Mindy

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.

Oct 312017
 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. 

Being a Mom is the hardest role I have ever filled. I am constantly questioning myself. Am I setting a good example for my kids? Am I making the best decisions for them? Am I spending enough quality time with them? The questions seem to never end. There is always a new one lurking at the back of my mind.

There is no handbook for parenting. Everyone’s kids and parenting styles are different, and we all just have to do what works best for us and our families. I would love to say that we should not be so hard on ourselves, but I know just how difficult that is. We strive to do everything we can for our kids, and to give them a great start in life.

One thing I know we all beat ourselves up over is what we feed our kids on a daily basis. We question whether or not we are giving them enough wholesome foods, if they are getting enough nutrients, and enough of a variety of foods. We deal with picky eaters and hectic mealtimes, and we stress about how we are going to get a delicious and well balanced meal on the table.

Dinnertime in our home is often completely chaotic. My kids always seem to get wound up and incredibly hyper after my husband gets home from work at the end of the day. I know they are just excited to see him, but trying to cook a wholesome meal in the midst of all of the excitement is really quite difficult.

Our kitchen and living room are an open layout, so they are constantly coming into the kitchen while I am trying to cook. It would really be so much easier if I could keep them out, but that’s not a possibility, so I always keep a stash of Tyson® chicken products in my freezer to help make mealtime a breeze.

Tyson Chicken Products

I have always been a fan of Tyson chicken products, and my local Walmart has an amazing selection to choose from. My absolute favorite are the Tyson® Any’tizers® snacks. I just picked up a bag of Any’tizers® buffalo style hot wings and sriracha flavored boneless chicken bites on my recent shopping trip to Walmart.

Tyson Any'tizers

My husband and I love spicy foods, and these really hit the spot! I enjoy eating them as is, or adding them to a salad. Tyson chicken products have a collection of recipes on their website too, so we find lots of great new ideas to keep our meals interesting!

Tyson Buffalo Wings

Any’tizers snacks are perfectly seasoned and every bite is delicious!

Tyson Sriracha Chicken Bites

Like every other kid I know, my own kids absolutely love Tyson chicken nuggets. My 2 year old son will eat just about anything you put in front of him, but my 4 year old daughter is very picky about food. One thing she never gives me a hard time about eating is chicken nuggets. She will gobble them right up with a smile on her face, and I love that they are a great source of protein.

Tyson Chicken Nuggets

I also love that there are so many specially marked Tyson chicken products (including nuggets, strips, Any’tizers snacks and drumsticks) that have the label ‘No Antibiotics Ever’. What this means is that Tyson chicken products are raised without antibiotics, and are made with 100% all natural ingredients* (*No artificial ingredients, minimally processed). Look for the green label to find these specially marked products.

Tyson No Antibiotics Ever Label

The people who make Tyson products have a strong heritage. They have been raising chickens since 1935! Tyson chicken products are made with a long-standing dedication to quality. As Moms, we can feel good about serving all Tyson chicken products with no antibiotics ever to our families.

Oct 042017
 

I recently turned 36 years old, and I’ve been feeling my age a lot lately. The grey hairs have started popping up more frequently, I’m seeing laugh lines all over my face that were never there before, and I’ve been dealing with some serious back pain. I remember how I used to laugh at all those jokes about getting older and having back pain, but it’s really no joke! Back pain can make you feel miserable and ruin your whole day.

My body has been feeling a little out of whack for a while now. Getting older, having two difficult pregnancies in the last 5 years, and losing 100 pounds really took its toll on me. The sciatic nerve pain I had been experiencing was almost unbearable at times, and getting a good night’s sleep was difficult.

When I don’t get enough sleep, I am super grumpy the next day. As a stay-at-home Mom to two toddlers, that’s not really the mood I want to be in all day. I want to feel well rested, energetic, happy and excited to spend the day playing with my kids. I strive to set a good example for them, and I can’t do that very well if I am exhausted and in a bad mood. I received a Tomorrow Sleep mattress and pillows for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

When Tomorrow Sleep offered to send me a new memory foam hybrid mattress to review, I jumped at the chance. In all honesty, I had been ignoring my need for a new mattress for quite some time. I was sleeping on a 14 year old mattress, and while it was still in good condition, it was definitely time for a change. I was 22 years old when I bought that mattress. My body was different then. My sleep habits were different. A lot has changed in 14 years!

