Jack Skellington PB & J Pastry Puff - Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Recipe

Jack Skellington PB & J Pastry Puff

I have a confession to make… I am a Pinterest mom! Well, that’s not totally honest. I’m a bit of a hybrid between the frazzled, over-caffeinated parent and the whimsically crafty Mary Poppins mama. In reality, that means that I like Pinterest-worthy treats without the excessive Pinterest-worthy effort. If you are nodding your head right about now, then you will love my super easy (and quite lazy) Halloween treat for your little munchkin. Made in under 20 minutes flat (and that includes cook-time!), this is my Jack Skellington PB & J Pastry Puff for your own Nightmare Before Christmas… As …

Baked Zucchini Spaghetti Medallions, Green Giant, Veggie Spirals

Baked Zucchini Spaghetti Medallions

Special thanks to Green Giant! This post was sponsored by Green Giant as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. David versus Goliath. Jeans versus post-baby body. Netflix versus 8 hours of sleep. Some battles are epic. But there is one that has withstood the test of time, eternal turmoil to rival all wars… toddler versus vegetables. I am currently huddled in the muddy trenches of this bloody struggle. Like her mother before her, my daughter refuses to eat veggies. And if it wasn’t for my maternal force-feeding instincts, …

Corn Dogs, State Fair

Spicy Caramelized Onion Dip & Dressed Corn Dogs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. Food is not just an energy source. It is often a trigger, inexplicably intertwined with moments in time. Fresh out of the oven cinnamon rolls and I’m a 5-year-old in my aunt’s kitchen trying to sneak a bite. When I walk through the door of a coffee house and catch a whiff of the inescapable aroma, my heart swoons as I’m immediately transported to the first date with my husband. Crispy corn dogs on a stick and I flash back …

jello, vodka, halloween, recipe

Brain Food: Pineapple Vodka Spiked Jello

Halloween is days away and it isn’t out of the ordinary to start craving some brains. Do not fret, today’s post is not some Walking Dead, post-apocalyptic recipe celebrating psychopaths. If you’re interested in that sort of recipe, then might I suggest you visit this website and then hopefully scratch me off of your kill list. For the rest of us, let’s revel in the gory delights of All Hallow’s Eve and whip up a recipe that is sure to give your party guests nightmares for days years to come. So start perfecting a booming, evil laugh and get let’s …

chocolate, pretzel, glutino, gluten free

Campfire Pretzel Bites with Glutino

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glutino® and Udis®. The opinions and text are all mine. I married into a family of doctors. Of course, it is quite beneficial when I need a flu shot or have a question about a sore throat. But there are times that I find my medically-inclined in-laws quite a nuisance. For example, like the time that my husband’s aunt casually leaned over the Thanksgiving Day table and told me to put down the bread roll because I had a gluten intolerance. Hand to my heart, that was exactly how …

fudge, chocolate, outlander

Almond Lavender Fudge

David and Goliath. Rocky and Drago. Tesla and Edison. Every good story has an arch nemesis that must be overcome by sheer will, grit, and resolve. My arch nemesis is fudge. I curse the sight of that thick, chocolaty nectar! Why, you ask? Because every time I attempt to make it, I fail. And trust me, nothing will kill your soul more than being bested by a tiny block of sugar. Well today I have good news. I have taken down Goliath. With spatula in hand and determination in my heart, I finally perfected fudge. Almond Lavender Fudge, to be …

tyson tastemakers, chicken, chicken dinner

Olive Oil & Herb Chicken

  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. I have a dilemma that I want to share with you. I like to call it the ‘appetizer recipe dilemma.’ Time and again, I find myself in this predicament and want to know who shares in my pain. I find an amazing hors d’oeuvres or dessert recipe, seek out all the ingredients, squeeze in the prep and cook time into my overwrought schedule, make the new dish to perfection, and then the all too painful truth dawns on …

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Big Apple Cheesecake

Today we’re going to revisit one of our most popular recipe posts from back in September 2015, The Big Apple Cheesecake. Inspired by my former home of Manhattan, this is sure to tantalize your tastebuds. New York City epitomizes everything that is great about America… it’s vibrant, culturally diverse, and rooted in patriotism.  So, I couldn’t think of a better way to represent this great city than with a unique recipe that combines American Apple Pie and New York Style Cheesecake.  Baked in a hollowed-out apple, the ricotta cheesecake filling is unexpectedly enhanced by a sharp Fontinella flavor (reminiscent of the cheddar …