Williams Sonoma, Beauty And The Beast Event In Beverly Hills #MyWilliamsSonoma #BeOurGuestEvent

While in LA, we had the pleasure of the visiting the beautiful Williams Sonoma location in Beverly Hills for a Beauty And The Beast themed blogger event. We were treated to a delicious selection of Beauty And The Beast themed food that included Soup Du Jour, Meat Ragu, Cheese Soufflé, and more. The food was prepared right in the store by a couple of amazing chefs, who also treated us to a personal … [Read more...]

Easy Vegan Lentil Loaf #VeganFoodShare

Think going vegan means you have to give up the classic comfort foods? This easy lentil loaf is a great replacement for those that love old fashion meat loaf, but want to stick to a plant based diet. Ingredients: 1 medium size onion 1 cup frozen vegetables 1/2 cup of walnuts finely chopped 2 cups of cooked mashed lentils 1 cup vegan crackers (smashed) or bread crumbs 3 tbs apple sauce 4 tbs … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. 1.Put up our Christmas tree 2.Made a vegan green-bean casserole from scratch (way better than the soup recipe) 3.Finished re-watching Weeds from the beginning (still disliked the last season) 4.Tried two vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes and didn't like either 5.Enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving with family and friends 6.Had two fun visits with our … [Read more...]

Vegan Sweet Potato & Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie #VeganFoodShare

Ingredients: 5 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed 1 cup brown or green lentils, washed and picked over 3/4 cup uncooked steel cut oats 1 + teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 pound mushrooms, divided 1 large carrot, chopped 1 celery stalk, chopped 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 cup red wine 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 tablespoon soy sauce 3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. 1.Took one of our cats to the vet for an allergic reaction. 2.Started fall cleaning. Cleaned our baseboards, and under and behind all furniture and appliances. 3.Bought tickets to see Billy Gardell in November. 4.Watched the pilot episodes of This is Us, and Pitch. I really liked them both. 5.Bought a few new Halloween decorations. 6.Tried a new … [Read more...]

Lentil & Black Bean Vegan Soup (spicy) #VeganFoodShare

Our teenage daughter has been vegan for a long time now, and though we chose not to be we still try to support her by finding new recipes the whole family can enjoy. This is our newest soup recipe. It's high in protein, very hearty, and has a spicy kick to it. Perfect for chilly fall evenings. Ingredients: 2 tables spoons of extra-virgin olive oil 2 carrots, cleaned and cut 1 glove of garlic, … [Read more...]

A New Family Favorite, Easy Weeknight Sweet & Spicy Glazed Chicken #SpreadTheHeat #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpreadTheHeat #CollectiveBias Being a mom that works full-time outside the home, and also a blogger, time with my family is precious. Sometimes, I feel that I have so many things to-do in a day that it is impossible. Yet, week after week, I somehow pull it together. I do it with a lot of … [Read more...]

Top Mates Aussie Finishing Sauces, Meatball Recipe & Review

About Top Mates Aussie: Way, way back (in 2005), down under in Australia, a company was created to bring the first ever “Top” quality food partner for BBQ and other great meals with friends. Before this, only those boring old sauces and tired old relishes, chutneys and artificial jellies existed. The company, Top Mates (branded as Spoonfed Foods in Australia), became a quick success in Australia. … [Read more...]

Roasted Pork Loin Recipe & The Spice Lab Review

We try to cook most of our meals at home. It's more cost-efficient than going out, it's healthier, and we tend to spend more time together while in the kitchen, and around the table. Having a teenage daughter that is vegan can also limit our restaurant choices. We recently received the above group of products from The Spice Lab to review. Though, I haven't had the chance as of yet to try very … [Read more...]

Easy Vegan Lasagna Recipe & Kitchen Clean up #ScrubCloth

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScrubCloth #CollectiveBias It took our daughter over a year to ease her way into living a vegan lifestyle. As her parents, we do what we can to be supportive. One of the biggest adjustments has been meal planning. Most of her meals take a lot longer to prepare and cook. Then there is the … [Read more...]

