Zesty, Smoky Black Bean Soup – #Recipe #HormelFamily

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A few days ago I was in a major dinner bind.  We’d just moved into our house a week and a half earlier and still didn’t have our cupboards and refrigerator well stocked.  No chicken, no beef, no veggies (save one onion) in the veggie drawer. What to do?  I’d gotten domestic a couple days… [read more]

6 Tips for healthy school lunches! #HormelFamily

When I look around the grocery store at the foods that are marketed to kids and parents as school lunch foods I am occasionally appalled. With high fructose corn syrup, large amounts of sugar, and hydrogenated oils in in most of the foods the average American consumes on a daily basis it can take a… [read more]

Did you celebrate National Hot Dog Month?

If not, you’ve got one more day! While I can’t do hot dogs while I’m pregnant I have been known to sneak the occasional dog done up in the style my mom would be proud of.  Indeed, I learned the art of a great dog from her. Want to know the secret to the perfect… [read more]

Crock Pot Ranch Chicken

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I love cooking in my crock-pot.  It is so nice to throw ingredients in a pot on busy days and to not have to worry about dinner.  It’s just all ready when you get home.  And this recipe is so simple and easy!  I usually have all the ingredients on hand.  Oh and the chicken. … [read more]

SodaStream – Review

With it being so hot outside this summer sometimes I like to kick back with a cold drink. I love the flavored waters after I exercise but sometimes all I really want is an ice cold diet cola. But with the price of everything going up I feel like buying a 12 pack of soda… [read more]

What is your favorite Summertime Indulgence? + Subway Gift Card Giveaway!

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I love Summer!  It is hands down my favorite season.  Despite the morning sickness I’ve managed to have some great adventures already this summer. I’ve done a bit of traveling (my little sis got married in San Diego last weekend!), visited the beach, played tourist, taken my kids to the pool several times, and enjoyed… [read more]

Apple Rolo Salad

This is by far my favorite salad ever!  It originally was made with snickers candy bars but since my kids are allergic to peanuts and eggs we have substituted it with Rolo’s and I think either combination is delicious! Here is everything you need to make the salad 6 large Granny Smith Apples 1 Cool… [read more]

Easy Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

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When we got married 7 years ago I had a few bridal showers with family and friends. At one of my showers a couple of my cousins gave us an ice cream maker and some recipes to go along with it. Now would you believe that in 7 years of marriage we never made homemade… [read more]

The Un-barbeque! Sweet ‘n Tangy Pulled Pork Tacos #Recipe #HormelFamily

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As the month draws to a close I just want to remind you all that May is National Barbeque Month.  For my family that means, well, we don’t currently have a grill so it doesn’t mean much as far as having an outdoor barbeque goes.  But that doesn’t mean that we didn’t enjoy a delicious… [read more]

Help Dad balance out his health with Balance Bar Bare- Review and GivAway!

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Have you noticed a theme in most of my posts lately?  My husband and I have been talking a lot about the importance of being healthy: eating right and exercising.  Just as it is difficult for moms with their busy schedules, and demanding roles to eat right and exercise regularly, it can be difficult for… [read more]

Sometimes you just need to take a break and have a Biscotti Moment

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There are certain things and times of day that I look forward to every day–food, food, food and meal time.  Breakfast time at our house is the same day in and day out.  Cold cereal with milk.  I’m not a breakfast maker; I can’t handle standing for long periods of time in the morning.  So,… [read more]

Help keep your dinner time portions in control with Yum Yum 9 inch Portion Control Plates – Review and Giveaway!

Did you know that a typical dinner plate is 11″-13″? I sure didn’t.  And with a plate being that big it makes it so much easier to load it up and eat way more than you should during your meals. So at Yum Yum  Dishes they have designed a 9 inch dinner plate to help keep correctly sized portion’s.   … [read more]

35 Healthy Snack Food Options

Why is it that everytime you are trying to lose weight or just trying to eat healthier you seem to always be hungry or craving chocolate?  Well that always seems to be my problem!  So I looked around and came up with some healthy alternatives for when I’m really hungry or just need a little… [read more]

Peter Rabbit Organics: Review and Giveaway!

We first tried out Peter Rabbit Organic food pouches last year and we loved them!  They are fruit and veggie packets and they are all 100% organic, 100% healthy and 100 % delicious!  They come in very easy to use squeeze packets and are very convenient and portable for on the go.  No spoon required!  Inspired by customer… [read more]