Recipes and Food - Celebrating Family

Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Strips and Coleslaw with Pineapple – School Lunch Elevated

Today’s kids work hard at school and they deserve a nutritious lunch that is more than just a daily sandwich. Sandwiches can be amazing and nutritious, but they can get to be a force of habit that is less than inspiring. The sandwich making habit can make it difficult to think outside of the norm […]

Cucumber Ranch Pasta

I am so excited to be working with Hidden Valley Ranch and Data Rank to bring you this recipe! I love family barbecues, especially if they are holiday oriented. Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day…you get the idea. The star of the barbecue is usually the meat and that always seems to be what people look […]

Buttermilk Biscuits from Scratch

My love for homemade biscuits cannot be overstated. I used to buy canned biscuits even though I always heard how easy it was to make biscuits from scratch. Then someone read my vegetarian biscuits and gravy recipe and laughed at me for using canned biscuits in my recipe pictures. That was the day I knew […]

Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was just about to give up on chocolate chip cookies. I had experienced a few too many dozens of flat or sub par results from the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipes found on bags of chocolate chips, in cookbooks, and on the Internet. I had simply had enough. But I was facing a bag […]

Weeknight Winner: Easy Chicken Parmesan (plus a giveaway)

As a busy mom, I am always looking for shortcuts in the kitchen, especially when it comes to hectic weeknight dinners. I do not regularly buy frozen cooked chicken products, but when I was contacted to try out Foster Farms frozen products, I looked at my jam-packed calendar and figured I had better give it a try. […]

Taco Burgers Plus Tips for Tailgating at Home

It’s football season again and I am super excited because this is the first football season in my life that I have a big screen TV. Let me tell you, it was very hard to enjoy the game on an analog 27 inch TV, but at least I always had good food ready to go […]

Chipotle Mayo

As I get older I am discovering that my tastes continue to change. I actually enjoy spicy flavors now and tend to shy away from mild menu choices. I am also more willing to try new foods and flavors. Recently I decided to try to make chipotle mayo, even though I had never eaten it, […]

Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee and Bakery Series Coffee

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Dunkin’ Donuts. I received product samples to facilitate my In-Home party as well as a promotional item to thank me for participating. Did you know Dunkin’ Donuts makes coffees inspired by their famous donuts? The Dunkin’ Donuts Bakery Series coffees to be exact. […]

How The Hundred-Foot Journey Inspired Me to Really Cook

Photo credit: DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY I was recently invited to attend an early screening of the newest Dreamworks movie The Hundred-Foot Journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and you can read my review here. But just reviewing the movie didn’t seem like enough to me. You see, the movie really challenged me to re-think the […]

Easy Crepes Recipe and Scrambled Egg Tips

We love eggs in our family. In fact, we love them so much we often eat them for dinner. Well, brinner actually. In case you do not know, brinner is having breakfast for dinner. We do this sometimes and really enjoy eating biscuits and gravy, eggs, and other breakfast items anytime. Who says traditional breakfast food […]

Vegan Pudding Pops: Unbelievably Delicious!

I love homemade pudding. It easily makes my top five desserts, so in this summer heat I wondered if I could make my recipe into a pudding pop and keep all the rich and creamy flavor. Guess what?  I can and I did (and dairy-free no less!).  My friend Wendy is deathly allergic to dairy so […]

Patriotic Desserts for Independence Day

I love Independence Day. It is one of my favorite holidays because it means so much to me as an American. I love the red, white, and blue that dominates this time of year and I love summer gatherings. I have found that the easiest way to dress up your July 4th meals and gatherings is […]