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 can easily be ordered on Amazon. The instructions are straight forward. And even with no … [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...]

Strawberry Milk Recipe & an Elephant & Piggie Party + a Giveaway!

I partnered with Disney-Hyperion for an Elephant & Piggie party, all opinions are my own.  Sometimes it's hard not to feel old. Like when you see young professionals entering the workforce and are convinced they are high schoolers. Or when you you realize that you grew up without the internet and cell phones. This same feeling struck me when I learned that Elephant & Piggie are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year. I swear it was just recently that I was reading these delightful "new" books to my two-year-old first born. That child, is now almost as tall a I am … [Read more...]

20 Amazing Avocado Recipes

This isn't the first time I've confessed my love for avocados, but I felt compelled to share another post inspired by my favorite fruit. I think I'm subconsciously making up for lost time. All those years growing up in North Dakota without an avocado in sight, luckily I can purchase them in abundance these days. A co-worker of mine even gave me fresh California avocados for Christmas. Until then I had no idea there was a difference between California avocados versus the Mexican ones. It seems that I can only purchase the latter in Minnesota.  Regardless if you prefer … [Read more...]

Easy Cereal Bars

Cereal bars are one of the ultimate forms of comfort food. Cereal mixed with sugary goodness is an indulgent recipe for those of any age, but particularly for little hands.  There are lots of different recipes available. This particular one uses mostly unsugared cereal, but then adds in a hefty dose of sweetness. This definitely isn't the sort of treat to make on a regular basis, but everything in moderation, right?  Using Rice Chex, Corn Flakes, and Rice Krispies this treat left me with several half boxes of cereal leftover, which my little fellas were happy to devour. Cereal … [Read more...]

Simple Oatmeal Caramel Bars

I feel as though I may be letting my Minnesotan shine through a little too much lately. This could be my second bar post in the last couple of months. I guess not everyone calls bars.....bars. I don't know. I've only ever lived in North Dakota and Minnesota where bars are just bars. I'll leave this matter up to you that live elsewhere to figure out.  This recipe is handy as I find that I have most of the ingredients on hand. Well, except perhaps the whipping cream. I swiped this version from a local church cookbook that is probably almost as old as I am. I suspect you could swap … [Read more...]

Orange Cookies

This year it feels as though spring is teasing us. One week we will have 50-60 degree weather and then the next we might have a snowstorm with 20-30 degree temps. Or perhaps the issue is that I'm just impatient for warmer weather. I can't recall craving higher temperatures quite like I do this year. In an attempt to add a little sunshine to my dreary and dull spring I took to embracing oranges. The vibrant burst of color this fruit exhibits is a great way to refresh the eyes and the tastebuds.  I found this recipe in an old church cookbook. Other than the ingredient for "sweet … [Read more...]

Easy Flatbread Taco Pizza

You can only eat tacos so many times before it's time to change things up a bit. While I'm sure my middle son would eat tacos almost every night, that doesn't mean he should. I decided to change things up a bit on my little taco fan by making this Flatbread Taco Pizza. Not surprisingly he was smitten. Now if only I could get my oldest son to like taco seasoning I'd truly be all set.  This recipe can easily be tweaked according to particular preferences. I despise dollops of sour cream on anything, though that could be a likely addition for some. For my particular version,I used … [Read more...]

Easter Puppy Chow with Robin Eggs

If you are looking for a quick way to add a little seasonal holiday fun to a sweet treat then this recipe might be a good fit. I used the traditional Chex recipe for Puppy Chow, but made a slight variation in order to add a little Easter-inspired goodness. Technically this recipe is called Muddy Buddies according to the recipe, but I've always called it Puppy Chow.  I added a few {1/4 cup} of Cadbury Mini Eggs to the chocolate chip mixture. It takes a bit longer to melt these eggs, but stirring about every 30 seconds helps. And then of course additional Cadbury Mini Eggs to the … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate Almond Bars

These bars are deliciously sweet and a great accompaniment to a strong black cup of coffee. Or if your taste-tester is freckle-faced and still in elementary school, like mine, a glass of milk would do. Consider this a warning, these bars have equal parts flour to sugar. Enjoy!  … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Pecan Baguette Bites Recipe & a Giveaway

This post was created in collaboration with Disney-Hyperion in support of Nanette’s Baguette. All opinions are my own. Nanette is very excited to eat her first baguette. But when she eats it.....uff da. Too much bread! This quirky book could be written with my youngest son in mind. In anticipation of a delightful treat he is giddy, excited and over-the-top thrilled. However, once he has devoured most of it, his glee has turned to gloom. Perhaps it's not just a mistake made my the young? I know I have had the same experience as well..... Full disclosure this book is a tongue twister … [Read more...]