When you need a quick snack that everyone will love and doesn’t involve tons of dirty dishes, this hot crusty Italian loaf with drippy, melty Jack cheese, bacon and green onions will drive your family wild! It’s deliciously simple, but definitely party-worthy. It will be the hit of any hor d’oeuvres table you contribute to. At [...]
When you need a quick snack that everyone will love and doesn’t involve tons of dirty dishes, this hot crusty Italian loaf with drippy, melty Jack cheese, bacon and green onions will drive your family wild! It’s deliciously simple, but definitely party-worthy. It will be the hit of any hor d’oeuvres table you contribute to. At any party where you arrive carrying it, you’ll be going home empty-handed and it will be the MOST requested recipe of the night. Some time ago, I pinned a recipe from keyingredient.com and when I recently had time to test it out, you know I had to put my own spin on it. The basic premise is ingenious and there are so many different ways you could take this by changing up the cheese, the toppings, etc. I’m envisioning a pizza pull apart or a nacho pull apart or maybe even a cinnamon roll pull apart that wouldn’t use cheese at all. Go crazy! This recipe will make you famous in your neighborhood! lol Yes, ma’am, it’s THAT good! You’re only five ingredients away from YUM! So here’s my twist on a great idea. Enjoy!
If it has a Southwest or Mexican flair, my family will be all over a new recipe, and my new Southwest Confetti Stuffed Peppers (or Salad or Salsa) was no exception. I’m not a huge New Year’s resolution-maker. Especially with cooking and food, I will probably never be an all-or-nothing kind of girl. So, you [...]
If it has a Southwest or Mexican flair, my family will be all over a new recipe, and my new Southwest Confetti Stuffed Peppers (or Salad or Salsa) was no exception. I’m not a huge New Year’s resolution-maker. Especially with cooking and food, I will probably never be an all-or-nothing kind of girl. So, you won’t find me making far-reaching and exacting goals for 2013 like: I will lose 50 lbs or I will eliminate ALL processed food from my family’s diet. What I do aspire to accomplish is to make positive progress toward healthy weight-loss, and to change my family’s palates, so more of the nutrient-dense foods I’ve come to love, will make it onto THEIR own list of favorites. Creamy comfort-food casseroles, cookies and chocolate cake will never be completely eliminated from our diets, but I hope they will take more of a backseat, and assume an occasional treat role, rather than being center stage. All things in moderation is a good way to look at what I’d like to achieve. By integrating lighter, healthier dishes that taste fantastic, into the menus they are used to, the process for my husband and kids will be enjoyed, rather than resisted; and if I do it well, perhaps the subtle changes will go undetected. For this first venture, that’s exactly how it went. I’m really excited! We’ve already eaten this as a main dish, a side dish and as a salsa. Young and old, alike, have loved it and I’m excited that this new creation can be put into our regular meal rotation.
From a budget perspective, this is a meatless dish and so, less expensive than typical meals. Score! From a health perspective it’s intensely nutritious and it’s a powerhouse of textures and flavors that will leave your family wanting more. You could certainly add or subtract other veggies, to fit what you have on hand or want to introduce into your family’s diet. I originally developed the recipe as a way to use some Classico Pear Tomatoes from Heinz, (pick them up at Walmart), that I was trying. I was incredibly excited to pick up the can and see only 4 all-natural ingredients, each of which I could pronounce and recognize – tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, and fresh basil. They are packed fresh, with no preservatives and they were fantastic in this new dish!
