Molded Sugar Hearts

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You know that saying that little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice? That’s what inspired these molded sugar hearts, perfect for Valentine’s Day, baby showers, or other special occasions. Molded sugar hearts are easy to make and can be fun addition to spice up your regular coffee or tea routine. To start, you’ll need superfine sugar*, a bit of water, food coloring, and a heart-shaped mold. *Tip: If you already have regular granulated sugar in the house, just run it {Read More}

20 Minute Butternut Squash Risotto + Pressure Cooker Giveaway


Risotto is one of my favorite comfort foods. I’ve been wanting to cook it for a while, but have never had the time to spend in the kitchen for the amount of continuous stirring it needs. Thanks to T-fal, I’m now the proud owner of a Clipso pressure cooker. Which means I can skip the hour of stirring and make risotto in less than 20 minutes. (Which coincides with the amount of time I have to cook on date night.) {Read More}

Proving a Point to Mykl with Hillshire Snacking #HillshireSnackPros


#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between this site and Hillshire. This could include Hillshire providing content, product, access, or other forms of payment. Sometimes I get to do really awesome things because of my blog. Like get paid to prove a point to Mykl. Thanks Hillshire for the excuse to prove that Mykl’s shirt looks like a tablecloth. Hillshire Snacking has a new line of snacks with premium meats, bold flavors, and 15+ grams of protein per package. {Read More}

The Easiest Frozen Watermelon Pops Ever


There’s no better way to celebrate the final days of summer than with these easy frozen watermelon pops. All you need is a sheet pan, some wax paper, a few popsicle sticks, a sharp knife, and a nice, ripe watermelon. Slice your watermelon as usual. Make sure your slices are at least 1/2″ thick. Then insert your knife about 1″ into the bottom of each slice, to pre-cut the hole for the popsicle stick. Insert your stick, pushing it at {Read More}

Make-Ahead Freezer Meal: Beef Enchiladas


I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. As a busy working mom, make ahead freezer meals are my best friend. This easy beef enchiladas dish can be prepped in advance and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Ground beef is a staple in our house, so this is a great dish to {Read More}

Go from Zero to Pizza in 15 minutes with Hormel Pizza Ready


I am a member of the Hormel® Pizza Ready™ Program. While Hormel Foods provided me with samples and resources to complete this post, all opinions are 100% my own. As a working mom, one of my biggest challenges is getting dinner on the table quickly when I get home. Last week, for example, the office was really busy and by the time I picked up Levi after work, it was already 5:30pm. Considering his new bedtime is 7:15pm, that doesn’t {Read More}

Sometimes simple things are the best (aka my latest recipe fail)


Sometimes simple things are the best. (KISS graphic) I’m going to clue you guys in on a secret – when bloggers create gorgeous, delicious recipes, we normally only share the final product. Like these poached pears – they’re plated pretty, well-lit, and look ready to eat. What we don’t often share is our failed attempts to create the recipe in the first place. Take, for example, my attempt to get creative with some Tastefully Simple products this week. They sent {Read More}

Easy Poached Pears Dessert

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Looking for a dessert that’s easy to make and looks super impressive when served? Look no further than this easy Poached Pears recipe from my friend Kasey. The hardest part about this recipe is shopping for the ingredients. Currants can be tough to find fresh here in the Midwest, so when I make this recipe, I usually sub out blackberries or raspberries instead. Kasey’s Famous Poached Pears Ingredients 1 organic Bosc pear per serving 1⁄4 cup fresh currants (or red {Read More}

No Bake Mini Banana Cheesecake Jars

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Whether you’re entertaining for a crowd or just want a yummy treat for your family, these no bake banana cheesecake mini jars are sure to please. The recipe is easy to make, perfectly portioned, and the best part – you can make it a couple days in advance if you’re planning a big event. No Bake Mini Banana Cheesecake Jars Crust Ingredients 1 C graham crackers, crushed 2 Tbs sugar 3 Tbs unsalted butter, melted Cheesecake Filling Ingredients 1/3 C {Read More}

The official “No Pants” Cheesecake recipe


My friend Christopher Kliewer is an awesome baker and he is responsible for what I’ve dubbed The Official “No Pants” Cheesecake recipe. Why am I calling it No Pants Cheesecake? The easy answer is because I originally met Chris at the No Pants Subway Ride back in 2013. We live on opposite sides of town, so we don’t see each other very often. When I was looking for a photo of him to include with his recipe, I realized that {Read More}