Mindy is a stay-at-home Mom to her 2 year old daughter and infant son. She previously worked full-time as a Paralegal for more than 10 years. She loves cooking & baking, classic rock, coffee and wine, sunshine and spending time with her children.

Nov 282015

Whenever my husband asks me what I want for Christmas, I usually tell him something I need, rather than something frivolous that I could do without.  I’m all about practicality, and that shows in the gifts I buy for friends and family, too.

New shoes are always at the top of my list, for giving and receiving, and this year is no exception.  Earlier this year, I gave birth to my son, and my feet grew by one shoe size.  I got away with wearing flip flops during the summer months, but now that fall is here, and winter is right around the corner, I really need to get myself some proper fitting shoes and boots.

My husband John recently had knee surgery and also needs a new pair of shoes.  His decade-long knee injury always caused his shoes to wear unevenly due to the way he walked.  Now that his knee has been surgically repaired, he is in need of a pair of comfortable and supportive shoes to wear as he recovers from surgery.

My 2.5 year old daughter, Kayleigh, has grown significantly since last winter, and she needs a new pair of snow boots.

As you can see, we are all in need of new shoes, and what better time to get them than during the holiday season?!

Now, you may say “What fun is it buying something that you need, when you could just buy something fun that you want instead?”  Well, it’s simple, really.  New shoes are fun, especially when you shop for them at Famous Footwear!

Famous Footwear has a huge inventory of shoes for the whole family to choose from.  Whether you are looking for boots, sneakers or slippers, you are sure to find something you love at Famous Footwear.

When I buy new shoes, I usually bring the family into the store to look around and try on shoes.  I love that Famous Footwear only sells shoes, so there is nothing else to distract us from what we went there to buy in the first place.  We can get in and out very quickly, which is really important when you have a baby and a toddler in tow.

This year, I didn’t feel like getting the kids ready to go out, so I placed an order online at www.famousfootwear.com.  I already knew what size shoes we all needed, and I know what my husband and daughter like, so it was really easy to find them both something they would love.  The online order process was so easy, and I received my order very quickly.

My husband and I have always been a huge fan of Skechers, so I bought each of us a pair of Skechers memory foam sneakers.  Mine are soooo comfortable, and he said that his were too.  Comfort is definitely at the top of our list when choosing new shoes.

I bought these Skechers Holding Aces Memory Foam Slip On Shoes, and I just love them! Being a stay-at-home Mom to a crawling baby and a toddler, I am extremely busy.  Most days, I lounge around in yoga pants and I need comfortable shoes to chase the kids around in, too.

Skechers at Famous Footwear

These shoes fit all of my needs so well, and they are super cute, too.  One of my favorite things about them is that they are slip on, which comes in very handy when I’m in a hurry and need to get my shoes on quickly.

Skechers at Famous Footwear

These shoes are so versatile.  I can wear them around the house, outdoors, or if I go out to run errands.

Skechers at Famous Footwear

For my husband, we bought these Skechers Superior Bonical Relaxed Fit Memory Foam Sneakers.  They are so him.  He always wears brown shoes, and he fell in love with these.

Skechers at Famous Footwear

They are dressy enough that he can wear them to his job, but he can also wear them around the house, or when we go out shopping, or to visit friends and family, etc.

Skechers at Famous Footwear

Kayleigh honestly isn’t really very interested in movies like Frozen yet, but she does love Elsa, thanks to those surprise egg videos she is obsessed with watching on YouTube.  I found these adorable Frozen Snow Day Winter Boots that light up on the bottom, and just knew I had to buy them for her.

Frozen Snow Boots

I love that they are a pretty blue color.  Blue has always been my favorite color, and I like that they aren’t pink like most shoes and clothes are for little girls these days.

Frozen Snow Boots at Famous Footwear

They fit her perfectly, are super easy for her to put on, even by herself, and they look like they will keep her feet very warm during the winter months here in Maine.

Frozen Snow Boots at Famous Footwear

We are all loving our new shoes, and I can’t think of a better gift to give or receive!

