August 17, 2017

Wild Mushroom and Pesto Linguine | Home Chef Review

Whew! It is moving week here and boy are we busy! Luckily I had a great new meal delivery service, Home Chef, send us two delicious and easy to make recipes, with all the fresh ingredients included, straight to my door. That's right- no grocery shopping, no planning my meals, just easy peasy meal delivery to make at home! 
 Each week, Home Chef sends you fresh, pre-portioned ingredients along with step-by-step instructions so you can make delicious, home-cooked meals. 
All Home Chef meals are priced at $9.95 per serving. You can choose what meals you want each week from their menu selections and you can even add snacks and fruit baskets too!

Check out the Wild Mushroom and Pesto Linguine recipe from Home Chef below 
and enter to win a week of Home Chef meals! 
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August 10, 2017

S'mores Frappuccino | Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Oh, y'all know it's going to be a good day- it's National S'mores Day!
I love, love, love S'mores anything and have 9 recipes on the blog featuring this delish summer treat!
Today I wanted to share my copycat recipe for a Starbucks drink that I am hooked on all summer long. That's right- today I am making a S'mores Frappuccino inspired by Starbucks recipe. Now you can make it at home for much less time and money and you can enjoy it year round. Because seriously Starbucks, S'mores is not just for summer!
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August 7, 2017

Moana Hawaiian Seashell Pasta Salad

 Hawaiian Seashell Pasta Salad is a crowd pleasing side dish that is easy to make in just minutes! It can be made ahead and it a great dish to bring to a pool party or potluck! 
Our Moana pool party was a blast and the food was quite delicious! 
I loved creating tropical themed foods to serve the kiddos and this Moana Hawaiian Seashell Pasta Salad was one of the most popular dishes! 
Stay tuned for all the details in the Moana party post later this week. 
This pasta salad is creamy and flavorful with a dressing of Ranch seasoning, sour cream, and mayo. I also add peas, cheese, and -you guessed it- Spam! Not a fan of this popular Hawaiian staple? 
You can substitute ham or even bacon! 
Moana Food Tent Cards by AddSomeCharmBoutique
Who else has kids that are obsessed with Moana? My kiddos love her and everything about the movie, so we threw a Moana themed pool party last month to say farewell to all their friends before we move. Stay tuned for the party blog post- featuring some of our favorite Etsy shops and their Moana goodies-  this week!

Mickey Ears by Imajine Art Ears
Apron and basket by Sewing Shelley
HeiHei doll by The Freckled Foxx
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August 6, 2017

Boobie Cookies for World Breastfeeding Week

Made Boobie Cookies for our local breastfeeding support meeting and I thought they were prefect to share for World Breastfeeding Week. So glad to live in an area where I have so much support from the local breastfeeding community. These cookies are easy to make and perfect for bachelorette parties, breastfeeding groups, and even Mardi Gras!
 I nursed my sweet Stella for over 2 years! We just ended our breastfeeding journey last month but I will always treasure the time I was blessed to breastfeed both my babes!

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July 31, 2017

Summertime Ocean Water Punch

It's Movie Monday again and I'm am excited to share this month's summer themed movie and recipe with y'all- it's Jaws
This horror-thriller movie was released in 1975 and still to this day scares the beejesus out of me!

Since we just hosted a farewell pool party for the girls before we movie next month I though it would be fitting to make an Ocean Water Punch for their shindig and for Movie Monday. This 2 ingredient drink is pretty, tasty, and refreshing too. The perfect summer drink for everyone! I even added gummy sharks to the glasses for a fun touch!

Scroll down for my drink recipe and all the other Jaws inspired crafts and recipes this month.
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July 28, 2017

Blueberry Honey Cornbread #SummerDessertWeek

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
For today's #SummerDessertWeek recipe I made sweet Blueberry Honey Cornbread. This ultra moist cornbread in chock full of plump blueberries and drizzled with honey before baking into thick squares. This homemade cornbread is perfect for a side dish or dessert with any summer meal!

It's #SummerDessertWeek and I've teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers and 6 wonderful brands to bring you more than 70 summer dessert recipes and 6 awesome prizes!
Scroll down to see today's recipes.

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July 27, 2017

S'mores Crepes #SummerDessertWeek

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
 One of our favorite summertime treats to make together as a family are S'mores over the campfire! These messy but good treats bring back so many fun memories for me, so I wanted to make a play on S'mores for #SummerDessertWeek today and make these decadent S'mores Crepes with homemade marshmallow sauce.
Ashton with his S'mores contraption and Ava on her 2nd birthday enjoying a campfire treat!
Good times!
It's #SummerDessertWeek and I've teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers and 6 wonderful brands to bring you more than 70 summer dessert recipes and 6 awesome prizes!
Scroll down to see today's recipes.

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July 26, 2017

Blueberry French Toast Shortcakes #SummerDessertWeek

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
Today I wanted to combine two of my favorite things, breakfast and dessert, to make one mouthwatering dish: Blueberry French Toast Shortcakes! I was sent juicy blueberries from Rainier Fruits so I decided to make my favorite homemade blueberry pie filling. Then I added sweet cubed brioche bread and whipped cream and voila!
Dessert is served!

It's #SummerDessertWeek and I've teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers and 6 wonderful brands to bring you more than 70 summer dessert recipes and 6 awesome prizes!
Scroll down to see today's recipes.
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July 24, 2017

Gooey Nutella Microwave Mug Cake #SummerDessertWeek

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.

