Coca-Cola Baby Back Ribs Recipe + Saying Goodbye to Good Friends

Coca-Cola Baby Back Ribs

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareSmiles #CollectiveBias We are about to turn a page in our lives, to begin a new chapter. In just 6 weeks we will pack up all our belongings and head 1,400 miles across the country. Our time here… [read more]

Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto

Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto A couple months ago I was in Bed Bath and Beyond and saw a cool kitchen gadget I’d never seen before. It was an inexpensive little handheld spiral vegetable slicer. I’m not generally an impulse purchaser, and especially when it comes to “as seen on TV” products, but veggie noodles… [read more]

Big Hero 6 Movie Night + Gluten-free Honey Lemon Bars Recipe!

Delicious Gluten-free Honey Lemon Bars

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias Movie nights are a big deal at our house. During the week my boys watch educational shows for their TV time, but on Wednesday and Friday, to break things up a bit, they get to have… [read more]

White Chocolate Drizzled, Honey Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Delicious Honey Cinnamon Caramel Corn

  Let’s just stop for a minute so we can all drool over that picture…. Doesn’t that White Chocolate Drizzled, Honey Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn look to die for! There are just two desserts I can eat to the point of regret (well, not regret of indulgence, just regretting the consequence). THIS is one of them…. [read more]

Homemade Kefir – Save Money and Learn How to Make Your Own Kefir

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  I have the pleasure (?) of having three lactose intolerant children.  I think my kids all turned out pretty cute so I know my husband and my genes aren’t totally incompatible. Unfortunately, however, all of my children have some fairly serious food intolerances and allergies. I stayed off dairy for 18 months while I breastfed… [read more]

Santa Fe Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe

Santa Fe Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Quinoa is an AMAZING food.  So versatile, so healthy, and so filling.  And I can’t tell you how many times it took me to get it right.  The first time I cooked it it was crunchy like caviar, and we all thought it tasted kind of funny. I’ve since learned the proper water to quinoa ratio,… [read more]

10 Creative Recipes to Use Up All That Leftover Christmas Candy!

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 Extend the sweetness of the Christmas holiday when you use these leftover Christmas candy recipes!   Christmas goes by so fast. If you’re lucky enough you may find a few bowls and stockings full of leftover sweets. Sure, you could just eat the candies one by one. But why do that when you can transform… [read more]

Pressure Cooker Pot Roast Recipe – The BEST Way to Cook a Roast

Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

Disclosure: I received the following products for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and are my own.   Tis the season for holiday entertaining! I’m a low maintenance, low stress kind of gal so when I entertain during the holidays you can be sure I’m using every holiday hack… [read more]

26 Delicious, Relaxing, and Just Plain Cool Mason Jar Gifts!

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  It is not the gift, but the thought that counts. – Henry Van Dyke I say – Why not both? Fun to make and fun to receive, Mason jar gifts are the perfect holiday gifts for many reasons. Who doesn’t like to get these miniature packaged presents? Gifts in a jar are perfect for family, neighbors,… [read more]

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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  I love to bake, and every time my recipe calls for Vanilla extract, I add it as directed but it never really tastes that great. In fact I have given up on making frosting (or icing) because it tastes horrible!  I have tried different brands and I have come to the conclusion that I… [read more]

Kid Approved Healthy Halloween Appetizers!

Halloween Fruit Appetizers

With Halloween just a week away we are having Halloween Parties everywhere! Neighborhood get-togethers, school parties, city celebrations and last week we had a family dinner that was Halloween themed. My sister made Mummy Quesadillas, my mom made a spider web bean dip and I made these adorable healthy Halloween appetizers made from fresh fruit! And not… [read more]

Delicious Raspberry Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Recipe

Raspberry Peach Pie Recipe

I don’t think there is anything as joyous as making something with my own hands. Aside from raising my beautiful, obedient, clean children that is. But I do truly enjoy making great food in the kitchen when I get the chance. ‘So when a friend called an asked me to take some peaches off her… [read more]

Good for For Your Health, Spicy Lemonade #Recipe

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Thanks so much to Chris Wimmer for today’s guest post! You can read more about Chris and his awesome blog in his bio below.   Summers are the best time of year: Vacations, sun, no rain, and lots of time for family fun. One of the few challenges our family has in Chicago is trying… [read more]

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo! Frijoles Charros Recipe

Traditional Mexican Recipe, Frijoles Charros

Disclosure: Thank you to El Monterey for sponsoring this post.  All opinions and content are my own. One week until Cinco de Mayo! Before you ask “What the heck is Cinco de Mayo celebrating anyway?” here is a little blurb about my favorite Mexican holiday: Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s… [read more]