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I’ve got three great Snacking with Ritz recipes for you today that will have the family jumping for joy :)

Snacking with Ritz

My boys come running through the door after school starving.  Apparently they rush so fast through their lunch so they can have more time to play at recess.  I put together some fun bite size snacks that the whole family will enjoy using Ritz Fresh Stack Crackers.

First up are these fun Pepperoni Pizza Stackers.   I layered pepperoni, sliced cheese sticks and a dollop of pizza sauce over Ritz Fresh Stack Everything Crackers with onion, poppyseed, garlic and sea salt.  The boys went nuts for these!

Snacking with Ritz

There’s just something about chocolate hazelnut spread that makes my whole family smile, especially my 9 year old.  I made these fun simple snacks with him in mind because I knew his face would light up when he saw them on the table.  I used the Ritz Fresh Stack Original variety and layered them with chocolate hazelnut spread and mini marshmallows.  Simple and fun!

Snacking with Ritz

Peanut butter with apples and honey take me back to my childhood.  My mom would slice up apples after school and have honeyed peanut butter ready for dipping.  I layered Ritz Fresh Stack Whole Wheat Crackers with peanut butter, thin apple slices and drizzled honey.  Such a perfect after school snack, all three of my boys wanted seconds :)

Snacking with Ritz

Snacking with RitzPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 10 min

Ingredients

    Pepperoni Pizza Stackers

  • 16 Ritz Fresh Stacks Everything Variety
  • 8 slices pepperoni
  • 2 mozzarella cheese sticks, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons pizza sauce

Chocolate Hazelnut Ritz S’mores Bites

  • 8 Ritz Fresh Stacks Original Variety
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 20 mini marshmallows
    Peanut Butter Apple and Honey Stack
  • 8 Ritz Fresh Stacks, Whole Wheat Variety
  • 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 4 thin apple slices
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Directions

    1. To prepare the Pepperoni Pizza Stackers place 4 crackers onto a serving plate and layer each with 2 slices of pepperoni. Top each with another cracker then layer with slices of cheese sticks. Add another cracker then top with a tablespoon of pizza sauce. Top with one more cracker and serve. Makes 4 servings
    2. To Prepare Chocolate Hazelnut Ritz S’mores Bites place 4 crackers onto a serving plate. Spread 1 tablespoon of hazelnut spread over each cracker than top with 5 mini marshmallows. Add one more cracker on top and serve. Makes 4 servings
    3. To prepare Peanut Butter Apple and Honey Stacks, place 4 crackers onto a serving plate. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter onto each cracker then top with an apple slice and drizzle with honey. Top with another cracker and serve. Makes 4 servings

Makes Each recipe makes 4 servings

This post is in partnership with Ritz however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Dinner

My Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta makes dinner stress-free and delicious!

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

Pasta is such a great weeknight dinner choice.  You can dress it up in so many different ways, which is probably why it makes an appearance a couple times each week in our house.  I developed a new pasta recipe for you today that literally only has a few ingredients which makes it so great for weeknight cooking!  I had so much fun sitting back and watching my boys devour this pasta recipe.

I am partnering with Green Giant™ Valley Fresh Steamers this month to bring you quick and simple recipes that help you find new alternatives for dinner with your family during the sometimes hectic week.

Be sure to enter Green Giant™ Sweepstake to win a week of free dinners prepared by a professional chef by posting your dinner ideas on your social media pages with the hashtag #ReinventWeeknights

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

What a difference this bag of cheesy vegetables made to my pasta dish.  It added colorful vegetables throughout the pasta with a flavorful cheese sauce that the kids loved.  A few minutes in the microwave and it’s ready to use.

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

I used a mini penne pasta for this recipe, however feel free to use whatever small pasta your family enjoys most.

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

Add your pasta to browned sausage and give a good stir.

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

Add your bag of Green Giant™ Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce and dinner is about ready!  Stir in a few splashes of milk, garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper then you are ready to go.

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

Nothing like a hot bowl of flavorful pasta for dinner.  The entire family is going to love this one!

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Before, I would just whip up pasta with some sausage or ground beef which the kids enjoy but I love that by adding those cheesy vegetables you get a whole new dinner idea that could not be more simple.

