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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Pasta with Goat Cheese and Asparagus Recipe

Back when I was a kid, Sundays were a time of rest. Other than church, there really wasn't much going on during a Sunday afternoon. As a result, mom had all day to hang around the house while a roast cooked in the oven. We frequently had a fancy Sunday dinner that included a roasted chicken or New England style pot roast that had slow cooked in the oven for several hours. Nowadays, Sundays seem to be a bit more complicated. There are kids activities to deal with, errands to run, a house to clean and a to do list that is way too long. However, I … [Read more...]

Easy Pasta Recipe: Fettuccine with Grilled Chicken in a Tomato Cream Sauce

This easy pasta recipe has been sponsored by Contadina and Glam Media but all opinions expressed here are my own.   The holidays are a chaotic time of year and after 2 weeks of company I have learned a new appreciation for people who have to cook for a large family on a regular basis. I never realized how hard it was to feed a crowd but this easy pasta recipe was a big hit and can be scaled up or down, depending on how many people you are feeding. Pasta is filling and much of this meal can be made up ahead of time so that dinner can … [Read more...]

Creamy Spaghetti Casserole Recipe and our #CleanPlate Dinner

Disclosure: Compensation for this Creamy Spaghetti Casserole Recipe was provided by Contadina via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Contadina My husband's all time favorite meal is lasagna and do you know how often I make it for him? Once a year. Why? Because I have an intense dislike of layering things with lasagna noodles. Trying to get them to cook properly is hard enough...they always seem to stick together and I end up burning my fingers trying to … [Read more...]

Easy Taco Casserole Recipe

Some days I go to the grocery store and plan out my meals well in advance. Other days I look at my freezer and pantry and wonder to myself 'What the heck can I make with this stuff?'. Usually I am asking myself this about an hour before my family expects to eat something for dinner. Talk about pressure to perform, right? Tonight was one of my wing it kindof nights. I had thawed out some ground sausage from my local farmer but needed something to do with it. A quick Google search of ground sausage recipes found me a number of suggestions so I … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday Recipe: Spinach and Artichoke Alfredo

This meatless Monday recipe was made possible by a product I received from Crum Creek for review but all opinions expressed are my own. If you haven't jumped onto the meatless Monday bandwagon I really think you should! Reducing our meat consumption is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint but it is also fun coming up with creative meatless recipes once a week. I must admit, most of my meatless Monday recipes tend to revolve around cheese. While I have a few vegan recipes, dairy is one of those food categories I am way too dependent on. … [Read more...]

Chicken and Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

This Chicken and Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe is an easy dinner recipe the whole family will love. Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies and I am always looking for new ways to serve it to my family. Since homemade Alfredo sauce is a sure fire hit in my house, that is what I make. However, you can also make this with your favorite jarred Alfredo sauce as well. The Best Pasta for Alfredo When looking for the best pasta for Alfredo, choose a wide pasta that will allow the cheese sauce to cling to it. Wide Alfredo noodles will take … [Read more...]

Easy Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Recipe

One of my family's all time favorite dinner recipes is chicken and broccoli Alfredo.  When we are crushed for time and hungry, this simple meal really hits the spot.  Loaded with chicken and fresh broccoli, if pasta recipe are popular in your house, give it a try tonight!  Busy weeknight meals don't have to come from the drive thru! How to Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce Don't be intimidated by the idea of homemade Alfredo sauce.  It is seriously the easiest homemade pasta sauce you will ever make!  This Alfredo … [Read more...]

Easy Skillet Spaghetti Pizza

This easy skillet spaghetti pizza is a big hit here in this house.  It takes only one pan and about 30 minutes to make which makes it a hit with mommy, too! This is the perfect weeknight meal if you are in a hurry to feed your family.  Make it vegetarian for Meatless Monday if you want, or add sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, etc.  Fresh herbs are a huge plus, however, you can used dried herbs as well.  If you grow your own herbs in the summer, check out my post on how to preserve fresh herbs for use all year long! Tips … [Read more...]