Easy Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup

This Easy Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Potatoes is super delicious year round, but especially lovely on a chilly evening.   The nice thing about this recipe is that you can change things up to customize it for a flavor most to your liking, just add different vegetables or more seasonings.  I have 5 […]

5 Dessert Recipes Perfect for Valentine’s Day

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FoodNetwork.com knows How to Make Dessert Recipes Perfect for Valentine’s Day.  These five recipes are just made to serve on Valentine’s Day, but if you are too busy, they are good year round.  {{smiling}}  Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! Red Velvet Ice Box Cake – This easy and delicious cake layers red velvet cookies, sweet cream cheese and shaved […]

2 Ingredient Queso Dip {recipe}

2 Ingredient Queso Dip

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RO*TEL & VELVEETA for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Nothing calls my name louder than a quick, easy, and delicious Queso dip, especially one that only requires 2 ingredients!  Queso For All, y’all!  This creamy 2 ingredient Queso dip features RO*TEL and VELVEETA and […]

Dine in California This Month!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Restaurant Month for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. California Restaurant Month is THIS month, the perfect time to treat yourself to dinner out, don’t you think?  {{smiling}}  California has fresh seasonal offerings that you definitely don’t want to miss.  Just about anywhere you […]

Breakfast Casserole Recipes Perfect for the Holidays

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FoodNetwork.com knows How to Make Breakfast Casserole Recipes Perfect for the Holidays.  These five recipes are perfect to serve on Christmas morning, or anytime during the holiday festivities, really!   Make the night before and serve in the morning so you don’t have to stress in the AM!  Happy Holidays, y’all! Pancake Breakfast Casserole – This casserole makes breakfast […]

Mini Cheese Ball Recipe + $110 Vons Gift Card {GIVEAWAY}

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How to Make this Easy Mini Cheese Ball Recipe is easy, and it’s perfect for the holiday’s.  It makes an amazing appetizer to share for holiday parties with friends and family.  I haven’t met anyone yet that doesn’t love cheese and I’ve given you four delicious ways to transform one recipe!  By using Lucerne products you are enjoying […]

Raspberry Chocolate Poke Cake {recipe}

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BAKING and eating and deciding what recipes ideas I want to make next have got to be on my TOP 10 list of favorite holiday pastimes! I can’t stay away from the recipes that are begging to be baked and one of them is this Raspberry Chocolate Poke Cake. Have you ever had Poke Cake? […]

The Best Time to Be a Kid + Win a $2500 Gymboree shopping spree!

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Gymboree believes in savoring the special moments, especially during the holidays.  That’s why they are ushering in the holidays with “The Best Time to Be a Kid“, a fun initiative that allows us to tell the unique stories of special family holiday moments.  I’m all about savoring memories with my kids, and since these moments are […]

Gingerbread Fudge {recipe}

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One of the things I love most about this time of year is FUDGE! One of the best things about fudge is that just about everyone loves it, and it makes the BEST friend and/or neighbor gift. Plus, there are so many ways you can make fudge variations for a sweet palette adventure. I adore […]

Overnight French Toast Casserole {recipe}

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How to Make an Overnight French Toast Casserole is pretty darn simple.  The best part, of course about overnight casseroles is that all the prep is done the night before so in the morning all you have to do is pop the casserole in the oven and serve.  The great thing about this Recipe is that is makes great […]

Chicago Style Hot Dogs

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How to Make and serve Chicago Style Hot Dogs is so easy you really shouldn’t tell anyone how little effort you actually put into the meal.  {{smiling}}  The great thing about this Recipe is that you can serve it for lunch or dinner and it looks really appetizing.   Plus, it is quite filling and a great […]

Crockpot Orange Scream Hot Chocolate

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Are you throwing a Halloween Party or have you signed up to bring a treat along to a Halloween party you are attending?  If so, this fun recipe is for you.  Perfect for cool Fall days […]

Tres Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes {recipe}

Tres Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes

We have this love in our house of Tres Leche desserts. The love might stem from the fact that we always eat Tres Leche OUT. I never make it at home, so it’s a special treat. However, this week that all changed and to tell you the truth, I’m not positive that’s a good thing. […]

