Spicy Corn Dip

Spicy Corn Dip
This might be the most addicting dip I’ve ever put into my mouth. I kid you not. It’s warm, creamy, cheesy and definitely corny. I happened to have been watching Food Network one afternoon. Which is a rarity for me, I know you might think I would watch it all the time, but nope. I’m more of a discovery channel or history channel nerd and okay okay I’m totally into the Hallmark channel this time of year. Guilty. As luck would have it, they were showcasing a restaurant that was serving up a corn dip.

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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes from Fleming’s

Thanksgiving Turkey

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! I’m still trying to get myself off the couch and onto my treadmill. I’m completely stuffed. Skinny is so overrated right? I just keep telling myself that. If you’re like me and have turkey leftover and are wondering what to do with it, we have some great ideas for you from Executive Chef Russell Skall from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

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Rosemary Lemonade Margaritas

Rosemary Lemonade Margaritas

We partnered with our friends at Megan Media and Tropicana for this #MixedWithTrop post. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

I like to get together with mah girls. We all need time with our friends to catch up and blow off some steam. Sometimes it’s fun just to have a casual girls night in versus going out and struggling to have a decent conversation over the ruckus and mayhem at a restaurant or bar. Not to mention the expense. When I’m hosting a girl’s night IN it’s casual, no having to get gussied up. Shoes are optional and food and drinks are easy and effortless.

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Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders

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Hot Ham and Cheese SlidersThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sargento® Cheese for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders. It might come as a shock to some, but yes, sliders can be something other than mini burgers. If you’ve ever been to ANY potluck here in the South you’ve had these little bites of hot ham and cheese goodness. They’re also perfect for the holiday season when we’re all busier than we normally are, have unexpected guests popping over or have to feed a crowd. Okay, these are pretty much good all the time. let’s just go with that. They’re also incredibly simple. We have a winner winner hot ham and cheese dinner.

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Chilaquiles Verdes

Chilaquiles Ingredients

If you’ve never had Chilaquiles you’re in for a treat. They’re fun to say and fun to EAT. Chilaquiles (see I can’t stop myself from saying it already) are basically crisp tortillas tossed in a sauce (we’ve gone green here – salsa verde) and are topped with cheese and eggs. Because hello we’ll put an egg on all the things won’t we. It’s ultimate breakfast comfort food but honestly I could eat this for any meal of the day. If you follow me on  INSTAGRAM. (y’all do right?) you’ve seen that we’ve been sharing #CACIQUEHOWTO all week with step by step photos.

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P.F. Chang’s Home Menu – Chicken Dumplings

 

PF Chang's Chicken DumplingsThis post is sponsored by P.F. Chang’s Home Menu.

I’m sure you’re familiar with P.F. Chang’s. You know the restaurant with the giant horses outside? Yep, that one. The one with the iconic lettuce wraps. You got it. I happen to love all types of Asian food, especially Chinese food. LOVE it. Dumplings are my jam though. I could eat my weight in them. I make them every so often but they’re involved and take time. I’d love to pop over to P.F. Chang’s when I get a dumpling craving but for me, living in a rural area, it’s a jaunt to get all the way to the “big city”. Sigh. If you didn’t know, P.F. Chang’s has a Home Menu that you can find at the grocers – and they now include dumplings. Yes I’m doing a chair dance

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Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza + Poppy Seed Side Salad

Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza

With tasty toppings and melty cheese, it’s honestly no surprise that pizza is America’s sweetheart. Gluten however, is not everyone’s sweetheart. Gluten free foods have come a long way y’all. There is now no reason for them to taste any less delicious than their glutinous counterparts. Freschetta® Gluten Free Pizza expands the range of options for consumers who are eliminating gluten from their diets with pizza that’s full of flavorful toppings, with a light, airy and crispy gluten-free crust that is certified by the Celiac Support Association. Gluten free doesn’t mean flavor free. It’s nice to have flavorful options that ANYONE can enjoy. This good looking (and yes tasting) cheese pizza happens to fall under that category. It comes with a perfectly thin and crispy crust just the way I like it.

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No Bake Lemon Drop Cookie Balls

No Bake Lemon Drop Balls

Where my lemon lovers at? I am a serious lemon-a-holic. It’s pretty much guaranteed if lemon is involved I’m in. I love everything about them, from their bright over the top way too peppy color (wish I could pull yellow off but yeah that’s a giant heck to the no), to the way they smell so refreshing. Yes, I even buy all the lemon cleaning products too (are you sensing a theme here?) to their taste. Lemons tick all my boxes.

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Broccolini Mushroom Salad

Broccolini Mushroom Salad

This is a super simple side salad (or salad for one if you’re not into sharing and I couldn’t blame you on this one) that’s perfect for spring and summer. It comes together lickety split for those of us who aren’t high on cooking as it gets warmer. I’m more about grill all the things then. Or just because you’re starving (hangry people where you at?) and impatient but don’t want to down a bag of chips. I can’t be the only one, right?

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Papa Murphy’s Pizza Bracket Sweepstakes

Papa Murphy's PizzaThis post is sponsored by Papa Murphy’s

Let’s just be honest for a minute. As much as we all try and cook dinner erry night, sometimes it’s just not possible. Life happens. We get busy, things come up, we’re just TIRED (can I get an amen?) That doesn’t mean we have to hit the drive through though. Nope, you can pop over to your local Papa Murphy’s pizza and pick up fresh (not frozen) pizzas to take and bake at home. That’s right. You take the pizza home and bake it, so it’s PIPING HOT when you’re ready to eat it. No soggy crust because you got stuck in rush hour traffic. No gummy cheese. None of that. Just pure delicious pizza made to order. Sounds pretty good yeah?

