BBQ grape jelly chicken bites

BBQ Grape Jelly Chicken Bites

Who knew that two ingredients could transform chicken from plain-Jane to a homerun outta the ballpark! This recipe was inspired by one of my brothers. When he’s visiting, he always requests my mom’s popular grape jelly meatballs–which she simmers in the crockpot all afternoon.  I wasn’t making meatballs for dinner, but I was planning on …

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Mediterranean Meatballs

Mediterranean Meatballs

There must have been fifty of them steaming on the tray that my mother pulled out of the oven! She loved to cook in bulk–some for now and some to save in the freezer for later.  And every time I make a batch of homemade meatballs, I flashback to my mother pulling trays out of …

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asian glazed chicken

Asian Glazed Chicken

“I’m going to make chicken for dinner. What kind of seasoning are you in the mood for?” I asked my husband. His response: something with Asian flair.  First, I diced up a chicken breast and began to cook it in a skillet. I grabbed the soy sauce, worcestershire, and lime juice from the fridge, pouring …

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The Best Homemade Hamburgers

What’s the food that you’d rather enjoy in a restaurant than cook at home? For me, that’s hamburgers.  There’s nothing quite as mouthwatering as a restaurant hamburger that’s cooked to perfection, loaded with the most amazing toppings, and gently laid on a toasted and warmed bun. Oh my goodness! I decided to experiment with a …

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Detox Chicken Soup

The holidays are brimming with sweet treats: cookies, cakes, and candies galore. Celebratory meals are centered around rich foods: steak, seafood, roast, and more. And parties indulge in alcohol: cocktails, wine, and digestifs too. After such heavy foods, your body begins to crave fresh. Although we enjoy sugar, protein, and alcohol, our body doesn’t require …

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Buttermilk Pancakes

My mom is a sucker for homemade pancakes, especially if they are light and fluffy. Arguably, that’s the only way a pancake should be! I’d been making homemade pancakes and waffles for years and they had always been tasty. But I recently had some leftover buttermilk and my mom suggested I use it to make …

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Parmesan Asparagus

Cooking a one-pot meal is my go-to preference. It’s simple to toss everything together in one pan, and clean up is a breeze. But sometimes my family wants to have separate items on their plate, and sometimes I do too. When it’s a meat-and-three kind of meal, I’m always hunting for fresh, yummy, and easy …

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Baked Chicken, Asparagus, and Butternut Squash with Parmesan Cheese and Italian Herbs

Sheet pan dinners are a weeknight life saver. Because when life gets busy, I need a one-pot, quick meal for my family.  This recipe is a “meat and three” meal combined on one baking sheet. I choose one meat – chicken – and three vegetables: asparagus, butternut squash, and onions. Then I select a topping …

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Celebration Cheeseball

A party is not complete without yummy food, right? Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or a night with friends, snacks and treats are basically a requirement.  If you’re hunting for the perfect party snack, this Celebration Cheeseball is the solution to your questions! First of all, it doesn’t call for any odd ingredients. Cream cheese, …

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Holiday Charcuterie Board

Have you been invited to another holiday gathering? Are you tired of Christmas cookies, heavy meals, rich foods, and sugary desserts? Are you ready for a lighter alternative to the classic holiday party dishes? Try a charcuterie board! First, how do you pronounce this fancy word? Char-coo-ter-ree. Try it…Now you speak French! (Just kidding.) Next, …

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Clean Green Bean Casserole

One of my favorite holiday side dishes is green bean casserole. First of all, nearly half of Americans have purchased green beans in the past year, making it a fairly popular choice. I also appreciate how incredibly simple this fancy side dish is, which is why I often volunteer to make it for every holiday …

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

If you’ve read any of my previous recipes, you’ll notice a trend: cajun seasoning is always an option for spices and seasonings. That’s because my husband and daughter prefer that flavor to nearly any other.  Pasta? Good with cajun seasoning. Soup? Great with cajun seasoning. Oatmeal? Why not add cajun seasoning! (I’m kidding about this …