As I started working on the recipe, my first idea was to do a rift on a traditional stuffed cabbage roll, lightening it up and doing something unexpected with the flavor. I created the filling, then stuffed and baked the cabbage, only to discover we all scooped out and devoured the filling, but left the outer cabbage leaves on our plates. This was not because we don’t like cabbage. We do. And the filling is chock-full of it. Determined to turn my semi-success into a perfect ten, I changed things up and used the delicious filling to stuff sweet bell peppers, instead. That simple alteration made all the difference and sent this recipe over the top. The stuffed peppers can be baked and served as a main dish, served raw and cold as a salad or side dish, or you can simply set out bowls of the filling on an appetizer buffet, to be enjoyed with tortilla chips. It’s fabulous, each and every way! How can you beat that in a recipe? Versatility, crowd-pleasing delicious flavor; plus healthy, nourishing ingredients??? You can’t. Don’t even try. - lol – Seriously, it’s SO good! I can’t wait for you to try it. Enjoy!
I’m excited at how nutritious this dish is and how much my family enjoyed it. Even without heavy sauces, sour cream or any additions of fat or sugar, Southwest Confetti is a tantalizing burst of delicious flavors and textural variety! Quinoa, black beans and lentils provide some great proteins (Quinoa is the only plant-based, complete protein, I think, containing every amino acid.) and the fiber, antioxidants and vitamins provided from the veggies put Southwest Confetti on a nutrition overload! Shhhh! Don’t tell them! Just bask in the healthy glory and soak up all the applause. Enjoy!
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Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy Sunday night supper, something to take to the church potluck or a new twist on appetizers for your buffet table, you can’t help but be the hit of the party with these sliders. I have pinned several versions on my Pinterest recipe boards and, of course, it [...]
Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy Sunday night supper, something to take to the church potluck or a new twist on appetizers for your buffet table, you can’t help but be the hit of the party with these sliders. I have pinned several versions on my Pinterest recipe boards and, of course, it is always my intention when I’m pinning them, to actually go ahead and make them. Last week, I finally got around to putting them together and oh gravy! These are really good! The recipe I tried comes from Janelle at Comfy in the Kitchen. I didn’t change much, other than using half white bread and half whole wheat, plus mixing up the deli meat and condiments a bit . Next time, I do think I will cut the brown sugar in half, since my crew prefers not too have to much sweet with their savory. But, sugar aside, these are fantastic! You really do have to try them. Your family will crown you Chef Extraordinaire! You know you want a crown. :) Okay, enough with illusions of grandeur. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!
I love innovations that save me time and save me money. If they save waste and the environment, that just puts them over the top, in my kitchen! Rubbermaid LunchBlox are those kinds of products. I know you’ll be like me, when you try them, wondering, “Why didn’t anyone think of that before?” These durable [...]
I love innovations that save me time and save me money. If they save waste and the environment, that just puts them over the top, in my kitchen! Rubbermaid LunchBlox are those kinds of products. I know you’ll be like me, when you try them, wondering, “Why didn’t anyone think of that before?” These durable containers are BPA-free, perfectly sized to hold typical lunch box fare for kids, and for adults; and making that one-time purchase, you’ll save money and waste, not having to buy and toss disposable plastic or ziptop bags.
The containers are also microwaveable, as well as dishwasher- and freezer-safe. In my opinion, the coolest feature is the modular design that allows each component to stack and snap into place over the component below it. Even the refreezable Blue Ice block has the modular snap into place design, so it can be attached to the bottom or in between the other components. Love, love, love!
The LunchBlox line includes several different styles of lunch kits: the Sandwich Kit, a Salad Kit, and an Entree Kit, plus the option to purchase containers individually to expand your current set. I like that option, too! You can also purchase a LunchBlox insulated lunch bag to hold your favorite kit and Rubbermaid beverage container. Our family was able to review the Sandwich Kit and I’m sold. I want to try the Salad and Entree Kit’s, soon. I foresee these becoming go-to containers for my kitchen and fridge.
With Back-to-School in full swing, anything that helps make morning prep and getting out the front door go more quickly and smoothly is a valuable tool for any busy family. Even as homeschoolers, prepping leftovers the night before, means each student can grab their own lunch and eat as it fits their work schedule. Packing lunches, in the evening, and snapping the components for each one together in the fridge, means anyone in the family can grab their “stack”, toss it in their lunch box and head out to meet their day. Easy is good! So is cost effective. I can’t think of anything I don’t like about these neat lunch kits and I’ll be using them regularly. I’m excited for you to check them out!
