Dr Pepper Snapple Group sponsored this post. I am always looking for a way to give back – especially during the holidays – because I believe everyone should be able to experience the magic of the season in some capacity. There are so many ways to get involved in the holidays: whether it’s volunteering, […]


  Making a turkey can be an overwhelming task.  There are so many different methods and opinions on what makes the best bird. I have always been a fan of brining the turkey. It may take a little extra time and effort but it makes for one juicy bird. Brining a turkey helps it become […]

    If you are thinking this is a play on shrimp and grits, you are right! When I think of polenta I equate to more of an Italian dish. I love how versatile it is. I have made appetizers with it, main dishes, sides, and even dessert. This creamy version with spicy, garlicky shrimp […]

One of the first dishes I made myself after giving birth was this simple oatmeal dish. You begin with quick oats and adding a little bit of vanilla creamer to the mix. I am not claiming this is healthy, just comforting. After an emergency c-section, recovery, and baby in the NICU comforting was just what […]

Sometimes drinking plain water can be tough for me. Being pregnant I am trying to drink as much as I can.  Often, I am finding myself falling behind because I literally get bored of drinking water. That is where making lemonade came in. This blackberry basil lemonade is refreshing and just so pretty! I make […]

  The beginning of my pregnancy was tough. I was nauseous all day everyday with no relief. I heard of morning sickness. I expected something along those lines to happen. The all day sickness lasted week after week. For some people I know it lasts even longer than the first trimester. I am grateful I […]

Most children love to dip their chicken fingers into honey mustard sauce. A pasta salad with a honey mustard vinaigrette is a dish kids and adults can agree on.  The pasta salad is made with whole wheat pasta and includes a bunch of vegetables. If you have picky eaters this pasta salad may be the […]

Even in the summer sometimes we have slow rainy days. These slow cooker Turkey Sloppy Joe’s are the perfect dinner for those indoor days. Some people save the slow cooker for the colder months. I use my slow cooker all year round. Especially when I want to keep working or cleaning all day. These Sloppy […]

Roasted baby potatoes are one of my go-t0 side dishes. Most of them time I like them to swim in garlic, herbs, and olive oil. This combination is a no-fail and seems to fit in with most meals I make. However, as I was making a pork loin one day I couldn’t help but long […]

  You can use frozen meatballs for this, but I decided to give you my mom’s master meatball recipe. This is because I love all of you more than frozen meatballs. However, you can freeze these meatballs after you fry them for up to a month. When you are ready to use them just simmer […]

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