30-Minute Tortilla Soup

30-Minute Tortilla Soup

Last year I tagged along with my husband Colm to a work conference in San Antonio. Our first vacation without the kids in over 14 years! We had a lot of fun exploring San Antonio, strolling along the Riverwalk and visiting historic places like The Alamo. (We stayed at a haunted hotel, The Menger Hotel right across the road from The Alamo. But the only thing that haunted us was the boys basketball tournament participants that were staying in the rooms above ours, lol.) While we were in San Antonio I became obsessed with Tortilla Soup. I ordered it nearly everywhere we ate, along with a margarita! I mean when in Texas, right?!? I couldn’t wait to get home and recreate the recipe. I looked up several recipes in search of the perfect one. The recipe from Ree …

Five Inexpensive Hostess Gift Ideas from BJ's Wholesale

Five Hostess Gifts Under $20 from BJ’s Wholesale

Disclosure: I am part of the BJ’s Wholesale Club Blogger Ambassador program. “Five Hostess Gifts Under $20 from BJ’s Wholesale” is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in and use myself. ‘Tis the season for festive parties and get-togethers, where gracious hosts (hopefully) provide you with delicious food and drinks. You don’t want to show up to the party empty-handed. It’s nice to bring along a hostess gift to show your appreciation. Sometimes you don’t want to go with wine and flowers. BJ’s has a variety of seasonal picks that will make any host feel appreciated. A big plus! Three of these gifts contain multiple items so you can break apart the package and have …

High-Flying Fun at Sky Zone

Disclosure: “High-Flying Fun at Sky Zone” is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in and use myself. For a unique and memorable birthday party, or for the end-of-the-year team celebration, bring your group to Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. Soar higher than ever before as you bounce across Sky Zone’s  patented, all-trampoline, walled playing courts. The wall-to-wall trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. This innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar and play Ultimate Dodgeball, a friendly and healthy dodgeball competition. In addition, …

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

The birth of Holiday Baking day and how Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies came to be. Over the past three and a half years, due to my husband’s job, we have moved four times and lived in four different states. Three years ago my girls had a particularly hard time over winter break. We hadn’t lived in Alabama very long. There were no visits from family, no friends to have over for hot chocolate, no holiday parties to attend, no secret Santa exchanges… all of the fun things that most people participate in during winter break. My husband was out of work and we didn’t have the extra money for the girls to buy gifts for each other, something they looked forward to every year. After thinking about what we could do that would be …

A Good Tomorrow Starts Tonight

A Good Tomorrow Starts Tonight

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Breathe Right® Nasal Strips. All opinions are mine alone. #TomorrowStartsTonight #CollectiveBias If you have followed me for a while, you know that I don’t get enough sleep. Between my brain not wanting to shut off for the night, dogs terrified of thunderstorms, sick kids, and my husband’s horrible nighttime nasal congestion, I’m lucky to get 4 hours of sleep each night. My husband’s nasal congestion gets so bad that sometimes I will sleep in our walk-in closet on a blowup mattress! Not exactly comfortable, but at least it is quiet. When I don’t get a good night’s sleep, the next day is nearly always a nightmare. Lack of sleep affects my mood and, in turn, everyone around me. I’m impatient, …

Eggnog Bread with Eggnog Cream Cheese Icing

Eggnog Bread with Eggnog Cream Cheese Icing

I’ve had a love affair with eggnog since I was little. When I was around 7 years old my mom, who was an elementary school librarian, brought home a cookbook with simple recipes that kids could make on their own. One of the recipes was a no-cook eggnog that my brothers and I must have made 1,000 times; it was so yummy. I’ve managed to pass my eggnog obsession on to my girls. Every time they see eggnog in the store they beg me to buy it. With the holidays approaching eggnog is a staple in our house. So when I ran across my friend Jenni Field’s (Pastry Chef Online) recipe for Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting I knew I needed to find something to spread it on! I was contemplating pound cake when …

How About Them Apples [Caramel Apple Sangria recipe]

How About Them Apples [Caramel Apple Sangria recipe]

One of my favorite things in the fall, aside from colorful leaves and cooler weather, is all the fresh, yummy apples! And with October designated as National Apple Month it’s the perfect time to take a bite out of all the yummy varieties available! My all-time favorite apple is the honeycrisp. It’s delicious, sweet and crisp with a firm flesh, making it an ideal apple to eat raw, and perfect for a yummy sangria. Some juicy apple facts… The apple is a “pome”. A fruit that is created from the fusion of outer flower parts and ovaries. Apple trees take from 2 to 10 years to produce their first fruit. It depends on the apple variety, and whether they are dwarf or full-sized trees. Sunny days and cool nights along with the rich soil help …

Margarita Monday - Cranberry Margarita [recipe]

Cranberry Margarita

It’s no secret that I love margaritas. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, but in the fall I especially love to make cranberry margaritas. The perfect mix of sweet and tart. A festive cocktail for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time of the year! This is a great recipe everyone will love so be sure to make a big batch to share! I used Ocean Spray diet cranberry juice with lime, but you can substitute 100% cranberry juice or even Cran-grape or Cran-apple juice if you like! Kate Kelly – My Mommy Brain Yields 6 ServingsCranberry MargaritaRecipe adapted from Shawnda Horn, as seen on My Recipes.com10 minPrep Time 10 minTotal Time Save Recipe Print Recipe My Recipes My Lists My Calendar Ingredients1 1/2 C fresh or thawed frozen cranberries3/4 C …

Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Older Car Running Smoothly (so you can make it to Grandma's house for Christmas)

Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Older Car Running Smoothly (so you can make it to Grandma’s house for Christmas)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FallForPennzoil #CollectiveBias I drive a 17-year-old SUV with over 100,000 miles on it. My 17 yo #Ford #Excursion just turned over 100,000 miles! We bought it used with 36K on it 13 years ago. My girls and I worked out that we have purchased over $21,000 in gas to date (we averaged the price per gal b/c we lived in the Northeast when gas was super high for a long time then moved to the South where gas is MUCH cheaper!) I sure hope she keeps on purring along b/c I can’t afford to replace her just yet. . . . . #cars #car #ride #drive #driver #SUV #vehicle #street #road #freeway #highway #tires #muffler …