Looking for an awesome practical gift for your friends and family?  Get inspired by what others are wearing this holiday season, and share your own #ohsofamous moments at http://clvr.li/osfholiday.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 Posted by at 11:29 pm
Nov 262015

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the food probably hasn’t yet.  We always end up cooking way too much food on Thanksgiving, and had a ton of leftovers again this year.  How about you?  Are you stuck with a bunch of leftovers, too?

I actually do enjoy all of the Thanksgiving leftovers, but my very favorite is mashed potatoes.  Sure, they are absolutely fabulous just as they are, but there are so many awesome things you can do with them to turn them into something totally new and different, too!

If you also have a bunch of leftover mashed potatoes, and don’t really know what to do with them, take a look at these delicious recipes below.  You’re sure to find a great way to use all those leftover mashed potatoes up fast!

15 Delicious Leftover Mashed Potato Recipes

Which of these leftover mashed potato recipes is your favorite?

 Posted by at 11:19 pm
Nov 152015

This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal domains that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

When you think of the State of Maine, what comes to mind? Lobster? Bob Marley? Moxie? It seems that lately I have seen all sorts of articles about the State of Maine floating around the internet. They are all pretty much the same, and go on to say how we are unique and different from the rest of the country by giving examples of the different foods we eat, the way we talk, etc.  I think people are truly interested in learning more about our way of life here.

Maine lobster pound shack

Having lived in Maine my entire life, I definitely agree that we have some very interesting and unique foods and traditions here. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the fact that I can buy lobster at super low prices pretty much any time I want, or that I can stuff my face full of the very best whoopie pies, or indulge in fresh fiddleheads every spring.  We are so lucky, aren’t we?!

Above all of these things, though, I think of community and togetherness when I think of Maine. I grew up in East Millinocket, a very small and close-knit town. My graduating class only had 67 students. Every one in town knew each other. I worked at the local Mom & Pop grocery store for a while during high school, and then I worked for a lawyer in the next town over for a while after that.  When I finally did spread my wings and move an hour south, I worked for another small town lawyer, whose office was located right smack dab in the middle of about a dozen other small businesses.

Small, local businesses are a common theme around the State of Maine. No matter what town you drive to in Maine, you will likely find a business that’s owned by someone local. Us Mainers just love that close, personal touch. We have a great entrepreneurial spirit, and we love doing business with the same people over and over again, for years and years. We crave that trust and connection that we get from the people that have served us so well for so long, and we don’t really do well with change.

Did you know that 97% of Maine’s employers are small businesses? Amazing, right?! It really doesn’t surprise me, though.  We truly love our home state.  We are incredibly proud of it, and we love to put our roots down here and let them grow.


Even us old fashioned, set in our ways Mainers have to get with the times, though, and bring our businesses online, whether they be brand new, or even already well established. It only makes sense to get your business information online, where everyone is searching for information these days.  Creating a small business website and being active on social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, can really do a lot to help your business grow and flourish.

Whenever I am looking for someone new to do business with, I search the internet to try to find a small local business first.  I would really rather keep my money right here in the State of Maine and help my fellow Mainers.  We have some amazingly talented people here, and it is so important for us to support each other.

small business

My husband and I actually bought our car from a local mechanic, born and raised in Maine.  He owns a very small second-hand auto business that is operated out of his home, and even though he was located in the next town over from us, we would never have even known about it if he had not had a website!

If you’re wondering how exactly you can keep that close, personal feel of your business while bringing it online, Domain.ME is a great place to start!

Domain.ME is a domain name provider that allows anyone (personal and/or business) to create a unique, safe identity online with a domain ending in .ME. They operate as a B2B, which means that people can register a domain name through one of 190 accredited registrars that operate as .ME resellers.  Domain.ME is dedicated to building strong relationships with its community members, just like we are here in the state of Maine!

Can you imagine anything better than offering your local Maine customers a website that ends in .ME? It is such a fantastic way to spread that small town feel of your Maine business to the online world, even if it is not technically the official domain name of Maine.  I know whenever I see ME, I automatically think of my beloved home state, and so many other people do too.

Just like our beautiful home state, Domain.ME is unique and will make your small business stand out online.  After all, for Maine residents, it’s all about the #StateOfME!

