Tasty Tuesday: Three Nights of Easy Family Dinners With PERDUE® HARVESTLAND® fresh organic whole chicken

Tasty Tuesday: Three Nights of Easy Family Dinners

Disclosure: I am part of the BJ’s Wholesale Club Blogger Ambassador program. The following 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. The past eight weeks or so we have been in a bit of a dinner rut. I’ve been working a lot and attending events, and the kids are prepping for EOGs, finals and summer vacation. I never seem to have enough time to make a proper trip to the store to buy groceries. While I happen to love it, you can only serve breakfast for dinner for so many nights in a row before the kids threaten to call Child Protective Services. Usually to avoid this I’d either run down to …

Tasty Tuesday – Dole Pineapple Whip

Tasty Tuesday – Dole Pineapple Whip

If you’ve been to Disney World or Disneyland in the last 10 years or so, I’m fairly certain you have heard of a Dole Pineapple Whip… if not, it’s about time you did!! Truthfully, until a friend sent me this recipe from Food.com, I had never heard of a pineapple whip before! I haven’t been to Disney World since before I was married, when my husband Colm (my boyfriend at the time) and two friends met me down in Orlando for a long weekend. And I don’t remember seeing a Dole Pineapple Whip. Of course we spent a lot of time on Pleasure Island partaking in adult beverages so I wasn’t exactly looking for one. When I made the Food.com recipe it was just okay. I knew I could make it better so I, …

Tasty Tuesday – Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

My 15-year old SUV has been in the garage for a week having a new exhaust system installed and getting the A/C repaired (lucky me). Because it was the last week of school I had something going on each day where I needed a car, so I ended up driving my husband to work and picking him up every day. I felt like I’d spent my entire week in the car… Today I told him to just take his car and I’d survive being stuck at home for the day. My kids spent 2/3 of the day watching TV. Finally after listening to 6 hours of Psych in the background I’d had enough! I threw my kids outside and told them to turn on the sprinkler and have fun outdoors …

Tasty Tuesday - Not So Sweet Tea

Not So Sweet Tea

I love iced tea. When I was little my mom would make iced tea all summer long and I always had to drink from her glass. For some reason it tasted better than the glass of iced tea I poured for myself. (My kids do this to me now and it irritates me to no end. So sorry mom!!) We have been living in North Carolina for just over a year now. I’m very much enjoying the Southern hospitality, mild winters, beautiful fall weather, and early spring gardens. I love nearly everything about the South. Except for the summer heat and–please don’t lynch me–sweet tea. It’s too sweet and there is a bitter aftertaste I just can’t stomach. After trial and error I found a perfect alternative to traditional Southern sweet …

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tasty Tuesday – Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

The other day I made my salad for lunch and I went to grab the bottle of balsamic vinaigrette and it was completely empty! My kids have a terrible habit of putting empty bottles, milk cartons, and butter dishes back into the fridge and then I don’t know until the last minute that I am out of something. Because I didn’t have time to run to the store and I had all the ingredients, I decided to make my own dressing. I’m so sorry that I never tried this before. The dressing was amazing. So much better than anything you could buy in the grocery store. And it only took a few minutes to make! I used a good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil, this makes all the difference. If …

Tasty Tuesday: Incredible Inside Out Grilled Cheese

Tasty Tuesday – Incredible Inside Out Grilled Cheese [recipe]

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? In honor of this momentous occasion I decided to share my favorite, most unbelievably-good grilled cheese sandwich recipe ever. A grilled cheese sandwich can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. I used to make a “normal” grilled cheese… two pieces of bread, some cheese in the middle. Sometimes if I was feeling fancy I’d use goat cheese or brie in place of the american or cheddar jack cheese. Then a few months ago I found a recipe online for inside out grilled cheese, where you add shredded cheese to the outside of your sandwich to create this delicious, crunchy, cheesy crust. OMG my life was changed forever. So amazing. Once I perfected the inside out grilled cheese …

Tasty Tuesday - Spicy Sexy Sipping Chocolate

Spicy Sipping Chocolate

Disclosure: I received a sample of the EZY Chef Milk Frother to review in this post, but the recipe, thoughts and opinions are my own. In our house we have a love affair with hot chocolate. There is nothing better than a steaming cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. I’m not a big fan of the taste of powdered hot chocolate mix, but it’s convenient and the kids like it. So I used to buy several of the giant, economy-sized containers. My kids would make themselves hot chocolate (and a huge mess for me to clean up) all winter long. But then one day I discovered sipping chocolate. Now I’m not talking about the amazingly thick pudding-like sipping chocolate you will find in Europe, but the lovely rich cup of hot, frothy …

Tasty Tuesday – How to Make The Best Whipped Cream Ever

In our family, one of our favorite treats is freshly made whipped cream on pretty much anything sweet. Cake, fruit, pie, ice cream, pudding, you name a dessert/treat and it tastes better with fresh whipped cream. My kids will eat it plain right out of the bowl. Okay, okay… so will I. A couple of years ago we were living in Williamsburg, VA and had the opportunity to purchase our Thanksgiving dinner from the country club my husband was working for at the time. With his manager’s discount, it was actually cheaper for us to buy the fully-cooked meal than for me to buy the ingredients and then cook it myself. One of the things that was included in the package was a plastic container of what looked like whipping cream, but …

Pink Lemonade Margarita

It was a little chilly over the weekend here (for North Carolina) and my husband lit a fire in the living room fireplace while we watched a movie. We aren’t used to having a gas log fireplace–we have always had a wood fireplace–so we haven’t gotten the settings mastered quite yet. It got SOOOOO hot in our living room that I had to change into shorts and a t-shirt! With that dry heat radiating through the room, I was in the mood for an adult beverage. Since it felt like summer in here, I decided to make a summery drink… a Pink Lemonade Margarita. Super simple to make and delicious! Tastes like summer… only 30 weeks to go!   Kate Kelly – My Mommy Brain Yields 2Pink Lemonade Margarita5 minPrep Time …

Classic Margarita

This is one of my favorite recipes for a Classic Margarita on the rocks… Kate Kelly – My Mommy Brain Yields 1Classic Margarita with a Lime Sugar-Salt Rim[img src=”https://lifeofaginger.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/classic-margarita-150×150.jpg” width=”150″ height=”150″ class=”aligncenter size-thumbnail” title=”Margarita Monday classic margarita”]5 minPrep Time 5 minTotal Time Save Recipe Print Recipe My Recipes My Lists My Calendar Ingredients1 1/2 ounces 100% agave, silver tequila1/2 ounce triple sec1 to 1 1/4 oz fresh lime juice1/2 oz Simple Syrup (optional) – 1/2 C water and 1 C granulated sugar, bring water to a boil, add sugar and stir, continue boiling until sugar has dissolved. Let cool. Will last 1 week in a jar with a tight fitting lid.IceLime slice, for garnishZest of half a lime1 tablespoon kosher salt1 tablespoon sugarInstructionsMake the Lime sugar salt: Blend together lime …