Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Creamy Twix Pie

How about an easy spring or summer dessert that only has 5 ingredients?  Yes, please!  A couple of weeks back the husband took BOTH kids out of the house for a WHOLE afternoon. They ran errands, went to the mall and out for lunch.

Can I just say it was absolutely glorious being home alone for that long?  I turned off the T.V., turned on Pandora and blasted my way through laundry, blog work and meal prepping. All without kiddos underfoot. Do you know how much you can get done when no one is in the house?

So to thank him for a much needed break, I threw this pie together for an after dinner treat. And when I say "threw" together, I literally did that.  It took about 5 minutes.

If you are needing a simple and easy dessert for your family or one to take to an event, this is the ONE.  I mean, who doesn't love a graham cracker crust, whipped cream and candy bars?

You're lying if you say you don't like any of those three items.  Get real.

Take another shortcut and buy a pre-made graham cracker crust, or make it yourself, whatever floats your boat, but regardless just 5 ingredients people!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Building a Kick Butt Burger: Healthy Solutions Spice Blends {+ giveaway!}

I have another great product to share with you today!  The kind folks over at Healthy Solutions Spice Blends recently sent me some of their spice blends to try.

With grill season officially under way, I of course wanted to try the Ultimate Burger blend first.  We love grilling once it is warm {which this year has taken forever}.  Gosh, we throw anything on there - burgers, chicken, veggies to roast, bread, heck I've even grilled fruit {you need to try that}.

This particular night I thawed one pound of ground turkey and one pound of ground pork, added the recommended amount of spices, a dash of worcestershire sauce and called it good.

This spice packet would also be good made into meatballs, meatloaf and last week I sprinkled it on potatoes that we roasted in the oven.  All so good!

Their blends are a healthy and economical alternative to take-out.   They contain no artificial ingredients or fillers so there’s no extra bulk, just the concentrated flavor and goodness of freshly ground herbs and spices.   Most of our blends contain no salt or sugar, so restricted diets can be easily accommodated without sacrificing full flavor. 

It certainly takes the worry out of what spices to sprinkle into things.  They've perfected which spices go well together with certain foods, the work is already done for you!  And even better one packet makes multiple servings.  I'm still using the Ultimate Burger spices after three different meals.  It seals back up and stays fresh until your next use.

Guess what? I have 3 other spice blends to give away to a lucky reader: Cajun Seafood, Perfect Steak and Herb Crusted Tilapia.

Simply enter via the Rafflecopter link below for many chances to win!  I will randomly {www.random.org} choose a winner on Wednesday, April 23rd.

Good luck!  This just might be the summer of giveaways! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Greek Feta Linguine

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This dish was so darn good over the weekend that I am making it again for dinner tonight. It's light, refreshing, yet still has a ton of flavor.

Do you like feta cheese?

I personally love it.  It is a crumbly, aged cheese, made from sheep's milk or a mixture of sheep and goat's milk.  You'll see it a lot in European dishes, especially Greek dishes.  I love having it as a topper on pasta or a salad.  It is a bit salty, yet not overpowering at all.  Give it a try!

And think you can't find it?  Wrong.  I buy mine at Aldi's, so it is pretty much in every grocery store around.

I whipped up a quick marinade for this chicken {nothing like bland, boring chicken!}.  I recommended making your own marinades, they are so simple.  For this one I poured the ingredients in a small mason jar and let the kids go to town shaking it {make sure the lid is on tight}.

And then this morning before I left the house, I left a jar of this marinade on the kitchen counter with instructions for the husband to combine it with the thawed chicken to marinate.

Please, let him follow directions so I come home to this being done.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Apple MacBook Giveaway!

I have recently teamed up with Mom SparkFood Folks and Fun, Gimmie Freebies and an amazing group of blogs and businesses to bring you the Apple MacBook Pro Laptop Giveaway

I am super stoked about this giveaway - the BIGGEST one I have done to date!  Who doesn't want a new laptop?  I sure do.  

Yes, this is a food blog, but I love throwing in other fun stuff along the way.  I need an efficient computer to keep this little blog going, so it only makes sense to give a computer away as more than likely you all need a reliable computer too, right?

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Top 10 Items You Need for Spring and Summer

1.  Sloggers Women's Premium Clog

I have been on the hunt for an outdoor shoe.  I had a much less nicer pair that sort of resembled this clog for many years.  Then over the winter one shoe disappeared {who knows?}.  So I threw the other one away, only to find that missing one a few months later. Of course.  But it wasn't like they were comfortable anyway.

But these clogs....I'm dreaming about them.  For only $21.97 they are a bargain!  Ideal for gardening, yard work or just slipping on to run out to the garage for something you forgot in your car.

You can purchase them HERE.  Don't you love the lime green color?

I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner, but when buying fresh eggs at the farmer's market or when you are getting them from a friend, why not bring your own container to carry them home in?  I have a feeling farmer's are often searching for styrofoam or cardboard containers to bring their eggs in, so why not bring your own, transfer them into this handy-dandy plastic container and then give them their egg carton back?

Some things are so simple I wished I would have thought of this.  And for as low as $5.50 you can't beat it!

You can purchase one HERE.

This book has been lurking around the web recently and I'm intrigued!  I mean on the cover it is showing you how to turn a watermelon into a keg.  How cool is that?

I certainly do not live on a homestead, but I'd love to read about all of her ideas and who knows maybe tackle a few? And only $18 bucks!

You can purchase it HERE.

Do you garden?  Whether is be floral plants or produce, it's nice to keep your hands covered and not in the muck.  These gloves claim to fit like a second pair of skin and the colors scream spring and summer.

My garden consists of just tomatoes, peppers, jalapenos and herbs {oh trust me, I want so much more....}, but we all know even if you don't have a garden there is still yard work to do. From racking to mowing, these would be perfect!  And how about a 6 packs for $10.97? Can't beat that.