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 Posted by at 9:25 pm
Nov 152015

Do you lay in bed for hours every night browsing Pinterest like I do?  I have a serious problem in that I just can’t go to sleep at night, without filling my head with adorable craft ideas and images of the most delicious foods on earth first.

In one of my recent late night Pinterest sessions, I came across this recipe for Crescent Layer Bars.  They had just about everything I could ever want in a dessert – lots of chocolate and nuts, and best of all – a quick and easy preparation! I just knew I had to try them.

Well, I did make these Crescent Layer Bars just as described, and they were truly amazing, but I wanted to make them again with my own unique twist.  So, I swapped out a few of the ingredients for my own, and added some shredded coconut for a really nice texture and added flavor.

Coconut Crescent Layer Bars

The combination of white chocolate, butterscotch, macadamia nut and coconut is absolutely delicious.  These Coconut Crescent Layer Bars on the sweet side, so you won’t be tempted to eat the whole pan by yourself in just one sitting, which is a good thing for someone who loves dessert as much as I do.  Eat just one bar, and you’ll feel quite satisfied for a while, trust me.

Coconut Crescent Layer Bars

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert idea that can feed a crowd, look no further than these Coconut Crescent Layer Bars!

Coconut Crescent Layer Bars


  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet 
  • 1 cup white vanilla baking chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch baking chips
  • 1 cup macadamia nut pieces
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F or 350°F for a dark pan.
  2. Grease the bottom and sides of a 13×9-inch pan.
  3. If using crescent rolls, unroll dough into 2 long rectangles. If using a dough sheet, unroll dough.
  4. Place dough in pan, press over bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust. Bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the partially baked crust from the oven and sprinkle white vanilla chips, butterscotch chips, macadamia nuts and coconut evenly over crust. 
  6. Pour condensed milk evenly over top.
  7. Return pan to oven and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes longer or until golden brown.
  8. Cool for 10 minutes, then run knife around sides of the pan to loosen the crust.
  9. Cool 1 hour, then move to the refrigerator and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until the chocolate is set. 
  10. Cut into bars.

Coconut Crescent Layer Bars

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 Posted by at 1:00 am
Nov 082015

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Green Bean Casserole is one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes.  The combination of Del Monte® Green Beans, French’s® French Fried Onions and Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup is so delicious!  We always seem to run out of it at our Thanksgiving dinners because everyone just loves it so much.

Cheesy Garlic Green Bean Casserole

This year, I thought instead of just spooning the Green Bean Casserole onto our plates directly from the casserole dish, which we have always done, I would serve it up in a fun, new way.

I have always loved the combination of Green Bean Casserole and cornbread, so I decided to make some cornbread cups to hold all that delicious Green Bean Casserole.  There is just something so fun about edible cups and bowls, isn’t there?

To make these cornbread cups, I simply baked up my favorite cornbread recipe in a jumbo muffin tin.

Green Bean Casserole Cornbread Cups

For this recipe, I mixed up a yellow cake mix in one bowl, 2 boxes of cornbread mix in another bowl, combined them, and then added a bunch of cheese for some extra flavor.

Green Bean Casserole Cornbread Cups

Then, I hollowed out the center of the muffins with a melon baller.

Green Bean Casserole Cornbread Cups

Next, I straightened up the edges a little bit with a knife.

Green Bean Casserole Cornbread Cups

Finally, I spooned that tasty Green Bean Casserole inside, and what I ended up with is the most delicious way I have ever eaten Green Bean Casserole.  Seriously!

Green Bean Casserole Cornbread Cups

You can eat the Green Bean Casserole first, and then eat your cornbread after, or you can get a little adventurous and eat them together.  I did the latter, and I highly recommend it!

Below are the full instructions for making these awesome Green Bean Casserole Cornbread Cups.  I hope you will try serving them to your family at Thanksgiving this year!

Green Bean Casserole Cornbread Cups

Cornbread Cups


  •       1 yellow cake mix and water, oil and eggs according to box directions.
  •       2 boxes of cornbread mix and milk and eggs according to box directions.
  •       2 cups shredded sharp yellow cheddar cheese


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) In a large bowl, mix yellow cake mix according to package directions.

