St. Patrick’s Day Sweets


Are you counting down the days until the most famous green holiday?! Photos and recipes courtesy of We'll be celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Monday, March 17th and there's no better way to celebrate than with super yummy and colorful snacks, sweets, and treats! I have 3 delicious recipes to share with you today to get satisfy your sweet tooth during this green Holiday! Green Velvet Cupcake Shamrocks The old-fashioned boiled frosting for these Emerald Isle green cupcakes is creamy and fluffy and reminds us of childhood.  Get the full recipe here - Mint Shakes Milk shakes, like other simple concoctions, are only as good as their ingredients, so use high-quality ice cream and vanilla extract. Combining peppermint extract and vanilla ice cream gives the drink an extra-refreshing, minty … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Soup with Mini Meatballs [+ $25 VISA Gift Card Giveaway]

Spaghetti Soup with Title

This recipe for Spaghetti Soup with Mini Meatballs was created by me during a collaboration with Viva Italia Days at Publix: Hunts Tomatoes, Progresso™ Brand Products, Kraft Parmesan Cheese, Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Breads, Betty Crocker™ Cookies.  The information, products and Publix gift cards were provided by General Mills through Linqia. One of my family's go-to meals is Spaghetti.  I'd venture a guess that we're not the only family that has that default meal always ready in the cupboard.  It's an easy one pot meal and is pretty much a dinner that everyone loves.  But sometimes the family needs a little bit of variety, which is why I created this fun spin on the Italian favorite... Spaghetti Soup with Mini Meatballs! This dish tastes and looks like it takes hours to create, which is great when you're trying to impress your … [Read more...]

Win a $200 Etsy Gift Card – Handmade from the Heart Grand Prize

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Happy Valentine’s Day Eve and welcome to the [3rd annual] Handmade from the Heart Giveaway Hop, hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro! This Hop has been such a success in the past that we brought it back for round 3 because it seems everyone loves beautiful handmade items! Each blogger in this Event has a handmade giveaway worth at least $25, so be sure to hop around and celebrate Handmade from the Heart! And you definitely do not want to miss the fantastic handmade goodness of the Grand Prize… a $200 Etsy Gift Card! What better way to celebrate handmade than to give away a $200 Gift Card to the web's largest collection of handmade shops.  With this prize you'll be able to shop your favorite Etsy Shops and new ones too - spend it all in one place or divide it between a few different artists - it's up to you! Make sure you … [Read more...]

The Only Things Certain in Life are Death, Taxes… and Insurance [Keep It Simple with TurboTax]

Only Things Certain in Life

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and TurboTax, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #TurboTaxACA It's mid-February which means Spring is just around the corner... that also means April 15th is right around the corner!  I would guess that my mailbox isn't the only one that is received W2's and 1099's and maybe even 1098 forms if you're heading back to school or have a child in college.  Tax time... it's a love it or leave it attitude for most and that usually depends on how big of a refund you expect to get! This year, though, it seems that people have more questions than in years past - I know I did.  With the new Affordable Health Care Act you may be a bit confused at how that affects your filing this year too.  But fear not because TurboTax … [Read more...]

Tortellini Florentine: Recipes that Hide Veggies

Tortellini Featured

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. It's always difficult to think of something to buy for men. Here in the South, we have a saying, that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.  This year, I've got you covered to help make it easy on yourself with this Tortellini Florentine recipe. Prepare this dish with a salad and bread, light some candles, and you'll have a nice dinner at home - with or without the kids! This is such an easy dish to prepare, but it's so tasty, you'll feel like you ordered it from a sit-down Italian restaurant. It's a great meal for the whole family, but also fancy enough for a nice little date night at home. I came up with this recipe several years ago, when Mr. G and I first got married. I'm always looking for ways to incorporate and hide veggies in meals - not just for my kids but for us as … [Read more...]