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The first week of back-to-school can be a HUGE adjustment for families transitioning from summer to more busy and rigid schedules. Options for simplifying dinner, packing quick and easy lunches and offering tasty after-school snacks are on the mind of the good people at Kraft Foods and they have some fantastic, not to mention delicious, [...]
The first week of back-to-school can be a HUGE adjustment for families transitioning from summer to more busy and rigid schedules. Options for simplifying dinner, packing quick and easy lunches and offering tasty after-school snacks are on the mind of the good people at Kraft Foods and they have some fantastic, not to mention delicious, ideas for helping you navigate that familiar “first week back”. They know that saving time in the kitchen means you’ll have more time for family, and homework and laundry and…. maybe, a bubble bath! lol You get the idea. Kraft understands that busy families sometimes just need a little help pushing through that first week and some of the other hectic, activity-filled weeks that will inevitably follow.
Some of the Kraft products we tested out for OUR “first week back” are:
- CAPRI SUN Super V Juice – Fruit Punch: CAPRI SUN Super V is a new refreshing fruit & vegetable juice drink that kids will enjoy and moms will feel good about serving. The new ready-to-drink beverage, which comes in the popular CAPRI SUN pouch, contains a combined serving of fruits and vegetables (3/4 from fruit juice and 1/4 from vegetable juice) and is a good source of fiber, offering a perfect blend of nutrition, great taste and “kid cool.” The kids slurped these down with great gusto! Vegetable juice never entered the conversation. They just liked the way they tasted – plain and simple. It’s hard to argue with great taste, even if Grandma does say it’s good for you. :)
- LUNCHABLES with Smoothie: The new Turkey and Cheddar Sub Sandwich with Chiquita® Strawberry Banana Smoothie and Double Stuf OREOS is the perfect first-day lunch time option and combines all of your kids’ favorites! You can also try the new Chicken Strips and Deep Dish Pizza options to add some variety to lunchtime! Plus, look out for more exciting Lunchables news coming your way, next month, directly from the Lunchables team When my older kids were little, Lunchables were the ultimate treat. Now, my grandkids feel the same way and I love what a treat something so fast and simple for me, can be to them. We tried the variety that let the kids build their own mini sub sandwiches with turkey, cheese and condiments. They also included fruit smoothies and Oreo cookies. What kid wouldn’t love that?
- JELL-O with Mix-Ins Pudding Packs: Feed your family an evening snack, without the guilt, with new JELL-O with Mix-Ins. These pudding snacks featuring tasty toppings and creamy pudding that, when mixed, create some of your favorite dessert flavors. Flavors include: Strawberry Shortcake, OREO Dirt Cup, Birthday Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Turtle Sundae and Banana Caramel Pie. JELL-O with Mix-Ins are 160 calories or less and are made with real milk, are a good source of calcium, and contain no artificial sweeteners. Our local Walmart didn’t have these fun treats in stock, yet, but we are definitely anxious to give them a try. I’m not gonna lie. That Turtle Sundae is definitely calling my name!
- CHIPS AHOY!: Whether it’s packed as a surprise lunchbox treat or with some milk after school—you won’t be able to resist Chewy Gooey Caramel CHIPS AHOY! and Chewy CHIPS AHOY! with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. One, infused with a soft caramel inside, the other, a chewy treat packed with Reese’s Peanut Butter cup pieces. It was a dead tie, at our house, as to which of these Chips Ahoy! varieties was the favorite. Well, here’s the skinny on these cookies. Most of us would probably not classify these as a healthy snack. I know. I know. – lol – But, oh baby are they good and what a fun treat, once in a while. When you want something extra special as a treat, your kids will thank you for choosing these deliciously soft and chewy cookies. We all liked both varieties, but never could come to a full-fledged agreement as to which should be ranked #1. :) Personally, I think these cookies are not just a treat for kids and could become a mom’s best-kept secret. I can’t divulge any detailed information, but there may or may not be a private stash somewhere in OUR home.
