Nutella Coffee Frappuccino Recipe

Nutella Coffee Frappuccino Recipe

Lately I have been experimenting with frappuccino recipes. If the weather ever warms up, they are my go-to afternoon drink. I want to have as many DIY recipes on hand so I can save money avoiding daily trips to coffeehouses. Ever since I made this green tea frappuccino, I have been on quite a mission. Nutella Coffee Frappuccino Recipe I have heard that Starbucks has a "secret menu" that … [Read more...]

Easy Cool Whip Cookies and #EasterDealsHunt Giveaway

Easy Cool Whip Cookies

Cool Whip cookies are beyond easy to whip up in no time. I have made them before a little differently, but this time I used Funfetti cake mix for a colorful Easter look. This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Easy Cool Whip Cookies Cool Whip cookies only require 2-3 … [Read more...]

12 Recipes for Sunday Pizza Night

12 Recipes for Sunday Pizza Night

Sunday is usually pizza night for us. This collection of pizza recipes is sponsored by Foodie. All opinions are my own. Pizza comes in so many varieties these days. Looking at all the mouth watering photos on Foodie makes me want to be more adventurous in the kitchen. Who would have thought that pizza could be so interesting? 12 Recipes for Sunday Pizza Night Check out the collection that I made … [Read more...]

Easy Meals with Meals In a Mug Recipe Book

Easy Meals with Meals In a Mug Recipe Book

Despite my many cookbook reviews, the meals I REALLY like are EASY to make meals. Some people enjoy their time in the kitchen; I really like a quick and easy process to make a meal. Enter the new cookbook from Camilla Saulsbury and Robert Rose publishing, 250 Best Meals in a Mug – easy, quick meals in a mug cooked in your microwave! 250 Best Meals in a Mug My husband works a weird schedule, … [Read more...]

Copycat Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino Recipe

Copycat Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino Recipe

A Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino is one of my favorite drinks to order. Not that I don't love my coffee, but the light and fresh taste of the green tea is a nice way to switch it up. Shelley and I got one every day during our first BlogHer trip. I never even thought to try to make my own. I didn't have a clue how to! Copycat Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino Recipe After a bit of research, I … [Read more...]

16 Delicious Cream Pie Recipes

16 Delicious Cream Pie Recipes

Cream pies are my favorite type of pie. This collection is brought to you by All opinions are my own. Since March 14th is pie day, it's the perfect time to share this cream pie collection with you. 16 Delicious Cream Pie Recipes Did I ever mention that I worked as a waitress at Baker's Square for about 5 years? I had a blast working there and definitely had my fair share of … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Eat Nutella and Recipe Roundup

7 Ways to Eat Nutella and Recipe Roundup

Nutella is delicious and I can totally just grab a spoon and eat it from the jar. There are many other fun and creative ways to enjoy it, though. I reached out to my blogger friends to see what they have come up with. I have their permission to use their beautiful photos and link to their delicious recipes. 7 Ways to Eat Nutella and Recipe Roundup Drink it: Banana Nutella Smoothie from … [Read more...]

Nutella Frozen Push Ups Recipe

Nutella frozen push pops

Nutella is one of my most favorite guilty pleasures. Aside from just eating it with a spoon from the jar, I like to try various recipes using it. Most of you have probably caught on to my frozen treat obsession, so I was on a mission to find another one to make easily. First I tried just mixing Cool Whip and Nutella. That is tasty, but it doesn't freeze. I was trying to be crafty and freeze … [Read more...]

Easy Coquito Drink Recipe to Enjoy a Cup of Cheer

Coquito recipe

Coquito is a word I had never heard of before. Turns out it is a delicious drink recipe that I am happy to share with you thanks to Lunchbox.  This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. Right now Nestle and Walmart have some inviting recipes highlighted to help "Celebra Con Sabor” or Celebrate With Flavor. I had been on the hunt for new tasty drink recipes. Since I haven't been … [Read more...]

Easy Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker

pork chops in slow cooker

Pork chops scare me a bit.  I am horrified to under-cook pork.  I have been trying to use my slow cooker a lot more, so I looked to my friend's handy post with slow cooker recipes with 4 ingredients or less.  That's about my speed in the kitchen.  From there I stumbled upon a few different quick and easy pork chop recipes for the crock pot. Easy Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker Ultimately, I … [Read more...]