My husband and I have been sleeping on the Tomorrow Sleep mattress for almost 2 weeks now, and we are in love with it! We have both been sleeping better than ever, and can’t believe how much more refreshed we feel in the mornings since we started sleeping on the Tomorrow Sleep mattress. It has really made a world of difference for both of us. Below, I have listed five reasons why I love the Tomorrow Sleep mattress, and why I think you will too!

5 Reasons Why You'll Love a Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

1. HIGH QUALITY & COMFORTABLE – Tomorrow Sleep is backed by Serta Simmons Bedding, so they have over a century worth of research, development, and insights into sleep. My 14 year old mattress was actually a Serta, so I know just how high quality and long lasting their mattresses are! Tomorrow Sleep’s hybrid mattresses are built by skilled craftsmen in their own factory in Charlotte, NC. I love buying products that are made right here in the USA!

The Tomorrow Sleep mattress is designed to adjust to your body temperature and provide you with support that is essential to restorative sleep. The mattress is available in medium soft or medium firm, so you can choose the support that works best for you.

My husband and I chose the medium soft mattress for our review. This mattress is designed to really hug your body when you lay on it, and it is so comfortable! I love getting into bed at the end of a long day. I’m falling asleep so much faster than I used to, and sleeping for longer periods of time. I wake up feeling refreshed, and my back pain is not nearly as bad as it had been. Sometimes I actually feel like I am just floating on air when I’m laying on this mattress. It really makes for a peaceful rest.

The medium firm mattress has a more solid sleeping surface, but doesn’t feel stiff. Both mattresses contain a mix of premium memory foam on top for comfort and wrapped coils for support. Tomorrow Sleep states that 70% of their customers prefer the medium firm mattress, but my husband and I really do love the medium soft.

2. FREE DELIVERY – Buying large items for our home has always been a challenge. We don’t have a truck, so we’ve had to try to find a friend who was available and willing to help us move our large and heavy purchases into our home for us, or pay incredibly high delivery fees to have the store deliver it.

I love that Tomorrow Sleep offers free delivery. My mattress was delivered right to my front door, rolled up in a box! The box was a bit heavy, so make sure you do have some help moving it into your bedroom.

3. EASY SETUP – Setting up the Tomorrow Sleep mattress could not be any easier! After I got the mattress out of the box and onto my box spring, I simply cut away the protective plastic with the tool they included. I unfolded the mattress, cut away the second layer of plastic and watched as my new mattress expanded in just a couple of minutes right before my very eyes.

Watching our new mattress expand was hands down one of the coolest things I have ever seen. My husband was absolutely floored that our new queen size mattress fit into such a small box. When we had the rolled up mattress laying on our bed before we took the plastic off, he actually said to me that he thought Tomorrow Sleep sent us the wrong size. He couldn’t believe that what he was looking at was going to cover our entire bed. Boy, was he surprised!

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

4. SLEEP SYSTEM – Tomorrow Sleep has created an entire sleep system designed to give you an amazing night of sleep every single night. In addition to the hybrid mattress, their sleep system includes memory foam pillows, plush pillows, a Sleeptracker® Monitor, a sheet set, comforter, a mattress protector and drapes.

We received two memory foam pillows along with our mattress, and they are by far the most comfortable and supportive pillows I have ever slept on. The memory foam pillow is designed with a two sided construction that feels cool on one side and cozy on the other. They are a pillow that you can really hug and sink your face into!

Tomorrow Sleep Memory Foam Pillow

Their plush pillow is designed for cushy comfort with hypoallergenic down alternative that feels fluffy while also providing great support.

The Sleeptracker® Monitor is so cool! It analyzes your sleep cycles, breathing and movement, and offers you personalized suggestions for better sleep. I think it would be so interesting to see this kind of information about my sleep habits.

Tomorrow Sleep’s bedding is definitely on my Christmas wish-list this year! It includes luxurious 500 thread count sheets made of 100% USA grown Supima cotton, an all-season lofty comforter designed to help keep you at just the right temperature while you sleep, and a waterproof mattress protector that also helps keep temperatures in check, while protecting your mattress from spills and dirt.

Having a set of Tomorrow Sleep’s blackout drapes would also be wonderful. I have a really hard time sleeping when there is any light present in my room at all, so it would be nice to make my room darker.

5. 100 NIGHT RISK-FREE TRIAL – Buying a mattress without even laying down on it first can be a little scary. It’s a big investment that you’ll have for many years to come, so you want to make sure it is the right fit for you. Tomorrow Sleep is so sure you will love their mattress, that they offer a 100 night risk-free trial. If you feel the mattress is not right for you, you can return it for free within 100 days. I really don’t think you will want to though!