- New! VELVEETA CHEESY SKILLETS Dinner Kits in Creamy Beef Stroganoff and Lasagna: Craft your family a quick, easy, molten and melty dinner made with the liquid gold of VELVEETA. Wield your skillet and one pound of ground beef to forge a feast of new Creamy Beef Stroganoff, with premium seasonings, curly ribbon pasta, and creamy VELVEETA cheese sauce. Or, forge VELVEETA CHEESY SKILLETS Lasagna by smiting together one pound of ground beef, lasagna noodles, red sauce and premium seasonings together with the liquid gold of VELVEETA. Our family absolutely LOVED these!!! I am not a big “helpers”-type boxed dinner kind of cook, but the flavor of these new Velveeta Cheesy Skillets is really good. Both varieties were hits with the family and I have no doubt that I will be buying them, again, when I’m in a pinch for time and need to get a tasty dinner on the table.
- sweat-free ice pack from Kids Konserve
- germ-x hand sanitizer
- colorful twirly straws
- meal planner pad
- calendar stickers
- memo pad
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I’ve been in recipe creation mode, lately, and have come up with several that I’m excited to share with you. Sometimes, creating new recipes is awesome. Sometimes, it’s a laboratory concoction gone awry. :) My indulgent family participates in my experiments with patient smiles and sometimes, a deep breath and closed eyes. I’m so grateful [...]
I’ve been in recipe creation mode, lately, and have come up with several that I’m excited to share with you. Sometimes, creating new recipes is awesome. Sometimes, it’s a laboratory concoction gone awry. :) My indulgent family participates in my experiments with patient smiles and sometimes, a deep breath and closed eyes. I’m so grateful for their pioneering spirits.
Have you ever gone to the pantry to get some inspiration for a guestworthy-dessert, only to be left staring at basic pantry staples and kids’ snacks? It happens to the best of us. -lol- But, if the snacks happen to be Dole Fruit Cups, you may be able to save a trip to the grocery store and have everything you need to create something simple, but elegant; and your guests won’t be able to get enough! This was such a fun recipe to create; and has been dubbed Mandarin Orange Delight. I couldn’t be more pleased with the reviews from my favorite critics, so I know it will definitely be a hit for summertime parties. Whether you choose to serve it simply, or style it for more elegant entertaining, this easy to prepare dessert will make you famous (or at least a familiar face in the neighborhood)! :)
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This is a two phase recipe, but both phases are super easy. Mix and bake a simple crust, then whip up the filling, fill the crust and let it chill, leaving plenty of time to prepare for and enjoy your guests. When you see it, you’ll know it was worth it. When you taste it…oh man, just wait ’til you taste it! :)
Dole Fruit Cups make fantastic, quick and healthy snacks for your favorite on-the-go kids. They’re just fruit — that’s it — 100% fruit, packed in it’s own juice. The fruit is packaged in easy-to-take containers, that are perfectly portioned and they have varieties to fit the preferences of all the “individuals” that you cook for. Toss them in a lunch box, offer them after school as a snack; OR when you’re in a hurry to make something fabulous for guests, get creative and let them be the inspiration for a delicious new dessert! Be sure to follow Dole on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on new products, and to be the first to hear about promotions and coupons. I’m guessing that Dole Fruit Cups will be as well-liked in your house, as they are in ours!
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This has been my quinoa experimenting week. Now that I’ve discovered that I love the texture and the nutty flavor, and that the nutritional benefits are extreme, I’ve been challenging myself to create even more recipes to use it in. This quick lunch recipe will be in our regular rotation. It turned out to be [...]
