Make Coffee Creamer At Home

[Editor's Note: Are you someone who likes creamer in your coffee? Well, if you like the processed and bottled kind at the store, this is a great option to still get the flavor and creaminess you love without all the chemicals and preservatives. Give this technique a try! --Genie] ...more
I love those yummy, chemical laden coffee creamers.  I do feel guilty, however about ...more

Creamy Slow Cooker Spaghetti

[Editor's Note: I've worked with no-bake lasagna noodles, but have never tried the equivalent technique with spaghetti before I gave this recipe a try. It's an incredibly easy way to make a satisfying spaghetti with meat sauce—and I even added some sliced and sauteed mushrooms to the browned ground beef to give it a bit of a vegetable boost. --Genie] ...more
I can't wait to try this.  Love my crockpot but never did a spaghetti....Thank you.1more

This dish brought a smile to our faces

Hola Everyone,When BlogHer asked me if I would like to take part in the Monterey Gourmet Foods™ review, I found it hard to refuse. I was very excited to incorporate their products in my recipes. Products such as raviolis with fantastic fillings, tortellini and delicious sauces. Pastas are a staple in my house and I have never met a kid who doesn't love pasta!...more

Trying to mix it up

Whenever I am having friends or family over, I like to make things that don't have me cooking the whole time they are visiting. Mainly it's because I like to drink wine and talk about how hot Ryan Gosling is, but I also think it's rude to ignore your guests and be stuck in the kitchen the entire night. Usually this means we throw a lot of Mexican themed dinner parties at my house. With chips and guacamole, enchiladas and flan all being the perfect dishes to be made ahead of time, it is a no brainer....more

Creating a special, spur-of-the-moment meal

Back in January, my hunky farmguy Joe and I went on a 21-day detox cleanse. We gave up gluten, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, beef, tomatoes, bananas, peanut butter, and a bunch of other stuff. We also ate just one solid food meal a day, at lunch. It was definitely a challenge, and although we did spend a lot of time feeling hungry, we were surprised we didn't miss certain things more. What we did end up missing the most? The nightly ritual of dinner....more

Something easy for our first outdoor picnic of the year!

At the mere mention of spring, my husband pulls on shorts and my kids start asking when the outdoor swimming pools are going to open. The mercury in the thermometer is creeping up (well…actually, the numbers on the digital weather station in the kitchen are increasing…modern day stuff, you know) and despite the snow that still blankets the nearby mountains, the kids are begging to eat outside....more

A Healthy Twist on the Traditional: Avocado Egg Salad

Easter is tomorrow, and it's well-timed that this upcoming week is also National Egg Salad Week. This recipe is a great way to use those Easter eggs (once your kids have finished locating them all), and features a nice twist for those who aren't big fans of mayonnaise-based salads. Though there's a little mayo in the recipe, most of the salad's base comes from creamy avocados, instead....more
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The perfect meal for us to chat and laugh over

Family dinners are very important around here, and we make a habit of sitting down at the table each night (as long as my husband is home; when he's not here, all bets are off). It is a time for us to share our days, laugh at the kids, and enjoy delicious food. The days when those family dinners don't happen never really seem complete to me. Monterey Gourmet Foods™ recently sent me a few of their raviolis and sauces to try out during our family dinners....more

An impressive meal without all of the hard work

Josh and I love to cook and usually make dinner together every night. Life gets busy though, especially with a new baby, and there are some nights when we don't have the time or energy to cook an elaborate meal. It is too hard for us to go out to eat with little Caleb, so we need fast and easy options we can enjoy in the home for those busy, tired nights. We recently discovered Monterey Gourmet Foods™, and we are in love....more

Those times when I'm too tired to cook...

It's been a long day at work, and there's so much still to do. You're getting home from work, and the last thing to get done or even think about is dinner. Does this sound familiar? I'm a food blogger who loves to cook who is also not afraid to admit there are times when I'm too tired to cook. I am a little ashamed to admit that sometimes dinner doesn't get on the table before 9:00 or even 10:00. When I'm not able to devote the time to cook a meal, we sometimes rely on foods and meals that are quick to prepare. But they must taste good, otherwise what's the point?...more