Thanksgiving Dinner – Spend More Time with Family

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo®. All opinions are 100% mine. Thanksgiving dinner is a huge commitment. If you are lucky enough to have a family member to host this beloved holiday, make sure to give them a ton of credit. In case you are looking for other options, let's talk about the awesomeness that is Buca di Beppo. Thanksgiving Dinner After over 60 … [Read more...]

Healthy Dinner for Two in 22 Minutes for Under $20

Eating on a budget is a challenge for anyone, especially when you're trying to eat healthy. Evan and I set out to make a delicious, nutritious, healthy dinner for the two of us for under $20. We scored big time and even prepared everything in 22 minutes. Healthy Dinner for Two I'd like to point out that this could easily be a dinner for four under $30. You'd simply need to get 2 extra pieces … [Read more...]

Food Subscription Boxes Unboxing Videos

Shelley and I have started to create unboxing videos with subscription boxes. It's a fun way for us to dip our toes into the world of YouTube. Creating good videos is hard. At least for us, it is. I am so darn nervous in the first few videos that it's difficult for me to watch. Shelley is more comfortable since she's been practicing a bit more with Periscope and other videos. Now that I … [Read more...]

Beyond Meat Taste Test Challenge – Sweepstakes

I put my sister to the Beyond Meat taste test. We now have an office where we work together a few days a week. Eating has been an adjustment since we try to bring food with us to save time. Both of us like to eat somewhat healthy and have similar sensitivities when it comes to dietary requirements. Neither of us does well with a diet containing a lot of meat, but we both have carnivorous … [Read more...]

Savory Cheddar and Chive Scones Recipe

A scones recipe is just what I need to spruce up my fall meals. I feel like I make the same dinners all of the time, so I needed a little side to bring back the spark a bit. Yes, cheesy bread is where the magic is. We are all about the comfort food in the fall. When the hubby walks into cheddar and chive scones baking in the oven, he's a happy man. Post contains affiliate links. Savory … [Read more...]

Easy Salmon Salad Recipe for Lunches On the Go

Trying to incorporate more fish into your diet? This easy salmon salad recipe is perfect for lunches on the go. We make enough for the two of us to have at least two days of the week covered. That's 4 lunches taken care of! This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Easy Salmon Salad Recipe We make enough for four servings so that each of us has a quick and … [Read more...]

RSVP for the #NationalSalmonDay Twitter Party

There is officially a National Salmon Day! What better way to celebrate than a Twitter Party? Let's chat about recipes, and different ways to enjoy salmon. Thanks to Chicago and San Diego, this underrated fish is finally getting its own day. Sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Enjoying salmon and its nutritional benefits just got a lot easier. Chicken of the Sea has flavored Salmon … [Read more...]

A Fast Dinner the Kids Love to Eat with Both Hands

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. We are in need of a fast dinner almost everyday of the week but Mondays always seem to be the night when we just can't get our act together. My son is a varsity athlete getting home at 6pm from school only to have to turn right around and get to Taekwondo by 7:10. He's also growing. His appetite is … [Read more...]

Nutrition Bar with Less Ingredients #FeelGooder

A good nutrition bar is a must for me. I love the taste, convenience, and nutrients that protein bars provide. Today’s post is sponsored by ZonePerfect, but my love for their Perfectly Simple nutrition bars is an opinion all my own. Nutrition Bar with Less Ingredients #FeelGooder A big goal for me right now is finding balance. For some reason, I just cannot get it together lately. A big … [Read more...]

Favorite Pool Snacks – Nut Exactly

Days by the pool require pool snacks. We love to have a variety of tasty goodies poolside for quick snacking. Fresh fruits and veggies are a must, but so is something crunchy and sweet. This post is sponsored, but all opinions are my own. Yummy Pool Snacks Pool snacks should be light since no one wants to feel weighed down while swimming. When it's hot out you want hydrating fruits and … [Read more...]

