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Chickpea Buffalo Dip

This is the last week of my three week cleanse and I have learned so much about clean eating and eating healthier.  My largest takeaway is that I have learned how to spin a recipe so that it is gluten and dairy free while still bursting with flavor.  This Chickpea Buffalo Dip is the perfect game day appetizer for Meatless Monday, Monday Night Football. Chickpea Buffalo Dip You can easily …continue reading


Thai Red Lentil Soup

This may contain affiliate links. Thai red lentil soup is a must-make recipe as the temperatures start to lower and the leaves start to fall from the trees. This Thai red lentil soup is a simple vegetarian soup that is ready in just 45 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight meal. While this soup packs a ton of flavor from the red curry paste and chili paste, the red lentils …continue reading


Whimsy Wednesdays 188

I’ve had multiple people wondering if we started building an ark after all the rain we had down south last week.  The hurricane was just south of us, but it was chilly and all I want was some good ole comfort food.  These Mini Chicken Pot Pies in a Jar {RECIPE HERE} from Home Cooking Memories remind me of the ultimate comfort food.   If you’re ready to party,  just click …continue reading

Easiest Chicken Noodle Casserole EVER

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell Soup Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I remember all too well friends with children telling me how busy life got once their children started school.  I thought I would at least have until closer to the end of elementary school before it got so crazy.  In reality, Riley has started kindergarten and between gymnastics, dance, …continue reading


Bat Halloween Treats

This may contain affiliate links. Halloween is seriously just around the corner at this point.  As soon as October hits, it all flies by and this year I’ve put together another adorable, fun snack idea for Riley’s classmates.  Allergies are always such an issue in schools so I always try to go with a pre-packaged treat each year that I can create something fun.  This year these Bat Halloween Treats …continue reading


Top Healthy Soups

The Fall has definitely arrived here in North Carolina.  I needed to go shopping for long sleeve clothes for Riley during the week because she’s been wearing short sleeve dresses and skirts since April.  I actually enjoy the cooler weather though because it means I don’t have to feel guilty about running the air conditioning while I’m cooking a healthy soup with all the amazing Fall produce that are available. …continue reading


Mini Meatball Spaghetti Pie

One of our favorite meals is spaghetti and meatballs.  My girls love it and it’s a perfect recipe for Sunday dinner.  I came up with a perfect twist on an age old tradition by turning it into Mini Meatball Spaghetti Pie.  It’s the perfect fun meal for the girls or even a perfect game day appetizer. Mini Meatball Spaghetti Pie My girls are definitely picky eaters, but they gobbled these …continue reading


Goal Post Football Cupcakes

These Goal Post Football Cupcakes are perfect for football season. They’re simple to make, and they are a great addition to any football themed gathering! Goal Post Football Cupcakes   I live in Boston, so the year is pretty much divided in two – football season and baseball season. You can throw ice hockey in there, but the Bruins are seriously overshadowed by the Patriots and the Red Sox. With …continue reading


Whimsy Wednesdays 187

You all just blew me away last week.  We had 735 posts shared and I looked through each and everyone trying to find my absolute favorite.  These Witches Brew Pudding in Chocolate Bowls from Val Event Gal not only sound tasty, but just look how cute they are.  You can find the complete recipe HERE. If you’re ready to party,  just click below to join on in and be sure …continue reading

Almond Joy Energy Balls

This may contain affiliate links. I officially survived vegan week in my cleanse that I am doing through Danielle Omar’s Nourish Program.  I have learned so much in just a week and I’ve gone from 2-4 cups of coffee and tons of processed foods to absolutely no sugar and sticking to a vegan lifestyle.  The best part, I didn’t hate it!  These Almond Joy Energy Balls definitely helped though because …continue reading


Top Fall Cupcakes

Fall is officially HERE.  It was as if Mother Nature knew it too because the temperatures have finally dipped out of the 80’s & 90’s here in North Carolina.  Consequently, I thought it would only be fitting to create a collection of the Top Fall Cupcakes that would be perfect for any occasion. Top Fall Cupcakes Click NEXT directly above to view the NEXT Top Fall Cupcake in the collection.  You …continue reading


Skillet Cheesy Chicken, Rice & Broccoli

Sometimes I just have to give into my need for comfort and this Skillet Cheesy Chicken, Rice and Broccoli is nothing but comfort.  Plus, it’s super easy and hardly any clean up.  It doesn’t get much simpler when it’s a one pan meal! Skillet Cheesy Chicken, Rice & Broccoli Anytime you can catch that cheesy goodness oozing off a bite, you have to know that you’re about to eat pure comfort. …continue reading

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