4th of July Snack Mix + GIVEAWAY


It’s almost the 4th of July and you know what that means – sunshine, sizzling grills, frosty drinks, cold pools, fun friends, and delicious snacks!  Here’s an idea for a fun snack mix using patriotic-colored snacks and candies that’ll be a festive addition to your holiday cookouts. You’ll need 3 ingredients – a bag of…

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Lighter Chicken Penne Alla Vodka


Pronto by Barilla is a brand new kind of pasta that helps you make “one pot” pasta dishes without having to wait for the water to boil before adding the pasta.  You can either use water to cook the pasta (no draining required) or cook it directly in whatever sauce you are preparing.  There are five different…

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Classic M&M Cookie Bars


I made a batch of simple and classic M&M cookie bars for Matt’s birthday to go along with some homemade birthday cake ice cream.  I find myself preferring to make cookie bars over regular cookies.  It’s just so much easier to get a thicker cookie without having to worry about them spreading out too much…

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Homemade Birthday Cake Ice Cream


Matt turned 34 last week and when I asked him what he’d like for his special birthday dessert, he asked me to surprise him.  His only requirement was that it included some kind of homemade ice cream.  I decided to go very classic birthday, which to me means lots of fun colors!  I whipped up…

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Crock Pot Lemon Chicken, Green Beans, and Sweet Potatoes


A green vegetable, a lean protein, and a complex carbohydrate.  It doesn’t get much more balanced than that!  I made this incredibly easy dinner last week as an experiment and didn’t plan on blogging it at the time, but after it turned out so tasty I compiled the very few photos I snapped with my…

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Recipes for a Viewing Party of “The Help”


Ever notice how every movie set in the south has some sort of underlying food theme?  “The Help” is no exception.  I read the book back when it was first released, fell in love, and waited anxiously for the movie, which I also loved.  Aside from the charming and humorous story, both the book and…

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The Best Way To Boil Eggs


It doesn’t matter how you want to cook an egg – poached, scrambled, boiled, fried, baked, etc – there are a seemingly endless number of techniques out there that claim to be the “perfect” method.  I want to share my favorite way to make a delicious hard-boiled egg.  Is it the be all and end…

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How to Use Coconut Butter


I’ve been vocal about my love of butters – peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, cookie butter, and of course real butter (heh heh).  Last year I discovered something new to me… coconut butter!  Lately, coconut oil is all the rage – the stuff is everywhere and is being recommended for use in just about…

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Lower Carb Ground Turkey Fettuccine


I’m so excited about this meal I couldn’t wait to share it with you all.  This big serving of delicious pasta is less than 300 calories for the ground turkey marinara sauce AND the noodles.  Better yet, each serving only has 21 carbs!  I was recently asked to try a variety of ThinSlim Foods products and included…

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