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Gooey Swedish Brownies

The Scandinavians are superheroes when it comes to snowy weather, tall people, and education. In particular, the Swedes are excellent at desserts. They have a cultural practice called Fika, which is similar to the Brit’s afternoon tea. You meet with a friend or two, have a warm drink, and enjoy a dessert. I visited Sweden …

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The Best Meatless Taco Chili

Nothing beats a crockpot meal on a cool day! Especially when it’s quick to prep and plentiful enough to share. Which is why this meatless taco chili is a go-to recipe for meals at my house, especially for Wintery Sunday afternoons when we invite people over for lunch after church. There’s something comforting about slow …

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Grandma’s Jelly Roll

A few years ago my father-in-law pampered my family a huge breakfast spread. He knew I love bacon, so he made an extra large batch. (Plus, he loves bacon too!) He also made a large skillet of scrambled eggs with cheese – one of my husband’s favorites. My mother-in-law helped by whipping up a deliciously …

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Zucchini Pineapple Muffins

Looking to break out of your standard muffin routine? Transform bland to brilliant, and boring to amazing with these zucchini pineapple muffins! Some muffins are dry and plain. Some don’t offer much nutritional benefits either, aside from a large dose of sugar. These homemade muffins are not your typical muffins! They pack a punch with …

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Homemade Loaded Queso Dip

During the Fall, our house is full of friends, food, and at least one television airing a football game. Although I’m not a huge fan of football, I love having people in our home! These seasons have taught me how to prep food that nearly everyone enjoys, that is made for gradual munching all afternoon, …

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Homemade Egg Noodles

If you asked me what my favorite food was as a child, I would have gleefully exclaimed, “Pasta!” There is probably at least one kid in your home who wholeheartedly agrees with my childhood self. That’s a good thing for parents, because pasta is 1) inexpensive and 2) fast to prepare and 3) one of …

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Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash

During the summer, yellow squash and zucchini grow in abundance! Instead of just roasting these veggies, try this new recipe. When you see yellow squash overtaking your garden or notice grocery store produce aisles laden with zucchini, this new flavorful recipe will be hard to pass up. First, wash, dry, and slice the yellow squash. …

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The Best Blueberry Muffins

Do your kids love to bake? Do your children have a fancy for sweet treats? Do you want your kids to have fun baking and to enjoy the desserts, with minimal sugar? These blueberry muffins taste amazing yet aren’t flooded with sugar. Like most baking recipes, this calls for the standard eggs, oil, flour, and …

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Weeknight Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joe is the meal of childhood, along with spaghetti, tacos, and meatloaf. (I’m sensing a pattern…it must be the delicious beef!) And thankfully we can all be children at heart and enjoy sloppy joes throughout adulthood. As a weeknight chef, sloppy joes couldn’t be easier. At minimum, it requires browning some beef (or turkey), …

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Black Bean Soup

Confession: I cook some variation of Mexican-American food at least once per week…sometimes twice per week. Last week I made a fresh batch of homemade black beans, so we ate them early in the week. Like always, I make enough to freeze the extras; this week I also reserved the juice, which was the perfect …

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Ultimate Travel Gear For Families List

Traveling can be fun but also stressful if you have kids in tow. Having babies, toddlers, elementary school, tweens, and teens all present different challenges for the traveling parent! Table of Contents Required FeaturesHands-FreeLightweightCarry-On OnlyLuggage – Backpack2-3 Week Backpack (Best if you’re taller than 5′ 3″)1-2 Week Backpack (Fits most everyone!)Video Tour of the eBags TLS …

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Homemade Crescent Rolls

Crescent rolls used to be a weekly purchase from the grocery store. Are they a common staple for your family too? They are fluffy and flakey and so easy to make for dinner. Yum! Have you ever considered baking a homemade version? Yes, it will take a bit more time. (Although please tell me I’m …

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Fertility FAQ

Getting pregnant is easy: False Many factors can affect the ability of conceiving: The female partner’s age, the timing, the ability of the male partner to conceive as well as many other biologically factors. The woman’s age affect her capacity of conceiving:True In the 20’s women’s fertility is between 75% and 95%. In the 40’s a …

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8 signs you are pregnant: Do you know them?

