What are the best things to have at a picnic?

What are the best things to have at a picnic?

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareYourSummer #CollectiveBias Anyone who knows me knows that there is a few things that I love and can’t live without. One of those is my Diet Coke. Whether that is a good thing or not to admit it is an absolute true statement! So when I had the opportunity with Walmart and with Coca-Cola I knew this was not an opportunity to pass up! And more importantly this campaign was about sharing a coke with someone you love. There are so many people …

Easy Pasta Salad

Pasta salad will always remind me of my older sister for some reason. I don’t know if its because she used to always ask my mom to make it for her when we were growing up or what! But for some reason every single time I make it I can’t help but think about her! Pasta salad is one of those things that I feel is good all year around. But it is especially food during BBQ season! Whenever I see a pasta salad at a BBQ or a family gathering I always go to it first and get a …

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

This sweet potato recipe is by far my favorite sweet potato recipe I have ever tried. When I received a package of Santé Nuts I knew that it would be the perfect addition to make this recipe even better for our Thanksgiving meal this year! The only challenge was picking which pecans I wanted to add! Cinnamon pecans for the Win! Totally took this recipe up a notch! We have been using our Santé nuts on salads, in our smoothies and in oatmeal, muffins and other yummy recipes. And here is how you make these yummy sweet potatoes: First you mix the …

Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice baked potatoes are one of my families favorite sides. My oldest son has become a huge fan of potatoes and baked potatoes lately. And these are his favorite way to eat them. Well actually more like these with a huge dollop of sour cream on top! I don’t blame him sour cream is yummy! I don’t usually add the extra sour cream ( I don’t think they need them) but if you are a sour cream lover go ahead!  So next time you have extra potatoes lying around or need a side dish try jazzing the good ol baked …

Garlic Asparagus

Garlic Asparagus Looking for an easy healthy side dish? Here is a simple asparagus that can be made in minutes! Here are the step for the garlic asparagus Place a frying pan on your stove and heat up. Add your asparagus over medium heat. Then add your garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Add the water. Continue to look over the asparagus and stir them. Making sure that all sides and asparagus are being cooked. Add the butter. Continue to stir and cook. The asparagus will start to turn a deeper green and soften and the garlic with start to …

Loaded Berry Crispy Chicken Salad

Loaded Berry Crispy Chicken Salad

I love making salads for myself. But I rarely make them for dinner. My kids won’t eat salad and I thought that my husband didn’t like salads for dinner. But it turns out that I was on a salad kick a few weeks ago and made salads a couple of times and my husband loved them! So I made a few different ones and we absolutely loved this one! The fresh berries with the crunchy chicken and bacon paired with sugared almonds was just so yummy!  I found this recipe here and made it but with the ingredients that I had at …

The Ultimate Potato Salad

The Ultimate Potato Salad

During summer time BBQ’s are in full swing! Swimming parties and potlucks are where it is at! I think potato salad is definitely a staple at any BBQ. This is one of my very favorite potato salads using red potatoes. A few weeks ago my neighbor brought over the largest bag of red potatoes. (I am talking about as big as me!) So I have been incorporating different potato dishes into each meal. This one was made for our hamburger night. Some leftovers sat in the fridge for a few days (The longer it sits the better it tastes) until …

Berry Cobbler in a MUG!

Berry Cobbler in a MUG!

*Giveaway closed….winner is JODI FOLKERTS*  Congratulations Jodi!  I received a fun package from ShirleyJ packed full to the brim with fun mugging flavors! And what atreat it has been to try them out! Our favorites have been the yellow cake mix cobbler, chocolate brownie cake, and country style cornbread. I have 3 children under the age of 5. Their attention span doesn’t last very long. So when my 3 year old wanted brownies and wanted them fast I knew that through “Mugging” I could make that possible! Grabbed the mug, poured in the mix, mixed for 30 seconds, place in the microwave …

Cheesy Cornbread

Cheesy Cornbread

Man this cornbread sure is good! It is the perfect amount of sweet and savory put together!  Cheesy Cornbread 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 4 eggs 1 can cream corn 1 cup flour 1 cup cornmeal 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup monterey cheese, grated 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter and sugar together. Add remaining ingredients except the cheese. After all mixed together fold in the cheeses. Grease pan. (can use either 9×13 or muffin tins) Bake for 45 if using a 9×13 baking dish or bake for 15 minutes …

Buttery Herb Rice

Buttery Herb Rice

This rice is the perfect side dish for almost every meal! My favorite is with salmon and grilled chicken but this is very universal! And very easy! Buttery Herb Riceyields: 4-6 servings 4 cups water2 Tablespoons dry parsley1/2 cube butter1 (heaping) Tablespoon chicken bouillon2 Tablespoons dried onion2 cups rice, uncooked Bring all to a boil, and then add 2 cups rice. Put lid on and cook for 20 minutes on low. Leave on the burner, but turn the heat off for another 10 minutes.