3) In a separate bowl, mix cornbread mix according to package directions.

4) Pour cornbread mixture into yellow cake mixture and stir until combined.

5) Add cheese and stir to combine.

6) Spray a jumbo muffin tin with nonstick spray and fill 2/3 of each cup with cornbread mix.

7) Bake muffins for 23-25 minutes, until tops are golden brown and they spring back when you touch them.

8) Allow muffins to cool.

9) Hollow out the center of the muffins with a melon baller.

10) Straighten up the edges with a knife.

11) Spoon Green Bean Casserole (recipe below) into cornbread cups and serve immediately.

This recipe makes 12 jumbo muffins.

Green Bean Casserole


  •    2 cans (10.5 oz. each) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  •    1 cup milk
  •    2 tsp. soy sauce
  •    ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  •    4 cans (14.5 oz. each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
  •    2 2/3 cups French’s® French Fried Onions


1)  Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 1-1/3 cups onions in 3-qt. casserole.

2)  Bake at 350°F, uncovered, for 25 min. or until bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions.

3)  Bake for 5 min. or until onions are golden brown.

TIP – Add 2 tbsp. garlic & herb seasoning, 2 tbsp. minced fresh garlic, and 1.5 cups of shredded sharp yellow cheddar cheese to Step 1 of the Green Bean Casserole recipe for a cheesy garlic twist that is out of this world!

Next time you’re in Walmart, go look at the screens by the green bean casserole display at the end of the aisle.  Walmart is picking the best of the ideas given by people like you and me to show right there in the store!  If you see mine, let me know with a post or a tweet!  Make sure to go to thisismytwist.com to see everyone’s suggested twists and follow #ThisIsMyTwist on social media.

Will you try serving Green Bean Casserole to your family in cornbread cups this year?

I want to know what you think about Green Bean Casserole! If you take the 10 Minute Survey, you will be receiving a $5 Walmart gift card if you are one of the first 100 people that fully completes the survey (U.S. citizens only, must be 18 years or older to participate).

 Posted by at 7:23 am
Nov 052015
This is sponsored post for PicCollage and HP through BSM Media. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.
Being a Mom of a baby and a toddler, I take a ton of photos.  I always have my cell phone by my side, and it’s so easy to pick it up and snap a pic of my kids whenever they are doing something totally cute, or when they are reaching those exciting milestones.  Don’t you just love that we have the technology to so easily capture those things now?  I’m so happy that I have all of these memories captured in photographs.
Because I take so many photos of my kids, my camera memory often gets full, and I have to remove them to make room for new ones.  While I do store all of my photos on my computer, and also on an external hard drive, I like to print some of my favorites out as well.  I put some in my kids’ baby books, give some away as gifts to their grandparents, and hang some up around the house.
I was recently introduced to a really cool photo app called PicCollage that not only lets you print your photos directly from your camera, but also allows you to make fun photo collages! 
Photo collages are awesome, because they take up a lot less photo paper.  Why print only 1 photo on a piece of photo paper, when you can print several?  I also just love how photo collages have so much going on and grab your attention.
Making a photo collage in PicCollage is fun and easy!  There are several different collage template to choose from, or you can make your own.
Once you get your photos arranged to your liking, you can also add fun stickers.  There are a whole bunch of them to choose from!


There are also several fun backgrounds to choose from.
You can also add text, and there are a bunch of fun fonts to choose from! 
I had a great time playing around with the PicCollage app. to create this collage.  My husband, John, had surgery last week, so my Mom took the kids for us for a couple of nights.  My Mom is always so great about sending me photos of them while they are away.  It really helps make it a lot easier on me, as my Mom lives an hour and a half away, and I constantly have them on my mind when they are not with me.
She sent me these photos that I just fell in love with.  They had so much fun spending time with their Nana.  I just had to print these photos out for their photo album!  After playing around with PicCollage for a while, here is one of my final products!
Printing is so easy!  You can print your photo collages directly from your phone, thanks to HP technology.
 Download the PicCollage app and start making your own fun photo collages today!
 Posted by at 1:18 pm
Nov 032015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for KitchenIQ. I received promotional items to thank me for my participation.

