Mom to Iris. Wife to Todd. Our little family lives at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We love it here and I love sharing little bits of our life.

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Category : Food

#VeggieSwap with Green Giant!

As with many 5-year-olds, dinner time is a struggle in our house. Getting Iris to eat her vegetables (or any part of her meal at all) takes so much effort. I actually enjoy cooking dinner every night, but I find that when it’s finally time to sit down and enjoy dinner as a family, the work has just begun. Whether it’s telling Iris to eat something other than her bread or to eat “just three more bites,” we’re constantly having to make sure she’s getting her nutrients. Things changed a little bit this weekend though.

Green Giant has launched a new line of frozen veggies, including Riced Cauliflower & Sweet Potatoes, which is 100% made with vegetables. And not only is it gluten free, but it has 70% fewer calories than rice! I also love that it comes without any sauce or seasoning, so you can prepare then just the way you like.

Finding the new Green Giant veggie options next to the other frozen vegetables at my local Walmart, I grabbed the Riced Cauliflower and Sweet Potato mix to give it a try. After throwing a couple chicken breasts in the oven, I steamed the riced cauliflower and sweet potatoes in the microwave. So instead of serving the baked chicken with the standard rice, I was able to sneak in some (yummy!) veggies – and in no time at all.

To say Iris loved it is an understatement. I think the natural sweetness of the sweet potato made her an instant fan. I paired it with another new Green Giant product, Broccoli and Cheese Veggie Tots so she got a double whammy of easy, kid-friendly veggies. The end result? Iris had a “happy plate” not even realizing that she ate all of her vegetables. As a busy mom that wants to make sure my kid eats – and eats well – these will no doubt be staples in my freezer from here on out.

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

RECIPE: Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

If you are anything like me, you love freshly baked goodies around the holidays, but rarely have the time to make them. I’m always looking for easy, yet delish options to keep my family happy and full in the winter months. This season I’m excited to team up with Immaculate Baking Company to share a bread pudding recipe using their cinnamon rolls and icing. I love this recipe because, not only is it delicious and super simple, but I usually already have the ingredients on hand. It’s a great treat to whip up for a special breakfast or holiday dessert.

Available at Whole Foods, Immaculate Baking Company’s mission to create wholesome baking products, many of which are certified gluten-free or organic. As a regular (re: obsessive) Whole Foods shopper, I love having quality options for cake mixes, pre-made cookie dough, as well as canned biscuits and cinnamon rolls. Plus, in the month of November, spend $10 on Immaculate Baking Company products and save $3 via the Whole Foods app! Ready to try the recipe? Check it out below!

1 package of Immaculate Baking Company Cinnamon Rolls (makes 5 rolls & is located in the dairy section at Whole Foods)
1 1/2 cups of milk
2/3 cups of sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of raisins

– Preheat oven to 350°
– Bake the Immaculate Baking Company Cinnamon Rolls according to the directions (18-20 minutes)
– While the cinnamon rolls bake, prepare the bread pudding mixture.
– In a large bowl, combine the milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until sugar is dissolved.
– Once the cinnamon rolls are baked, remove from oven and let cool.
– Tear all 5 cinnamon rolls into bite-sized pieces and place into a medium sized baking dish.
– Toss the raisins into the cinnamon roll pieces.
– Pour the prepared mixture into the dish until the cinnamon roll pieces are just barely covered (you may have a little extra). Using a spoon, gently press down on the cinnamon rolls to ensure each piece is covered with the mixture.
– Let sit for 20 minutes, letting the cinnamon roll pieces soak up the mixture.
– Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350° (or until the casserole is cooked all the way through).
– Let slightly cool, then add the the Immaculate Baking Company icing.
– Serve warm and enjoy!

Want to try out other dishes? Check out Immaculate Baking Company’s website for fun recipe ideas!

I have been compensated by Immaculate Baking for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

My #GroceryHero Moment

I never knew what busy was until I became a mom. My days are planned out, utilizing every minute from sun up, to sun down. Because I work full-time, my errands and to-do lists are accomplished on my lunch hour and on the weekends. For our family groceries, at least once a week I run to Walmart instead of eating lunch, quickly picking out everything on my list, separating out the cold goods so that I can toss them in my office fridge. At the end of the day, I put the groceries back into my car, zoom off to pick up Iris from school, and then finally get the chance to put everything away that evening. Of course I usually end up having to take another trip to the store on the weekend, with Iris in tow, for things that I may have forgotten. Throw the busy holiday season on top of that, and my time is pretty much overspent.

