Grate Chef – Making Your Grilling Season Better

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This post brought to you by Grate Chef, Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine. In much of the country, we are in the grilling season.  Especially with July 4th right around the corner, there will be a LOT of families firing up the grill.  But do you know how to make cleaning your grill grates easier and keep flare ups from ruining your food?  I know for us, it seems that we always ruin our good meat by letting the {Read More}

Baked Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

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  Baked Zucchini Parmesan Crisps for a Restaurant Experience at Home Have you ever had Zucchini Parmesan Crisps at a restaurant and wonder if you could make them cheaper at home  Well, you can!  And you don’t even need to deep fry them to get that crispy golden brown texture.  I figured out how to bake mine to save on the calories, and with a spritz of nonstick cooking spray, they still get that perfect crunch.  I’ll never order Zucchini {Read More}

Adoption: Beauty in Sacrifice

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  Adoption: Beauty in Sacrifice Just over 9 years ago, we were startled by a call.  It was a lazy Saturday afternoon and Jerome and I were just laying around being lazy watching TV.  I will never forget the moment that I received the call.  It was a call that changed my life forever. I answered the phone and on the other end was Sue (a friend of ours).  Her granddaughter, Kendal, was pregnant and in trouble.  She wanted to {Read More}

Black Bean Quinoa Muffins

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Black Bean Quinoa Muffins Over the past few days, we have been looking at Superfoods and trying to incorporate them into your everyday diet.  This is one of my FAVORITE ways to incorporate 2 Superfoods.  That is right…these muffins incorporate TWO Superfoods.  It incorporates Black Beans and Quinoa. Health Benefits of Black Beans? According to WHFoods.com, Black Beans can help regulate blood sugar, improve cardiovascular health and helps your digestive tract.  They even assert “Given the impressive array of antioxidant {Read More}

Getting Ready for Camping Season – Kitchen Gear

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Getting Ready for Camping Season: Gathering Your Kitchen Your camp kitchen is totally dependant on what type of cooking you are going to be doing while you’re camping.  I grew up with a family that used a camp stove almost exclusively, with a few dishes, such as baked potatoes, being cooked in the camp fire.  When I started taking my own kids camping, we rely more on the campfire for our cooking.  Each style has it’s own needs for the {Read More}

Christmas Lights for Any Time of Year

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Christmas Lights for ANY Time of Year Birthday Parties are a normal part of my life.  I only have to plan 2 a year, but it seems like those girls of mine are ALWAYS thinking about when theirs will be.  So, I am in the process of planning Rachel’s birthday party now.  She will be turning 9 in June and she knows EXACTLY what she wants.  She wants a Luau party.  She wants part swimming and part slumber party.  It {Read More}

Introducing the P.F. Chang’s Winter Seasonal Menu

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This post brought to you by P.F. Chang’s. All opinions are 100% mine. Introducing the P.F. Chang's Winter Seasonal Menu Have you seen the new Winter Seasonal Menu at P.F. Chang's?  OH MY!  Looks Delish!  Especially the 2 new salads.  Orange Ginger Beet Salad and Shanghai Waldorf Salad.  Check out the rest of the menu below. • Orange Ginger Beet Salad—Sliced red and gold beets mixed with fresh oranges and tossed with honey-ginger dressing, finished with crumbled goat cheese, candied {Read More}

Make Extra Cash with Your Old Text Books!

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If you are in college and need some extra cash, Campus Book Rentals is for you! Like most people that are in college you will use a bunch of books for one semester and never look at it again, right? Now you can seel your books to Campus Book Rentals and get paid. Spring cleaning never looked so good. Plus it’s totally painless. They pretty much do the work for you so it’s a WIN WIN for everyone. To sell {Read More}

Design Your LEGO Minifigure Family

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This post brought to you by LEGO. All opinions are 100% mine.   Design Your LEGO Minifigure Family Surprising fact…I didn't send out Christmas Cards this year!  But, I did design a LEGO Minifigure Holiday Card.  It was incredibly easy to do and it came out so adorable. Check it out: You can see from the picture that it is Me, Sami, Lucky, Rachel and Jerome enjoying our Christmas Day in a cabin up north, somewhere.  Wouldn't that be the {Read More}

Win Tiffany Inspired Round Hoop Bullet Earrings from Bullet Designs

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Hosted by:  The Binder Ladies Co-hosted by:  Cookies’ Kitchens & My Kind of Introduction If you haven’t discovered Bullet Designs yet, let us introduce you to them!  This is an amazing company that repurposes recycled bullets into beautiful jewelry and gifts – perfect for the sportsman or sportswoman in your life!  Their company is based on integrity and quality, and that definitely shows in their products!  They make everything from cuff links to ceiling fan pulls; jewelry sets to key rings! Jen, {Read More}

Introducing Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps from Pei Wei!

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This post brought to you by PeiWei. All opinions are 100% mine. Introducing Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps from Pei Wei! Sriracha is a staple in my house!  We love it for it's gentle heat with a lot of chile flavor.  Well, Pei Wei has just incorporated that amazing sauce into their new Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps.  Can you imagine the sweet heat of pineapple and Sriracha sauce together?  And then combine that with the flavor of pork!  You {Read More}

Include Netflix on Thanksgiving Day

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This post brought to you by Netflix. All opinions are 100% mine. I have just personally gotten into using Netflix.  I can already see that Netflix will be a part of my Thanksgiving day.  Right now, most of my favorite shows are going on break until after December 1st.  I will still be able to catch movies I may have missed, I will just watch them on Netflix. Another great thing about Netflix is that they are so portable.  You {Read More}

Turkey Decoration for Thanksgiving by Madame Deals

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  Turkey Decoration for Thanksgiving by Madame Deals Oh how cute are these turkeys? They are so easy to make. Head over to Madame Deals to get all the directions to make a Turkey Decoration for Thanksgiving.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies by Farmers Wife Rambles

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies by Farmers Wife Rambles I love Red Velvet ANYTHING! And these Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies by Farmer Wife Rambles look AMAZING!

Countdown to the #DisneyFrozenEvent by The Real Frugal Divas

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Check out this awesome post by The Real Frugal Divas. My girls really want to go see Frozen…and TRFD is on a Countdown to the #DisneyFrozenEvent.

Private Selection® – Making a Quality Holiday Meal

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This post brought to you by Kroger® Private Selection®. All opinions are 100% mine. Have you heard of the Private Selection® brand?  The Private Selection® brand is a premium private label brand carried exclusively at the Kroger® Family of Stores and affiliated stores including: Baker’s, City Market, Dillons, Fry’s, Gerbes, Pay Less, QFC, JayC, King Soopers, Owen’s, Ralphs, Smith’s and Fred Meyer.  I have been using the Private Selection® brand for the last few years.  I prefer them to most {Read More}

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