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Homemade Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

Homemade Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

This post is sponsored by REAL® Seal.

Y’all know I love my coffee. It’s pretty mandatory in my life and if I’m being honest it’s for the safety of those who interact with me in the real world every day as well. I’m just looking out for their well being so I caffeinate. I’m a giver like that. I really am. I love giving what I call happies to friends and family. That’s a small gift that is meant to make someone happy. Hence why I call them happies. Cuteness overload I know.

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Red Hot Martini

Red Hot Martini

So in case you didn’t realize it, there’s this thing going on this weekend. You might have missed all the pink and red heart everything plastered all over the interwebs. I joke. It’s impossible to miss it. Unless you live under a rock and don’t have internet service, then maybe, but a flyer might just blow it’s way by you even then. While I’m admittedly a whiskey girl, it’s hard to turn down a good martini every now and again. Especially when it’s as fun and festive as this little firecracker.

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Snowflake OREO Cookie Balls

OREO Cookie Balls

I have a confession. I love OREO cookies. Like REALLY love them. Preferably Double Stuff, because double the stuff, duh. Have ever since I was a kid, and now, well I’m just a big kid so it still works for me. The only thing better than eating a regular OREO to me is eating an OREO cookie ball. Yep. Do you want to know how hard these cookie balls are to make? If you can smash up OREO cookies, mix in a little softened cream cheese and use a fork, you’ve got this! You’ll be the hostess with the mostest (or host with the most) if you prepare a batch of these to serve up for your friends and family over the holidays, OR better yet, give them as gifts. Who doesn’t love an edible gift, am I right?

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Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Tis’ the season! Have you started thinking about all the holiday treats you’ll be making? I’m all about EASY when it comes to holiday treats. While I will be baking some of said treats, it’s really kind of unavoidable if you’re making cookies and such ; ) I’ll be all about the no bake varieties.  When I see the words NO BAKE I perk right up. It’s just the way it is (well unless someone else is baking it for me, then cake, bring me cake 😉 December is already a BUSY month. No need to make it any harder on yourself right?

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Apple Walnut Muffins

Apple Walnut MuffinsThis post is sponsored by Plum Organics.

I’m not a morning person. It’s quite possibly the understatement of the decade. I really am NOT. At all. If I could get away with not talking to anyone until say oh after 10 a.m. I would. Sadly that’s not how things work. Thank goodness for cappuccino which makes me tolerable. Once that’s into my system I’m all unicorns and glitter. Well not really, maybe just glitter. Not being a morning person means that I like to have a quick option(s) for breakfast. IF I can make said breakfast the night before, even better. 

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Sparkling Strawberry Gelatin Molds

Champagne Gelatin Mold

See it wiggle, see it jiggle. Sorry now the song is stuck in your head too. It’s most definitely in mine. There are worse things I suppose. Anytime I think about gelatin molds I think of my Grandma. She always prepared a festive mold for just about erry holiday you can think of. Think layers upon layers of elaborate molds. I was always fascinated by them. It almost seemed ashamed to dive into them and mess them up. I said almost, because you know I totally dived in.

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Vegetable Noodle Bowl

Vegetable Noodle Bowl
I’m going to go ahead and admit that Ramen Noodles were a staple of my college diet, and when I say staple I mean I ate it MULTIPLE times a week. What can I say besides I was a poor college student and they were dirt cheap (still are) and filled me up. These days I still love Ramen Noodles but I gussy them up before grabbing my chop sticks. I still buy the cheap-o deluxe noodles, you know the ones that you can actually buy by the case at the big box stores, or you can even pick up at the dollar store for 5 packs for $1. Those. You know the ones.

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Dessert Inspired Flavors from Muller Yogurt

Muller Dessert Inspired Yogurt
Are you a fan of dessert? Are you shaking your head or saying duh right now? I know I am. Well if you’ve got a sickly sweet tooth like me, I think you’re going to like The Dessert Inspired flavors line of yogurt from Muller. It features creamy, signature Müller yogurt on top of a layer of fruit or caramel and are served with delicious crunchy goodies on the side. Sounds good yeah? They’re not just a pretty tasty face either. Oh no, the new yogurts also provide a good source of protein and calcium. What to know what else? Want to know what  they DON’T contain … NO high fructose corn syrup (HFCS),  no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. Their yogurt is even made with milk from cows that are not treated with hormones like rBST. Booyah. 

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Breyers Gelato Indulgences

Breyers GelatoDisclaimer: I have received information, product and materials from Breyers, as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.

I have to admit while I consume copious amounts of gelato during the summer months, I eat it all the year long. I mean it’s creamy and dreamy so there’s really no reason to limit it’s consumption to the warm weather months yeah? It’s the perfect afternoon pick me up or the ending (or beginning, what you haven’t ever dessert first?) to any meal. Especially an impromptu meal where you haven’t had time to prepare anything.

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Creamy Garlic Aioli

Garlic Aioli
While this may look like mayonnaise, Aioli isn’t mayonnaise. What’s the difference you ask?  Mayonnaise is basically an emulsion of bland neutral flavored oils (think canola), egg yolks, vinegar and/or lemon juice. Aioli, on the other hand, hails from the southern French region of Provence, and traditionally begins by using a mortar and pestle to bash cloves of garlic into a paste. Once you’ve got yourself a nice chunk of garlic paste, it’s then blended together with egg yolks, lemon juice and olive oil (for a more robust flavor). It magically thickens and transforms right before your eyes and Boom you’ve got Aioli! What do you do with this new spreadable edible goodness? While I think it’s great spread on sandwiches like it’s cousin mayo, try serving your Aioli as a dip for crudité (fancy for vegetable tray) or as an accoutrement to shellfish (hello crab cakes).

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