Sweet Potato Cornbread

Sweet Potato Cornbread

Hey guys! The holidays are quickly approaching, which means lots of family, fun, and of course food! I come from a pretty big family so cooking for the holidays can be a pretty tedious task. Between holiday meal planning, shopping and getting our home ready for guests, I’m always looking for cooking shortcuts that don’t compromise the taste. I love homemade cornbread for the holidays, but when I’m pressed for time, I turn to Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Cornbread Mix! It’s made with the same real simple ingredients you would find in your pantry, and contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives so I feel good about feeding it to the girls too. Simply Homemade Cornbread Mix delivers delicious, scratch-made taste in a fraction of the time. This recipe is so flavorful and the best part is, no one can tell that it came from a box! For this recipe I’m going to kick up the cornbread mix with a few flavorful and delicious ingredients to create my “Sweet Potato Cornbread.” And to elevate it even further, I’m going to add dried cranberries and chopped pecans for a delicious and unexpected crust. I love to pair this with my spice rubbed chicken from my book, “The Seasoned Life” and it is the perfect side to complement your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. Simply Homemade baking mixes are so delicious and handy to have in your pantry. Don’t miss out on this simply mouthwatering product for your next meal! Visit facebook.com/simplyhomemademix for more tips and recipes. Join me in sharing your images and tips on how you reimagine scratch-made meals using #SimplyHomemade on...
Why I’m Glad to Give

Why I’m Glad to Give

Since as far back as I can remember food has played an important role in my life. It can provide comfort when needed, is often a mark of celebrations and can be wrapped in every day family memories – simply, food brings people together. As a mom, with two little girls, to know that there are families who may not have a nutritious dinner on their table, that some children go to school hungry, and so many others may not have enough food was heartbreaking to me. To provide attention and assistance to this issue, I’m proud to be a part of Glad to Give, a national campaign that looks to inspire and encourage others to give back. Glad asked me to join the cause and show how I “give the food off my plate” by sharing the story of my work with No Kid Hungry. Through working with No Kid Hungry, I get to visit schools and centers around the country to deliver meals and talk to the kids about nutrition and giving back to their communities. Earlier this fall, I was fortunate to visit and share a meal with students at the East Oakland Youth Development Center. They showed me their amazing space where they come together through activities and learning experiences to live healthy and lead by example in their communities. We also discussed why giving back is important and why I give back. Kids are never too young to learn the lesson of giving back to help those in need and that their communities should be an extension of their families. A few easy ways...
Mezzetta Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Mezzetta Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

If you’re looking for a healthy yet delicious appetizer to serve to your guests on Super Bowl Sunday this Mezzetta roasted red pepper hummus is perfect!!! It’s full of flavor, fragrant but most importantly it’s easy to make! Enjoy! 1 16oz can garbanzo beans 1/4 cup tahini paste 2 cloves garlic 1/4 cup olive oil 2 Mezzetta Roasted Red Peppers Simply place ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth and serve. Garnish with chopped Mezzetta Roasted red peppers and a little bit of sea salt....
My Top 5 Household Must Haves

My Top 5 Household Must Haves

Hi Guys! I hope you’re all doing wonderful. Seeing that I’ve been at home recently with the new baby and Riley, I figured I’d do something fun and share my top 5 go to items that I’ve been using in and around the house. It’s been a bit hectic around here lately as we’re still adjusting. This list is quite random to me but totally relevant to how life is at home right now. 1. Honest Fruit and Veggie Wash It’s stone fruit season here in the Bay and we’ve been eating a ton of peaches, nectarines and plums lately. I’ve also been juicing quite a bit to try and get some of the “baby weight” off. The Honest fruit and veggie wash helps me to ensure that my produce is clean and free from any pesky bugs or potential chemicals that may be lingering. I just spray, let it sit for a couple minutes, and then rinse. It’s truly fool-proof. I love it! 2. House Kombucha “Lavendar Lemonade” I LOVE this stuff. Perfectly fizzy lemonade, with the added bonus of live cultures and probiotics, gives me the energy I need throughout the day to get work done and take care of the kids without having to drink too much coffee! My friend Caroline introduced me to this stuff and I’ve been hooked ever since. They’re also based here in the Bay! 3. Honest Dish Soap With all of the recipe testing I do, the Honest dish soap helps me to tackle my dirty dishes and messy pots. Its gentle enough so that if Riley wants to lend a helping hand, I...
BottleRock aka Heaven’s Kitchen

BottleRock aka Heaven’s Kitchen

This past weekend I was lucky enough to spend 10 hours each day in pure festival heaven. BottleRock is in sunny and smiling Napa Valley, CA and the city is known for the fresh food and wine. The music lineup was awesome, but the food lineup was even better. “Farm to table” was really a phrase I could describe for the food as a whole. I had three days to stuff my face and get my bikini body: ready, set, go! Friday BBQ pulled pork sandwich was the first choice, each bite had a perfect ratio of meat to sauce and the bread was so sweet it blended perfectly with the salty pork. To wash it down I sipped a refreshing mint cherry lemonade, yep that was a great start to my weekend. That night, sprinting to the next stage to see Imagine Dragons, we stopped to get a (small?) snack, which happened to be a gift sent down from the Food Gods- crab fries. Perfectly textured and thick french fries drizzled with some sort of secret sauce (I thought I could drink on my own) was delicately poured over each individual fry. When things felt like they couldn’t get any better- they did, a heaping pile of fresh crab was topped onto the saucy fries to make it the greatest thing you have ever tasted. I am NOT exaggerating. These fries were a total of 10$, freakishly expensive and worth every penny. Eventually things started to cool down during Imagine Dragons incredible performance, and we needed a sweet and warm dessert. We chose the “s’morski- a campfire classic, marshmallow, Nutella, graham crackers...
DIY Face Brightening Mask

DIY Face Brightening Mask

          1/3 cup Greek Yogurt (full fat & live cultures) 3 tbsp cucumber (about ½ of a small cucumber before food processor) 1 tbsp of honey 1 tbsp of baking soda 1 tsp of lemon Coconut oil After countless days of being in the sun my face is always left uneven with sunspots and enhanced/darker scars from the UV. I put together a mask that’s gentle and effective when trying to even out my skin tone and hydrate my face. Yogurt is loaded with zinc, lactic acid, calcium, and B vitamins, which all have great benefits for eating- and for your skin! Buy yogurt that is plain, has full fat and contains live cultures. I chose plain Fage greek yogurt because it’s unsweetened and thicker than other yogurts so it won’t be as runny on your face. Lemon juice and baking soda will also help lighten your skin and shrink your pores. The last ingredients, cucumber and honey, help lock in moisture. Before applying my mask I like to put an oil on my face which helps the mask soak in, I use coconut or sunflower oil. Use a food processor to grind up the cucumber and get all the juice. Make sure you’re using less than a quarter cup of cucumber or else it will get too watery. Add in the rest of the ingredients to the food processor. I like to soak my honey jar in hot water before I use it so it comes out easier. If the mixture seems too runny add more yogurt. Put the mixture into a container you can store...