Sausage, Corn and Potato Chowder Recipe

This sausage, corn and potato chowder recipe is creamy, flavorful and has just the right amount of kick to it. After a week of cold, wet London weather, I am finally back in Atlanta. And what are we expecting for the next few days? More cold, wet weather! With a hint of snow coming tonight and temperatures heading below freezing, I decided last night that I was in the mood for a warm and spicy soup. Soup is one of my favorite meals during the winter. Add a hint of cayenne pepper to it and it will warm you up from the inside out. Doesn't this … [Read more...]

Use Cranberry Sauce Leftovers in This Easy Sandwich Recipe!

This cranberry sauce leftovers recipe has been sponsored by Pepperidge Farm® but all opinions expressed here are my own.There are certain foods that I grew up on that I have come to realize were not all that delicious. Canned cranberry sauce is one of them. My mom was a great cook but for some reason, we ALWAYS used canned cranberry sauce rather than homemade. When I got out on my own after college, I decided to try my hand at making it from scratch. It was beyond delicious and every year I make a double batch because I could eat cranberry … [Read more...]

Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe with a Rainbow of Veggies

This week marks the second week back to school for my teenagers. They are less than thrilled (of course) and when asked what their favorite part of the school day is, the answer is usually lunch. This cold chicken pasta salad recipe was tucked into their lunch boxes this week in an effort to send something other than sandwiches with them every day. Last year, they got VERY sick of sandwiches! Its hard to come up with healthy lunch box ideas, though. Especially lunches that don't require heating up. They really enjoyed this pasta salad recipe … [Read more...]

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad Recipe with Bacon and Bleu Cheese

This creamy asparagus pasta salad recipe has been sponsored by Naturally Fresh® Brand Dressings and The Motherhood but all opinions are my own.When I was a kid, pasta salad was not my favorite thing to eat. In fact, it was on my list of 'things to avoid at all cost' when we went to a picnic or to Grandma's house. I wasn't the most adventurous eater as a child and it usually had weird things in it like tiny baby shrimp or miniature ears of corn. No thanks, I told mom. I'll have a hot dog. Well, as an adult, I have much more refined tastes … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe with Grilled Cheese Croutons

This easy homemade tomato soup recipe topped with grilled cheese croutons is the perfect comfort food for a cold, winter day. This post has been sponsored but all opinions are my own.When I was asked to create my favorite comfort food recipe for a project with Cabot cheese, I knew I wanted to make some type of grilled cheese sandwich...all warm and gooey! Of course, you can't have a grilled cheese sandwich without a tasty bowl of tomato soup. The two just go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? When I was young, my soup came from a … [Read more...]

Chicken and Potato Skillet Dinner Recipe

This Chicken and Potato Skillet Dinner Recipe has been sponsored, but all opinions expressed here are my own.The one thing I do not have a lot of right now is time. I have lists. I have deadlines. I have kids with colds. I do NOT, however, have a lot of free time. I'm sure you can totally understand where I'm coming from right now. If you are pressed for time and hate cleaning up a giant mess, a skillet dinner recipe is the perfect solution. Of course, I firmly believe that skillet should be a nice, solid cast iron but you can use any … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Pizza Recipe

I am going to share with you a little secret. I take my kids to Stevie B's occasionally and they have a loaded baked potato pizza that is ridiculously delicious. Yes, I know, fast food is horrible for me. Loaded baked potato pizza is certainly NOT low fat. My brain says 'NO, you should be eating salad!'. I occasionally tell my brain to shut up and let my mouth enjoy something truly decadent!Of course, making loaded baked potato pizza at HOME is a much cheaper and even slightly healthier alternative. You aren't going to turn this … [Read more...]

Chicken Taco Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Summer is just about here and like most moms, I am both excited about it and dreading it at the same time. Schedules that are filled with pool parties and family vacations are much more enjoyable than the chaos of school projects and lost permission slips. However, summer vacation also means bickering kids and a work at home mom who doesn't get much accomplished! The one thing I love about summer is getting together with friends for BBQs, picnics, and dinner at the pool. Getting together with friends and family to share food is a great way to … [Read more...]

Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

A few days ago I was writing a gardening post called 5 Plants for an Early Spring Garden. I found a beautiful stock photo of beets to use in the post and have been craving them ever since! When I was growing up, beets were strictly a canned food item and we didn't eat them very often. I remember they were always rather bland and I had honestly never seen one with a stem and leaves still on them. As a gardener, I have not had too much luck growing my own beets yet. I keep trying but the heat here in Georgia makes keeping the soil  consistently … [Read more...]

Glazed Teriyaki Pork Belly Recipe with Jasmine Rice

A few years ago, my husband and I were on a motorcycle ride up to The Highlands of North Carolina. We stopped at a restaurant called Ruka's Table and enjoyed the most delicious teriyaki pork belly recipe my mouth has ever tasted. It was a farm to table restaurant, which we absolutely LOVE to find on our trips. That was my first experience with pork belly, having grown up in New England where such a thing just is not on the menu. It was basically fried pork belly on baby greens and was delicious.Fast forward a few years and my friendly … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Roll Recipe with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce and a #NaturallyFresh Giveaway

This post is part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh® and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.I imagine a lot of people decided a few weeks ago that they were going to start eating healthier. With the new year comes a renewed determination to be as healthy as possible. Then, a month later we are invited to a huge football game party only to be tempted with fattening fried foods and snacks loaded with … [Read more...]

Creamy Pasta Recipe with Chicken and Roasted Red Peppers

When I hit the grocery store, I have a few key ideas in mind for feeding my family. I look for whole, fresh, and natural ingredients whenever I can but I also have to feed several hungry people on a limited budget. My solution to healthy eating on a dime is the addition of pasta, rice, or potatoes to just about every dinner I serve. When you are trying to feed hungry, athletic teenagers with an insanely high metabolism, you need plenty of carbs! This pasta recipe will go a long way towards feeding a hungry family but won't cost you a fortune to … [Read more...]

Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza

Most days I really enjoy being in the kitchen cooking. There's something relaxing and satisfying about chopping, mixing and simmering. There's a sense of satisfaction when all of your hard work comes to fruition in the form of a tasty meal to serve your family. I am forever telling my kids to learn to enjoy the process of cooking as much as the end product. But, then there are days when I just want to get in, get them fed, and get the heck out of the kitchen as quickly as possible. That's why I always keep a few key ingredients in my pantry for … [Read more...]

Chilled Pear and Ginger Soup Recipe and a Fall Soup Roundup

This soup recipe has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.Fall is one of my favorite times of year for making soup. So many different vegetables and fruits come into season in the fall that go perfectly in a bowl of soup. Some of the more common ones like potatoes and carrots of course come to mind. But you can also create delicious soups with pumpkins, apples, pears and cauliflower, all of which come into season as the weather cools off. Soup is also very versatile. You can serve a cold soup as an appetizer or a cream … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 participationHow 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 … [Read more...]

Pasta with Parsley Pesto Recipe

I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own.From attending my children’s band concerts to carpooling to various sporting events we have a very hectic schedule in my home. Rather than going through the drive-thru on a busy night, I try to plan my meals ahead of time by looking for dinner options that can be created in less than 20 minutes. Since I like to cook from scratch, pasta is usually the go-to meal when I find myself crunched on time. To keep the dish flavorful and stray away from the … [Read more...]

Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas

This kale recipe has been sponsored by Nature's Greens but all opinions expressed here are my own.One of the ways I try to eat healthier is to include a rainbow of colors in my diet throughout the week. I love colorful vegetables, whether it is purple cabbage, bright red tomatoes or deep green kale. However, have you ever had your kid turn up their noses at something just because of it's color? "I can't eat that, mom. It's GREEN!" Getting KIDS on the whole 'eating healthy' bandwagon is not always as easy as telling them it is good for them! … [Read more...]

Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing

I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product or coupons for creating this pilaf recipe post, but all opinions are my own.Summer is here (at least it feels like it here in Georgia!) and I have started looking for recipes that involve very little actual cooking. Between trying to keep the house cool and running the kids back and forth to camps, it is nice to be able to just throw things together at the last minute. Healthy dishes that include whole grains aren't always quick but if you make up the grains … [Read more...]