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress

SAVE $100 ON YOUR TOMORROW SLEEP PURCHASE!

Tomorrow Sleep has provided me with an awesome coupon code especially for my readers! Now through December 31, 2017, you can save $100 off any $500 purchase with code MINDY100.

 

Oct 022017
 

This Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding is a great way to enjoy that delicious pumpkin flavor you love, while staying on your low carb diet! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of In The Raw and SheSpeaks. All opinions are entirely my own.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

Last year, my husband and I started our journey on a low carb diet two weeks before Thanksgiving. Our whole family thought we were absolutely crazy, but we had made up our minds that we were going to follow through with it, and we did. We stayed on our low carb diet for about 8 months and reached our goal weights. It felt amazing!

Now that we have reached our goal weights, we have loosened our belts up a little bit. We don’t eat completely low carb anymore, but we do try to make better food choices most of the time.

It was really quite difficult to give up my favorite foods for Thanksgiving last year. The food I missed the most was pumpkin pie. I mean, can you really have Thanksgiving dinner without a slice of pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream? It was so hard to resist the temptation!

I recently decided to do a little experiment to see if I could make a low carb dessert that tasted like pumpkin pie. I use cauliflower in place of high carb foods all the time, and I had recently seen a recipe floating around the internet for a Cinnamon Cauliflower Pudding, so I thought I would try making a Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding using cauliflower.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

I know what you’re probably thinking… “cauliflower pudding? Won’t that be disgusting? Won’t that taste like cauliflower?” I’m in a lot of low carb groups on Facebook, and the number one complaint I hear is that most recipes made with cauliflower still taste like cauliflower. They don’t taste like whatever they are supposed to be mocking. I think that is because most people just don’t use enough seasoning to mask the cauliflower taste enough. Cauliflower does have a very strong, distinct flavor, so you have to really put some effort into seasoning it enough to hide that flavor.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

This Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding does NOT taste like cauliflower. I loaded this recipe up with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, ginger and Organic Stevia In The Raw®, and it did a wonderful job of hiding that cauliflower taste.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

I made this Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding while my husband was at work, and when he came home, I asked him to taste it and let me know what he thought it tasted like. His response was “pumpkin”. He did not taste the cauliflower flavor at all, and believe me, he would have let me know if he did.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

If you’re following a low carb diet this holiday season, try this Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding. It will give you the satisfaction of that delicious pumpkin pie flavor you are probably longing for, but help you stay on track! It’s absolutely delicious topped with whipped cream and chopped pecans.

LOW CARB PUMPKIN PUDDING

This recipe is super easy! All I did was stir a bunch of ingredients together in a pot and let it simmer on the stove for a half hour before blending it up in my food processor. It honestly can’t get much easier than that!

Low Carb Pumpkin Pudding

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 oz. bag of frozen riced cauliflower
  • 15 oz. can of 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 4 packets Organic Stevia in the Raw
  • 1/2 cup water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large saucepan. Let simmer over low heat for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Allow pudding to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to food processor.
  3. Blend pudding in food processor until it reaches your desired consistency. I blended mine for approximately 5 minutes.

This recipe makes approximately seven 1/2 cup servings.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ORGANIC STEVIA IN THE RAW

Stevia grows naturally in the Americas and is now cultivated throughout the world. Organic Stevia In The Raw is the most recent addition to the In The Raw family of sweeteners.

Organic Stevia In The Raw is non-GMO and naturally gluten free. Each packet has only 3 calories, and provides the sweetening equivalence of two teaspoons of sugar. A little bit goes a long way!

There are so many great ways to use Organic Stevia In The Raw! Try swapping out your normal coffee sweetener with Organic Stevia In The Raw, add it to your smoothies, or sprinkle some on top of yogurt, oatmeal or fresh fruit for a tasty treat.

GIVEAWAY

Enter to win one of four In The Raw bundles that include branded measuring spoons, a koozie, a tote bag and a one month supply of Organic Stevia In The Raw. One Grand Prize winner will also win a $50 Gift Card to the grocery store of their choice!

Look for Organic Stevia in the Raw at your local grocery store or buy it online.

Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones

 Posted by on September 26, 2017  No Responses »
Sep 262017
 

These Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones are a delicious savory scone you can enjoy any time of day!

It may be fall, but the weather here in Maine has been screaming “Summer’s not over yet!” this week. It actually got up to 90 degrees here yesterday, and my husband and I were completely regretting having already taken the air conditioner out of our bedroom when the temperature was still 81 degrees at 11pm last night.