This has been my quinoa experimenting week. Now that I’ve discovered that I love the texture and the nutty flavor, and that the nutritional benefits are extreme, I’ve been challenging myself to create even more recipes to use it in. This quick lunch recipe will be in our regular rotation. It turned out to be a delicious, inexpensive and veggie-packed meal that came together in minutes. It’s very simple to prepare and the flavor will be enhanced and get better after being in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight. This made a good-sized batch and we had sandwiches from it over the course of three days.
I think this would also be delicious and beautiful as the filling for stuffed tomatoes or yummy tucked inside a pita for a sandwich on the go. I used the veggies I had in the kitchen, so this is a recipe that will lend itself well to many variations and tastes. I WILL say that the cauliflower was a perfect texture complement and even gave the look of hard-boiled egg whites, so you might be able to pass it off as egg salad, if you have someone who doesn’t like trying new things. Also, the dressing can be decreased or increased, as suits your family’s palate. Some like their sandwiches drier, some moister. In my house I have people on both extremes and so I try to meet somewhere in the middle.
If you’re like me you may have eaten some really bad scones, in your lifetime – dry, hard, crumbly and bland. Enough so, that you are prejudiced against all sconedom, forever. I’m here to help you reconsider. I’ve done it and it’s good. The scones “on the other side of the fence” are AMAZING! Cross [...]
If you’re like me you may have eaten some really bad scones, in your lifetime – dry, hard, crumbly and bland. Enough so, that you are prejudiced against all sconedom, forever. I’m here to help you reconsider. I’ve done it and it’s good. The scones “on the other side of the fence” are AMAZING! Cross over with me! You’ll be so glad you did!
These scones are lightly sweet, with a slightly crunchy exterior and a wonderfully moist and tender interior. You’ll get ALL the brownie points from your family when you make these at home. They’re pretty easy, for something so tasty, and if you add a delicious topping like my Blackberry Cream Cheese Spread, your scone bliss will know no bounds.
I’ve always heard such good things about SILPAT baking mats and have been terribly curious to try one out. I got the opportunity, this week, to test the SILPAT Petite Jelly Roll Mat, which fits a 9 x 13 pan. Now, I understand why people get so excited about SILPAT! What an excellent kitchen tool! [...]
I’ve always heard such good things about SILPAT baking mats and have been terribly curious to try one out. I got the opportunity, this week, to test the SILPAT Petite Jelly Roll Mat, which fits a 9 x 13 pan. Now, I understand why people get so excited about SILPAT! What an excellent kitchen tool! I used mine for two different savory recipes, but it’s obvious to me that these silicone covered mats would be perfect for just about any baking needs – especially cookies. No more messy sprays or baked-on grease on my cookie sheets and pans. Whether you’re roasting vegetables or baking a jelly-roll sheet cake, there’s a SILPAT in the perfect size to fit your project. I’d love to have the entire “ensemble” — one in every size!
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Not only is the mat easy to use, but it’s also easy to clean! Just warm water and regular dish detergent and it’s ready for my next recipe. I love how food just slides off it, without needing any oils, sprays or grease. I have no doubt that it is going to be a regularly used tool in my kitchen. When you see the first two tasty recipes I made while using it, you’ll want to add at least one to your favorite kitchen tools, too!
I tried out one more tasty and simple recipe when I was doing test-baking with the SILPAT — Sweet Potato Chips! You won’t believe how easy these are or how many chips you can make from just one sweet potato. You have to try this!
You’ll love using SILPAT baking mats in your kitchen! You can visit the SILPAT website to find a retailer, near you, that carries them and be sure to enter our giveaway! You could win a SILPAT Petite Jelly Roll Baking Mat! You must be a resident of the U.S. and 18 or over to enter. It’s super easy. Visit the SILPAT website and look at all the great products they have to offer. Leave a comment on this post letting me know the name of one of their products that you would love to try. Click on DO IT in the Rafflecopter form, below, then ENTER! That’s it! Not only have you entered the drawing, but you’ve opened several additional optional entries, as well. Good luck!
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