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 »

Oct 212014
 

This Creamy Chipotle Onion Dip recipe post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

You probably have already noticed me mentioning around here once or ten times that we like a good tailgate.  Whether it’s in the parking lot of our favorite stadium or in our own kitchen and living room, getting together over food to yell at the TV is an excellent pastime.

Creamy Chipotle Onion Dip Recipe #TabascoHellmanns Continue reading »

Oct 132014
 

This post on saving on my vegetable soup recipe with the Walmart Savings Catcher is sponsored by Crowdtap. All thoughts and words are my own. #WMTSavingsCatcher

We’ve had a pretty serious cold snap here the last few days, and it’s been frequently accompanied by rain.  It’s the kind of weather that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a bowl of something hot.  Something like vegetable soup.

Vegetable Soup Recipe #WMTSavingsCatcher

My husband is a fan of soups in general and requests them frequently.  The other day as I was heading out the door to pick up groceries, my husband suggested that I also get the things I’d need to make vegetable soup.  I took a mental inventory of what we already had in the pantry and fridge, then added the rest of the ingredients to the shopping app on my phone. Continue reading »

Oct 032014
 

This pumpkin spice buttercream frosting recipe is sponsored by International Delight. All thoughts and words are my own.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve really been enjoying the onset of fall and all the things that go with that.  Corn mazes and pumpkin patches, football, and sampling all the flavors of fall.

One of my favorite fall flavors is pumpkin spice. By the volume of Pinterest pins, commercials, and Facebook commentary surrounding pumpkin spice, apparently I’m not alone.  Whether it’s sipping pumpkin spice coffee or eating pumpkin spice muffins, it’s everywhere you turn. Continue reading »