Even with the hot temperatures we’ve been having, I cannot get rid of this baking bug that I have. My mind is saying “It’s fall! Bake all the things!!” So, I’ve been trying to get any baking I want to do done during the early morning hours before it gets too hot in the house. This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post.

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Yesterday, I baked up the most delicious Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones. I have been craving a savory scone for what seems like forever, and I finally decided to make it happen.

Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones

We had a whole bunch of fresh jalapenos from our garden, and I took out some of the shredded garden zucchini that I had put in the freezer earlier this summer. I just love using up all of the delicious vegetables from our garden!

Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones

I know most people say scones taste best when fresh out of the oven, but I thought these Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones tasted even better as the day went on. They were so good, I ate three of them by myself!

Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup packed shredded zucchini (drained very well)
1 large jalapeno (seeded and diced)
1 stick very cold butter
1 large egg
1/2 cup full fat sour cream
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
2.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
  4. Use a grater to quickly grate the cold stick of butter into the flour mixture. For best results, place stick of butter in freezer for 10 minutes first. Cold butter makes the scones flaky!
  5. Quickly work the butter into the flour mixture with a fork until it resembles coarse meal.
  6. Beat the egg in a small bowl.
  7. Add sour cream to beaten egg and whisk to combine. Add egg and sour cream mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine.
  8. In a small bowl, combine zucchini, diced jalapeno, 3/4 cup of the sharp cheddar and 2 tablespoons of flour. Toss to coat. This will prevent all of the ingredients from sinking to the bottom of the dough.
  9. Fold zucchini mixture into flour mixture, until distributed evenly.
  10. Place the dough mixture onto a clean floured work surface and shape the dough into an 8 inch circle. You will have to knead it quite a bit to get it to come together.
  11. Cut the dough into 8 wedges and carefully transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.
  12. Sprinkle the top of each scone with a little of the remaining cheese.
  13. Bake for 22-24 minutes.

Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones

Let me know if you try baking these delicious Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones!


Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

 Posted by on September 22, 2017  2 Responses »
Sep 222017
 

You’ll love these old fashioned soft pumpkin cookies, just like Grandma made!

Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

It’s officially the first day of fall, and I am so excited! I have already been apple picking once this year, but my family is headed back to the orchard again tomorrow.

Our local orchard has so many activities going on all the time, that we visit a few times before the season is over. In addition to their bountiful supply of apples and pumpkins, they have squash and flowers available for picking. They also have an ice cream stand, fresh baked apple cider and pumpkin spice donuts, apple cider, goats that my kids just love to feed, chickens, rabbits, a bird cage, a sand box, hay rides, a corn maze and so much more! Tomorrow, they are having a performance from Timber Tina of the Great Maine Lumberjack Show!

The last time we went to the orchard, we picked a whole bunch of apples, and my daughter just had to bring home a million different pumpkins. This kid is going to have some serious fall decorating skills when she is older. She selected lots of different varieties, but I made sure we grabbed a couple that would be perfect for baking with.

The pumpkins we bought were so fresh that I could not even cut into them when we got home. They were just too darn hard! I had to let them sit for about 2 weeks before they were ready to be cut into. I really wanted to bake a pumpkin pie, but the kids insisted on baking cookies instead! I came up with these old fashioned soft pumpkin cookies, and they just loved them!

Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

My inspiration for these cookies was my grandmother. She passed away last year, and I often think of her when I am baking. She was the most amazing baker, and what I loved most about her baked goods was how simple, yet flavorful they were. She was all about baking soft, very plain looking cookies that tasted wonderful. I love cookies that are not overly fancy or sweet, and these old fashioned soft pumpkin cookies really fit that bill. They have just a subtle pumpkin flavor that’s perfect for fall! This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post. 

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I love this cookie sheet for several different reasons. For starters, this cookie sheet is HUGE. When they say “Jumbo”, they are not exaggerating. If you bake cookies often, this will save you lots of time because you can bake a lot of cookies all at once on this cookie sheet.

This cookie sheet is non-stick, which is just awesome. The cookies slide right off after they are done baking.

My cookies always bake up very evenly on this cookie sheet, and I love that it only has one lip on it. It makes it really easy to grab it out of the oven without smushing any of the cookies, and the cookies just slide right off the side of the cookie sheet.

This cookie sheet is super easy to clean! The cookies slide right off this cookie sheet, so there is pretty much zero clean up. I just wipe it down quickly with a wet cloth, and it’s good to go!