Am I pregnant?

Am I Pregnant? How can you be sure? Pregnancy symptoms might be different, feels different and occurs at different times form a woman to another. Some women don’t even feel anything. Early pregnancy symptoms are felt in general 10 days after ovulation and tend to decrease after the first trimester. The combination of menstruating symptoms, high …

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Most common pregnancy concerns

During your pregnancy, many symptoms can make you worry. Some pregnancy concerns are normal while others should be reported to your doctor immediately. Here are the most common concerns during the pregnancy and some indications on when you should absolutely talk to your doctor. Most common pregnancy concerns Vaginal hemorrhage This might be light bleeding …

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9 Tips to help you conveive

Tips On Getting Pregnant

Trying to get pregnant can be an overwhelming process that triggers feelings of sadness, anger, guilt and frustration. The following tips can help you cope with these emotions and increase your odds of getting pregnant. Tips on getting pregnant Stop birth control pills It might seem obvious, but it’s the first thing to do as …

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Tracking your Fertility Cycle

As women are fertile for only a few days each month, (around 5), knowing your fertility cycle can boost your chances of getting pregnant. Here are methods you can use to track your fertility cycle. Table of Contents Methods for Tracking Your Fertility CycleCalendar Method: Know your menstrual CycleBasal Body Temperature method (BBT)The Ovulation Method …

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Weeknight Ratatouille

Once a month we like to have a fancy dinner at home. Sometimes it’s a candlelight dinner. Other times it involves a special food such as steak or lamb. Other times it’s foreign cuisine. Most of the time it’s international food for a themed meal. Last month my husband was in the mood for French …

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Provencal Potatoes

I have a passion for potatoes. Red, white, gold – no matter the color, I love them. Baked, boiled, smashed or crispy, they are delicious. (Can anybody relate? Do your kids at least agree with me?) Due to my recent love affair with potatoes, we eat them about twice per week in our house. But, …

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Easy Egg Bake Pancakes

My husband and I love tasting foods from across the globe. One night we decided that we were in the mood for Scandinavian food. Uh…what exactly is considered to be Scandinavian cuisine? We had no idea. Naturally, we went to the internet. After looking at various recipes, I stumbled upon the concept of Finnish Pancakes. …

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No Bake Cocoa Coconut Bars

No Bake Cocoa Coconut Bars

A few years ago one of my friends had a child who happened to be allergic to everything: soy, eggs, dairy, gluten, and a handful of other things. She had to drastically restrict her family’s diet. It went okay for a little while…until she couldn’t have chocolate! That was the last straw for her. She …

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chicken parmonaise

Chicken Parmonaise

When I first got married, I was learning how to cook and asked a few of my friends for their favorite recipes. One of my friends shared this simple, fast, delicious recipe with me and it’s become a family favorite. I also like to serve it when we entertain guests because it’s hard not to …

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Why you should use Granite Gold Sealer Wipes for your Natural Stone Counters

Why You Should Use Granite Gold Sealer Wipes® for your Natural Stone Countertop + Giveaway

This review is brought to you by Granite Gold®. All opinions are my own. Why You Should Use Granite Gold Sealer Wipes® for your Natural Stone Countertop + Giveaway Want to keep your granite counters looking as gorgeous as the day you installed them? There are three major things you need to watch out for: …

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Don't just eat the same old thing! The new Tai Pei entrees are quick, delicious and satisfying. This week I was lucky enough to review complete dinner products, Tai Pei Asian Entrees.

Don’t Just Eat the Same Old Thing! The New Tai Pei Entrees Are Quick, Delicious and Satisfying.

This is a sponsored post; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by TAI PEI FOOD to review this product.   This week I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to review complete dinner products, Tai Pei Asian Entrees. I normally don’t care for frozen Asian-style food myself. …

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Are you looking for an educational toy gift that's really fun? LEGO is capable of boosting any child’s intelligence while still being fun

7 Reasons Why LEGOs Can Help Your Child’s Development

Are you looking for an educational toy gift that’s really fun? Table of Contents LEGO is capable of boosting any child’s intelligence while still being fun to play with!Engineering concepts are promoted through play.LEGOs provide the chance to learn programming principles.LEGOs are a perfect tool for communicating ideas to make concrete objects.Important: Development of CreativityReward your …

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Ready to get lost in a few good mystery books for adults? Celia Fremlin is your new best friend when it comes to mysteries that you can’t put down. Read on for a review of The Trouble Makers, plus learn more about her other books on Dover Mystery Classics!

