broccoli cheese soup

The Best Broccoli Cheese Soup

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In may be April in the Midwest, but it is still soup weather in my house. In anticipation for the need to stay home for an uncertain amount of time, I bought a huge bag of fresh broccoli from Costco. I hadn’t quite figured out what I was going to make with it but better to be prepared, right?! And then it came to me: Broccoli Cheese Soup. 

broccoli cheese soup broccoli bag

I am continuing to wade through my pantry and refrigerator which is seeming deeper and more endless than I thought. The ingredients discovered are helping me decide what to make. Like many of the recipes I am sharing, these are just the norm for me to have in the house.… Read more

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

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Baking is therapy. You have to measure. Be precise. Focus. Distractions can lead to not the sweetest results. Which is why in this uncertain time we are living in, I have spent so much time in the kitchen! Cooking and baking make me happy. Feeding others is a joyful solution to all the scary news reports. And Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies are the magic result from today’s baking adventures. 

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

This recipe is made with all the ingredients you already have in your pantry. A good thing given our #stayathome mandate. If you have kids in the house, this recipe would be an activity for them as they get to not only help measure and mix the ingredients but roll the dough into a ball for each cookie.… Read more

finished focaccia bread art

How to Make Focaccia Bread Art

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I am not sure about you, but when it comes to stressful times, I need to find a creative distraction. That usually means I am in the kitchen doing something baking or cooking related. However, I have been known to teach myself how to tile a backsplash or fireplace surround in these circumstances as well. Another form of a creative outlet! In this case, I am sharing a focaccia bread recipe that I use as a canvas for my vegetable gardenscape. raw focaccia dough art

The best part is you most likely have all the ingredients in your house for the focaccia recipe. Then get artsy to design the picture you want to make.… Read more

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57 Fun Things to Do While Social Distancing

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As the world comes to a stop to gain control of the devastating Coronavirus, health officials are telling everyone to stay home. No public gatherings. No playdates for the kids. Work-from-home is not a request but an order. But how do you keep occupied while social distancing once the novelty of being home all day wears off?

Thanks to the internet and technology as a whole, there is a vast assortment of ways to expand your mind, do something creative, and see the world, all from the comfort of your couch. Explore the live stream and virtual options listed below which are geared for adults and kids that include everything from virtual concerts to museum tours to watching zoo animals via livestreaming to cooking classes from a Michelin star chef to activities for the kids and so much more.  … Read more

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A Culinary Wonderland: 12 Foods and Flavors to Try in Finland

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To truly immerse yourself in the culture of the country you are visiting, exploring the culinary space is not only educational but delicious. Finland’s landscape of sea, farm and forest offers a diverse food scene filled with traditional items that support their philosophy of eat local and simply, to dining on the dishes created by extraordinarily talented chefs. 

The following is a small sampling of foods and flavors that exemplify the Finnish lifestyle. As you plan your trip to this beautiful Nordic country, check out this list of places to visit along your foods of Finland journey and tips on how to try it all. Read more

spoonful of butternut squash souip

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

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Whether you live in a winter climate or not, there is just something so comforting about a bowl of steaming hot soup. One of my favorites is made with butternut squash. While I know it is typically a fall food, I can eat this Roasted Butternut Squash soup all year round!

Having worked for a Japanese knife company for many years, one of the most shared frustrations that home cooks mentioned was cutting a butternut squash. With the hard shell, it can be dangerous to use a knife as it may slip on the unforgiving exterior of the squash. My most appreciated tip was not to use a knife but instead, a vegetable peeler.… Read more

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Penne alla Vodka made with Greatest Tomatoes From Europe

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Have you ever heard the mantra that the recipes with the least amount of ingredients require you to use only the best components? Well, it is true! In this case, I am talking a recipe for Penne alla Vodka made with Greatest Tomatoes From Europe canned tomatoes.

Penne alla Vodka dish

Pantry Staple: Greatest Tomatoes From Europe

Canned tomatoes are one of those staples that I always have in my pantry. Along with good olive oil, I pay attention to the brands I choose for canned ingredients as well. So when I received a message from the team representing the Greatest Tomatoes From Europe about their initiative to educate consumers on choosing the best canned tomato products for their recipes, I was all ears.Read more

Fairmont Mayakoba resort

10 Reasons to Stay at the Luxurious Fairmont Mayakoba Resort

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When nature, design and luxury intersect, you have arrived at the Fairmont Mayakoba resort. 

Just 40 miles from Cancun is a stunning nature-infused haven complete with 240 acres of tropical forest known as Mayakoba. Within this gated community is the AAA-Five Diamond Fairmont Mayakoba resort surrounded by lush mangroves, white sand beaches and crystal clear waterways all designed to create a sense of peace, tranquility and well being.

canals overview Mayakoba Fairmont

Located on the Caribbean Sea in Riviera Maya, Mexico, this luxurious resort is south of Cancun in close proximity to Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. Mayakoba means “village of water” which describes this piece of paradise perfectly.Read more

Adobe Photoshop Elements Editing Software

10 Reasons to Choose Adobe Photoshop Elements Software

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This post is sponsored by Best Buy. All opinions are exclusively my own. 

Photos have the opportunity to capture the moments in time you want to remember. Whether you are snapping shots of your travels, family celebrations or your delicious recipes, you will want them to be the best they can. But editing the photos to truly reflect what your eye saw is another story altogether. That’s where Adobe Photoshop Elements software comes in.

As a freelance writer and instagrammer, my photographs are very important to me. This past month, I have been to three countries exploring the culinary world: Finland, Mexico and the U.S… Read more

Air Fryer and Convection all in the Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave

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This post is sponsored by Best Buy. All opinions are completely my own. 

Here’s an honest admission. I use my microwave EVERY day! The convenience is just so helpful to me. Having worked in the housewares industry for many years, I understand a brand’s intention when they create, design and build their products to help us in our kitchens. So, when I learned that Breville created a smart home appliance called the Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave, I had to learn more.

The 3 main features in this multi functional small appliance are air frying, roasting and microwaving along with convection.… Read more