Slow Cooker Pepsi™ Baked Beans! #GameDayGlory


   This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameDayGlory #CollectiveBias   Slow Cooker Pepsi™ Baked Beans! #GameDayGlory EEK! I can't believe The Big Game is right around the corner. This year already seems to be going way too fast! But I must say that I am super excited for game day and I can't wait to make some new memories while hosting a party for my family and friends. Hosting parties is one of my most favorite things to do and this year I will be hosting  a big game day party at my house just like I do every year. Of course I want to make sure that everything is perfect. To help me in my endeavor I will be purchasing party friendly foods like SNICKERS®, Skittles®, Pepsi™ and TOSTITOS® at Walmart. These are tried and true products that I always know will be a hit among my loved ones and they are easy to find and purchase when I shop at Walmart! I'm so grateful to have these products help take some … [Read more...]

Glitter Grapes! – Great Healthy Snack for School Lunches!


Glitter Grapes   With school back in session have have been racking my brain trying to come up with new ideas for my daughters school lunches. My goal is to pack healthy lunches for my daughter but also add a variety of great tasting foods that she will love to eat while she is away. One of the snacks I have been making here recently is Glitter Grapes. Well this is the name that my daughter has given to her new favorite snack 'Jello Grapes'. I had never heard of adding Jello to grapes before but one of my friends told me about it and so we decided to give it a try!   Glitter Grapes are very easy to make! Just take 1b of grapes, remove them from the stem and wash thoroughly.  Once grapes are washed place them on paper towel to help remove excess water. As grapes are slightly drying on paper towel you can empty a box of dry Jello mix into a bowl. The Jello can be an flavor you choose. My daughter wanted Peach Jello for this recipe.   Once the … [Read more...]

Canned – Spiced Honey Vanilla Peaches!


Spiced Honey Vanilla Peaches   I am a sucker for peaches! Recently I found two bushels of peaches at my front door. My Uncle has a Peach Tree in his back yard and this year he had an abundance of peaches that he decided to share with me. I was thrilled! As I was debating what I was going to can with this years peach crop I decided upon Spiced Honey Vanilla Peaches. I had never canned these before but they sounded amazing and I knew that I had to give them a try!   Ingredients:  7 lbs peaches peeled and sliced2tbs vanilla extract4 cinnamon sticks1/2 cup white sugar1 cup honey2 cups water  Directions: 1. Wash peaches and score an X at bottom of each peach. 2. Blanch peaches 1 minute in boiling water. 3. Immediately place blanched peaches into ice water and let sit for 1 minute. 4. Peel skin from peaches. 5. Slices peaches and remove from seed. 6. In large saucepan bring vanilla, cinnamon, honey, sugar and water to a boil over medium heat. Add … [Read more...]

Simple Homemade Applesauce AND It’s Freezable!

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  Simple Homemade Applesauce AND It's Freezable! We can now officially say that it is Fall. The leaves are turning and  the fall festivities are starting up and my house is smelling of pumpkin spice and cinnamon. I love this season and everything that goes along with it. One of the things I have been doing is making a simple applesauce with my husband's 92 year old great grandmother. She has taught me more about life than I ever have imagined. She has helped form me into the belief that if you can make it yourself then do it because it will save you money and also be much healthier for you as well. I love that our projects we do involve my kids as well. They help take the apple peelings to the compost and helped mash the apples through the sieve. It becomes moments that they will cherish with their great great grandmother more than they realize now at their young age. This is what makes this "more" than makes this memorable for all. We start off with a simple and … [Read more...]

Baked Chili-Lime Corn on the Cob


  Baked Chili-Lime Corn on the Cob I am a lucky girl. I have Sweet Corn all around me in the fall and I can't get enough! There are farmers selling it on every street corner for just $0.25 each and with that price I make sure to stock up on enough Sweet Corn to last me the whole year! I love how versatile Sweet Corn can be. I put it in my salads, soups, salsa, I bake it, BBQ it and boil it on the stove! It's amazing! This past week I had some Sweet Corn given to me and I decided to try something I had never done before...I added Chili-Lime to my Sweet Corn! It turned out amazing!     Ingredients: 4 ears of Sweet Corn 2 TBS butter 2 TBS fresh lime juice 1TBS chili powder 4 sheets Aluminum Foil   Directions: 1. Mix Butter, lime juice and chili powder together. Divide into 4 equal parts. 2. Husk corn 3. Place Husked corn in sheet of aluminum foil. 4. Spread divided butter mixture onto each ear of corn, evenly. 5. Wrap … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic Jelly Recipe! #recipe #jelly #garlic


