Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

I’m kind of an ice cream nut. Like I will wear out my ice cream maker come spring and summer nut. The bowl stays in the freezer to be ready when I am. In fact, it would probably be a good idea for me to look into getting a second bowl. That’s how much I use it (you can find links for the products I use at the bottom of the post under the recipe). This ice cream is a little different from my normal recipe because it’s dairy free. Wha? Yep, it’s made using Lactaid milk. So all of y’all that have dairy allergies, intolerance or are just avoiding dairy (that one I just can’t wrap my head around but m’kay) this one is for you. It’s also gluten free and vegetarian. We’re ticking all kinds of boxes today!

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Momma’s Peach Cobbler

Momma's Peach Cobbler
This is going to be an incredibly difficult post for me to write. I’ve gone back and forth and finally decided that sharing this is something I need to do for me. I’ve poured myself a whiskey and I’m just going to write like I was pulling off a band-aid and hope it makes some sort of coherent sense. I’m also hoping that these photos are in focus because it’s hard to tell when your eyes are puffy and red. If you’re just wanting an incredibly delicious peach cobbler recipe then please go ahead and scroll down to the bottom now for the recipe. You won’t be disappointed. I’m incredibly biased, but it’s ridiculously delicious. Anyone, whose ever tried it has agreed with me. It’s by far the best peach cobbler I’ve ever had in my life and I’m from the South so that’s saying something. 

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Turn Your Phone Photos into Moments

Roller Coaster

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Kodak Alaris as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m one of those people that takes A LOT of photos with my phone. I’m always looking at this or that and capturing what, where and who catches my eye, usually driving everyone around me nuts because I’m holding things up (sorry not sorry y’all). I currently have over 3 thousand photos on my phone. Anyone else out there a phone shutterbug? I think it’s important to document our moments, people, places and them share them. I didn’t really have a great way to share all my shutterbug love (without dumping a thousand photos onto my Instagram feed, y’all would have loved that) until I came across this easy to use app by Kodak Alaris. It organizes, shares and can even print your phone photos easily.

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Lemon Icebox Bars

Lemon Icebox Bars

I love lemons. Like I eat them like candy love them. Yes, I’m one of those people. I like them in my water, I like them sliced. I like lemon head candies, I like them in all the desserts. You get the picture. Lemon all the things. Yes, please and thank you. Want to know what’s even better than a lemon dessert to me? A NO BAKE lemon dessert. An easy peasy throw it together no bake luscious lemon treat. That’s what I’m talking about.

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Ready, Snack, Go!

Smithfield Ready Snack Go

I am one of those people that has to have snacks on me (and by on me, I’m not that messy, I mean with my person. I do. It’s like I’m a toddler (but not really). Especially when I’m traveling for work. Planes, trains and automobiles equal long days and all that jazz and I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the choices for eating during travel aren’t always ideal. Snacks are a must. If I don’t eat I get cranky. And no one wants to be around a cranky me, I can assure you.

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Pear: Connecting Groups with Sponsorships

Marching BandThis post is sponsored by Pear.

Whether or not you have children, let’s be honest, we’ve all been approached to help with a fundraiser of some sort . Fundraising helps offset funds that simply aren’t available. For school groups for instance, it goes towards things like field trips, uniforms, travel and so much more. Guess what? There’s a great solution besides selling wrapping paper, cookie dough and the like. It’s called Pear. Pear is a company that connects fundraiser’s with companies such as US Cellular, All State and other sponsor’s to support organizations. They make fundraising simple for groups and events of all sizes. Simple is good. You can find a sponsor in less than 60 seconds and activate your community to raise up to $1,000 or more toward custom shirts, cash donations, products/services or food and catering from a national brand or local business near you. Sounds good right? Here’s how you can Get Sponsored
Did I mention that Pear is a social engagement platform that
is FREE.

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Broccolini Mushroom Salad

Broccolini Mushroom Salad

This is a super simple side salad (or salad for one if you’re not into sharing and I couldn’t blame you on this one) that’s perfect for spring and summer. It comes together lickety split for those of us who aren’t high on cooking as it gets warmer. I’m more about grill all the things then. Or just because you’re starving (hangry people where you at?) and impatient but don’t want to down a bag of chips. I can’t be the only one, right?

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Papa Murphy’s Pizza Bracket Sweepstakes

Papa Murphy's PizzaThis post is sponsored by Papa Murphy’s

Let’s just be honest for a minute. As much as we all try and cook dinner erry night, sometimes it’s just not possible. Life happens. We get busy, things come up, we’re just TIRED (can I get an amen?) That doesn’t mean we have to hit the drive through though. Nope, you can pop over to your local Papa Murphy’s pizza and pick up fresh (not frozen) pizzas to take and bake at home. That’s right. You take the pizza home and bake it, so it’s PIPING HOT when you’re ready to eat it. No soggy crust because you got stuck in rush hour traffic. No gummy cheese. None of that. Just pure delicious pizza made to order. Sounds pretty good yeah?

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Homemade Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

Homemade Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

This post is sponsored by REAL® Seal.

Y’all know I love my coffee. It’s pretty mandatory in my life and if I’m being honest it’s for the safety of those who interact with me in the real world every day as well. I’m just looking out for their well being so I caffeinate. I’m a giver like that. I really am. I love giving what I call happies to friends and family. That’s a small gift that is meant to make someone happy. Hence why I call them happies. Cuteness overload I know.

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Milk Chocolate Tart

Chocolate on Chocolate Tart
If you know me, you know I have a big fat massive couldn’t stop it if I wanted to sweet tooth. It is THE reason I work out. I’ve given up trying to fight it, it’s pointless and detrimental to those around me when I try to abstain from sweets, trust me I get CRANKY and that’s not pretty. So I work out and eat sweets. It works for me so I’ll keep on keepin’ on the sweets treadmill.

