Backyard Kabobs Recipe With Hillshire Farm Sausage #GourmetCreations

Last week I decided to try out a new product that I had heard rave reviews about called Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Sausage. Being that I was going to Ohio for the weekend I thought it would be nice to throw together a simple yet fun family meal before I left. Here is my Veggie & Sausage Kabob recipe featuring Hillshire’s newest product…

You’ll Need:
(2 packages) Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Sausage
(1) Red Pepper
(1) Green Pepper
(1) Orange Pepper
(1) Yellow Pepper
(1/2) Red Onion
15 Mushrooms
(10-15) Shrimp
Teriyaki Sauce
Skewer Sticks
(2) Zip plastic bag

1. Slice Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper, Orange Pepper, Green Pepper, and Red Onion into square slices. Then slice Mushrooms in half.

2. Place all sliced Veggies into resealable bag with ¾ cup Teriyaki Sauce. Place in fridge to marinate overnight.

3. Place Shrimp into a separate resealable bag with ½ cup Teriyaki Sauce to also marinate overnight.

4. Boil Sausage for 10 minutes on stove top

5. Slice cooked Sausage into half inch slices

8. Begin placing veggies, shrimp, and sausage onto Skewer sticks. (Remember to soak Skewer sticks for 30 minutes in water)

9. Once your done building Kabobs cook on grill on medium to high heat for 15 minutes turning every 3-5 minutes. Enjoy!

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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. However as always all opinions are that of my own.
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The Hour That Matters The Most Book Review {& Recipe}

I was recently asked to read and review The Hour That Matters The Most by Les & Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna. After reading what the book was about I immediately said yes, since this book seems to be right up my alley. The Hour That Matters The Most in a nut shell is about eating dinner (lunch or breakfast) as a family. The book goes into detail about how to start up conversations with your children (even has a couple cute jokes to tell them) to teaching manners. To the big kicker how to manage to cook dinner at home rather than grabbing fast food and sitting down as a family to eat. In this fast paced world we live in, sitting down as a family for dinner just doesn’t seem to happen as often as we’d like. There are laptops, iphones, and TV for starters that sometimes end up at the table distracting each other from engaging in real conversations. Or maybe your family’s schedules packed full of after school commitments such as football, ballet, or meetings. Whatever your case may be, this book shows you how to manage to have at least 3 nights a week of home cooked meals that include quality engaging conversations.

The last chapter was one of my favorites, because it shows you how to make meals in advance to freeze. I love the idea of making meals ahead of time so on nights you feel like just ordering a pizza, you can pull out a home cooked meal instead. The book includes a few recipes that are not only delicious but all freezer friendly. While reading the book I decided to try out some of the methods the book has in having successful family dinners, as well as, tried out a couple recipes. Here’s our family favorite so far (Miss. A has already asked me to make it again)….

Super Simple Sloppy Joes

1 pound lean ground beef
1 package dry onion soup mix
1 cup marinara sauce
1 cup barbecue sauce
6 Hamburger buns

In a large frying pan, brown ground beef 10 to 20 minutes over medium-high heat. Line a dinner plate with paper towels and place cooked beef on it to drain. In the same pan, blend sauces and onion soup mix. Add cooked beef and simmer on low 10 to 20 minutes. If preparing for freezer, cool completely and place in sealed container in the freezer, then warm mixture on stove top. Serve in hamburger buns.

Taken from Hour that Matters Most by Les and Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna. Copyright © 2011 by Les and Leslie Parrott and Dream Dinners. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

If you’re an on the go family that has trouble getting together for a home cooked meal ,or, you’d like to improve your quality time as a family, then this book is perfect for you. The book is easy to read and will inspire you to truly make that “hour that matters most” memorable for your family.

For more information on The Hour that Matters Most click here.

Disclosure: I received this book to review, however; as always all opinions are that of my own.
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Vegetarian Mediterranean Pizza Recipe #LaRomanella

This week I am sharing a recipe I created using Smart & Final’s La Romanella line. This was a line I had yet to try so I was excited to create a yummy Mediterranean recipe for all of you! I made a couple recipes over the weekend using their products (I will share in weeks to come) however here is the hit at Sunday night’s dinner, Vegetarian Mediterranean Pizza.