I really enjoy making delicious home-cooked meals for my family, but dinner time in my house is always crazy.  My husband, John, gets home from work around 5:00 most nights, and the kids (2.5 and 8 months old) turn into wild animals.  To save our sanity, we try to get both of them in bed by 7:30, so that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to prepare and eat dinner.

Usually I’m rushing around the kitchen like a mad woman, trying to get everything done.  Trying to prepare dinner with a whining baby and toddler hanging off of you is no easy feat!  To help my dinner preparation go a little smoother, I have several kitchen tools and appliances to make meal preparation easier and faster. 

I have been collecting these tools and appliances over the years, and I recently added a few more tools from Kitchen IQ to my collection, and had a little party with my Mom, sisters and a couple of friends to show them off.

KitchenIQ tools

First up, was the Better Zester.  When I showed my sister, Angela, this zester, she literally squealed with excitement.  She told me she had been wanting a zester for a very long time, and I was so happy to be able to give an extra one to her.  Everyone at my party got one!

Better Zester

This zester is the coolest zester I have ever seen.  It has a stainless steel v-etched blade, which is perfect for zesting all kinds of citruses.  We had our party late in the morning, so we whipped up a batch of lemon blueberry muffins, and zested some fresh lemon peel right into the batter.

Better Zester

There are so many things that I love about this zester.  First of all, it works super fast.  We had that whole lemon zested in a flash.  Second, I absolutely love that it has a container to hold the zest for you, and that it also measures it!  How cool is that?!  Then, as you slide the container off the zester, it also collects the zest off of the back for you, so you don’t have to pick it out yourself.  Love!

Better Zester

While I absolutely adored the Better Zester, I think my favorite tool was the Potato Tool.  I have lived in Maine my whole life, and let me tell you, we eat A LOT of potatoes here!  In Northern Maine, they actually give kids time off from school to help pick potatoes during potato season.  That’s just how much we love our potatoes around here.

Kitchen IQ Potato Tool

Anyway, I cook with potatoes several times per week.  I love them mashed, baked, chopped up and fried, in french fry form, scalloped, any way you could possibly think to make them.  I would never, ever turn down a potato in any fashion.  For my party, we decided to make a potato hash to go with our muffins.

As much as I love potatoes, they can be kind of a pain to wash, peel and cut.  That is why I love the Potato Tool so much.  It is a 3-in-1 tool that helps with each of those chores. 

Kitchen IQ Potato Tool

It has a scrub brush for super fast cleaning of the potatoes and other veggies, a straight edge peeler with non-stick stainless steel coated blades and a paring knife that stores safely inside of the peeler. 

Kitchen IQ Potato Tool

It also has a soft grip, non-slip handle to make doing all of those things more comfortable for your hands.  I have gotten so much use out of this tool, and I don’t think I could live without it now!

Kitchen IQ Potato Tool

The last new kitchen tool I received was the Edge Grip Knife Sharpener, which is awesome!  I love to cook with fresh vegetables, and I chop up fruit for my daughter all day long, so I am constantly using my knives. 

Kitchen IQ Knife Sharpener

Because I use my knives so often, they tend to get dull pretty quickly.  A dull knife will not only slow you down in the kitchen, but it also poses a safety hazard. 

The Edge Grip Knife Sharpener has a unique design that will sharpen straight edge double-beveled European and American style knives.  It has two stages of sharpening – course to quickly sharpen dull or damaged knives and fine to lightly touch-up already sharp knives.  It also has an edge grip bottom that allows for stable sharpening on the counter top or the edge of the counter top or table.

Kitchen IQ Knife Sharpener

Prior to using this tool, my knives were quite dull, and after just a few pulls through the knife sharpener, they were like new again.  Color me impressed!  This tool was designed right here in the USA by Smith’s Consumer Products, Inc., the Edge Experts Since 1886, so you know it’s got to be a high quality knife sharpener!

My guests were all very impressed by the quality of the Kitchen IQ tools, and my Mom and sisters have already asked me to get them a knife sharpener and potato tool for them for Christmas!

You can follow KitchenIQ on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  Be sure to check out all of the other great tools they have to make meal preparation easier!

