The Secret to Perfect Popcorn

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Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring this post and preventing burned popcorn everywhere... I have a goal. It may be a lofty one but it's a goal I hope to achieve. When I turned 40, one thing I wanted to do was watch at least one movie that had won an Academy Award for best picture. Unknowing to me, I had actually seen several but none of the recent movies or the classics. So my new goal is to watch all of them. Even the ones I know I'm not going to like and that means lots of movie nights. … [Read more...]

Game Day Snack Ideas with Mrs. T Pierogies

Game Day Snack Ideas cheesy salsa Mrs. T Pierogies

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central Consulting for Mrs. T’s Pierogies. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. #MC With more sports games than I can count on TV, including both football and basketball right now, it makes perfect sense to use a sporting event as an excuse to get friends together to enjoy good food and each other's company. And these game day snack ideas come in handy when these … [Read more...]

Poutine Pizza with Shredded Hashbrowns

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. There is a good chance my friends in Canada will disown me after they read this post. Not only am I defacing their beloved poutine by using shredded hashbrowns, I'm then making it into a pizza. My passport may not be welcome in Canada anymore. :) For those of you not familiar with poutine, it's usually made … [Read more...]

Holiday Entertaining with Mrs. T Pierogies

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central Consulting for Mrs. T’s Pierogies. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. #MC From the looks of my Facebook feed, Christmas is already here. A large percentage of my friends have put up their Christmas trees and started posting pictures of their Elf on a Shelf in compromising positions.  I'm just waiting for someone to send me a Christmas card. While I haven't … [Read more...]

Hot Pizza Dip with Philly Cream Cheese

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  In this sponsored post for Collective Bias and their client, I created a delicious appetizer using Philly Cream Cheese. As always, statements are mine and yours may differ. #cbias #SaveonPhilly When you move to a city like Chicago, you actually get VISITORS! I've lived in a lot of different cities over the year and hands down, living in Chicago has meant I've had a steady stream of visitors. This weekend my good friends from … [Read more...]

Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar: Unfiltered

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating. I've used apple cider vinegar in several of my recipes. I thought all apple cider vinegar was created equal and then I was introduced to the "mother." At first I was a bit scared but once I realized what I was dealing with, I embraced it and tried it in a few of my own tried and true recipes. So what is the … [Read more...]

Pepperoni Dip

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Everyone knows how much I like to eat. I talk about it all the time and my lack of discipline when it comes to portion control. One food (of the many) that I really have a hard time saying no to is pizza. Sweet, savory, it doesn't matter - I can, and will, eat my fair share of pizza and not even bat an eye. Since I'm trying to make better food choices, when I was presented with the challenge of recreating a classic recipe, it hit me. Why not make over my beloved pepperoni pizza into an appetizer … [Read more...]

10 Delicious Avocado Recipes

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Avocados from Mexico. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Are you an avocado lover?  When they are in season I buy more than my fair share! My entire family loves avocados. When most of us think about eating an avocado we think of enjoying it fresh on salads or eating it as guacamole with tortilla chips.  Don't get me wrong, both are excellent ways to enjoy avocados but I have been on the hunt … [Read more...]

10 Awesome Peach Recipes

10 Awesome Peach Recipes

Peach season is here! That means that everywhere you turn juicy, ripe peaches are going to be staring at you. And if you're like me and shop at Costco, you might have waay too many peaches go ripe at the same time and need something to do with them. Am I right? Well you're in luck! Because we've rounded up some amazingly delicious and awesome recipes that will help you use up all of those ripe peaches! 10 Awesome Peach Recipes 1. Peach Upside Down Cake - this delicious cake from the … [Read more...]

Easy Mexi Corn Dip

Mexicorn Dip

There are certain foods that remind of specific people who are a part of my life.  Whenever I make this mexi corn dip, I think of the guys I lived with in the "PA" house.  There were four of us who technically lived there (meaning we were on the lease) but since they were all in physician assistant school and doing their clinical rotations, it was rare for more than two of us to be there at the same time.  I used to make this corn dip on a regular basis because it was easy and I really couldn't … [Read more...]