May 082015
 

A few weeks ago I shared with you a Mom-to-Be Mother’s Day gift idea as a way to share the announcement that my sister-in-law Abby and my brother Sam are pregnant with their first baby.  I am so excited that I’m going to be an Auntie, as I have a lot of great memories of doing fun things with my aunts.

Classic Egg Salad Sandwiches - this egg salad recipe is easy and delicious.

To extend the fun, over the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing lots of baby and baby shower fun.  Baby shower recipes, crafts, DIY gifts and decorations, must have baby items and more.  Follow along with hashtag #BabyCBabyShower on Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss any of the fun. Continue reading »

Jan 282015
 

Lately I have been in the mood for my Mom’s Taco Salad.  It’s a great recipe (I’ll share it with you all one of these days), a little different than a traditional taco salad.  It’s not hard to make, but it does take a little advanced planning.

This Quick & Easy Taco Salad recipe has all the yummy flavors of a taco on one plate. No big shell needed, just add a few crushed tortilla chips to give you that nice crunch.Thank you to Lunchbox for sponsoring this post. Words & opinions are my own.

I was trying to decide what to make for lunch recently and after going through all the cabinets, fridge and freezer, I realized that I had everything on hand to make tacos.  Which meant that I had everything I needed to make the Quick & Easy Taco Salad recipe from the Kraft Recipe Hub.  Hubby likes taco salad, also, so I decided to whip this recipe up for lunch. Continue reading »

Dec 312013
 

I am a member of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network and this slow cooker minestrone recipe is sponsored by Cans Get You Cooking.

Does your pantry kind of look like a “cantry”?  Ours definitely does.  If you open our cupboard doors you’ll find them fully stocked with cans of vegetables, fruit, broth, stock, beans and more.

Growing up we always had canned and jarred foods on hand.  The winters were unpredictable and a full “cantry” meant that even in the middle of a blizzard you could have a flavorful meal made with ingredients picked at the peak of ripeness, locking in their fresh taste.  Even on a beautiful, sunny day canned foods are a great shortcut to getting dinner on the table.

Slow Cooker Minestrone Recipe #CansGetYouCooking

One of our favorite meals to make using canned ingredients in a slow cooker minestrone I’ve been making for a few years now.  It’s on a short list of recipes that my husband specifically requests over and over.  I’m always happy to oblige because in addition to tasting amazing, it’s so easy to put together! Continue reading »

Mar 292013
 

Casseroles are one of my favorite busy night meals.  I can put all of the ingredients together ahead of time and then just put it in the oven to cook when I need to start making dinner.  I don’t need to stand over the stove stirring any pots.  I don’t have to worry about whether or not I cooked it for 27 minutes or 32 minutes.  I can add a few more vegetables or a bit more starch to make it stretch just a bit further.  I can generally substitute ingredients based on what I have in the pantry or what is on sale at the grocery store this week.

Everyone in my home loves Mexican food.  Some Mexican dishes are more labor intensive than others.  So, when I’m having a super hectic day, I turn to this Mexicali Casserole recipe.

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Jan 142013
 

Easy Recipes: Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Easy Recipes for Valentine's Day

I love quick and easy recipes that also make great gifts.  These chocolate-covered pretzels fit that bill!  Packaged in a small bag decorated with stickers, they make a cute gift for Valentine’s Day.  They’re also really easy for kids to help make.  Bubbles actually helped me make a batch yesterday and she had a great time mixing, sprinkling, and dipping.

If you have a child in elementary school these might make a nice Valentine for their friends (you could personalize the bags with name tags).  Even junior high- and high school-aged kids like to give Valentines and these can fit that bill, too.  And I personally wouldn’t mind receiving a bag of these from co-workers or friends in a moms’ group.  They really are perfect for just about anyone!

Present your easy recipes in these treat bags

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