White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese with Hot Dogs

Hot dogs play a big role at meal time in our household because our kids {especially our son} loves them. So, I am excited to partner with Hillshire Brands™ and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for this post. As always, while I may have been compensated, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Kids are funny when it comes to their eating habits. Mine focus on a few specific items and that is all they want to eat for weeks at a time. Then, they don’t like it anymore…at least until they tire of whatever they moved on to. Two thins that never get rejected are hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. To make my life easier, I just typically combine them and make a dish like white cheddar macaroni and cheese with hot dogs. It is always a win!

White Cheddar Pasta with Hot Dogs
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20 Minute Mummy Pizza

My family loves pizza. So, I am excited to partner with Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast to bring you this quick, family friendly recipe. As always, while I may have been compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

We used to have bi-weekly pizza nights where we would get together and make homemade pizza with toppings of our choice. Even then, I was always nervous about making the crust so I would buy dough from the store. Of course, that dough requires time to rise and so I always had to make sure I planned ahead. We stay pretty busy right now so that planning ahead part isn’t usually in the cards and we end up with pre-made pizza crust instead. This 20 minutes mummy pizza changed that for good!

Super cute homemade mummy pizza in 20 minutes!

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Best Toys for Kids Who Love to Explore and Discover

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I have two very active kids. My youngest,, who is four, is always exploring the world around him and trying to discover pretty much anything new he can. I love finding toys that help him discover new and exciting sounds, activities and ways to view the world. I have started shopping for his Christmas presents and found a few of the best toys for kids who love to explore and discover just like he does!

6 Great toys for Kids

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Creamy Baked Avocado Pasta

I am so excited to be partnering with Hass Avocado to share with you my new found love of avocados and all the health benefits they offer. As always, even though this post was compensated, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

As a kid, I ran away from anything that had avocado in it. It was one of those ridiculous situations where I had never really tried an avocado but was convinced I didn’t like it. Thankfully, as an adult, I became a little wiser and fell in love with avocados. I eat them on toast, in salads and, of course, in guacamole. I have also started cooking with avocados more and it all started with this creamy baked avocado pasta.

All the health benefits of avocado in a delicious pasta bake! #LoveOneToday #ad

 

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Orange Cream Monster Bread

I am always so excited when I get to partner with brands my family loves. While this post was sponsored by TruMoo, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Halloween is just around the corner! I know it is totally crazy to think about it already being mid-October but here we are. We are headed out of town for a few days so I wanted to make sure our Halloween costumes were all set and maybe do a little early Halloween celebrating too with a few baking projects. We did a few but one of my favorites was this orange cream monster bread.

A great Halloween snack that is so easy to make too! This orange cream monster bread is the neatest idea for our Boo bags.

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Turkey, Apple and Brie Bites

I am always excited to partner with quality food brands like Hillshire Farm. As always, even though this post was compensated, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I don’t think I’ve talked much about some of my recent changes in eating. I’ve cut out a lot bread and pasta items that I used to eat all the time. I still enjoy them from time to time but they don’t dominate my meals as much. Instead, I like to combine protein with fruits and vegetables whenever possible. It seems like I am always short on time so being able to have a few items on hand that I can grab on go is key. One of my newest favorite grab and go items are these turkey, apple and brie bites.

Only three ingredients to make a snack that is BIG on flavor. Yum!

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Margarita Chicken Rice Bowl

I am so excited to continue my work with Success® Rice by sharing this recipe with you that has become a family favorite of ours. As always, while I was compensated for this post, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

We are big Tex-Mex and Mexican food fans. From burritos to quesadillas, we love the flavors of lime, cilantro combined with a hint of spice. One of my favorite things to get when we go places like Chipotle is a rice bowl. I was at home one evening and really craving one so I decided to make my own version. This margarita chicken rice bowl is so easy to make and ridiculously delicious too. You may never go to Chipotle again because you’ve got something even better that you make at home!

This margarita chicken bowl is so delicious. It is like Chipotle made at home.

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Pork and Mushroom Stroganoff

I am excited to be sharing a delicious recipe using Smithfield Marinated Pork. While I was compensated for this post through Sverve, as always, all opinions, recipes and ideas are my own.

A long day at the office can leave me feeling like the last thing I want to do is think about dinner. On those days, I need something that I can throw together fast and that still tastes really good. After all, if I am going to cook, I want something that is still delicious or I’ll be regretting not ordering take out. That is when I turn to items like marinated meats and other convenient foods. Recently, I used the Smithfield marinated pork loin to create a pork and mushroom stroganoff that was absolutely amazing.

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A Shopper’s Best Friend

I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Verizon Wireless and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The Softcard related content is provided by Verizon Wireless. The opinions on this blog are my own.

I love to shop! Like seriously…love it. I don’t care if I am shopping for groceries or clothes either. If I am shopping, I am almost always having a great time. One of my big things when shopping is to try and save money though. And, if I have my kids with me, carry as little as possible into the store because I have a habit of putting my wallet down to wrangle a kid and forgetting it. And now, I have a new best friend when I go shopping.

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Macaroni and BBQ Chicken Pizza – Budget Friendly Meals

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So, I am going to give you a second to digest the title of this post. I’m sure, at first, it seems a little odd. Well, this Macaroni and BBQ Chicken pizza came about on a day when I wanted to use food we already so I a) didn’t have to make a trip to the store and b) didn’t have to spend any additional money on food since I had already spent our food budget for the week/month {I know the 1st and 15th can be particularly sticky times of the month for most people’s budgets}. I called out to the fam and asked “what do you want for dinner?” The response was: BBQ chicken, pizza and macaroni and cheese. So, I decided to put them all together and this crazy but so delicious pizza was made. Using what I had and focusing on low cost ingredients made this truly one of my budget recipes.

This pizza may look a little crazy but it combines the best of every meal into one delicious pizza.

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