8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food

8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food

This post about things we need to teach our kids has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Last week I took my children to the grocery store to shop for a church service project. The goal was to provide a Thanksgiving Day feast in a box for our local food pantry. We were provided a list of items that we were to buy so there was really no creativity or substitution allowed. As expected, the list of foods contained things like 'instant potatoes' and 'canned gravy'.  My daughter asked why we were buying all these processed foods when that is not what our Thanksgiving meal looks like at all. I tried to explain to her that food banks do not usually have the luxury of refrigerators, making processed foods almost a necessity if they are going to succeed in feeding the … [Read more...]

What’s Cooking Wednesday Recipe Linky

What’s Cooking Wednesday Recipe Linky

Turning The Clock Back has teamed up with Candypolooza to bring you this What’s Cooking Wednesday recipe linky. This is your chance to showcase your recipes each and every week! Just to make things even sweeter— each week, post your fabulous recipes for the opportunity to have your recipe featured on What’s Cooking Wednesday the following week!! Keep in mind that if you link up here you are giving me permission to use your photo to promote next week's post if you get chosen as one of the featured bloggers. I will also pin your featured photo (from your blog) onto the What's Cooking Wednesday Pinterest Board. Check out the board below for some of the previous featured bloggers! Follow Diane Hoffmaster's board What's Cooking Wednesday on Pinterest. Here are a few suggestions on how … [Read more...]

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Leeks

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Leeks

I received product samples for this shepherd's pie recipe at no charge to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are my own. With the beginning of fall comes my desire to get back into the kitchen and cook more.  The weather is cooler and I have a serious need for 'comfort food' when the days start getting shorter.  Shepherd's pie just screams 'comfort food' in my mind.  It is a British meat pie with a mashed potato 'crust'.  It has gone through a number of variations over the years in terms of the type of meat used, whether there is a top and bottom crust or not, and the flavors used to enhance the dish.  Generally though, as with most English food, this is not a bold and spicy sort of dish.  Some variety of meat and vegetables is topped with potatoes of some sort and baked … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Earwig Trap for Your Garden!

Easy DIY Earwig Trap for Your Garden!

Here in the south, we actually get more than one planting season which I really enjoy.  Now that the heat of summer has finally passed I can start putting in a few cool weather plants again.  Things like leafy greens and fresh herbs, maybe some broccoli or cauliflower.  I still have a few plants growing in the garden from summer and can occasionally go out and harvest some potatoes or carrots when I am in the mood.  One of the things that bugs me most about gardening is trying to outsmart the bugs without resorting to chemicals.  Sometimes the bugs win but sometimes I win so I keep plugging away at my attempts at organic gardening.  My least favorite garden pest is the earwig and having an earwig trap out by my plants is an absolute must.  What is an earwig, you ask?  Check these little … [Read more...]

Skip the Cafeteria’s School Lunch and Start #LunchingAwesome with Applegate!

Skip the Cafeteria’s School Lunch and Start #LunchingAwesome with Applegate!

This school lunch post has been brought to you by TapInfluence and Applegate but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children have always hated the food offered through the school lunch program. The grilled cheese is soggy, the canned green beans are squishy and many of the offerings are not readily identified as food. Needless to say, they don't buy school lunch very often. What does that mean for me? Basically, it means that I am awake every morning at 5 AM packing three lunches...every sing day (two kids, one husband...they eat a lot of food!). 5 AM is not the most pleasant time of day to be awake every morning...and I have been known to send children with the wrong lunch due to tired mom syndrome. Sorry, baby girl, I didn't mean to give you your brother's chocolate milk and … [Read more...]

Sick of Reading Glasses? Try Multi-Focal Contact Lenses! #goodbyereaders

Sick of Reading Glasses? Try Multi-Focal Contact Lenses! #goodbyereaders

This post about reading glasses is part of a Vibrant Influencer network campaign for Bausch + Lomb. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Bausch + Lomb and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. When I was a kid,  I was luck enough to have perfect vision. Considering my entire family wore glasses, I was more than a little bit excited about this. The older I got, though, the harder it was for me to see things like my insurance card or the menu at the restaurant. I started having my kids read things to me that were just a tad bit too small for me to see clearly.   I finally broke down about 5 years ago and grabbed a pair of reading glasses off the shelf at my local drug store.  I wasn't ready to … [Read more...]

What’s Cooking Wednesday #Recipe Linky

What’s Cooking Wednesday #Recipe Linky

Turning The Clock Back has teamed up with Candypolooza to bring you this What’s Cooking Wednesday recipe linky. This is your chance to showcase your recipes each and every week! Just to make things even sweeter— each week, post your fabulous recipes for the opportunity to have your recipe featured on What’s Cooking Wednesday the following week!! Keep in mind that if you link up here you are giving me permission to use your photo to promote next week's post if you get chosen as one of the featured bloggers. I will also pin your featured photo (from your blog) onto the What's Cooking Wednesday Pinterest Board. Check out the board below for some of the previous featured bloggers! Follow Diane Hoffmaster's board What's Cooking Wednesday on Pinterest. Here are a few suggestions on how … [Read more...]

Easy Kid Friendly Recipe: Chicken and Fruit Kabobs with Peachy Dipping Sauce  #MonkFruitInTheRaw

Easy Kid Friendly Recipe: Chicken and Fruit Kabobs with Peachy Dipping Sauce #MonkFruitInTheRaw

This easy kid friendly recipe is part of an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Monk Fruit In The Raw. I received product samples to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation How many times a day do moms hear the words "I'm hungry" from their kids?  If I had a dollar for ever time I heard that I would be a very rich woman lounging on a beach somewhere very secluded!  Kids are hungry about 472 times a day.  And if left to their own devices, mine would probably eat their weight in cheese crackers or cookies and never branch out to another food group. I love when I find a kid friendly recipe that is both easy and quick....and if I can find one that is healthy, too, I am even happier!  When I was asked to work with Monk … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Homemade Pudding Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Homemade Pudding Recipe

Fall is finally here and with it comes a plethora of pumpkin recipes!  YAY!  I love pumpkin...we put it in pancakes, soup, pie and even homemade pudding!  Yes, you can make a homemade pudding that tastes exactly like the inside of the pumpkin pie!  If you have never made your own pudding from scratch, let me assure you that it is NOT difficult!  You do not need to rely on that little box from the grocery store filled with artificial colors and flavors.  This pudding recipe takes less than minutes to make and is filled with all natural ingredients that you won't feel horrible about feeding to your family! Top off your homemade pumpkin pie pudding with some made from scratch whipped cream and you have a delicious fall dessert recipe that your family will love!  Not a pumpkin fan but want to … [Read more...]

National Self Improvement Month means Checking Your Credit!  #LifeLockHealthyCredit

National Self Improvement Month means Checking Your Credit! #LifeLockHealthyCredit

This self improvement post is sponsored by LifeLock but all opinions expressed here are my own. Over the summer, I don't have much time to do anything for myself.  The kids are home from school, the pool is open, and vacations need to be planned.  I'm lucky I find time most days to get the beds made and dinner cooked.  Once September comes around,  I finally feel like I can breath again and that means there are a number of things that need to get checked off the to do list.  Organize the medicine chest, take piles of stuff to the thrift store and get our finances in order.  With the holidays right around the corner, I like to know how my finances are doing before pulling out those credit cards to start shopping!  Since September is National Self Improvement Month, it makes sense to use … [Read more...]