Vegan Tater Tot Casserole #VeganFoodShare

We live in the midwest, and here in the midwest we tend to love our casseroles. I make a great turkey, cheddar and broccoli casserole. It's my go-to when I'm in need of some real comfort food. Being vegan means our teenage daughter has been missing out on my usual casseroles, so I wanted to give this recipe from the Vegan Stoner Cookbook a try. It turned out pretty good. Not something I would make … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Dos Hermanos Restaurant & Market, a real hidden gem #ReviewCrew @Restaurant_Com #sp

One of the things I love about using Restaurant.com is finding places to eat that we've never been to, right in our own neighborhood. Our most recent find is an awesome little Mexican restaurant, and market named Dos Hermanos. This was our first time at Dos Hermanos, so we had no idea what to expect. From the street, it's the market that really stands out. When we first arrived I thought we … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. Enjoyed dinner and a movie with a friend. Helped our granddaughter with homework. Baked a dessert without following a recipe and loved it. Bought an item on eBay. Sold an item on a local Facebook group. Was awake working past midnight three nights in a row. Received a very nice email from a previous giveaway winner. … [Read more...]

Easy & Delicious Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe

Of all of the tasty slow-cooker meals I have been making recently, this one might just be my favorite. Ingredients: 6-8 pieces of chicken (I use wings, legs & thighs) 1 40oz bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce. (I use Sweet Baby Rays) 2 tbs brown sugar 2 tbs chili powder (3 if you want more of a kick) 1 tbs garlic powder 2 tbs ketchup 1 tbs honey A dish of Salt & … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. Made plans to go to dinner and a movie with a friend. Stayed awake way too late three nights in a row. Bought an item on a local Facebook group. Sold an item on a local Facebook group. Went to a high school charity football game to watch out granddaughter cheer. Enjoyed a great day visiting the cider mill, having dinner and playing board games … [Read more...]

Mummy Pizza recipe, inspired by Hotel Transylvania 2 #Hotel2 #FandangoFamily #Sp

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The crisp, cool weather, delicious comfort foods, and of-course Halloween. Every year, the season seems to go by way too fast. So, we start celebrating early in our house, with decorations, baking and enjoying Halloween movies. During our granddaughter's recent visit we decided to prepare a fun spooky lunch, in celebration of Hotel Transylvania's sequel, … [Read more...]

Putting a #Saucesome spin on Weeknight Skillet Lasagna with @RaguSauce #Spon

Ragú® is recognizing and celebrating everything that makes family mealtime Saucesome. From unique recipes to silly moments to crazy weeknights…it's all Saucesome with the delicious help of Ragú® Sauce. I have been cooking with Ragú® for years. Ragú® has the Authentic Italian taste American family’s like mine love and a variety of great tasting, quick and easy to make family favorite … [Read more...]

Brew and BBQ @ Cedar Point this weekend #IheartCP #Rougarou #BloggingatCP

Summer is just around the corner, and for our family, that means planning the first of several trips to Cedar Point. Attention thrill seekers, Brew and BBQ lovers! Get your taste buds ready, Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31 Cedar Point is bringing it all together in the park. You'll be able to sample micro, craft and specialty beers from breweries around the region – 146 beers, … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven thins Ive done over the past seven days. 01. Watched several more Marvel movies to prepare for the LA Avengers: Age of Ultron press junket. 02. Had a bad dream that kept me awake for hours. 03. Bragged about our teenage daughter's grades. 04. Was up past midnight working two nights of the week. 05. Took our granddaughter and nieces to see Dreamwork's HOME. 06. Added another … [Read more...]

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I've done over the past seven days. 1. Tried a new recipe (slow cooker beef stew) and loved it. 2. Praised our teenage daughter for having all A's. 3. Watched two new pilot series (Secrets & Lies, Battle Creek), and liked them both. 4. Played three games of Monopoly Jr. with my granddaughter. 5. Started reading a new book (Wild). 6. Had a sinus headache for three days. 7. … [Read more...]

Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise, the secret to great-tasting leftovers #LeftOverFriday @Hellmanns

Not sure what to do with your holiday leftovers? Thanksgiving Turkey is delicious but it can quickly dry out in the days following. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise is my secret to making turkey moist and delicious. The key to great-tasting leftovers is using quality ingredients that complement each other. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise helps bring flavors together to keep every bite satisfying. For more than … [Read more...]

5 Good Reasons to visit @Outback Steakhouse #Detroit #OutbackZooNight

My husband and I recently enjoyed a nice evening out that included dinner at Outback Steakhouse. It was a perfect evening, and if you haven't been in a while, I highly recommend a visit to your local Outback. The food, the service and even the drinks were wonderful. Could not have been better. Here are my five reason why I recommend Outback Steakhouse. 1. The menu. Outback has something … [Read more...]

Detroit Zoo Give Back Night @Outback Steakhouse & A $20 Outback Steakhouse Giveaway! #OutbackZooNight

Outback invites you to join them at any Detroit area Outback Steakhouse location for the Detroit Zoological Society Give Back Night fundraiser. Relax and enjoy the fresh flavors at Outback and they’ll proudly donate 15% of your total check to the Detroit Zoo! Just say “Zoo Night!” to your server! The Detroit Zoo is one of my favorite local attractions and Outback Steakhouse is one of my … [Read more...]

Back to School snacks & sandwiches with Boar’s Head

With the kids back to school, anytime is a great time for delicious sandwiches and snacks with Boar’s Head products. Easy ham roll-ups (made with low sodium Boar's Head Deli Sliced Ham), along with fresh fruit and veggies make for a perfect after school/ study snack. It not only taste great, but it gives our teenage daughter a balance of energy and brain power that she needs to get through the … [Read more...]

Making memories with McDonald’s Happy Meal & Go-Gurt #Giveaway

As you may know, McDonald’s is now offering Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt as an additional side option for kids in its Happy Meals. This Go-GURT is made exclusively for McDonald’s with 25 percent less sugar than the leading kid’s yogurt and is available in all restaurants nationwide. The decision to include Go-Gurt in Happy Meals is another step in the McDonald’s partnership with the … [Read more...]

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