I’ve been baking cookies for many years, and these 6 kitchen tools are my absolute favorite for baking cookies. They make it so much faster and easier to bake up a whole bunch of cookies, and I would highly recommend them to anyone who loves to bake cookies.

I hope you enjoy these old fashioned soft pumpkin cookies as much as my family does!

Old fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 stick of softened butter
1 cup fresh pureed pumpkin
1 large egg
2.5 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. coarse salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream 1 stick of softened butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar in a large mixer bowl until well blended.
  3. Add the pumpkin and egg, and beat on high speed for approximately 3 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine 2.5 cups flour, 3 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. allspice, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, and 1/2 tsp. coarse salt.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture until combined.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to drop cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake cookies at 350 degrees F. for 15-18 min., until golden brown around the edges.
  8. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a minute, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  9. Store cookies in an airtight container. This recipe makes approximately 28 cookies.

If you love these Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies, you’ll probably love these Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies, too!

Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies


I’m linking up at  Tip Me Tuesday and Too Cute Tuesday.

Sep 142017
 

Check out these super fun and easy Halloween treats kids will love!

Halloween is just around the corner, and my kids are already so excited to dress up in their costumes. Kayleigh wants to be Elsa this year, and Logan wants to be Spiderman.

Last year we found this one really long street in our city that was decked out like crazy. Almost every house was decorated with the finest Halloween decorations and there was plenty of candy to be found. My kids are still really little, so it’s nice to be able to just walk up and down one street, instead of having to travel all over the place with them to find Halloween candy.

We love to do all sorts of fun things leading up to the actual Halloween holiday. We watch family friendly Halloween movies, go to some trunk or treat events and I also like to make easy Halloween treats kids will go crazy over. This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post. 

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What’s better than easy Halloween treats kids love?!

20 Easy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love

  1. Bat Cupcakes from MomDot (shown)
  2. Candy Popcorn Balls from Trish Sutton
  3. Candy Witch Fingers from Organized 31
  4. Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pretzels from Simple As That (shown)
  5. Cupcake Monsters from Hungry Happenings (shown)
  6. Eyeball Halloween Pops from Frugal Coupon Living
  7. Frankenstein Twinkie Pops from The Unprepared Mommy
  8. Graveyard Dirt Cake Cups from Sugar, Spicy and Family Life
  9. Halloween Candy Bites from Cooking on the Front Burner (shown)
  10. Halloween Confetti Pumpkin Pancakes from Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Halloween Mummy Hot Dogs from Frugal Coupon Living
  12. Halloween Twinkie Mummies from Frugal Coupon Living
  13. Halloween Spider Cookies from Cincy Shopper (shown)
  14. Halloween Witch Hat Cupcakes from Frugal Coupon Living
  15. Mummy Pizzas from Centsable Momma
  16. Peeps Ghost Brownies from Cincy Shopper
  17. Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats from The Farmwife Crafts
  18. Spooky Monster Brownies from Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life
  19. Vampire Marshmallows from Finding Zest
  20. White Chocolate Banana Ghosts from Finding Zest (shown)

Do you have any recommendations for easy Halloween treats kids will love?

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Sep 072017
 

Thanks to Hannaford for sponsoring this Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll recipe post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Back to school season is in full swing, and with the holidays just around the corner, now is a perfect time for busy parents to find quick and easy dinner ideas that are affordable too.

Hannaford’s everyday low prices and quality brands can help save both time and money. With their wide selection of Hannaford brand products, it’s easy to create a fun and delicious meal that the whole family will love, even if you are on a tight budget.

I know I’m going to be very busy over the next few months, so I recently stocked up on a large assortment of Hannaford brand products. To make things even easier, I used their to-go service (available at select Hannaford locations) and was able to place my order online and pick my groceries up without even leaving my car! As a Mom of two kids, this is such a huge time-saver for me.

One of my family’s favorite meals starts with Hannaford brand crescent rolls, so I purchased quite a few packages of them. I love how quick and easy they are to bake (ready in just 11-13 minutes!) and how versatile they are. You can stuff these crescent rolls with pretty much anything your heart desires before baking them, to create something absolutely wonderful!

Hannaford Brand Crescent Rolls

For tonight’s dinner, I filled the crescent rolls with thin sliced roasted turkey breast, shredded cheddar cheese and thin apple slices. After they were done baking, I paired our tasty crescent rolls with a delicious honey mustard dipping sauce. The flavors all worked together so wonderfully, and my family really enjoyed them.

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll Recipe

This Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll recipe is super affordable because I used Hannaford brand ingredients! As you can see, they are fresh, high quality products.

