Shanghai Meatball Stir Fry

Every year, I vow to plan out my meals and chop my veggies on Sunday so I am ready for the week. Some weeks that actually happens. Other weeks…not so much. I love making Shanghai meatball stir fry but don’t always have the time to prep all the ingredients from scratch. Thankfully, I discovered Eat Smart Salad and Stir Fry kits which come in handy for days like that.

Shanghai Meatball Stir Fry with Quinoa

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Marvelous Printable

Hello! I would like to start off introducing myself… I am Fotini and I blog over at Glamorous, Affordable Life! My blog is where I share my passion for crafting and creating! I am absolutely thrilled to be apart of Shannah’s contributor team this year! You will be seeing me around here once a month! In the mean time, I hope you will stop by and say hello on my blog!

If you’ve followed along with my blog at all, you know I’m always sharing printables I’ve created! And that’s exactly what I’m going to be sharing here with you too! Printables are a fabulous way to easily switch it up with specific decor, Holidays and more! All you have to do is download the printable, print it and frame it! And just like that you have the perfect gift or new pic for your home! 

Today’s printable is one that I love: I call it the Marvelous printable! It’s simple, perfect and evidently marvelous! I have this sweet little print hanging in our basement in the kids creating corner! I hope that you enjoy it just as much as I do! To download, simply click on the image.



 It was such a pleasure for me to share with you all today! I would love for you to stay connected with me in the meantime! I will see you all back here next month!

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13 Whole30 Super Bowl Recipes

I’ve talked a lot here and on social media about my adventure doing Whole30 this month (I even had a friend share her words of wisdom!). I started on January 5th without thinking about how that might impact our Super Bowl plans though. I’ll still be finishing up Whole30 when we host our Super Bowl party which means I need some Whole30 Super Bowl recipes to make so I can actually eat! Just in case you are in the same boat, or maybe just want some healthier options at your party, I’ve gathered up 13 recipes that are Whole30 compliant and perfect for game day!

13 Whole30 Super Bowl recipes - Perfect for game day and completely Whole30 complaint.

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Double Chocolate SNICKERS Brownies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias

Every year, after we’ve recovered from the holidays, Mathlete and I start talking about what our next social event is going to be. Sure, my birthday is in early February but we usually like to have a low-key get together at our house before then. The logical choice is a party to watch the Big Game since a) we love football and b) it is the first major social event of the year. He  is in charge of TV stuff and I am in charge of food. Because everyone is so interested in the plays being made on the field, it can be hard for the food to get much attention. So, I wanted to wow everyone with some delicious food and started off with double chocolate SNICKERS® brownies.

The cheers for these brownies might be louder than the cheers for the big game this year! Double chocolate snickers brownies are sure to be a winner!

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New Year’s Resolutions: An Easy Way to Keep Them

I am excited to partner with #bistroMDdiet to share with you an easy way to eat healthier. Even though this post is sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #ad

Right around January 1st, lots of people start making resolutions of things they will do in the new year. I mean, after all, January 1st offers you a fresh start; 365 days to be different and reach new goals. One of the goals for many, including myself, is losing weight and being healthier. But, like many, I have a pretty hectic schedule which doesn’t always leave me time to prepare meals on my own. So, I was excited to learn about bistroMD. It allows me to eat foods like this and still lose weight.


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Pinworthy Projects Party!

Happy 2015! I hope you had a fabulous New Year and are ready to Par-tay like it is 2015. I’ve spent the first week and a half of the month trying to get back on schedule and failing miserably. I was almost back on track when we got hit with some snow that kept the kids home for a few days. They were going stir crazy and, as a result, I got nothing done. Oh well…always tomorrow, right?

Let’s talk about what you’ve been getting done! I can’t wait to see what you have to share at today’s party.

Pinworthy Projects Party

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Tips and Tricks for Surviving Whole30

I mentioned earlier this week that I was doing Whole30 for the month of January. I’m on day 4 now and feeling pretty good. My good friend Liz is actually the person who inspired me to finally try Whole30 so I’d thought I would have her share some of her thoughts on it, tips and tricks for surviving Whole30 and even her goals for this round. {Psst…at the end there is a link to 30 recipes to get your through Whole30 too}

So…meet Liz



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Don’t Talk, Act. Throw Pillow

Quote Pillow

Hi everyone! I’m Ginger from Gingerly Made and I am so excited to be joining the Just Us Four team as a contributor. I’ll be bringing you some simple and easy to do home decor projects that I hope you love as much as I do.