You can buy them HERE.

I really, really, really want to start composting.  I told the husband the other day.  I swear he thinks I'm crazy. Not that he isn't into it {he grew up doing it} but he is a bit overwhelmed with all the changes going on in our life right now {leaving job, having a baby, me staying home, etc.}  He said to wait.

I might do it anyway.

This indoor container is so adorable, I want it even if I don't start composting!  It keeps the smells and stench away until it is full and you can dump it outside.  For only $19.99!

You can get yours HERE.

I love wearing tank tops when the weather starts to get warmer.  You can avoid those lovely short sleeved tank lines too!  These are the perfect, light weight summery tank that comes in a zillion colors, starting at just under $7 each!

Purchase one or many HERE.

The first year we moved to our house, I had a container garden.  It worked pretty darn well!  Some varieties better than others, but none the less pretty good for not being an actual "garden".

Download the Kindle version for all the hot pointers for only $3.87.

You can purchase it HERE.

Us moms can all use a little inspiration during the summer.  Especially me!  I'll be staying home indefinitely pretty soon, and as most moms know the mom your kids have to do to keep them busy, the less fighting and bickering.

These ideas are simple and cheap.  Download today!

You can purchase it HERE.  {Free if you have Amazon Prime!}

There is nothing I've been craving more these past 9 months than an ice cold beer or slushy cocktail.  Judge away if you want, I don't care.  One of my favorite things to do in the summer is have girlfriends over, send the kids away and chat the night away on the back deck with drinks and appetizers in hand.

This little machine would make that evening just perfect!  And only $48.91 with free shipping.  If you like hosting parties, this would be the perfect summer splurge.

You can buy yours HERE.

This sundress comes in four fun colors and would be perfect an outdoor wedding, cocktail party or heck just to wear anytime!  The gathered waist is slimming on any shape and if I'm going to wear a dress in the summer this is the kind I like.

It is on sale RIGHT NOW for $24.95, act fast!

You can purchase one, or all four HERE.


So, what do you think of my Top 10 list?  What is your favorite?  Tell me in the comments.  I hope this brought a smile to your face and maybe just maybe gave you some ideas for your summer plans as well.

This is the BEST time of the year.

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cranberry Chewies

You know me, when I think of a new cookie recipe, especially one that is easy {no flour!} I make it.  These cookies took place during nap time about a week ago.

I love baking and being in the kitchen when the kiddos are sleeping {or supposed to be sleeping}.  It gives me time to just unwind without twenty extra fingers and toes surrounding me.

This is a simple bowl and stir cookie.  Dump all the ingredients in, bake and enjoy shortly after.  When the kids woke up from nap they immediately eyed them cooling on the kitchen counter.  Guess what was their afternoon snack?

Yep.  Cookies.

They cookies can easily be gluten free if made with gluten free oats.  So anyone out there who has celiac disease or is just avoiding glutens for whatever reason - make these NOW! You will not be disappointed. They are the perfect, chewy, soft cookie that gives you a hint of fruit and cinnamon, yet still tastes like a peanut butter oatmeal cookie.

In fact I went to go make another batch last night, but sadly was out of eggs {seriously, can the husband stop boiling all my eggs?  He is on an egg salad and hard boiled egg kick....don't ask}.

On that note I need to get some chickens to keep up with our egg consumption.

Or find a lovely local friend who is willing to share their egg profits with me.

Anyone?  Bueller?

I plan on making a few batches of these and freezing the dough in balls prior to baby #3 arriving.  Do you freeze cookie dough?  Simply make the dough, roll into balls and freeze on a cookie sheet.  When frozen, place in a big Ziploc baggie with baking instructions.

Then when you want a cookie {or two, or three} you can simply take out the amount you want and bake them off.

I may find myself baking some off around 2 a.m. during a feeding.  Don't judge.  Feeding mamas get hungry.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

I'm not going to lie this weekend has been rough.  The husband worked everyday plus put in extra hours of overtime, so it was just me and the kids.  And when dad isn't around they always seem to act out more for mom.  It sucks.

Naps and bedtimes have been a challenge for some reason.  My kids have always been GREAT sleepers. Like, awesome.  And for the most part they still are.  Well, now they are sharing a room in preparation for the baby.  It has gone fairly well, but the little miss is testing my patience every night when dad isn't home, climbing in and out of bed, before finally settling down about an hour later.  She will also climb to the top bunk {where her brother sleeps}, get in the farthest corner and laugh hysterically at me because I can't reach her.  The big 'ol belly just gets in the way.

I'm usually sweating, irritated and pretty pissed off by the time they are finally down.  At which point I collapse on the couch and call it a night myself.

But....what I will say is that the comments and feedback I received from last Saturday's post made me feel good.  Thank you for your support and kind words.  If you missed it, you can read it here.

These spicy buffalo chicken enchiladas also cheered me up.  I was craving something spicy and cheesy and I had all the ingredients on hand to make this dish stellar so I cranked it out amongst the chaos of our house over the weekend.

I've made every buffalo style dip, pizza, appetizer and sandwich you can probably name, but I had yet to tackle it in any Mexican style dish.  What took me so long?

The ingredients for these will make a large pan {8-10 enchiladas}, but I stuck with just rolling up 4 - two for me and two for the hubs, just in case he didn't like them or I didn't like how they turned out, saving the extra sauce and shredded chicken in the fridge.

Mistake!  Should have made the whole pan at once.  So good!

Dive into these gooey, spicy, cheesy darlings like it is your last meal.  You will not be disappointed if you are a buffalo sauce fan.

Oh, and do you want my cool Rachael Ray's baking dishes?  You can buy them here.  I love them!