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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Balsamic Braised Beef

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I love to cook. I would spend all of my free time in the kitchen if I could. The downside to all that cooking is, of course, all the dishes that it creates. I am not a dirty dish fan and would prefer to just pretend they weren’t there. One of my most recent recipes, paleo-ish balsamic braised beef, gave me my biggest dish challenge yet. Let’s do the fun stuff first and talk about this amazing recipe.

This is the BEST beef dish I have ever made and it is PALEO! Yummy.

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Garlic and Herb Pork Kabobs

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.

We are coming down to the last days of the regular grilling season and I am trying to squeeze in every chance to grill that I can. Of couse, my available cooking time is almost nonexistent right now so I need things that can cook fast and don’t require a lot of marinade time or prep work. That is one of the reasons I love the Smithfield marinated pork products…they do all the work for you. I recently picked up one of the garlic and herb tenderloins and brought it home to grill for dinner. {Tip: for the entire month of September, they are on sale at your nearby Food Lion store for under $10}

Yummy kabobs in under 30 minutes...this is an awesome weeknight meal!

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Snacking the Better Way

Compensation was provided by The Laughing Cow® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Laughing Cow®.

A few days ago, we talked about my love of snacking and I shared with you one my absolute favorite new snacks using pepper jack cheese wedges from The Laughing Cow®.  Snacking can be a tricky thing though. It is so easy to hit the vending machine or grab the nearest bag of whatever chip that you walk by. I try to be much more mindful of my snack choices now that I know how much my kids mimic what I do. Choosing my snack choices more wisely not only helps me but also influences their food choices too. We are big fans of The Laughing Cow® spreadable cheese wedges because they come in so many different flavors so we are likely to find one that we like and make our snack.


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Ways to Find Extra Time in the Day

I’m not the busiest person in the world BUT I do have a pretty hectic schedule between my regular “day” job, the blog, kids and all of their activities. Saving time on regular tasks is one of my favorite ways to find extra time in the day.  Let’s talk about my top 3 ways to save time.


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