Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer and Power of Family Meals: Disconnect to Reconnect

I am partnering with the J.M. Smucker Company to bring you this recipe for Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer.  Homemade coffee creamer is easy to make and and easy to customize.

Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer - homemade creamer with a salted caramel and chocolate flavor

Like it or not, technology has become a way of life.  Unfortunately it is easy to become too attached to your phone or screen device.

As a full time mom and blogger, I am guilty of spending plenty of time with my face buried in my phone checking emails or social media during the day.  Some days I am just mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Pinterest.  My husband likes to flip the phone out of my hands whenever he catches me zoning out.  It is so easy to become disconnected from the ones around you when you have a digital device easily accessible.

Everyone in our house has a phone or digital device.  If we aren’t careful, those devices come on way too many times throughout the day.  Limiting screen time has become necessary and needed so we can catch up with each other. [Read more...]

Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles

Thank you to Chocoley for providing me the opportunity to create a fun chocolate treat.  These Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles are a delicious, but dangerous treat to have around.  They taste amazing.  Good luck only eating one at a time!

Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles - no egg pecan cookie dough truffles that taste amazing when dipped in amaretto dark chocolate

 My in laws live near an outlet candy store, so any time they come visit us or we visit them, they have bags and bags of candy and nuts.  One of my absolute favorites that they buy are some dark chocolate amaretto pecans.  I seriously could eat an entire bag of them and not feel guilty at all.  So delicious!

It’s true your tastes change as you get older.  Growing up I did not like to eat nuts of any kind.  My way of eating nuts was a peanut butter and fluff sandwich.  Slowly as I got older, I started to like peanuts with M&M’s.  Gradually I started to branch out and try new nuts.  Now I actually eat a few kinds of nuts all by themselves.

Of course, I still prefer the nuts with lots of chocolate.   [Read more...]

Crock Pot Cuisine Meals Review

Having dinner on the table in less time can be even easier when you take advantage of Crock Pot Cuisine slow cooker meals.   These already prepared and frozen dinners are shipped right to your door.  Choose the dinner option that works best for you.

Creole Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken - easy to prepare creole style sausage and chicken crock pot meal #ad #crockpotcuisine

Dinner is the one meal that I have to think long and hard about preparing.  I would much rather be in the kitchen baking brownies or cookies.  My family keeps reminding me that those do not make good dinner choices. So, I am always looking for easy and delicious ways to help me out in the kitchen.   [Read more...]

Sesame Ginger Chicken

Thank you Crock Pot for sharing how Crock Pot Cuisine meals are great for weeknights when life gets busy.

Sesame Ginger Chicken - easy chicken meal from Crock Pot Cuisine #crockpotcuisine #ad
We just finished up signing our youngest up for soccer and baseball, and our daughter is looking at running track and also has a volleyball camp in a few weeks.  That means meal time is about to become interesting in our house.

Track practice is right after school until dinner time.  Soccer and baseball usually starts right after dinner.  That means dinner needs to be fast and easy, so that everyone can enjoy a hot meal before heading to the next activity.    With Spring quickly coming and practices going on the calendar, I am on the look out for new and easy dinner ideas for our family.  [Read more...]

Glazed Triple Berry Rolls

These Glazed Triple Berry Rolls and Valentine’s party ideas were inspired and sponsored by Pillsbury.

Glazed Triple Berry Rolls - berry preserves turns these crescent rolls into a fancy breakfast treat

 Something that I have been wanting to do again with my kids is a tea party.  But since they really don’t like tea, we have to call it a hot chocolate party.

With all the snow that we have been having lately, hot chocolate is a staple around here.  The kids go out in the snow and play…I stay inside and make sure the mugs and marshmallows are ready for when they need to get warmed up.   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Popcorn

 Peanut Butter Candy Bar Popcorn from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - white chocolate, peanut butter, and candy bars make this a snack you can't stop munching on

This time of year starts to get a little busy.  With shopping, decorating the house, making and sending cards, going to programs, and spending time with family, I am not sure how I will get all my baking and treats finished.  And this girl, needs her sugar treats.  Well, I guess I don’t need them, but I sure am much happier when I have them.

And when I am running around like a crazy woman trying to finish all my holiday projects, at least I can be full of sugar and happy.   [Read more...]

White Chocolate Gingerbread Pudding Cups

These White Chocolate Gingerbread Pudding Cups are a sweet treat for the holidays.  Take them to parties, or just enjoy them any time during the day.  Thank you to ADA Mideast for partnering with me to make this recipe.

