Apr 082014

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group but all my opinions and my fruit float recipe are my own. #pmedia #TENways http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Growing up, one of the things I most looked forward to during warmer months was the dairy bar opening.  One of the local dairies in our area – Houlton Farms Dairy – would open up a small store front in a neighboring town and serve homemade ice cream, milkshakes, and other delicious offerings.  Their homemade chocolate ice cream was one of my absolute favorites.

On the menu were a few other items that I really didn’t ‘get’ as a kid – treats made with sherbet.  They didn’t contain any ice cream!  I mean, why go to an ice cream shop and not get ice cream.  As I got older, though, I completely understood:  a way to indulge without blowing your healthy goals.

Fizzy Fruit Float Recipe with 10 Calorie 7UP #TENways

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Mar 132014

This edible cookie dough recipe post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

One of my favorite parts of baking chocolate chip cookies is the cookie dough.  I realize that you’re really not supposed to eat it with the raw eggs and all, but I live on the edge.  For me, it tastes almost better than the baked cookies!

SPLENDA Sweetners #SweetSwaps

A few years ago I found out that you can make cookie dough specifically to eat – there are no eggs, so no worries about bacteria.  I don’t make it often because while it may be safe to eat, it’s not exactly good for my waistline.  But recently I made a swap – a sweet swap, using SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend. Continue reading »

Mar 072014

We love pasta in all it’s forms, but classic spaghetti will always be on the list of favorites in our house.  And while we most often eat it with a red sauce, the warmer weather has me pondering ways to give it a spring twist.  What better way to say spring than with fresh herbs?

Spaghetti with Herbed Garlic Butter Sauce #15MinuteSuppers

Gourmet Garden had just been kind enough to send us a cooler full of their beautiful herbs, so I decided to make my Spaghetti with Herbed Garlic Butter Sauce.  It will have your entire kitchen so fragrant with the smell of garlic and basil that you’ll want to eat it straight from the pan.  Fortunately it takes less than 15 minutes start to finish to make, so it will be on your plate soon enough! Continue reading »

Mar 062014

This post brought to you by Honey Bunches of Oats. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s kind of funny, but while I love cereal, I almost never have it for breakfast. I’ll have it for an afternoon snack, sometimes even for dinner. And I love using it in recipes, but I just don’t think about it when I’m stumbling bleary-eyed through the kitchen in the mornings.

Recently I had the chance to try a couple boxes of the new Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy cereals. There are two flavors, Cinnamon Crunch and Chocolatey Almond Crunch. They’re both so yummy I broke from my tradition and ate them both for breakfast a few days after they arrived.

Because Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy cereals are packed with whole grain, fiber and protein, they’re actually a great choice for your morning meal.  That combination gives you a pick-me-up of energy right away, plus leaves you feeling satisfied and ready to go until lunch.  And because of the delicious cinnamon and chocolate flavors, kiddos will even reach for this cereal, so you know they’ve had a healthy start to the day. Continue reading »

Mar 042014

I received a gift basket from Nutella as a thank you for sharing my National Pancake Day smile. All thoughts and words are my own.

Today is National Pancake Day!  How fun, right?  I love that there are days throughout the year to celebrate delicious and classic foods.

We enjoy pancakes, and not just for breakfast; we have them for lunch and dinner, too.  Sometimes just by themselves, and sometimes paired with scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, maybe even a few hashbrowns.  My stomach is seriously growling now just thinking about it.

Fluffy Pancake Recipe for #NationalPancakeDay #ShareTheHappy

But because it’s National Pancake Day, let’s celebrate pancakes by themselves.  Well, with a topping, of course.  And what better way to top a pancake that with delicious Nutella? Continue reading »