October 9, 2014

Give A Frosty, Help A Child

Foster care adoption is something very near and dear to my family. Our lives have been blessed in ways I cannot begin to describe because of 3 special children that we got to know first as foster children and then later on as forever family through adoption. Watching these 3 kids grow and thrive has been amazing... Did you know that there are more than 100,000 children in foster care awaiting to be adopted? I would like to think that every child would one day get the forever home they deserve and Wendy's® and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® want to help that happen by offering these Halloween Coupon Books for $1 each. Ninety cents from each $1 coupon book sold will go directly to the The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®!
This year, Wendy’s® aims to give $10 million to The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® and that means so much to my family personally because of our amazing experiences with adoption. Instead of candy, this year we will be handing out these coupons to each of our neighborhood trick or treat visitors as a way to help support this effort. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® believes that we have a responsibility to be the voice of foster care adoption, so that every child finds a family. As founder Dave Thomas said, “These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility.” The DTFA exist to find homes for children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care in North America. Our family agrees... and wants to do whatever we can to help.
Another way I plan to use the coupon books is for our yearly pumpkin carving contest with the family. We all get together and go pumpkin picking, carve them and vote for which has the best design, funniest face, most artistic. These Frosty coupons will be a great prize for the winners! 
I hope you will think about supporting this great cause along with me by visiting your local Wendy's and picking up a few of these coupon books to give to your family and friends... there are too many children out there who need a place to call home and people to call family and we can do this little thing to help. All children deserve a family to love.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

October 5, 2014

Homemade Taco Seasoning and Taco Frittata

We eat a LOT of tacos in my home... I have 3 kids and we all know how much kids love tacos! If I would let them have their way, we would have them several times a week. I usually make 2 or 3 pounds of taco meat at a time, because then it's a quick lunch the next day in a quesadilla or I can use the leftovers to make this delicious, filling and easy taco frittata. I love this one, since it's different than a taco, but uses all the leftover bits from taco night. We top the warm frittata with the same things you might top your taco. Or, you can just eat it as it, without the toppings and it's still amazing.

September 30, 2014

Love Conquers Hate and How You Can Help

This is a sponsored post on behalf of GiveForward, as always opinions are 100% my own.
This campaign is close to my heart because my eldest son has Asperger's and was severely bullied in elementary and middle school. He was taunted and teased so much that finally, when it became too much for him to bear, we pulled him out of the brick and mortar school he was attending and enrolled him in cyber school. My son is intelligent, loving, talented and compassionate. He is also quiet, a bit unsure of himself in social situations and shy. Once you get to know him, he is the kind of kid who will do anything he can help you out. He's funny and silly and loves to make people laugh. But, until he trusts you... he comes off as aloof and standoffish. Being of MENSA level intelligence, he can ramble on at a good clip about how the processor of a computer works or about some theory he has, in language most of us would think is something of another planet entirely. He's not your typical teenager in that he doesn't care about the latest fashions and would prefer to wear the same style "uniform" every single day. He loves music and can be found listening to the same track on repeat all day long while he does his school work or progresses on one of his many projects. He's mind has to be constantly focused on something. He is always thinking, playing ideas out in his head, putting them to paper or actually physically making them happen. He is all about habits, routine and following a sense of order. Do something that sets his normal pattern out of balance and he becomes lost and regaining his equilibrium is something that takes days. Rolling with the punches isn't something he understands. All of these things made him a target in school and the bullying was harsh and never ending. Can you imagine how difficult life might be for someone like him? Now... imagine having to deal with people who pick on all of those things that make you different. Pretty difficult to imagine how someone handles all that, isn't it?

September 26, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Goat Cheese, Mushrooms and Spinach

I was selected and compensated for this opportunity to work with Smithfield through Sverve, but as always the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

I'm back with another 30 minute meal with Smithfield Marinated Pork! This time I wanted to make something using some of our favorite flavors... bacon, mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese. We never get tired of those elements, so I knew this would be a hit and it was so fast and simple... you would have thought I slaved away in the kitchen for hours! I love these Smithfield Marinated Pork products because they are so versatile and help make my weekday meals into something special. Quick cooking, already seasoned and completely delicious.

September 20, 2014

Soft Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Monk Fruit In The Raw. I received product samples to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Did you know that September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month? When I found that out, I decided to see what I could come up with to make some treats for my family using Monk Fruit In The Raw to replace some of the sugar in the recipe to reduce the calories a bit, but still retain all the delicious sweetness. Over the past month we've been trying to use Monk Fruit In The Raw on our cereal, in flavored coffee, in iced tea and on fruit and we have found we didn't miss regular sugar at all! I've started making over the switch to using Monk Fruit In The Raw instead of our usual sprinkle of sugar because even those few calories saved add up over time.

September 19, 2014

Grilled Pork Fried Rice

I was selected and compensated for this opportunity to work with Smithfield through Sverve, but as always the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
As a Mom of three kids, I know what busy is. Running here and there, homework, activities, chores, errands... the list goes on and on. Sometimes we all need a delicious meal that will be quick to the table and still be wholesome. This meal fits the bill perfectly. I used some cold left over rice, veggies, seasonings and a Smithfield Portobello Mushroom pork loin fillet and had dinner ready before you know it!

September 18, 2014

Feta and Spinach Stuffed Chicken with Bacon


Is it feeling like Autumn where you are? The past week here in PA has been beautifully cool and wonderful! I am ready for the change of seasons... falling leaves, cooler nights, cozy sweaters, wooly socks and lots of  hearty, belly warming meals. School is back in session, football has started again and the holidays are only a couple of months away... this is definitely my favorite time of year for so many reasons. This is the time of year when I make lots of crock pot dishes, roasts in the oven and casseroles. Soul filling foods that permeate the house with delicious scents and just make you feel happy to be home after a long day.