Think Outside the [Pizza Box] – 22 Pizza Recipes

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This is a sponsored opportunity with Foodie.com. My girls loves Pizza, but it's usually not the first food you think of when you think of cooking a fabulous home-cooked meal.  Today, I hope to inspire you to think outside of the [Pizza] Box and make Sunday Funday with Pizza Pies for dinner! I created a Foodie Collection of some of my favorite pizza pies from around the web.  You can browse the collection above, be sure to pin a few so you can try them too!  Some are healthy, some feature delicious veggies, and some are just downright delightfully delicious looking - but they all have one thing in common... They're all Pizza Pies! So, join me in making a delicious [more healthy or not] pizza that is totally not from a box.  Enjoy your family time as you gather around the circle [or square] of a Pizza Pie! What's your … [Read more...]

Cookie Butter Banana Shake [+ a review of the Ninja Ultima Blender]

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A couple of months ago, I shared on Facebook that I would be making my first trip to Trader Joe's and wondered what I should get.  I knew the store had quite the following, so I hoped SEBG readers would steer me in the right direction.  Oh boy, did they ever!  They introduced my family to a delicious phenomenon called Cookie Butter.  And my friends, today I've created a delicious shake for you! You can thank me now... or later, whichever you choose.  But believe me, if you try the Cookie Butter Banana Shake - you will thank me! The reason I just had to try out a new shake and smoothie or two was because I was recently sent a Ninja Ultima Blender [free to review].  I had read rave reviews and listened to my best friend, Amy, rave about her Ninja for so long, so I was beyond excited to try out the new version of the Ninja Ultima for … [Read more...]

13 Easy Pie Recipes [with 5 ingredients or less!]

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This is a sponsored opportunity with Foodie.com. I love a good pie.  I mean, really, who doesn't?  But y'all know how I like easy-to-make foods! Even though the old saying goes "Easy as Pie!", have a look around Pinterest and Foodie.com at so many of  the delicious pies and you'll see making them isn't quite so easy!  Nothing turns me off like a 15-20 ingredient list and a prep time of 30+ minutes! But making delicious pies can be as easy as eating them and I've put together a collection of Easy as Pie, Pie Recipes to prove it!  Let's celebrate Pi Day on March 14th by baking and enjoying some delicious, easy-as-pie pie recipes, each with 5 ingredients or less!  Click around the Foodie collection at the top of the post and tell me what you think! Which easy-as-pie pie are you most wanting to try from this … [Read more...]

Banana Blueberry Yogurt Mini Pancake Bites

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This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. Did you know we're right in the middle of National Pancake Week?!? Yes, it does seem that everything has an official day or week now, but if anything deserves a day or week, it's definitely pancakes... don't you agree!?  Pancakes are one of the ultimate comfort foods and as a Stonyfield Yo-Getter, I was recently challenged to create even tastier pancakes with Stonyfield Organic Yogurt! So many of my fellow Yo-Getters have been publishing amazing recipes so far - one of my personal favorites are these Cafe Latte Greek Yogurt Pancakes [totally my favorite new Greek Yogurt flavor from Stonyfield] from Meghan at JaMonkey! I decided to do a little spin on the challenge.  Instead of making my pancakes with yogurt as a substitution for milk in the recipe, … [Read more...]

MOMables Makes Packing Lunches Easy

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"MOMMMMM... What's for Lunch?" I hear this question way more times than I should.  And it's mainly because I'm always, always struggling with waiting too late to prepare lunch because I don't want to make the same sandwich again and then the girls are way too hungry to wait for something else so they get the avoided sandwich again.  Whew.  That sentence is as long as making lunch sometimes feels! Now, you may know that I enjoy partaking in the act of packing bento lunches for Sophia when she goes to preschool twice a week, but I admit that she doesn't get those served every day.  They're pretty easy, but I like to keep school lunch a little extra special, with the boxes and picks.  So, that's why the "What's for Lunch" question always throws me for a loop at home! Today I am introducing you to a subscription service that will make … [Read more...]

Make Beef Stews Tastier with the Certified Angus Beef® brand

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for the Certified Angus Beef® brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. I grew up eating Beef Stews, especially in the cold winter months.  Rob loves them, so I make them, but honestly, I feel like so many times my beef stews are just... lacking.  We usually buy the meat that's on sale and just dump a big roast into the slow cooker with some potatoes and carrots.  And cook it.  All day long. Don't get me wrong, they're good, but not this good. I was recently challenged to try out two Beef Stew recipes that will be showcased on the award-winning CBS show Recipe Rehab tomorrow morning!  Not only was I challenged with new recipes to totally beef up my Beef Stew and to include the Certified … [Read more...]