Corn Pound Cake Recipe with Cinnamon Chips #PANFan

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. If you like cornbread, you will love this pound cake recipe. When it comes to serving a brunch, what kinds of food come to mind? It's a combination of breakfast and lunch, so something sweet is a must. To me, … [Read more...]

Broccoli Salad Recipe – Ruby Tuesday’s Copycat

If you're looking to add a good broccoli salad recipe to your collection, give this one a try. It's a copycat version of a Ruby Tuesday's favorite. Broccoli salad is a tasty way to get those veggies into your family without a fight. This recipe is packed with sweet and salty flavors to make everyone a broccoli lover. ;) This recipe only takes about 10 minutes to whip up. Serve it at BBQ's, … [Read more...]

BBQ Ribs the Easy Way with Tony Roma #Riberty

BBQ ribs are one of our favorite summer foods. An easy way to cure your craving for ribs is to purchase Tony Roma Ribs. Compensation was received for this post, but all opinions are my own. BBQ Ribs the Easy Way with Tony Roma Summer is just the best time of the year. Part of that reason for myself is that Mike does most of the cooking. I fear our grill because it doesn't light properly, … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget the Road Trip Snacks

Planning a family road trip can be a lot to take on. Especially if you are traveling with little ones, or going a really long distance. The four of us are headed to the east coast (from Chicago) at the end of the summer and I have already been planning for months! The main thing I need to remember is the road trip snacks! This post has been sponsored by Honey Bunches of Oats, but all thoughts and … [Read more...]

New Menu Items at Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse has some exciting new items on their menu. Mike and I had a date night this week to try them out. Outback sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own. New Menu Items at Outback Steakhouse I never have to twist any arms to have a dinner out at Outback. Their food is always delicious, as well as affordable. To be perfectly honest, I have had better steak at Outback than … [Read more...]

Disaster Preparedness Food – Survivors Have to Eat

Disaster preparedness food is an important part of any disaster survival kit. Flashlights, fuel, a radio, and the like are all important, but you can't eat any of them. Emergency food allows you to eat while you wait out the storm or the hurricane or the zombie apocalypse. This post contains affiliate links; all opinions are my own. Disaster Preparedness Food - Make it Part of Your Kit When … [Read more...]

Celebrate National Sloppy Joe Day and Manwich Mondays

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. National Sloppy Joe Day is on March 18th. What a perfect way to enjoy the nostalgic meal of Sloppy Joe's. Manwich Mondays are another great way to incorporate the tasty zing of Manwich into your week. Celebrate National Sloppy Joe Day and Manwich Mondays I work outside of the home on Mondays, … [Read more...]

That Time I ate Moving Sushi

Moving sushi exists. I hadn't known this until a recent dinner at Roka Akor. Shelley and I were invited to a fabulous dinner with Mitsubishi while they were in town for the Chicago Auto Show. We were treated to a fine dining experience with excellent company. I ate Moving Sushi A video posted by jennifer soltys (@jensoltys) on Feb 11, 2015 at 10:12pm PST The timing of this event was … [Read more...]

Breakfast Sandwiches Under 300 Calories

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jimmy Dean® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Breakfast sandwiches are a great way to fuel you up for your day. My hard working hubby likes to eat a breakfast sandwich on his way to work. Most of the time this consists of him going through a drive-thru. That's not ideal for either his waistline or our bank account. I would love to make them … [Read more...]

Living Healthy with bistroMD #bistroMDdiet

Living healthy is what it's all about this time of year. New Year's resolutions are flying around like kites on a windy summer day. Guess what? Most of them are going to get about as far as a lead balloon. I say this from experience. At least I know that with bistroMD, I can get the food part of my healthy new year off on the right foot. This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my … [Read more...]

Omaha Steaks Grand Grillers Gift

Omaha Steaks is a brand you will find in our freezer throughout most of the year. It's a gift we like to give ourselves. So far, everything we have tried from Omaha Steaks has been top quality. There's no need to go to a pricey steakhouse when you can whip up a complete meal from the comfort of your own home. This post is brought to you by Omaha Steaks. All opinions are my own. Backyard … [Read more...]