I have been really inspired by the New Year. I haven’t actually made any concrete resolutions, but have a “big picture” in my mind. I want to be healthier, I want to be more present when I’m with my family, more organized, etc. All those things that we resolve to do EVERY year. To stay on track I thought I could use a reminder. Something that I saw daily and helped me to maintain my resolve. [Read more…]

Pad Thai French Fries

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It is no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Thai food. From Thai Butternut Squash soup to a host of other things, we eat Thai inspired dishes a lot in our house. Mathlete spends a lot of time begging me to make/eat something other than Thai inspired dishes. So, when I was dreaming up recipes to serve at our upcoming party for the BIG GAME, I knew I wanted to bring a Thai influence into at least one of the #GameTimeGrub options. Our party will be filled with mostly men so I knew French fries would be a hit and decided to make Pad Thai French fries.

Delicious Pad Thai French fries are the perfect thing to serve at your the party for the BIG Game this year!

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Turtle Cheesecake Brownies

Hey everyone – I am Allyson from Domestic Superhero, and I am SO super excited to be Shannah’s new dessert contributor! My blog, Domestic Superhero, mainly features all kinds of recipes and then a little bit of DIY type of stuff here and there. I love creating delicious mouth watering recipes, and I can’t wait to share them with the Just Us Four Readers! The first recipe I’ve whipped up for y’all are extra decadent Turtle Cheesecake Brownies.

Turtle Cheesecake Brownies - Decadent brownies topped with a cheesecake layer, more brownies, pecans, ooey-gooey caramel, and chocolate drizzle. These are the BEST cheesecake brownie bars EVER!

Caramel. Pecans. Chocolate. Cheesecake. Brownies. What else could you need? This is the most delicious and decadent dessert I’ve made in a while. I will admit, I love cheesecake. I love brownies. When you add all this ooey-gooey deliciousness to the top, I pretty much fall in love.

Turtle Cheesecake Brownies

I know, I know, you just made your New Year’s resolution to be healthier, right? Well, I have a secret for you….these are made with 1/3rd less fat cream cheese!! Ta-da!!! Healthy!!! Am I convincing you yet? Do you need convincing? Probably not. Just make them and eat them…or make them and give them away – you will have 20 new best friends!

Turtle Cheesecake Brownies

These are really easy to make, and although they take some cooling/fridge time, they are SO worth it. Make these the day before a party or event, and then add the toppings the next day. Perfect.  Don’t like pecans? Substitute your favorite nuts, anything would be delicious. 

Turtle Cheesecake Brownies
  • Ingredients for Brownie Layer •
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • Ingredients for Cheesecake Layer •
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened (2 packs)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • Ingredients for Toppings •
  • ½ cup caramel sauce
  • ⅓ cup milk chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped roughly
  1. *Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer combine melted butter with sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one. Add the cocoa and mix well. Then add the flour, baking powder and salt, walnuts, and mix until just combined, do not over mix.
  3. Set aside one cup of the brownie batter and smooth the rest into a foil lined 7×11 baking dish.
  4. Now for our next layer...
  5. With your stand mixer or hand mixer (cleaned off), begin making your cheesecake layer by beating cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  6. Add the vanilla and then the eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.
  7. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie mixture. Using a spatula, smooth it evenly over the brownie batter.
  8. Drizzle ¼ cup of caramel sauce over the top of the cream cheese layer. Then, using the reserved cup of brownie batter, drop spoonfuls over the top of the cheesecake/caramel. Use your spatula or a butter knife to gently swirl the batters. This will combine the cream cheese layer and top brownies layer a bit. This does not need to be perfect.
  9. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes. Start checking at 45 minutes and look for the cheesecake to be just set.
  10. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then using the sides of the foil, pull the brownies up and out of the dish. Set on a wire rack and allow to cool for at least 1 hour, and then place into the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  11. Remove from fridge, and drizzle 2 TBS caramel sauce over the top of the brownies. Then sprinkle the chopped pecans over the caramel, covering the top.
  12. Place chocolate chips in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir with a spoon or fork, then continue to microwave in 15 second increments, stirring every 15 seconds, until the chocolate is melted. This shouldn't take more than 90 seconds at the most (probably more like 60 seconds).
  13. Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the nuts. Drizzle remaining caramel sauce over the nuts as well.
  14. Cut into squares and serve!
Be sure to refrigerate the brownies when you are done serving.
I like these best served cold so I allow them to cool for an hour on the counter, and then refrigerate another hour before serving. It's up to you!

I can’t wait to see y’all in February! I will have another mouth watering recipe to share with you!  Want more in the meantime? Feel free to visit my blog, Domestic Superhero, or connect with me on social media! I love sharing recipes on Facebook and Instagram!

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- Allyson