Dec 122014
 

This vanilla eggnog milkshake recipe is a partnered post with International Delight. All words, thoughts and recipes are my own.

If you’ve been around this week you may have heard that I’m kind of in a milkshake mood (and before you get all excited, Mom, that doesn’t mean I’m having cravings).  And while a good chocolate shake will always be top of my list, I do like to experiment with different flavor combinations, especially seasonal ones.  And what’s more seasonal right now than eggnog?

Very Vanilla Eggnog Milkshake Recipe

Growing up I wasn’t that much of an eggnog fan.  Or a fan at all to be more accurate.  And hubby said he didn’t like it much, either.  But as you age, your tastes change, and I thought it was time for us to give it another chance. Continue reading »

Dec 112014
 

This Hot Italian Panini recipe shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PepItUp #CollectiveBias

My family loves sandwiches, especially hot ones.  In fact, when we order from the local pizza place my husband almost always orders a hot sandwich instead of pizza.  And like most kids Bubbles loves a good grilled cheese.

Hot Italian Panini Recipe #PepItUp

A couple of years ago I splurged and bought a panini press.  I knew it would get lots of use – there’s just something about toasted bread filled with warm, melty cheese and other add-ins that can’t be beat.  And I was definitely right as we use it at least once a week. Continue reading »

Dec 092014
 

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks in order to make my Candy Crunch Milkshake. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

Am I the only one that loves milkshakes more in winter than any other time of year?  It sounds a little counter-intuitive, I know, but it’s true.  But when the temperatures drop I start craving them.

Candy Crunch Milkshake Recipe - a cold, creamy treat with hints of chocolate-coated candies in each sip.

Most of the time my go-to choice is a good ol’ fashioned chocolate shake.  Sometimes I get a little crazy and go the cookies and cream route.  But when the generous folks at Sweetworks sent me a big box of chocolate and candy the other day, I started to get an idea. Continue reading »

Nov 122014
 

This orange poke cake #drinkTEN shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Years ago I often had to travel for work for weeks at a time.  I was young and unmarried and thought living in a hotel and eating out a restaurant every night for up to 8 weeks straight was fun.  Traveling during the holidays, though, wasn’t quite as fun.  Fortunately my coworkers and trainees always went out of their way to make me feel welcome and to make the time special.

Lightened-Up Orange Poke Cake Recipe with Sunkist TEN

There’s one occasion that really stands out, though, and that’s the time when a girl in one of my classes made me a poke cake right before Thanksgiving.  I had never had a poke cake before, can you believe that?  I know they’re made all different ways, but this one had a favorite hard-to-find soda of mine poured over the top before covering it with a whipped topping.  It was a family recipe, but the girl was sweet enough to share it with me (I guess she didn’t worry about much recipe “competition” from Florida as they lived in Texas). Continue reading »

Oct 292014
 

This BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese recipe is part of the Sverve #SmokehouseBBQ campaign. Recipe and thoughts are my own.

We just found out that the weather on Halloween is supposed to be pretty rotten.  And by rotten, I mean it’s going to be in the 40s with a 70% chance of rain.  There may be a very soggy Elsa by the end of the night.

Smokey BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese with Bacon

So before we head out to trick or treat, I’ll be making sure that everyone eats a hot, filling dinner. One of my go-to meals is homemade mac & cheese. It’s Bubbles-approved, and everyone else that has tried it, loves it. I have a few different variations, like my Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, and this one for my Smokey BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese with Bacon.  Because everything’s better with bacon, right? Continue reading »