7 Things On Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. 1.Gone to to work on less than three hours of sleep. 2.Stressed too much over things that I can not change. 3.Enjoyed dinner and playing cards with my parents. 4.Made a batch of steak pulled beef. 5.Finally had time to pick-up a prize I won on Mother's Day. 6.Had a fun sleepover visit with our almost two year old granddaughter. 7.Left work early … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate & Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe

Having a teenager that is vegan can be challenging. Though our daughter loves to cook for herself, she often goes without dessert. This was a fun recipe to try. Even though we're not all vegan here, we all enjoyed the cupcakes. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons distilled white … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. Re-watched Disney's Alice in Wonderland, in preparation for next weeks Through The Looking Glass red carpet event in L.A. Bought a new dress for the trip. Started letting our teenage daughter drive our car without us. Slept in until 9:00 AM. It was such a gift! I'm not happy to experiencing cold weather again. I'm so ready for … [Read more...]

Five ways to win at Mother’s Day for under $10

Looking to wow her on Mother's Day, while staying on a tight budget? Here are five nice gift ideas, each for $10 or under. Homemade dessert I know baking from scratch isn't for everyone, but there are some pretty impressive box mixes on the grocery store shelf these days. Bottle of wine You can dress it up with a towel, a candle and a note saying to enjoy a long warm bath. A new book You … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. 1.Enjoyed having both granddaughters over for a night. 2.Made a homemade turkey pot pie. 3.Turned 46. Putting me closer to 50, than 40. Yikes! How'd that happen? 4.Took my daughter for her road test. She passed, look out! 5.Went to bed before 7:00pm with a sinus headache. Still hurts. 6.Enjoyed an afternoon movie with my mom and daughter. We saw … [Read more...]

10 Practical Tips to Help You Buy a House before You Turn 30

Who wouldn’t want to have a house to call his own? Of course, everyone is dreaming about it. It’s part of everybody's goals in life. However, it is not something that can be easily achieved especially for a person who is not careful and mindful about his/her expenses. The tendency is that after school, during your first few years of working, all you care about is buying or spending money on … [Read more...]

Five Food Tips to Help Ease the Winter Blues

This winter has been pretty mild for most of us, but day after day of gray skies can really bring on a case of the winter blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), affects up-to 20% of adults. As the chill sets in and the wintry darkness looms, you can fight SAD by eating the right foods and boosting your vitamin intake. Here are five tips, along with a low sugar, and low carbohydrate diet is … [Read more...]

Tips for Parents to Balance Time for Work and Family

As a working parent, it is always a challenge to balance time with your job and family. Whatever your job is, you will find it difficult to manage your time properly. This is the reason why some children seek more attention and love from their parents. However, there are various ways on how to balance your time. All you need is determination and patience at all times. It could be hard at first, … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. Tried a new restaurant and liked it a lot. Canceled a road trip to Ohio because of winter weather. Below zero temps, high winds, snow and icy roads. Was awake working past 1:00 am on a week night. Finally saw The Revenant. Wow, really good movie. Very intense. Ruined a turkey dinner. Turkey looked cooked but was raw in spots. Yams were over … [Read more...]

Getting our House Ready for the Big Game #GameDayTraditions @SheSpeaksUp, @ProcterGamble @Walmart #sp

Football is not just a sport around here, it's a season. It's all about the touchdowns, the scores, and yelling back at the television screen. When it comes to the Big Game, things start to get a little more serious, but also a lot more fun. This year, it is our turn to host friends and family to watch the Big Game. When it comes hosting at our house, I put a lot of thought into preparing. The … [Read more...]

My favorite blog posts of 2015

Looking through my 2015 archives brings back a lot of great memories. There are so many things that I enjoyed sharing with my readers. Below is a list of fifteen of my favorite blog posts of 2015. Exclusive Paul Bettany & James Spader interview #AvengersEvent Being a longtime James Spader fan, he was everything I had hope for. Friendly, talkative, and really cool. First official movie … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. Started my Christmas shopping. Enjoyed an evening with my aunt. One of my very favorite people. Camped out in our living-room with our granddaughter on a school night. Saw the movie Burnt, and really enjoyed it. Went for a nice walk with our daughter and basset hound. Tried a new crock pot recipe and loved it. (blog post coming soon) Started … [Read more...]

MasterChef Junior Inspired Cooking Set fun & giveaway #Masterchefjunior

MasterChef Junior is a culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook, as part of a new multi-year deal with award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay. The junior chefs each compete by preparing their own versions of one of Gordon’s favorite dishes. MasterChef Junior Season 4 premieres Friday, November 6 at 8/7c on FOX and we can’t wait to see what the kids … [Read more...]

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