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How to keep food fresh longer - With FoodSaver -

How to Keep Food Fresh Longer

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  So here’s something that will come as no shock to anyone: I love food. Because I love food, I hate to waste it. That’s why I try to come up with creative ways to use up leftovers from a big meal, like Thanksgiving dinner or St. Paddy’s Day corned beef and cabbage.   But what about foods that you can’t turn into other foods, like casseroles? Or what if you find a great deal… read more

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread -

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

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Bananas are great when they’re nice and firm and yellow. You can put them in a fruit salad…top your French toast…whip them up in a smoothie…or just peel them and eat them all by themselves. But I actually like bananas even better when they start to get a little mushy and brown. Because that means it’s time to make banana bread. And this banana bread recipe has a little twist—or to be more exact, a… read more

Easy Crockpot Taco Pasta Bake

Easy Crockpot Taco Pasta Bake

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As a busy mom, weekly meal planning is an essential part of my week. A beloved reoccurring theme in my household? Taco Tuesday. We’ve had chicken, steak, beef, fish and even duck tacos, and still, everyone gets excited to gather around the dinner table come Tuesday. Last week, I wanted to try a new dish for our Tuesday dinner, so I broke out my trusty crockpot and got to work. This recipe is super simple, with… read more

Sweet and Sour Crockpot Meatballs -

Sweet and Sour Crockpot Meatballs

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This post has been brought to you by Daily Chef Casa Di Bertacchi.  It’s football season, baby! Baseball may be America’s Pastime, but football is America’s obsession. From now until the Super Bowl, we’re either watching The Game, or talking about the last one, or thinking about the next one. Maybe we love it so much because it’s such a social activity. We don’t just sit at home watching The Game; we have a few friends… read more

Easy Halloween Monster Rice Krispie Treats -

Easy Halloween Monster Rice Krispie Treats

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    Here’s a fun little treat for the spooky season: Easy Halloween Monster Rice Krispie Treats  . These are just like my regular Always Soft and Chewy Rice Crispy Treats, but with a spooky (and delicious) twist. First you dip the tops of the treats in melted chocolate (because what dessert doesn’t go better with melted chocolate)? They’re a little hard to handle when they’re warm and gooey, so you might want to chill them in… read more

Popsicle Fun Sweeps

Popsicle Fun Sweepstakes

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Post sponsored by Lunchbox. Opinions are 100% my own Remember Popsicles? Those jewel-bright, icy treats that were at the heart of every summer afternoon. Fighting with your sister over who got the last cherry one. Sucking them down to little, icy points that crumbled between your teeth. Sticking out your tongue to show off its new bright purple color. Saving the sticks to build little houses and rafts. They looked like miniature light sabers, and… read more

Freezer Breakfast Quesadillas 4 ways - --

Freezer Breakfast Quesadillas 4 Ways

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I was compensated for this post. All thoughts are 100% my own.  You see a lot of stories these days about “superfoods” like kale or açai berries that are supposed to be loaded with nutrients and basically magical. Well, I don’t know about that, but I can tell you what’s my idea of a real superfood: eggs. I mean, think about it. They’re cheap, they’re tasty, they’re filled with protein. Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse,… read more

One Pot Cheesy Zucchini Rice - Family Fresh Meals

One Pot Cheesy Zucchini Rice

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Dinner is always a delicate balancing act. You want to feel good about what you serve to your family, but you also want them to be happy about eating it…and you don’t want to spend all day cooking it, either. Of course, there’s no shortage of magazine articles promising simple, healthy meals that taste great. But when you actually read them, they usually start out by telling you to mince two shallots, or braise a… read more

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Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie

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  Ah, apple pie. That classic, all-American dessert. Sweet and tangy apples blending with spicy cinnamon, melting in your mouth in a flaky crust. What could be more comforting? If only it weren’t so rich! Did you know that one-eighth of a 9-inch apple pie has 300 calories and 14 grams of fat? It’s true—just Google it. Sure, those are 300 worthy calories, but it’s still not something you want to indulge in every day…. read more

20 Crowd Pleasing Dip Recipes --- Family Fresh Meals -

20 Crowd Pleasing Dip Recipes

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Dips are the perfect party food. They’re easy to whip up, and a big batch is just as easy to make as a small one. And if the party’s not at your house, a bowl of dip is easy to tote along. A good dip is a real crowd pleaser. It can go with just about anything, from super healthy munchies like pepper strips and celery sticks to super unhealthy munchies like potato chips. So… read more

The Best Crockpot Beer Brats - Family Fresh Meals

The Best Crockpot Beer Brats

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  I’ve been at it again, messing around with my slow cooker.   You all know how much I like to use the Crockpot in wintertime for those hot, savory soups and stews. But it’s also really handy in the summer, because it lets you cook a hot meal without heating up the whole kitchen. This time it’s bratwurst, those plump little German sausages. There are two good ways to cook a bratwurst: you can… read more

Boozy Bloody Mary Tomato Bombs --

Boozy Bloody Mary Tomato Bombs

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    Tomato season is here! Hooray! And if your garden is anything like mine, there’s always an abundance of those little cherry tomatoes. Those little guys are so fresh and yummy, that it seems like a shame to squeeze them into juice. But on the other hand, if you don’t juice them, how are you going to make all those tomato-based cocktails, like the classic Bloody Mary? Here’s how: you make Bloody Mary Tomato Bombs. So… read more

Fun 4th of July Food Ideas --

Fun 4th of July Food Ideas

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  Happy 4th of July everyone! This is one of my favorite family holidays. Good food, friends, parades and FIREWORKS! Here are some of my favorite Fun 4th of July Food Ideas I just know you are going to love!   M&M FLAG CAKE || Two Sisters Crafting   SUGAR COOKIE BARS || Kid’s Activity Blog   TACO SALAD FLAG || Family Fresh Meals   RED WHITE & BLUE POKE CAKE || Spending With Pennies… read more

Firecracker Shrimp Quesadillas -

Firecracker Shrimp Quesadillas

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This post has been brought to you by SeaPak.  Summer is the perfect time for seafood. In hot weather, no one’s in the mood for heavy stews and roasts. Lighter fare, like grilled fish or shrimp kabob, fits the season much better. And it makes a great complement for all those fresh veggies coming out of the garden. One of the nice things about seafood is how versatile it is. It fits in perfectly at any… read more

Margaritaville Bali - Frozen Concoction Maker -

Meet the Margaritaville Bali

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The coolest new appliance for your kitchen! Meet the Margaritaville® Bali™ Frozen Concoction Maker® with Self Dispenser. Isn’t she purrrrdy? When I was asked to review this product, I jumped at the opportunity. Summertime and frozen drinks go together like pina and colata… I’m I right? I have to start by saying home much I LOVE this machine. The first thing I worried about was the clean-up. With some other kitchen appliances (like my juicer,… read more

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25 Father’s Day Favorites

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Show Dad some love with a great meal. You know, dads don’t get enough credit. There are like a million songs about mothers—some happy, some sappy, and some funny—but can you think of even one about fathers? It’s time to give some props to Dad. The guy who changed your diapers…taught you to tie your shoes…helped you with your homework…sternly vetted all your dates throughout high school…took a million photos at your graduation…walked you down… read more

Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork Dip -

Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork Dip

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Nothing says summer like BBQ! This post has been brought to you by Byron’s BBQ Summertime is here, and summertime means BBQ. Nothing goes better with a summer evening than a few friends gathered on the deck, some cold drinks, and some smoky pulled pork. Unfortunately, summertime also means being busy, busy, busy. The kids are out of school, so you have to run after them while still finding time for work and laundry and… read more