Shrimp Avocado Salad Recipe with Cajun Lime Dressing

This Shrimp Avocado Salad Recipe was sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Would you believe that I did not try my first avocado until I was in my twenties? Seriously! Isn't that crazy? I grew up in a small town in Connecticut. My parents were not at all that adventurous when it came to food. As wild as we got was a pizza from the local Italian restaurant. Since I lived an hour outside of New York City, that wasn't such a crazy thing to … [Read more...]

Fresh Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

This weekend I went to our local farmer's market and was surprised to find a local farmer still offering fresh broccoli. He said this was his last batch until fall since the weather has been so warm already. I grabbed a pound of it and came home to make this fresh broccoli cheese soup recipe. Broccoli and cheddar go brilliantly together and this is an easy one pot meal that is nice and filling. It's a great addition to your Meatless Monday recipe lineup as well! Doesn't it look heavenly? This post contains affiliate links. If you make a … [Read more...]

Easy Cinnamon Raisin Muffin Recipe to Start Your Morning Off Right!

Summer is almost here and my children have 3 days until they are out of school. I'm sure you are all well aware how much children tend to eat while they are home for the summer. This cinnamon raisin muffin recipe is one of MANY baked goods I will be making in the coming months. In an effort to keep my grocery budget under control, I need to start doing quite a bit of baking. My teens are active and hungry and can go through a box of organic snack food in about 30 seconds. A nice batch of homemade muffins will last 2 days if I'm lucky. But, I … [Read more...]

Zesty Jalapeno and Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe and Choosing the Best Eggs

This Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe has been sponsored by CafeMom and Nellie's® Free Range Eggs. All opinions expressed here are my own. Summer is almost here and the weather is warming up quickly. In less than one month, our pool will be open for kids to swim in. The pool parties, BBQs, and picnics will soon begin in full force. Summer in the south means plenty of watermelon, grilled meat, and picnic side dishes. One of my all time favorite side dishes at summer picnics is deviled eggs. I absolutely LOVE them and found some amazing variations on … [Read more...]

This Easy Taco Pizza Recipe is a Simple Dinner Idea that Everyone will Love!

Over the last year or so, I have gotten rather lazy with my weeknight meals. There are only so many easy dinner ideas in my repertoire and I find myself falling back on the same few over and over again. While I enjoy creativity in the kitchen on the weekends, I generally want fast and easy during the week. Homework and after school activities have us pretty busy Monday through Friday. This easy taco pizza recipe was a new one for us and it was relatively quick to throw together. If you need simple dinner idea, this easy  taco pizza is a good … [Read more...]

BBQ Pulled Pork Taco Recipe with Pineapple Coleslaw

This pulled pork taco recipe has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Having grown up in New England, I honestly never saw a taco until I moved down to Houston after college. Seriously, I never had one bite of Mexican food until I was in my twenties. Is that not crazy? Once I moved to Texas, however, I quickly learned to love all the flavors of Mexican cuisine. But, the same old recipes get old after a while right? If you are planning a Cinco de Mayo celebration or are a fan of Taco Tuesday, try getting creative with … [Read more...]

Chili and Lime Roasted Corn Salad with Avocado and Chicken

This roasted corn salad recipe was sponsored by Sunshine Sweet Corn as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I am starting to turn my taste buds to the flavors of Mexican cuisine. Tacos and burritos are delicious but there is SO much more to the flavors of Mexico than that! When I am looking to add some lighter foods into my fiesta menu, salads are a great option. However, you don't want a standard side salad or olive loaded Greek salad to go … [Read more...]

Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe with Ginger and Honey

Disclosure: This Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #StopPainNow #CollectiveBias Many years ago, I went to the doctor for a muscle spasm in my shoulder that would not go away. Little did I know that it was the beginning of a very long battle with chronic pain. After a year of over the counter pain medications and muscle relaxers, my doctor sent me to physical therapy because I was getting worse instead of better. Years later, with a diagnosis of Myofascial Pain Syndrome, … [Read more...]

25 Crock Pot Potato Recipes that are Hearty and Delicious!

I have become best friends with my crock pot. It is seriously a busy mom's solution to chaotic weeknight meals. If you are looking for hearty and delicious crock pot potato recipes, this collection will make feeding your family incredibly simple. Potatoes are one of those staples that I always have in my house. Along with a few other staples, you can quickly whip up dinner in the morning so that by the time you are ready to eat, very little is required of your utterly exhausted mind and body. Crock pots are seriously the best way to stay out of … [Read more...]

Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking

This Applesauce Quick Bread Recipe and the Benefits of Healthy Snacking post has been sponsored by Musselman's applesauce but all opinions expressed here are my own. This applesauce quick bread recipe is the perfect after school snack for your hungry kids. And the key to proper snacking is that you choose healthier, good for you options! Not too long ago, I read an article which suggested that snacking is unhealthy. I started doing some research on why they would suggest such a thing. I found that 90 percent of the articles assumed that … [Read more...]

This Chocolate Dipped Apricots Recipe is a Deliciously Healthy Dessert!

I have always had a horrible sweet tooth and honestly, I see nothing wrong with indulging in desserts regularly. I choose to make desserts from scratch most of the time and use real butter, heavy cream and plenty of organic sugar. Of course, this comes with a fairly high calorie count so I try to balance my love of sweets with healthy dessert options when I can. This chocolate dipped apricots recipe is the perfect balance between deliciously sweet and slightly healthy. All the flavor and less of the guilt! It is also incredibly easy to make and … [Read more...]

This Healthy Sloppy Joe Recipe is Perfect for Family Dinner!

Family dinner is something I am passionate about in my house. While it is hard some days with the kid's schedule or my husband traveling, most days you will find us at the dinner table together eating a shared meal. This healthy sloppy joe recipe was on the menu this week and it was a big hit with everyone in the house.   The key thing that makes sloppy joes unique is that the sauce is slightly sweet. Or, at least, that is what my husband tells me. Rather than adding sugar to this recipe, you puree medjool dates in just a tiny … [Read more...]

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...]

Easy Chocolate Crinkles Christmas Cookie Recipe

My favorite part of the holidays is the baking! These easy chocolate crinkles remind me of my childhood and are a delicious treat every Christmas. When I graduated from college I went back home to Connecticut for one week to gather my things and move down to Texas. I packed all the stuff I thought was important like my clothes and my books. Everything was shipped down to Houston and  I was excited to be starting a new life. Christmas Cookie Traditions When the holidays rolled around I quickly realized that I did not have a single … [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...]

Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe with Yogurt and Cranberries

This easy vanilla cake recipe has been sponsored, however, all opinions expressed here are my own. I absolutely adore cranberries so once Thanksgiving is here, I stock up. The are delicious in homemade cranberry sauce, baked into breads and cakes and make your holiday cocktail look all that much more festive. When Cabot Creamery sent me some delicious yogurt to try out, I decided to pair the tangy flavors of cranberry and yogurt with the sweet flavor of an easy vanilla cake recipe. The results were both delicious and pretty! If you want to … [Read more...]

German Cucumber Salad Recipe – Gurkensalat

My husband has a very strong German heritage so this weekend, we had friends and neighbors over for an Oktoberfest party. This German cucumber salad recipe was the perfect side dish to go with our grilled Bratwurst and all the delicious side dishes provided by our guests. All you need to do is slice up cucumbers and onions, add a simple oil and vinegar mix and stir in a ton of chopped, fresh dill. The resulting Gurkensalat is full of flavor, nice and crunchy, and absolutely delicious! If you are looking for more Oktoberfest recipes, you … [Read more...]

How to Get Healthy In 5 Minutes Per Day and a Maple and Brown Sugar Overnight Oats Recipe

Thank you Florastor® Daily Probiotics for sponsoring this post about how to get healthy. Visit your local retailer to pick up your bottle of Florastor®Daily Probiotics to complement your active lifestyle! Have you ever looked at your daily calendar and been overwhelmed by the number of things listed on it for the day. Pink highlights to remind you that kid 1 has a doctor appointment that morning. Blue highlights so you don't forget to pick your son up from tennis practice after school. Notes about what to pick up at the grocery store and an … [Read more...]

Whipped Pumpkin Butter with Honey and Cinnamon

I firmly believe that there is no crime greater than using any type of artificial butter substitute. Light this or low fat that or margarine or anything that isn't real, honest to God butter is just all sorts of wrong. Now, you can make butter even BETTER by beating in a few delicious ingredients like I did with this whipped pumpkin butter. This stuff is butter, only even more awesome! Since I had a leftover canned pumpkin, I decided this pumpkin butter recipe would be the perfect addition to pancakes, biscuits, scones or any other baked … [Read more...]