How to Host a Salad Jar Party

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Clorox Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Recently my friend started talking about salad jars.  This isn't a new concept, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized this would be such a great thing for me to incorporate in my life.  Salad jars are when you make a salad, put all the ingredients in a jar in a specific order to ensure maximum freshness time, and then … [Read more...]

Back to School Breakfast Ideas

School is starting soon and that means the morning routine is about to begin.  I'm always secretly excited for school to start and no--not just to get a break from round the clock parenting, but because I just love that time of year.  I love when it gets a little cooler outside and I love having a routine again.  But breakfast duty is not my favorite, especially when I was pregnant.  Let's just say my kids have eaten a lot of cereal in the last … [Read more...]

Frozen Peppermint Oreo Hot Chocolate

This post was sponsored by DairyPure but all opinions are 100% my own. When I first started putting this recipe together, it was going to be just a milkshake.  Which technically, it still is.  But when I was in New York in October, I had a chance to visit the delicious Serendipity and try one of their frozen hot chocolates.  And this recipe reminded me so much of it that I renamed it frozen hot chocolate!  But I have some yummy peppermint and … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies

This post is sponsored and written in behalf of McCormicks and MomitForward.  All opinions are 100% mine. Fall is the best time for baking, right?  Every Autumn I find myself itching to bake all sorts of yummy things, and lots of times after hours of making a huge mess and following elaborate instructions, I end up with a yucky disaster.  I was sent a whole bunch of McCormick  extracts and spices to play with.  But this time I wanted to make … [Read more...]

15 Best Projects of 2012

2012 has been a very, VERY weird year.  Some things were great and some things you couldn't pay me a trillion dollars to go through again.  I'm actually glad to see it go because I feel like it was mostly a very difficult year.  I have realistic expectations for 2013--I will accomplish some goals, I will fail at others.  Some things will be really good, most things will end up mediocre.  And unfortunately, some things will be sad. But one thing … [Read more...]

Make the Perfect Crescent Roll (Recipe)

  What is on your Christmas dinner menu?  Have you started planning it yet?  Whether you have ham or turkey or something else altogether, every dinner is made better by serving a crescent roll with it. I really want to share my grandma's crescent roll recipe because it is my personal favorite.  But I'm worried that my relatives will come after me with torch and pitchfork in hand ready to write me out of the will for sharing the secret … [Read more...]

How to fake homemade gravy (and a giveaway)

Thanksgiving is this Thursday! I can't believe how fast it came. Are you stressed out yet? There's so much to cook on Thanksgiving! You got the turkey in the oven, the potatoes boiling, the stuffing cooking, the rolls baking. Gravy is really the last thing you want to worry about and besides, it's very easy to mess it up. Well guess what? You can fake homemade gravy and it's a cinch. I tried out these gravy packets from Mccormick. I've had … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Use Up Zucchini

It's Harvest Time.  And if you grew zucchini this year, you just might be getting bombarded with tons and tons of it.  Wondering for some new ways to use that zucchini?  Here are 10 recipes to try... I love the shape of these cute little zucchini pecan cakes @ The Urban Baker (and that frosting looks delish!) I'm dying over this zucchini bruschetta @ The Purple Foodie.  Gotta try this!! You must have tried zucchini bread already right? … [Read more...]