- La Romanella Pizza Sauce
- La Romanella Marinated Artichokes (chopped)
- La Romanella Pepperoncini (chopped)
- First Street Mozzarella Cheese
- La Romanella Olive Oil
- La Romanella Green Olives (chopped)
- La Romanella Calamata Olives (chopped)
- Rosemary Seasoned Pizza dough (your favorite recipe or prepackaged will work)
- Tomato (chopped)
- Red Onion (Sliced)
- Cooked Yellow Squash (Sliced)

1. Prepare dough as directed (I brushed olive oil on top)

2. Spread pizza sauce over top of dough. Then begin adding toppings (Pepperoncini, Red Onion, Tomato, Cooked Yellow Squash, Calamata Olives, Green Olives, and Marinated Artichokes) lastly add Mozzarella cheese on top. Cook pizza as your dough recipe requires (I cooked mine at 400 degrees for 25 minutes)

3. Let cool, slice and serve (don’t forget to sprinkle some parmesan cheese and crushed red peppers on top). Enjoy!

Does this recipe have you in the mood for wine country? If so you are just in luck! Smart & Final is offering 1 winner (must live within 20 mile radius of a Smart & Final) a trip to Sonoma’s wine country! To enter stop over to Smart & Final’s Facebook page, “like” them then click on the “La Romanella Contest” tab then enter to win. This contest ends today so hurry over to put in your entry.  During this promotion Smart & Final is also offering anyone who purchases Redwood Creek wine will receive a 16oz package of La Romanella pasta for free.

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. However all opinions are of my own.
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Simply Scrumptious: Frankenstein Sandwich

Frankenstein SandwichWith Halloween right around the corner I’ve decided to start getting creative in the kitchen making some spooky Halloween themed foods. So this week I put a fun Halloween twist on a typical sandwich for children (or adults).

You’ll Need:
-Green Olives
-Kalamata Olives

Frankenstein Sandwich1. Using two slices of bread cut out (2) two Frankenstein heads (for top and bottom of sandwich) then using the leftover crust cut out his little eyebrows and some hair. {Make your sandwich; I made our Frankenstein a PB&J sandwich. Then place Frankenstein’s eyebrows and hair on top as shown above.}

2. Cut two slivers of green olives for Frankenstein’s eyes, then place on Frankenstein’s face.

3. Cut a little triangle nose for Frankenstein out of a cheese, then place on Frankenstein’s face.

4. Place two Kalamata Olives on Frankenstein’s neck for his bolts (one on each side)

6. Enjoy with your favorite little one!

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Simply Scrumptious: Brownie-mallows


Do you crave ooey gooey brownies that will have your mouth watering? Well here is a simple way to mix things up the next time you make brownies.


You’ll Need
Brownie Recipe (box or your own)
1 ½ cup Mini Marshmallows
Ingredients your brownie recipe calls for


1. Mix ingredients for your Brownie Recipe then add 1 ½ cup Mini Marshmallows before placing in oven safe pan.

2. Cook your brownies as directed by recipe

3. Enjoy!

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Simply Scrumptious: Milkshake Cupcakes


I put my love for creativity in the kitchen and sweets to the test over the weekend when I made 2 dozen milkshake cupcakes for a 50′s diner party. This was my first time decorating cupcakes like this and I think they turned out really cute!

Milkshake cupcakes

You’ll Need
-Cake mix (homemade or box)
-Ingredients your cake mix asks for
-Chocolate Sprinkles
-Flexible Straws (I found a big box of them at Smart & Final for a great price)
-Pillsbury Easy Frost Vanilla Dream
-Large Maraschino Cherries
-Cupcake Foil liners

Milkshake cupcakes

1. Prepare your cupcakes just as your recipe calls using the foil cupcake liners.

2. While cupcakes are baking cup 2 ½ – 3 inches off bottom of Flexible Straws
Milkshake cupcakes

3. Once cupcakes are done and cooled use Pillsbury Easy Frost to make the “whip cream”
Milkshake cupcakes

4. Sprinkle Chocolate Sprinkles on top of “whip cream”
Milkshake cupcakes

5. Add Maraschino Cherry onto of the “whip cream” and sprinkles
Milkshake cupcakes

6. Place Flexible Straw into the top of cupcake next to the “whip cream”
Milkshake Cupcakes

7. Repeat until all cupcakes are decorated and enjoy! Come back on Monday to see how I used these at my 50s diner party.

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Simply Scrumptious: Chili Cheese Sweet Potato Fries

