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#FosterFarmsFresh Kung Pao Chicken Zucchini Boats

Tracking PixelThis post is sponsored by Foster Farms chicken locally grown in the Pacific Northwest, but all opinions are my own.Those of you who are long-time readers of this blog know that I love cooking with locally grown and produced foods. I also tend to adopt the flavors indigenous to the place I live. When I lived in Arizona, we ate Mexican food. When I lived in Florida, we ate Southern food and seafood. Now that I am in the Northwest, we are enjoying Asian flavors along with the plethora of fresh produce grown here. Washington by far produces more fruits and vegetables than any of the other states I’ve lived. I am in cooking heaven here! Local food tastes so much better than the stuff that has been on trucks, planes or boats for a week!Kung Pao Chicken Zucchini Boats Continue reading

Southern Creamed Corn Fresh From Florida

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh From Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.

Living in Florida has turned me into such a locavore. I get a huge kick out of seeing the little “Fresh from Florida” signs all over the produce department next to fruits and vegetables that I know the rest of the country hasn’t even started planting. These are things I rarely paid attention to even just a couple of years ago. You can imagine what it’s like to have strawberries in February or tomatoes in March. Now that it’s May, it’s corn on the cob season and that means enjoying some good ole Southern Creamed Corn made with Florida Sweet Corn.

#freshfromflorida corn on the cob: enjoy it months before the rest of the USA!

Once you have had homemade creamed corn, you will never, ever in a million years, buy it canned again. There is no comparison. In fact, on the night I made this for dinner, my son happened to notice the corn cobs in the kitchen garbage right before bedtime. He came to me and said, “I knew that had to be fresh corn tonight, it was just so delicious.”

Southern Creamed Corn made with #freshfromflorida corn on the cob.  Once you've tried this, you will never buy canned creamed corn again!

Southern Creamed Corn

Ingredients

8 ears fresh corn, husked, corn sliced from the cob

1 Tbsp agave nectar or honey

1 Tbsp flour (I used gluten free all-purpose flour mix)

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 cup half and half

1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp bacon fat or olive oil

2 Tbsp butter

Method:

In a large bowl, toss the corn with the agave, flour, salt and pepper. Combine the half and half with the water and add to the corn. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the bacon fat or olive oil. Add the corn mixture to the pan. Cook, covered over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter.

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Pulled Pork Pimento Cheese Smothered Fries #GameDayGrub

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeGrub #CollectiveBias

Southern Style Smothered Fries: sweet potato fries topped with barbecue pulled pork and melted pimento cheese #GameDayGrub #ad

I live in the South where football is king and food is a close second.  Every chance we get, we combine the two!  There is nothing like a huge spread of #gametimegrub and a big crowd gathered to watch the exciting games leading up to the big game next week.  My husband was born and raised in one of the cities whose team is playing, so without naming which, I can tell you we are very anxious for another win for the home team.  One of our favorite things to eat while waiting for a first down is smothered fries.  Alexia Foods helps us do just that with their sweet potato and crinkle cut French fries. Continue reading

Seafood Curry over Spaghetti Squash #BeeHealthy #CG


It’s the new year and with remembering to write 2015 on my checks also comes a wave of personal goals that I want to accomplish.   My family purchased a gym membership in December so we could all do more exercising.  My husband has requested that I serve more fish and seafood for dinner.  For my own personal health, I am stepping closer and closer to a grain-free lifestyle.  With an eye still on my food budget, I am adding meals of seafood without grain by using Bumble Bee® seafood products like their Fancy Lump Crab and Tiny Shrimp Seafood Curry with crab and shrimp over spaghetti squash #BeeHealthy #CG Continue reading

Pumpkin Pie Banana Pudding

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

This #thankfullysweet fusion of Pumpkin Pie and Southern Banana Pudding is a one-of-a-kind Autumn dessert that will have you sittin’ up and sayin’ “howdy, ya’ll!”

This fusion of Pumpkin Pie and Southern Banana Pudding is a one-of-a-kind Autumn dessert that will have you sittin' up and sayin' "howdy!" #ThankfullySweet #ad

One of the interesting things I noticed upon moving to Florida three years ago, was that most restaurants serve Banana Pudding for dessert.  In fact, some restaurants only serve Banana Pudding for dessert, especially if they also serve barbecue.  Those two foods go hand and hand in the South.  It was only fitting, therefore, that when coming up with an Autumn dessert, that I chose to make a variation of this very popular local dessert. Continue reading

Roasted Balsamic Broccoli with Mushrooms

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Frozen Food Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

The University of California, Davis, in partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation, conducted a study that revealed that frozen fruits and vegetables are most often (or generally) nutritionally equal to – and in some cases better than – their fresh counterparts. For the study each fruit and vegetable was analyzed under the following conditions: frozen (analyzed within 24 hours of harvest and after 10 and 90 days of storage in a freezer) and fresh-stored (analyzed within 24 hours of harvest and after three and 10 days of storage in a refrigerator)Roasted Balsamic Broccoli and Mushrooms #frozenvegetables #easysides Continue reading

Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffle Breakfast Sandwich Olè

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Waffle Sandwich Olè featuring Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles, eggs, sausage, cheese and salsa butter #breakfastonthego #4morewaffles #shop

