Jun 202018
 

Every year on July 4th, my family hosts a big cookout. We’re proud Americans and we love to celebrate the birthday our country. I love making festive foods and desserts for my cookout, but sometimes I just want something quick and easy. Especially for when the kids start nagging asking about when the food is going to be ready. These Patriotic Vanilla Frozen Pudding Pops are probably the easiest dessert treat I’ve ever made. Of course you can make them with homemade pudding in small disposable cups, but I’m lazy, so I took the easy way out.

Patriotic Vanilla Frozen Pudding Pops

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Jun 112018
 

This Orange Fluff Pie is not only DELICIOUS, it is really easy to make and bring with you to all your summer cookouts! It is sure to impress your friends, too!

I don’t know about you, but half of my summer is already booked up with cookout invites. We have such a short summer here in New England and no one really even needs an excuse to have one. Since we always get invited to so many, I usually like to whip up something quick and easy to bring with me. I mean, who wants to turn the oven on in the summer? Right?

This Orange Fluff Pie is not only DELICIOUS, it is really easy to make and bring with you to all your summer cookouts! It is sure to impress your friends, too!

Orange Fluff Pie

This Orange Fluff Pie is not only DELICIOUS, it is really easy to make and bring with you to all your summer cookouts! It is sure to impress your friends, too!

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Jun 042018
 

If you are looking for a quick and easy dessert for your 4th of July cookout, these Patriotic Cocoa Krispie Bars are exactly what you're looking for.

The 4th of July is coming up quick and whether you are heading out for a cookout with family and friends, or staying home and having one with your family – you need a dessert.  A lot of prep and planning usually goes into the food for the cookout, but sometimes desserts are an after thought (well, at least in my case).  If you’re planning a cookout or attending one, these Patriotic Cocoa Krispie Bars are a quick and easy dessert solution.  Everyone will love them.  Guaranteed.

Patriotic Cocoa Krispie Bars

If you are looking for a quick and easy dessert for your 4th of July cookout, these Patriotic Cocoa Krispie Bars are exactly what you're looking for.

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May 222018
 

There are so many food trucks in Boston that it's hard to know which one to eat at first. Here are three of the best to help you decide which ones to eat at.

The City of Boston makes it super-easy to patronize your favorite food truck vendors, by providing residents and visitors with a handy Food Truck Schedule. It’s totally worth it to take a look! In the meantime, here are three popular options to consider.

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese (http://www.roxysgrilledcheese.com/)
When Food Network featured Roxy’s Grilled Cheese on “The Great Food Truck Race,” this mobile eatery had already secured it’s claim to fame. One quick look at the menu proves it.

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese specializes in giving you the meltiest, cheesiest grilled cheese experience ever! Constructed with a variety of cheeses including Vermont Cheddar, Fontina, Pimento, Swiss and Muenster, these grilled cheese sandwiches are like NO other.
For example, one of the most popular menu items, the “Mighty Rib” consists of a Fontina grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with caramelized onions and barbecue braised beef. In case you’re in the mood to over indulge yourself during your visit, order up a side of Roxy’s amazing hand-cut truffle fries to go with it! Continue reading »

May 202018
 

Have a Marvel Superhero fan in your house? Make them some Hulk Ice Pops this summer! They could not be easier to make and what kid doesn't love a frozen treat on a hot day?

You know how some kids watch the same movie over and over again?  Here in our house it’s the first Avengers movie.  To say that we’ve seen it a couple hundred times is probably a huge understatement.  A couple thousand is probably more on point.  That’s ok, though…my boyfriend Hawkeye is more than enough eye candy to make it bearable time and time again.  Swoon….

Anyways, now that the weather is finally warming up here in Boston, I decided to make some Hulk Ice Pops for the kiddos to enjoy when they are outside playing and need a little snack break.  These Hulk Ice Pops could literally not be easier to make and what kid doesn’t love a frozen treat on a hot day?  Am I right?

Hulk Ice Pops

Have a Marvel Superhero fan in your house? Make them some Hulk Ice Pops this summer! They could not be easier to make and what kid doesn't love a frozen treat on a hot day?

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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 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 »