• Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! Yum!

    Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. Chewy chocolate peanut butter cookie bars are an easy and delicious way to get creative with the kids—even when life’s busy! The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a crazy one. School’s out, but most parents have to work (unless you’ve managed—like me!—to not use up all your vacation time beforehand), which means it can be kind of tricky to keep the home life rolling along smoothly. Things can be a little…chaotic. And, despite lots of new toys, gadgets, books, and crafts, as parents we still hear: MOM. I’m bored. Sometimes that’s easily cured with a simple:…

  • Homemade Cheeseburgers with Alexia Onion Rings

    Homemade Cheeseburgers with Alexia Onion Rings

    Alexia Foods sponsored this conversation about easy weeknight dinners, like this yummy recipe for homemade cheeseburgers alongside crispy Alexia Onion Rings with Panko Breading and Sea Salt. It seems like every year is busier than the last, especially with the kids getting older, and more and more activities getting added into the mix. I don’t expect things to slow down anytime soon (the contrary, actually), so now’s the time to embrace treats like managing to get to bed a half-hour earlier than normal (me, not the kids), a long hot shower in the evening, and easy weeknight meals! Homemade Cheeseburgers with Crispy Alexia Onion Rings Cheeseburgers are a big winner…

  • Queso Couscous with Cheesy Panko Crusted Chicken Tenders

    This fun Chopped at Home Challenge™ recipe is sponsored by Sargento®and their Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican. When I’m presented with a challenge, it’s hard not to accept. In this case, the challenge from Sargento was to create a recipe using four ingredients to mimic the Chopped challenge. I’m a big fan of Chopped, Ted Allen, and the infamous cast of rotating Food Network chef judges. Chopped at Home Challenge? You’re ON. Open Your Basket The meal? Dinner. The ingredients? Sargento Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican, couscous, salsa, and boneless chicken tenders. Time? 30 minutes. The ingredients in my “virtual basket” don’t seem too daunting, but it still took…

  • Finlandia Imported Butter - perfect for slathering on homemade bread!

    Easy Homemade Bread Recipes To Enjoy With Imported Finlandia Butter

    This yummy post about homemade bread recipes and imported butter is sponsored by Finlandia Butter. Is there anything better than warm, crusty bread and creamy, melty, gourmet imported butter? I’d argue that bread and butter is one of the best food pairings on the face of the planet, especially a crusty homemade bread that’s fresh out of the oven…still steaming. The butter melts into the crevices, and all the little nooks and crannies, dripping down your chin with each soft and chewy bite. It’s divine, really. Easy Homemade Bread Recipes Making loaves of French and Italian bread at home isn’t as hard as you think. (I know! I was surprised too, before…

  • Easy Fried Rice for One

    Minute® Ready to Serve Rice sponsored this “Easy Fried Rice for One” post, which gives you a quick, on-the-go snack alternative for when life gets busy! Can we all take a deep breath now that the holidays are over? I don’t know about you, but as much as I love the food-filled chaos from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, I definitely appreciate the “back to normal” routines that come with January. Even if it means getting back to busy weekdays and multiple after school activities that encroach on the dinner hour. My daughter, who turns 10 in February, might be the busiest person in our house right now. She juggles school, dance…

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    The Perfect Tech Gift For Your Foodie Tween

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft. I have a budding foodie tween on my hands, you guys. She’s on the cusp of 10 years old, and fascinated with Alton Brown’s podcasts just as much as I am (okay, maybe more than me – gah!). I find myself both excited and reluctant about this. On the one hand, to have a tween who’s not afraid to try new foods, enjoys helping in the kitchen and packing her own lunches, watches Chopped with tremendous fervor and is a delight to her friends’ picky-child-stricken parents (“You mean, she’ll eat ANYthing?!?!”) is every parent’s dream, right? On the…

  • Oven Fried Chicken Breast Halves with Crispy Skin!

    Easy Oven Fried Chicken Breast Halves with Perfectly Crispy Skin

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice. Easy weeknight dinners are key in this house. Combine a crispy oven fried chicken breast with rich, nutty brown rice, and veggies from the garden and we’re happy campers! If you asked me whether or not I meal plan, my answer would be, “No.” It’s less the idea of sitting down and thinking of fun meals to make ahead of time, and more the fact that I (and really the family) have cravings some days and not others. Why play for pasta when everyone feels like tacos? But I suppose the idea that I don’t meal plan…