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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Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli Cookies
I’ve got a thing for cookies. Okay, let’s be honest, I have a thing for sweets in general but cookies, they’re small and don’t make me feel bad about eating them. Unless I eat a dozen then I feel bad. Not while I’m doing it mind you, only after when my pants are tight. That’s when I feel bad and am required to get back on the treadmill so said pants fit again. It’s a wicked cycle but one I’m willing to endure because sweet tooth. I’m surprised that I don’t have cavities, perhaps it’s my incessant need to brush my teeth. Who knows.

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Butternut Squash Risotto with Crispy Prosciutto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Risotto is simply sexy food people. There’s something therapeutic for me about the stirring required to get that creamy dreamy consistency that risotto is famous for. I don’t make it often because I ALWAYS want to eat the entire pot myself. It could be an entire meal for me, and okay honestly it has, back to that whole not making it often thing. When I do make it I like to double the recipe because you know the only thing better than Risotto? Leftover Risotto that you turn into ARANCINI. Seriously, fried risotto balls. That right there is worth all the stirring. You know what else is sexy? This Lagostina Risotto Pot that I used to make this Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto. Yep

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Snowflake OREO Cookie Balls

OREO Cookie Balls

I have a confession. I love OREO cookies. Like REALLY love them. Preferably Double Stuff, because double the stuff, duh. Have ever since I was a kid, and now, well I’m just a big kid so it still works for me. The only thing better than eating a regular OREO to me is eating an OREO cookie ball. Yep. Do you want to know how hard these cookie balls are to make? If you can smash up OREO cookies, mix in a little softened cream cheese and use a fork, you’ve got this! You’ll be the hostess with the mostest (or host with the most) if you prepare a batch of these to serve up for your friends and family over the holidays, OR better yet, give them as gifts. Who doesn’t love an edible gift, am I right?

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Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Tis’ the season! Have you started thinking about all the holiday treats you’ll be making? I’m all about EASY when it comes to holiday treats. While I will be baking some of said treats, it’s really kind of unavoidable if you’re making cookies and such ; ) I’ll be all about the no bake varieties.  When I see the words NO BAKE I perk right up. It’s just the way it is (well unless someone else is baking it for me, then cake, bring me cake 😉 December is already a BUSY month. No need to make it any harder on yourself right?

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Cook, Charge and Light Your Life With BioLite

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I have a confession to make. I’m obsessed with keeping my phone charged. Like the simple thought of the battery running out kind of invokes a min0r panic attack. I have a Mophie case on my phone at all times (which has a full back up battery available) and when I travel I also carry a small portable power charger with 4 additional charges. Told you. I like to be prepared and all that jazz. Naturally when I heard about BioLite products I knew they would be right up my alley! I’ll tell you why!

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