Smoosh Cookies Cookie Recipe

My mother-in-law gave me a cookie recipe for Smoosh Cookies. She suggested that it would be great for my nieces and nephews. Once I saw the ingredients, I decided it would be great for Mike and I. ;) Seeing how easy Smoosh Cookies are to make sealed the deal. All it is is two packages of cookie dough and a cream cheese mixture. Here is what you need. Smoosh Cookies Cookie … [Read more...]

Easy Breakfast Recipes for Hectic Mornings

Easy breakfast recipes are needed for hectic holiday mornings. We seem to get so caught up with shopping, meal planning, baking, and everything else to do with the holidays, that breakfasts can take a back seat. Easy breakfast recipes, or ones that can be prepared ahead of time, can be helpful this time of year. A lot of people have guests staying with them over the holidays. In that case, … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Dip Recipe and Kraft Foods Sweepstakes #CookingUpGood

Need some last minute recipes to add to your holiday menu? The Kraft Foods Hub is here to help. They have a selection of delicious and creative recipes, sure to please your guests. This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own. This Christmas we will be heading to my Aunt and Uncle's house. I have been asked to bring an appetizer, a side, and a dessert. I tend to go a little … [Read more...]

#WaysToWow $1000 Sweepstakes

Photo Credit: BakerByNature Are you looking for Ways To Wow your holiday guests this season? Need quick holiday appetizers and easy holiday cookie recipes that will please but won’t keep you tied up in the kitchen? Discover inspiration for your holiday table on the Ways To Wow Pinterest Board! Speaking of inspiration, how would a $1000 Shopping Spree fit into your holiday plans? Enter the Ways … [Read more...]

Applebee’s eGift Cards Make the Holidays Bright

The holidays are here, and if you're like me, you've got at least one difficult to shop for person on your Christmas list. You know, that person that seems to either have everything they want or they have such a wide range of interests that pinning your gift down to one awesome thing is next to impossible. Yeah, that person. Never fear, I've got something to make your holiday gifting woes a thing … [Read more...]

Click Thru Seating at Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse has now made it even easier to plan a night out. As an Outback Bestmate, I have been compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. Outback is always working to improve the customer's experience. I was able to see that firsthand during our trip to the Outback Headquarters in Tampa. This new Click Thru Seating option is just one more way to accommodate the customer. Click … [Read more...]

RSVP for the #TaiPeiGoodFortune Twitter Party

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about festive appetizers and making holiday gatherings delicious! On December 10, 2014 at 3:00pm ET, please join us for the #TaiPeiGoodFortune Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing Tai Pei® Good Fortune in Every Box™ and the best ways to serve them, and giving you a chance to win prizes! When hosting a … [Read more...]

Mac and Cheese Pasta Side Dish Recipe

Mac and cheese squares are a great addition to any menu when you know you might have picky eaters at the table. I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. At most family gatherings you … [Read more...]

Turkey Lettuce Cups Recipe

Turkey is delicious and seems to be underused. Ground turkey is a great substitute for ground beef and a delicious choice for many different recipes. I have made this recipe using turkey and pork. Both make a tasty and unique dinner that the whole family enjoys. Edible cups also allow for a creative presentation that is excellent for entertaining. Turkey Lettuce Cups Ingredients: 2 … [Read more...]

Happy National Popcorn Month

Happy National Popcorn Month! Yes, October is National Popcorn Month, and I am so excited to celebrate! G.H.Cretors wants you to celebrate the month with their amazing popcorn offerings (including their addicting Chicago mix of caramel and cheese popcorn). I was SO excited to review their product in exchange for my honest opinion. Popcorn – a Healthier Snack Option Not only is popcorn a … [Read more...]

Turkey Cutlet Sandwiches Recipe

Turkey cutlet sandwiches are a great suggestion for dinner on busy school nights. They can be made relatively quickly and provide a flavorful, healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy. Turkey Cutlet Sandwiches with Lemon, Tomatoes, and Capers Recipe Ingredients 1, 1lb package turkey breasts 2 cups panko breadcrumbs 1/2 cup lemon juice (or juice from 1-2 fresh lemons) 2 T … [Read more...]