Texas Pete® Sultry Grilled Chicken {recipe}

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Texas Pete for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If you love Chicken and Hot Sauce, you are going to adore this recipe for making Texas Pete® Sultry Grilled Chicken.  Made with either boneless chicken tenders or thighs, this grilled chicken recipe uses Texas Pete […]

Feather Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Feather Halloween Wreath Tutorial

How to make a wreath Craft that is useful, spooky, and festive is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY Halloween Wreath tutorial!  All of the supplies needed were purchased in one store, Michael’s.  Don’t you just love one stop shopping?  The best part is that you can make it in under 5 minutes.  Seriously!  Get into the spirit of […]

5 of My Favorite Things

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I just love the holiday season, don’t you?  I love that with all of the holiday baking and shopping and prep, I have time to think about and share my favorite things.  I LOVE seeing what other people LOVE too.  So, I hope you’ll share your favorite things with me as well!  This year I’ve […]

Let’s GO Fuel Up to Play 60!

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I LOVE a great initiative and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, activated by The California Milk Advisory Board which represents more than 1,500 of California’s dairy families is fabulous.  It’s designed to empower students to take charge in their own lives.  It’s meant to show them that they can make small, everyday changes at school […]

SOFT Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies {recipe}

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are pretty much my favorite cookies during the Fall.  I’ve been making this recipe for years because it’s so darn good.  I love that these cookies are super soft and have a ton of flavor.  My kids LOVE them too.  They don’t last long around here.  Be warned, this recipe makes […]

How to Wear Silver Cowboy Boots

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Country Outfitter.  All opinions are 100% mine.  Photography and Modeling by the Grace’s. Silver cowboy boots are hot for Fall, and in case you are wondering how to wear them, I’m here to help.  You don’t need to be Miranda Lambert to rock a […]

Grab Your Pink Ribbon Bagel at Panera on October 10th!

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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in it’s honor Panera Bread has brought back it’s popular Pink Ribbon Bagel. For the whole month of October, you can pop into Panera Bread at participating Southern California bakeries and pick up the exclusive bagel that benefits the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.  The foundation is known for […]

Homemade Crepes with Pumpkin Syrup {recipe}

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Nothing says Fall like Pumpkin and this week I experimented and scored with a pumpkin breakfast that I just had to share. I love that this recipe for Homemade Crepes with Pumpkin Syrup is so darn easy. I’ve taken my tried and true Crepe Recipe, substituted International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer for part of […]

Felt Pumpkin Napkin Rings {DIY Decor}

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How to make DIY Felt Pumpkin Napkin Rings for Halloween or even Fall is a craft that’s relatively inexpensive and easy, but looks amazing.  There’s just something about how the colors and elements that go together that is so lovely and pleasing to the eye.  You’ll only need a few items, too!   So, go gather some felt, ribbon, sewing machine and […]

Captain America and M&M’s® Hero Bites & Blizzards {recipe}

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #CollectiveBias #HeroesEatMMs Are you as excited about the release of Captain America: The Winter Solider DVD on September 9 as we are?  We decided to take the release to a whole new level and have a viewing party complete with M&M® Hero Bites and […]

Healthy Easy Snacks for Kids

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FoodNetwork.com knows How to Make Delicious Healthy Easy Snack Recipes for Kids!  These three recipes are fabulous for kids, especially for after school because they are easy and they can help make them.  They include Roasted Turkey and Basil Cream Cheese Pin Wheel Sandwiches, a Quesadilla Bar, and Oatmeal Cookie Smoothies.   Happy Snacking, y’all! Kids Can Make: Roasted Turkey and […]

Best Homemade Popcorn

Homemade Popcorn

How to make homemade popcorn is easier than you make think with this recipe.  Now, it IS a little more work to make homemade popcorn than the microwave popcorn, but well worth it.  It’s not full of preservatives and artificial ingredients and it’s low in fat.  Plus, my kids love it way more than even […]

Monster Cookies Oatmeal Peanut Butter

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How to Make this Monster Cookies Recipe is easy if you have a mixer.  Otherwise your arm will get very, very tired.  Monster cookies are  cookies with a bunch of good “stuff” in them like peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips, and M&M’s.  You can even add other fun ingredients like pecans, toffee bits and coconut.  The nice thing […]