Sometimes I wish I could drive a little mini front loader into my kids bedrooms, scoop them up when their alarms go off and drop them onto the ground.  Nothing seems to wake them up!  Well, I take that back.  Second Son, who is a senior, gets himself up all by himself.  However, Third and Fourth Sons and lately, even Only Daughter, seem to have no ability to get up on time.  So we rush and rush through the morning with me calling out, “10 minutes!”  “5 minutes!”  “Your ride is here!”  “You are late…again!”  Thank goodness for Aunt Jemima frozen waffles, now with #4morewaffles. Continue reading

Apple Walnut Rice Pudding using #SuccessRice

this post was written on behalf of Success® Rice

School. Sports. Lessons. Work. Family Time.  My day is full to the point that it can be overwhelming to think about coming up with a quick meal or dessert for the family to eat.  At times like these, especially now that Fall weather is here, I start wanting comfort food, like Apple Walnut Rice Pudding.  However, I need that comfort quick!  Thank goodness for products like Success® Rice!

Apple Walnut Rice Pudding that goes together in a snap using @successrice #glutenfree #SuccessRice #ad Continue reading

Simple Dinner: Barbecue Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwiches #RollIntoSavings

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

My kids are all about big flavors.  It doesn’t matter if I am making steak or beans, if the dish has enough flavor, they will like it.  With a big family like mine, I try really hard to make meals for less than $20.  It just isn’t feasible to spend oodles of money on big ticket food items for every single dinner.   We are big on budget meals…as long as they taste good.  It almost doesn’t matter what I serve, as long as it is tasty.

 Barbecue Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwich: a lot of flavor without having to spend a lot of moola #RollintoSavings #shop Continue reading

#SnacktoSchool Oatmeal Clusters with Raisins #LoveYourRaisins


It has always been really important to me that my kids love raisins.  From the time they were little, I pushed California raisins as snacks because I knew they were full of fiber, potassium and iron.  Also, I loved the portability of a super naturally-sweet snack.  We could eat raisins anywhere and the kids wouldn’t have smudges on their cheeks or stains on their clothes.  Now that they are mostly older (only one is still in elementary school, while three are in high school and one has flown the coop), they still love them.  While eating them plain is fine, it’s fun to “fancify” them into fun snacks like these Oatmeal Clusters with Raisins.

Oatmeal Raisin Clusters #loveyourraisins #snacktoschool Continue reading

#Manwich Sloppy Joe Lasagna Brings the Family to the Table

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ah school; I love it and I hate it.  I love that the kids are busy, but I hate that the kids are busy.  That busyness floods the family’s schedule with homework, unscheduled trips to stores, school meetings, sports and so much more.  I have to pack up my summer laziness and find my inner organization mojo for another year.  It also means that I need to start making hearty, delicious meals that will bring the family to the table. Manwich is one of my little helpers. With its kid-stopping power, my family is sure to put down their homework, get up from the computer and come in from the yard to sit down to a #Manwich meal, especially if its a sloppy Joe lasagna.

#Manwich Sloppy Joe Lasagna makes an easy weeknight meal Continue reading

Pork Grillades

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.

I believe in diving into local cuisine.  When I moved to Florida a little over three years ago, I started making all things Southern.   It wasn’t too  long before I made grillades (pronounced Gree-Yahds).   They are seared meat medallions served in a spicy gravy over grits.  Because I moved to Florida from Arizona, there is still a lot of Mexican influence in my cooking.  It should be no surprise that I opted for El Yucateco habenero hot sauce when I made the grillades gravy.

El Yucateca Hot Sauce #sauceon #shop Continue reading

Blueberry Cream Dessert with Pretzel Crust #FreshFromFlorida

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh From Florida for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am doing the happy dance this month because it’s Blueberry Season here in Florida!  There is always something wonderful in season in this sunny paradise, but I have to admit to being partial to berries, especially BLUEberries.  I could eat them morning, noon and night and when they are in season, I actually do.  Starting with muffins or pancakes, moving on to salads or wraps and ending with desserts, I manage to sneak a lot of blueberries into our diet.  I love Fresh From Florida produce!

Blueberry Cream Dessert #FreshFromFlorida Continue reading

#FreshFromFlorida Ratatouille and Pulled Pork over Cheese Grits

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Ratatouille and Pulled Pork over Cheese Grits using #FreshFromFlorida vegetables

I have become a huge locivore since moving to Florida.  The fresh produce that we enjoy all year long is amazing.  While the rest of the country is still fighting snow and ice, we are enjoying fresh summer squash and tomatoes!  It always puts a smile on my face when I see the Fresh From Florida signs in the grocery store next to vegetables that, in other parts of the country, won’t be in season for another five or six months! Continue reading

Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh From Florida for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake

The first year I lived in Florida, I was shocked at seeing fresh strawberries in February.  Now, a few years later, I am totally spoiled and look forward to enjoying them while the rest of the country is blanketed in snow.  There is a world famous Florida Strawberry festival held at the end of February/beginning of March.   I really appreciate the amazing growing season in our state.  Eating Fresh From Florida produce is an added bonus to being close to the beach and having mild winters. Continue reading