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Kid Friendly Orange Pomegranate Fizzy Drink

Kid Friendly Orange Pomegranate Fizzy Drink

Let your kids enjoy a fun festive holiday drink this Christmas or New Years with natural orange and pomegranate juices, topped with a fizzy soda. What a week!  Judah turned FIVE on Wednesday!  Can you believe it?  Doesn’t it seem like it was just yesterday that I was announcing his birth and explaining my hiatus […]

Help End Hunger in America #ShareAMeal #HatchKids

MADCAAP Helping Hands garden produce

It’s officially the holiday season.  The time of the year we should all be giving thanks AND just giving.  How are you giving this year? Consider joining the conversation with SheKnows Hatch and Unilever Project Sunlight to #ShareAMeal and help end hunger in America.  Did you know that 1 in 5 children in America live in a food-insecure […]

Vanilla Latte with Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups

Vanilla Latte - you can make at home without an espresso machine or fancy equipment!

Find a few minutes to flavor your moment with the new Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups.  You can boost your normal cup of joe with just a couple ingredients and turn it into one of my favorites–the vanilla latte.  No fancy equipment needed! Brilliant!These days, I’m lucky if I fit in a cup of coffee once […]

Roasted Root Vegetable and Hot Dog Skewers (Plus 4 More 30-Minute Meal Ideas with Alexia Foods)

Roasted Root Vegetables and Hot Dog Skewers - Kid Friendly and Well-Balanced 30 Minute Meal Idea

Struggling to feed your family quickly while still keeping your meals well balanced? Read on for five 30-minute balanced weeknight meal ideas using Alexia Foods. Families are busier than ever these days, finding it difficult to get dinner to the table on a normal weeknight. It’s even more challenging to serve a quick dinner that […]

Slow Cooker Cream Corn (Rudy’s BBQ Copycat)

Slow Cooker Cream Corn - creamed corn just like Rudy's BBQ!

The best ever creamed corn recipe similar to Rudy’s BBQ Restaurant.  Made in the slow cooker with just a few ingredients! I guess I don’t know if this is supposed to be called “cream” corn or “creamED” corn.  It seems that everyone calls it creamed, but when looking at the Rudy’s BBQ menu on their […]

Saturday Seeds (Black Friday Thoughts and Christmas Gift Ideas)

Snap Circuits, Jr. - Christmas gift idea

Thanksgiving is next week!!  AHHHHH!!!  Is that how you’re feeling, too, right now?  What are you serving?  Are you hosting?  Traveling?  Shopping? Judah had his Thanksgiving party at school this week where they made these super cute Indian costumes.  Somehow they came up with the name “Shining Brook” for him.   We’ve also been at […]

Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread biscotti are twice-baked cookies with a spiced holiday aroma filling your kitchen.  Perfect for dipping into your hot morning coffee during these cold winter days! Ben and I have done a lot of talking lately about challenging ourselves.  We have witnessed others who are currently struggling or have struggled in the past with self-satisfaction […]

Five-Cheese, Fifteen-Minute Stovetop Mac ‘n Cheese

Five Cheese Fifteen Minute Mac n Cheese

With five different creamy melty cheeses and just 15 minutes of your time, this delightful macaroni and cheese dish will entice your family to gather “Back Around the Table“. You probably can tell from the title of my blog that one of my passions in life is to make sure my family spends time around […]

Chessmen Cookies Banana Pudding

Chessmen Cookies Banana Pudding

A thick and creamy banana pudding topped with hearty and buttery store-bought cookies for a lovely display. Yesterday.  Let’s talk about yesterday.  Yesterday was one of only two days each week where I have four work hours while the kids are at a Moms Day Out.  Yesterday was the day I was supposed to use all […]

Pailles Recipe #RaspberryDessert – Plus a Driscoll’s Berries and Cookbook #Giveaway!