  Roasted Garlic Jelly I am a garlic lover. I add garlic to everything. I mean EVERYTHING! So when I came across this recipe for Roasted Garlic Jelly it was a given that I would try it out! I could not resist....even though the thought of Roasted Garlic Jelly sounded disgusting! I found this recipe when I was looking for canning ideas for all the garlic I received from my Grandmother. I had never heard of  Roasted Garlic Jelly before and I was actually shocked that someone had ever thought to make it into a jelly. But, after trying this out I know that I will be making it much more often! It was amazing! Roasted Garlic Jelly is not something that I would eat on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But I loved it on crackers with cheese. I can't wait for the holidays to share my Roasted Garlic Jelly with all my friends and family! It is going to be great served as an appetizer at our holiday meals paired with cheese and crackers! I can't wait! Ingredients: 3 heads garlic … [Read more...]

~Healthy Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns Kids Halloween Snack!~


~Healthy Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns!~ Great Kids Halloween Snack!   We happen to love Halloween at our house! We always have fun thinking all year long of what we want to be dressed up as and our whole family gets into it. It's a night where you can let your imagination go free and be whoever or whatever you want to be with no one judging you or thinking you are crazy as you walk around getting candy! (well, now I stand on the sidewalk and allow my kids to be the ones getting candy, but you know!)   As shocking as it may sound to my children, Halloween isn't ALL about candy & dressing up, ok possibly 95% but that other 5% is about finding fun ways to incorporate Halloween in a healthy way so we can stretch out the fun feeling of the holiday! These healthy Halloween jack-o-lanterns are the perfect way to show some Halloween fun PLUS get some fruit in for the day!     Here is what you will need - Oranges (however many you are wanting to … [Read more...]

9 Layered Summer Salad!


    9 Layered Summer Salad! Salads are my most favorite thing to make. I love the mix of all the fresh vegetables that can be added to a salad and the taste of a salad is out of this world in my opinion. Especially if the salad is made right! For the past few years when ever there is a potluck I am always asked to bring the salad. It is the one thing that I always seem to get right when it comes to cooking! Super simple and delicious! Ingredients: 16 oz bagged salad mix1 bundle radishes diced1 small purple onion diced6oz frozen peas6 oz shredded cheese10 oz cherry tomatoes 16 oz baby corn diced1 4oz container bacon bits16 oz artichokes drained and diced Directions:  1.  First I start off the salad with 1-2 handfuls of lettuce out of the bag mix. Of course you will want to make sure your hands are clean ;) You will also need to layer this salad in a see through bowl so that you can really see the effect of the layers. 2. Next I layer the sliced … [Read more...]

~Kid Friendly Tomatillo Salsa! ~


~Kid Friendly Tomatillo Salsa~   Both of my kids love chips & salsa but unfortunately at restaurants the salsa ends up being just too spicy for them to enjoy. I have purchased store bought mild salsa's but it just doesn't have the homemade feel to it which is why I was excited to try my hand at making my own fresh tomatillo salsa!   We are currently house sitting so we have the advantage of taking care of someone's garden and they have tomatillos which is what inspired me to do this! Tomatillos are a sweet almost citrus twist to the tomato we know. Which is why I knew my kids would like this salsa because it's already sweet and tangy. Tomatillos are considered a fruit just like the red tomato but they are grown inside a paper like shell similar to a husk. I found out quickly that when you take the husk off,  the tomatillos are sticky so make sure to wash them after you husk them! My daughter and I actually did this project together so she was in control of … [Read more...]

Braised Celery Recipe! #recipe #cooking #celery


Braised Celery! I am not a huge fan of celery. But, I have been trying to eat it more often because I know it is good for me. I also know that I can't make my daughter eat the healthy stuff if she see's me push it to the side...right? So since I have had a dislike for celery since I was a child I have been trying to focus on different ways to eat it that I might actually like. That is when I came across a recipe for Braised Celery. Celery is not a vegetable that I see cooked a lot unless it is in a soup. But, I had never thought to cook it as the main ingredient in a side dish. I was intrigued when I seen the Braised Celery recipe and I knew that I had to give it a try.     Ingredients: 1 bundle of celery (about 10 stalks) - I chopped the whole stem 1 cup water 1 beef bullion cube 1/2 medium onion sliced 1 tbs butter 1/4 tsp garlic salt cracked peppercorn to taste   Directions: 1. Wash and chop celery. 2. Add celery, onion and … [Read more...]