 Posted by at 9:34 pm
Nov 012015

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I am so excited!  My sister and I have taken over the Thanksgiving cooking duties for the past few years, and we have already started planning our menu for this year.

We both have a great love for cooking and baking, and we really enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, and putting our own spin on recipes.  It’s always fun to be adventurous with food and see what we can come up with.  Sometimes it doesn’t really turn out how we envisioned it, but there are a lot of times when we are just blown away by the amazing flavors we can create.  Last year, my sister made an awesome stuffing that had cranberries and mushrooms in it, which you wouldn’t really think would work well together, but it was absolutely delicious!

This year, I wanted to try to put my own spin on one of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes, Green Bean Casserole.  Our whole family loves the traditional Green Bean Casserole recipe, but I was experimenting with some different flavors this week, and came up with a tasty twist that I know everyone is going to love!

Cheesy Garlic Green Bean Casserole

The traditional Green Bean Casserole recipe is made with Del Monte® Green Beans, French’s® French Fried Onions, and Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (also milk, pepper and soy sauce, which are not pictured below).

Cheesy Garlic Green Bean Casserole

You’ll still find all of those tasty ingredients in this recipe, but I have added a few additional ingredients as well.

Cheesy Garlic Green Bean Casserole

If you love garlic as much as my family does, then you are going to love this recipe because there is a lot of garlic flavor in it!  While it packs quite a garlic punch, it’s not too overwhelming.  I think it is just right.  If you find that it is too much garlic for your family, you can certainly cut down on the garlic measurements a little bit to find what works for you.

And if it wasn’t enough to add a whole bunch of garlic to this recipe, I also added in some sharp cheddar cheese, because who doesn’t love cheese?!

Cheesy Garlic Green Bean Casserole

I just love the salty crunch from the French’s® Fried Onions.  They are so yummy, and add so much great flavor.  I usually have to exercise quite a bit of will power when making Green Bean Casserole, because I find myself eating these right out of the can!

Cheesy Garlic Green Bean Casserole

Ready to try this cheesy garlic twist on your favorite Green Bean Casserole?  Read on for complete instructions!

Cheesy Garlic Green Bean Casserole


  •       2 cans (10.5 oz. each) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  •       1 cup milk
  •       2 tsp. soy sauce
  •       4 cans (14.5 oz. each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
  •       2 2/3 cups French’s® French Fried Onions
  •       2 tbsp. garlic and herb seasoning mix (you can purchase this in stores, or make your own, using a recipe like this one)
  •       2 tbsp. finely minced fresh garlic
  •       1.5 cups shredded sharp yellow cheddar cheese


1)  Stir Campbell’s® soup, milk, soy sauce, green beans, garlic and herb seasoning mix, minced garlic, shredded cheese, and 1-1/3 cups onions in a 3-qt. casserole dish.

2)  Bake at 350°F, uncovered, for 25 min. or until green bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir green bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions.

3)  Bake for 5 more min. or until onions are golden brown.

Dig in!

Cheesy Garlic Green Bean Casserole

Next time you’re in Walmart, go look at the screens by the green bean casserole display at the end of the aisle.  Walmart is picking the best of the ideas given by people like you and me to show right there in the store!  If you see mine, let me know with a post or a tweet!  Make sure to go to thisismytwist.com to see everyone’s suggested twists, and follow #ThisIsMyTwist on social media for great ideas, too!

What would you add to the traditional Green Bean Casserole recipe to make it your own?  Let me know in the comments below!

I want to know what you think about Green Bean Casserole! If you take the 10 Minute Survey, you will be receiving a $5 Walmart gift card if you are one of the first 100 people that fully completes the survey (U.S. citizens only, must be 18 years or older to participate).

 Posted by at 12:01 am
Oct 302015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rubbermaid. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Fall is here, and that means it’s time for football and tailgating!  While my family loves to watch the games, I love all the great food – pizza, wings, burgers, dips…the list goes on and on!  Tailgate food is so great, isn’t it?  It’s fun, flavorful, and can usually be eaten with just your fingers.  I love it!