Healthy Dinner Recipes from Gorton’s Giveaway

Healthy Dinner Recipes Grilled Fillet Pear Salad #RealFabulous

If you are looking for healthy dinner recipes, Gorton's offers tons of them!  I am thrilled to bring you this post sponsored by Gorton's.  I received coupons for free product, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Healthy Dinner Recipes About once a year I have time to make a truly awesome meal—like from scratch, multiple courses, and all fancy and stuff.  When I received a few recipe … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Potato Chip Bark Recipe

White Chocolate Potato Chip Bark

This was my first time using white chocolate in a bark recipe.  My sister and I usually make peppermint bark every year for the holidays.  Somehow, time just flew past us this year and that didn't happen.  I decided to try to whip up some bark on my own using ingredients that I had in the house.  For some reason I have an abundance of white chocolate chips.  Why I think I need to purchase a … [Read more...]

American Heritage Chocolate Cocoa Swirl Sugar Cookies

Cocoa or Cocao Swirl Sugar Cookie Recipe #Sponsored #MC

Cocao or cocoa?  Apparently these spellings are used interchangeably.  It is thought that somewhere in history a spelling error became permanent.  But, the scientific name for the "chocolate plant" is Theobroma cocao so I'm thinking we've all been living a lie for hundreds of years.  Oh, well, I'm over it.  I freaking love cocao/cocoa no matter how you spell it.  I participated in an Influencer … [Read more...]

Recipe Ideas from European Cookies Cookbook

Recipe Ideas from European Cookies Cookbook

Christmas is coming quickly, are you ready yet? One of the traditions I enjoy about Christmas is having a variety of cookies and treats in the kitchen. Since we have our own home now, I have realized it is ME that is going to have to fill the kitchen with cookies and treats. As I hunt to find family favorites, I was excited to review a copy of a new cook book full of cookies, European Cookies for … [Read more...]

Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes made Carton Smart

Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart. All opinions are 100% mine. Easy pumpkin cupcakes can be quickly created with as little as two ingredients.  It's a popular find all over the web - pumpkin puree + spice cake mix = the easiest pumpkin bread, cupcakes, or even cookies that you can imagine.  I have tried this before using canned pumpkin, so I thought it would be a … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cookies Recipe and #Thanksgivingtips Twitter Party


This pumpkin cookies recipe is brought to you by Good Cook Kitchen Experts.  Products were received to help me create this recipe, but all opinions are my own.  Using the Good Cook Pumpkin Scoop allows you to put those Halloween pumpkins to good use.  Create your own fresh pumpkin puree with ease with this handy device that is available at Walmart. Since we've been pumpkin crazy lately, I … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Mousse Parfait Recipe

pumpkin mousses parfait

This is a sponsored post as a part of the "Cans get you Cooking" ambassador program through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  All opinions are my own.  I like to keep a can of LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin in the cabinet for at least all of the holiday season.  There are so many pumpkin recipes that can be easily whipped up with only a few ingredients.  It's just one of the many canned items that … [Read more...]

Recipe Round Up and KitchenAid Mixer

kitchenaid mixer

I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers to bring you an exciting holiday giveaway.  A shiny new KitchenAid Mixer will go to one of our fabulous fans. Recipe Round Up We thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite recipes that we make.  Please visit each one below! Crock Pot Monkey Bread from Tammilee Tips Easy Pizza Roll Ups from Sweep Tight Baklava from About … [Read more...]

Kid Approved Quick and Easy Meal Recipe

quick lasagna

This post brought to you by McCormick & Company. All opinions are 100% mine. Everyone is so busy that a good, quick and easy meal recipe that is kid approved is priceless.  I'm so happy to have partnered with McCormick to bring you this post and recipe for homemade Lasagna Formaggio. Quick and Easy Meal Recipe is a fantastic resource for quality, quick and easy recipes the … [Read more...]

163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes Book

163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes

The Paleo diet or Paleolithic diet is a modern diet based off of what we believe was the diet of the cavemen. As hunters and gatherers in their time mostly ate plant and animals as available, this leaves out dairy, grains and legumes, refined sugar and processed oils. My husband and I loosely try to stick to this diet at home – however, I quickly run out of creative things to eat – and I am very … [Read more...]

Easy Banana Bread Recipe with Fisher Nuts

easy banana bread recipe

I made an easy banana bread recipe and included Fisher Nuts that were sent to me for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.  I slightly modified a banana bread recipe that I found on Simply Recipes.  It was my first time making banana bread, so no way was I just going to wing it! Fisher Nuts are perfect to have on hand all the time.  They come in resealable bags and are very convenient … [Read more...]