You Gotta Try This… Chicken Salad Made with Stonyfield Greek Yogurt

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I am a #StonyfieldBlogger and often get perks for being one.  I only share the brand because I am completely in love with their yogurt and all opinions expressed are 100% my own!  Because I'm a Stonyfield Yo-Getter, I had the fantastic opportunity to try some of their newest Stonyfield Greek Yogurt Flavors over the past couple of weeks.  My yogurt actually arrived while we were away at Disney, but my Dad was nice enough to bring it inside [and not eat it all] before we got back. The two newest flavors, in the line of Stonyfield Greek, are Cafe Latte and Black Cherry.  I was curious about Cafe Latte as a yogurt flavor so it was the first one I dug into when we got home.  I totally loved it and so did someone else... Seriously.  She was obsessed.  We may have a coffee drinker on our hands in a few years. The taste is just … [Read more...]

Rocky Road Fudge

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One of my favorite parts of the Christmas Season is... Baking!  I admittedly don't do a ton of baking throughout the year, but when the Holidays roll around, I totally make up for it. The reason I don't do much throughout the year is because, well, it tastes so good that I eat way too much.  I would not like my waistline if I snacked on these sweets all through the year! Today I'm excited to share with you a recipe for Rocky Road Fudge that is super easy - you probably have most, if not all, the ingredients in your cabinet right now!  This fudge is sweet and salty {yes - it's addictive}, easy and fast to make, and one that my Mom and I always made for neighbors and parties for Christmas! Are you ready? Like I said, the ingredients are super simple.  The original recipe that I inherited called for 2 sticks of butter, and … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts with STAR Olive Oil Enhanced Flavors

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I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and its client. I recently discovered my new favorite vegetable.  Ready for it?  Brussels Sprouts!  I know, everyone snarls their nose at me when I tell them that I could literally eat an entire plate, but it's true!  I had never even tried the green vegetable until a few months ago, but once I got a taste of them, through this delicious recipe, I was hooked.  Just in case you haven't discovered the deliciousness of Brussels Sprouts, I'm sharing my recipe for Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts featuring STAR Olive Oil! Over the past few months, I've tried a few deviations from my original recipe just to mix things up a bit since I literally make this vegetable side dish at least … [Read more...]

Cranberry Turkey Casserole – Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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This weekend I spent almost the entire weekend in the Kitchen.  I am so excited about the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays and all the parties and family get-togethers that we're planning!  I'm even hoping to host a few at our house.  So, I practiced a few recipes that I wanted to try out before serving it to our guests for the first time. One that I was excited to create came from a challenge from Stonyfield.  You see, I'm a Stonyfield Yo-Getter {and couldn't be happier to represent one of my favorite organic brands!} and we had a challenge to create a healthier version of a traditional Holiday meal. So, I put on my creative hat and came up with this... a Cranberry Turkey Casserole.  Honestly, it came out of knowing that I would have a ton of leftovers after the Holidays and our family gets tired of eating them the … [Read more...]

Easy to Make Gourmet Food Mixes from Country Gourmet Home

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I was sent a September Tickle Your Tastebuds Country Gourmet Home Box to review.  All opinions are my own! I don't know about you, but I love getting packages delivered to my door, especially when they're full of yummy, delicious goodies!  When I received an email from Judy, an Independent Consultant for Country Gourmet Home asking if I'd like to review their Tickle Your Tastebuds Bundle, I immediately agreed.  One glance at the Country Gourmet Home website had my tummy growling! You can purchase any of their products at any time, by shopping online or through an independent consultant like Judy.  But one super fun option is their Monthly Special called the Tickle Your Tastebuds Bundle.  It's a great way to try different products at a special price! I received the September bundle and was pleasantly surprised with it's … [Read more...]

Homemade Pumpkin Poptarts {from Weelicious Lunches}

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I am so excited to share with you my latest addition to my kitchen.  It's an accessory that is sure to help with our bento hobby and getting my kiddos to eat a bit more variety and healthy meals... especially lunches! I was sent a copy of the new cookbook from Catherine McCord, weelicious Lunches {free for review} as a part of the Stonyfield Yo-Getters Ambassador program.  This is my first time coming across Catherine's weelicious line, but I have to say I fell immediately in love with this book and want to add the original weelicious book to our collection now too! Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box with More Than 160 Happier Meals is all about thinking outside the lunch box.  Honestly, that's what I try to do with our #bittybentos too.  Even if I want to make a PB&J for Sophia, I try to mix it up.  Make it a … [Read more...]