4 of the Most Suspenseful Celia Fremlin Books You’ll Ever Read (Giveaway)

This mystery books for adults article is brought to you by Dover Publications to celebrate the reprinting of Celia Fremlin’s line of mysteries! All opinions are our own. Ready to get lost in a good mystery book? You’re going to love Celia Fremlin! Hailed as the British version of Patricia Highsmith, Fremlin is your new …

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Looking for the best Isle of the Dogs movie quotes? Check out 7 of our favorites, plus get a peek at the trailer and learn about the Isle of the Dogs cast!

7 Quotes from the Isle of Dogs to Help You Get Ready for this Crazy and Beautiful Stop-Motion Adventure

Looking for the best Isle of the Dogs movie quotes? Check out 7 of our favorites, plus get a peek at the trailer and learn about the Isle of the Dogs cast! For all Wes Anderson fans, Isle of Dogs is one of most anticipated movies of 2018. It is different from almost everything else …

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Inexpensive & Classy Birthday Party Ideas for Adults (The Definitive Guide)

This new guide will show everything you need to know about hosting an inexpensive birthday party idea for adults. First, I’ll show WHAT makes a great party! Then, we’ll talk inexpensive yet fun party themes for adults! Finally, we’ll give you some ideas for places to have your birthday party if you don’t want to …

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I was really surprised by some of the questions my kids asked when we talked about underage drinking! Here’s how I handled it! Check out 5 tough questions your kids may ask about alcohol and find out where to get more help!

5 Tough Questions Your Kids Have About Underage Drinking That May Surprise You

Thank you Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for sponsoring this post. Learn more about how you can prevent underage drinking at KnowWhenKnowHow.org.  A few weeks ago, I shared with you a few tips for talking to your kids about underage drinking. Today, I want to share with you some of the questions that came up from my son …

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Finding the best maternity clothes for every occasion just got easier, thanks to Glama Mama Maternity! Whether you need a power suit for work, a formal dress for a wedding, or just something cute to wear to your family picnic, they’ve got you covered! Check out our favorite pieces for each occasion!

Best Maternity Clothes for Every Occasion from Glama Mama Maternity

This post is brought to you by Glama Mama Maternity, where you’ll find the best maternity clothes for every occasion! Finding the best maternity clothes for every occasion just got easier, thanks to Glama Mama Maternity! They have an amazing selection of the cutest pregnancy clothes you can imagine. Whether you’re looking for a power …

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Finding unique Valentine's Day gifts for him is always a bit of a challenge. Don't worry, we've got you covered! We're sharing our top 11 ideas that he'll absolutely love! Let's check them out!

11 Amazing & Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts that He’ll Absolutely Love

Finding unique Valentine’s Day gifts for him is always a bit of a challenge. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We’re sharing our top 11 ideas that he’ll absolutely love! Let’s check them out!   Whether it is your boyfriend, husband, dad, brother, grandfather or uncle, you probably know by now that buying gifts for …

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Looking for a creative way to share your exciting news? Check out these 17 clever riddles about being pregnant that are just perfect for sharing on social media!

17 Clever Riddles About Being Pregnant That Are Perfect for Your Announcements

Looking for a creative way to share your exciting news? Check out these 17 clever riddles about being pregnant that are just perfect for sharing on social media!   When that positive pregnancy test first gives you the big news that you’re expecting a new addition to your family, you feel like you’ll burst from …

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Practical & Affordable Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Whole Family + Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Church & Dwight. All opinions are our own. It happens every year! Just when you think you’ve wrapped up your holiday gift list without going over-budget, you realize that there are still stockings to stuff. Not to worry, we have you covered. Here’s a list of some of the best …

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