Smokey Baked Gnocchi

Smokey Baked Gnocchi

Mini gnocchi are paired with fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon, red onions, and topped with thick slices of smoked mozzarella. Baked to perfection, this classic Italian fare brings amazing savory flavor and is the ultimate comfort food! About ten years ago, just after Jason and I were married, Jason was assigned extended international business travel with his company to their Avezzano, Italy site.  It was tough being apart, as I was still working in the US.  However, I was able visit a couple times while he was there.  I can say with fair certainty, that some of the best food I've ever had in my life was in Italy.  It was also one of the first times I ever had gnocchi.  To relive a bit of our Italian adventure, I made this amazing Smokey Baked Gnocchi. Gnocchi are little Continue Reading...

3 Easy Steps to a Moist and Delicious Turkey

3 Easy Steps to a Moist and Delicious Turkey

  Here's how to cook a moist turkey for Thanksgiving! Are you hosting Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving or Christmas this year?  Set your holiday table with a gorgeous, moist turkey in just three easy steps. I'll show you how to make a brine for your turkey, which is the secret to getting a juicy and flavorful bird every time!   After hosting several Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, I've come to the conclusion that without a really delicious turkey, your holiday dinner can be a bit of a let-down.  Turkey can be moist, juicy and flavorful when you do the right things ahead of time.  Brining your turkey is probably one the easiest ways to add some great flavor and moisture to your bird.  Once you brine a turkey, you'll never go back!  I'm going to show you three easy steps Continue Reading...

Thai Peanut Pasta with Shrimp

Thai Peanut Pasta with Shrimp

I received free product and compensation in exchange for this post.  All opinions, recipe and photos are 100% my own.   This Thai Peanut Pasta with Shrimp is a healthy, easy, delicious dinner solution for any night of the week!  Angel Hair pasta is tossed with fresh veggies, tender shrimp, a delicious Thai peanut sauce, and topped with crunchy peanuts to make a delicious meal.  This pasta dish will be a new favorite with your family!   If your family is like mine then you're always on the look-out for easy, healthy, delicious pasta dishes.  This Thai Peanut Pasta with Shrimp is one of our new favorites!  My boys LOVE pasta, and if it were up to them, we would have pasta at every meal.  Thanks to Dreamfields Pasta, this Thai Peanut Pasta with Shrimp is a healthy Stovetop Continue Reading...

Lime Chicken Chili

Lime Chicken Chili

An easy, healthy, delicious dinner that's done in under 30 minutes!  Made with chicken, beans and peppers along with fresh lime juice and cilantro, this chili is fabulous! Today, my son Harrison scored his very first touchdown in a flag football game!  He normally plays center, and snapping the football seems to be what he's good at.  However, today our fantastic coach decided that it was Harrison's turn to get into the end-zone.  As he got the hand-off, he dodged the defensive players and  ran it in for a touchdown.  He was so excited!  Lots of cheers, high fives, and fist-bumps - and that was just by the parents!  The boys were thrilled to win their football game, and it turned into a game that we will remember for many years to come.  Man, its days like today that I just love Continue Reading...

Shrimp Bacon and Corn Chowder

Shrimp Bacon and Corn Chowder

Shrimp and his best friend bacon team up together in this amazing soup!  Loaded with flavor, this soup is a must-have on a cold fall or winter night.  Its the ultimate comfort food! I know I've said it before, but its worth noting again; I'm pretty much always looking for and trying new dinner recipes.  They need to be easy to make, quick to prepare, include simple ingredients and on the healthier side for my family.  Can you relate? Once I come across something that's easy for me to prepare and my family enjoys it, I consider it a dinner victory!  This Shrimp Bacon & Corn Chowder is my latest dinner victory! This soup is fabulous in so many ways!  The ingredients are simple, and items that I usually have on hand in my pantry and fridge.  The celery, onion and garlic Continue Reading...

Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops

Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops

The Perfect Glazed Pork Chop recipe! The ultimate recipe for glazed pork chops! Coated with an apple cider glaze, and grilled to perfection, these sweet and savory grilled pork chops are perfect any time you're in the mood for meat!   My 6-year-old son Harrison just began the school year, and the start of first grade.  Don't get me wrong, our summer was great, but I was really looking forward to getting back into our regular school year routine.  This is also the second year that Harrison is playing fall flag football, which means two nights a week we have football practice in the early evening.  On those practice nights we tend to have something quick either before or after practice.  On nights we don't have practice, I make it a point to have dinner at the table so we can Continue Reading...

White Pizza with Bacon and Tomatoes

White Pizza with Bacon and Tomatoes

A pizza-lovers dream!  Loaded with cheesy Alfredo sauce and topped with fresh, delicious tomatoes, onions, basil and savory bacon, this pizza is perfect for pizza night or for an easy dinner solution any night of the week! Is it me, or do I have the only kid in America that doesn't eat pizza?  Isn't pizza one of those foods that kids go crazy for?  My husband and I love it, but our 6-year-old son would rather go without eating than grabbing a slice.  Therefore, it has become a small mission of mine to create a pizza that my son will enjoy just as much as his parents. I decided to make a pizza that uses an Alfredo sauce, instead of a red sauce (which is what he says he doesn't like.)  Topped with some seriously delicious toppings: cheese, bacon, red onion, grape tomatoes, and Continue Reading...

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