Layered Mediterranean Dip

Let’s talk party food. I love parties and I love food even more so I am always the first one at the food table. One thing I look for is a yummy dip that I know I can keep coming back to! This layered Mediterranean dip would totally be the dip bowl I stood next for the entire party.

Dips are the perfect party food! This one is full of flavor and looks awesome on the buffet table!


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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

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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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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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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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Paleo Balls of Fire

Happy 2015! I hope the new year is treating you well so far. Way back on January 1st {can you believe it is the 5th already?!}, I started Whole30 with at least half of the rest of the population it seems. Unlike last time I tried it, I went into this one completely prepared with menus, shopping lists and tons of initiative. I hope that is a winning combination! One of my absolute favorite things to make for Whole30 are these paleo balls of fire.

These are the perfect snack, lunch or anytime recipe for Whole30!

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Slow Cooker Beef Bacon Chili

So, it is definitely feeling like winter here. Our temperatures are staying in the 30s and 40s almost every day. I know the calendar says a few more days until the official start of winter but that hasn’t stopped Mother Nature from hitting us hard with wintery weather. After a day commuting out in the cold {or even watching it from the window inside my house}, I want something warm and comforting. Of course, Christmas is approaching so it isn’t like I have a ton of extra time to spend in the kitchen. That is where my recipe for slow cooker beef bacon chili comes in.

Oh, I love using my slow cooker on cold days. This beef shirt rib pumpkin chili sounds amazing.

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Easy Gluten Free Jambalaya

Everyone has their favorite products and Minute® Rice is one of mine. I am so excited to partner with them to bring you this recipe. As always, while this post has been sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #MinuteHoliday

Today starts the arrival of friends for Christmas which means my kitchen will be busy from now until New Year’s Day. I love it because I love cooking and sharing food with my friends and family. But, it also means I need to get creative so we don’t eat chicken every day. This year, I have also been working to reduce the amount of gluten in our meals and this easy gluten free jambalaya is a great way to feed those hungry people and still have a gluten free meal.

Easy Gluten Free Jambalaya

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

With all of the craziness of Christmas time, it is hard to find time to sit down and relax. It seems I am always running around trying to get that last gift purchased or running to the store for more tape to finish wrapping presents. In the middle of all that, I try to just take a moment and relax so I don’t get too overwhelmed. My favorite way to do that is with a mug of Mexican hot chocolate.

Delicious Mexican hot chocolate has a hint of spice and it topped with cinnamon marshmallows.

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Mint Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies

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As a blogger, I love being able to share my passion for cooking and baking while working with brands that I have been a fan of for years. Thank you to Pompeian for partnering with me to bring you this holiday recipe. #PompeianHoliday

What are your favorite flavors at Christmas time? Mine is hands down the combination of chocolate and peppermint. After I made my chocolate peppermint cake mix cookies, I was totally craving some more sweets with mint flavor. So, I decided that mint chocolate olive oil brownies would make the perfect addition to my holiday treat collection.

The most delicious combination of peppermint and chocolate. These mint chocolate olive oil brownies are my new favorite.

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