Hannaford Brand ProductsTo make these Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Rolls, simply separate the crescent rolls and lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place a rolled up slice of turkey, a tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese and thin sliced apples on top.

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll Recipe

Then, roll them up and bake them in the oven at 375 degrees for 11-13 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll Recipe

So yummy!

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll Recipe

The honey mustard dipping sauce is just a 50/50 mix of Hannaford brand honey mustard and mayonnaise.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Add some Hannaford brand sweet potato fries to complete this easy, delicious and affordable meal!

Hannaford Sweet Potato Fries

My kids gobbled these right up!

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll Recipe

I like to switch this Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll recipe up and elevate it even further by adding different flavors to it. Some of my favorite additions are maple bacon, carmelized onions and apricot preserves. Play around with different flavors and find your family’s favorite combinations!

Hannaford’s affordable products make it easy to please everyone in the family. From canned and dry goods to dairy and frozen, they are made from the best ingredients and always the lowest prices on the shelf! When you’re looking for ingredients to fill your crescent rolls with, don’t forget to shop the perimeter and middle aisles of the store to discover new ingredients that your family will love and fit in your budget.

Hannaford bacon, apricot preserves

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Rolls

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 8 oz. tube of Hannaford brand crescent rolls
  • 8 slices Hannaford brand thin sliced roasted turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup Hannaford brand fancy shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 thinly sliced baking apple (I used Braeburn)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Remove crescent rolls from package.
  3. Separate crescent rolls and lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Top each crescent roll with one rolled up slice of roasted turkey breast, one tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese and apple slices.
  5. Carefully roll up the crescent rolls and bake in the oven for 11-13 minutes, until golden brown.

HONEY MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE

To make honey mustard dipping sauce, combine 1/4 cup Hannaford brand honey mustard and 1/4 cup Hannaford brand mayonnaise.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS

Add 1 tablespoon of carmelized onions. Here is a great tutorial for carmelizing onions. It’s a bit time consuming, but so worth it!

Carmelized Onions on Crescent Rolls

Turkey, Cheddar, Apple & Carmelized Onion Crescent Rolls

Add 1 slice of fully cooked Hannaford brand maple flavored bacon.

Maple Bacon on Crescent Rolls

Turkey, Cheddar, Apple & Bacon Crescent Rolls

Add 1 teaspoon of Hannaford brand apricot preserves.

Apricot Preserves on Crescent Roll

Turkey, Cheddar, Apple & Apricot Cresccent Rolls

Crescent rolls filled with thin apple slices dusted in sugar and cinnamon make a quick and easy breakfast that the whole family will love, too!

Apple Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

What amazing flavor combinations would your family make with Hannaford brand ingredients?

 

 

 

Aug 252017
 

You’ll fall in love with these delicious Caramel Apple Recipes!

Fall is just around the corner, and I cannot wait to feel that cool, crisp air, curl up under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and watch a good movie, while noshing on one of these amazing caramel apple recipes!

My husband and I have been on a low carb diet for several months, and now that we’ve reached our goal weights, we’ve decided to loosen our belts a little and start eating some of our favorite things again, in moderation. After all, fall is the best time for eating the foods you love, right? These caramel apple recipes are just calling to me, and I am so excited to start baking with fresh apples from our local orchard.

I absolutely love fall baking. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the whole world. Baking with apples and pumpkins is just so much fun, isn’t it? The smells that fill my house are so wonderful, and it makes me feel all warm and cozy inside.

We have plans to go apple picking at our local apple orchard for my birthday in 2 weeks, and I can’t wait to make some of the delicious caramel apple recipes below. Don’t they all sound amazing?!

Caramel and apples go together so well. It was like they were meant for each other! I love the perfect balance of that tart apple flavor with the sticky sweetness from the caramel. I was so excited to find all of these delicious caramel apple recipes from some really great bloggers. I hope you will try baking a few of these this fall season!

You may also like – 20 Amazing Apple Recipes to Make This Fall

25 Sensational Caramel Apple Recipes

Make quick work of slicing apples with this apple splitter. It cores and slices apples into thin slices, perfect for baking! This will surely come in handy when baking up these delicious caramel apple recipes.

