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County Seat Restaurant: Mississippi Farm to Table [Town of Livingston]

County Seat Restaurant - new farm to table dining in Madison County (Town of Livingston, MS)

Farm to table restaurants (restaurants who source their food as locally as possible) are starting to appear in the state of Mississippi, and I can’t be more thrilled. County Seat Restaurant is one of the Jackson, MS area’s own pioneers for this sustainable way of dining. Last week, we had our chance to dine at […]

Grape Mint Tomato Salad (Ally’s Kitchen Cookbook)

Refreshing Grape Mint Tomato Salad from Ally's Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates

Cool down this summer with this refreshing tomato salad that is spruced up with grapes, red onions and mint!  This is just one of many fabulous recipes from my dear friend’s new cookbook, Ally’s Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates.  Read on for a chance to win a copy for yourself!  (This is not a […]

Salted Cream Iced Coffee with Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies

Salted Cream Iced Coffee

Take a break with Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies and this sweet and salty iced coffee… did I catch your curiosity? Recently, a friend posted a photo on her Instagram — a salted cream iced coffee drink.  I saw it at exactly the moment when I was breaking from the morning’s adventures of chasing an almost 2 year […]

Terranea Resort: Southern California’s Family Friendly Oceanfront Luxury

Terranea Resort - Family friendly oceanfront luxury in Southern California. Just 30 minutes from LAX you can find paradise! #GladdTravel #EatSeaRetreat

Travel only thirty minutes south of the Los Angeles airport (LAX) to find family-friendly paradise at Terranea (terra-NAY-ah) Oceanfront Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Recently, I flew to Southern California for a relaxing yet educational get-away with seven other food blogging friends at Terranea Resort.  Our time together was short, but thanks to our lovely planner, we […]

Starbucks Coffee Blogger Community

Starbucks Coffee K-Cup Packs

I have a love for coffee.  For years, my go-to cup has been a Starbucks® blend – whether from a K-Cup® Pack, freshly ground beans in my French press, or an entire pot I brewed to share with guests.  That’s why I’m pleased to announce I’ve partnered with Starbucks this year to test their new products and give […]

Easy Baked Chicken Egg Rolls (Freezer Friendly!)

Easy Baked Chicken Egg Rolls

Also served as an appetizer, these baked chicken egg rolls show up at our table, served alongside rice and veggies, as a favorite meal for our family.  How often to you order Chinese take-out?  It had been since college for me, until about a month ago when we were visiting family in North Carolina and they […]

A Day Out with Thomas the Train at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum [Calera, AL]

Day Out With Thomas the Train - The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (Calera, AL)

We recently traveled just south of Birmingham, Alabama to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum and spent the day with Thomas the Train.  Read on to find out more about this fun activity filled train ride! Two weeks ago, we spent the weekend in one of our favorite nearby cities, Birmingham, Alabama — just a […]

Family Favorite Chili Mac

Family Favorite Chili Mac - 30 minute meal

Using quick and easy ingredients like a jar of Ragú® Sauce, we’re bringing a “Saucesome” dinner to you in less than 30 minutes with this Family Favorite Chili Mac recipe served right from your skillet. As the title of my blog suggests, I have a passion for feeding my family and others around our table.  Once […]

Texas Sheet Cake Donuts (Baked)

Texas Sheet Cake Donuts (Baked!)

The classic chocolate sheet cake baked as donuts.  Breakfast or dessert?  You choose! Hey all, y’all!  (I figured I should start this post with a southern drawl.)  I’m very excited about these donuts, as I came up with the idea for them a few months ago and finally getting to the point of sharing them […]

15-Minute Skillet Granola Recipe + $100 VISA Giveaway!

Homemade 15-Minute Skillet Granola - with Domino® Pourable Light Brown Sugar

Spruce up your morning breakfast with this easy-to-follow recipe for homemade granola, ready in just 15 minutes.  It’s not only a great breakfast but a heart-healthy snack throughout the day! Recently, we were visiting our friends and eating our way through Charleston, SC.  The wife of our friends told me how she makes granola in her cast […]

Carrot Cake Monkey Bread

Carrot Cake Monkey Bread

Surprise your Easter brunch guests with this springtime twist on the traditional monkey bread breakfast.  This sweet Carrot Cake Monkey Bread is loaded with shredded carrots, pineapple and pecans, then drizzled with your favorite cream cheese frosting.  You might want to make sure the Easter Bunny doesn’t hop over for a bite! Our family has annual Easter […]