Italian Zucchini Boats Recipe! #recipe #cooking #dinner


  Italian Zucchini Boats   I love this time of year. Why? Because its harvest season which means lots of fresh vegetables! Recently I was given a bag filled with zucchini. I love getting fresh produce because it gives me a chance to try new recipes! One of those recipes that I decided to try out with my fresh zucchini was these amazing Italian Zucchini Boats! Someone posted a picture of these on my facebook page the other day. I did not really have a recipe for them per se.....but they did not look too hard so I knew they were worth a try.   Ingredients: 3 medium zucchini 1 thinly sliced tomato 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil 1/2 sliced medium white onion   Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degree's F. 2. Wash and slice zucchini in half length wise. Also slice a THIN piece off the bottom of each Zucchini to allow them to sit flat. 3. Place zucchini on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. 4. Remove … [Read more...]

Garlic and Onion Sauteed Swiss Chard


Garlic and Onion Sauteed Swiss Chard I have had Swiss Chard coming out of my ears here lately. I am not complaining as I love Swiss Chard. But I can say that I have had to start getting creative with my Swiss Chard cooking. Well that was until I came up with this awesome recipe. Now I can honestly say that I have ate this same exact recipe every day for an entire week! It has been the perfect lunch and oh so tasty! Another bonus to this recipe is that my husband will eat it! This is the first Swiss Chard recipe that he has actually like! Now I can't get enough! Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic diced 1/2 medium red onion diced 1 tbs olive oil 3 cups swiss chard   Directions: 1. Add olive oil, garlic and onions to frying pan. Sautee on medium/high heat about 2-3 minutes or until garlic and onions caramelize into a golden color. Stir often so garlic does not burn. 2. Turn down heat to low and add Swiss Chard. Cover pan and cook 3-4 minutes stirring between each … [Read more...]

Homemade Apricot Salad Dressing Using Magic Bullet! #recipe


Homemade Apricot Salad Dressing!   I love canning and here recently I have been trying out lots of new recipes that I had never tried before. This includes the amazing Apricot Salad Dressing! My uncle has an apricot tree here and brought me over a huge bag of them the other day. I still had a lot of canned apricots from last year so I decided that I needed to do something different and really fun with these apricots. That is when I came across the recipe for Apricot Salad Dressing. The recipe looked very easy so I decided to give it a try!   Ingredients: 4 apricots 4 Tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 cup olive oil Directions: Add all ingredients into Magic Bullet and blend away!   Yep that's it! Just add the ingredients and blend!   I could not believe how easy this recipe was to make! I had never made my own fruit dressing before and I was excited to give it a try. So, for dinner that night we had … [Read more...]

Bacon Broccoli Salad! – Great for Family BBQ’s!


  Bacon Brocolli Salad! I will never forget the first Christmas party I spent with my husbands family. I was nervous because I had never met any of them but at the same time I was filled with excitement to get to know more about his family and who helped make him into the person I was growing to love. While at this Christmas party I seen a salad unlike anything I had ever seen before. A salad that had a main ingredient of Broccoli...but also contained some of my favorite ingredients like red onions, sun flower seends and bacon! I could not wait to give this salad a try...and I must say it was one of the best salads I had ever had in my entire life!! That night I immediately asked for the recipe and I can say that since then I have made this salad TONS of times! I still can't get enough!      Ingredients: 2 heads fresh broccoli1 cup raisins3/4 c diced red onion4 tbs white sugar6 tbs white vinegar2 cup mayo1 1/2 c sunflower seeds1 package bacon cooked … [Read more...]

Baked “Hard Boiled” Eggs


  Baked "Hard Boiled" Eggs I love hard boiled eggs. They are one of my all time favorite snacks. Hard Boiled Eggs are high in protein and low in calories making them a perfect quick healthy snack. I love hard boiled eggs because I can peel and eat them just how they are or I can add them to my lunch time salads! Even my daughter loves hard boiled eggs and often takes them in her school lunches. Because of my family loving them so much I often make 2-3 dozen 'hard boiled' eggs each month. But, all that cooking was getting tiresome. The truth of it was I was either getting them over done or not done enough. That is whey I decided to start baking my 'hard boiled' eggs. I love this idea because it get's the eggs cooked perfectly each and every time. The first thing I do is make sure the baking rack is right in the middle of the oven. Next I pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Then I place the eggs on the baking rack. When doing this I make sure non of them are … [Read more...]