Olive Tapas

olives from spain tapas

I was thinking the other day how fun it will be this summer in my new neighborhood.  The thing about moving into a brand new development is that everyone is eager to be friends...at least mine seems to be.  We are already bonding with our neighbors and I feel friendship with them in a way that took me years to accomplish in my other apartments.  It seems that when you live in an apartment--at least in my experience--people view you as transient … [Read more...]

Cans Get You Cooking

Tuscan Spinach and Bean Soup

I'm all about fresh food first.  However, I don't always buy things fresh because of price or convenience or if I think I won't use it before it goes bad.  I use some frozen, but I use canned as well.  And some foods I use exclusively canned.  For example--beans.  Let me tell you a story:  Once upon a time I was still learning to cook and I thought one day that I might make something with a bag of hard beans.  So I bought the bag and then they … [Read more...]

25 Mouthwatering Paleo Meals

mouthwatering paleo recipes

We're all trying to eat a little healthier right now, aren't we? I have been making a pretty terrible attempt at eating better but it's just so hard in the winter. It's cold and...cold. So you just don't really feel drawn to eating a salad. I actually tried eating Paleo last fall and it was pretty hard. The Paleo diet is no grains or legumes, no dairy, no sugars and no processed foods. The hardest part was the last of energy I had for the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Fruit Pancakes

pancakes

I'm a fan of breakfast.  I don't usually have fancy breakfasts, or even un-fancy breakfasts.  Many times I don't have breakfasts at all.  But when I have some time, I love to break out the big guns and make pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, orange juice, etc.  And why not add some chocolate in there too?  We always throw some chocolate chips in our pancakes. So when I got these new Dove Whole Fruit Dipped in Dark Chocolate candies, that was … [Read more...]

20 Must Have New Year’s Eve Recipes

new year's eve recipes

Happy End of 2014! I have been away from the computer a lot these last two weeks since I moved to my new house, had Christmas, AND threw my sister a wedding. It was exhausting and insane. But it's all over now, just in time to celebrate New Year's Eve with all my family who is in town. Are you having a party? Have you planned out your recipes? If not, here's a list of 20 New Year's Eve Recipes that will be sure to be a hit! Happy New Year! 1. … [Read more...]

Toca Kitchen 2 Party

toca kitchen party

This post is sponsored by Mom it Forward and Toca Boca, and I am part of the Mom it Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are my own. Are you familiar with the Toca Boca apps?  They are the most adorable little games for kids that I seriously have played, by myself, for hours.  They are free-range creativity, they just let you do whatever. So with the release of the brand new Toca Kitchen 2 app, we thought it would be fun to bring the … [Read more...]

Our Downton Abbey Tea Party & Giveaway

downton abbey tea party

We had ourselves a little tea party last week.  And it was so much fun!  We were inspired by World Market's new line of Downton Abbey tea party stuff which is so cute, and since World Market threw a virtual tea party last Sunday, we decided it would be fun to do our own! My sister-in-law and I put this together.  She is kind of an herbal tea aficionado, since we don't drink 'real' tea in our religion. But we do enjoy peppermint and … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Crack Recipe

peppermint crack

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. And three times for the win...another version of crack.  Let's just get the record straight--it's crackers.  Crack for the crackers. Today's version (chocolate peppermint crack) is brought to you by M&M'S® and Glad Holiday Press 'n' Seal. I went to Target and got all my stuff-the M&M'S® White Chocolate Peppermint, the … [Read more...]