Crescent Bunny Pizza Dunkers

Crescent Bunny Pizz Dunkers-2

Looking for a very easy Easter themed lunch for your kiddos? Look no further than these cute little pizza bunnies I made with Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dough. Your kids will love to put these together with you and then dunk them in their favorite pizza sauce.  Find the easy step by step directions over at Pillsbury. […]

3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs

3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs - slow cooker recipe

Mix together only three ingredients then set your slow cooker on low.  Four hours later you’re ready to party with these tangy apricot glazed and chili sauce cocktail meatballs. You all know the usual grape jelly + chili sauce + meatballs recipe, right?  This is basically the same thing but with apricot preserves instead.  You see, […]

Pecan Crusted Apple Butter and Bacon Cheese Ball

Pecan Crusted Apple Butter and Bacon Cheese Ball #BetterWithAppleButter #MussAppleButter #AppleButterSpin @MussAppleButter

A spin on the traditional appetizer, this Pecan Crusted Apple Butter and Bacon Cheese Ball includes Musselman’s Apple Butter, crispy bacon, hot sauce and crusted with buttery toasted pecans. Cheese balls are such a fun party app and they can really dress up a table!  You can find many interesting variations these days.  Today I’m giving […]

5-Ingredient Blueberry Ricotta Breakfast Bubble Up Bake

5-Ingredient Blueberry Ricotta Breakfast Bubble Up Bake

A sweet, creamy and impressive breakfast is a cinch with our 5-ingredient Blueberry Ricotta Breakfast Bubble Up Bake.  Add this to your collection of quick breakfasts to make when you have overnight guests. I love a good breakfast bake, but sometimes it take a little bit more prep than I have time for in the morning. […]

Family-Friendly Austin: Where to Eat with Young Kids [Austin, TX]

Amy's Ice Creams - Austin, TX: Kid-friendly places to eat in Austin, TX

Our list of family-friendly places to eat in Austin, Texas.  These restaurants are great for kids! When we travel, we like to check out the best places to eat in the area.  It’s a hobby both Ben and I enjoy.  When the kids are with us, though, there are some challenges.   For example, we cannot eat […]

No-Bake Chocolate Cranberry Almond Clusters

No-Bake Chocolate Cranberry Almond Clusters

With just 15 minutes prep and then about an hour in the fridge, these No-Bake Chocolate Cranberry Almond Clusters are ready to pop in your mouth for a snack you and your kids can feel good about! Both of my boys are huge snackers.  All day, every day they ask for snack after snack after […]

Chicken Alfredo Red Pepper Rings

Chicken Alfredo Red Pepper Rings

Thick slices of red peppers are stuffed with a cheesy, yet lightened up version of chicken alfredo then topped with Sargento® Chef Blends™ Shredded 6 Cheese Italian and broiled to a golden bubbly perfection.  Serve as a heavy appetizer or a light weeknight meal. This recipe came about as a challenge from Sargento Cheese and The Food […]

10 Disney Tips From Our Disney World Trip

#5 of 10 Disney Tips from our Disney Trip: Purchase Memory Maker

We recently spent six days in Orlando, FL to take on Disney World with ten of my family members, including four very young kids.  Here are a few Disney tips and tricks we learned along the way. Part of me wants to write a post about our entire Disney trip sharing every single photo.  I know […]

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Butternut Squash Apple Soup - Warm up with this savory butternut squash soup that includes a touch of sweetness by the addition of Musselman's Apple Butter. #BetterWithAppleButter #MussAppleButter #AppleButterSpin @MussAppleButter

In need of a warm comforting soup that doesn’t sit so heavy?  I’ve got a savory Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe with the addition of a fun ingredient that adds a depth of sweetness – apple butter! Whew!  I think we’ve had our fair share of cold weather this winter, even here in Mississippi!  Although many […]

Cupid Bites

Cupid Bites - miniature shortbread cookies dotted with festive sprinkles. Bag it up and tuck into a sweet mug for a Valentine's Day gift!

Just 15 minutes of prep and these fun little shortbread bites will supply you with a mouthful of Valentine’s Day munchies!  Pack up these Cupid Bites for a sweet teachers’ treat! Here we are again with yet another variation of these fun little festive shortbread bites.  I absolutely love making these because they are super quick and […]