Meatless Monday: Mexican Rice Soup- Vegan and Gluten Free!


Whole grains, wholesome beans, and roasted tomatoes pack a nutritional wallop in what has become one of my favorite soups to serve. A real departure from the typical bean dishes I make, Mexican Rice Soup is perfect for chilly winter nights, paired with some soft bread or corn chips and salsa. And let's get real, it goes great with tequila too! I really really love the flavor that I get using Better Than Bullion's No Chicken Base. Much tastier and more economical than using canned vegetable broth- it really kicks the flavors up a notch in this … [Read more...]

Mezzetta Garlic Stuffed Olive Hummus Recipe & Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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Thank you to Mezzetta for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to create an awesome holiday recipe for my family to enjoy. I was so excited to be able to participate in the Mezetta Memories campaign! They have so many products that are perfect for adding a punch of flavor to dishes, and this time of year, I can use a shortcut to flavorful foods everyone will love! I know I love their olives and usually have several types of them in my fridge. I knew immediately I wanted to make hummus. I have guests coming over tomorrow for lunch and I want … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday- Black Cherry Clafoutis Recipe

Black Cherry Clafoutis Recipe, Meatless Monday

Funny name, perfect pre-Thanksgiving brunch Thanksgiving is coming, y'all. It is *right here*. And in all the planning and cooking and scrambling around we do to get ready for the main meal, I find it a challenge to make sure we have something light and easy to eat for breakfast or brunch. I also want it to feel fancy for guests we might have. So I was delighted to stumble onto an old-style flan-like French pastry called Clafoutis (pronounced, bizarrely, cla-foo-tee). It's traditionally made with black cherries and when made with it's original … [Read more...]

Crockpot Beer Chili Recipe – Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday, Crockpot Beer Chili

Cold weather and crockpots are locked together in my mind like peanut butter and jelly or Bert and Ernie. Here in Birmingham we're due for our first actual frost of the season, so naturally I want to whip out the crockpot and get busy. Plus it's Halloween and my hubby Shannon has spent the entire day deep into the construction of an epic Halloween display and I don't want to deal with making an involved dinner- one dish meals are, frankly, magical. So with very little effort I know I can put together a delicious meal that will have enough leftovers … [Read more...]

Crystal Light Platinum Points Program #MC #CrystalLightWM

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #CrystalLightWM  #MC I'm a dedicated water drinker- I swore off sodas in September and have been looking for flavorful, easy alternatives to carbonated beverages. So you can imagine how happy I was to have the opportunity to enjoy CRYSTAL LIGHT and try out their newly-launched Platinum Points Program! CRYSTAL LIGHT … [Read more...]

Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe

Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe, Meatless Monday

Meatless Mondays Cheesy Potato Soup- Vegetarian, gluten-free, thrifty meal! Make it your way! I am such a big fan of one-pot meals. The idea that I can throw everything together in one dish is just so appealing- no extra steps, no giant pile of dirty dishes awaiting me at the end of my labor. That's part of what makes the dish I'm going to share with you so appealing- it cooks in one large pot on the stove, and aside from a cutting board, an immersion blender, and a 'garbage bowl' for peelings that's all you'll be needing. And this recipe is so … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mini Ghost Cupcakes Recipe #TruMooTreats


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. When my son was younger he loved chocolate milk but so did my husband. I would always come home to someone crying that the other person drank the rest of the chocolate milk. After my middle child started drinking milk as well it became a free for all.  I think I pay some salaries at the milk companies honestly. TruMoo is a more recently addition to the fighting. My son liked the taste at a friend's house so I researched it and found out it … [Read more...]

Announcing Meatless Mondays, with the help of a new contributing blogger!


I've been watching the Meatless Monday movement for some time- I love their environmentally friendly message, and their push to get more fresh fruits and vegetables in front of families everywhere. Never heard of them? Check them out!   They have free resources, tips, and recipes for meatless meals you and your family will love! Meatless Mondays are observed in homes, schools, and organizations in 35 countries and I'm ready to jump on that bandwagon! I'm looking to trim my grocery budget, my waistline, and my carbon footprint and … [Read more...]

Mashed Potato Garlic Meatloaf Burger Recipe


Many thanks to Walmart and Kingsford charcoal for their sponsorship of this post. If there is one thing the South loves, it's football season.   The weather gets cooler, the nights get longer, the colors start to darken and it's time to pull out the grill for a few tailgating parties.  In my opinion there are few dishes that can beat a good BBQ so when I got asked to make something with the awesome Kingsford charcoal and Walmart beef, I pulled up some websites to look for something new we haven't ever tried before.  The one that caught my eye … [Read more...]

Dinner with a Manwich Gouda Penne Recipe #Manwich

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   Dinner time is family time at my house. While we never sat a the dinner table growing up, we all still gathered together for dinner and I think that is how I always want my family to be. It gives me time to sit with my kids and it gives us all time to eat and sit in each others presence. I don't think we do much talking about dinner but that is not what it is about is it? It is time to eat.  As a mom, I want to have something that … [Read more...]