School Lunch for Kids Done Right

Best Lunch Box Ever and nesting tins for school lunch

With school just around the corner--literally, my kids start next week--I would like to do everything I can to make it a fun transition.  Making school lunch fun is at least one way to get the kids pumped!  The weather here has been pretty crummy all summer so we are really not ready to go back to school.  I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to review the book, Best Lunch Box Ever and offer … [Read more...]

No-Bake Recipes and Cookbook

bean salad no-bake recipe

FINALLY it is getting warm in the Midwest! However, this means I am even more hesitant to make dinner at home, who wants to heat up the house more than needed? I was so excited to receive a copy of The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook by Matt Kadey to review, with 101 No-Bake Recipes. The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook for No-Bake Recipes This book is full of recipes for all meals including breakfast, … [Read more...]

Basil Corn Recipe Using I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter

basil corn recipe

This basil corn recipe was originally introduced to me by my friends while we were staying at their cottage a few summers ago.  When I partnered with Unilever brands on this sponsored campaign, I just knew I had to share this corn recipe that is best when made with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.  During my last Walmart shopping trip I grabbed the ingredients.  As promised, I will now share the … [Read more...]

Poke Cake Recipe with Lemon and Blueberries from Mariano’s

Blueberry Lemon Poke Cake Recipe

I wanted to make a poke cake recipe for Memorial Day.  Since I had never done this, I thought I'd better do a practice run first.  Every time I shop at Mariano's, it seems to get my creative baking juices flowing.  The place is not just a grocery store, it's an experience!  That sounds funny, but you need to see for yourself.  I rallied my sister, niece and a friend to take the trip to the … [Read more...]

Natural Juices and Green Smoothies from “The Juice Lady”

Natural Juices and Green Smoothies

I have been trying to get breakfast in more often, but most of the time, I am in too much of a hurry to even sit and eat. I was so excited to review the Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies from “The Juice Lady” by Cherie Calbom – I love my blender, and making smoothies, I especially love that I can get so much “healthy” in them without making it taste “healthy.” Big Book of Juices and Green … [Read more...]

The Biggest Loser Resort Comes to Chicago and Recipe

biggest loser

The Biggest Loser is opening a resort in Chicago!  Being a fan of The Biggest Loser show, and living near Chicago, I thought this was pretty exciting news.  I have partnered with them to let you know all about the Grand Opening. The Biggest Loser Resort - Chicago Fitness Ridge Worldwide, the parent entity of the Biggest Loser Resort, will open its fourth destination resort location this … [Read more...]

Gorton’s Seafood Challenge

gortons prize pack

Gorton's Seafood has been a regular in our freezer ever since my first review with them.  It's a great product to have on hand for quick and easy dinners.  This time I have partnered with them to announce their release of 20 seafood options with 200 calories or less per serving. Gorton's Seafood Now that the warmer weather is finally making an appearance, I am starting to crave lighter … [Read more...]

Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Cookbook

Specific Carbohydrate Diet

At our house we are working to cut some of the carbohydrates in our diet, not completely, but just trying to make note of what we are shoving in our mouths and trying to make healthier choices in favor of less processed foods. Since doing so, I have realized that I might have an aversion to gluten and would like to try to watch my intake on that as well. I recently had the chance to review Cooking … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo at Home with the Kids

mango guacamole

When I think of Cinco de Mayo, I immediately think yum.  Not that I ever really need a reason to eat things like guacamole or nachos, but any excuse to do so is just plain fabulous.  This year, the kids and I will be spending Cinco de Mayo at home and I'm thrilled to bring you this post in partnership with the Role Mommy Writer's Network. Cinco de Mayo Activities It just wouldn't be Cinco de … [Read more...]

Easy Meal Planning with New eMeals App

emeals app

I require easy meal plans in order for them to happen.  If a recipe takes too much time and effort, it's likely that I won't make it for a very long time - if ever.  For the past few weeks, I have been using eMeals.  I have partnered with them to let you know about it, and about the exciting new release of their app. Complete Meal Planning Made Easy For me the biggest challenge with cooking … [Read more...]

Greek Yogurt and Pudding Cannoli Recipe

Greek Yogurt and Pudding Cannoli Recipe

Greek Yogurt has become quite the staple in our household.  It's so versatile and can be used in so many recipes.  It can replace a variety of ingredients to provide a healthier alternative, too.  It has lower calories, less fat, higher protein, and less sugar than a lot of frequently used ingredients. Shelley told me about this recipe for Cannolis using Greek Yogurt and Pistachio flavored … [Read more...]

