excess starch into the soup. It also prevents the noodles from becoming too soft and mushy, which means more appetizing leftovers the next day and better results when freezing for future use.

Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula

This satisfying hearty minestrone soup features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Try it for dinner, you'll like it!

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Mar 062018
 

Have fun celebrating the new Sherlock Gnomes movie with these Rice Krispie Treat Gnomes! It's a really easy recipe to make and they are even more fun to eat!

Who else is excited about the Sherlock Gnomes movie coming out later this month?  We are a little gnome obsessed in our house….well, actually just I am, but anyways…..I decided to make some Rice Krispie Treat Gnomes in celebration of the new movie. They were seriously easy to make and I am wicked happy with how they came out.  If you love gnomes, too, you should whip up a batch.

Rice Krispie Treat Gnomes

Have fun celebrating the new Sherlock Gnomes movie with these Rice Krispie Treat Gnomes! It's a really easy recipe to make and they are even more fun to eat!

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Feb 262018
 

Chicken soup is popular and the myths will prevail. Use common sense to determine what you believe and why and enjoy your chicken soup!

For decades, chicken soup has been the “go to” food when someone has a cold. Grandma, and perhaps your great grandma, believed that it cured a cold. Does it? Let’s take a look at the myth that chicken soup cures a cold, and a few other chicken soup myths.

Does Chicken Soup Cure a Cold?

The unfortunate truth is that no study has proven that chicken soup is actually good for a cold. That being said, there are many reasons why chicken soup may make you feel better if you have a cold.

#1 Colds Dehydrate You – Chicken soup contains a large amount of liquid. When you eat it, you’re helping your body to rehydrate, which can instantly help you feel better. Cold medications that include antihistamines and decongestants dehydrate you. They pull fluid from your cells. So eating chicken soup helps to get more fluids into your body. Continue reading »

Feb 252018
 

These Peeps Popcorn Balls are a Perfect Easter Treat! They are super easy to make and they are the perfect combination of sweet and salty! Yum.

Thankfully I am not hosting Easter dinner at my house this year. Since I did the last holiday (Christmas), my sister is having this one at her house. Score! Of course I can’t show up to her house empty handed, so I have been experimenting with different desserts to bring with me. I came up with these Peeps Popcorn Balls and they are PERFECT. They are just the right combination of sweet and salty and I know everyone is going to love them. And if they don’t, that’s ok – I will eat them all myself!

Peeps Popcorn Balls

These Peeps Popcorn Balls are a Perfect Easter Treat! They are super easy to make and they are the perfect combination of sweet and salty! Yum.

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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

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. Continue reading »