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Must Try Appetizer: Strawberry Bruschetta

The flavors of Strawberry Bruschetta bursting in  your mouth are enough to put a smile on your face.  This past week, I served this appetizer as an afterschool snack for my family and I just watched as their eyes got big and listened with delight as they repeatedly said, “Mmmmm.  This is so good mom.  Yum.” […]

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#Ad Simplified Cooking: Cilantro Lime Chicken Pitas

I am a member of the Colectiva Latina®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Colectiva Latina and its advertiser. I absolutely hate being ruled by my schedule.  When I first started blogging, I decided to start an e-zine but I quickly realized that it was controlling me. […]

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Cooking with Kids: Macaroni & Cheese Bites With Latin Flavor

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Food has always brought our familia together, for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, out of all our little neighborhood friends–our familia, was […]

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Easy Cinnamon Crisp Tortilla Bowls

I’m not sure if Cinnamon Crisp Tortilla Bowls would fall into the authentic Mexican desserts category but once you taste it you’ll notice the hint of Mexican flavors bursting in your mouth. Since it’s Cinco de Mayo, I have a confession to make. Or maybe a few.  This all may come as a shock, so have a seat: […]

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#ad Cinco de Mayo Party Appetizers: Orange Chipotle Chicken Wings

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. With Cinco de Mayo around the corner you’re going to love my easy party food, Mexican flavored Wings: Orange Chipotle Chicken Wings.  It’s a tradition in […]

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Zucchini Pizza Bites (How to Avoid Soggy Pepperoni Bites)

  These Zuchinni Pizza Bites or I’ve also heard them called Pepperoni bites are aaaahmazing.  It’s my new favorite go to lunch snack!  It’s fast, delicious and healthy!  I’ve been trying to eat healthier but I keep getting off track so I’ve started up again this week. Since I haven’t been eating healthy for the past couple […]

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Spring Cookie Balls: Easter Chicks

My name is Mari and I’m obsessed with Easter chicks.  Ahhh, I feel much better.  Seriously, I love little Easter chickies. They are absolutely adorable. One year I had an Easter Chicks theme party for our second born whose birthday happen to fall on Easter. So, cake balls are yummy but these cookie balls were amazing and easier to […]

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Easy Carrot Cake Waffles Recipe

Carrot cake takes me back to my childhood.  There was a time when I was a little girl, I couldn’t wait for Sunday because it meant my father would bring home from work a wonderfully amazing carrot cake.  It seemed like he did that for months on end around spring but it was probably like a couple […]

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Healthy French Onion Dip Hummus

Oh, how I wish healthy eating was easier to do. Usually my healthy eating goes out the window when I’m super busy and I’m not home. So I end up snacking on tons of junk and sweets. My healthy snack food to have around is hummus because it screams out for veggies.  My kids usually devour the […]

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Avocado Salad Bowls: Bacon, Zuchinni and Tomato

Anybody else trying to make better eating choices this new year?  I am, especially after my doctor visit today. I’m sad to report that I gained 4 pounds over the holidays (insert bummed face with pouty lips sticking out).  I was quite disappointed since I had just lost 10 pounds before the holidays kicked off but […]

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Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus

I love chipotle and I try to sneak it in to as many recipes as possible.  Though the smoky and tangy flavor is not one you can truly “sneak” in without someone noticing.  This Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus is the perfect way to get your family to enjoy some healthy snacking.  In my opinion, if you […]

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How to Make Pumpkin Puree from Scratch

I didn’t realize how much I loved Libby that is Libby’s Pumpkin Puree, until I moved to a place where they don’t sell it.  They also don’t sell pumpkin spice here so I have faithfully packed these two Fall favorite ingredients into my suitcase along with corn tortillas, reeces pieces, Sun chips….. for years but now I […]

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Pumpkin Cheese Ball & Halloween Party Fun

This pumpkin shaped cheese ball was a hit at our Halloween party last year. Check out the pictures below of some of our Halloween party fun! The great thing about cheese balls is that they are super easy to make and you can quickly whip it up but you will need to chill it after […]

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Fall Kids Snacks & Link Up

  With 3 growing boys I am always on the look out for snack ideas. Here are some great Fall snacks your whole family can enjoy!   These are some of my favorites and as you can see some can be served as dessert but if you leave out the ice cream they make a yummy […]

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Pizza Muffins {freezable recipe}

My son will go to first grade tomorrow.  He was getting his getting his lunch ready for school tomorrow and I walked into the kitchen and stopped him just as he was spreading the jelly on some bread.  He looked shocked but everything inside me was screaming this: I will not be a peanut butter and […]

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Apple Sandwiches with Peanut Butter and Cheddar

My kids enjoy eating these little protein packed bites as a snack but they would be wonderful for lunch. if you Apple Sandwiches with Peanut Butter and or Cheddar You will need: 1/4cp peanut butter 2 apples cored and sliced that have already been dipped in lemon 2 tbl granola 1 tbl honey chocolate chips 1. Mix […]

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Sweet and Savory Green Bean Bundles

Contributing Writer: Leslie Cates from The Cozy Little Kitchen       I’m a Kentucky girl.  Here in the Bluegrass State we love our green beans!  They are especially good fresh from the garden in the summer time.  Although these aren’t garden fresh, they were still so deliciously dressed up in neat bundles tied with bacon and slathered in a […]

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Healthy Snacking: Apple Chips

Do you get the munchies?  Are you looking for healthy after school snacks? This healthy snack, apple chips, is the perfect way to serve up fruit. Everyone in my house gets the munchies. Is it the same at your house? I get the munchies a lot especially if I skip a meal. Have I told […]

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