America’s Test Kitchen Complete Cookbook Giveaway

America’s Test Kitchen Complete Cookbook Giveaway

America’s Test Kitchen is one of my favorite cooking shows and I recently purchased the America’s Test Kitchen TV Cookbook. I love this cookbook so much that I am going to give one away to one of you! While I love looking up recipes online, there are some cookbooks that just truly are worth having in traditional book form and this is one of them. In my own copy I have already started making notes about the recipes I have tried – what I left out, what I substituted, and what I did or did not like about the recipe. … Continue Reading →
Summer Family Fun – Ideas and Recipes for Backyard Family Time

Summer Family Fun – Ideas and Recipes for Backyard Family Time

Even though we are getting closer to the end of summer there is still plenty of time left for summer family fun. Just head out to your own backyard for a day full of fun and quality time together making amazing memories. When it is time for dinner, work together as a family to create a fabulous family dinner of Grilled Panzanella Salad and Cheesy Flatbread Pizzas. Top of the evening after the sun goes down with more outdoor fun and a dessert of Apple Honey Crisp. Do let your inner kid run free on this day. Think back to … Continue Reading →
Total Solar Eclipse Roundup: Make your own safe eclipse viewer, crafts, recipes, worksheets and more

Total Solar Eclipse Roundup: Make your own safe eclipse viewer, crafts, recipes, worksheets and more

The world is ending!!! No, no, no, really it is not, it is just a total solar eclipse. While it seems like a very rare occurrence, solar eclipses happen on a fairly regular basis. This one seems bigger because there is a great viewing path across the United States. I am in St. Louis, Missouri and the path goes right over my area so it is huge news here. The McDonnell Planetarium, part of the St. Louis Science Center, has a lot of info and activities planned for our area. I encourage everyone to take the time to learn more … Continue Reading →
Solar Eclipse Music Playlist

Solar Eclipse Music Playlist

In case you haven’t heard, there is a total solar eclipse coming soon. I plan on watching the eclipse myself and created a Solar Eclipse Music playlist on Microsoft Groove Music to listen to during the event. I have tried to include songs from several genres so there is something for everyone. Solar Eclipse Playlist Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne Eclipse by Pink Floyd Sunshine on My Shoulders by John Denver Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash Total Eclipse by Iron Maiden King of Pain by The Police Eclipse by John Denver Black … Continue Reading →
7 Easy Marinades, Sauces and Rubs for Fabulous Grilled Meals This Summer

7 Easy Marinades, Sauces and Rubs for Fabulous Grilled Meals This Summer

Summer is still in full swing and sitting on the patio while grilling dinner and sipping a cold drink is a great way to relax and enjoy the season. Using marinades, sauces, and rubs is an easy way to change-up the same foods you are used to grilling and boost the flavor. While you can mix them up from scratch, it is even easier to get some help from McCormick Grill Mate products and add just a few of your own touches. Thanks to Family Features and McCormick for sharing these amazing recipes and ideas with me to share to … Continue Reading →
Excessive and/or Idiotic Actual School Supply Lists for Back to School

Excessive and/or Idiotic Actual School Supply Lists for Back to School

It is back-to-school season and I am constantly dumbfounded and amazed at some of the required school supply lists that schools give. The elementary school lists seem to be the most problematic for me. My own son graduated from school a while back and my granddaughters are not old enough for school just yet but I still keep on these things. When I was a little kid I remember we need basics on our back-t0-school lists: pencils, crayons, notebooks, folders, scissors, glue, school box. That list alone, even for today, can be bought easily for less than $10 at most. … Continue Reading →
Pros and cons of Our President, Donald Trump – My Thoughts

Pros and cons of Our President, Donald Trump – My Thoughts

Today I am using one of my own blog writing prompts for my post. I know that political discussions, especially those about our current President, Donald Trump, can be quite upsetting to many. The one thing I like about that is that it at least means people are thinking about politics and how our elected officials impact us not only as a country and community, but also as individuals. As I am writing this post I have created two lists, the pros and cons of Donald Trump as the President of the United States. Hubby and I have extremely different … Continue Reading →
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

Last week I created my version of a Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake. Moore’s Marinades sent me a bottle of Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce and I wanted to do something other than just wings. I was thinking of Caitlan, D and the twins when I decided to make this recipe. The twins are not always good about eating their veggies so I wanted to get some extra vegetables in the recipe. D needs to avoid gluten more than he does. Plus I wanted something easy for Caitlan to throw in the oven once she got home from work. I know … Continue Reading →
Have you had an eye exam lately? It is National Eye Exam Month

Have you had an eye exam lately? It is National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam Month. Having a regular eye exam is so important, not only for our eye health, but for our overall health. Not only can your eye doctor look for eye issues but they can also find other health issues. Everyone should get regular eye exams, even babies. Find a good eye doctor for your regular eye exams. An optometrist is kind of like a primary care doctor for your eyes and can do your exams and provide your eyeglass or contact prescription and watch for overall health. An ophthalmologist is a more specialized eye doctor who … Continue Reading →
Homemade Fireball Cinnamon Whisky Caramel Sauce

Homemade Fireball Cinnamon Whisky Caramel Sauce

Are you already drooling? As promised, here is my recipe for homemade Fireball caramel sauce. This is the perfect sauce to serve over a luscious bowl of vanilla ice cream and savor slowly. So how did this recipe come about? As you all know, I am a huge fan of Fireball as a drink. I also love trying to find new ways to enjoy this fiery cinnamon beverage, like my Hard Apple Cider Bread Pudding with Fireball Sauce. Desserts are not something I make a lot of because I’m not that great of a baker but I do still enjoy … Continue Reading →