Air Fryer Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Thyme

Air fryers are a new unique twist on some traditional cooking methods. I've had my air fryer for a while now and unfortunately I haven't had a chance to do much experimenting. But with the frigid temperatures and a very snowy February it is the perfect time to try some new recipes.  Sweet potatoes are such a healthy vegetable, but they do need quite a bit of "stuff" to give them some extra flavor. Of course, baking is a great option. But in the spirit of testing my air fryer I decided to modify a baked recipe into this version. It's worth noting … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Jelly Heart Cupcakes

This post includes affiliate links. This past week we experienced what they call a polar vortex. Deadly cold temperatures, school canceled for four days straight. It was a good time to snuggle indoors. Luckily I had these cupcakes already prepared much to my youngest son's delight. The sight of sprinkles and candied Valentine hearts with frosting and cake immediately puts him in a good mood.  I used an ancient white cake recipe from one of my old church cookbooks. They can be so fun to look through and actually have some great recipes, especially those involving baked … [Read more...]

Easy Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

I've mentioned this several times, but my youngest son has an epic sweet tooth. Nothing delights him quite like a jar of Nutella and whipped cream. I don't typically plan desserts for my crew. Life is busy and dessert seems like an unnecessary extra. Of course, my youngest would definitely disagree with that statement, therefore I try to add-in some easy and simple desserts that I know will please him.  This dessert would be great to have on hand for easy entertaining as well. I purchased the angel food cake, but a step-up would be to make your own from scratch. I used Dolci Frutta … [Read more...]

Chicken Potstickers for Chinese New Year

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Chinese New Year is on February 5th this year.  Unlike Western society the first day of Chinese New Year is not a set date consistent every year, but instead begins whenever the new moon appears, sometime between January 21st and February 20th. Living in small-town Minnesota the Chinese culture is not at the forefront in our community. For me this is all the more reason to make sure that my fellas are exposed to and learn about this popular celebration.  As part of our … [Read more...]

Artemis Fowl Inspired Rice Cereal Treats & a Giveaway

This post was created in partnership with Disney Book Group, all opinions are my own. There is sure to be Artemis Fowl mania with the upcoming release of the new major motion picture from The Walt Disney Studios. But before you see this new movie, spend some of the cold winter days rereading or getting caught up on this captivating middle-grade series about a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind and his discovery of the high-tech fairy world! The complete series is available now in stores in re-designed packaging and each book includes a sneak peek of The Fowl Twins, a brand-new … [Read more...]

Halloween Sprinkle Marshmallow Pops

These Halloween Sprinkle Marshmallow Pops are such an easy way to add some fun festive color to a seasonal party. Or if you are looking for an easy treat to make with little ones this is also a great option.  The process is pretty obvious. I stuck large marshmallows on {paper} straws. Then I heated some candy coating chocolate and simply dipped the marshmallows in the chocolate and sprinkled with the toppings.  … [Read more...]

Blue Velvet Mini Cakes for the 4th of July

First things first, this recipe is not a made by scratch story. This entire post was inspired by a box of blue cake that my youngest sweet-loving son spied in the grocery store.  The box in the picture above lead to the picture below...... No, you can't stuff these entire mini cakes in your mouth, but he sure did try.  If you are looking for a relatively easy recipe to bring to a picnic or family gathering this 4th of July, these cakes make for a pretty way to decorate a table. Rather than baking the cake in a normal cake pan, I used a cake sheet pan. I forgot to … [Read more...]

Pumpkin & Chocolate Cookies

I realize it's not exactly pumpkin spice season. But it seems like a pity to only enjoy this enjoyable taste during the fall season. Also to be perfectly honest, I purchased a ginormous box of Pumpkin Spice bread mix from Costco after the fall season on discount. We've had pumpkin spice waffles and pumpkin spice pancakes......so next on the agenda was pumpkin spice cookies. The boys may never want pumpkin spice again, ever.  Krusteaz calls these cookies "mountains". Mine certainly didn't turnout like little mountains. So I'm forgoing the name mountain from the … [Read more...]

Smart Pot Lemon Garlic Parmesan Risotto

 I have received compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. Included within this post are affiliate links that help support my site.  If you ever visited Pinterest or if you have any interest in cooking, I'm sure you've heard of the an Smart Pot. It's the new trendy name for a pressure cooker. It's essentially a new take on a long old-time kitchen staple. Anything that is overly popular or currently in vogue is sure to leave me running for the hills. I innately resist succumbing to the generalized mindset of the masses, at least initially. However once the … [Read more...]

Air Fryer Parmesan Cumin Zucchini Fries with Herb Dipping Sauce & a Giveaway

I have received compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. Included within this post are affiliate links that help support my site.  One of the latest kitchen gadgets that is "on trend" this holiday season is an air fryer. I don't own a regular oil fryer. No judgement, but it seemed to me that owning an oil fryer was a one way ticket to bad health. But an air fryer? No vast amounts of oil involved? This I had to try.  This particular air fryer is from Gourmia and find the latest model available on Amazon. The instructions are straight forward. And even … [Read more...]

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Oreo Balls on a Stick

The holiday season seemed vast when I was child. I would countdown the days to Christmas and they seemed to slowly drag by. My mom didn't even allow us to officially start celebrating the season until December 1st! I'm not sure if it's my age or the sign of the times, but the holiday season seems to speed by. Christmas music is on the radio even though we haven't even had the Thanksgiving turkey.  With this post I'm definitely contributing to this early Christmas phenomena. Though for the record my house is decorated with Thanksgiving still. But once turkey day is over, it's officially … [Read more...]

Maple Pecan Coffee

I received the following product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.  The fall season is officially upon those of us in Minnesota. I woke up this morning to a brisk 50 degree day. I love all that this time of year brings. Cozy sweaters, delicious soups, a chilly breeze, beautiful colors and warm coffee. I wish I could wrap up all that goodness and spread it out a bit over the entire year. Such as fall is, I must soak it all up while I can as the season is short-lived.  I've previously used a single serve coffeemaker that requires pods for all of my fall flavored … [Read more...]

Fall Wafer Almond Bark

And just like that summer is almost complete and fall is on the horizon. The only season that seems to stay for any great length in Minnesota is winter, of course. Here fall means the beginning of school and the start of the impending cool, crisp, colorful time of year. It's hard not to entirely become captivated by the amazing display of beautiful autumn leaves.  My fellas love the vast array of treats that are available this time of year almost as much as they enjoy the scenery. Any dip into Pinterest will provide you with a plethora of fall-inspired goodies to select from. In that … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Raspberry Pie

Sponsored by Driscoll’s & TheFeedFeed, but my love of raspberries is all my own! Summertime in Minnesota is a revered season. When you live in a land that has the potential for months of unending snow and ice, a balmy and breezy seventy or eighty degree day takes on true significance. The boys and I have been enjoying summer with some of our favorite seasonal activities- camping, swimming, lazy days at home reading good books, and of course, enjoying some sweet treats.  As a point of proving the Minnesotan carpe diem attitude about summer, Driscoll’s, the leading brand … [Read more...]

Easy Avocado Salad

This post is sponsored by Litehouse Foods, all opinions are my own. It might be somewhat peculiar to recall the first time you tried a certain type of salad dressing. But I have a distinct memory of the first time I purchased Litehouse dressing. While grocery shopping with my mother {as a teenager} the lighthouse on the Litehouse label reeled me in. At that time I had a slight obsession with all things lighthouse and clearly this pleasing blue and white label visually struck a cord. In a matter of moments I had convinced my mother that we ought to try this interesting brand of … [Read more...]