Apfelkuchen (German Apple Cake)

Apfel (apple) kuchen (cake) A few years ago my hubby and I went on a dream vacation through Europe.  We spent most of our time in Germany and we just fell madly in love with the country.  The land, the people, the food and most definitely the beer are all just incredible.  We wanted to get a real feel of the area so we rented a car and drove through the majority of the country, staying at … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

It is officially September and you know what that means.....Pumpkin Spice everything!!!!  And to kick it off, I am sharing a super easy recipe for pumpkin spice energy bites.  These babies are such a great snack at any time, but I love to grab them for a quick breakfast on my way out the door or as a pre-workout nosh. You can pick pumpkin spice up at the grocery store or you can make your … [Read more...]

Make Your own Pumpkin Spice!

We all know that come fall Pumpkin Spice rules the world!  But did you know that it would take you just a minute to whip up your own batch of the spice to use however (and most importantly, whenever!) you want?! Chances are good that you have all of the ingredients needed to make your own magical spice already waiting for you in your kitchen, so let's get straight to it! Make Your own … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

I feel like I've been stuck in a DIY rut for awhile so I am super excited to share this quick and delicious cinnamon chip banana bread recipe with you!  Now that the master closet is complete, I am breathing easy and enjoying planning my next home destruction project (I already know what's next, I'm just trying to put it off a little longer!); but in the meantime I am full time mom-ming it and … [Read more...]

Vanilla Protein Iced Chai Latte

The one thing that is a necessity to start my day is a morning chai latte.  My habit is so obnoxious that I actually travel with baggies full of my own mix so that if I've got access to hot water, I've got access to my chai.  It's a problem, but I don't see it stopping anytime soon! During this crazy hot summer I have been enjoying more and more iced chai lattes, so I thought that I would … [Read more...]

Frozen Lemonade

Thanks to my favorite fast food chain, frozen lemonade has quickly become one of my favorite ways to treat myself.  Although not very diet friendly, the frozen lemonade is cool, tart and refreshing and goes hand in hand with summer.  Whipping them up at home is super quick and makes it dangerously easy to enjoy one whenever you want! Is anyone else obsessed with Chick-fil-A the way that my … [Read more...]

Healthy Patriotic Popsicles

The 4th of July is hands down my favorite holiday and this year is extra special since my hubby will just be returning from yet another deployment.  The two of us will have a couple of days together before heading out to Colorado to pick up the kids from their summer vacation.  We've got it planned out to arrive on the 4th and be able to enjoy the holiday with them and I can't wait to make and … [Read more...]

“Hard” Orange Soda Ice Cream

Have y'all seen the specialty "hard" sodas that are being offered lately?  They are adult beverages containing alcohol and it seems to have all started with root beer, but now there is cherry soda, ginger ale and orange creme flavors as well.  With summer just around the corner and the heat rising, homemade ice cream has been on my mind, and what better way to change it up a bit than by using one … [Read more...]

Starting my day off on the right foot for total wellness – Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Total wellness is such an important factor in my life.  I love to work out and keep as healthy as I can while still managing to eat the foods that I obsess over (hello, pizza!).  And because the foods that I truly adore aren't always chock full of the nutrients and vitamins that I need to keep … [Read more...]

Adorable Easter egg basket cupcakes!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. My kiddos and I have been loving the opportunity to spend some quality time together in the kitchen lately, and this week was no exception.  Getting in the mood to celebrate Easter, we decided to whip up some Easter egg basket cupcakes.  So easy, with a big impact!  With the … [Read more...]

Cookies and Cream Starbucks® Hot Cocoa at Home

This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review. There is nothing like a steaming mug of hot cocoa to make you feel warm and cozy in the winter months.  It is one of those tastes that can transport you back to your childhood, thinking of happy snow days and the treat that … [Read more...]

Kid’s Artwork Brownies

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company.  The opinions and text are all mine. I've been on a brownie kick as of late.  You might remember my gameday playbook brownies that I shared a couple of weeks ago, and when I was stocking up on supplies for those (and some upcoming cupcakes!) at Walmart, I of course grabbed some extras. My six year old saw … [Read more...]