Kitchen and Food - Celebrating Family

Italian Turkey Meatloaf with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Like I am always telling you, I am not a foodie. So when Mooney Farms contacted me about trying out their Bella Sun Luci sun dried tomato products I was was not sure what to say. I really had no idea how to use sun dried tomatoes in the first place. I had eaten dishes […]

Celebrate Pi Day With Marie Callender’s (and a Giveaway)

March 14 is Pi Day, and no, I didn’t spell that wrong. We celebrated National Pie Day back in January but this Thursday is the day to celebrate pi, otherwise known as 3.14159265359… So while pi does not equal pie, heck, do we really need an excuse to eat pie? Of course not! We recently […]

Olive Garden’s New Lighter Fare Menu (Review)

My family loves to eat out so when I got the chance to review Olive Garden’s new Lighter Fare Menu I said yes. To tell you the truth, I am often dragged out to eat against my will.  It seems that a satisfying meal with a reasonable amount of calories can be hard to find. The fun of dining out can […]

Tea Time: Creating Special Moments

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love tea. While I grew up in an English family, my mom and grandma were primarily coffee drinkers. However, the tradition of tea was not lost to me. When I reached adulthood I gradually began to drink more and more tea and now I drink 2-3 cups everyday. My favorite cup of tea is the one I […]

Vanilla Spiced Pudding

We take pudding seriously around here. My grandma taught me to make it from scratch and I never buy it pre-made or in instant form. However, during the last several years I have made a concerted effort to reduce my dairy intake. Although I am not dairy-free, I do use alternatives to cow’s milk regularly. One of my favorite milk alternatives […]

Happy National Pie Day (Plus a Giveaway from Marie Callender’s)

What do you think of when you hear the word pie? I think of boiling down pumpkins with my kiddos in the fall, my grandma’s perfectly flaky pie crust, or eating mini pot pies with my mom as a child. Pies are delicious, usually easier to make than cakes, and they always seem to gather a crowd, […]

Keep Calm and Grill On With MorningStar Farms Veggie Burgers

Did you eat too much this holiday season? Are you still being faithful to those New Year’s Resolutions you made about eating better?  With the NFL play-offs and Super Bowl coming up you are likely to face some tough food choices at barbecues and other gatherings. When MorningStar Farms contacted me about sharing their products with my readers I very quickly […]

Chill With Marie Callender’s Peppermint Pie

This has been a crazy busy month at my house and I am sure yours is the same. I hosted Thanksgiving and it was fun and rewarding.  I saved a little time in the kitchen by grabbing a Marie Callender’s Peppermint Pie from the store. I usually like to make my pies from scratch but I also wanted to keep my sanity. Marie Callender’s has an awesome reputation […]

Slow Down and Savor the Holidays with Marie Callender’s Pies

This is my favorite time of the year. Fall makes me happy and Thanksgiving brings me joy! I love spending time with my family and hanging out in the kitchen. I especially love it when family from out-of-state visits during the holidays. But sometimes I do start to feel overwhelmed, especially since I prefer to cook from scratch with all natural  ingredients. A lot […]

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes Made With Ambiance Coffee

I was recently challenged to make a non-drink recipe using coffee.  As you may know, I already use coffee in my chocolate pudding recipe but I had not used it in anything else. The first idea that came to mind was to alter the chocolate cake recipe that I make and substitute hot brewed coffee for the boiled water the recipe calls for. I took myself down to Smart and […]

Start Simple, Start Right – Kellogg’s Cereal for Breakfast

I love cereal and it is definitely one of my top 5 favorite foods. I tend to go for the healthier cereals and my kids love them, too. Before I had kids I was known to eat cereal for dinner several nights a week by choice. These days I usually only eat cereal for breakfast or as […]

Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain (Review and Giveaway) (09/22)

We love pizza around here…who doesn’t? My kiddos are regular pizza engineers and they love to build this cheesy treat. I recently got the opportunity to try Pillsbury’s new Artisan Pizza Crust which has whole grain.  I usually try to make my food from scratch, but I find that using pre-made pizza dough saves a ton of time. Since […]