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Cabernet Sauvignon and the Perfect Appetizer Pairings

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Happy Hour for 2

One of my favorite weeknight traditions with my hubby is happy hour at home. After the kids go to bed, we love to curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and catch up on our day or watch TV. Doing this has helped keep us connected and makes every day feel like “date night”.   Continue Reading


DIY Meatless Mason Jar Salad

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Veggie Lunch on the Go!

Today, I am so excited to once again be partnering with MorningStar Farms® to bring you a healthier weekday lunch idea! A DIY Mason jar salad is perfect solution to a busy day. During the week, I’m always on the go so I usually make a couple of these early in the week and have them ready to grab and eat. This saves me from skipping lunch and gives me plenty of energy to get through my day. Continue Reading


Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria with Martinelli’s


Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

If you’re looking for the perfect fall party drink I have the recipe for you! With fall upon us and Halloween mere days away, I’m looking forward to many an upcoming family gatherings and parties with friends. With fall entertaining, or really any entertaining, I like to have a signature cocktail to serve my guests that mirrors the feel of the season. This easy sparkling apple cider sangria is the perfect fall-themed drink for all of your upcoming parties! Continue Reading


Cozy Soups for Chilly Fall Nights


Fall is now officially upon us and the temperatures are starting to cool. In fact yesterday it was 40 degrees when I woke up! Thankfully it won’t be staying quite that cold! This time of year, one of my favorite things to do is get back into the kitchen and cook. And nothing says fall quite like a steaming hot bowl of flavorful soup. Today I’m rounding up 9 of my favorite soup recipes that I adore most, and that also feel the most fitting for this time of year.  Continue Reading


Easy Appetizer: Mexican Style Shrimp Cocktail


After our recent trip to Floria and all of the delectable seafood dishes I sampled, I was left longing for more. Sadly, fresh and delicious seafood can be difficult to find here in the Midwest. However, shrimp is an option that can be found everywhere and, if high quality, tastes fresh even when its been frozen. Because of this I’ve been whipping up everything from shrimp tacos to shrimp pasta. But above all other dishes, this easy Mexican-style shrimp cocktail is by far my favorite! Continue Reading


How To Make A Snack Stadium For The Big Game

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Football playoff season is underway, and the big game is just around the corner. That means but one thing: We must all begin planning the awesome and dangerous food-based architecture that is the Snack Stadium. What? You’ve never heard of a Snack Stadium?

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Delicious Dinners in Under 25 Minutes for The Whole Family



Most of you know me as a style and lifestyle blogger, but behind the scenes I am also a wife and busy mom of two children who are always on the go. While neither is a super picky eater they definitely have their personal preferences and we all love a well rounded dinner, as this is often times the only part of the day that we are all together. We usually steer clear of red meat and we were all getting a little tired of chicken and pork and were ready for something new, that the whole family would enjoy. That is why I was so happy to discover Bumble Bee SuperFreshBumble Bee SuperFresh is a line of naturally-seasoned, restaurant quality “fish-forward” prepared seafood solutions for the home. It raises the bar for what sea food lovers can expect from frozen food! I selected the Tilapia with lemon, pepper and herbs and was pleasantly surprised that those were the exact listed ingredients…nothing else.


I added a fancy appetizer of ancient grains crackers topped with tapenade and side dishes of roasted carrots and mini quinoa patties and the entire meal took less than 25 minutes to prepare and was out of this world good!


First, I prepared the appetizer (I used jarred tapenade from the grocery storr; usually found near the olives in the deli area).



Then, I emptied a bag of baby carrots on to an edged cookie sheet, drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, thyme and paprika. You could also add cumin, rosemary, oregano…really whatever you’re in the mood for or have on hand. I then placed the cookie sheet in an oven pre-heated to 425 degrees and roasted for 20 minutes.


After the carrots were in the oven I removed the fish, placed the pre-seasoned filets in their included parchment packet and put them in the pre-heated oven, also at 425 degrees. (I own a double oven, but you could just as easily put them in a single oven side by side.)



While the carrots roasted and the fish baked, I prepared the mini quinoa patties.


2 c quinoa (room temperature)

4 large eggs, beaten

1/2 t sea salt

1/3 c finely chopped fresh chives

1/2 onion, finely chopped

1/3 c freshly grated parmesan cheese

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 c whole grain bread crumbs

1 T extra virgin olive oil



Combine the quinoa, eggs and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the chives, onion, cheese and garlic. Add the bread crumbs, stir and let stand for a minute. Form mixture into twelve 1-inch thick patties. (add water if mixture is too dry and more bread crumbs if too wet) Mixture can be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Working in batches, add patties, cover and cook until bottoms are deeply browned (about 7 minutes). Flip with a spatula and cook the other side until golden. Remove from skillet and cool. Repeat with remaining patties.



By now the fish and carrots should be ready and all that’s left is to prepare your plates!



What a difference the lemon makes! Combined with extra virgin olive oil, shallots, black pepper and other natural ingredients, this recipe bring out the clean, fresh flavor of premium tilapia. And even better, Bumble Bee SuperFresh smells and tastes amazing. No fishy smells here. Because you prepare Bumble Bee SuperFresh straight from the freezer, there isn’t any smell associated with thawing fish. And this frozen protein has stayed that way from harvest to oven unlike most of the “fresh” fish you find at the seafood counter. That means it is fresh tasting, and fresh smelling. Next time you have a taste for fresh seafood that is super easy to prepare visit Bumble Bee SuperFresh for a coupon so that you can try these SuperFresh products for yourself!

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