Mint Chocolate Chip DIY Frozen Yogurt [no machine required + a Giveaway!]


This post about making frozen yogurt at home was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. If there's one thing my girls love, it's ice cream. If there's one thing they love even more, it's frozen yogurt - and I agree. We're guilty of making a trip to the Frozen Yogurt shops at least weekly. But what if I told you that you could make DIY Frozen Yogurt at home - no machine required?! That's what we've been doing and let me tell you, it's quite delicious... and fun! It all started with Stonyfield Organic Yogurt. Stonyfield is a staple on our weekly grocery list and I'm so excited that I get to use my beloved yogurt in a new, frozen way. Now I will say that one of my favorite Stonyfield product's is their Frozen Yogurt [if you haven't picked up a pint of it yet, do yourself a favor and go to the store now], … [Read more...]

Zucchini Corn Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

Zucchini Corn Salad

How many of you have a ton of zucchini in your kitchen right now that you've gathered from your own garden? Unfortunately I don't have that issue this year, but I definitely have in years past. Since we just moved in Spring, we didn't get a chance to plant our organic garden, but next year I hope we have zucchini up to our ears! Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables to grow - it's relatively low maintenance, it's a mild vegetable that I can usually get the girls to eat, and it's so versatile as an ingredient - from muffins to baked and fried dishes, it's easy to use that zucchini up! Just because I don't have organic zucchini from my own garden doesn't mean I don't have an abundance of this tasty green vegetable. Trips to our local Farmers Market tells me that lots of farmers have lots of zucchini to share, so I decided to come up … [Read more...]

DIY Grilled Potato Skins Bar for Your Next BBQ

Grill the Whole Meal Kraft

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FireUpTheGrill #CollectiveBias If you were to ask me where I spend the most time at our new house, I'd say outside. We moved in April, which means that it's been warm weather pretty much since we moved. That equals lots of time outside, which includes meal times too! Since it's hot outside, we try to keep it cool inside. One of the best ways that I've found to keep your house cool is to not cook. Ok, so that doesn't exactly work with a 6 person household and I love to cook anyways so we just look for alternatives to heating up the house by cooking on the stove or oven. What's everyone's favorite way to cook in the Summer? Grilling, of course! I grill everything, really. In addition to our family favorites of hamburgers, we … [Read more...]

Pineapple Mango and Avocado Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturallyClean #CollectiveBias   It's Summer and one word that keeps coming up in my kitchen in the summer time is fresh. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh recipes - summer means fresh to me and today I'm sharing one of my favorite new fresh salsa recipes featuring 3 of my favorite foods... Pineapples, Mangoes, and Avocados! Even though Tennessee isn't exactly known for it's tropical trees, I can find a great selection of fresh produce in our local stores - which makes it feel like we have mango trees growing right in our backyard [which just happens to be a dream of mine]. I am loving this fresh salsa as a topping for tacos, in a delicious quick chicken wrap for lunch, or even as a snack with tortilla chips. The … [Read more...]

ReUse CLASSICO® Pasta Sauce Jars with reCAP®

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

I've partnered with CLASSICO® and reCAP® to share how to reuse pasta sauce jars and received product, coupons, premium items and reader giveaway coupons as a part of my participation. All opinions given here are fully my own. #CLASSICOMakeItYourOwn   Last week I received a beautiful shipment of products that had me so excited to spend a little time in the kitchen. We're huge fans of CLASSICO pasta sauce already, but I was excited to see some great new products, and especially recipe cards, in our CLASSICO box. In the box was also a few packages from reCAP. I almost always reuse our pasta sauce jars and mason jars, but sometimes I don't feel like I'm really utilizing them like I could. Sure, you can screw the lid back on some jars, but I knew there had to be a better option out there - there is and it's reCAP, but more on … [Read more...]

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

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 husband … [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...]

Warm Up with this Southern Chicken Casserole Recipe


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


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 4 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 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

Yogurt Christmas Tree Pancakes

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...]