Prepara Apple SplitterPrepara Apple Splitter

  1. Apple Caramel Overnight French Toast Bake from Having Fun Saving & Cooking
  2. Bloomin’ Baked Caramel Apples from The Life Jolie
  3. Caramel Apple Cake Chip Nachos Topped with M&M’s® Pecan Pie from Hungry Happenings
  4. Caramel Apple Cider Cookies from Centsable Momma
  5. Caramel Apple Crepes from Creative Green Living
  6. Caramel Apple Cupcakes from 3 Boys and a Dog
  7. Caramel Apple Dump Cake from Snappy Gourmet
  8. Caramel Apple M&M Blondies from Sugar, Spice & Family Life
  9. Caramel Apple Nachos from Frugal Coupon Living
  10. Caramel Apple Pie from Thrifty Jinxy
  11. Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie from Finding Zest (shown)
  12. Caramel Apple Salad with Butterscotch Pudding from Mommy Moment
  13. Caramel Apples Snickers Salad from Dancing Through the Rain
  14. Caramel Apple Turnover from The Worktop (shown)
  15. Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake from Betty Crocker
  16. Cider Caramel Apple Crisp from One Lovely Life
  17. Easy Homemade Caramel Apple Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy (shown)
  18. Gluten Free Caramel Apple Cake from Fearless Dining
  19. Gluten Free Vanilla Custard Caramel Apple Tart from Fearless Dining (shown)
  20. Inside Out Chocolate Caramel Apples from Hungry Happenings
  21. Milky Way Caramel Apple Salad from A Mom’s Impression
  22. No Churn Caramel Apple Ice Cream from A Latte Food
  23. Pistachio Caramel Apple Butter Pancakes from Peas & Peonies (shown)
  24. Roasted Caramel Apple Crisp from Living Sweet Moments
  25. Snickers Caramel Apple Bars from Home Cooking Memories

Which of these caramel apple recipes will you make this fall season?


Jul 302017
 

If you’re on a low carb diet, or even if you’re not, you will absolutely flip over this Bacon, Cheddar & Jalapeno Cauliflower Casserole Recipe! 

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! Cheese as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

As you may already know, my husband and I have been following a low carb diet for several months now. When you’re on a diet, it’s quite common to fall into a rut of eating the same things over and over again. This can lead to boredom, and eventually eating off plan.

We eat a lot of cauliflower on our diet, so I try to experiment with it a lot and create new recipes. Cauliflower is pretty bland and boring on its own, but it’s extremely versatile and there are so many ways to use it and add flavor to it.

One thing that always makes cauliflower taste better is cheese. Cheese makes anything taste better, right? I always keep a stash of Heluva Good!® Block Cheese in my refrigerator because it’s flavorful, high quality cheese. There are so many great varieties of Heluva Good available, including Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, Jalapeno Jack, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, White Extra Sharp Cheddar, White Sharp Cheddar, White Mild Cheddar, Muenster, Monterey Jack, Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar, Colby, and Mild Cheddar. I told you there was a lot of them!

I love all of the Heluva Good! Cheese varieties, but my absolute favorite is the Jalapeno Jack. It is a delicious combination of Monterey Jack and jalapeno peppers. If you are not into spicy foods, don’t worry, this cheese isn’t really very spicy. It doesn’t set your mouth on fire, make your nose run, or anything like that. The jalapeno flavor is very mild, but so wonderful!

Heluva Good! Block Cheese

For this Cauliflower Casserole Recipe, I combined my favorite Jalapeno Jack cheese with Extra Sharp Cheddar and bacon. This flavor combination is out of this world, and really made the cauliflower taste amazing.

Bacon, Cheddar & Jalapeno Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

I grabbed all of my ingredients for this cauliflower casserole recipe at my local Walmart. They had a huge stash of Heluva Good! Cheese to choose from so I stocked up! I even got 75 cents back with this Heluva Good! Cheese at Walmart Ibotta Offer! *Limited quantities are available.

Heluva Good! Block Cheese at Walmart

This Bacon, Cheddar & Jalapeno Cauliflower Casserole Recipe is so easy to make. I even used a bag of frozen cauliflower to save both time and money. The price of fresh cauliflower around here is pretty high, but a bag of frozen cauliflower is very affordable. I have two toddlers at home, so I try to make things as cheap and easy as possible.

Bacon, Cheddar & Jalapeno Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound bag of frozen cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup Heluva Good! Jalapeno Jack Cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup Heluva Good! Extra Sharp Cheddar (grated)
  • 5 slices cooked bacon (crumbled)

Bacon, Cheddar & Jalapeno Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Spread frozen cauliflower on baking sheet and toss to coat with extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Bake cauliflower for 25 minutes.
  5. Remove cauliflower from oven and mash into smaller pieces.
  6. Transfer cauliflower to a medium sized bowl.
  7. Add cream cheese, ½ of the Jalapeno Jack, ½ of the Extra Sharp Cheddar, bacon and salt. Stir to combine.
  8. Transfer cauliflower mixture to a 1.5 quart casserole dish.
  9. Top with remaining cheese.
  10. Lower oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
  11. Cook cauliflower casserole uncovered for 10 minutes.
  12. Broil for an additional 3 minutes, until the cheese on top is slightly brown and bubbly.