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

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Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne PastaPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 20 min Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound dry penne pasta
  • 1 pound mild Italian Sausage
  • 12 ounce bag Green Giant™ Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce Steamer
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add sausage, cook and stir until browned. Add cooked pasta, reduce heat to low and stir to combine.
  3. Cook Green Giant™ Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce Steamer according to package directions. Carefully open and add to pasta. Stir to combine then add seasonings and milk. Stir and cook for 5 minutes until hot. Remove from heat and serve.

Makes 8 Servings

This is a sponsored post for Green Giant™ Valley Fresh Steamers however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sep 10, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Treat yourself to a taste of Fall with my Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies!  There’s nothing like pumpkin and chocolate together!

Fall baking is the best time of year isn’t it?!  The aromas that come from the kitchen is hard to beat.  I am thrilled to be partnering with Fisher Nuts to bring you a new cookie recipe today.  It is jam packed with all of my favorite flavors including brown butter, pumpkin and chocolate chips.  The whole family will be flocking for these fun cookies!

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Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla

Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla

Sep 7, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Try my simple to prepare Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla this week for dinner!

I am thrilled to share my new quick fix weeknight quesadilla with you today.  I know how stressful it is trying to decide what to make for dinner each week when you’ve got a zillion other things to do with your family.

I am partnering with Green Giant™ Valley Fresh Steamers this month to bring you simple to prepare dinner recipes that help you find new alternatives for dinner with your family during the sometimes hectic week.

Be sure to enter Green Giant™ Sweepstake to win a week of free dinners prepared by a professional chef by posting your dinner ideas on your social media pages with the hashtag #ReinventWeeknights.

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Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Sep 4, 2014 | Tags: ,

Thrilled to share the fun we had at Universal Studios Orlando Florida for the Family Forward event!

Last week we took off for the long Labor Day weekend with 2 of our 3 boys (Pax stayed home with grandma) to Orlando!  The boys got to sit in the pilot chairs.  We were off to a great start!

The boys were over the moon to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios.  I could not get over how realistic everything looked!  Literally was like walking through the movie.  Love this dragon sitting on top of Gringotts Bank :)
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Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Aug 27, 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

This Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe is the perfect side to any main dish!

I am thrilled to be partnering with Progresso today to bring you a perfectly simple side dish that pairs nicely with their Chicken Rice with Vegetable Soup.  My family loves to have soup for lunch or dinner all year long.  Such a simple and satisfying meal.

I paired some of my favorite ingredients to this corn recipe.  I love the sweet and savory flavor combination!  You get a hint of pure maple with each bite of corn, vegetables and bacon pieces.  The whole family is going to love this one.  My boys enjoy the sweetness from the maple syrup and corn along with the salty crunchy bacon pieces.  Our 2 year old likes to eat the bright peppers first.  A little something for everyone.

Enjoy!

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Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Aug 13, 2014 | Tags: , , , , ,

My Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping is a perfect dinner that everyone will love!

I am thrilled to be partnering with Safeway today to bring you a perfect Summer Entertaining recipe today.  I developed a new mac and cheese and can’t say enough about it!

I was given a Safeway Gift Card to shop for all of my ingredients to develop this recipe.   Safeway has always been one of my favorite grocery stores.  My family grew up visiting their stores throughout our city.

There’s nothing I love more than creating an ultra cheesy mac and cheese recipe.  I thought it would … Continue Reading »

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Aug 11, 2014 | Tags: , , ,


My Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie is the perfect back to school treat to make for the kids!

It’s always a pleasure teaming up with Land O Lakes Butter to bring you new recipes!  Today I prepared for you what I think is the perfect back to school treat for the kids….my Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie.

Back to school can be a busy time which is why I wanted to develop a simple treat that wouldn’t take much time in the kitchen.  The kids love the peanut butter and jelly combo and what better way to enjoy it than drizzled over a cookie … Continue Reading »

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos

Jul 21, 2014 | Tags: , ,

My Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos are the perfect light dessert for your family and friends with a crispy cinnamon sugar shell!

I am so excited to share these cinnamon sugary sweet fruit tacos with you today!  I’ve partnered with Old El Paso to bring you some delicious Mexican-style recipes this year.

These dessert tacos are great for summer and light dessert or even brunch.  The cinnamon toasted taco shells are filled with a honeyed greek yogurt topped with slightly sweetened fruit.

Use your favorite fruit to individualize your guests tacos.  Any sliced and diced fruit works great!

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