Remember a couple weeks ago my Sweet potato fries dessert I made? Well this week I decided to mix things up a bit and try them again since the dessert went over so well. So I put together some yummy chili cheese fries where I mixed regular Ore-Ida fries in with sweet potato fries. Was a fooling them into eating sweet potato fries? Maybe but hey they ended up loving them and I love the fact sweet potatoes are healthier for you. Now onto the yummy quick and simple recipe…

sweet potato fries

You’ll Need:
Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries
Ore-Ida Golden Crinkles Fries
1 tablespoon Chili powder
½ tablespoon crushed red peppers
½ tablespoon paprika
1 can chili beans
1 can pinto beans
1 lb ground beef
2 cups V8 juice
Cheddar cheese

sweet potato fries1. Cook ground beef until brown, added in chili powder, crushed red peppers, and paprika half way through the cooking process.
2. Once ground beef is browned add in chili beans, pinto beans, and V8 juice. Bring to a boil then simmer for 30mins.
3. While chili is simmering cook Ore-Ida fries as directed by packed.
4. Once everything is done cooking place fries on plate then top with chili and cheese. Enjoy!

Click here to see more of my adventure from shopping to cooking.

Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a #OreIdaFries shopping mission for Heinz with #CollectiveBias. However all opinion and recipe are that of my own.
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Recipe: Sparkling Strawberry O’ Treats

This week I decided to get creative in the kitchen and put a girlie twist on the typical Rice Krispy treat. What girl doesn’t like pink, sparkles, and sweets?

You’ll Need:
-1 bag Jet-Puffed Strawberry Mallows
-3 Tablespoons butter
-6½ cups Cheerios
-1/2 cup sprinkles

1. Place butter on stove top in pot on low heat, melting completely.
2. Add Jet-Puffed Strawberry Mallows to butter, stirring continuously until fully melted.
3. Pour melted butter and Jet-Puffed Strawberry Mallows mixture into mixing bowl with 6½ cups Cheerios.
4. Mix and gradually add in sprinkles until well blended.
5. Place mixture into pan and let cool.

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Simply Scrumptious: Fiesta Enchiladas

enchiladasThis week I’m sharing with you one of our simple family favorites that is also vegetarian friendly. Add a little Spanish rice or chips and salsa on the side and you will have yourself a full meal at your little fiesta.

You’ll Need:
(2) Cans Refried Beans
(2) Cans Black Beans {drain and rinsed}
2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
12 Tortillas soft shells
Enchilada sauce (I use La Victoria brand)
1 cup Mexican Style Cheese
All Purpose Spray

1.Empty Refried Beans and Black Beans into bowl then add 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning. Mix until well blended.
2. Spread mixture on to tortilla soft shells then sprinkle cheese before rolling closed. {I spread a little bit of the beans onto the edge of the tortilla shell to help keep it closed}
3. Place in oven safe dish {I used a 9×11 pan and a 8×9 pan for this recipe}, repeat until mixture is gone.
4. Pour your desired amount of enchilada sauce over enchiladas then sprinkle cheese on top.
5. Place oven safe dish in oven then cook at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
6. Serve with your favorite chips and salsa and enjoy.

Makes: 12 enchiladas

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Simply Scrumptious: Sweet Potato Fries Apple Dessert

#OreIdaFries  Sweet Potato Fries dessert recipeThis week I decided to step out of my comfort zone and make something with Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz. To be honest I don’t like sweet potatoes and either does most of my family. However since they are a healthier alternative to regular potatoes I was determined to figure out a way to get my family eating sweet potatoes and asking for more. So I thought why not make them into a dessert? Who doesn’t love dessert right? So that’s just what I did I turned sweet potato fries into a now kid friendly dessert that will get them asking for more.

#OreIdaFries  sweet potato fries recipe dessertYou’ll Need:
- Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 pinch salt
-1 Tablespoon Flour
-1 ½ tsp cinnamon
-1/8 tsp nutmeg
-7 Apples (I used Gala Apples)
-Chopped nuts
-Marshmallow crème

Sweet Potato fries recipe1. Wash and peel apples
2. Core and Cut apples into thin slices, place in bowl and sit to the side
3. Add sugar, salt, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a separate bowl, mix until blended
4. Sprinkle mixture over apples, lightly tossing apples making sure apples look evenly coated.
5. Place into oven safe dish then cover with foil.
6. Bake apples for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees {I leave them crunchy so they have the same texture as the fries}
7. Place Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz in oven during for the last 12-15 minutes
8. Add your apples on top of your sweet potato fries then top with marshmallow crème and nuts. Enjoy!

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Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a #OreIdaFries shopping mission for Heinz with #CollectiveBias. However all opinions are that of my own.
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