Easy Meal Prep and Clean Up with T-fal and Zabada! + RV $130 Giveaway! #TfalZabadaHolidays

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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 + Giveaway!

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]

Mexican Wonderpot Recipe

Mexican Wonderpot Recipe

 Recently a friend recommended a recipe for an Italian Wonderpot and I was instantly hooked. It’s got the brains of slow cooker recipe but much quicker – and you don’t have to remember to put it in hours ahead of dinner time. As I prepared this meal for the umpteenth time, a Mexican version popped… [read more]

Allergy Friendly, NutFree Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs #Recipe

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When he was about 15 months old we found out that Big Brother (now almost 7) was allergic to nuts…among other things.  Because we have so many food allergies and sensitivities in our house we are on a never ending quest for delicious foods to substitute for our once favorite sweets, treats, and meals. In… [read more]

Pomegranate Beet Down – Juice Recipe the Whole Family Will Love!

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I have to admit that while I love juicing I don’t spend much time contemplating the specific health benefits of the juices I drink.  I have not yet become that guru who knows every fruit and vegetable and the ailments each is good for.  I couldn’t tell you what fruits have what vitamins. Someday I… [read more]

Easy, Nutritious, Delicious Juicing with the Omega 8004 Juicer – Review

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  I’m a documentary watcher. I love them.  And Netflix has a lot of great ones.  Because I’m always hungry I’m naturally drawn to food documentaries.  One day I found myself completely wrapped up in the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead“.  I was so intrigued that I made my husband watch it with me… [read more]

Homemade, Allergy Friendly Granola Bars – Recipe

Allergy friendly granola bars

When big brother was diagnosed with severe nut and peanut allergies over 4 years ago we soon began to discover how difficult finding healthy, prepackaged, allergy free foods is. I’ve come to realize that, in regards to prepackaged snack foods, “healthy” usually means it contains nuts. I totally get that nuts are healthy, but for a person… [read more]

Sweet, Tangy Mango Salsa Recipe

Mango Salsa Recipe

Mango Salsa, oh how I love thee.  Okay, so I’m not really a fan of plain mango, but mango salsa is absolutely to die for! There is something about the mingling of mango, cilantro, and onion that gets my taste buds singing. Hopefully, this mango salsa recipe will have your taste buds singing too! If… [read more]

Get your Game on with El Monterey Taquitos – Avocado Lime Dip Recipe and Giveaway

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Disclosure: Thank you to El Monterey for sponsoring this content and recipe. All content and opinions are honest and are my own.   “I’m only here for the food.” Yep. That’s me.  I love game time get togethers for one delicious reason: the food.  While I have several girl friends who really get into the… [read more]