Easy Meal Options for Seniors

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine. Meal options for seniors can get to be somewhat difficult. My grandparents are in the stage in their life where they are still quite active, but have zero desire to cook. Frozen foods are the ultimate in convenience for them. Easy Meal Options for … [Read more...]

The Cheesecake Factory and #NationalCheesecakeDay

Did you even know National Cheesecake Day exists!? Like any of us need an excuse to have cheesecake! Well, maybe some of us do... which is why I'm so excited to announce that The Cheesecake Factory will be offering half price cheesecake for not just one day, but TWO DAYS! They are also running a super fun contest where you can win $4000! This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts and opinions are … [Read more...]

Frozen Foods Help Me with Portion Control

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine. Portion control is a serious challenge for me. I just don't seem to get full and always feel the need to clean my plate. A big challenge that I am noticing for myself now that I work from home is that I constantly snack. I find myself not sitting down … [Read more...]

Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Lincolnshire

The kids and I visited Sullivan's Steakhouse in Lincolnshire today for the first time. We had a spectacular lunch with fellow bloggers. The kids even got a few tips from Executive Chef Brian Gray on how to make the world's best mac and cheese! While we received complimentary items, all thoughts and opinions shared here are entirely my own. Sullivan's Steakhouse Sullivan's Steakhouse is … [Read more...]

Moonshine BBQ at Outback Steakhouse #MoonshineBBQ

Moonshine BBQ is now available at Outback, and I'm super excited to finally be able to talk about it. As an Outback Bestmate, I received compensation for this post but all opinions are my own. During my post about our amazing trip to the Outback headquarters in Tampa, Florida, I mentioned that I got to try "top secret" menu items that I was not allowed to talk about. Well, that was the Moonshine … [Read more...]

Surrender the Booty Pirate’s Booty

Pirate's Booty is my ultimate favorite snack lately. I seriously cannot get enough of the puffs. This post is sponsored by Pirate's Booty, but all opinions are my own. My addiction to Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar puffs would not be such a problem if I could eat them like a normal human. But, for some reason I feel the need to fit as many as I possibly can into my mouth at one time. I just … [Read more...]

Join me at the #SummerGoodies Twitter Party

Twitter Party Alert! #SummerGoodies June 2nd, 12:45 - 2:15 pm ET Prizes $1,450 Walmart GCs! RSVP for the #SummerGoodies Twitter Party Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know I do and I'm excited to host a party about summer activities and easy summer menus! On Monday, June 2nd, at 12:45 PM ET, please join us for the #SummerGoodies Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing ways to spend … [Read more...]

Trip to Outback Headquarters in Tampa #OutbackBestmates

As an Outback Bestmate I was invited to visit their headquarters in Tampa, Florida. All expenses were paid, but all opinions are my own. When I agreed to work with Outback I had no idea that a trip would be involved. What a thrilling opportunity and great chance to really learn about the company. Trip to Outback Headquarters in Tampa We had already been fans of Outback Steakhouse. It's an … [Read more...]

14 BBQ Recipes for Grilling Season

Our grill is fired up and it's officially BBQ season in this household. This post is sponsored by Foodie, but all opinions are my own. Warm weather makes me so happy for many different reasons. One of those reasons is BBQ food. Not only do I love it, but my husband is the one who does the grilling. This lets me off the hook for dinners several nights of the week! Need I say more? 14 BBQ Recipes … [Read more...]

Get Fired Up with a Date Night at Outback #OutbackBestMates

Date night at a steakhouse can be an affordable reality at Outback. As an Outback Best Mate I received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. I am a carnivore. As much as I have tried to experiment over the years, steak remains one of my all time favorite foods. You never have to twist my arm to head to Outback! Date Night at Outback Mike and I had been extremely overdue for a … [Read more...]

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