    Welcome to the first #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear's Wife. We're so glad that you've joined us for this week long event of desserts and giveaways. You're going to love what we have in store for you.
To start this dessert filled week out, I have a delicious recipe to share: Gooey Nutella Microwave Mug Cake . This decadent cake is made in a coffee mug with 3 basic ingredients and cooks in one minute in the microwave! It's an easy single treat or make a few in just minutes!

Mug cakes have always been a favorite of mine, especially to make with my kids.
For this dessert I use Nutella as the base but I have also made peanut butter an chocolate chip cookie mug cakes too.
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 There are 25 amazing bloggers participating in this year's event! Throughout the week we'll be share tons of fantastic summer dessert recipes with you. With over 70 recipes being shared this week we just know that you're going to find a new summer favorite! Plus, don't forget that we have 6 (six) great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors! Scroll down to take a look!
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July 21, 2017

Chicken Divan Casserole

This classic casserole is one of my favorites to make all year long on busy family nights. It couldn't be easier to throw together and it's a delicious hearty meal. I substituted a few of the traditional ingredients for low fat ones to cut some of the fat and calories. 
Check out my recipe video!
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July 17, 2017

Ava's Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

It has been a fun Disney Week here on the blog and as it's coming to an end I want to share this fun Minnie Mouse themed party I hosted for my daughter Ava. She loves Minnie Mouse and we went all out with fun themed food, decorations, crafts, and games! 
I had these invites custom made on Etsy by Jubilee Creations.
I like to send digital invites and print a few for family and framing.
How was this almost 3 years ago? I miss my little lady being so tiny but I am excited that she is growing up and learning so much too!
Flashback to my little Minnie Mouse turning 2!
It's a Birthday Bowtique Party! 

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July 15, 2017

Copycat Disney Pineapple Dole Whip {Served Family Style}

It's Disney Week and I have a tasty treat that just about everyone loves when they visit Disney World {and Disney Land too}: the Dole Whip! This delicious soft serve pineapple flavored dessert is the perfect refreshing treat on a hot day at the parks and is only available in a few select locations.

You can find Dole Whip and Dole Whip Floats here: 

  • Disney's Polynesian Resort at Pineapple Lanai, the pool refreshment stand, offers Dole Whip and Dole Whip Floats! 
  •  Adventureland in Magic Kingdom Park at Disney World. Aloha Isle offers Dole Whip in pineapple, orange, vanilla or swirled.
  • Animal Kingdom's Tamu Tamu in Africa carries delicious African food and Dole Whip soft serve.
  • The Tiki Juice Bar at Disneyland Park serves Dole Whip, fresh pineapple spears, pineapple juice and floats made with Dole Whip.
I knew I had to make our favorite Disney frosty treat this summer at home for my girls. 
It was surprisingly easy to make and only requires 2 ingredients! Even better it is dairy free, just as delicious as the original, and has no added sugar!
I fell in LOVE with the Polynesian Resort during my visit! The lobby alone is stunning but the pools, villas, even the landscaping make you feel as if you are really in the tropics!
Another delicious Disney food : Tonga Toast, banana stuffed cinnamon crusted giant French Toast.
Available at the Polynesian Resort. Try the quick service version at Captain Cook's for half the price!

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July 12, 2017

Croque Monsieur Sandwich | Disney's Be Our Guest Copycat Recipe

It's Disney Week here on the blog and today I wanted to share one of my favorite sandwich recipes with y'all, that just so happens to be served at Disney World. Croque Monsieur 
is a decadent French style grilled or baked ham and cheese sandwich that is served at Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom.
You can make this sandwich open faced and baked or as a traditional grilled sandwich the way Disney does. It usually comes with a rich bechamel sauce on top but for an easy shortcut I made a spread with sour cream and Dijon mustard like the restaurant serves. I hope you enjoy this recipe and my pictures from the amazing Be Our Guest castle restaurant!
 It really is one of my favorite restaurants EVER.
Lots of menu choices for lunch. 
Tip- Use the Disney App to get a dining reservation. Dinner is hard to get but lunch you can usually score a reservations 20-30 days ahead. 

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July 10, 2017

Disney Foodie Gift Guide and Giveaway!

It's Disney Week here on the blog and I have so many fun things to share with y'all!
Last month, I was lucky enough to take a trip to Orlando for the BlogHer17 Conference and the amazing folks at Disney World gave me a media pass to tour the new Pandora land at Disney's Aniaml Kingdom along with the three other parks over two days. With a jam packed schedule I decided, heck this is probably the only time EVER I will be at Disney without kiddos so why not complete the 4 Park Disney Challenge?! That's right I went to all 4 Disney parks in 1 day and had a blast doing it! Check out my adventures on my Instagram page and throughout the week here. 

Today, to start of Disney Week with a bang, I am sharing my Disney Foodie Gift Guide featuring 20 of my favorite Disney Etsy stores and a you don't want to miss Disney Giveaway of gifts straight from my gift guide valued at over $300! Scroll down to check it out and be sure to click the links and give all the hardworking and talented small shops some love by liking and commenting on their social media and Etsy pages! 

Check back throughout the week for Disney copycat recipes, a Minnie Mouse party, and a recap of my 4 Park Disney Challenge!

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July 9, 2017

20 Fabulous Fudge Recipes for the Whole Family

It's summer party time here and that means I am always cooking and baking up treats to serve and take to parties and potlucks. One of my favorite easy treats is fudge! Everyone loves it, you can add just about anything to it, and it's easy to make! I've even made fudge in my Crock-Pot before! Check out this delicious collection of 20 Fabulous Fudge Recipes that the whole family will love.
I love fudge sampling, don't you? Here's a shot of my prize winning Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Fudge at a local fudge tasting and contest!
How pretty is this White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge ? 
Not only does this fudge make a great gift but I make it in my Crock-Pot!
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