Garlic Parmesan Mac & Cheese

Let me start by saying this recipe is rich and  decadent, and is not a weekly side in our house. But it is a delicious treat to break up boring mashed potatoes or rice on a weeknight, or to round out a special Sunday meal . Itis creamy and full of flavor and while it may seem a bit fancy the kids … [Read more...]

Bacon Parmesan Meatloaf

Meatloaf is an easy standby family favorite, but it gets boring after awhile.  So in an effort to keep it in the meal rotation but make it new I wanted to introduce some new flavors. A couple of tries that didn't quite hit the mark and I found one that the whole family loved.  A slightly crunchy … [Read more...]

Summer Tomato Pasta

I saw this recipe and just had to try. Its perfect for hot summer days when its just too hot to cook or when you need a super quick meal on a busy night. I hit up the local farmers market first, then snipped the basil right out of my garden. 3-4 pints cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup olive oil 2 … [Read more...]

13 Healthy Recipes for Tailgating

Football season is upon us! Hosting a tailgate or viewing party doesn't mean you can't have healthy options for your guests. Here are 13 appetizer and entree recipes that are sure to please. I especially want to try the Jalapeno Cheddar Salmon Burgers! Enjoy!   1. Homemade Healthy … [Read more...]

Best Summer Ever with Starbucks Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas

Summer. There's nothing like it. Even though we are working and kids are going to camp... its just a slower, more relaxed pace.  This is our first summer here in New England and we are completely loving it. Last summer we were traveling all over and moving up to Rhode Island. This summer, we are … [Read more...]

Have the Best Summer Every with Target and Healthy Essentials

Our house is just FULL of kids all summer! We have a neighbor just packed with little ones and everyone has an open door policy. Kids are in and out of my house all day. At lunch, you just feed whoever is there! Its so fun. We are so excited for our first full summer in Rhode Island... we just … [Read more...]

ATC Favorite: ZICO® Premium Coconut Water™

As a family, we have been trying to make healthier and healthier choices. We've made some big changes - like giving up soda - and some small ones - like switching brands of yogurt. Some have been so easy the kids barely noticed and some were met with moans and groans. I've been amazed at how … [Read more...]

Chic Summer Cocktail: Grapefruit Crush

Looking for something besides the usual mojito or margarita this summer? When the summer days start heating up, a light, refreshing cocktail will always hit the spot.  While vacationing on the Gulf Coast, a local bartender introduced the idea of a grapefruit crush to me:  freshly squeezed juice … [Read more...]

Chic Picnic with Wheat Thins Popped Chips

This time of year, there's not much better than a picnic. Sunshine, flowers, a soft blanket and some nibbles. (And in our case, we often throw in a beach!) For a date night picnic, you can't go wrong with champagne! Add in some cheese and crackers, some fruit and nuts, a few candles... maybe some … [Read more...]