White Chocolate Gingerbread Pudding Cups from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - no bake gingerbread cheesecake and white chocolate pudding in jars

 This time of year I just can’t resist the urge to buy all the fun seasonal candies and cookies that the stores have out on display.  They really know how to market those items to shoppers.  Put it out in front of the store or in the checkout aisles where I am sure to see it, and you can bet it will end up in my cart.

Now to resist eating it when it sits on my kitchen counter for weeks at a time.  I have had these gingerbread cookies and M&M’s in my kitchen for a few weeks now, just waiting for the right inspiration to use them in.  I kept looking at them and trying to decide what they would work in best, but then I would just go back to my peppermint obsession and make things like these Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies.   [Read more...]

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts

Try these Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts for an easy dessert during the upcoming holiday season. This recipe was made possible by Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry.

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - puff pastry sheets filled with a maple cheesecake and a caramel pecan topping

I don’t know about you, but I feel like the holidays are creeping up on us at an alarming rate.  Our calendar is already filling up with parties, school and church plays, and holiday activities.   [Read more...]

White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes

These White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes have been brought to you by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.

White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes - 3 layers of cheesecake for your holiday enjoyment  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I realized that the holidays are still a little ways off, but I have been busy thinking of new holiday treats to try out for this year.

With my entire being completely enamored with peppermint right now, I have been including it into everything I bake.  Cookies, truffles, and now cheesecake.  Nothing is safe in my kitchen from this peppermint craze.  I sure hope you are all stocked up on peppermint chips and baking ingredients.  My list might end up being pretty long.  Maybe I should just get those fat pants out now… [Read more...]

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Getting your servings of dairy is a little bit easier when you eat Broccoli Cheese Soup for dinner.  Serve it with a fun bread bowl for something different at dinner.

Broccoli Cheese Soup - a creamy soup loaded with bits of broccoli and carrots in a cheese broth  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Can I just tell you that I have the coolest job ever?  It might seem a little strange to you.  I mean I do start busting out the pumpkin in early August, start on the peppermint by October, and then I’m ready for coconut in January.

Oh, and I get to go visit cow farms and see how cheese is made.  Definitely a strange job!  But I seriously love every minute of it.

A few weeks ago I joined a team from the American Dairy Association Mideast in Cleveland, Ohio for a whirlwind trip of farms, food, and fun.  The first night we had dinner at The Lakehouse Inn & Winery on Geneva-on-the-Lake where we learned how to pair the right wine with different cheeses from Marianne Frantz, the founder of American Wine School.

I hope you are ready for some pictures…you are going on the virtual tour with me now.   [Read more...]

Apple Cranberry Turkey Salad on King’s Hawaiian Rolls

This Apple Cranberry Turkey Salad recipe has been sponsored by King’s Hawaiian.

Apple Cranberry Turkey Salad - use your holiday leftovers to enjoy this delicious turkey salad on King's Hawaiian Rolls  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

This time of year is really my favorite. The cool weather, the changing leaves, the bonfires, s’mores, and of course all the food from the holidays. Make sure you do not blink in the next few days because the holidays will be here and over if you do.

I look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas probably the most out of any holiday. There is always plenty of good food to eat, and family and friends to spend those days with. We do not go hungry on holidays. Everyone helps out and brings their favorite dishes to share. Snacking on appetizers goes on almost all day. And of course the dessert trays are never overlooked. Everyone usually samples one or more off that tray right away.   [Read more...]

Maple Pear Shortcakes

I am partnering with Callie’s Biscuits to bring you this fun dessert idea.   Maple Pear Shortcakes are a delicious and semi homemade dessert that you can serve after any meal.  Or serve it for breakfast…you won’t find me objecting!

Maple Pear Shortcakes - easy homemade maple pear filling served on pre-made shortcakes www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I don’t know about you but I am almost all pumpkin-ed out this year!

(Covers mouth with an aghast look!)

Did I seriously just type that?!?!   I did say almost!!!  I love all things pumpkin and can never wait to start baking with it each fall.  Maybe I started too early this year because for some odd reason, I just am kind of over it.  (hanging head in shame)

I even found myself day dreaming about mint cookies yesterday!   That can’t be possible.  That just means when Christmas gets here I will be ready for coconut and beach weather.  I’m seeing a seriously bad trend happening to me this year.   [Read more...]