• Learn how to plan an inexpensive weekend road trip with a few simple steps!

    How to Plan an Inexpensive Weekend Road Trip

    Learn how to plan an inexpensive weekend road trip with only a few simple steps! A few times a year I try to get away and visit my sister up in Brooklyn, New York.   It’s simple because I can hop on Megabus for less than thirty dollars round-trip and then mindlessly ride into Manhattan without the hassle of traffic, tolls and paying attention. I get a lot of reading done! Or napping… Recently, though, my sister and I decided it would be fun to go somewhere together instead. We have limited budgets (and time), so we have to be strategic with all the components that would go into a…

  • Mugs are part of everyday life, whether they're filled with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine ... or pens. We can all get by with any old mug, of course, but the right mug can bring a little spark of joy each and every morning. There are perfect mugs for every personality, no matter how quirky or basic!

    Perfect Mugs for Every Personality

    There are perfect mugs for every personality, no matter how quirky or basic! Finding the perfect mugs to be a part of everyday life has been a fun hobby of mine over the years, whether they’re filled with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine … or pens. We can all get by with any old mug, of course, but the right mug can bring a little spark of joy each and every morning. Check out this list of some of my favorites — there’s a little something for everyone!    

  • This mouth-watering ooey-gooey baked brie with RO*TEL is a fun and festive appetizer that's perfect for holidays and entertaining!

    Baked Brie With RO*TEL

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RotelHoliday #CollectiveBias This mouth-watering ooey-gooey baked brie with RO*TEL® is a fun and festive appetizer that’s perfect for holidays and entertaining! I’m always on the hunt for simple, yummy appetizers and finger foods when I’m hosting a get-together or having friends and family over for the holidays. Things that take both a minimal amount of time and effort and also yield flavors and tastes that still make your mouth water. Cheese is high on that list. Mmm… Melty, ooey-gooey cheese is even higher on that list. Marry that with a flaky crescent roll crust…

  • These cinnamon apple oatmeal muffins made with whole wheat flour are a perfect hearty grab-n-go breakfast or snack option.

    Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Muffins

    These cinnamon apple oatmeal muffins made with whole wheat flour are a perfect hearty grab-n-go breakfast or snack option. Make sure to scroll to the end for this recipe, as well as some of my other favorite muffin recipes! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MakeItMazola #SimpleSwap #CollectiveBias Fall is in the air and school is back in session. It’s my favorite time of the year, even if it’s also one of the busiest. My daughter and I tend to be grab-n-go breakfast eaters, preferring instead to eat a bigger lunch and dinner. A hearty, better-for-you muffin can be…

  • This avocado tuna salad is creamy and delicious, with just the right amount of salt and tang. Perfect eaten on toasted sour dough bread or atop a piece of butter lettuce!

    Avocado Tuna Salad

    This avocado tuna salad is creamy and delicious, with just the right amount of salt and tang. It’s perfect eaten on toasted sour dough bread or atop a piece of butter lettuce! Many of my lunches are leftovers from dinner during the week. Things like meatloaf, soup and pasta are almost better a day or two later than they are day of! But, sometimes I like a good sandwich—anything from a classic PB&J or B.L.T, to something with a little more flair. When I was at ALDI recently, I found these great packets of original chunk light tuna in water from Northern Catch® Harvest of the Sea. It’s labeled as…

  • Snickerdoodle cookie bars are soft, chewy, packed with a the perfect amount of sweet cinnamon-sugar zing and so simple to make!

    Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

    Snickerdoodle cookie bars are soft, chewy, packed with a the perfect amount of sweet cinnamon-sugar zing and so simple to make! Snickerdoodles are a favorite cookie in this house. It’s a toss-up—depending on which family member you talk to—whether Snickerdoodles or chocolate chip are THE favorite, however. I’m kind of just partial to cookies. Period. Especially with a cold glass of milk, warm right out of the oven. Sometimes I get the urge to bake cookies, but don’t have the energy to bother with individual cookies. I know, I know. I have to believe there are many of you, like me, who have some weeks where life is so busy,…

  • Make and store homemade tomato sauce a different, simpler and quicker way with your Instant Pot!

    Homemade Instant Pot Tomato Sauce

    Make and store homemade tomato sauce a different, simpler and quicker way with your Instant Pot! The 2018 tomato harvest proved to be a great one. As of September, I hadn’t seen an end in sight with either the tomatoes growing in my parents’ high tunnel or the plants I had growing in my container gardens.   The year before, the bounty lasted until October and I remember wondering if the last few would ripen before the first frost. (They did.) As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. You can only eat so many tomatoes on salads and sandwiches, or chopped up and…

  • These recipes—including juicy seared pork chops, oven fried chicken thighs and a refreshing gin mojito—are consistently the top reader favorites from amusingfoodie.com.

    Reader Favorites From amusingfoodie.com

    These recipes—including juicy seared pork chops, oven fried chicken thighs and a refreshing gin mojito—are consistently the top reader favorites from amusingfoodie.com. We all have our go-to recipes. The ones that make it into the weekly dinner rotation, or that always come out when you’re hosting a party. I’d have to imagine that given the consistent popularity of these recipes on amusingfoodie.com, these reader favorites are also go-tos for a lot of you, too. Make sure to scroll to the bottom to check out some of my favorite kitchen tools! 1. Blueberry Crumble Bars These blueberry crumble bars are simple to make, with only a few ingredients, many of which…