Pailles with Raspberry Jam + Dorie Greespan's Baking Chez Moi cookbook giveaway with Driscoll's Berries #RaspberryDessert @driscollsberry @doriegreenspan

These Pailles are sugar-dusted puff pastry sandwich cookies with a raspberry jam filling.  A delectable French dessert you can easily make in your own home. Oh, Dorie Greenspan.  Who doesn’t love her?  She recently released another fabulous cookbook, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.  It is such a beautiful […]

Giant Double Chocolate Bakery Cookies

Giant Double Chocolate Bakery Cookies

These gigantic cookies are doubly good with enormous chocolaty taste, just as you find in your favorite bakery!  I love love love a good chocolate cookie, especially a DOUBLE chocolate cookie — a chocolate based cookie with chocolate chips.  When you eat them warm, the melty chocolate drips all over your fingers, begging to be licked right up, not […]

Candied Roasted Root Vegetable Yogurt Parfait

Candied Roasted Root Vegetable Parfait Collage #stonyfieldblogger

Diced small, roasted quickly and candied up with a sweet syrup, root vegetables can actually become one of your favorite toppings for yogurt!   (Note: I accidentally grabbed the wrong container for the photos. My parfait is made with Stonyfield plain and vanilla yogurt blends and not Greek yogurt, although you are more than welcome to […]

Kidstir Review: October Cooking Kit

Kidstir Cooking Kits: October Review

I’m proud to be a Kidstir Ambassador where I get to tell you about my favorite educational cooking kits!  For less than $20/month, your child can build his/her own cookbook and receive fun new kitchen projects to add to it each month!  To sign up for your own Kidstir subscription at 25% off the first month, use promo code SEEDED25. […]

Saturday Seeds: Halloween Costumes and Favorite Things

Halloween Costumes - Fireman and Policeman

Are you ready for Halloween?  We decided to ditch the Pac-man idea Judah had a few months ago, because he changed his mind for some reason and now wants to be a Power Ranger.  BUT… we went through a few other of his ideas, first.  Let me tell you the story, while you also take […]

Home Tour: Our Bonus Room – Guest Room, Theater Room and Playroom All in One!

Home Tour: We use our bonus room for three uses in one! A DIY built-in murphy beds and shelves, along with a full bathroom turns this into a guest room, while it's also a theater room and a playroom!

A homemade built-in murphy bed, custom made movie screen, play table with toys and a full bathroom allows our bonus room for three uses:  Guest room, theater room and play room all in one! (The photos in this post are animated .gif photos, so they should switch back and forth continuously.) Once in a while […]

S’mores Graham Cracker Cookie Bars

Smores Graham Cracker Cookies Bars - Graham cracker dough baked in a pan with the usual S'mores fixins.

Graham cracker dough baked in a pan with chocolate chips and Mallow Bits for the ultimate S’mores cookie bars. Our weather is SO beautiful right now!  In Mississippi, you need to take advantage of the very few fall temperature days.  It’s cooled off (meaning it’s in the 70’s and low 80’s rather than the 90’s) […]

Boo Berry Donuts

Boo Berry Donuts - using General Mills Monster Cereal collection and Pillsbury Grands! Blueberry Biscuits!

The General Mills Monster Cereal collection is back with new illustrations from DC Comics!  I put the classic blueberry flavored cereal to use in these frighteningly delicious Boo Berry Donuts! When we returned from our week long Michigan trip, I found a package at my door from General Mills with each variety of their Monster Cereal collection inside.  Although […]

Baked Pineapple

Baked Pineapple

One of the easiest side dishes you can contribute to a party or potluck.  Crushed pineapple and cubed bread with just a few other ingredients gets this in the oven quickly! Have you reached the age of 40 yet?  I turned 34 this year, but I have friends in their 40’s.  Most of them have […]

Graham Cracker Ghosts S’mores Snack Mix

Graham Cracker Ghosts Smores Mix-2

Surprise your kids this Halloween with this S’mores snack mix made of ghost-shaped graham crackers and marshmallow bits! Can I start by telling you how proud I am of these fun little munchies?  It took me a few tries to get this recipe just right, but I finally nailed it! One attempt involved forgetting about the pan in […]

Giant Halloween Sprinkles Sugar Cookies

Giant Halloween Sprinkles Sugar Cookies-2

These giant bakery style cookies, rolled into multi-colored sprinkles, are a festive option for Halloween! If you are looking for a quick fun way to celebrate Halloween, look no further.  These cookies are so easy and your kids will love helping you roll the dough balls into the sprinkles.  Judah is ALL about sprinkles these […]

Chicken Rice Green Bean Casserole

Chicken Rice Green Bean Casserole - Your meat, grains and greens all in one colorful dish!

Get your meat, grains and greens all in one with this colorful Chicken Rice Casserole dish. We are in Michigan this week visiting my family.   We’re staying with my parents.  My sister, her husband and their two kids and two dogs are living with my parents right now while transitioning from a Colorado move. […]