Low Carb Recipe Perfect for Spring

Yogurt bite Easter recipe

The "holiday season" just never seems to end if you're trying to lose weight.  So many temptations every month!  It seems to really begin with Christmas but then there is all that chocolate for Valentine's Day, shamrock shakes for St. Patrick's Day, and now here it is Easter and all those decadent recipes are in your face! Well, I have managed to find a way to trick myself into thinking I'm … [Read more...]

Recipe for Easter Bunny Bait

bunny bait recipe

Here is a simple recipe perfect for enticing that Easter Bunny out of hiding.  ;)  It's beyond simple and can be completely customized to your liking. Recipe for Easter Bunny Bait My intention here was to make something similar to "puppy chow", but with light colors for Easter.  Of course I started over-thinking it at first.  I tried to microwave some white chocolate chips which was a huge … [Read more...]

Snack Food from Scratch Cookbook

classic snack food from scratch

Do you have a favorite snack food that you grab whenever you are craving at the gas station or grocery store? Is it something that is probably not on ANY diet plan out there? Mine would probably be… pretzels or something else salty. I recently got the chance to review a new cookbook “Classic Snacks Made From Scratch” from Casey Barber – and it is so much fun! Classic Snack Food Made From … [Read more...]

Coffee Recipes with Less Guilt #LightIcedCoffee #CBias

Coffee Recipes with Less Guilt

Coffee is a staple in my life.  I drink it and use it in recipes.  I don't just love it, I need it.  Sad, but true, I am totally hooked.  I started drinking coffee in my early teens and have never stopped.  A more recent habit of mine is drinking iced coffee.  I enjoy delicious, expensive and calorie-laden icy coffeehouse drinks like you wouldn't believe.  However, they can quickly make a negative … [Read more...]

Recipe for Mini Strawberry Pudding Parfait Dessert

Recipe for Mini Strawberry Pudding Parfait Dessert

This recipe is easy enough for any night, but perfect for Valentine's Day since it's pink!  Mike has been begging me to make my trifle recipe for weeks now.  The one that I normally make is huge, so there's no reason for the two of us to have that much in the house.  I decided to experiment with smaller dessert dishes.  This recipe is very forgiving and so easy.  Just layer yummy ingredients and … [Read more...]

Recipe for Higher Protein Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Recipe for Higher Protein Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Here is a recipe for frozen yogurt that is higher in protein.  By using Greek yogurt and cottage cheese, this frozen treat will be a lot higher in protein than a regular recipe. I decided to have fun with my Cuisinart ice cream maker once again.  Since I struck gold with my Nutella Coffee Frozen Yogurt recipe, I thought I would give it another whirl.  I had heard that people have used … [Read more...]

I Love Avocados Recipe

avocado recipe

This post brought to you by Avocados from Mexico. All opinions are 100% mine. If a recipe calls for avocado I will most  likely give it a try just for that.  Even if a recipe doesn't call for an avocado, I typically end up adding one to the mix.  Guacamole is a staple in my house.  I prefer to make it from scratch, however if I don't have time I like to keep a frozen stash on hand. -- … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Desserts Recipes Review

Slow Cooker Desserts Recipes

If you ask my mom - you can make just about any dinner in a slow cooker, but have you tried dessert?! Slow Cooker Desserts from Jonnie Downing has TONS of ideas for easy desserts to make in your slow cooker. Slow Cooker Desserts Recipes This book has sections with puddings, cakes, bars, cobblers, and dessert casseroles. Sometimes you just don’t want to have to heat up the oven, sometimes the … [Read more...]

Superfoods Kitchen Cookbook Review

Superfoods Kitchen Cookbook

My hubby has been on a superfoods kick for awhile now, but it has mostly been by eating a TON of blueberries and nuts. We didn't really think about trying to get it into our entire diet and making it more than just snacks. With the Superfoods Kitchen cookbook - you not only get a bunch of recipes using superfoods, but the author, Julie Morris, really lays out what a superfood kitchen should look … [Read more...]

Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole Recipe

Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole Recipe

Cheese lovers rejoice!  Here is a way to make vegetables absolutely delicious.  I originally got this recipe from my friend's mom.  She makes it at every family party of theirs and we all just flip out.  Now I make it for my own family and it's always a huge hit. Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole Recipe [easyrecipe id="40902" n="0"] Since this makes such an enormous batch, it's great … [Read more...]

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