St. Patrick’s Day Sweets

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Are you counting down the days until the most famous green holiday?! Photos and recipes courtesy of FoodNetwork.com 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 - http://bit.ly/NeCBsp 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]

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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...]

Tortellini Florentine: Recipes that Hide Veggies

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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...]

Warm Up with this Southern Chicken Casserole Recipe

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It's cold here in Tennessee and there's no better way to warm up than with a delicious, Southern, warm casserole.  This recipe for Chicken Casserole skips all the bells and whistles and is just plain ole delicious! This Chicken Casserole recipe has been in my cookbook for almost 15 years now and is one that honestly is delicious anytime of the year, but there's something home-y and warm about the casserole on a cold day! An ex-boyfriend's Grandmother actually passed this recipe along to me - best thing I ever got out of that relationship! Are you ready to warm up with a Chicken Casserole this Winter?   4.5 from 2 reviews Warm Up with this Southern Chicken Casserole Recipe   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour   There are a ton of Chicken Casserole variations, but this … [Read more...]

Berry Good Fruit Juice Smoothie

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One of the things that I've been trying to get the girls to eat more of is vegetables [ok yes, so have probably every other Mom and Dad in the world].  It's working, but only when I sneak them in, which was rather easy when I used a package of organic fruits from Schwan's!  And talk about EASY this Berry Good Fruit Juice Smoothie is definitely easy and delicious! A cup full of organic fruit [featuring Organic sun-ripened golden pineapple and mangos with blueberries], 3/4 cup of orange juice, and a scoop of BlendFresh Red and I had a delicious frozen drink that they couldn't resist! 5.0 from 2 reviews Berry Good Fruit Juice Smoothie   Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins   This frozen smoothie will have your kids begging for more! Cuisine: Frozen Beverage Serves: 2 Ingredients 1 cup Organic … [Read more...]

French Onion Macaroni and Cheese Soup

French Onion and Mac and Cheese Soup

t's the middle of January and we're dealing with cold temperatures.  The one thing that makes the cold temperatures a little more bearable is warm comfort food! Image and Recipe, courtesy of the FoodNetwork.com. And who doesn't love a delicious, warm, comforting bowl of Macaroni and Cheese?!  How about topping a piping warm bowl of French Onion Soup with Macaroni and Cheese!?  I can smell it in my kitchen simmering now! ENJOY! French Onion Macaroni and Cheese Soup   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 1 hour 40 mins Total time 2 hours   At first glance, you make think is just a big bowl of macaroni and cheese but the French onion soup hidden underneath the golden cheesy topping was a warm and welcome surprise. Make your soup ahead; once cooled, it can be frozen for up to 1 month. Author: … [Read more...]

Play With Your Food: Yogurt Christmas Tree Pancakes

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This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. #StonyfieldBlogger Preschool is out on Christmas Break which means we don't have to be in such a hurry for breakfast time in the mornings.  It also means that we're getting closer to Christmas and the girls' anticipation for the big Holiday gets more each and every day! If there's a few things my girls love it's... pancakes, Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches, and playing with their food, so the creative Mama in me thought up a fabulous idea to combine all 3!  Ok, ok - I admit that the idea behind this breakfast/craft play with your food activity came from the fact that Moreaya always wants to squirt out her pouches now.  Remember this gem? Apparently Moreaya thought that we would finger paint with @stonyfield yogurt pouches this morning rather than eat … [Read more...]

Au Gratin Potatoes with Greek Yogurt: Upgrade Your Potato Side Dish Recipes [+ a $25 Walmart GC Giveaway!]

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Disclosure: The information, products and Betty Crocker™ Potato gift cards were provided by Betty Crocker™through Linqia. We're in the homestretch before Christmas and I see a flurry of Holiday recipes and side dishes being passed around Facebook and repins a-flurry on Pinterest.  I really do love cooking for my family, but during the Holiday season there seems to be such a rush that sometimes it's nice to rely on simple dishes to get you through!  Today I'm sharing how I've added a minor upgrade to delicious Au Gratin potato side dish recipes by using one of my favorite secret ingredients! Betty Crocker™ Casserole Potatoes are an easy staple in our cupboard.  They make the perfect side dish for all the time - but especially when the hustle and bustle of the Holidays roll around.  As if the Au Gratin potatoes needed an upgrade, … [Read more...]

Olive the Other Reindeer Holiday Appetizers

Olive the Other Reindeer Appetizers

Thank you to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to get creative and create a unique recipe for the Holidays.  I love absolutely everything about Christmas... the sights of Christmas lights twinkling on the tree, the sounds of Christmas carols and Holiday books being read, the smells of pine, the feelings of warmth and memories of my childhood, and the tastes of delicious Holiday cookies and treats.  I grew up with our house often being the center of Holiday family parties, so I always helped my Mom prepare Christmas Cookies and Appetizers.  It's one of my favorite Holiday memories and one that I plan to continue with my girls. I've also carried on the tradition of reading Christmas books nightly.  The girls have quite the collection of Christmas storybooks and they look forward to bedtime to see what book … [Read more...]

Eat Healthier – Substitute Stonyfield Yogurt in Recipes

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I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  Our family did for sure and we're just getting back into the regular day routine. It's no surprise that I'm seeing quite a few hits on my Cranberry Turkey Casserole recipe lately, as it's a great way to use up all those Thanksgiving Leftovers. I created the recipe last year after looking for ways to eat healthier by substituting my family's favorite yogurt in regular recipes.  Did you know that simply by switching out yogurt for items like Sour Cream, Mayonnaise, and butter - you can cut nearly half the fat out of recipes that you love!? And I'd so far as to say that you won't even notice the difference, except in cases like this Chicken Salad recipe where the food actually tastes better with the flavored yogurt than it does with just plain mayo! I also created a delicious, … [Read more...]

Chicken Avocado and Potato Soup

Chicken Avocado Potato Soup

This post and Chicken Avocado Potato Soup recipe was inspired my partnership with Mom It Forward and HASS Avocados. All opinions are my own. One of my absolute favorite foods in the entire world is... avocados!  I actually found the love for this delicious green fruit way late in life - like only 4 years ago.  Well, that's partly true - I always loved a delicious guacamole, but I had never eaten an avocado alone until I cut one up for Sophia when she had just started eating real food as a baby.  We eat avocados a lot and in quite a few different ways.  Actually I prefer to pull out the pit, sprinkle a little salt and pepper, and scoop them straight out of the skin with a spoon!  If you haven't tried it, you're definitely missing out on one of the finest and creamiest foods you've ever tasted!  Avocados are a nutrient-dense, … [Read more...]

Kid-Friendly Halloween Bento Lunch Ideas

Halloween Bento Lunch Ideas

As we close in on the upcoming spooky Holiday, my girls are all about pumpkins, spiders, and anything Halloween related... even in their food requests! I've been throwing together some fun Halloween inspired lunches and I thought some of you might like to see some great creepy inspiration too!  So  I've gathered a great collection of kid-friendly Halloween bento lunch ideas.  Some are easy to replicate and apply to different foods, some require certain bento tools and others you can easily create with whatever you have! How fun is this lunch with a meatball bat on a bed of noodles, Mummy Pizza, and Pumpkin Carrots!?  All put together in a PlanetBox Bento Box. This cute lunch would make any kiddo go wild - pumpkin shaped sandwich, string cheese bones, spooky Spider Eggs, and delicious Halloween decorated fruit - this lunch comes … [Read more...]