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Steak with Sauteed Mushrooms and Chianti Caramel Sauce

Steak and Sauteed Mushrooms

Last fall I traveled to Wichita. I kinda fell in love with the town, and off all things a flipping off the charts amazing steak I had delivered via room service. I’m not much to eat out by myself (social butterfly and all). I HATE doing it and only do so if there’s no other option, so that night, room service and robes it was. Typically room service isn’t always fantastic. Let’s be honest about that, so I knew I was going out on a limb ordering steak. I’m a risk taker like that. I’m glad I did because the chianti caramel sauce that came with a filet so tender it melted in my mouth like unsalted butter, blew me away.

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Red Hot Martini

Red Hot Martini

So in case you didn’t realize it, there’s this thing going on this weekend. You might have missed all the pink and red heart everything plastered all over the interwebs. I joke. It’s impossible to miss it. Unless you live under a rock and don’t have internet service, then maybe, but a flyer might just blow it’s way by you even then. While I’m admittedly a whiskey girl, it’s hard to turn down a good martini every now and again. Especially when it’s as fun and festive as this little firecracker.

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Carne Asada Quesadillas

Carne Asada Tacos
Looking for something easy and delicious to pull together for lunch or diner? How about a little Carne Asada in your life? In the form of quesadillas. They’re super simple and you can have these on the table in no time at all. Or honestly, they might not even make it to the table because they’re that good you’ll probably be eating them straight off the cutting board because hello GOOD. Quesadillas are so much more than just shredded cheese and tortillas y’all. Visit the Caciquedilla microsite to learn about how to incorporate Cacique’s authentic cheeses, creams and chorizos to make a truly authentic quesadilla that will blow your socks off.

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Whiskey Caramel Affogato

Whiskey Caramel Affogato
I’ll just let that sink in for a minute. WHISKEY. CARAMEL. AFFOGATO. It’s a drink  that’s like a dessert all in one awesome glass. You’ll need a straw and a spoon to have your bases covered, best to be prepared. I mean if you didn’t have a straw you could just tip the glass and drink it so no worries if you’re all out of straws when it comes time. I mean we gotta do what we gotta do. Affogato in Italian means drowned. You will be drowning alright, in deliciousness that is.

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How to Make Homemade Pasta

Homemade Pasta
I’m always amazed that three simple ingredients combine to make the deliciousness that is homemade pasta. That’s it y’all. Three simple ingredients. Flour, eggs and salt. That’s literally all you need. When I do make homemade pasta, it’s usually on the weekends when I have a little more time on my hands, when the fast paced week is behind me and I can actually enjoy the process. It’s therapeutic to me (cheapest therapy around, yep).

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Chocolate Whiskey Pots de Creme

Chocolate Whiskey Pots de Creme

For those of you who’ve been hanging around our little corner of the interwebs and especially for those of you who know me IRL (in real life y’all) KNOW without a shadow of a doubt I have zero to little willpower when it comes to dessert. It’s like kryptonite for me. I’m weak. It’s a big reason I work out (and by big I mean it’s the only reason), so I can EAT all the deliciousness that is dessert, and okay carbs too, but we’re talking dessert today.

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Orange Tiramisu

Orange Tiramisu

Tiramisu is my dessert kryptonite. I seriously can NOT say no to this dessert. Ever. I curse my sweet tooth. But it is, what it is, so I don’t fight it. I just give in and then exercise. Pretty much the story of my life. Which is okay, unless I eat the entire pan. Which is why I typically like to make this pick me up dessert in individual portions. It helps keep my lack of willpower in check, aka not eating the entire pan when no one is around. But sometimes there might not be time to individually layer jars (because let’s be honest that does add to prep time) in walks your square pan.

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Creamy Risotto with Crispy Mushrooms

Creamy Risoto with Crispy Mushrooms
I am an all in kind of girl. Once I make up my mind to do something (now this could take me a while mind you) I’m GOING to do it. This year I decided it was time to move from the back of a motorcycle to piloting my own. I decided on a Saturday, bought my bike that day, got my permit on Monday and learned to drive her (I’m fully licensed and endorsed now, because safety first y’all). That was 7 months ago and I haven’t looked back since. I’m on her every chance I get. I’m only wondering why in the world it took me so long to go for it. Why wait, do that thing that you’ve been contemplating. Not quite ready to take a big plunge? Well how about a small plunge? Eat that bowl of carb loaded deliciousness you’ve been wanting,  grab your big girl (boy) spoon and dive in! You can always work it off later.

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The Perfect Holiday Beef Roast

Beef Roast
Holiday dinners call for us to bring out the fancy schmancy. From the dishes to the glasses, to the beautiful table-scape we put together and of course the menu. It’s not really time for meatloaf if you know what I mean (I love meatloaf, but we’re stepping things up y’all). We need a hero dish and that my friends is a beef roast. When you have a nice piece of beautiful beef there isn’t much you need to do it. Besides devouring it when it’s roasted to perfection. A simple seasoning is really all you need. Trust me.

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Tools for People That Rock + (Rockwell Tools GIVEAWAY}

Rockwell

Power tools are sexy, am I right? Who doesn’t want to get down and dirty with a little DIY project? Pinterest pretty much gives me all the confidence I need to get a project done ; ) How hard can it be (my motto, I won’t tell you how many times that gets me in trouble LOL). Part of doing it yourself, requires you start with the right tools. Which is pretty much a given in any case. I mean, I can’t cook with a butter knife can I? Nope, you need a good quality knife. Think of it as an investment. Quality over quantity. I really do believe that. Rockwell Tools are just that. They’re quality tools that will help you tackle all those DIY projects and they definitely rock.

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