Bacon, Cheddar & Jalapeno Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

Heluva Good! Cheese is a great way to add protein and calcium to your diet. It’s gluten free, made with milk and has 0 grams of trans fat per serving. It’s perfect for snacking on and adding to your favorite dishes.

You can find Heluva Good! Cheese in the dairy aisle of your neighborhood supermarkets in New York (New York, Syracuse, Buffalo/Rochester, Albany), Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Harrisburg/Scranton, Philadelphia), Connecticut (Hartford), Massachusetts (Springfield, Boston), Ohio (Cleveland, Columbus), Rhode Island (Providence), Florida (Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando), Virginia (Roanoke), Maryland (Baltimore), Washington D.C. We have it here in Maine, too!

What other Heluva Good! cheese flavors would you use in a Cauliflower Casserole Recipe? 

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

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Jul 152017
 

Get Your Home Ready for Summer with These Summer Home Maintenance Tips!

Summer is finally here, and I am so excited. The weather here in Maine has not really been that great for the last couple of months. He have still had some really cold days, and it has rained quite often. Hopefully the weather will start warming up now! This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post. 

Summer is a great time for enjoying the outdoors. We love to travel around the state of Maine and enjoy the beautiful ocean views, as well as host back yard barbecues. Before we pack the family up for a getaway, or invite people over to our home, we spend some time checking on our home.

The beginning of summer is the perfect time to make repairs, before the heat is beating down. Every homeowner should have a basic tool kit before attempting any of the summer home maintenance tips below. I love this 69 piece general tool kit for home maintenance. It really has quite a lot of things that a homeowner will use on a regular basis, and it comes with a nice little storage bag to keep everything neat and organized.

Here are some summer home maintenance tips to start with!

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

  1. Air Conditioner – At the minimum, change the filters; better yet, have a tune up. It’s much easier to take care of problems before the heat of summer is underway, and you might have to wait several days to get a repairman to your home.
  2. Check Your Roof – Make sure that the roof is still in good condition, with no leaks or missing shingles. While you’re at it, clean the gutters to avoid leaks and clogs. If any gutters are loose, reattach them to the house.
  3. House Siding/Paint – It’s a good idea to wash down your paint or siding every spring. This allows you to see if there are any issues before they get out of hand.  It also makes your home’s appearance fresh.  Use a power washer and a mild detergent to clean.  It’s not a bad job on a sunny day.
  4. Windows – Inspect your windows inside and out to make sure the seals are still intact, and that they are operating properly. Wash them on the outside, after the winter rains and snow, they will most likely need it.  Check for any cracks or breakage and get them replaced. Make sure your window screens are in good repair, and clean out the window wells.
  5. Kid’s Area – If you have a swing set, or kids’ area of your yard, make sure that everything is safe, clean and usable. Swing sets can sometimes become a little loose and wobbly over the winter.  Make sure any sand areas are clean.  Spread new mulch or sand if it has become compacted.  If the metal swing set has become rusty, consider re-painting it. Check for sharp edges and wood that may cause splinters.
  6. Check Your Deck or Patio – Summertime is the season these spaces were designed for; make sure it’s safe! Check underneath you deck for missing or loose supports. Floor boards should be securely fastened.  Power wash and refinish if necessary.  Overhead coverings should be in good repair; if not, replace them.  Deep clean your outside cooking space – grill, fire pit, etc.
  7. Garden Chores – Remove any plants that didn’t survive the winter, check trees for soundness (you don’t want one falling on your house), mulch to keep weeds in check. Trim plants that might interfere with the A/C unit.  Freshen up any flower beds by planting new flowers.
  8. Check For Unwanted Pests – Lots of animals like to build nests and cause damage to your home. Check around your home, garage and shed for carpenter ants, termites, hornets, mice and other rodents, and get rid of their nests in a safe manner before they cause damage to your property.

By performing these summer home maintenance tips at the beginning of summer, you can spend the rest of your weekends doing what you please.  These simple jobs will keep your home not only looking good, but in good repair, too.

Do you have any summer home maintenance tips to add to the list?