Often times, I will travel an hour away to my parents’ house to watch the game with them, and I will pack up a bunch of yummy tailgating food to take with me.  Since it’s such a long drive to my parents’ house, I always make sure I pack up my food in Rubbermaid® food storage containers.  They ensure that my food will not spill in my car or in my cooler, and that everything will stay nice and fresh on the long drive up.

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids

One of my favorite things to bring is burgers.  I make my burgers in advance, as well as chop up all of the toppings my family loves to pile on top of them – lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and peppers.  I wrap the burgers in waxed paper so they don’t stick together, and then place them inside a Rubbermaid food storage container.  I then fill more Rubbermaid® storage containers with all of our toppings, and stack them up in the cooler for super easy transport. 

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids

When I get to my parents’ house, all that’s left to do is throw the burgers on the grill.  I love having everything all ready to go when I get there, so I can spend more time with my family, instead of working away in the kitchen.  There’s nothing worse than being at a party and spending all of your time chopping up vegetables!

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids

These Rubbermaid® Consumer Products’ Easy Find Lids™ containers are really so wonderful.  They make kitchen and pantry organization super simple by helping to keep containers and their matching lids together. The lids can together and/or snap to the bottom of matching containers, ensuring the right lid is easy to find.  The square containers come in graduated sizes that nest together to take up less room in a cupboard, fridge or pantry, too!  I also love that they are 100% BPA free, and microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe.

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids

I am also totally in love with this awesome party platter from Rubbermaid®

Rubbermaid Party Platter

It has a large divided base that keeps different types of food separated, plus a smaller leak-proof Twist & Seal™ inner container holds dip and nests snuggly in the base. 

Rubbermaid Party Platter

It comes with a secure lid that creates a tight seal, allowing for easy transportation.  This party platter is also 100% BPA free, microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe.

Rubbermaid Party Platter

My family loves salt and vinegar chips, so I decided to try making a salt and vinegar dip.  I think it came out pretty fantastic, and it’s great served with pretzels, crackers and potato chips! 

Salt & Vinegar Dip


  • 1 8 oz. Package of Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 Tsp. White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Sour Cream


Mix all ingredients together until well combined, and enjoy!

Find out more about the great food storage products Rubbermaid® has to offer:

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What are your favorite tailgating foods?

 Posted by at 9:59 pm
Oct 292015

This blog post was sponsored by Wounded Warrior Project® for Believe in Heroes but the opinions are all my own.


Support Our Heroes


I come from a large military family. My grandmother, grandfather, several uncles, great aunts and uncles, and cousins have all served in different branches of the military.  Luckily, they have all returned home safe and sound, and uninjured after their active duty tours, but unfortunately, not everyone that serves in the military is so lucky.  Many return with injuries that can cause a great strain on them and their families. 
Those that serve in the military sacrifice so much – spending time with their families, home cooked meals, a warm and comfortable bed, and more – all to protect and serve our country.  When these men and women return home with an injury, either physical or mental, we absolutely need to make sure the are taken care of, as they so deserve to be. 
You may be wondering what you can do to help our wounded warriors, and it’s actually very simple!  Now through November 20, 2015, you can show your support by taking part in the Believe in Heroes campaign in support of Wounded Warrior Project
The Believe in Heroes campaign has raised over $22 million since it was established in 2010.  The funds raised have helped enable the expansion of critical Wounded Warrior Project programs that now directly serve more than 77,000 injured service members and over 13,000 caregivers and families.
This campaign is supported by over 45 of the nation’s leading consumer brands and more than 170 retailers.  Each of these participating brands and retailers help to raise funds through a variety of promotional initiatives.  Brands have made a fixed donation of $1,150,000 to Wounded Warrior Project through the Believe in Heroes campaign this year, and it’s anticipated that this program will raise at least $5,000,000+ in total.  Isn’t that amazing?!


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You can view a complete list of participating brands and retailers here.  Feel free to print and use the shopping list below, and shop to support the brands that support our heroes!
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There are so many awesome brands on this list!  I’ll be heading out to do some grocery shopping tomorrow, and I am so excited to be able to show my support for these brands and our heroes.
 Posted by at 10:59 pm