Recipe: When is a Lasagna Not a Lasagna? (When It’s Lasagna Roll-Ups!)

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RecipeTwist #CollectiveBias If it were up to my husband and daughter, we’d eat lasagna three or four times a week. While I do enjoy a good lasagna now and again, I’m more of a once a week kind of woman (they’re a lot of work!). To satisfy their hunger for cheesy pasta mixed with tomato sauce and other goodies, I’ve discovered a few recipes designed to put a different spin on the traditional Italian favorite. One of those recipes is the tasty lasagna roll-ups I’ll share with you today. I picked up all the ingredients I need for my roll-ups during a recent trip to Walmart, where I also bought some Christmas wrapping paper. … [Continue reading]

Recipe: Christmas Breakfast Casserole (What’s Your Favorite Christmas Tradition?)

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGSeason,#BigLots #CollectiveBias My husband’s favorite part of Christmas is decorating. My daughter’s favorite part is, of course, the presents. And my favorite part is the cooking. It’s a culinary to-do list that includes cookies, dinners, festive treats and my traditional Christmas morning breakfast casserole. In what’s kind of becoming another tradition for me, I made my annual pre-Christmas pilgrimage to Big Lots (one of several trips I make each year) to stock up on holiday goodies and essentials. I love shopping there, because they’ve got everything you might need for Christmas cooking — from eggs, cheese and bacon for … [Continue reading]

Memories in the Baking: Oatmeal Brown Sugar Cookies and an Easy Way to Give Them as a Gift

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MemoriesInTheBaking #CollectiveBias Some of my fondest memories from my childhood involve helping my mom bake Christmas cookies. And let me tell you, she baked A LOT of them, which means more memories (and cookies) for me! Now that I have a five-year-old of my own, it’s important for me to create some “memories in the baking” for her, too. In this blog entry, I’ll share some of those memories and a tasty recipe for Oatmeal Brown Sugar Cookies (with M&M's® Holiday Baking Minis and Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats). I’ll also show you a cute craft to help you give some of those cookies away to friends and family. But first, let’s go … [Continue reading]

Decorate Smarter and Cook Smarter: Two Ways to Have a Very Merry Energy-Efficient Christmas

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of PPL Electric Utilities. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own. #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved Ahhh, Christmas. That time of the year when I spend countless hours searching for the best deals on the best gifts. What’s funny is that although we spend lots of time trying to save money on gifts during Christmas, we don’t put much thought into saving money on our holiday energy bills. Today’s blog entry is designed to accomplish that goal in two different ways: 1) Saving money on energy bills by decorating smartly and 2) Saving money on energy bills by cooking smartly. This entry is also brought to you by the folks at Project Envolve, which is sponsored by PPL Electric … [Continue reading]

I’m Dreaming of an Energy Efficient Christmas: Five Ways to Cut Energy Costs this Winter

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of PPL Electric Utilities. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own.#ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved   Remember earlier this year when I wrote a not-so-subtle open letter to my husband about summer energy-saving tips? Well, it worked. He got the message, and this summer’s energy bills were a full 15 percent lower than last year’s bills. Now it’s time for chapter two: winter energy savings. Just like in the summer, when my husband used to keep the house at a frigid 70 degrees, he goes to temperature extremes in the winter by keeping our home at a toasty 76-78 degrees. That’s way too warm, especially if you use electric heat. Making that adjustment to your thermostat is also just … [Continue reading]

Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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It's officially fall and here in the northeast, it's getting chilly and rainy. There's nothing I love more on a cold, rainy day than cozying up with my family and a warm bowl of soup. One of our family favorites is bacon broccoli cheddar soup. Because...bacon. It's so creamy and cheesy that even your kids will eat it without complaint. Eating veggies without a battle? Score! And bonus: You can whip it up in a snap. Simply pair with some crusty bread and glass of wine and you'll feel like you're having a gourmet meal out. Without further ado, the recipe is below. If you try it, I'd love to hear what you think, so come back and let me know! 5.0 from 1 reviews Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Soup   Author: Motherhood on the … [Continue reading]

Six Ways to Save Electricity (and Money!) While on Vacation

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of PPL Electric Utilities. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own. #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved Ahhh, vacation. For most people, it means five or six days (or longer, if you’re lucky) of much-needed rest and relaxation. That’s how it was for us when we hit the road for a long-awaited trip to New England last month. The trip was timed perfectly with my next Project Envolve task, which focuses on energy-saving preparations when you go on vacation. Project Envolve, as you might remember, is an ongoing series about energy efficiency that’s sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. For most of you, saving electricity on vacation is probably the last thing on your mind … [Continue reading]

Creating the Ultimate S’mores Bar (and How I Became the Coolest Mom Ever)

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsMakeSmores #CollectiveBias #sponsored Is there anything better than making s’mores in the backyard with friends and family? Seriously, I’m asking, because I think the answer is no. Wanna know how I know? Because I created the ultimate s’mores bar in my backyard last week and it was pretty much the coolest thing ever. My experiment in awesomeness started at Walmart, where I spotted a one-stop-shopping display loaded with Hershey’s Chocolate, Honey Maid Graham Crackers and Jet Puffed Marshmallows. Everything I need to make s’mores? How could I resist! I thought let's Make S'Mores Tonight - any day can be a S'mores … [Continue reading]

One Day of Grilling: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert (Yes, Dessert!)

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of PPL Electric Utilities. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own. #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved #TasteTheEnergySavings By now, you’re probably aware that I’m part of an ongoing series of blog entry for Project Envolve, which is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. Each entry in the series focuses on a different energy-saving household topic and is accompanied by a package filled with goodies and gadgets. My husband has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the grilling box of goodies. A few weeks ago, that box arrived. One peek inside, and my husband’s face lit up. “It’s grilling stuff!” he exclaimed, looking like a kid on Christmas morning as be tore into the box’s … [Continue reading]

How Pennzoil and Walmart Helped Me Talk My Husband Into a Shopping Trip

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FueltheLove #CollectiveBias It’s become a tradition in our house. The first weekend after either of our cars passes 3,000 miles since the last oil change, my husband retreats to the garage, crawls under the car, and emerges an hour later looking way dirtier than he probably should be. Changing the oil makes him feel manly, I guess, but I’ve done the time and money math, and it’s not really worth it. So, this past weekend when our Jeep inched past 3,000 miles since its last oil change, I talked him into taking it to Walmart to let their automotive service center handle the oil change for us. He resisted a little, but when I told … [Continue reading]