But recently, everything changed when I tried Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup for the first time in preparation for an early Thanksgiving meal with friends. I downloaded the app to my phone so that throughout the week I could add items to my list as I decided on certain recipes. Finalizing my shopping cart in my pajamas from my bed, I scheduled my pick-up time for a time that worked with my crazy schedule.

Once it got close to the window of time I selected, I received a notification that my order was ready. I clicked “Check In” on the app, buckled Iris into her car-seat, and we were on our way.

Pulling into the Walmart Neighborhood Market near my house in Fayetteville, I saw plenty of orange “Pickup” signs directing me where to go. With clearly marked spaces for #GroceryHeros like me, I zipped into a spot and popped my trunk. If you’ve ever taken a child to the grocery store, you know this is where I did a little happy dance in my car. Getting all of my groceries without having to get Iris (or myself) out of the car felt like I had just won the lottery – especially since this entire service is free and comes with the guarantee that only the freshest items are selected for each order. After just a few minutes, we were headed back home with a trunk full of goodies for our holiday meal and with extra time at home with those that we love.

Want to be a #groceryhero too? Check out Walmart’s online grocery ordering here!

Stores Offering Online Grocery in the Northwest Arkansas area:
Walmart Pickup
3701 SE Dodson Rd.
Bentonville, AR 72712

Walmart Neighborhood Market
1703 E. Central Ave.
Bentonville, AR 72712

Walmart Neighborhood Market
1400 N Walton Blvd.
Bentonville, AR 72712

Walmart Neighborhood Market
205 N Main St.
Bentonville, AR 72712

Walmart Neighborhood Market
808 W. Walnut St.
Rogers, AR 72756

Walmart Supercenter
4208 Pleasant Crossing Blvd.
Rogers, AR 72758

Walmart Neighborhood Market
4900 Jennifer Terrace
Springdale, AR 72762

Walmart Neighborhood Market
2690 E. Citizens Dr.
Fayetteville, AR 72703

Walmart Supercenter
2875 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Fayetteville, AR 72704

Walmart Neighborhood Market
660 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Fayetteville, AR 72701

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

FOOD LOVE: Mom’s Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

I am by no means a food blogger. In fact, I don’t even consider myself a decent cook. That said, I love to eat (don’t we all) and over the last few years I’ve actually grown to like being in the kitchen. In this series I’m sharing some of my favorite go-to recipes that I’ve gathered over the years from various cookbooks, across the internet, as well as friends and family.

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Growing up my mom always made a mean broccoli casserole at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and – if we were lucky – maybe at least once more throughout the year. In my twenties I was living hundreds of miles away from her and finally asked for the recipe so that I could have it at holidays when we were apart. I jotted down exactly what she said over the phone and, ten years later, here’s what that looks like:

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Before this card is completely illegible, I thought I should take the time to type out the recipe and, as much as I love the term “glop”, perhaps make it a little more specific. This dish for me is the ultimate comfort food that’s super easy to whip up and a great addition to any southern-style meal.

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

1 lb frozen broccoli florets
8 oz (1 block) sharp cheddar cheese
1 small white onion
2 eggs
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 sleeve Ritz crackers
1/2 tbsp. butter
salt & pepper

– Preheat oven to 375°
– Steam the frozen broccoli until soft (5-7 minutes)
– While the broccoli steams, prep the other ingredients: Shred the block of cheddar. Finely chop the onion (my family doesn’t love onions, so I usually save half the onion for another meal and only chop half).
– In a large bowl, lightly beat two eggs.
– Add the cheese, onion, mayonnaise, cream of mushroom soup, & Worcestershire sauce to the bowl of eggs. Season w/ salt & pepper.
– Stir until combined, then fold in the broccoli.
– Lightly grease a medium casserole pan.
– Pour the mixture into the pan, crumble a layer of classic Ritz crackers on top.
– Chop one tablespoon of butter into tiny bits and sprinkle across the Ritz topping.
– Bake for 35-40 minutes at 375° (or until top in brown and casserole is cooked all the way through).

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Enjoy, ya’ll.